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The teaching team will consist of regular teachers and visiting teachers:
Delia has been involved with the Alexander Technique for most of her life: Following a childhood severely effected by knee-pain and resulting physiotherapy and surgery, she finally found relief from this aged 14 when she discovered the Alexander Technique. Delia went on to train as an Alexander teacher, graduating from Fellside Alexander School in 1989 under the late Don Burton (trained with Walter Carrington). Since then Delia has worked in private practice, run numerous groups including post-graduate workshops/ supervision, taught in a BUPA hospital, at The London Haven (breast cancer clinic), in various drama schools, on a yoga-training course, a Natural Horsemanship training course and also run corporate workshops. She has worked as a teacher-trainer at Fellside Alexander School for many years and on other AT training courses in the UK and abroad, where she has also lectured in practical anatomy and embryology.
Delia has pioneered ways of applying the Alexander Technique to people experiencing trauma, shock, bereavement or recovering from surgery, and is well known for her depth and sensitivity in working.
Delia also runs Acappella singing groups and offers specialised workshops integrating voice and breath work with the Alexander Technique. Additionally Delia is a Brandon Bays-trained Journey practitioner. She is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International (A.T.I.), and is also an A.T.I. Sponsoring Teacher. Delia lives in Forest Row with her husband and 2 children.
Yoga & Movement Teacher
Ruth Polden is a yoga facilitator and mentor. Her work is inspired by Vanda Scaravelli and informed by somatic movement practices: in particular the Feldenkrais Method, Contact Improvisation, Mind Body Centering and The Alexander Technique. Ruth is a tutor on the faculty of The London Yoga Teacher Training Group and a senior tutor on The YogaBirth Training Course, preparing yoga teachers of the future.
Ruth is a YogaBirth teacher and Active Birth teacher, trained with Janet Balaskas in 1991. She has been following her passion supporting and empowering women through their life journey for over 25 years. Ruth came to yoga after a career as a dancer. She performed, and choreographed in Europe and Israel. She was a lecturer on the dance faculty at Eastbourne University and Dance Foundation Course Hammersmith Education Centre. She enjoys dancing, music, walking, cooking and now lives in Sussex with her husband and 2 children.
After twenty-five years working as a specialist primary school teacher Caroline trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Since then she has combined teaching the whole primary curriculum to children and the Alexander Technique to adults. Learning to teach well and to support others, young and older, through their learning experience has been very central to Caroline’s vocational journey.
In 2014 she completed a postgraduate training in Chakra Therapy with Glen Park. This enabled her to bring a deeper psychological perspective to her work as an Alexander Teacher. She is particularly interested in the emotional aspects of physical difficulties, and in exploring these issues with people who suffer from chronic pain.
Senior Alexander teacher and Cranio-sacral therapist
Gentian qualified from Don Burton’s Fellside Alexander school in Kendal, Cumbria in 1990. She subsequently trained in cranio-sacral therapy with Thomas Atlee, Franklyn Sills and Hugh Milne, also teaches meditation and is a writer. Gentian has a book of poetry published by Flux Gallery Press called “Sky Burial” and is in the process of writing a book about Alexander work; she hopes it will be an holistic overview of the profession with poetic elements. Gentian has a particular is interest in the relationship between the arts and Alexander work. She taught Art and Environment and Social Sciences for the Open University for 12 years before training as an Alexander teacher and is a tutor on various courses in mental health, mindfulness/meditation for Adult Learning in Oxfordshire. Her claim to fame is that she tries to play shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. She has one son.
Senior Alexander teacher, author of 'The Art of Changing' and 'Touching the Soul'
Glen Park worked in the professional theatre for ten years as an actor, scriptwriter and director before beginning her Alexander Training in 1980. This experience has contributed to her deep interest in the psychological and energetic patterns that interfere with good use.
Her successful book, The Art of Changing, (1989), in addition to giving a thorough introduction to the Alexander Technique, explored the way the technique can be applied to emotional and energetic patterns of use. She has developed a way of working with energy centres in the spine, the chakras of the Hindu and Yogic traditions, which complements her Alexander work. This has led to an understanding of the central importance of the spine and head, as our physical and emotional integrating core.
In addition to teaching the Alexander Technique, Glen has led many workshops for actors and musicians, Alexander teachers and trainees exploring these energy centres and finding ways to encourage integration and flow in the spine and head through awareness of psychological as well as physical interferences.
In her latest book, Touching the Soul, due to be published in 2017, she explores the chakras in greater depth, showing correspondences with findings in neuroscience and developmental psychology.
Senior Alexander teacher, Buteyko teacher, musician, composer, and voice teacher
After studying french horn, composition & conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Patrick trained as an Alexander Teacher at Fellside in Cumbria. Since qualifying in 1990 he has worked with members of the Halle Orchestra, Halle Choir and the BBC Philharmonic. Through his interest in breathing he trained as a Buteyko Breathing practitioner, qualifying in 2005. In 2014 he became a member of Staff at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Patrick has given workshops at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy and Royal College in London. He combines his Alexander and Buteyko work to create connections between the breath, mind, body & centred presence with performers of all ages and disciplines. He especially loves working with singers both individually and in choirs and runs his own choir in Whaley Bridge for which he composes and arranges new music.
Senior Alexander teacher, cranio-sacral therapist, dance artist, movement teacher and writer
Miranda Tufnell is a dance artist, writer and teacher in movement and imagination. She is also an Alexander teacher and cranio-sacral therapist. She has been teaching and making performances for over 35 years. Her work, both as a performer, movement educator and body therapist (working 14 years within the NHS) has been to explore the ‘nature’ of body, and the ways in which movement shapes our sense of meaning, language and perception. With Chris Crickmay she co-authored two handbooks on sourcing creative work entitled 'Body Space Image' (1990) and 'A Widening Field' (2004). Her most recent book is 'When I Open My Eyes -dance, health, imagination' (2017). She teaches widely and also offers one-to-one creative space retreats.