Residential Alexander Technique Workshop
July 28 - August 2, 2014
Humans are designed for movement and expression. The Alexander Technique (AT) is a systematic study of the principles
that govern human movement. These principles guide us to a kinesthetic
experience of wholeness and lightness-thinking becomes clearer, feelings
balanced, sensations livelier, and movement more pleasurable. Through
this integrated, more conscious condition, we find our actions
strengthened and refined.
The Alexander Technique Residential Workshop at Viterbo is an excellent way to study the technique at whatever level you are. No previous Alexander experience is necessary.
New students can begin to build a foundation in AT principles. People
who have studied before will find support to clarify and deepen their
work. Current Alexander teachers and teacher trainees can work with master teachers in a community setting.
Dates and Times
Classes begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28. Plan to
arrive Monday afternoon to check in, get settled, and eat dinner. The
course will conclude at noon on Saturday, August 2. Here is a typical
Breakfast on your own
tai chi with Martha Fertman
10:05-10:30 a.m. Large group (all together)
10:35-11:55 a.m. Home groups (small groups)
Private lessons and lunch
2:15-3:45 p.m. Special topics classes
Dinner on your own
Each person will receive three 20-minute private
lessons. Evening activities may be arranged by interest: movie
night, walks, discussion groups, city band concert in the park, etc.
There will be a Mississippi River Backwater Eco Tour one evening, 5:30-7:30
p.m., which includes supper.
$625 per person
$525 for full-time
college and high school students, Viterbo employees and alumni, those taking
the course for grad credit, and AT teacher trainees
There is a returnee discount of $100 for anyone who attended
the Viterbo workshop in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013.
$305 double occupancy
$205 quad occupancy
A deposit of $295 will guarantee a place at the
Registration deadline is June 30, 2014; full balance is due
July 14, 2014.
For cancellations received on or by Monday, June 30, deposits/tuition
will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. After June 30, deposits are
not refundable. No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than a
week before the workshop.
Meals will be on your own.
Dinner is included in the price of the boat ride. The Mayo-Franciscan Hospital cafeteria –
Market Place Restaurant – is two blocks from campus. It features a full
service restaurant with made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Hot
entrees are offered daily, and soup, salad bar, and desserts are available to
complement your meal. There is also a grab-n-go sandwich station.
Two-bedroom air-conditioned apartments with small,
unfurnished kitchenettes are available for $305 double occupancy (one person
per bedroom) or $205 quad occupancy (four people per apartment, two per
bedroom). We have a really good food
co-op downtown if you have special dietary needs. All prices include bed linens and taxes. Towels are provided, but you may bring your
La Crosse is located on Interstate 90 about 130 miles NW of
Madison and 150 miles SW of Minneapolis/St. Paul. American Eagle (from
Chicago) and Delta (from Minneapolis) fly into the La Crosse Municipal Airport.
Two graduate credits are available through the Viterbo
Graduate School of Education. Cost is $220 for the two credits. For
a syllabus, contact Diane Foust at email@example.com.
Mississippi River Backwater Cruise
One evening, we have a special Eco Tour planned on the main
channel and backwaters of the Mississippi River from 5:30-7:30 p.m. More
information is available at www.mississippiexplorer.com.
More Miscellaneous Details
Dress to be moving and to lie on the floor. You might wish to bring a yoga mat if you
have one. A few yoga mats will be provided for each home
group. Bring your own soap. You also might like to bring a lamp for the
dorm room because there will not be much overhead light. Stoves are in the kitchenettes if you want to
bring a tea kettle and mug for tea in your room. No dishes, glasses, or cooking utensils are
provided in the kitchenettes. While the
dorms are air conditioned, some people in the past have wanted an extra
fan. You are provided one pillow. If you want extras, please bring your own.
About the Instructors
Diane Foust is a singer and
musician by training. She began her
Alexander Technique study through workshops at Ohio State University, Seven
Oaks, and Sweet Briar College. Her
teachers have included Bill Conable, Dale Beaver, Martha Fertman, Barbara
Conable, Robin Gilmore, Jan Baty, Meade Andrews, Michael Frederick, and Carol
Boggs. She trained as an Alexander
teacher with Martha Fertman and Bruce Fertman in Philadelphia and was certified
by ATI in 2007. Since then, she has
taught AT privately and at Viterbo University. She retired from full-time teaching in May
2013 after 28 years in the Viterbo Music Department. She continues teaching voice and Alexander
Technique privately and at Viterbo University.
Carol Boggs is an Alexander Technique teacher,
Laban Movement Analyst, and Massage Therapist, with B.S. and M.A. degrees in
Dance. She has a private practice in greater Washington D.C. and has been a
faculty member for the AT Five-Day Workshop at Sweet Briar College, VA since
1999. In spring 2006, she was invited to teach for ATA, an Alexander Technique
teacher training school in Tokyo. In 2003 and 2005, Carol completed two one-year
trainings, first with Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing, followed by
John Nicholls in The Carrington Way of Working. Most recently she has
taken an interest in Steven Shaw's The Art of Swimming. Carol has been
teaching the Alexander Technique since 1980 and is a certified teaching member
Fertman has been
teaching the Alexander Technique for thirty years and has been training
teachers of the work for more than twenty.
In 1983 she co-founded an innovative teacher training program that has
evolved into the Alexander Alliance, an international association of Alexander
teacher training programs. She comes to the Alexander Technique through a broad
base of movement studies including ballet, modern dance and choreography,
improvisation, T'ai Chi Chuan, and Authentic Movement. Her training in the Alexander Technique
includes a 10 year apprenticeship with Marjorie Barstow as well as studies with
Catherine Wieloposka and Elizabeth Walker, all first generation teachers.
Martha is an Alexander Technique International certified teacher and sponsor.
Anne Waxman has
been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1984. She is a teaching member of
the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and was Senior Faculty
at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in New York from
1989-1998, where she helped train many teachers who practice today. Currently
on the faculty of Riverside
Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT), a
Teacher Certification Program in New York, she also has the privilege to work
with actors at The William Esper Studio . Ms. Waxman has travelled nationally
and internationally presenting the work in Master Class format, teacher
training programs, and individual lessons. She maintains a private practice in
New York City where she continues to work with performing artists and the
For more information about Alexander Technique Residential Workshop, contact Diane Foust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance with the registration process, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or email@example.com.