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Overlooking the beautiful Wangapeka River, come and join a unique residential course teaching the Alexander Technique, applied to yoga and natural vision improvement, which takes place at the Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, near Nelson, New Zealand. With the Alexander Technique, change how you move as you go about your daily activities, resolve long term pain, voice problems, ergonomic problems, and even neurological issues. This is a retreat not to be missed!
For this retreat, you will be staying at Wangapeka Study and Retreat Center.
The Alexander technique is an approach to the study of movement. It helps you to eliminate unnecessary tension while learning to move in an easier, more effective way. The technique focuses on the unconscious, habitual ways, which includes your patterns of posture, your movement, and your responses to stress and pressure. It teaches you to have a conscious control over these aspects of yourselves.
Your patterns of posture and movement are a part of your unconscious behaviors. When you are made aware of unconscious patterns that causes you to misuse your body, you can evaluate them consciously, and bring about changes to them.
Poor posture, movement habits, and unconscious muscular contractions underlie a wide range of dysfunctions such as sciatica, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, muscular and joint pain, migraines and tension headaches, most voice disorders, RSI, breathing problems including asthma, and a wide range of other symptoms. Alexander teachers can correct these underlying problems by correcting posture, movement, and unconscious activity.
Besides being used to reduce or eliminate physical pain and dysfunction, the technique can also be used to develop and refine a wide range of skills. The technique is taught at the majority of elite performing arts colleges throughout the world. In Melbourne, Alexander technique teachers work at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA); in Sydney - the SCM NIDA. The Alexander technique is also used by many and sports-people to improve performance, to prevent, and deal with injury.
David Moore is the director at the School for F.M. Alexander Studies. He graduated from Australia's first Alexander technique training course in Sydney in 1985. Since then, he has established private practices in New Zealand and Melbourne, ran many workshops and residential courses in Australia and New Zealand, and taught classes in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA. In 1999, he set up an AUSTAT accredited training course in Melbourne which at present has 16 trainees doing an advanced diploma in Alexander Technique Teaching.
After careers in nursing, music, and pottery, Marjory trained as an Alexander teacher at the Devon School with Jorgen Haahr. From 1993 to 2004, she taught individuals and groups in Cornwall, UK. Currently, Marjory lives in Nelson, New Zealand. She also teaches in London each summer, as well as leading workshops in Italy, Sweden, Finland, France, and the UK. She has a strong interest in vision and teaches how it precedes, informs, and affects how you react and move in everyday life, how you interfere with it, and how to make changes if you choose.
This retreat will be taking place at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Center, near Nelson, New Zealand. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, it overlooks the beautiful Wangapeka River with 140 acres of grounds.
You can book your flight to either Christchurch International Airport (CHC) or Nelson Airport (NSN). School for F.M. Alexander Studies will assist you in making arrangements to get from Nelson Airport (NSN) to the center.
"I came to the School for F.M. Alexander Studies teacher training to enhance my teaching practice. The technique has radicalized how I think about and teach voice and acting. The School for F.M. Alexander Studies is an excellent environment for training Alexander technique teachers. Senior faculty members are highly skilled. They keep abreast of advancements in AT pedagogy and are dedicated in facilitating each student to develop their own teaching style while maintaining the essence of the technique."
"To that end, the director of the school ensures that students have many opportunities to work with visiting international master teachers. The school also provides comprehensive support and mentoring for new graduates of the school. I can highly recommend this school to anyone who is seriously considering training for teacher qualifications in the Alexander Technique."
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"During the years that I have spent training in and exploring different dance and bodywork techniques, it is the Alexander Technique and the three-year teacher training that has had one of the most profound influences upon me. It has not only exerted its influence upon me, but has exerted influence upon and supported the integration of many of the other techniques I have learned."
"The emphasis on undoing habitual movement choices and pathways, undoing preconceived ideas of body and mind in order to recover a natural freedom of movement and thought continues to be a challenging, rewarding, and endless process. These days my improvisation and choreographic work arises from a deep, inner motivation and understanding that I know would not be the same without the Alexander Technique."
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