Alexander Technique Centre Ireland Newsletter, Autumn 2018

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Welcome

Red sunset

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of the newsletter. We hope you enjoy it! A special welcome if you are new to the Alexander Technique mailing list. We will not fill up your inbox as you will be only sent an e-newsletter about 3-4 times a year.

Each one has to find his peace within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
  — Mahatma Gandhi

Featured in this issue:

Just Released: New Edition of The Alexander Technique Manual

Cover of new edition of The Alexander Technique Manual by Richard Brennan 2018

The new edition of The Alexander Technique Manual is a practical and informative guide, which clearly sets out the principles of this world famous technique and shows you how to use them in your daily life. With the help of superb colour photography, it reveals exactly how we place our bodies under excessive strain and how the Alexander Technique can help us to ease this tension and achieve a more relaxed muscular system. There are also awareness exercises for you to practice at home, with handy hints on mistakes to avoid when you first start to practise the Technique.

Topics covered include breathing, driving, walking, standing, sitting, writing, working at a computer, playing musical instruments and many others. Golf, running, tennis, cycling, pool, football and horse riding are also included in the chapter on sport.

The Alexander Technique Manual is suitable for anyone, with or without previous experience; it has various case histories and also has special sections on pregnancy. This is the most lavishly illustrated book yet, with 200 colour photographs throughout.

Special Features of this book include:

  • Fully illustrated with nearly 200 stunning full colour photographs and illustrations
  • Several of the pictures are shot with a strobe light to illustrate movements
  • Basic introduction to the Alexander Technique
  • Hints on how to improve breathing
  • Special section on various sports including running, golf, cycling, horse riding, football, tennis and pool
  • In-depth chapter on Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Special Offer: Free How to Breathe CD with every How to Breathe Book Offer

How to Breathe book by Richard Brennan 2017

For the rest of 2018 we are giving away a free How to Breathe CD or How to Breathe MP3 with every copy of the How to Breathe book for all recipients of this newsletter. The CD and MP3 are the perfect accompaniment to the book.

How to Breathe CD by Richard Brennan

The How to Breathe book, and audio tools, show you how you can relearn your natural rhythm of breathing which can in turn beneficially alter the way you think, feel and act. This book is filled with practical breathing techniques that you can use at home. By applying consciousness to the action of breathing you can become aware of harmful breathing habits which interfere with your breathing, and will help you avoid them. As we breathe more than 2000 times a day it is important that we breathe as efficiently and effectively as possible.

To claim your free CD: please order the book at www.alexander.ie/books.html and email sales@alexander.ie, to let us know that you've bought the book and wish to claim the free CD.

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Alexander Technique Holiday in Croatia, 16th - 21st June 2019

A view of a Croatian sunset over the sea

Following a very successful Alexander workshop with 35 participants and teachers in Croatia in May this year, we have again reserved rooms at the beautiful Stacija hotel for June, 2019.The hotel is in Kaštel Lukšić, Split, which is right on the Adriatic Sea and only 10 minutes from Split airport.

View of Croatia

The week will again be a balanced mixture of an Alexander course and a relaxing holiday with like-minded people. The workshop will run from 10.00am to 1.00pm each day (from Sunday to Friday), leaving you free for the rest of the day to swim, relax or explore the surrounding area. Wednesday is a free day to explore Split or visit one of the many nearby islands. There will be an option of a boat trip. The cost of the workshop is €275 and is booked separately from the hotel. The workshop in May this year was booked out so early booking is advised. You can book immediately with a deposit of €100 which is refundable until January 1st.

The cost of the hotel starts at around €90 per room per night including breakfast. To book the hotel either full board/half board/B&B please visit http://stacija-hotel.com.

View of Croatian harbour town

The Alexander teachers will be Richard Brennan, Aranka Fortwängler and Andreja Tokic.

