2021 ATI Virtual Annual Conference and General Meeting Workshop Descriptions

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Please click on each session to read the descriptions and the presenter biographies. Note that exact session times are not listed here. Please refer to the conference schedule in your time zone to figure out when each workshop will be held.  


Niamh Dowling - Searching for a Liberatory pedagogy: The confluence of Alexander Technique and Systemic Constellations
Rachel Prabhakar - Embodying Movement of the Pelvis
Holly Cinnamon - Moving from Different Concepts of Self
Catherine Madden - Imaginarium: Games for the Kingdom of Zoom
Jana Tift and Meade Andrews - Dispelling Body Myths through the Alexander Technique
Greg Holdaway - Parts and Wholes
Catherine Kettrick - Lights! Camera! Action! How to Enhance Your Online Teaching


Gentian Rahtz - Expanded Attention
Aaron Bigeleisen and Joseph Arnold - Become a Soulforce Musician
Melody Schaper - What's Love got to do with the Alexander Technique
Joseph Kaplan - The ATI Demonstration of Knowledge: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know
Cecile Raynor - The Wise Way to Yoga
William Conable - Attention Strategies: Solving Knotty Pedagogical Problems


Sarah Barker - How Do You Solve a Problem Like....?
Sean Redpath - Idea-ology
Jennifer Mizenko - Playing with Heads.
Jamee Culbertson - The Posture of Consciousness
David Moore - Embedding AT in Yoga Classes 


Penelope Easten - Give Yourself a pull to the elbow and free your own shoulders
Alexandra Mikheeva - Introducing the AT in Russian
Delia Rosenboom - Who's Directing Your Directions - Sage or Saboteur?
Masoero Jeando - What are the Coordinating Principles F.M. Alexander was writing about in his books?
Corinne Cassini and Manuelle Borgel - Exploring Your Inner Self in Relationship to the Environment
Sharla Jacobs - Attract Clients Without Struggle
Jess Lemmertz - Gender in 2021: Inclusive Teaching Essentials
Kate Conklin - Revealing Optimal Vocal Qualities Through Coordination
Yuriko Ishii - How not to be a Charismatic Teacher


Jessica Webb - Alexander Anywhere: Using Zoom (or online platforms) as an Opportunity vs. Obstacle
Tommy Thompson - Butterflies are Free




Workshop:  Searching for a Liberatory pedagogy: The confluence of Alexander Technique and Systemic Constellations
Workshop Presenter(s): Niamh Dowling

This workshop will explore some aspects of the intersectionality of Alexander Technique and Systemic Constellations and to understand how this gives a foundation to a critical and liberatory pedagogy. Constellations reinforce the Alexander Principles in the fullness of being present in every sense of the word and being aware of the past, the present and the future. Both bodies of work emphasise being tuned to what is happening inside my body, outside my body, close by, behind me and in front and far away and in the environment, trusting that absolutely imaginative and intuitive part of myself. Through Constellations, possibilities are revealed and become apparent, tuning into and feeling the network and mycelium web, at both a physical and metaphorical level. At the heart of a critical pedagogy is an investigation and a reflective awareness of self in relation to others. There is something important and relevant in this practice for enabling an inclusive and decolonising pedagogy and I have a growing awareness and desire to make this more explicit within my pedagogy. This workshop will explore the confluence of the potency of two bodies of work and how they create a unique narrative that is both empowering and decolonising.

Niamh Dowling is Head of School of Performance at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London. Niamh trained with Monika Pagneux in Paris, Nancy Topf and Eva Karczag in New York and trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique with Don Burton. She collaborated closely with Teatr Piesn Kozla and Anna Zubrzycki in Poland for fifteen years. Niamh has worked extensively internationally as a Movement Director, leading workshops in UK, Europe, USA, Asia, South and Central America and Russia working on projects and productions in New York, Hong Kong, Africa, Russia and more recently in Georgia and Uzbekistan. Niamh has been training in Systemic Constellations for the past 10 years, which has deeply influenced her practice and supported her holistic approach to education and performance training. Niamh is one of the practitioners on the online Routledge Performance Archive. https://www.routledgeperformancearchive.com

Workshop: Embodying Movement of the Pelvis
Workshop Presenter(s):  Rachel Prabhakar

Can you feel how the bones of your pelvis move when you go into monkey? And why might this be an interesting and useful thing to feel?Swiss movement educator Eric Franklin has a saying, “Embodying function improves function.” In this workshop, we will be exploring the form and function of the pelvis, not just as an intellectual exercise, but to embody it. We aim to feel, understand, and visualize how the bones of the pelvis move when we bend our knees, so that we can improve our monkey. Spoiler alert: movement in the pelvis doesn’t stay in the pelvis . . . we’ll see how it ripples down to the feet and up the spine.

Rachel Prabhakar teaches the Alexander Technique and Pilates at her metro Boston studio. Her practice serves people with a wide variety of medical conditions and injuries, as well as dancers and athletes. Rachel trained with Tommy Thompson at the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge and with Debi Adams at the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2013. She went on to complete further post-graduate work with Tommy Thompson. She is currently engaged in a Franklin Method Level 1 Certification course, with an expected graduation date of June 2021.Rachel received her Pilates Level 2 Instructor certification from the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) in 2009, and then completed an advanced apprenticeship at the renowned Melbourne studio Balance & Control. Prior to undertaking Pilates certification, Rachel spent a decade working as a software engineer. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Chicago.

Workshop:  Moving from Different Concepts of Self
Workshop Presenter(s): Holly Cinnamon

This workshop will be an hour long semi-guided free movement practice. It will be accessible and adaptable to all movement ranges and abilities. We will explore different ways of thinking about yourself and notice what movements, sounds and gestures arise from those concepts or lenses of self. We will also explore moving in relationship or in response to different stimuli in your environment. We will notice how your perception of yourself shifts based on what you are consciously relating to. This work is rooted in orienting and resourcing practises from Somatic Experiencing applied to a movement practice. You may notice habits of perception of both yourself and your environment and discover new possibilities for your perception, which may in turn shift your sensations and ideas about yourself. This will be an individual practice and if you are on zoom there will be no need to turn your camera on. You’ll be encouraged to look away from the screen for the majority of the class.

