Alexander Technique Studio Leura update.
Over the last six months we have witnessed such a beautiful transformation of our Blue Mountains property. Our vision was to create a peaceful garden studio where people are inspired to learn Alexander Technique mindfulness in activity.
Of course, we picked the rainiest summer on record to undertake our project. I don’t think that I have ever experienced so much mud. Nevertheless the transformation has been astounding and I’d like to share some of that with you.
Getting our Alexander Technique Studio ready
Jane and I have been working with our landscapers to create a truly unique teaching space. We want to reflect the inspiration, joy and transformation that happens with Alexander learning into our teaching environment. In the studio, Jane and I have sealed, primed and painted. Each paint stroke has been carefully applied with Alexander direction and thought. Our process of “thinking in activity” has been embodied in a space of design, light, colour, form and natural beauty. Clearing my mind and letting go of negative self-talk, I undertook the challenge of laying the studio floor. For three days, on hands and knees I had to remember myself while at the same time carefully bringing the pieces of floor into alignment. I learned so much. The end result is a beautiful, insulated warm floor that changes with the sun’s light and reflects onto the antique white finish of the interior walls. It will be a beautiful space in which to work. I hope you will come.
Hand made colour and texture
This week, we wanted to find floor coverings for the studio that would be soft underfoot and reflect the colours of our garden. The idea of bringing the outside in and having awareness of the inside on the outside reflects our Alexander Technique work. A “unified field of awareness” where you are aware of your self, while maintaining an awareness of your activity, is an important benefit of Alexander learning. The woollen hand knotted rugs from Afghanistan are dyed with vegetable dyes and stone washed to set the colour. They’ll bring a softness in look and feel and also ensure that sound is managed within the studio. We hope that you will enjoy their warmth and inspiration learning Alexander Technique with us.
Alexander Technique events
Jane and I have been teaching while all this preparation has been going on. Jane is getting ready to teach a Body Mapping workshop in Melbourne on the week end of April 10th &11th. She spends a great deal of time preparing for an highly-crafted, interactive learning workshop that changes the way people think about their movement. If you know people in Melbourne, especially musicians, send them this link. There are still a small number of places remaining. click here for details
I continue to teach from our home teaching space. However, SO EXCITING, within about two weeks we expect to move into the Studio. Planting will be going on around us with well over 500 trees shrubs and flowers going into our woodland beds and our pathway and terrace level beds and the front gardens. So far, everyone I have brought to see the studio has commented on the energy and the calm. The air is full of bird song. We see wattle birds, rosellas, bowerbirds, magpies, white cockatoos, yellow tail black cockatoos and currawongs, whip birds and honey eaters. Come at night to spot owls,tawny frogmouths and of course ring tail possums.
(Since writing this blog we moved into the Studio. Our clients and us love working in the Studio space. It is amazing. Of course, COVID and delta has hit us hard closing us down but Jane and I know that we will be back teaching soon amongst the flowers, tress and plants. It is an inspiring space)
I am accepting bookings for Alexander lessons Monday to Friday from Monday the 12th of April (just after Easter). Look out for Alexander Technique events that you or people that you know may enjoy. I will be holding Introductory Alexander Technique presentations, small group workshops and Alexander Activity groups at the new Studio. Let me know if you are interested in attending. Use the message box at the right of this column.
Alexander Technique refresher groups and individual lessons, AT teacher refreshers and work swaps and Alexander Technique tecaher training programs are all coming.
The gabion rock walls in our garden were made entirely from Blue Mountains iron stone dug up from our property. We chose gabions because they allowed us to use rubble and fill behind the bookleafed ironstone. It meant that we didn’t have to grab stone that wasn’t ours to grab. The work from Tom Buchanan and Hugh Lloyd of Bespoke Backyards in bringing our design to life is stunning craftsmanship. You can see that we have recycled old railway sleepers, crushed granite and ironstone gabions to create an easy and beautiful pathway to the studio.
Blue Mountains Back Pain Management
Alexander Technique harnesses the power of your conscious mind to change your habits of movement and balance . It can dramatically help with back and neck pain conditions. Regain flexibility and poise. Invest a little time and money to change your life. What are you waiting for?
If you live in the Blue Mountains, you don’t have to travel far to see experienced teachers. We’re in Leura. We have years of Alexander practice. We can help.
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Pink flannel flowers in the Blue Mountains