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Yoga and Alexander Technique Retreat with David Moore

Jan 20 @ 6:00 pmJan 26 @ 2:00 pm

About this retreat

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.

About David Moore

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.

He is the author of "Smart Yoga: Apply the Alexander Technique to Enhance Your Practice, Prevent Injury and Increase Body Awareness"

About the Program

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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For bookings and enquiries please email:  info@alexanderschool.edu.au

Getting there

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.


Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an onsite vegetable garden. Many people visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the beauty of the centre.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Movement, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, New Zealand.

We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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