Holly is an actor, songwriter and AT/yoga teacher based in New York City. Her teaching combines tools from AT with Somatic Experiencing and her theatre training, including Laban, Feldenkrais and Viewpoints techniques. She teachers performers how to find resources in their environments to consistently access radiant and tangible presence and poise in their work. She loves guiding all people to discover more joy and curiosity about their bodies, ideas of self, habits and choices, to increase presence and therefore empowerment in their lives. www.teachingpresence.com

Workshop:  Imaginarium: Games for the Kingdom of Zoom
Workshop Presenter(s): Catherine Madden

Playful practices that enhance omniservational skills, self-agency, dimensional learning and creativity, integrating Alexander Technique practices into the online teaching environment.

Cathy Madden Teaching Professor, the University of Washington School of Drama. Director, The Integrative Alexander Technique Studio of Seattle and Founding Member of the Integrative Alexander Technique Circle. Author, Teaching the Alexander Technique: Active Pathways to Integrative Practice and Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists: Onstage Synergy. Co-Editor: Galvanizing Performance. Founding Member, Former Chair, Vision-Mission Chair and Formal Consensus Facilitator for Alexander Technique International. Creative Collaborator, Lucia Neare Theatrical Wonders.

Workshop: Dispelling Body Myths through the Alexander Technique
Workshop Presenter(s): Jana Tift and Meade Andrews

"Stand Up Straight!" "Pull Your Shoulders Back!" BODY MYTHS - cultural and personal beliefs about our bodies - limit our students' movement potential. In this workshop we explore a variety of body myths vs. the facts of Alexander's discoveries. Through simple explorations, we can recognize our body myths and let them go. We awaken our "sleeping beauty," our beautiful, balanced coordination, and restore our mind/body dance. This process of recognition, exploration, and discovery can support students in individual lessons, as well as in a group setting.

Meade Andrews, PhD is an internationally recognized, senior teacher of the Alexander Technique. She teaches Movement for Actors to students and professionals and has served as a movement coach for 40 theatrical productions. Meade currently teaches and coaches performers at Rider University, and the Westminster Choir College. She is the co-author of Your Body Knows: A Movement Guide for Actors (Routledge, 2020).

Jana S. Tift, MFA has taught the Alexander Technique and movement for actors for over twenty years in both academic and professional settings. A former member of the Graduate Acting Faculty at Florida Atlantic University she now coaches actors, singers, instrumentalists, and choirs throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is the co-author of Your Body Knows: A Movement Guide for Actors (Routledge, 2020).

Workshop: Parts and Wholes
Workshop Presenter(s): Greg Holdaway

Awaken movement possibilities in a systematic process, leading to an experience of moving in conscious cooperation with the whole self. This workshop will take the participants through an experiential journey of progressive sensory exploration, aiming at an undivided experience of moving as one within a perceptually expanded milieu. Our desired outcome is to bring this whole-self-moving experience to rehabilitation after injury, skilled performance, and/or to the coaching of others. Rationale Performers cannot know what new possibilities exist if they are sensorially stuck within their usual repertoire. This limitation of sensory possibility keeps performers doing the things that lead to injury or inhibit recovery when they really need to change in order to improve. Addressing injury or challenge by working on the ‘parts’ can only ever be part of the answer, every change in the parts results in a reorganisation of the ‘whole’, and conversely, changing the conception of the whole, in and of itself, necessitates a reorganisation of the ‘parts’. Re-conditioning training, framed as ‘warming-up’, can have profound effects on the well-being of performers and the quality of performance. This is more than warming-up in the usual sense, although it serves that purpose as well, it is a way of practising deliberate attention, mindfulness in action, aimed at re-opening and awakening possibilities within and beyond the usual embodied patterns of the performing artist’s discipline. With success, performers not only deal with the struggles of performance and rehabilitation, they are enabled to move beyond deliberate technique ‘trying to get it right’, and into spontaneously self-organised creative expression, informed, but not constrained, by their established technique.

Director of Training at BodyMinded Alexander Technique, Greg Holdaway has 30 years experience in the Performing Arts, he helps performers of all kinds to recover from injury and to take their performance to the next level. Greg has a Masters Honours degree in Human Movement, and has particular interest in the reflex modulated and indirect aspects of the coordination of skilled actions. Greg is the developer of BodyMinded professional training for performing arts teachers, particularly Musicians, and has trained professional Alexander technique teachers over many years.

Workshop: Lights! Camera! Action! How to Enhance Your Online Teaching
Workshop Presenter(s): Catherine Kettrick

Many of us had to make a fast 180 degree turn to teaching online at the beginning of the pandemic. Some of us have been able to resume limited in person teaching. I taught online before COVID, so the transition for me was seamless. However, my experience working in theater and film gives me tools that most teachers may not know about. This workshop will give you tools to enhance your teaching—on or off line. The workshop has three parts: Part One: Production Values. Explore how sets, costumes, lighting, props, sound and makeup can improve your ability to teach well, and your pupils’ ability to learn. Part Two: Blocking. How you look on screen, and how your pupils present themselves on screen, can subtly but significantly affect how pupils understand you, and how easily you are able to observe what they are doing. Also: headshots. Part Three: Putting it all into practice. With the time remaining, anyone who wants to use some of these ideas to teach a brief lesson, may do so.

Catherine Kettrick has been working in theater and film just a few years longer than she has been studying the Alexander Technique. Primarily an actor, Catherine has also directed, and written several plays. She delights in working with performers (of all kinds) and helping them realize how a little change in their thinking can have a profound effect on their whole being, and how clarity of intention can lead to fully embodied characters on film or stage.



Workshop: Expanded Attention
Workshop Presenter(s):  Gentian Rahtz

One of the hallmarks of Alexander work is the challenge of learning to consciously attend to a wide range of shifting information both internal and external, to expand the range of our attention. This may be cognitive or energic, verbal or non verbal, spacial, or information from the senses.

It may seem paradoxical that, for many people, this skill can make them feel more anchored and present, more aware of their surroundings and also more in touch with their inner sense of themselves. There can also be a day to day pleasure in the feeling of having a sense of spaciousness and expansion, of lightness in our bodies, giving them room to breathe.

