2019 AUSTAT Conference

By Penny McDonald

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2019 AUSTAT Conference

04/10/2019 @ 4:00 pm - 06/10/2019 @ 5:00 pm

In the year of F M Alexander’s 150th birthday we celebrate the man known as the ‘Breathing Man’ and welcome Pamela Blanc, master Alexander Technique teacher and senior teacher in the Art of Breathing.
October 4 (4pm-9pm)   5 and 6 (9am-5pm)  
Conference Dinner  6pm-10pm, Saturday 5 October
(This is the week after the AFL Grand Final and a long weekend in NSW, ACT and SA)
Venue: Victorian College of the Arts
Building 879m 28 Dodds St, Southbank, Melbourne
Walking distance from Flinders St Station

International Guest – Pamela Blanc

Pamela Blanc has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA and is a founding director (1987) and senior faculty of The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA), a Private Postsecondary School licensed by the State of California to train individuals to become certified teachers of the F.M. Alexander Technique. Pamela also oversees continuing education for AT Teachers at ATILA.

Pamela’s first Alexander teacher was Frank Ottiwell (1975) in San Francisco and trained with Frank and Giora Pinkas, graduating 1979. She met and worked with Patrick Macdonald in early 1976; Marjorie Barstow in 1978; Walter & Dilys Carrington in 1979. Encouraged by her teachers and committed to her
own learning process Pamela pursed studies before, during, and after graduation with these first generation teachers as well as with Marjory Barlow, Peggy Williams, and Elisabeth Walker.

Pamela is the senior teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, having been introduced to the principles of Breathing Coordination by Jessica Wolf in 1998; Pamela had a series of private lessons with Mr. Carl Stough in 2000; enrolled in the first Graduate Training Program of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing at the
American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC (2002-2003); and has assisted Jessica in teaching this course of study to other Alexander Technique Teachers. Pamela continues her private studies with Jessica and has integrated this influence into her own teaching.

During her 40-year career she spent eleven years as adjunct & guest lecturer in the Music Conservatory of Chapman University and previously adjunct at other universities in southern California where she continues to present master classes.

Pamela is delighted to be the Key Note Speaker for the 2019 AUSTAT Conference in Melbourne. www.PamelaBlanc.com


Ticket sales are now open
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Ticket price includes pizzas Friday night, dinner Saturday night and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

Full Conference ticket:  $455
Friday only ticket:  $75
Saturday only ticket:  $240
Sunday only ticket:  $170

Rates available for Students, Observers and non-AUSTAT members – see online booking page for details.

Details of Post Conference workshops with Pamela are listed separately on the calendar.


This year we have arranged a special accommodation rate with Seasons Botanic Gardens.  As a conference attendee you can book a Studio Queen room apartment for $155 per night or a 2 bedroom apartment for $245 per night.  This accommodation is very comfortable, clean, some with views and is located less than 10 minutes walk from the conference venue.  There is the added benefit of being the location of the conference dinner on Saturday 5 October and the post conference workshop in Melbourne.  The hotel is across the road from the Shrine on St Kilda Road, in an attractive and convenient position for public transport and Melbourne's central sights.

To book click the link below, go to "Book Your Stay" in the side bar of your computer or the "Book" tab on your mobile phone, and log in under "client login" using the following user name and password to receive the special rate.

Username: AUSTAT 
Password: Welcome1


​AUSTAT thanks Victorian College of the Arts and University of Melbourne for their support of our conference 

A conference is a time to

  • share ideas,
  • share work,
  • learn something new,
  • feel empowered as our community gathers.

You always feel good after an AUSTAT conference!
Looking forward to seeing you there.



04/10/2019 @ 4:00 pm
06/10/2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Penny McDonald
Meredith Connie
Caroline Blackshaw


Victorian College of the Arts
28 Dodds St
Southbank, Victoria 3006 Australia
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