Training in the Alexander Technique
We have been running a three-year teacher training course since 1997.
The course provides all the training required to be come a fully qualified Alexander Technique teacher, with certification recognised by STAT (the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique), and ATE (Alexander Technique Education).
The emphasis throughout the course is on learning to explore your own use through games and activities. The purpose is to develop sensory appreciation through inhibition and direction and to apply this process to hands-on work.
The Director of Training is Karen Wentworth (teaching since 1977 and training teachers since 1984), assisted by Alison Harper (teaching since 1990). There are other experienced teachers with specialists skills in voice, music, acting, creative movement, dance, art, carpentry and swimming. You can read about us here.
Each day consists of individual work with a variety of teachers, small group work with one teacher, class work using ‘games’ (simple movements guided by a teacher) and a half-hour lecture. We study F. M. Alexander’s books and topis such as anatomy, physiology and psychology, examining how they relate to the Alexander Technique.
We aim to provide a creative and supportive environment to facilitate the process of change, to stimulate enquiry and personal discovery. We find that students benefit from stability in their daily life as they adapt to the psychophysical changes brought about the Technique.
We have also found that students who come to the course with the desire and commitment to work on themselves tend to benefit more from their training. It is necessary to learn to look after one’s own use in order to become a teacher.
The best way to find out about us is to visit us. Ideally, you would have had some individual lessons before applying, and will also have had some lessons with the director, Karen Wentworth.
See also Structure.
See also Our Alexander Philosophy