Gentian Rahtz trained with Don Burton at Fellside Alexander school in Kendal, Cumbria and qualified in 1990 so has been teaching for 30 years. This school was very successful with an emphasis on students' personal development and embodiment. I would not have lasted at a more conventional school! There is now growing support for a more holistic approach to Alexander teaching. I am also a writer and meditator.

Workshop: Become a Soulforce Musician
Workshop Presenter(s): Aaron Bigeleisen and Joseph Arnold

What if muscle tension wasn't merely a problem to be gotten rid of, but rather a clarion call from something important within you that's yearning to be born? "Soulforce,” a term coined by Mahatma Gandhi, is that quality which allows you to face life’s challenges with courage, compassion, playfulness, and connection. Gandhi’s “Soulforce” inspired the whole world and brought independence to India. But Soulforce isn’t just for luminary figures such as Gandhi & MLK - what if musicians and other ordinary people could discover, awaken, and embody Soulforce in their life and art? The Soulforce Music School offers you the tools to discover the “Soulforce” that lies undeath your stress and tension, and which allows you to give powerful, soulful, & inspiring performances, as well as to lead an inspired life. In this workshop, you will learn about The Five Pillars of Soulforce Music, a framework which integrates the Alexander Technique, developmental psychology, heart-centered musicianship, and life-purpose discovery to help you to awaken your own Soulforce. Musicians can bring their instruments for a guided experience of Soulforce Musicianship. Those who teach musicians will learn how this framework can greatly enhance how you teach Alexander Technique to musicians.

Joseph Arnold is an Alexander Technique teacher, professional violinist, and Co-Founder of the Soulforce Music School, living in Philadelphia. JosephArnold.com

Aaron Bigeleisen, professional vocalist and (soon-to-be) Alexander Technique teacher is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. Aaron is currently enrolled in the prestigious Philadelphia School of Alexander Technique, working towards his Alexander Technique teacher certification. He is a Co-Founder of Soulforce Music School.

Workshop:  What's Love got to do with the Alexander Technique
Workshop Presenter(s):  Melody Schaper

Learning about oneself requires real courage. In order to change we must fall into the unknown, give up something that no longer serves us so that we can become something we have not been before. That is a monumental ask and task, and essential for growth. We ask this in order to become more of who we can be through opening spaces in ourselves to grow. As teachers our role is to support others through this delicate process. That is no easy process. Everything we fear becomes present in any moment of contact. Love, self love and love for others is essential to help us navigate through that process. Compassion allows us to be with ourselves and students with more openness and availability to whatever arises in the lesson. Through movement and dialogue we will explore how the process of embodying deep self compassion can support and guide us through any contact we have with our students and ourselves. We will sense how the power of self love deeply empowers and grounds us and experience how kindness allows more ease and freedom throughout our entire being.

Melody Schaper is an accompanist. After years of study and work she has discovered that her greatest love is to walk with others through the process of change. She supports and accompanies anyone on the path to learning about themselves. As a trained Alexander Teacher, Laban Movement Analyst and Gestalt Psychotherapy Practitioner Melody works side by side with anyone from executives to artists help them fall in loving connection with themselves again and more fully offer themselves to their lives and work. Melody lives and works in Kimberton PA.

Workshop:  Come to an ATI Knowledge Party!
Workshop Presenter(s):  Joseph Kaplan

Teaching member candidates will soon have to provide a Demonstration of Knowledge in three content areas: anatomy, ethics, and Alexander’s writings. In 2020 the Professional Development Committee launched a pilot project to explore implementing the Demonstration of Knowledge, a long planned component of ATI Teacher Certification. This workshop will provide details about the committee's findings so far. We will introduce the tasks teaching candidate's will be asked to complete, the means whereby their work will be evaluated, and review examples of successful Demonstrations of Knowledge. We will also discuss the remaining barriers to implementing the Demonstration of Knowledge. Time will be allotted for discussion and conversation about any questions. Come learn about the next phase of refinement of ATI's Teacher Certification Process.

Joe Kaplan has been a teaching member of ATI in 2017. He is concluding his second term as chair of the the Professional Development Committee.

Workshop:  The Wise Way to Yoga
Workshop Presenter(s): Cecile Raynor (email:  [email protected]; website:  www.studiocecile.com)

Modern Hatha Yoga is not 5000 years old, it is a creation that started in the 19th century under the influence of the bodybuilders who were the gymnasts of that time period and who started modern fitness. As modern fitness was emerging, we found people like François Delsarte and FM Alexander. They knew people were disconnecting themselves from their whole body functioning and came up with their approach to counterbalance this trend that has unfortunately kept thriving in our society. The Wise Way to Yoga is an approach to yoga that includes Delsarte's focus on joints and FM focus on activating our postural mechanism through hands-on work. It is about focusing on integrated functioning within a pose or a pose sequence. It is about teaching yoga lovers of all levels how to activate their whole-body intelligence, initially without the need for hands-on work. It lends itself to be taught online which is a great thing to be able to do at this time and age where online teaching is taking over the field of education and will do so increasingly going forward. This presentation will be both verbal and experiential although it is not a yoga class per se. The level of experience will vary depending on the number of participants. This presentation will include a Q & A section.

Cécile Raynor has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. She is also a Thai Yoga therapist and a Reiki practitioner. She has been a faculty member in a yoga teacher training course in Boston and has a yoga blog that was read in 100 different countries. She also is the author of The Wise Way to Yoga. Cécile is a yoga practitioner and has been into Buddhist and yogic meditation for 30 years. She translated for Thich Nhat Hanh and some of FM's books while in training as an Alexander Technique teacher. Her training combined with her personal exploration included a variety of teachers from most of the major AT lineage. Although confusing at the time, it led Cécile to create her own expression of the AT which she calls the Body Intelligence Activation Process of B.I.A Process™. Lastly, Cécile is in the process of launching The Wise Way to Yoga Revolution Tribe. Iyengar said: "Art evolves, Science evolves, and so must Yoga". AT has a place to play in this evolution.

Workshop:  Attention Strategies: Solving Knotty Pedagogical Problems
Workshop Presenter(s): William Conable

I have described two strategies for paying close attention, one of which is habitual for most people and makes using Alexander's discoveries difficult or impossible. Participants will learn and practice distinguishing and using these two strategies.

