2nd International Alexander Teachers Convention in Dublin, Ireland, April 2017
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About the Convention

Aims

Giora Pinkas teaching a group of Alexander teachers in Galway

After a very successful convention in 2013 we will build on the wave of enthusiasm that was created. We aim to have 120 Alexander teachers (and trainees) from all over the planet to continue to find new ways of learning and understanding the Technique. We will endeavour to build on the past while looking to the future. Our aim is to answer questions such as these:

  • Why is the Alexander Technique not more popular today?
  • How can we teachers, the guardians of the Technique, preserve its real meaning in the future without appearing to be stuffy or old fashioned?
  • How can we improve our teaching so that it brings a greater understanding to future generations?

In short, how can we take the Alexander Principles into the future without losing the essence of the work?

"My technique is based on inhibition, the inhibition of undesirable, unwanted responses to stimuli, and hence it is primarily a technique for the development of the control of human reaction."
F. M. Alexander

Throughout the week there will be workshops, talks and discussions led by some of the world's most experienced Alexander Teachers. Many of the workshop presenters are very experienced either directing, co-directing or moderating teacher training, or regularly leading post-graduate training. They have been picked because their teaching is lively and inspiring.

View of grounds of Emmaus Centre - path through trees Path through trees in Emmaus Centre grounds

The Convention will take place in a peaceful conference centre where most of the participants will sleep, eat and learn under one roof over 7 days. This means the exchange room and breakout rooms never close so you can exchange work, chat or discuss all aspects of the Work to your heart's content without being disturbed. We aim to give you extra teaching tools and inspiration that will radically strengthen your confidence in the way you teach. The only requirements are an open mind, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of humour!

Should you accept our invitation we promise that you will experience a week so interesting and fulfilling it will never be forgotten!

Please note that all workshop and events will be in English.

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Schedule of Events

The conventions starts at 6pm on Sunday 9th April and finishes at lunch time on Saturday 15th April. Every day there will be workshops both in the morning and in the afternoon. A special event will be planned for each day, after the evening meal. There will also be a series of talks/discussions every day at 5pm, and work exchange rooms and meeting rooms open 24 hours a day.

For a full timetable, please see our timetable page.

Daily schedule

Conference room at Emmaus Centre - interior view Conference room at Emmaus

7:30 Qi Gong or Zen stretching
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Short meeting to make announcements etc
10:00 - 1:00 Workshops
1:00 Lunch
2:30 - 5:00 Exchange work or free time
5:00 Presentation
6:30 Evening meal
8:00 Special event

There will also be tea and coffee rooms available all the time to give you a chance to relax over a cup of tea and reconnect with old friends or meet new ones.

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The Emmaus Centre

The Emmaus Centre is a retreat and conference centre just outside Dublin.

Emmaus offers modern residential accommodation with 62 ensuite guest rooms of the highest standard close to Dublin Airport and situated in 10 acres of tree lined grounds. All guest rooms are ensuite with a mixture of Double, Twin and Single rooms available. The Conference Venue and Meeting Rooms are equipped to facilitate the needs of modern technology. All conference, meeting rooms and bedrooms are equipped with Free WiFi Internet Access. Dining Rooms and Coffee Docks are tastefully decorated to add to the comfort of those attending any programme. The meditation rooms offer an oasis of quiet for all.

River running through grounds of Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co Dublin River running through grounds of Emmaus Centre

Emmaus offers both convenience, being within ten minutes of Dublin Airport and three minutes of the M1 motorway, and peace. It rests in the beautiful setting of rural mature grounds which offer quiet tree-lined pathways, landscaped gardens and a river walk. The sound of birdsong and the profusion of wildlife all add to the beauty and tranquility of the place.

Special diets are catered for. Please mention your requirements to the Emmaus centre at time of booking.

For full details about the Centre, please visit the Emmaus Centre website.

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How to Register

  1. Contact Emmaus directly to book either their residential or non-residential package (details on our accommodation page).
  2. Then register on our Registration page.

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Location

The Emmaus Centre is located just north of the town of Swords in the outskirts of Dublin, ten minutes by car or taxi north of Dublin Airport on the N1, and close to the M50 and M1 motorways. From Emmaus it is approximately 30 minutes by car to Dublin City Centre or 50 minutes by public bus.

The Emmaus Centre website has a 'Location' page, with a map and directions for getting to the centre by car, bus or taxi: view the Emmaus Location page.

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Getting to the Convention

If you are travelling from abroad by air, the nearest airport is Dublin Airport, a ten-minute taxi ride away (8km).

If you are travelling from abroad by ferry, the nearest port is Dublin Port. Four ferry companies currently operate up to thirteen sailings daily connecting Dublin with Holyhead, Liverpool and Douglas. Further information can be found on the Dublin Port ferry information page.

If you are travelling from Dublin, you can get a bus or a taxi (16km). Details about how to get to the centre from Dublin and other parts of Ireland are given in the Emmaus Location page.

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Local Places of Interest

If you would like to extend your stay in Ireland there are many wonderful places to explore in the area.

External view of Newgrange monument, Ireland External view of Newgrange monument

Probably the most famous is Newgrange, 35km away, a 45 minute journey by car. Newgrange is a prehistoric monument located in Donore, County Meath, about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built around 3200 BC, during the Neolithic period. The monument is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice, which floods the stone room with light. Newgrange is older than Stonehenge and the great pyramids of Giza. It is part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Internal view of Newgrange passage tomb by candlelight Internal view of Newgrange passage tomb by candlelight

For details on visiting this ancient site please visit World Heritage Ireland Newgrange.

Emmaus is located in the Fingal Area of Dublin which is rich in things to do including an abundance of golf courses, restaurants, and tourist attractions such as Swords Castle, Malahide castle, Ardgillian House and Gardens, and Newbridge House and Visitor Farm. It is also very close to areas such as the Boyne Valley, the historic town of Drogheda, Howth, Malahide and coastal villages of Skerries, Lusk, Rush and Donabate.

For lots of other ideas and useful information, including travel and accommodation information, events and places to visit in the area, please visit the Official Dublin Tourism website. For local bus, restaurant and accommodation information, see also www.dublintourist.com/towns/swords.

For national tourism information, please see the official website at www.discoverireland.ie.

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