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Portrait Penelope Easten

Penelope Easten
Clare, Ireland

Finding a True Stop, Clear Choice, and Amazing Coordination

Inspired by the work of Margaret Goldie

Life is a juggling act that consists of catching – or missing – all the ‘balls’ that come our way. It may seem that we have no choice, but if we can come to a true stop in a place of quiet aliveness and receptivity, from there we can make a real choice. The possible science behind this will be considered with a model of mind/brain functioning, moving from possibility to probability to action. What is the difference between a true stop and a pause?

In this workshop we will explore coming to a true stop in a state of quiet aliveness so that, when you choose to catch, you can find amazing co-ordination. And how does vision play a part in coordination? We will discover that when we come fully present we see in real metrics; then the rest of the body simply co-ordinates itself. We can then have a new learning experience of juggling more balls (or beanbags) than we are used to, and you may surprise yourself! We can also discuss this in the context of other learning, such as a musical instrument or sport.

The workshop gives you practical experience and knowledge to bring to your teaching in person, in groups and online.

About Penelope Easten

Penelope was born in Wales, and studied Zoology at Cambridge University, England. She left a PhD there to train at the North London Alexander School, qualifying in 1989. She then worked with Miss Goldie for four years, who, it felt, stripped away everything she had learnt, and rebuilt it as she saw the technique should be –a scary process!

Since then, she has worked extensively with other teachers who had known her, including Erika Whittaker, to understand the essence of the difference of her understanding. During two separate years, Penelope was unable to walk with chronic fatigue syndrome. These years of illness became times of quiet retreat, deepening her work.

With the illness now gone completely, she has regained resilience, strength, and fitness, particularly through using the Initial Alexander technique, which she studied with Jeando Masoero, along with The Embodied Present Process with Philip Shepherd. The Miss Goldie workshops started as a 90-min workshop at the International Congress in 2004 (Oxford), and was then followed with workshops in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and New York, including the Limerick International Congress in 2015.

Her book: The Alexander Technique: the Twelve Fundamentals of Integrated Movement, based around Miss Goldie’s work, was published in March 2021.

Since COVID-19, she has run trainings for AT teachers on teaching online, based on the material from her book. She now lives and works in the beautiful West of Ireland, teaching locally and online. Her work facilitates the pupil to discover the technique for themselves, to find natural breathing, poise, quiet awareness, integration, true fitness and strength. 
In her free time, she enjoys making discoveries about the technique through singing and reciting, piano playing, yoga and fitness work, gardening, running, dancing, and walking her dog. 


See also: Penelope Easten – Presenter Detail Page

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h (4.00pm-5.15pm)
Math Building
Floor: 1.OG (1st floor)
Room: MA 141

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