Bill Conable has been teaching since 1968 and is the originator of Body Mapping. He is currently exploring the relationship between the Alexander Technique and energy work. He trains teachers in Spokane, WA.



Workshop:  How Do You Solve a Problem Like....?
Workshop Presenter(s):  Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker will lead participants in solving problems according to Mr. Alexander’s Evolution of a Technique. She will demonstrate the steps of observation, non-judgmental analysis and experimentation an individual can take before using active thought to improve the head/neck/back relationship. As each participant receives a short coaching everyone will explore and discuss how we can teach our students this approach to self-improvement. There will be lots of teaching in activity so bring some fun things we can all explore. John Dewey, educationalist and philosopher, has said, “After studying over a period of years Mr. Alexander's method in actual operation, I would stake myself upon the fact that he has applied to our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and about our acts exactly the same method of experimentation and of production of new sensory observations, as tests and means of developing thought, that have been the source of all progress in the physical sciences.” We all know the delight and relief that comes from a good hands-on lesson with an Alexander Technique teacher. However, it is important that we keep central in our teaching and learning the “method of experimentation” that John Dewey valued above all else in his study of the technique. Everyone attending will have something to contribute to our understanding of this important principle.

Sarah became an Alexander Technique teacher in 1975, trained by Marjorie Barstow, and has studied more than forty somatic systems for unlocking the freedom and ability that comes with mind/body unity. She has an MFA in Theatre Movement and Acting, has directed two Graduate Acting programs and developed a system of psycho-physical approaches to acting and other performing arts. Sarah Barker is Professor Emerita at the U. of South Carolina. Sarah enjoys training new AT teachers in many training schools. She loves to share the power that Mr. Alexander’s problem-solving process has had in her life to help her meet the challenges of creative expression, healing and enjoying life.In addition to personal coaching Sarah offers several tools to support independent study in movement and wellbeing: her book, the Alexander Technique, her practice video, Moving with Ease and her new app, Allez Up!

Workshop:  Idea-ology
Workshop Presenter(s): Sean Redpath

 Ideas are incredibly powerful. The ideas we have shape the way we live, the choices we make, and how we do what we do. This workshop will explore how a simple change in idea causes a chain effect of change. It explores how everything begins as an idea, and the importance of recognizing our primary ideas and how they are serving us. These ideas can be in relation to ourselves as physical beings, psychological beings, emotional beings and spiritual beings.

Sean is both a certified BASI Comprehensive Pilates instructor and an ATI certified Alexander Technique teacher. His work is largely rehabilitative and re-educative, helping those who are recovering from surgery or injury, and building healthy habits as a preventative measure against future injuries. He has successfully helped people suffering with general neck and back pain, herniated spinal discs, sciatica pain, ruptured ACL, scoliosis, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, shoulder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the teachers of the Alexander Technique lineage that Sean had the privilege of learning under include Sue Laurie, then resident teacher for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre (and trained by Marjory Barlow), Nannette Anderson (Chris Stevens), and Sharyn West and Lucia Walker (Dick and Elizabeth Walker) with whom he graduated as a teacher.

Workshop:  Playing with Heads.
Workshop Presenter(s):  Jennifer Mizenko

Head lead/Body Follow is a mantra we hear all of the time in the Alexander Technique world. In this workshop we will explore this mantra by literally playing with heads. We will hold heads while supine. We will connect heads while crawling. We will make contact with heads while standing. All the while exploring the experience of moving the head and the connection with the body. Decartes said, "I think therefore I am"...but what about the rest of him? And how does the head/thinking integrate with the whole? Come explore this movement and these questions. *Note - this will be a very active, moving workshop, with some elements of contact improvisation.

Jennifer Mizenko is a Professor Emerita of Dance and Movement for the Actor at the University of Mississippi. She has a B.A. from Kenyon College, and an M.A. from The Ohio State University. She is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and served as Chair in 2007-2011. Jennifer is a Laban Movement Analyst certified by LIMS, and a certified yoga teacher from Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja Mexico and has presented internationally at Laban and Alexander conferences. She specializes in the teaching of Character Physicalization, integrating her knowledge of dance, LBMA, Chekhov and the Alexander Technique. She is one of the co-authors of the The Laban Workbook for Actors, A Practical Guide with Video. Currently Jennifer is studying with Theatrical Intimacy Educators, and is teaching dance, movement, and yoga online.

Workshop:  The Posture of Consciousness
Workshop Presenter(s):  Jamee Culbertson

The Posture of Consciousness This workshop combines Alexander Technique principles and Qigong. (Qi means energy and gong is your practice). We will also focus on how this is helpful in training teachers in particular when they raise their arms to place hands on the student. In this workshop we will explore our energetic anatomy in relationship to standing. We’ll explore our support between earth and sky and how this is helpful in putting hands on our students. The Qigong we will be teaching you is called the ‘Three Dan Tien Qigong’. By awakening these three major energy centers in the body you can find a brand new way to stand and move without tensing or holding yourself up. Next we will apply awareness to the following Iron Shirt (skirt) Qigong standing postures: ‘Embracing the Tree' strengthens our earth-human-sky relationship. 'Holding the Golden Urn' helps in finding flow balancing the front and back of the body. Wear comfortable clothings and bring a smile.

Jamee is an Alexander Technique teacher/trainer at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Jamee is a charter member of ATI and has served as Chair on the Board and various committees over the years. She currently serves on the Vision-Mission committee and is Co-Chair on the Ethics Committee as well as an ATI Sponsor. Jamee is also a Senior Instructor and teacher trainer in the Universal Healing Tao System teaching Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation techniques. For nearly 30 years Jamee shares her AT knowledge and experience to many institutions in the Boston area: hospitals, sports centers, colleges and women's homeless centers. She is part of a team of the Universal Tao Boston Instructors involved with Tai Chi studies via Harvard and Brown Universities. Jamee teaches workshops worldwide and has a private practice around Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Workshop:  Embedding AT in Yoga Classes 
Workshop Presenter(s): David Moore

This will be a practical session on an approach to yoga teaching outlined in my book “Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury and Increase Body Awareness.” 

Working with a group who are applying their thinking and awareness to movement and breathing provides an ideal situation to convey an approach based on the Alexander technique. This will include emphasis on the means rather than the ends, teaching inhibition and direction and refining anatomical understanding so that participants are working with rather than against their structure.

