“The Technique evolved by the late F. Matthias Alexander is generally regarded as one for altering postural behavior of individuals, and indeed it can be so regarded. However, it concerns itself with considerably more than this. It is a technique for altering the reaction of the individual to the stimuli of his environment, and thus it can be applied to the whole range of human activities, whether these be regarded as just thought processes or processes involving predominantly muscular activity.” (Patrick Macdonald)
The Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin is in the center of the city in a large, sunny space in an old ware house on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, by the Landwehr canal in Kreuzberg. We offer a variety of possibilities to get to know the technique and to deepen your knowledge and experience. Welcome!
- General options for learning the Alexander Technique:
- -take private lessons
- -join the class for a morning
- -participate in one of our weekend workshops
- -Combine holidays and Alexander Technique work!
- -take the weekly evening group class (all levels)
- -become a student of a third year trainee under supervision
- -become a teacher of the Alexander Technique
- The teacher training course:
- Our school is acknowledged by both the national Alexander Technique association (ATVD) and the Affiliated Societies (ATAS, the international association of national societies), as well as by the city government. Students can make use of this to receive reductions. The officially required 1600 hours of training are spread over about 3 years. We work 14-17,5 hours a week on four days, Monday to Thursday/ Friday (optional) from 9:00 am – 12:30 am. School time is divided evenly throughout the year and holidays follow the holiday plan of Berlin public schools. This ensures an ongoing, continuous engagement with the technique and yet leaves the students enough time to fulfill their other obligations and commitments. Fees for the teacher training course amount to € 460 per month.
- The Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin is directed by Jörg Aßhoff, but understands itself as a team of teachers.
- Members are:
- Jörg Aßhoff | Director of training: has been teaching since 1993 in his own private practice. In 2004 he founded the „Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin”. He is a moderator at three teacher training courses in Germany and France.
- Petra von Ondarza | Assistant: began studying the AT in 1985 in Paris while training in contemporary dance and Contact Improvisation. She has been assisting on the training course since it opened in 2004.
- Ulrich Bitter | Assistant | deputy head of the training course: has been giving lessons in the AT since 1992 in his own studio. He was member of the board of ATVD (German society of Alexander teachers) for five years. He has been assisting on the training course since it opened in 2004.
- Teresa Wiesehöfer | Assistant: Studied drawing and sculpturing. Since 2015 teacher of the Alexander Technique in the training course.
- Sibylle Gfellner | Assistant: Theater studies and acting (INAC).
Since 2015 teacher of the Alexander Technique in the training course.
- Wilfried Hanefeld | Moderation of training course: Has a university degree in pedagogy and qualified as a teacher of the Alexander technique in 1983. In 1984 he was a founding member of the Gesellschaft der Lehrer für Alexander Technik e.V. (the German society of teachers of the Alexander Technique, now: ATVD), whose work he developed and supported actively as first resp. second chairman for ten years.
- Regular exchanges take place with four Alexander Technique courses, with the schools of: Aranka Fortwängler, Freiburg, Ulli Pawlas, Hamburg, Agnès de Brunhoff, Paris, Maud Krhajac, Rouen.
- Internationally known and acknowledged teachers are regularly invited to teach in the class. So far, the following teachers have taught at the school: Bob Britton (San Francisco), Giora Pinkas (San Francisco), Shaike and Linda Hermelin (Tel Aviv), Agnès de Brunhoff (Paris), Aranka Fortwängler (Freiburg), Yael Tam (Jerusalem) and Tamar Sarfati (Rouen).
- In this way, beyond the continuous influence of the teachers at the school, a wide range of possibilities of exchange and of encountering different styles and perspectives in the Alexander Technique is available to the students.
- We value highly communication and free and open exchange as important opportunities for learning.
Classes take place in German and in English. 80% of the training is of a practical nature. Daily “theory” sessions ensure that students in time become acquainted with the Alexander concepts and terminology, and are able to use and apply them actively. Step by step, the ability to convey the Alexander Technique is developed, which encompasses the ability to apply the principles of the work first of all on oneself, in dealing with fellow students (both beginners and advanced), with guests, with a minimum of 5 pupils under supervision during the last year of the training. Some trainees may see the training as a means of supporting or furthering their personal development and may not wish to practice the Alexander Technique as a profession. This is a legitimate option.
- For further information please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to meeting you here in the near future.
- kind regards,
- Jörg Aßhoff and colleagues