Even the wrong road leads somewhere mit Richard Brennan
Workshop 1: Samstag 27.4.24
"Even the wrong road leads somewhere" (George Bernard Shaw)
As children we learn to be afraid… afraid of making mistakes! Even as Alexander teachers we have a fear of someone telling us that we are teaching the wrong way or that we are not good enough during a teacher exchange!
Yet as John Dewey once said…we learn far more by getting something wrong than we do by getting something right!
So this workshop is about daring to be wrong! It will be experiential and will be an exploration of the work of Alexander in a safe environment so that we can really discover for ourselves the magic of what the technique can really offer.
Marjory Barlow is quoted to have said if you discover a habit, do it more, then you will be more aware of the result of the habit.
Please come and share your mistakes, your understanding and your fears – the only requirement for this workshop is courage, an open mind and a sense of humour. There will be time and space to discuss the issues that challenge you in promoting and teaching this work. Please bring any questions, concerns or fears you may have.
Workshop 2: Sonntag
How to be a really successful Alexander Teacher
Many Alexander teachers say that they struggle to make a living from teaching the Technique, yet with over half the population with back or neck pain - how can this be? In this workshop you will discover for yourself how to enrol people to come and try the technique, how to give talks that are inspiring, easy to understand and entertaining. Most importantly you will learn how to teaching the procedures and basic principles of the Technique in a way that is accessible and meaningful. We will look at the connection of postural, emotional and mental habits as well as new, exciting and effective ways of teaching inhibition and giving directions leaving your pupils more confident to practise the work on their own.
After this workshop you will have more confidence to help people suffering with major back problems, stress, lack of confidence or any other physical, mental or emotional habit that holds them back in life. As a result you will be making a real difference to more and more people in their lives.
Richard Brennan, Ireland
Richard has studied the Alexander Technique since 1983 and has been teaching the technique full time for 35 years he travels extensively in Europe and USA giving talks and courses on the Technique. Richard has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country; he has appeared on BBC I & RTE 1 and been featured on BBC Radios 4 & 5 as well as many local Radio around Ireland and the UK. He has written eight books on the Alexander Technique, posture and health which have been translated into 22 languages including German, French Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Slovenian and are on sale world-wide. His 9th book Evolved to Move will be published in 2024 Richard lives in Galway, Ireland where he is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College, Ireland (STAT approved). He is also the past President of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers. (ISSAT)