David Moore is Director at the School for F.M. Alexander Studies in Melbourne which he established in 1999. He graduated from Australia's first Alexander technique training course in Sydney in 1985. He has practiced yoga for over 50 years and studied in India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram with TKV Desikatchar from 1979 to 1981



Workshop: Give Yourself a pull to the elbow and free your own shoulders
Workshop Presenter(s):  Penelope Easten

It was always thought that we needed a teacher’s hands to pull out deep tensions in our shoulders. But Alexander must have done this originally for himself. How can we do this for ourselves and also teach pupils to do so, without creating more tension through excess doing?We will begin with natural breathing, to open the springy responsiveness of the ribcage and find our non-doing. We will learn about eccentric contractions, and the dynamic balance of muscle tone needed for easy optimal alignment. Then we will discover the functional anatomy of shoulders, and how to use myofascial connections to open from the elbows, across the shoulder blades, and so open the whole upper back. Should shoulders go back? So many pupils with shoulder issues are doing exercises to pull the shoulder blades together to support the upper back. But this is not what Alexander was doing, and it is biomechanically incorrect for the body. We will learn the real alignment of shoulders, with which you can teach a pupil how to relieve tight shoulders quickly and effectively. With this work, we build elastic springy tone in the system. It stops us over-relaxing the shoulders, seen as a problem by both Miss Goldie and Marjorie Barstow. Widening the shoulders in this way allows the whole neck to lengthen upwards. The breath can then flow easily through the whole lung system, and the front of the chest can also open and find its natural resilient strength.

I studied Biological Sciences at Cambridge University, England, then trained at the North London Alexander School (Misha Magidov), qualifying in 1989. I then studied with Miss Goldie, who had been closest to Alexander. She, I felt, stripped away everything I had learnt, and rebuilt me as she saw the technique should be. This began a thirty-year journey to understand the differences and power of Miss Goldie’s work. I studied with Erika Whittaker, John Hunter, and Jeando Masoero, and many other avenues of exploration and understanding – both scientific and alternative. I have been teaching workshops on Miss Goldie’s work since the Oxford Congress in 2004, in UK, Ireland (including the Limerick Congress), Germany and America. My book: 'The Alexander technique. Twelve fundamentals of integrated movement' was published in March 2021. I live and work in the West of Ireland. I am passionate to share this work that can bring us such sense of youthful springiness and calm presence.

Workshop:  Introducing the AT in Russian
Workshop Presenter(s):  Alexandra Mikheeva

I would like to introduce the Alexander Technique for Russian-speaking people.

I’m an AT teacher freshly (mid-COVID) qualified by my teacher, also very new to the ATI. I am also a freelance musician, historical trumpets and trombones, living and working in Germany.

Workshop:  Who's Directing Your Directions - Sage or Saboteur?
Workshop Presenter(s): Delia Rosenboom 

Through working with the Alexander Technique we become masterful at enhancing ‘Physical Use’ using conscious thought. However, our thoughts are determined by our habitual ‘Mental Use’. If our Mental Use is not optimal, then how can we expect to reliably apply our conscious thought to our physicality effectively and optimally, using Inhibition and Direction, to create the best possible release or resulting change? This workshop is an opportunity to address your habitual mindsets through an exciting and revealing model of ‘Sage and Saboteur’, to identify which parts of your neurology are triggering your habitual thoughts and to explore how useful these are in ‘colouring’ how you apply AT principles. This workshop will offer you some tools to begin building a greater ‘positive mental use’ to enhance your AT practice...surrendering self-judgements, teaching-anxieties or the need to ‘try’, or to ‘get it right’ and to instead cultivate your ability to effectively apply principles with calm, clear focus, positivity, presence and self-compassion... to teach with confidence, self-belief, trust, authenticity and joy.

Delia Rosenboom trained when 17, graduating from Fellside Alexander school in 1989. She teaches privately, has taught on many AT trainings, including teaching anatomy, embryology and singing, and is Director of the South East Alexander School, UK. She runs post-graduate workshops and offers supervision. Delia loves working with AT colleagues to explore their habitual mindsets as part of their AT work. She trained with Shirzad Charmine as a mental fitness coach, using a ‘Sage v. Saboteur’ model for understanding mindsets and growing new, positive ‘brain muscle’. Delia has pioneered ways of using the AT to work with people in shock, states of trauma, bereavement, recovering from surgery... She is passionate about developing the quiet, listening qualities of one's hands and about honouring emotional and energetic releases alongside physical changes, as part of the work. Delia is also a Natural Voice Practitioner, a NLP practitioner and Mental Fitness Coach. www.deliarosenboom.co.uk

Workshop: What are the Coordinating Principles F.M. Alexander was writing about in his books?
Workshop Presenter(s):  Masoero Jeando

"And the effect upon the whole mechanical mechanism of the person concerned is shown by the fact that when the coordinating principles brought about by this method are established, there is a constant tendency for the torso to lengthen, whereas the usual tendency is for the torso to shorten" (Alexander, F.M.; Man's supreme inheritance, (Second Ed. Revised, 1918), p. 193). In order to make sense of this sentence the participant will be given verbal explanations, visual representation of how systems of bony parts could work together to perform a particular function when their movements are consciously directed as a concerted activity with verbal instructions (orders) of movement. A live performance of a remote lesson will be given with one of the participants.

STAT qualified in 1997. Teach "conscious guidance and control" online without touch since 2014. Not the kind of nice, friendly and cheerful teacher you are used to.

Workshop:  Exploring Your Inner Self in Relationship to the Environment
Workshop Presenter(s):  Corinne Cassini and Manuelle Borgel

English: In this workshop, we wish to explore how our own ability to dive deep within ourselves impacts and changes our relationship with the surrounding world. We will play with different ideas of expansion, compression, contraction, dilation, in a back and forth with touch, sound and movement.

French: Dans ce workshop, nous vous proposons d’explorer comment notre propre capacité à plonger au plus profond de nous vient impacter, modifier la relation que nous avons avec le monde environnant. Nous jouerons avec différentes idées autour de l’expansion, de la compression, de la contraction et de la dilatation, autant d’aller-retours avec le toucher, le son, le mouvement.

