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LearningMethods Newsletter
Volume 1,  August 1998

  • News:
    • Web site news
    • The work in Music Schools
  • Summary of David Gorman's teaching schedule
  • General description of courses
  • Details of dates, contacts, etc. for upcoming courses
  • How to reach us

Greetings to all of you,

This is a periodic newsletter to keep you informed about the LearningMethods work--upcoming workshops, news, additions to the web site, etc.

Some of you have requested to be kept in touch with what is happening. Others are getting this simply because we think you might be interested. But, if you aren't and wish to be removed from this e-mail list, send a message to:  lmlist@learningmethods.com asking to be removed from the LearningMethods e-mailing list.

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1. LearningMethods News

LearningMethods Web Site
If you haven't recently done so, check out the LearningMethods web site. There are new articles about the work in practice. One about a lesson with a violinist at www.learningmethods.com/violin.htm and the other by Eillen and how she used the work to conquer her fear of heights (at www.learningmethods.com/heights.htm).

There's also a long article about 'the evolution of a techique' originally written for a debate on the AlexTech e-mail forum about the vailidity of the premises of the Alexander Technique. This article (at www.learningmethods.com/beliefs.htm) traces the insights and changes that lead David to start a new work.

This debate (which raged for several weeks on the forum with equal parts of reaction and thoughtful replies) will soon be posted in its entirety on Jeremy Chance's Direction Journal web site (stay tuned).

Also new to the site is a list of teachers--there are now 6 LearningMethods teachers, plus 3 more about to qualify and several others who are beginning their training process. This page also lists all the teachers trained at the Centre for Training in years past (at www.learningmethods.com/lmteach.htm).

LearningMethods in Music Schools
Music Ergonomics Symposium in Stockholm: Officially less than a year old, the LearningMethods work is growing quickly. David was invited in May to be one of the dozen or so presenters at the international Music Ergonomics Symposium at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm. He gave three practical demonstrations with students of the Conservatory. The work was received well and several people came to the next few workshops in Stockholm and Gothenberg as a result.

Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto: Plans are being made now to have David give a masterclass and perhaps a lecture for the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto before the upcoming workshop in Toronto in November (thanks to the efforts of Andras Weber, who
teaches cello there, to persuade them to try something quite new).

Australian National University in Canberra: There is also interest in a return trip to the Australian National University in Canberra where David has already worked for several weeks with the faculty and graduate students in the Music Department. This time, money permitting in these tight budgetary times, the work may include the Sports department too.

2. Summary of David Gorman's
1998 Teaching Schedule

September 5 - 9
September 26 - 27
September 28 - Oct 2
October 5 - 9
October 19 - 23
October 31 - Nov 4
November 6 - 8
November 9 - 11
November 9 - 13
December 5 - 9

Oslo Norway - One Week
Paris, France - Weekend
London, England - One Week
London, England - One Week
Stockholm, Sweden - One Week
Toronto, Canada - One Week
Plymouth MA, USA - Weekend
Cambridge, MA USA - 3 Evenings
Washington DC, USA - One Week
Freiburg, Germany - One Week

See more details about these courses below...

3. General Description of Upcoming Workshops

All of the workshops below follow the same format (unless otherwise noted in the workshop details). See details below for each workshop for dates and times and locations. Translation is available for the workshops in France and Sweden.

The emphasis in the groups is on learning how to learn and find out for yourself; i.e. the workshops are driven by your own questions, problems, explorations and experiments. The weeks are open to anyone willing and committed to learning more about themselves, to challenging their current framework of understanding and to exploring their practice or performance.

The classes will be small, usually between 6-8 participants, in order to ensure a depth of personal and practical work. Most of the time we will be working as a group so that each person learns to articulate their experiences and everyone can share in the learning. There is a tremendous support and understanding when we all go through things together.

The structure and format of each day is similar--approx. 10:00am to 3:30pm or 4:00pm with lunch from about 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Because of the small class size, preference will be given to those committing for the whole workshop, but if numbers permit, it may be possible to attend for a shorter period. Private classes or small groups of 2-4 (1/2 hour for each person) with David may be available some days after 3:30pm--contact the organizer of each event for further information.

