This retreat will focus on the application of the Alexander Technique to the everyday activities of living as well as to asana practice and breathing. The Alexander Technique, developed just over 100 years ago has strong resonances with the mindfulness practices outlined in the Sattipatthana Sutta and provides a practical and sophisticated approach to the control of habitual reactions.
In the yoga classes what is important is the way in which people move, rather than how far they move. People bring their habitual faulty patterns of movement to yoga practice, just as they do to every other activity of life. The emphasis in these classes is on identifying dysfunctional movement patterns, on learning to move in an easier and non-habitual manner. Coordination is far more important than flexibility.
David Moore is the founder and director of the School for F.M. Alexander Studies in Melbourne which has been running a three year full time training course in Alexander Technique teaching for the past 20 years. He has taught Alexander Technique and yoga for over 30 years.
His yoga training was with Desikatchar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandaram in Madras from 1979 - 1981 and a with Martin Jackson in Iyengar Yoga in Sydney under whom he trained as a teacher in 1984. He spent two and a half years in intensive meditation practice in Thai meditation and forest monasteries as a monk between 1975 and 1978.
The workshop begins on Saturday 20th January with evening dinner at 5pm and ends on Friday 26th after lunch which will be at noon.
The daily program will include:
Group Yoga classes Group Alexander technique class Private lessons (each participant will get 3 x 30 minute lessons)
Here is an indicative program for the full days of the retreat:
7.30 - 8.30am Yoga
8.30 - 9.30am Breakfast
9.30 - 11.00am Alexander Technique Group Class
11.15 - 12,45 - Private lessons or free time
1 -3.00pm Lunch and free time
3.00 - 4.30pm Private lessons or free time
4.30 - 5.30pm Yoga
6 - 7.30 Dinner
The cost for the workshop:
Includes 6 days of food and accommodation and is $1,295 for a single unit or $1,195 if you are sharing a double unit.
There is a 15% discount for Wangapeka Centre Members.
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The Wangapeka Retreat Centre can be accessed via Nelson Airport. We will assist people in making arrangements to get from Nelson Airport to the centre.
Depending on the numbers cost of transport to the centre will be between $40 and $60.
From Nelson Airport to the centre is 1.5 hours.
“I am so pleased I attended the Wangapeka retreat with David leading the course. I arrived with an aching hip/leg and left with it totally ache-free, and this has continued as I endeavour to practice daily what I learned. The retreat itself was in such a beautiful area, with lovely walks and bush surroundings far away from any madding crowd. David has such a gentle, insightful way of teaching, and although I was the oldest participant at 68 years, I felt totally comfortable. Thank you so much David." From Jules who attended the 2017 retreat.