Corinne Cassini, a professionally trained cellist, teaches the Alexander Technique to Music Majors at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University and privately in Boone, NC since 2012, guiding performing artists and many others both individually, in groups and workshop settings. Her first Alexander lessons were over 20 years ago and she has been practicing as a certified teacher in Boone, NYC, Boston, England, Holland, and France for 10 years. In 2015 she started training Alexander teachers at her school, Light in Being-Alexander Teacher Training in Boone, NC.

Workshop:  Attract Clients Without Struggle
Workshop Presenter(s):  Sharla Jacobs

You’ll Discover:-The fastest and easiest ways to achieve your inspiring vision-The proven system that has supported over 50,000 coaches and holistic practitioners in fostering effective and heartfelt conversations - How to feel more comfortable when sharing how much you charge

Sharla Jacobs, with her husband and business partner, Jesse Koren, has been called the #1 Source for turning Coaches and Holistic Practitioners into 6-figure transformational leaders. In the past 16+ years, Thrive Academy Members have earned hundreds of millions of dollars collectively. On the surface, it seems they’re just teaching practical skills and templates to Coaches and Holistic Practitioners so they can attract more clients and have their first $10,000 month. However, what they’re best known for is providing deeply transformational experiences for people who know they’ve also got to work on their inner game if they want to create a thriving business. Whether you want a thriving private practice or you want to step into Transformational Leadership, Thrive Academy is the place to be.

Workshop:  Gender in 2021: Inclusive Teaching Essentials
Workshop Presenter(s):  Jess Lemmertz

Jess Lemmertz (she/her/hers) presents an introduction to gender terminology, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and gender neutral pronouns. This is a judgement-free space for those who want to learn more about LGBTQ+ terms, and how to welcome all genders into their teaching space and everyday lives with ease. As global populations of people identifying as LGBTQ+ rapidly grow, their inclusion and comfort is increasingly essential for those who work in close interpersonal settings like the Alexander Technique. What do all the abbreviations mean? What are the differences between biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression? How can English pronouns be gender neutral? How do we safely refer to the past of a transgender person's life? Join us to expand your view on gender as we address these questions with grace and humor. This workshop will include informational presentation and volunteer experiential exercises, followed by time for questions and discussion. There will also be a digital folder of materials provided, with definitions, graphics, and documents with considerations on gender that are specific to Alexander Technique teachers.

Jess Lemmertz is a trainee teacher of the Alexander Technique in Denver, Colorado, USA. She comes from a background in the performing arts, LGBTQ+, and disability communities. Upon her graduation, she hopes to specialize in working with under-served populations who often face discrimination because of their identities, including LGBTQ+, sex workers, people with disabilities, and other marginalized individuals.

Workshop:  Revealing Optimal Vocal Quality through Optimal Coordination
Workshop Presenter(s):  Kate Conklin 

This workshop will give you firsthand experience with the process Kate uses to coach the best performers in the world. After the wonderful 2020 ATI conference workshop, I've had lots of interest about learning to do what you wish with your voice in singing, speaking, and all kinds of communication. This workshop is designed to answer that request with a resounding "Yes!" Kate will be working with you to help you reveal optimal acoustical qualities through coordinated movement. Using the framework of extraordinary performance practice and the Alexander Technique, we will do experiments as a group, and then Kate will work with a few individuals on their specific requests. The flow of each session will be a short, participatory introduction, followed by group work, then individual coaching, and questions at the end. The environment will be kind, playful, and extremely practical. You need not be professional, you just need your curiosity. It is glorious and joyful to use your voice to express your whole self. All levels of vocal experience are welcome and you are invited to participate however you wish.
Kate Conklin is a vocalist and performance coach, specializing in working with high-level performers whose work demands both excellent technique and profound artistry. She is known for her creative curiosity and playful gravitas. Kate is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, holds BFA and MFA degrees in Vocal Performance with emphasis in opera, contemporary music, free improvisation, and Bulgarian vocal music. She has additional specialties in peak performance, pedagogy, neurobiology, physics, systems theory, anthropology, and philosophy. Kate’s performing includes singing for film and television, Cirque du Soleil, a chamber-folk duo with banjoist Bryan Landers, and a one-woman opera written for her by Javier Navarrette. Kate's online Courses for Professional Singers are designed to help performers increase quality and satisfaction in their work. Alumni of the courses hail from the stages of Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, The Grand Ole Opry, and Cirque du Soleil.

Workshop:  How not to be a Charismatic Teacher
Workshop Presenter(s): Yuriko Ishii

It may be especially true for Japanese people, but many people think that when you learn, you have to do what the teacher says. But the great thing about the Alexander Technique, in my opinion, is that you hold the key within yourself. Such attitude is the very thing I wish my students to acquire. I lately think that for this, you do not have to be a charismatic teacher; rather, it is sometimes even better not to be.

However, despite your intention, it may happen that you get over-respected by your student and end up disempowering them. I would like to discuss and think with you what we can do to avoid this. This topic might also lead to a new possibility for unconfident teachers to see their lack of confidence as a strength when they teach.

Yuriko Ishii
Director of /littlesounds/. An ATI certified teacher. After graduating from KAPPA, the first teacher training course in Japan, she has continued her studies with Tommy Thompson and others in Boston, U.S.A. She has been teaching private lessons and workshops since 1999.Currently on faculty at Kunitachi College of Music.Author of /The Art of Caregiving -- How to Provide Support with Ease/ (Seibundoushinkosha Publishing), and/First Guide to the Alexander Technique for Musicians/ (Yamaha Music Media)




Workshop:  Alexander Anywhere: Using Zoom (or online platforms) as an Opportunity vs. Obstacle
Workshop Presenter(s):  Jessica Webb

Teaching AT online has been a necessity for many during pandemic, but it may not be everyone’s ideal. And yet, these challenging circumstances have created an opportunity for support and accessibility that was not previously available for many new and existing students. Online teaching has opened the potential of teaching to those in rural communities, previous students who may have relocated, students with disabilities, and parents and caregivers who are unable to travel or find support in their communities. The goal of this workshop is not to try and replace in-person or hands-on work with online training, but rather explore how we can use technology as another invitation support, expand and share the work on a wider scale, serving a wider and more diverse and representative community. Participants will share their own experience or challenges around online teaching, and then will be introduced to 3 exercises they can do with their students to restore connectivity, ignite sensory feedback and listening, and find external points of reference in their space in place of a teacher's hands.

