The days are both full and spacious, with time for universal themes and personal applications; for lively group activities and solo reflection; for hands-on contact and philosophical themes. All participants are encouraged to bring tools, instruments, music, etc. for our Activity and Situational Work. We will help you do whatever you love to do. We will help you learn a new skill or refine an old one.
We generally have class 3 times each day, mornings, late afternoons, and evenings. Around these core times, there are often many others interactions which people enjoy:
Early Birds may want to enjoy a morning walk, a group Tai Chi class, a Pilates Mat class, or a morning mediation.
Morning Class offers core curriculum in Alexander Principles, Body Mapping, and Group Activities.
Mid-Day Break is a time for rest, socializing, or Open Study, when students have the opportunity to practice the week’s material with each other.
Afternoon Class usually focuses on personal application of the Work in your daily life activities and situations. Be sure to bring instruments and tools you use in your daily and professional life.
Sunset Sessions are often spent hiking or simply sitting and taking in the nature around us.
Evening Class is a time for Alexander Games, storytelling, and nourishing exchanges.
Night Owl Sessions often happen spontaneously as new friendships are formed, and old ways of being are discarded. Processing the days' events under a brilliant sky of stars is a perfect end to a full and lively day of study.
When the Retreat is in Oregon, we take advantage of the local woodlands, trails and rivers near Still Meadow, in addition to having a range of movement classes offered throughout the week. Often, people bring musical instruments as well as necessary tools for hobbies for our activity lessons.
When the Retreat is in New Mexico, there are often Field Trips to explore some of the extraordinary nearby nature, including hiking at Ghost Ranch and Tent Rocks, and swimming and canoeing in nearby lakes, hanging out in Madrid (a local ‘‘mining town turned artist commune‘‘), and even exploring the cultural scene in Santa Fe with trips to the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera and Canyon Road Art Galleries.