A Series of Mentoring/CPD Workshops – June 2020 Melbourne

By Michael Stenning

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A Series of Mentoring/CPD Workshops – June 2020 Melbourne

June 20 - June 21


 Series of Mentoring/CPD Workshops
for Alexander Technique teachers and third-year trainees

A sequence of two 2-day weekend workshops per year over three years
Come to one workshop, or ideally build across all 6.

Sydney             Cammeray Golf Club, 10am – 4pm, 13-14 June and 17-18 October 2020
Melbourne       SOFMAS, 10am – 4pm,  20-21 June and 19-20 September 2020

$310 per workshop, early bird $260 by 15 May 2020


In my own personal practice, as in teaching, I assume that I can always improve my skills. Therefore, as I am working, I keep refreshing my own basics.  What are a teacher’s most basic skills? How do we communicate verbally and with our hands? How do we continue to build these skills?  How can we refine what we are doing? How do we communicate with our pupil or our group:  What is our point? What can we reasonably expect to communicate? What do we want people to have learned by the end of a given presentation? I enjoy working in a practical way with participants’ questions.

Successive themes may include:

  • building the big Alexander picture out of the pieces – what are the pieces?
  • coordination – breath, ground and the ‘Primary Control’
  • communication – hands, verbal and ?
  • breath
  • teaching intangibles – understanding ‘the sphere’
  • giving a first lesson
  • helping a pupil to unravelling their habits – how to figure out where to most usefully start
  • teaching challenges and how to meet them. What ‘interesting’ or ‘challenging’ situations have you encountered in teaching?
  • the difference between What?, How?, and Why?
  • working on yourself: How and What?
  • relationship between Inhibition and Direction
  • giving your directions and building your “directing muscles”: How does this relate to putting your hands on?  What’s the alternative?
  • Working with a pupil on an activity – what is within our remit?

Up to a point these themes are circular – most themes crops up within the others. We may have someone new to the work in class to demonstrate with when relevant.

Michael Stenning is a Canberra-based Alexander Technique teacher, of 35 years’ experience, who has given CDP workshops and training for Alexander Teachers and Trainees in Australia, Great Britain, the USA, Denmark, Argentina, Uruguay, and soon in Norway. He is a musician who used the Alexander Technique to rehabilitate himself and resume playing after his career was interrupted through the effects of tension and stress.  Michael is a former Chair of AuSTAT and of AuSTAT’s Training Course Standing Committee.  He is interested in the practice of performance of any kind, including that of teaching. He has worked extensively with instrumentalists, singers and athletes, as well as teachers. Michael and his partner Léonie continue their private teaching practice and recently completed the training of a new cohort of AT teachers.

“Running a teacher-training course in the Alexander Technique has brought me into contact with many teachers from different parts of the world. It is clear to me that Michael Stenning’s work is of an exceptionally high calibre. Michael’s work is clear, precise and consistent. There is a simplicity in his teaching which I believe is the hallmark of a master-teacher.”
Merran Poplar, Teacher Trainer and STAT moderator, Rio de Janeiro


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Michael Stenning
0421 918 119


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