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Portrait Robyn Avalon

Robyn Avalon
New Mexico, USA

Crafting the Container: The Art of Group Teaching & Crafting Alexander Experiences

Crafting the Container:
The Art of Group Teaching & Crafting Alexander Experiences

“Teaching is the intentional act of creating a container where learning can happen.” – Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

Group Teaching is an art form. It is not the same as teaching an individual lesson that is witnessed by a group. Rather, it is multi-dimensional teaching – tracking not only each student, but the group itself, as a dynamic, conscious body.

Teachers will learn basic skills needed for creating highly dynamic and experiential group teaching; specific group activities and games which offer participants a direct experience the Principles of the Work; and guidelines for designing your own group teaching material. You will learn how to use ‘student-friendly’ language and metaphors without jargon or lengthy and often confusing explanations; as well as how to present the Work in a way that directly addresses the interests and needs of different communities – allowing students to experience how the Work can support them in their lives.

Skillful Group Teaching is an excellent way to expand the visibility of the Work to many different people, as well as a reliable and effective way to build your own practice.

About Robyn Avalon

Robyn has been studying Alexander’s Work since 1975, being first introduced to it as a young professional performing artist. She is the Founding Director of the Contemporary Alexander School, offering self-paced, non-residential teacher training programs in Santa Fe, NM, Portland, OR, & NYC, and in satellite cities throughout North America; as well as Co-Director of the Alexander Alliance International, offering workshops, teacher training, and post-graduate studies throughout Europe and Asia. Robyn is also the Creator of Living in a BodyTM, a Professional Body Mapping Certification Course translated into 6 languages and taught worldwide.
Robyn’s primary studies were with Marjorie Barstow, Bruce Fertman, and the Alexander Alliance, and she now continues Marj’s lineage in her own training programs. In addition, Robyn has also had the pleasure of being mentored by numerous first and second generation teachers over the past 45 years, and enjoys exploring ways to bridge all styles.
At this point in her teaching career, Robyn’s main interests include training Alexander Teachers in Group Teaching/Crafting of Alexander Games; teaching in real life Situations and Activities; incorporating Body Mapping (LIABTM), Bridging Classical and Contemporary styles of the Work; and helping bring more awareness to Equity and Diversity issues within our profession.
Robyn lives in New Mexico & New York City, USA, shares her life with her wife of 30+ years, 2 adult sons, and 4 cats, and loves to tap dance.


See also: Robyn Avalon – Presenter Detail Page

Continuous Learning
Tue 23 & Wed 24 (Session 1)
9-11h (9-11am) & 15-17h (3-5pm)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3012

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