Barstow Alexander Institute
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At the summer Alexander Technique workshop, you can learn how to:
  • reduce tension and stress in everyday activities
  • enhance performance skills (such as dancing, singing, playing an instrument, acting, and athletics)
  • prevent injuries and fatigue
  • help relieve chronic pain
  • produce more efficient movement
  • improve posture, coordination, and self-image
  • increase energy and self-awareness
  • allow for greater efficiency in movement

Join us on the beautiful campus of Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, for one of the best summer experiences possible — exploring the wonderful discoveries of F.M. Alexander.

The Barstow Institute, headquartered at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, continues the long tradition of summer Alexander Technique workshops established by master Alexander teacher, Marjorie Barstow, who was the first graduate of F. M. Alexander's training course in 1934. Since the early 1970's students have gathered together from around the U.S. and abroad to experience the unique approach that Ms. Barstow brought to the teaching of the Alexander Technique. Her teachings, which included pioneering group teaching, are now carried on by her students, the faculty for the summer workshops. Due to the unique nature of the Barstow Institute, and to ensure that each participant receives quality experiences, the enrollment is limited to ensure a low student-to-teacher ratio. A student-teacher ratio of 7:1 is not exceeded.

This workshop is designed both for those who are new to the Alexander Technique and for anyone interested in refining their understanding and practical applications of the Technique. The emphasis of this workshop is on facilitating each student's ability to confidently apply the Alexander Technique in all their activities. Each student will gain a greater awareness of how to move efficiently while learning to free themselves of unnecessary tension. The Technique is taught through verbal exchange, delicate hands-on guidance, and observation.

The sessions will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for discussions, presentations and practice, and for small and large group work. During the afternoons and evenings, special seminars are presented on such topics as: performance process, speech work, lessons in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, group performance work, Tai Chi, and more. Participants are also invited to present and share topics of interest to the group in the evening sessions. Each student will receive one private lesson during the workshop. Daily schedule.

The Barstow Institute is supported in part by an endowment from the Marjorie L. Barstow estate for the furtherance of Marjorie's work and the teachings of F. M. Alexander.

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The Institute begins on Saturday evening, June 24, at 7 p.m., after dinner, which is available at 5:00 p.m.
The workshop concludes Friday, June 30, 2017, at 9:00 p.m.

Seminar tuition: $675.00 ($625.00 if full payment received by May 19, 2017)
Full-time student rate: $500.00; $400.00 if paid in full by May 19, 2017.
Partial scholarships are available.

Room and board: Single: $385.00, Double: $315.00 per person

Commuter Lunch (Required of Commuters) $45

Opening Dinner on Saturday, June 24 (Optional for commuters and guests) $8.50

Check in: Saturday, June 24, 2017, after 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

A $200 deposit reserves your place until May 19, 2017; the balance is due by then.

Accommodations: A standard, renovated dormitory room on the Doane campus. Guests are required to have the meal plan. Commuters are required to buy lunch (6 meals) $45.00. The dining service can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free diets, and other special diets with advance notice. Laundry facilities are available.

Transportation: Transportation from the nearby Lincoln airport can be arranged. Please let us know your arrival and departure plans when you register. If you drive to the workshop, there is free surface parking at the site.

Registration: To reserve space at the Institute or for any campus housing, payment, or program questions, please write or e-mail. Print a soon (by February 11) to be available registration form (.pdf format, requires free down-loadable Acrobat Reader) to fill out and mail with your deposit or full payment. If you are paying for the Institute with a credit card, please call Cindy Nitzel, through the Doane University operator, 1-800-826-6263, for assistance.

The Barstow/Alexander Institute
P.O. Box 22582
Lincoln, NE 68542 USA

Please contact one of the following people for further information about the Institute:
Hallie Marie Tibbs, Registrar: 402-890-0789 e-mail
Nancy Forst Williamson, Program Director: 402-432-9181 e-mail

Cancellation Policy: A $75 processing fee is charged for cancellations received in writing by May 19, 2017. For cancellations after May 19, the $200 deposit is non-refundable. Due to contract commitments, there is no refund for cancellations received after June 9, 2017.

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