Aranka Fortwängler became acquainted with the Alexander Technique in 1974 while studying music in Freiburg, Germany. She has been an Alexander teacher for over 35 years and has been the director of the Alexander Technique Teacher Training course in Freiburg since 1989. She was a founding member of the German society of the Alexander Technique teachers (ATVD), and was lecturing for many years at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe. She travels all over the Europe leading Alexander Technique workshops, many in Croatia - her country of birth. Website: www.alexandertechnikfreiburg.de

Andreja Tokic is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and hypotherapist. She lives and works in Split. For 10 years she is has been involved in the work with Alexander Technique and qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique in Freiburg, Germany with Aranka Fortwängler.

In her private practice close to Split she works with children and adults with neurological issues. Her vision is to build an international centre of the Alexander Technique in Croatia where the AT teacher training would be integrated in the work with the children and adults with neurological problems.

To book the Alexander workshop or for more information please contact Richard Brennan info@alexander.ie or telephone 00 353 91 555800.

To book the hotel please contact: rezervacije@stacija-hotel.com

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Alexander Technique Holiday in Spain,
10th - 17th August 2018

A view of the mountains from Cortijo Romero, near Orgiva, Spain
Cortijo Romero is a breathtakingly beautiful alternative holiday centre like no other; in a magnificent Andalucian mountain setting; delightful accommodation and delicious healthy food. There's a superb range of holistic personal development courses and retreats, with outstanding facilitators: yoga, tai chi, dance, massage and more - all in 'one of the most inspiring and uplifting areas in the world'.
  — National Geographic magazine
Swimming pool at Cortijo Romero centre, Spain

Learning the Alexander Technique in the wonderful holistic centre of Cortijo Romero is a magical experience and has all the ingredients you need to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Many people feel that they learn the Alexander Technique far more easily here as they say they can let go of muscular tension far more quickly due to the centre's peaceful location and atmosphere.

Cortijo Romero is situated in the wonderful La Alpujarra mountains, in an unspoiled National Park in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Granada province, deep in the south of Spain. It sits at 1300 feet in a fertile valley, within an 800-year old olive grove, surrounded by magnificent mountain views. (Not only in daytime: watching the stars over the mountains at midnight from the roof is a magical experience!)

The bedrooms are simply but comfortably furnished in local style, all with bath or shower, and central heating in winter. Most are singles or twins, with a few doubles. And there is a private swimming pool in the centre of complex which is available to use at all times. All the food is vegetarian, including eggs and dairy produce, using as much local and organic produce as possible. It's a diet suited to the environment - delicious, varied, nourishing and much appreciated by the guests.

Dining outside at Cortijo Romero centre, Spain

The price of the holiday is £685 (early bird rate until February 2019) and includes all course tuition, accommodation and all meals. For special diets like vegan, dairy-free and wheat-free as well as some medically prescribed ones, there is a small extra charge of £17 per week, booked before you travel. You only have to place your £100 deposit to book this.

For further information please visit www.cortijo-romero.co.uk - course detail page.

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Four day workshop with Aranka Fortwangler (Germany/Croatia) and team, 23rd – 26th October 2018

Aranka Fortwangler, Alexander Technique Teacher

For one week we have a visit from another training in Frieburg, Germany. Both students and 4 four teachers from Gemany and Croatia will come together for a week with the students of the course in Galway for a week of learning the Alexander Technique, laughter and music. There are a few extra places at a discounted rate for anyone who has visited the course before. Early booking is advised.

Aranka Fortwängler became acquainted with the Alexander Technique in 1974 while studying music in Freiburg, Germany. She has been an Alexander teacher for over 35 years and has been the director of the Alexander Technique Teacher Training course in Freiburg since 1989.

She was a founding member of the German society of the Alexander Technique teachers (ATVD), and was lecturing for many years at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe. She travels all over the Europe leading Alexander Technique workshops, many in Croatia - her country of birth. Website: www.alexandertechnikfreiburg.de

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 23rd - Friday 26th October 2018
Times: Tuesday 2.30 pm – Friday 12 noon
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Directions: www.alexander.ie/directions.html
Cost: €200 for four days or €70 for one day
Suitable for: Open to all.
To Book: Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie

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Four day workshop with Annedore Kleist (Germany), 13th – 16th November 2018

Performing with Ease

Annedore Kleist, Alexander Technique Teacher

If you follow the principles of the Alexander Technique you become a better actor. It helps you to become more present in the moment which will help you to see, listen and respond to your fellow actors and audience, instead of becoming stressed, anxious and trying too hard.

