Modular Learning Program
Practical Details – Format, Fees, and
Here are the practical
details of the LearningMethods Online distance learning program
— the course format and its online tools, scheduling, fees,
and how to sign up.
The in-depth content of the program is not
listed here. Many of you will already be familiar with the LearningMethods
and Anatomy of Wholeness work through workshops or classes.
In any case you can get ample information about the nature and
process of the work in the rest of this web site, especially
in the library of articles.
However, if you do have any questions about
any aspect of this program (including the content), the easiest
and most direct thing is to have a chat with me about it. I'd
be happy to call you so we can talk it over. Just let me know
by e-mail at
and we can arrange a good time for a phone call or Skype call...
This page is a bit long, but hopefully it
will give you all the practical information you need. I've put
the information into sections below with bold headings so you
can find what you want, or use these links to jump there quickly:
Format Used Scheduling
Now, down to details...
Who is it for ?
The online distance learning module is a
great way to learn about the LearningMethods work and gain the
skills of applying it in your own life(sports, fitness, social
situations, family, etc.) and/or in your professional work (teaching
issues, stress, tension, conflict, performance, skill acquisition,
and so on).
For those already teaching or working with
others, you'll not only be learning about the work for yourself
but how integrate it into your existing work as a performer,
a teacher, a practitioner, coach or other profession.
What groups are being planned?
There are a number of groups which have been
running since 2010 with group members
coming and going as they find they have learned the
knowledge and skills they wanted from the group. Some
participants stay for several terms, some for several years,
but everyone has found what they learned very valuable.
Several new new groups will start soon
— a new LearningMethods group and a
new Alexander Technique Teacher post-graduate group —
see more information here...
I am also open to starting groups with specific
themes (in depth study of our human
design and function, for instance) or for those with specific interests
(a group of orchestral musicians or a
group of yoga teachers, for example) if there is sufficient
interest, so if you don't think you fit into one of the proposed
groups, contact me and we will see what other possibilities
there may be for you, now, or in the future.
I am always present in
each group to lead
and guide, but in general it is your interests,
your questions and
issues or topics you bring up that will steer what we get into and the
direction we take. The best learning always
takes place the content
matches where your needs and interests,
and who better to know what those are but you !
What is the group size?
Each group will be no more than
The small group size provides for lots of individual time to
allow in-depth work, and because everyone in the group is committing
to be there each time we meet, you will get to know each other
well. This group size works very well — big enough to allow
for lots of varied and interesting issues and input, but small
enough for in-depth and regular work for each person as well
as a group sense of trust and communication.
What format does online learning use?
In my current groups I have been very impressed
with the effectiveness of today's online tools, especially the
live video conferencing sessions, and how much we can accomplish online without
being physically there in person. The core of each
LearningMethods Online group is the regular live 2-hour
session each week, but there is much more that adds up to a rich interactive learning
— live video conference call
sessions of 2 hours each week via Zoom — a private virtual
network with simultaneous live video and audio all handled through
your broadband Internet (i.e. no phone-ins) using your computer,
iOS or Android tablet or smartphone,
live conferencing system provides for picture and file
display, live whiteboard function
for drawing diagrams, audio and video file streaming,
as well as recording the full audio/video sessions
for later study in our archives,
— a dedicated (private) group
e-mail discussion list
for questions, discussion and sharing ideas among group members
in the days in between our weekly live sessions,
— a dedicated set of Dropbox
folders for where all the recordings of that group's
live sessions, the podcasts, webinars, e-mail discussions and
other study resources are shared and available for download
— these folders also host a
range of resources by David Gorman, other Alexander and
LearningMethods teachers, and more. These resources include
audio and video recordings,
articles, scientific papers, web links, , etc.,
— periodic audio (and eventually
video) podcasts to the group by David Gorman (and other
teachers) on relevant topics. These are also archived for download
and often transcribed into text,
— a growing library of hundreds of previously-recorded LearningMethods
and Anatomy of Wholeness workshops
and classes on a wide range of topics available for streaming
— option to attend in-person
training sessions and
— and free or discounted access to
webinars (i.e. pre-recorded
seminars and courses) available for self-paced study
so you can step through learning on areas like our human structure
and function (Anatomy of Wholeness), balance and support
(Standing on Top of the World), working with performers
and performance teachers (Liberating Performers), and
How it it scheduled?
As for scheduling, my current groups meet weekly by live conference
call and the members communicate regularly by the group e-mail
discussion list in between. These weekly sessions more or less
follow the usual school terms, that is, each term is about 14
weeks — September to December, then a few weeks break around
the holidays, then January to late March or early April, a few
weeks for Easter break, then from late April to early July.
Everyone has found that meeting
weekly is an ideal schedule which allows for ongoing learning,
regular new ideas and stimulation. The days of the week in between
sessions gives lots of time for exploring, experimenting and
practice, and bringing the results back the following week to
the next live session for more learning.
Normally the group's live online
sessions happen on the same day and the same time each week,
but occasionally this can be adjusted by mutual agreement to
meet unexpected changes.
The frequency of meeting and the
exact dates and times we choose for new groups will be worked
out to fit everyone's schedule. A different schedule (for instance
meeting once every two weeks)may fit better for some new groups,
so if you want to join a group p-lease feel free to suggest
what works for you.
Day and Time
When a new group is started we need to work out a day and time
for the live video conference sessions that suits everyone.
Along with finding a regular day of the week for meeting we
need to find a time of day that allows participants to join
in from both North America and Europe. Currently most groups
meet at a time which is early-to-mid morning in North American
time zones and mid-to-late afternoon in European time zones,
but this is something that we can discuss as a group once participant
numbers are finalized.
What does it cost? How do I pay?
The fees are currently set on a basis of
US$ 80 per 2-hour session. There are usually 14 weekly sessions in a term, and there are three terms each year which more or less follow the school dates (that is, a break between terms
between mid-December to
mid-January, another break around
a somewhat longer break
between late July and early September).
In order for this format to work you need to commit to being a regular member of the group
for the length of a whole term
shorter trial offer details below. This means you
commit to attend and pay for
a whole term
(usually 14 sessions) even if
it turns out that you have to miss
one or more sessions during that term.
Though having said that, if you can give enough
notice of missing a session, it is possible more
often than not to reschedule
so long as everyone in the group can
find a workable new day and time.
You are, of course, free to renew this
term-by-term commitment each time a new term
starts, or you
can leave the group at the end of a term if you
feel you have learned what you wanted or needed.
You can pay for the whole term at once (US$ 1120) or in
three instalments. Payments are due
in advance at the start of the term (or start of the
designated instalment periods) and can be made online by credit card or PayPal, by direct deposit in UK pounds,
by e-Interac in CA dollars, or by
mailing a Canadian or
US bank check — it is simply a question of which is more
convenient for you.
Of course, joining us for
one term is just the beginning
the Online Learning Program grows with you. No matter what level you enter at you can keep on deepening your learning and following your interest as far as you want to go, in fact, all the way to becoming a certificated teacher of the work if you choose.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in joining a group,
get in touch with me right away at
so we can discuss your goals and which group will suit you best,
and any other questions you may have. I can only manage to run
so many groups at once so once this next set of new groups begin
there will likely not be others starting until one of the current
groups ends, though occasionally there may be spaces in the
current groups to be filled.
How do I get more information?
Let me know at
if you have any questions, or wish to discuss any aspect of
the program with me — including the content, fees, scheduling,
etc. Even if you want to join but are not ready to commit
now, let me know and I'll keep you on the list of those who
will get priority information as soon as new groups
or new spaces open up
I look forward to working with some of you