Standing on Top
of the World™
A 2 to 4 day workshop on experiencing the freedom of support and balance
Developed and taught by David Gorman
Why this? -¦-
What is it? -¦-
Who is it for?
How is it structured? -¦-
Who is the Teacher?
Audio recording of the workshop
Where is it held?
Your most precious birthright?
... Having a centered support on the earth at every moment —
without which it is impossible to have wholeness and ease, impossible to have the presentness and
the freedom to
respond openly and easily in everything you do.
This workshop helps you claim that heritage...
Description of the Course
Support and balance are the two sides of our most fundamental moment-to-moment relationship with
the planet. If you are like most people, you are probably going about your daily life in an uncentered
and ungrounded support without realizing it. You may not feel particularly out of support or off-balance,
but you are probably feeling the inevitable results—the holding yourself up and sense of weight
and working against 'gravity'—that lead to ongoing tensions and effort. This not only wastes enormous
energy but all-too-often causes chronic and progressive damage.
It is your birthright to have the poise and grace that come with balanced and supported movement.
Without this, your best efforts at freedom and ease will always be undermined, and your sense of
calmness and presentness will be lost to you.
This workshop is designed to help you claim that heritage.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The workshop comprises a series of demonstrations and explanations which have been developed over
the last 15 years by David Gorman to teach you, in a very practical and experiential way, the principles
of support and balance and how to live them in everything you do.
These simple practical demonstrations will show you clearly through your own experiences the benefits
of freedom and ease this knowledge gives you.
Collectively, they will also refine your ability to be in touch with your own system's signals
about your support and orientation—feedback that will become second nature in guiding you and telling
you what you need to know in order to be supported, whole and easy, free to respond and present
in your life.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Everyone... after all, we all live and work in relation to gravity and the planet
— why not make
it a friendly and cooperative relationship rather than one of struggle and effort?
The workshop is especially valuable for actors, dancers, musicians, athletes, as well as teachers
of body-work, movement, etc. For teachers, the workshop is, at one and the same time, a practical
way to learn this knowledge for yourself, as well as to learn how to go about teaching it to others
while adapting it in your own way to your own teaching style.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The 2 days of the workshop progress through the series of step-by-step demonstrations in a natural
sequence, each one giving an experience and an explanation of a fundamental principle then leading
on naturally to the next step.
In this way the series builds through daily life activities — standing, reaching, walking, bending,
sitting and standing up, lifting, squatting, etc. — showing how to recognize when you are supported
and when you're not, highlighting the resulting freedom and ease of operating in support and balance,
as well as the problems and symptoms when you are habitually out of support.
AUDIO RECORDING AVAILABLE: If you cannot attend an upcoming
workshop, there is also an audio recording of this material recorded live from several recent workshops.
The series of demonstrations is clearly explained and the questions from students and answers help
deepen the understanding. More details.
WHO IS THE TEACHER?...
David Gorman David Gorman has become widely known for his innovative and unique
approach to making our human functioning understandable, relevant and fascinating. In 1980
he published a 600-page illustrated text on human structure and function called
The Body Moveable, now in its 5th edition, and in 1998
another book, Looking At Ourselves, as well as many
articles and essays
David has been helping people make sense out how they function since the mid-70s.
He taught the Alexander Technique for 17 years and trained Alexander teachers until 1997 when he
formally began his new LearningMethods work developed over many years from his discoveries. He
is now writing another book covering the material of this workshop and the
Patterns of Being workshop.
He teaches private workshops, at conservatories and
for conferences as well as training teachers in the LearningMethods work.
The work is now being integrated into the curriculum of many schools and colleges in Europe and
Read more about David's discoveries of our
elastic spring-loaded suspension system.
WHERE ARE THESE WORKSHOPS HELD?...
ORGANIZE ONE IN YOUR OWN AREA...
Go to the LearningMethods Calendar to see where these
workshops are currently being held.
If you want to organize one of these workshops in your area, contact David for
Telephone: +1 416-519-5470
78 Tilden Crescent, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 1V7 Canada (map)
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