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Portrait John Nicholls

John Nicholls
Isle of Man, United Kingdom

The Grey Zone

We talk glibly about ‘doing’ and ‘non-doing’ or ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ in Alexander work as if there could be no doubt about the distinction between these terms. But in reality there is in some situations a ‘grey zone’ in which the distinction is not so clear and these in-between areas are a rich source of fruitful Alexander investigation. That’s what we will be looking at in these classes with a view to becoming clearer in understanding our own use and helping our students improve theirs.

This will lead us into the territory vividly described by Goddard Binkley in his diary of lessons and training with FM Alexander in the early 1950s: The Expanding Self, a ‘must read’ for all Alexander teachers. Goddard wrote: “Lest we get the wrong idea, it is not doing in itself that is wrong, needless to say. The idea is not to become a passive, inert lump of humanity. On the contrary, the idea is to become an active, free, poised, live human being. It is a question, in other words, of transforming doing-which-interferes with the working integrity of the self into doing-in-accordance with the working integrity of the self.”

We will endeavour, in a practical way, to find out just what “the working integrity of the self” means.

About John Nicholls

Trained in London with the Carringtons in the mid 1970s and remained for eleven years as one of their full-time assistants. Subsequently directed AT teacher training courses in Melbourne, Australia, Brighton, England, and New York, USA, training in total more than one hundred teachers. Now travels to teach in many different countries: see johnnichollsat.com for calendar, articles, videos, podcasts, and blog posts (which are actually mini essays on aspects of the Technique).


See also: John Nicholls – Presenter Detail Page

Continuous Learning
Tue 23 & Wed 24 (Session 1)
Fri 26 & Sat 27 (Session 2)

9-11h (9-11am) & 15-17h (3-5pm) (Session 1)
15-17h (3-5pm) & 9-11h (9-11am) (Session 2)

Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3008

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