4th Annual Post Graduate Workshop with Tommy Thompson
“Awareness”: Seeming, Being and Becoming
While each of my workshops have a theme or focus, I am always guided by participants’ questions and needs as they arise in the moment. So it happened that this past year, people’s questions brought forth several conundrums I had been thinking about but not yet explored from an Alexander point of view: notably our tendency to define ourselves by what we do (I teach), rather than by who we are (the person) in the absence of a need to define the teaching as distinct from ourselves. Distinguishing between the two tendencies while teaching changes the character of a given lesson. Both the teacher and the student prosper in the moment of insight because the learning comes from their relationship rather than something outside of themselves that is being taught.
Whatever truth might emerge when the fog of habit is lifted during that new moment of insight transpires between the teacher and the student. It is both seeded and born from their relationship. Neither teacher nor student can claim exclusive sovereignty for the presence of this moment, nor should they. To simply be grateful for being present for the other’s awakening is sufficient.
This truth is momentary, ongoing, and not to be taken as a better course of action as inspired by the teacher, but instead, the appropriate course taken by the student just at their moment of realization. In this way your pupil is not making a choice, (“doing” something), rather he or she is experiencing choice, and being the choice they experience. In this way one is clear about who they are as they literally “enter” their choice.
In this workshop, we will explore both how to create and hold space for this moment to surface in a given pupil’s awareness.
Saturday, 13 June – Wednesday, 17 June 2015
10 am – 1 pm & 3 – 6 pm
Although not recommended, you may elect to take only a portion of the workshop if this is your only option available.
The Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge
1692 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Below are links for lodging options in the Cambridge, MA area. I suggest you book well in advance.
$750 ($675 early registration) for the entire workshop.
Early registration deadline: please pay in full by May 1.
Checks may be made out to the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, and mailed to 1692 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.
For More Information or to Register:
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