Jessica Webb is an Alexander+ and Assistant Professor of Acting teacher based in Boston, MA, currently teaching online. Jessica has studied with Debi Adams, through The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as with Tommy Thompson, David Gorman, and Betsy Polatin's 3 year Actor's Secret Training. In addition, Jessica has studied with TIE as an Intimacy Consultant, and with Nicole Brewer's Anti-Racist Theatre Training. Jessica is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actor's Equity Association, as well as proud parent to Henry and Portia.

Workshop: Butterflies are Free
Workshop Presenter(s):  Tommy Thompson

Workshop description will be posted soon.



Pre-Recorded Workshops

Workshop:  My research into Alexander’s Australian years for my book and Film
Workshop Presenter(s):  Rosslyn McLoed

In Australia in the early days (1890’s) when F M Alexander was fist developing his work, there were many influences affecting him. His articles and advertisements then refer to some of these. My book, Up From Down Under; the Australian Origins of Frederick Matthias Alexander and the Alexander Technique details more background. The Zoom interview will look at those influences, but always at the centre was FM’s own willingness to continue to explore, experiment, then develop his own unique methods. My DVD, Frederick Matthias Alexander His Life… His Legacy… is in two main parts: historical, FM’s life and work then second part is recent AT activities, Alexander lesson, interviews with leading performers, scientists, Erika Whittaker – student at the first FM Alexander training course in London in 1931. Rosslyn McLeod, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 23/4/2021

Australian Alexander teacher, Rosslyn McLoed, is a university music and education graduate, with many years teaching experience. Back problems from playing the viola led her to discover the Alexander Technique. Two years study in London with Patrick Macdonald and a final year at a newly opened Sydney School completed her training to be an Alexander teacher. Next, most importantly, were her ten years living in Melbourne (1986-96), teaching the Technique and doing research into Alexander’s Australian years (1869-1904) - particularly his Melbourne years of the 1890’s. Rosslyn’s book, Up From Down Under, the Australian Origins of Frederick Matthias Alexander and the Alexander Technique was first published in 1994, a new enlarged edition was released by Mouritz (UK) in 2017. The visual companion to this book is the DVD, Frederick Matthias Alexander His Life… His Legacy… produced by Rosslyn McLeod. Web site www.fmalexanderdoc.com

Rosslyn now lives in Adelaide teaching both piano, and the Alexander Technique. 

Workshop:  Two Traditions Meet in the Middle
Workshop Presenter(s): Sarah Barker, Gabriella Minnes Brandes

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.-Rumi Sarah Barker (trained by Marjorie Barstow) and Gabriella Minnes Brandes (trained by Rika Cohen and Nili Bassan who were trained by Patrick MacDonald) meet to discuss and explore where their approaches to teaching meet. •They agree on a basic starting point of starting with the students’ questions. •They agree that they want to foster the student’s independence in growth and development. •Guiding the student in exploring answers and in that way introducing the principles. •Using activities to explore the questions and connect to the bigger framework. •Being a good teacher goes beyond being able to attend to one’s self when working with a student. They will address the matter of how we use teaching with touch to support the student’s learning. Each will teach a short lesson to one student the as the basis for furthering their examination of how their teaching styles compare. Followed by a questions and answer session.

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D. has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. She trained teachers for eighteen years at the Vancouver School of the Alexander Technique. Gaby works extensively in collaboration with musicians, voice, movement and acting instructors. She also teaches high level equestrians. Gaby’s lessons are experiential, encouraging students to explore, experiment with, and reflect on their habitual patterns, and seek efficient ways of using themselves in activity. Much of Gaby's current work and research focuses on exploration of Alexander Technique concepts, creativity and mindfulness. Informed by her Ph.D. in education, she cultivates connections between educational research, Alexander Technique, teacher training and teachers’ professional development.

Sarah became an Alexander Technique teacher in 1975, trained by Marjorie Barstow, and has studied more than forty somatic systems for unlocking the freedom and ability that comes with mind/body unity. She has an MFA in Theatre Movement and Acting, has directed two Graduate Acting programs and developed a system of psycho-physical approaches to acting and other performing arts. Sarah Barker is Professor Emerita at the U. of South Carolina. Sarah enjoys training new AT teachers in many training schools.

Workshop:  AT Uplift: Pivoting to Online Teaching
Workshop Presenter(s): Belinda Mello, Dana Calvey

When our studio, AT Motion Center for Actors, was closed by the Covid-19 quarantine, we built a new class format on a new platform - Zoom. What started as free or pay-what-you-can, became a daily AT practice class for thinking in activity, including guided movement, balance and coordination exercises. We would like to share our experience using the Alexander principles in growing an online business, developing effective online pedagogy -- and nurturing ourselves along the way. In this workshop we will tell our story, give some examples of what we are doing, and offer encouragement for further experimentation with meeting the public where they are.

Belinda Mello is a senior level Alexander Technique teacher and movement specialist in practice since 1989. In addition to her ongoing classes and lessons at AT MOTION, she teaches at The Barrow Group and the Terry Knickerbocker Studio. She is proud to be a member of the ATDC and co-developer of the Freedom to ACT Conference. She has been a teaching artist for the SITI Company and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Brooklyn College/CUNY Theater Department. She has been on the faculty at the Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane and Columbus. In collaboration with the Poise Project, she created the curriculum of the first AT based course for care partners of people with Parkinson’s Disease: Partnering with Poise. She has been published as a BACKSTAGE Expert and in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal.

Dana Calvey ATI, AmSAT, is an Alexander Technique teacher who aims to foster her student’s humanity while uncovering greater ease and poise in themselves. A collaborator at heart, Dana has been on faculty of several Alexander Technique teacher training programs as well as in college settings for the past ten years. She is currently working as an Associate faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and for AT Center for Actors in New York City, and the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique.

