Stepping Outside The Studio
An Alexander Technique Workshop at Chautauqua
A 3 day Alexander Technique Retreat in the Rocky Mountains.
Allowing time for exploration, movement, rest and rejuvenation.
Encouraging curiosity and mindfulness in our daily lives.
Peter Nobes, London, UK
Katharine Birdsall, Charlottesville, VA
Shawn Copeland, Greensboro, NC
Julie Rothschild, Boulder, CO
For Alexander Technique teachers, trainees and students. Also, we welcome those who are just a bit curious and have been waiting for the right moment to enjoy what Alexander Technique has to offer.
Stepping Outside the Studio
Thursday, May 16th 2013 at 6pm to Sunday, May 19th 2013 at 1pm
Chautauqua, Boulder, CO
Fees and Lodging
Includes 1 private lesson.
Lunches and snacks will be provided.
See schedule below.
REGISTER HERE: STEPPING OUTSIDE THE STUDIO
Lodging at Chautauqua:
Lodging is not included in tuition.
Chautauqua is holding an assortment of cottages for us, from studios to 3 bedrooms. Rates for shared cottages begin at $65 per person. Studios range from $125-$199 per night. Please contact Kathleen Clendenen at 303-952-1611 or Kathleen.Clendenen@chautauqua.com to book your reservation.
Workshops and Private Lessons
Moving With One Another: a time to dance with Katharine Birdsall and Julie Rothschild
Katharine and Julie have worked together as dancers, improvisors, performers and teachers for 15 years. This opportunity to work together at Chautauqua is a true gift.
ATFit™ with Julie Rothschild
Mapping Balance with Shawn Copeland
Making Contact with Julie Rothschild and Shawn Copeland
Performance Workshop with Peter Nobes and Shawn Copeland
Zen for our Time with Peter Nobes
Since I qualified as an AT teacher nearly 20 years ago I have learned more from watching my cat Sigmund than I have from any AT teacher.
I don’t think Sigmund knows he’s got a body. He doesn’t ever pull it into shape or check it for sensations, and he never has to decide how to move; he just MOVES, in a light, natural, instinctive way, responding to the world around him. And I love the way he is absolutely living in the here-and-now. I want what he’s got!
16th Century Zen master Han-Shan said “I took a walk. Suddenly I stood still, filled with the realisation that I had no body or mind. I felt clear and transparent.” I want that too!
I think what Han-Shan discovered is identical to what Sigmund has. Why? Because it’s one of the things the AT has given me back: not better awareness of my body, not choices about how to move, simply NO awareness of my body or how I move. Why would I need to be aware of my body, or control my body, or get back in touch with my body? I AM MY BODY. And with it has come the living in the here-and-now: clarity of mind and no awareness of my thinking processes.
It is mindfulness in action.
What I teach is the transparency and clarity of mind and body that Han-Shan discovered; not the Zen of an ascetic sitting in a cave but the vibrant, alive Zen of the Samurai. And Sigmund. In my workshops we find out how this can enhance everything we do – dancing, running, music-making, everyday activities, interactions with other people….
Mindfulness helps you fall in love with the ordinary. I can’t think of anywhere better to find out about this than the extraordinary scenery at Chautauqua.
In addition to 16 years of practice as a teacher of AT, Katharine is a contemporary dancer, choregrapher, improvisor, horse woman and lover of being outside. She is a guest teacher at the Virginia School for the Alexander Technique, where she originally trained with Daria Okugawa. She has also been a guest teacher at Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. Katharine holds a BFA in dance from TISCH school of the Arts at NYU and has a 200 RYT from Lisa Clark and David Beadle's Body Mind Spirit Course. Her teaching is greatly influenced by lessons with Sandra Bain Cushman, Tommy Thompson, Meade Andrews, Frank Sheldon and Anne Rodiger. Katharine is a founding member of the dance collective, Zen Monkey Project, and loves to teach dance technique, Alexander Technique, Contact Improvisation and Yoga.
"I orginally trained because I wanted to, no, needed to use the technique in my dancing and teaching."
An avid chamber musician, Shawn is a founding member of The Relevents Wind Quintet, the Ensemble-in-Residence at High Point University. As a clarinetist, he has presented masterclasses, recitals and premiered works throughout Germany, the United States, Mexico, Ireland and Japan. He currently plays bass clarinet with the Greensboro Symphony and e-flat clarinet with the Winston Salem Symphony. He has served as the principal clarinetist of the NOVUS Chamber Orchestra, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra and as second clarinetist/bass clarinetist for the Bach Festival Orchestra in Winter Park, FL. Dr. Copeland is currently on the faculty of High Point University. He has served on the faculties of Stetson University, Coastal Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T University and Mars Hill College. He completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds additional degrees from the University of Central Florida and Stetson University. He and his partner, Kevin resides in Greensboro, NC with their Jack Russell Terrier, Scribble.
Teachers will be available for private lessons
Welcome Reception and Fireside Chat led by Peter
Movement with Katharine
Group Workshop: Zen for our Time, with Peter
"Stepping Outside the Studio": Making Contact, with Shawn and Julie
Movement with Shawn
Group Workshop: Moving Together, with Katharine and Julie
"Stepping Outside the Studio": Performing Activities, with Peter and Shawn
Potluck Dinner and Fireside Chat
Movement with Julie
Group Workshop: Mapping Balance and ATFit™ with Shawn and Julie