Viterbo University’s website and many of our communication systems such as email and telephone services will be unavailable for parts of Saturday, July 26. In case of emergencies please email

Fine Arts Center

Header Image

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 daily schedule:

7-8:30 a.m.                        Breakfast on your own                   
9 a.m.                                Optional tai chi with Martha Fertman
9:30-10 a.m.                      Walkabouts
10:05-10:30 a.m.               Large group (all together)
10:35-11:55 a.m.               Home groups (small groups)
12-2 p.m.                           Private lessons and lunch
2:15-3:45 p.m.                   Special topics classes
4-5 p.m.                             Private lessons
Evening                             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.


Tuition and fees:  
      $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.

Room prices:  
       $305 double occupancy apartment (one/bedroom)
       $205 quad occupancy apartment (two/bedroom)

Please visit to register.

A deposit of $295 will guarantee a place at the workshop.  
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 own extras.


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.

Graduate Credit

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

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

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 of AmSAT.

Martha Hansen 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 general public.

For more information about Alexander Technique Residential Workshop, contact Diane Foust at

For assistance with the registration process, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or