The workshop will include Alexander Technique principles, camera-work and 'Meisner partner-work' exercises which will help you release unnecessary tensions. This in turn will enable you to become more connected to your own body and breathing so that emotions can then flow easily and you don't have to produce them.

All great performance, as with every other great art, is in essence very simple: Just being there, seeing, breathing, listening and letting yourself respond in a fresh and spontaneous way. The secret to any performance is to prepare yourself in such a way that this becomes possible and you are no longer in the way which prevents natural spontaneity so that you are no longer performing, but rather the performance comes through you.

This workshop will help you to find that state of ease.

This course will also be very useful for you if you are a singer, a musician, a public speaker or are involved with any other kind of performance.

What you will learn:

  • Improve breathing
  • Expand awareness
  • Enhance presence
  • Increase spontaneity
  • Improve self-confidence

Annedore Kleist is a professional actress and a teacher of the Alexander Technique. She studied acting at the School of Music and Theatre Hamburg. She has worked with many famous Directors over the years in a various plays and films. Annedore trained at the School for Alexander Technique in Berlin with Dan Armon between 2001 and 2004 and her teaching now focuses mainly on working with actors and performers to help people feel more confident in improving many kinds of performances.

Course Details

Dates: Tuesday 13th – Friday 16th November 2018
Times: Tuesday 10am – Friday 12 noon
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Directions: www.alexander.ie/directions.html
Cost: €200 for four days or €75 for one day
Suitable for: Open to all.
To Book: Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie

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Five-week Thursday morning class 20th September - 18th October near Galway

Alexander Technique Centre, Ireland, open session

This five-week course on the Alexander Technique is suitable for complete beginners as well as for those who have had previous experience of the Technique. We will be covering topics such as relieving pain or stress and improving breathing, posture and confidence.

Class limited to 12. The pupil teacher ratio will be 6:1 to give plenty of opportunity for individual attention. Teachers: Richard Brennan, Alazne Larrinaga, and Glenna Batson.

Course Details

Dates: Thursday 20th September – Thursday 18th October 2018
Times: 10:30am till 12:30pm
Venue: The Alexander Training College, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Directions: www.alexander.ie/directions.html
Cost: €120 for the 5 weeks including tea and coffee (you can try the first one for €20 without obligation)
Suitable for: Everyone with or without previous Alexander Technique experience is welcome.
To Book: Places are limited so please book early. Please contact Richard Brennan on 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie

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Training Course News

Celebrating Twenty Years

Champagne bottle

It is exactly 20 years ago this September that the training course started here in Galway. In 1998 there were only 3 or 4 teachers in the whole of Ireland; today there are over 50. So far there have been 44 graduates from the training course helping a wide variety of people to become heathier or to perform better. There will be a special event on Friday 26th October at 8pm to celebrate at the centre with music and refreshments – all welcome.

New Assistant Training Course Director

Glenna Batson, Alexander Technique teacher

We are delighted to welcome Glenna Batson to take up the position as assistant director of the training. Glenna has a dance and somatic background. She is also a trained Physiotherapist and has a PhD in Neuroscience. She will bring her own unique way of teaching to the training which involves movement anatomy and a lot of fun.

We also want to thank Michaela Wohlgemuth for being assistant director on the training for 15 years. We wish her the best of luck in Dublin and with her job in Lir at Trinity College.

Enrolments

Ever thought of becoming an Alexander teacher? To find out more about this very rewarding career please go to www.alexandertechniqueireland.com

There are two places available on the Alexander Technique Training Course starting in September, and two places next April. You can apply for either term anytime.

