Below, we attempt to give you a description of each Congress program item.
The Congress program has many familiar elements (Workshops, Continuous Learning, Keynote Presentations…) but also some more distinctive features, some of which are newcomers to the Congress schedule.
We are aware that this means a longer read but we feel it is really worth it.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with all the program items and enjoy everything we have in store for you!
Are you looking for the daily schedule/timetable?
We have a dedicated page for this, check out the Congress Timetable
Continuous Learning (CL) sessions are given by very experienced Alexander Technique teachers. Choose two different classes running over two days each.
Loved and cherished Continuous Learning sessions are back, of course!
Check out our presenters’ bios and class descriptions to find your favourites.
Information about the ratio of practical/doing/active time to lecture style time is also included to allow you to understand not only what you are going to learn but also how.
How-to sessions run parallel to the CL. Daily sessions with teachers who have deep knowledge on specific topics.
New: How-to Sessions
How-to is a new event type at the Congress.
In these two-hour sessions you will be able to explore
a wide range of areas where the Alexander Technique can be applied and learn how-to talk to specific audiences.
Think eyesight, marketing, working with companies, working online and many more.
Special presentations by renowned speakers from outside and inside of our AT community.
These are special presentations given by outstanding experts who will inspire us, educate and stimulate our curiosity.
Followed by Q&As and panel discussions and definitely not to be missed events.
The Keynote presentations are open to all and will be held in the beautiful setting of the TU’s auditorium.
Workshops are your chance to showcase the work. This year we offer three different durations: Mini (30 min.), Medium (75 min.), and, to dive deep into a subject, XL workshops (150 min.).
Mini, Medium and XL
Workshops are the cornerstone of every Congress. According to our Online Survey, they are the second most attractive part of any Alexander Technique Congress – second only to the Continuous Learning sessions.
This time, we are offering three different time lengths of workshops to allow you to match you energy levels. Every day of the week, except for Thursday, there will be at least two Mini or Medium and one XL running in parallel.
We hope this will help you decide how much free time you want for swaps, chats or resting, without missing out.
We have an incredibly beautiful space for exchanging work with other teachers. It is called the Lichthof but we nicknamed it the Angel Hall. This spacious bright open space spanning several floors is a perfect setting for learning and sharing.
Check it out on our TU page.
New: Individual Lessons
Open all day for those who want to grab a moment. Tables, chairs and long corridors for walking and other activities are ready for you. Our lovely volunteers will help you find someone to swap with.
This year, we also have a rota of teachers who are happy just to give a lesson so you don’t need to feel obliged to work with them in return. A tough day? Jet lag is hitting you hard? Or you just feel like a bit of Work? Don’t hesitate and roll in!
The perfect opportunity to explore a variety of topics from different perspectives.
Get inspired, ask questions and join in the discussion!
We had them in Chicago, and they were great – so much passion, so many ideas! Let’s have some more to find out where the Technique is going now.
What is going on in education? How can we connect with the medical profession? How do we work with addictions? What are best strategies for inclusion and diversity? How can we support cancer patients? And much more.
Would you like to present on such a panel? Do you have a hot AT topic that you would like to move forward and discuss with the AT community?
Let us know so that we can plan accordingly.
Latest program updates, highlights of events that have happened throughout the day as well as information about the following day.
Half-hour with Bob and his guest(s) you do not want to miss!
NEW: Bob’s Corner
Late every afternoon, Bob Britton will host a 30-minute plenary session to provide participants with the latest updates on the program, cover housekeeping issues and administrative information.
But also, and this was very important to us, he will share the stage with different guest teachers every day to give you brief but deep Alexander Technique impulses and insights.
You don’t want to miss this!
Special interest groups – talks about a specific theme with a moderator and those who are interested in the topic.
Meet, share and learn from each other and maybe even create something new.
NEW: Teatime Conversations
Meet in special interest groups, over tea, coffee and biscuits or cookies, and talk about a theme close to your heart.
A list of different meet-ups will be available closer to the Congress. However, for now we have a few ideas – a meet-up for trainees; for those involved in training new AT teachers; for specific interests such as anatomy, performers, yoga, dance, music, horse riding, voice, and one for sharing your personal AT history.
This is your chance to meet other teachers, share, learn from each other and maybe create something new.
Morning & Evening
Activities have doubled up and will now take place in the mornings as well as in the evenings!
Running, Tai-Chi, Meditation, Yoga and more…
Morning & NEW: Evening Activities
Running, Tai Chi and Yoga have been an early bird thing the past few Congresses and will stay like that. However, for all the night owls out there we are adding evening activities as well.
And we would like to invite more teachers to offer more activities than ever. Considering walking, singing, Qi-Gong, meditation, movement & dancing and AT games.
Let us know if there is an activity you would like to lead.
A week full of events can be a lot to take in and to process. This is why we make sure everyday there will be time with no official programme. It will be your time and space open to whatever you feel like doing, not-doing or perhaps even non-doing.
New: Open Space
We all need some me time sometimes and a week full of events and activities is a lot to take in. That is why, every day, you will find an empty time slot in the Congress timetable.
Get a coffee, hang out with friends, do a work-exchange, take a walk through Tiergarten or along the Landwehrkanal or the Spree river. Or find a quiet place to be alone and re-charge. We will have a couple of rooms designated as “quiet rooms” just for that.
In essence, the Open Space belongs to you, every day. You make it whatever you would like it to be.
Events for the general public
Raise the Alexander Technique awareness throughout Berlin!
Introductory lectures, workshops and one-on-one lessons. Flash mobs, walking and bike tours across Berlin. Activities and showcase lessons at Berlin’s most recognisable locations and sights. You name it!
NEW: Public Events
Berlin is such a lively and exciting city, full of strong contrasts, beauty, culture, history and progress. We are right in the middle of it all and we are planning to use it and allow the Technique to make an impact.
On Thursday we invite the public in. We are considering public events, talks, practical sessions and workshops in English and in German to let Berlin know we are here! These events could take place both inside the TU as well as at selected public spaces throughout Berlin. Perhaps a flash mob semi-supine in Alexanderplatz, a series of workshops on walking and running at Tiergarten, and, and, and… ?
The possibilities are exciting. Do you have an idea? Please let us know!
Congress Boat Tour
Thursday afternoon is free.
Use the time off to explore the endless sights Berlin has to offer.
Or join us on the Evening Dinner Boat Tour, exclusively for Congress participants!
Sightseeing / Congress Boat Tour
Traditionally, Thursday afternoon is free and there are no regular Congress sessions planned (other than the new public events mentioned above).
We are very happy to present a Dinner Boat Tour. Experience Berlin from the water & see the best of the city from a different perspective. Exclusively for Congress participants, this 2,5 hour boat trip along the beautiful Spree river and its canals gives you a perfect opportunity to connect with fellow congress participants.
The Congress is a place for everyone. Let’s celebrate our vibrant community. With music, games, walks, dance, movies and more!
With music, games, walks, dance and movies, every evening is a chance to get together, spend time with your friends, make new ones, and have fun. You can even keep the learning going with the AT movie nights!
Plus: There’s a daily Cocktail Bar!