These two pieces, one by a
teacher and one by a pupil, give an excellent idea of what
the Friends of the Alexander Technique has to offer
to the Alexander Community.
a weekend in August we held our first AT Friends
get-together in Pembrokeshire. This was thanks to
Ian Cross (AT teacher) and his wife Cheryl who
suggested and hosted the event. It was not a big
affair: roughly 12 people, half pupils and half
teachers. Our setting was a lovely sloping garden
and we worked on the lawn in amongst the trees and
with the sound of the brook at the bottom of the
garden babbling in the background.
a result of the teacher-pupil ratio we were able to
give a lot of individual attention and, I think, all
the pupils managed to experience hands on with more
than one teacher and work with someone they didnít
know. I enjoyed the afternoon very much. It was a
chance to meet, work and chat with new people. It
was also very refreshing to work out in nature.
for the pupils, I think they all found it hugely
beneficial. They enjoyed meeting and chatting with
others about the Technique and experiencing
different ways of working whilst recognising that
the essence was the same. Being a very rural area,
generally people would have to travel far to book a
lesson with another teacher (some travel far anyway
to get to their nearest teacher).
After the work came the tea! Cheryl had done us
proud and a few of us had also bought cakes to
share. This was a time to discuss experiences and
generally socialise which rounded off the afternoon
event will, I hope, be the first of many.
was delighted with the invitation to the AT meeting,
delighted and a bit apprehensive as the only person
I knew was my teacher Penny. Past experience of
meeting up with seasoned practitioners in any kind
of discipline had prepared me for anything! Most of
which was more negative than positive. I
should have known better in this instance.
welcome was warm and I immediately felt at home in
Ian and Cheryl's house. It was a beautiful warm
summer's day and we spent the afternoon in a
delightful garden, the apple and pear trees were
splendid. Not only was nature at it's best but we
also had the company of the family's pet dog who at
regular intervals came and sniffed curiously at each
one of us.
began with short introductions. I was one of six
students present and there were six teachers so we
students were very pampered. I have often wondered
what it would be like to have a lesson from another
teacher and my wish came true. I walked a lot from
one fruiting tree to another under the guidance of
John and Philippa and it was such a good
experience. Although they were both different to my
teacher I still recognised that the basics were
identical. I also liked watching the others having
whole afternoon had a sense of purpose to it, there
was no time wasting, no pressure either, I liked the
reassuring sense of calm from the the AT teachers.
rain sent us into the house for shelter. We were
then treated to a lovely tea, I must confess that I
needed it by then; must have worked hard!
knew from the very first lesson that the Alexander
Technique suited me, I suppose it suits the way my
brain works and I came away that afternoon with this
thought definitely reinforced. I enjoyed it
immensely and would like more of the same!
Gwenda Jones -pupil