4. Details of Workshops, Sept. to Dec, 1998

Events for September, 1998

Oslo, Norway
September 5 - 9

Victoria Johnson    e-mail: mats at os.telia.no
Hegermanng. 6/1, 0478 Oslo, Norway
tel: +47 2256-8474, Mobile: +47 9172-3233
Tanja Orning   e-mail: orning at online.no
Steingata 87, 4024 Stavanger, Norway
Tel: +47 5189-3441, Mobile: +47 9020-7890


Paris, France
September 26-27
A New Model of Human Structure and Function

We want to be whole, yet we still think of ourselves in parts - my aching back, the tension in my shoulders, toning up my abdominal muscles... What we need is a whole new model of human structure and function which is truly wholistic; a model that reveals our design as creatures who are inherently integrated, securely grounded and fully organised for free, effortless movement; a model where muscles don't hold us up and contract to move us, but act as sensitive detectors of instability and respond by suspending us in an elastic web of adjustable support which follows us around releasing us into activity, automatically and reflexly; a model which shows that when we interfere with this natural integration, we divide ourselves into parts (creating a separate mind and body) and inevitably cause the common chronic tensions, back pains, joint damage, strain injuries and other organic problems.

The workshop will explore this new model of our human system using a lively blend of practical activities, experiential work, information and discussion while going through the major structural areas and functional systems - posture and support - breathing, expression and emotion - the spine and our organic metabolism - the arm/hand organisation with its sensitivity and precision - the built-in primate nature of the legs that can be accessed to reduce effort and eliminate back problems - why some kinds of sports training and remedial exercises don't work - the senses and awareness - and how our experience, beliefs and consciousness all interact to either bind us more deeply into unconstructive habits of strain and conflict, or liberate us to a wholeness where we are not even separate from the world around us let alone from ourselves.

Who is it for?...
The course presumes no special knowledge of the body, though for those who already know a lot, you'll find a whole new point of view to deepen your understanding. It is designed for anyone who is already exploring themselves and their function through the Alexander Technique, or other method, for health and medical professionals, body-workers, and those who work with others, performers athletes and those who use themselves as their own instrument. All you need is yourself and a willingness to learn that your system is more whole than you ever thought!

In english with english/french translation available if needed. Location in Paris is undecided at present.

Eillen Sellam    e-mail:  <eillen at learningmethods.com>
Quartier la Rouvière, 30130 St. Alexandre, France
tel: +33 (0)4-66-39-55-75, mobile +33 (0)6-66-88-59-80


London, England
September 28 - October 2 (10:00am to 3:30pm)
    Week 1 of 2
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Alison Murray (e-mail: alison at learningmethods.com)
14 Belitha Villas, London, N1 1PD
Tel: +44 (0)171-607-0527

Events for October, 1998

London, England with Eillen Sellam
October 5 - 9 (10:00am to 3:30pm)
    Week 2 of 2
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Alison Murray (e-mail: alison at learningmethods.com)
14 Belitha Villas, London, N1 1PD
Tel: +44 (0)171-607-0527


Stockholm, Sweden with Eillen Sellam
October 19 - 23 (10:00am to 3:30pm daily)
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Ċsa Bergenfors - e-mail:  <look at life.pp.se>  
P.O. Box 187, 178 02, Drottningholm, Sweden
tel/fax: +46 (0)8-759-0147


Toronto, Canada
October 31 - November 4 (10:00am to 3:30pm daily)
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Andras Weber or Ran Kim
One Palace Pier Court, #4409, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M8V 3W9, Canada
Tel: +1 416-253-1456

Events for November, 1998

Plymouth MA, USA
November 6 - 8
Lectures and Workshop at ATI Annual Meeting

Andrea Matthews  e-mail: andem at tiac.net  
1692 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, Cambridge MA 02138
Tel: +1 617 497-2242, fax: +1 617-497-2615


Cambridge, MA USA
November 9 - 11 (3 evenings)
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Andrea Matthews  e-mail: andem at tiac.net  
1692 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, Cambridge MA 02138
Tel: +1 617 497-2242, fax: +1 617-497-2615


Washington DC, USA
November 14 - 18
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Pat Nicholson  e-mail: 104355.3307 at compuserve.com  
8516 Durham Court, Springfield, VA 22151
Tel: +1 703-978-9499, fax: +1 703-425-9842

Events for December, 1998

Freiburg, Germany
December 5 - 9
Learning about Learning and how to Change

Annette Bertram   e-mail: annettebertram at t-online.de 
Erwinstrasse 109, 79102, Freiburg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)761-707-1681, Fax: +49 (0)8-106-4755

5. How to Reach Us

Quartier la Rouvière, 30130  St. Alexandre, France
Tel: +33 (0)4-66-39-55-75, Fax: +33 (0)4-66-39-56-79
WWW:  www.learningmethods.com

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