Special Presentations

Elisbeth Walker   Plenary Sessions  Working with Musicians   
Science of Human Functioning   Meditation

Special Guest
Elisabeth Walker

Elisabeth Walker  

We are very pleased to have Elisabeth Walker joining us to share their expertise from their long and illustrious years of teaching the Alexander Technique.

She will we be giving a Plenary Session on Wednesday 10 August from 11:00 to 12:15 in the Congress Main Hall.

About Elisabeth Walker

Elisabeth Walker born 1914 in Cambridgeshire, trained in 1935 as a radiographer and worked with Graham Hodgson in London with whom she X-rayed Royalty and many celebrities of the day.  She later worked at King’s College Hospital and at the hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth.

She had her first lesson with F.M.Alexander in 1937 and started training with him in 1938.   That same year she married Dick Walker and together they completed their training with F.M. Alexander in 1947.  In January 1949 Elisabeth and Dick emigrated to South Africa to teach there as Irene Tasker was returning to England.  After eleven years teaching and raising their family, they too returned to England where they taught privately as well as at the New College of Speech and Drama.

In 1985 they started the Alexander Teacher Training Course, Oxford, where they were able to develop even further their understanding of the technique and their attitude of continual curiosity and learning.

Since 1992 Elisabeth has also given workshops and Master Classes in Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S.A.   She has contributed to seven of the International Congresses.

Her years of experience have given Elisabeth a deep confidence in the value of Alexander’s principles and in conveying these principles simply and directly to whoever she is teaching.  Her Autobiography “Forward and Away” was published in 2008.  Central to Elisabeth’s teaching is respect for each person’s individuality and a lively interest in practical and artistic activities. 

Two of Elisabeth’s five children are Alexander teachers.

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Plenary Sessions  

It is our pleasure to present outstanding experts for our plenary talks.

These lectures will happen in the main Congress Hall (CC A) from 11:00 to 12:15 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Jack Stern Jack Stern — Help patients to get better faster and stay better longer

Max Velmans Max Velmans — How to understand mind/body causal interactions

Alan Wing Alan Wing — Sensory motor control of togetherness

Kevan A. C. Martin Kevan A. C. Martin — Lessons from Elisabeth

Go to our Plenary Session page for more details.


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Special Workshops for Working with Musicians  

We are pleased to present 5 workshops during the Continuous Learning Sessions time slot which will highlight the skills of of working with musicians from 5 of the finest Alexander teachers working in the field of music. They are Vivian Mackie, Dorothea Magonet, Pedro de Alcantara, Lori Schiff, and Peter Buckoke.

These workshops will be in the main Congress Hall and run between 9 and 10:30, Monday through Friday.

Dorothea Magonet Dorothea Magonet — "... but most from my students" (Babylonian Talmud Ta'anit 7a)
Lori Schiff Lori Schiff — Teaching the A.T. within the Music World: A Practical Approach
Pedro de Alcantara Pedro de Alcantara — Coordination, Rhythm & Sound: Approaches to Integration
Vivian Mackie Vivian Mackie — Poise in the Eye of the Storm
Peter Buckoke Peter Buckoke — Engaging with Performers

More details may be found in the Continuous Learning sessions section.

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Special Lectures on the Science of Human Functioning  

We will have 4 special lectures on the Science of Human Functioning with 4 of our renown colleagues who have been chosen for their clarity and deep knowledge of how humans stand and move. They are Gitte Fjordbo, Mike Gleeson, Rachel Zahn and Amy Likar.

These lectures will happen in the main Congress Hall from 17:15 to 18:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Amy Likar Amy Likar — Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique
Gitte Fjordbo Gitte D. Fjordbo— When conscious control is NOT an option & the right thing...
Rachel Zahn Rachel Zahn - The Embodied Mind
Mike Gleeson Photo soon Mike Gleeson — Postural Orientation: Getting it and keeping it

Find more information on our Science of Human Functioning page!

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Otto Emil Vogt Otto E. Vogt

07:45 to 08:45 Monday - Wednesday - Friday // CC E
17:15 to 18:15 Tuesday - Thursday // CC E

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