John Nicholls Australian Visit

01febAll Day27John Nicholls Australian VisitSYDNEY: FEBRUARY 1 - 7 + MELBOURNE: FEBRUARY 8 - 27

Event Details

John Nicholls will be returning to Australia in 2023 after a 3 year hiatus due to the covid pandemic.  After some online learning experiments and explorations we’re all looking forward to returning to learning with John in person!

Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for all, John has reduced his fees considerably for this visit to make his workshops, HOGs and private lessons affordable for Alexander Technique teachers and those wanting a series of lessons!

SYDNEY:       Private lessons & HOG’s: Friday 3 February  & Monday 6 February 2023

Workshop 1: (2 days)     Digging Deeper      Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 February, 2023  

Exploring our experiential understanding of working on ourselves, in all aspects of our lives, as well as how we teach others. (for experienced teachers with prior workshop experience with John)

Venue:           82-86 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, 2065

All Bookings contact Penelope Carr: penelope@penelopecarr


PRIVATE LESSONS John is offering an extensive teaching scheduled of private lessons and Hands on Groups in Melbourne: 8.02.2023 – 27.02.2023

Venue details in Fitzroy + Booking for private lessons:     

John Nicholls  
Jane Refshauge

PUBLIC TALK:     More than a Metaphor   Friday 10 February, 2023    6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue:       Community Church of St Marks  100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill, 3068    
(Please note: venue change as SOFMAS has relocated to Richmond)

Many modern spiritual teachers encourage ways of avoiding reactivity by using phrases like “stay back” or “sit back” as metaphors for how to avoid being drawn forward into reactivity, and phrases like “become a bigger space”  in order to identify more with consciousness rather than the contents of consciousness. But one of the most powerful aspects of the Alexander Technique is how in our work phrases like these can become more than a metaphor. This talk will look at ways to explore this embodiment further and will also consider how subjective sensory experiences of our work may link with the observations of Eastern energy practices: Chi, Ki, etc.

BOOKING:  Payment: $ 10 / $ 5 concession Cash at the Door


Workshop 1: (3 days)   Digging Deeper Saturday 11, Sunday 12 & Monday 13 February ‘23

Exploring our experiential understanding working on ourselves, in all aspects of our lives as well as how we teach others. (for experienced teachers with prior workshop experience with John)

Workshop 2: (2 days) A Firm Foundation for Teaching Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 Feb, 2023 

From his long experience of training teachers and running postgraduate programs for teachers on four continents John Nicholls has developed an innovative step by step way of communicating the essence of what he learned from working with first generation teachers in London, particularly Walter Carrington.  This workshop introduces these steps to give any teacher a firmer and clearer foundation for their teaching process.

Bookings for Melbourne workshops: contact Jane Refshauge:

Melbourne Workshop VenueRoom 2 (upstairs) St Marks Church Community Centre, 250 George Street, FITZROY, Victoria, 3065



Private Lessons:       40 minutes $ 90  reduced to $ 70  per lesson for 3 or more lessons
Hands on Groups:     45 minutes $ 120:  HOG3  (3 x $ 40) or  HOG2 (2 x $ 60)     

SYDNEY + MELBOURNE Workshop Fees: Early Bird fee due by 9 January, 2023
2-day Workshop                         $ 300                        $ 280    Early Bird fee
3-day Workshop                         $ 450                       $ 420     Early Bird fee
Maximum of 10 participants per workshop.

A covid safe protocol will be in place to reduce any undue risk of virus transmission and protect against infection in keeping with Government guidelines at the time. The request is for participants to be fully vaccinated unless a medical exemption is required. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per workshop so that we can maintain spatial distancing. The wearing of masks may be recommended at the time of the workshops and lessons.

Cancellation Policy: If there is a need to cancel workshops or private lessons due to covid or related conditions 100% of your fees will be refunded or applied to rescheduled dates.

For standard cancellations: if you need to cancel and can find someone else to take your place in a workshop or private lesson there will be no cancellation fee charged. If it is not possible to find anyone to replace you with less than 24 hours notice for a Private Lesson or 48 hours notice for a Workshop the full fee may be charged.

“Learn to do the simple things really well.” That was advice given to me in my early years of teaching by renowned London first generation teacher Peggy Williams … that going further is a matter of going deeper rather than adding new manoeuvres … As I found myself saying to teachers in a workshop in London recently, to do this work well requires an almost shocking amount of directed undoing”                                                                             John Nicholls, 2017

John Nicholls trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington at The Constructive Teaching Centre: School of the Alexander Technique, and remained with them for eleven years assisting daily on the teacher training course and maintaining a large private practice. In 1985-86 he was Chair of STAT.

He spent three years in Australia, directing the Melbourne Alexander Teacher Training School.  After this he returned to the UK as Director of a teacher training course in Brighton. His book, The Alexander Technique: In Conversation with John Nicholls and Sean Carey, was published in 1991.

In 2003 John moved to New York City where he offered private lessons, “hands-on” supervision groups for teachers, a teacher certification program, and structured postgraduate courses for teachers.

In 2016 John returned to live in the United Kingdom and now travels frequently to lead seminars for the general public and post-graduate classes for teachers and consult on training courses in Britain, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Uruguay.



01/02/2023 - 27/02/2023 (All Day)

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