Workshop:  Crossfit through the Lens of AT
Workshop Presenter(s): Marco Martins

Crossfit is a popular hybrid that combines gymnastics, weightlifting and fitness. The male and female winners of the annual Crossfit games are considered to be the fittest people in the world. However, Crossfit incurs many injuries. Mostly due to poor use, and an even poorer understanding of the mechanisms involved in performing these exercises. The aim of this workshop is to show teachers the application of AT in this realm, from someone who is involved in both spheres.

Marco Martins is an Alexander Teacher from South Africa. He is also an avid Crossfit fan, a capoeira teacher and a teen entrepreneurship expert.

Workshop:  The Potency of Presence

Workshop Presenter(s): Delia Rosenboom

An insightful, experiential workshop exploring a framework for five stages of release - from an initial ‘superficial and exterior letting go’, to a more refined, deep and organic or 'cellular' release. This model can be applied both to working on oneself or working with pupils... We will look at the vital role that conscious presence has to play in this process of release, exploring the concept that ‘arriving’, ‘inhabiting’, or becoming present in oneself is a vital prerequisite to effectively giving a Direction. We will explore how Direction is the 'cherry on the icing’ - the final gift in navigating optimal and potent release, whilst prolonged Inhibition informs the 4 stages of growing release prior to this. Practical work in semi-supine and the upright; talk throughs, discussion and more…A nourishing and insightful session to deepen your AT practice!

Delia Rosenboom trained when she was 17, graduating from Don Burton's Fellside Alexander school in 1989. She teaches privately, has taught on many AT training courses, including teaching anatomy, embryology and singing, and is Director of the South East Alexander School, in the UK. She also runs post-graduate workshops and offers supervision. Delia has pioneered ways of using the AT to work with people in shock, states of trauma, bereavement, recovering from surgery... She is passionate about developing the quiet, listening qualities of one's hands and about honouring emotional and energetic releases alongside physical changes, as part of the work. Delia is also a Natural Voice Practitioner and an NLP practitioner and Mental Fitness Coach. www.deliarosenboom.co.uk

Workshop: Enhancing our connections through Improvised Play and Creativity
Workshop Presenter(s): Judith Saxton

Exploring from micro to macro and back again, we'll explore concepts gained from 30 years of improvisation to enhance our playfulness and creativity for more available connections to ourselves and each other, thereby 'expanding our view.'

Judith Saxton has studied Alexander Technique since 1991, ATI certified since 2015. Incorporating her 'Boosting the brain/body connection', 'Performance Anxiety to Performance Excitement', 'Healthy Playing Habits' and 'Breathing, Breaks and Basics for Mindful Music Making' presentations for universities, senior living facilities, conferences, festivals and courses globally, Judith is a graduate of the North Carolina Teacher Training Program of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies, many of whose teachers come from the Marjorie Barstow lineage. She endeavors to pass on their clarity and wisdom in all her interactions. Ms. Saxton brings 30 years’ experience as an international trumpet concert and recording artist, chamber and orchestral musician, liturgical improviser and educator to her online and in-person individual or group lessons teaching via her 'Free Flow' Studio in North Carolina and guest artist/wellness residencies worldwide.

Workshop: The Role of the Teacher
Workshop Presenter(s): Tommy Thompson

Since the beginnings of the Pandemic, from March 2020, I have offered online Zoom classes which have been based loosely on my recently published book Touching Presence. Both my experience and the class participants’ experience has been quite positive. Our understanding was that it is possible to convey online, through discussion, observation, coaching and theme-based exercises the essence of hands-on teaching.

My principle reason for offering online sessions is because only through the full expression of who we are, will we have the experience of who we are. Conversely, when denied the full expression of who we are, we will be denied the experience of who we are. Consequently, as teachers and those who are training to teach, only through the full expression of what we teach will we experience what we teach. When denied this we will have less of who we are as a teacher available to teach what we need to learn. Basically, when teaching we give to others the Gift of our Understanding.

In each class a theme relevant to Alexander’s teachings would be introduced, then explored through guided practical application both individually and on screen both individually and collectively. During the ensuing week before the next class, each participant incorporated when possible the fruits of our exploration in their daily life. Subsequently all this became topic for group discussion in the next class before a new theme was introduced. In the following recording, I had asked each participant to choose a single teacher with whom they had studied and explain what about that teacher enabled the participant to truly embody the value of bringing the principles and concepts inherent in Alexander’s teaching into their life.

Just before we signed off one of the participants, Brian Griffen suggested they all choose me as the teacher of their choice. I took his suggestion with some amusement, somewhat seriously then the following week just as we begin the class he reminded us of his suggestion. I agreed to go along, figuring I would learn more about my own teaching.

What follows is an extraordinary compilation of stories which do in fact give the viewer of the recording an in-depth and deeply personal analysis of what is most meaningful to a body of teachers and trainees about the role of any given teacher.

Some of the descriptions and insights are quite personal and quite moving. Each participant has given their permission to make public what was intended primarily for our zoom class. The fact that the participants were willing to make public their insights into the role of the teacher’ bears testimony to the conviction of each participant There were several classes which focused on the role of the teacher. For anyone who adopts the role of a teacher, this is fairly important to understand ie. how our students wish us to relate to them so that they can better understand what we have to give them.

Workshop: The Four Stages of Learning Through Awareness (Parts 1 & 2)
Workshop Presenter(s): Tommy Thompson

People are always asking us about some version of the following: “When I leave your studio, I feel great! I want to keep this feeling. However, it fades and I gradually revert to how I was before. How do I learn to find this experience again on my own?” The answer of course, is not to try to find what no longer exists except vividly in your memory. No experience is meant to last. What endures is your awareness of potential (from the new experience in being you) apart from the probable (from the accustomed experience in being you). But how do we explain this so that they will readily understand, and how do we teach so as to emphasize awareness born from the experience? What if I were to provide you with an answer along the lines of: “When I am working with you verbally or through touch, you have a different awareness of potential in being you, and that lets you have a different experience. When I take my hands away, you will keep your new awareness born from your new experience. You own that. It is more enduring than the physical changes that are a part of your new experience.” You have learned something, and from this learning you have a deeper insight and understanding of you, of who you are or might become should you choose potential over familiarity. Inherent in any meaningful experience lies an exploration of awareness born from the new experience you just had as a means of making lasting changes towards making peace with yourself so you can be at peace with yourself. This can only occur through complete and total acceptance of who you are, have been and will become.