Barstow Alexander Institute
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At the summer Alexander Technique workshop, you can learn how to:
  • reduce tension and stress in everyday activities
  • enhance performance skills (such as dancing, singing, playing an instrument, acting, and athletics)
  • prevent injuries and fatigue
  • help relieve chronic pain
  • produce more efficient movement
  • improve posture, coordination, and self-image
  • increase energy and self-awareness
  • allow for greater efficiency in movement

Join us on the campus of University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Nebraska, for one of the best summer experiences possible exploring the wonderful discoveries of F.M. Alexander.

The Barstow Institute, headquartered at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, continues the long tradition of summer Alexander Technique workshops established by master Alexander teacher, Marjorie Barstow, who was the first graduate of F. M. Alexander's training course in 1934. Since the early 1970s students have gathered together from around the U.S. and abroad to experience the unique approach that Ms. Barstow brought to the teaching of the Alexander Technique. Her teachings, which included pioneering group teaching, are now carried on by her students, the faculty for the summer workshops. Due to the unique nature of the Barstow Institute, and to ensure that each participant receives quality experiences, the enrollment is limited to ensure a low student-to-teacher ratio. A student-teacher ratio of 7:1 is not exceeded.

In 2020 the workshop will be held on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus.  This workshop is designed both for those who are new to the Alexander Technique and for anyone interested in refining their understanding and practical applications of the Technique. The emphasis of this workshop is on facilitating each student's ability to confidently apply the Alexander Technique in all their activities. Each student will gain a greater awareness of how to move efficiently while learning to free themselves of unnecessary tension. The Technique is taught through verbal exchange, delicate hands-on guidance, and observation.

The sessions will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for discussions, presentations and practice, and for small and large group work. During the afternoons and evenings, special seminars are presented on such topics as: performance process, speech work, lessons in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, group performance work, Tai Chi, and more. Participants are also invited to present and share topics of interest to the group in the evening sessions. Each student will receive one private lesson during the workshop. Daily schedule.

The Barstow Institute is supported in part by an endowment from the Marjorie L. Barstow estate for the furtherance of Marjorie's work and the teachings of F. M. Alexander.

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Tuition, room and board rates should be similar to those published for 2020. 

Tuition rates have been maintained at the 2019 level for 2020.  There is a small facilities fee now for nonresidential students to help defray costs of the teaching rooms.  New rates for room and board and optional commuter meals are posted below.

The Institute begins on Saturday evening, June 12, at 7 p.m., after dinner, which is available at
5:00 p.m.  The workshop concludes Friday evening, June 18, at 9:00 p.m., with checkout from the dorms Saturday morning.

2020 Seminar tuition: $675.00, $200 deposit reserves your place, pay in full by May 18th
    Early Bird rate of $635.00 if reserved and paid in full by May 11th
    Super Early Bird rate of $600 if reserved and paid in full by March 30th

Full-time student rate: $500.00, or $400.00 if paid in full by May 10th.
Partial scholarships are available.

Room and board: Single: $585.00, Double: $450.00 per person

Commuter Facilities Fee $30.

Optional Commuter Meal Package (Saturday night dinner and all lunches) $67

Check in: Saturday, June 12, 2020, after 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2020.

A $200 deposit reserves your place until May 18, when payment in full is due.

Accommodations: 7 nights in University Suites, 1780 R Street, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, linens and daily towel service, and a required meal plan which begins Saturday evening at 5:00.  Commuters may purchase a meal package (7 meals) $67.00. The dining service can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free diets, and other special diets with advance notice. Laundry facilities are available.

Transportation: Transportation from the nearby Lincoln airport can be arranged. Please let us know your arrival and departure plans when you register. If you drive to the workshop, parking permits for parking at the site are included.

Registration: To reserve space at the Institute or for campus housing, please register soon.  Space is limited.  An online registration form is now available on the Registration page of this site. Alternatively, there is a .pdf version also available.  If not using the online form, your registration may be emailed, or sent to the address below along with your deposit. If you are paying for the Institute with a credit card, please call the Doane University business center, 1-402-826-8250.  When paying by credit card, remember to submit your registration online or send the pdf form by email or regular mail.

The Barstow/Alexander Institute
P.O. Box 6553
Lincoln, NE 68506 USA

For further information about the Institute, please contact:
Nancy Forst Williamson, Program Director: 402-432-9181 e-mail

Cancellation Policy: A $75 processing fee is charged for cancellations received in writing by May 11, 2020. For cancellations after May 18 the $200 deposit is non-refundable. Due to contract commitments, there is no refund for cancellations received after June 5, 2020.

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