Join me on Folegandros Island, Greece for INSPIRATION IN THE AEGEAN, June, 2018. The workshop combines Alexander Technique, stories and imagery from ancient Greek mythology, movement improvisation, spoken language and hands-on guidance.
a little history…
My first visit to Greece, circa 1984, was a heart opening and sea change experience. I found a connection to Greece then which has only deepened through the years. My initial visit to Folegandros Island was with two friends in 1994. We read aloud stories from Greek mythology beside the dazzling Aegean Sea, an experience both dreamy and electrifying. Since then, I’ve returned many times to Folegandros. Between 1996 and 2003, I led seven Inspiration in the Aegean workshops on the island. I revived the workshop in June, 2017.
The 2017 workshop…
The June 2017 workshop was, in part, my response to the turmoil and darkness happening in the world, an endeavor to create joyful community in an extraordinary part of our planet. I’m grateful to be able to report that our time together was indeed most uplifting. The mix of ages (23 to 79), artistic disciplines (visual and design artists, writers, performing artists and the healing arts), and origins (three continents) was inspiring. I’m moved to continue.
And this year...
The Alexander principles invite a platform of spaciousness, embodiment and ease from which to explore. On Folegandros, the island’s culture, along with its elemental landscape and sea, cultivate a pleasurable opening of heart, body and mind. Age-old stories and imagery stir the imagination, all combining to let something new occur. Add dance and movement, and a wide range of wonderful people, and you have something magical brewing.
A deliciously unpredictable ingredient is the particular mix of people that converge on the island to learn and play together for six days. This impromptu ensemble cultivates something much more than I alone could generate. These days it seems essential to make communities with joy and expansiveness that can fuel us to move forth enlivened and equipped with a newly informed perspective.
Please join me on Folegandros to study, explore and celebrate waking into greater awareness - unifying body, mind, environment, and imagination. I look forward to sharing timeless stories, pleasure in embodiment, and the culture of modern Greece with you. June 17th-22nd.
Visit the registration page of our website for information about applying, rates, payment schedules, and cancellation policies.
We’re offering two tuition-free spaces for Greek citizens. If you are Greek and interested, please send a written statement introducing yourself, including why you wish to participate.
Due to the nature of the project, I must decide year by year about offering this workshop - I can’t assume it’s an annual event. The 2017 workshop was sold out in 3 days with a waiting list. So, if you’re interested in participating in 2018 - carpe diem! Now’s the time to begin planning your journey.
Reach out to us now via email by contacting our registrar, Cameron Addicott, or myself. Please introduce yourself briefly in your email.
Cheers and peace,
Greetings from Shelter Island, NY,
I hope this finds you very well and enjoying the last weeks of glorious summertime.
I've had a lovely, full summer. After finishing up the school year teaching at the William Esper Acting Studio, in mid-June I taught a workshop on the Greek island of Folegandros. Inspiration in the Aegean integrated elements from Alexander Technique, movement improvisation, and ancient Greek art and mythology - and it was a blast! It was a beautiful group of students from three continents, and spanning six decades — and we had an absolutely ecstatic time. Thus, I'm considering repeating this workshop in June of 2018. Updates on this soon.
some workshop participants frolic in the gorgeous Aegean Sea
Back in NYC in late June and July, I enjoyed working with students from around the world in the Summer Intensive Program at the Esper Studio and with private students in town.
Now, I’m loving having some relaxing, rejuvenating open days out on beautiful Shelter Island…… and…..HERE COMES THE FALL SEASON!
PRIVATE ALEXANDER LESSONS IN NYC THIS FALL:
My private lessons season begins the week of Sept 11th. That week, I'll be teaching on Sept 12, 13 and 14 (Tuesday - Thursday).
Following that week, my privates teaching days will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Fridays.
If you wish to begin or resume lessons, please be in touch soon.
I offer discounted rates for a prepaid series of lessons. I also offer a limited number of artist discounts each week. Please contact me directly for more information.
The ability to be very alert and also calm and present at the same time is a vital ingredient in a creative, responsive life. The Alexander work continues to inspire me as a means towards this state of being and readiness.
If you have been considering taking lessons, or have friends that have been curious about studying Alexander - this is a good time to get started or to refer them! I look forward to meeting new students in the fall as well as welcoming back ongoing or former students.
all my best and hope to see you this season in NYC,
Shelter Island, NY
The 2017 workshop on Folegandros has come and gone. It was a beautiful, fulfilling experience and I'm still in a lilting state of gratitude.
I could not have wished for or dreamed up a more inquisitive, creative, thoughtful, spirited and willing group of students. All artists of varying mediums, with ages ranging from early 20's to late 70's and from far flung parts of the globe including Europe, South Africa, and both coasts and points in-between of the USA -- we were an ecstatic and harmonious group. It was also quite wonderful to have two Greek members of the class.
I am ruminating now about the whole experience, as well as collecting photos and recollections from participants, and will post more soon. For now, I'll happily say it seems that the experiment worked, and we entered into a marvelous richness. I began personally with a months-long (continuation of life-long), deep delving into images and literature from ancient Greece. I pondered relationships between ancient stories and images, archetypes, poetry, human embodiment, Alexander Technique principles, environment (and oh my, what a glorious environment we had on Folegandros, and in our beautiful classroom, graciously donated to us by the town and people of Folegandros). I considered how to convey and manifest these relationships in human interaction, environmental awareness, and daily life and creative movement explorations. The ancient stories and images connect to nature so magnificently and specifically. Thus, time spent outside the classroom on the island was an inspiring continuation of our work. And, we all just went there together.... It was a joy. Thank you, thank you, to all the participants.
A very important mentor and friend in my life, Paulus Berensohn (whom I met initially while teaching at the Penland School of Crafts) passed away just a couple of days before the workshop began. I knew Paulus was on his way for some time before that. In my heart and spirit I dedicated the workshop to Paulus and his lifetime work as an artist and Deep Ecologist. And, to his belief that we are all meant to behave artistically. Yes, we are. You blessed me, Paulus, by your presence on this planet. I shall continue attempting to spread the word.
I've had inquiries about whether I will teach this workshop again in 2018 or 2019. I'm considering it. If you are interested in future Greece workshops, let me know. And/or - check back to my website! No doubt I'll always feel compelled to return to Greece -- for as long as this body can carry me there. And there is great joy in sharing it with others.
I chose this marvelous drawing by Pablo Picasso, 1949, entitled Le Visage de la Paix (The Face of Peace) for several reasons. I love the combination of lightness and immediacy - it speaks to me of what Alexander Technique has brought into my life. It conveys the delight that I believe landing in an embodied moment can bring. And, right now, February, 2017, a call to PEACE is essential.
All photos of Judith Grodowitz: Reid S. Baker, photographer. http://www.reidsbaker.com/
All photos of flowers and Folegandros: Judith Grodowitz.
Website angel: Michelle Agresti. michelleagresti.com
Stay tuned for news on the Greece workshop, other workshops, and Alexander-related writings!