Also there are shorter periods of training if you are already working in the caring profession or wish to just learn the Technique for your own benefit. These courses are one week, three weeks and three months long and the cost is €200 per week.

Open Week at the Training College in Galway, 25th - 28th September 2018 (free)

If you have ever considered doing further training in the Alexander Technique, either for you own personal interest, or with a view to becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique, then you may be interested in the Open Week at the college. During this week people can come to the college for a day or a week and join in on the sessions.

This week is completely free to those who have never been to the college before, and half price (€100) to those who have visited before.

It is open to all those who have already had some lessons or who have been to an introductory workshop. Please see www.alexandertechniqueireland.com for more information about the training.

To book a place please call 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie.

Other Visits

Informal group at Alexander Technique Training Centre, Galway, Ireland

Although the Training Course is primarily for those who wish to train to become Alexander Technique teachers, we do welcome those who wish to visit for a day, a week or even a whole term, by arrangement, to improve their own understanding of the Technique. It is an ideal environment for those who enjoy learning the technique in a group. You will receive individual sessions as well as join in group sessions on various subjects including standing, walking, sitting and breathing. You can pay by the day or the week.

Please see www.alexandertechniqueireland.com for more information about the training. To book a place please call 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie.

One year Postgraduate Diploma Course starting in September 2018 in Galway

Anyone who has completed a 3 year Alexander Technique teacher training course is welcome to apply. The course will include one hands-on lesson each day for yourself; working with people who have had little or no experience of the technique; how to start and sustain a successful practice teaching the Alexander Technique; and many other related topics such as neuroscience and how to read MRI reports.

Cost: €995 per term.

Please contact Richard for full details 091 555800 or email info@alexander.ie.

Term Dates 2018 - 2019

Autumn Term 2018

Start and end of term: Tuesday 18th September – Thursday 6th December
Mid-term break: 29th October - 2nd November
Visiting teachers:
Aranka Fortwaengler, 23rd to 26th October and Annedore Kleist 13th – 16th November.

Spring and Summer term dates for 2019 to follow.

Course hours: Tues 2.30–6.30pm, Weds 9.30am–4pm, Thurs 9.30am–1.30pm, Fri 9–12 noon
NB Hours may change on weeks that visiting teacher is present.

For full details please visit: www.alexandertechniqueireland.com.

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Short Courses with Richard Brennan

Richard Brennan, director of Alexander Technique Centre, Galway, Ireland

Forthcoming Introductory and Intermediate short courses led by Richard Brennan are given below.

For booking information and further details about the short courses below, please visit our short courses page. Please note that you are also welcome to visit the college for intermediate training. For courses run by other qualified teachers, see also the ISATT course page.

City Hotel, Podgorica, Montenegro
7th - 8th September 2018
An introduction to the Alexander Technique
€75

Alexander Technique Centre, Moycullen, Galway
20th September - 18th October 2018
5 Week Morning Class: An introduction to the Alexander Technique
€120

Emmaus Centre, Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin
6th - 7th October 2018
Back In Balance: Residential Weekend Workshop
€195 (non residential €145)

National University of Ireland, Galway
13th + 20th October 2018
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life: Two Day Workshop
€125

Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co Galway
23rd - 25th November 2018
Back In Balance: Residential Weekend Workshop
€165 (€110 non-residential)

Rebro hotel, Kišpatićeva 12, Zagreb, Croatia
12th - 16th December 2018
An introduction to the Alexander Technique open to everyone
Non-Residential Five Day Course
€470

Stacija hotel, Kaštel Lukšić, Split, Croatia
16th - 21st June 2019
Residential week-long workshop in beautiful Croatia.
The cost of the workshop is €275 and excludes accommodation at the hotel. This starts at €90 per room per night including breakfast.

Cortijo Romero, Orgiva, Granada, Spain
10th - 17th August 2019
An introduction to the Alexander Technique open to everyone
Residential week-long workshop in a beautiful holiday centre in southern Spain.
€685 (early bird rate)

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