July 29 - August 4, 2018   |   Chicago, Illinois
@ Loyola University, lakeside campus venue


The 11th International Alexander Technique Congress

Advancing Global Perspective: Making New Connections.

Science. Performance. Education.

The 11th International Congress in Chicago in 2018 will be a rare opportunity to become present to the powerful links the Alexander Technique shares with cutting edge information, ideas and practices currently operating in the fields of science, performance and education.

At this Congress we will bring together an array of dynamic keynote speakers, working in these three fields, to inform, stimulate and inspire our community and our work around the globe.

Our aspiration is to be active and energized in asking the question “What do we need to do to advance our work and bring the Alexander Technique into wider prominence?”

Since the first International Congress held in 1986, more than thirty years ago, not only have we grown as a worldwide community but also the world around us has been developing in leaps and bounds providing overwhelming evidence of the increasing value of the Alexander Technique.

This promises to be an inspiring event with a long lasting influence on each of us as individuals, as teachers and as a community. We sincerely hope you will join us.

– Carol Prentice and Jamie McDowell | Congress Directors

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you're going to Love Chicago...

Carol P. Prentice

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Carol P. Prentice is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique specializing in somatic education and health for 30 years. Carol trained with master teachers Frank Ottiwell and Rome Robert Earle at the Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco. She graduated in 1986. Since graduating, Carol has furthered her training with first generation Alexander Teachers here in the U.S. and in Europe.

Carol graduated from the California College of Ayurveda as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) where she currently on the faculty. She is also a certified 500-RYT Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya from the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco.

Carol has taught the Alexander Technique in California, Hawaii, and Europe, in venues as; Strawberry Music Festival at Pepperdine University, Hawaii Performance Art Festival, Spine Care Rehabilitation Center (S. F.), Ventura Pain Clinic, Poised Rider Equestrian Clinic, Barron/Brown Acting School among others. She has created Hands-On Retreats, a 5-day retreat where she combines her training of Alexander, Ayurveda, and Yoga empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and healing. 

Carol currently lives in Ojai, Ca. where she has a private practice. She is an AmSTAT certified teacher.  She is excited to be one of the Co-Directors for the next Congress in Chicago.

Jamie McDowell

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Jamie is Director of the Fellside Centre in Kendal, a training facility in the Lake District of England. He has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1984 and is currently Head of Training at Cumbria Alexander Training. Originally Jamie became certified under the direction of Don Burton in London and has lived and worked in England and throughout Europe.

He is active with other European Alexander Teachers organizing events throughout Europe and attending annual gatherings, where he has presented workshops on functional anatomy (the Use of the Arm) and teaching modalities (Styles of Teaching).

In 2015, he gave the FM Alexander Memorial Lecture at the STAT Conference in London.

Jamie was previously a Congress Director at the 9th International Conference in Lugano, Switzerland. He is a member of A.T. Congress association (ATCA), the supervisory board for the International Congresses.

Currently, as the Editor of Statnews (the newsletter of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and Co-Editor of The Alexander Journal, Jamie has ongoing contact with a wide range of opinion-makers in the Alexander world and looks forward to hosting the 2018 Congress in Chicago.

“Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town…”

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S.

Chicago is one of the most prestigious cities in the world in terms of recreation and entertainment.

Chicago was recently named “U.S. City of the Year” for its thriving economy, impressive architecture, notable politicians, groundbreaking music, and innovative environmental policies.

Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.

Entertainment and the arts

The city is also known for its world class museums, including the Art Institute and its expansive collections, including noted Impressionist works.

Renowned Chicago theater companies include the Goodman Theater in the Loop; the Steppenwolf Theater Company and Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park; and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs at Symphony Center, and is recognized as one of the best orchestras in the world. Other live-music genre which are part of the city's cultural heritage include Chicago blues, Chicago soul, jazz, and gospel.

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Festival Ballet perform in various venues, including the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. Chicago has several other contemporary and jazz dance troupes, such as the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Chicago Dance Crash.

Restaurant scene

Chicago features many restaurants that highlight the city's various ethnic neighborhoods, including Chinatown on the South Side, Greek town on Halsted Street, and Little Italy on Taylor Street and the Heart of Italy. The Indo-Pak community along Devon Avenue hosts many Pakistani and Indian eateries. The predominantly Mexican neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village are home to numerous eateries ranging from small taquerías to full scale restaurants. Several restaurants featuring Middle Eastern fare can be found along Lawrence Avenue, while Polish cuisine is well represented along Milwaukee Avenue on the Northwest side and Archer Avenue on the Southwest side. A large concentration of Vietnamese restaurants can be found in the Argyle Street district in Uptown.

Some Interesting Facts about Chicago:

  • Chicago is home to 70 museums, 200 theaters, 6,500 restaurants and 200 annual parades.
  • Three of the world's tallest buildings are located in Chicago: Sears/Willis Tower, AON Center, and John Hancock Center.
  • The title of "The Windy City" was bestowed on Chicago in 1893 by New York Sun editor Charles Dana. He was tired of listening to long-winded politicians boast about the World's Fair that was held in Chicago the same year.
  • Chicago currently has 2,701,926 residents in its 228 square miles.
  • More than 33 million people visit Chicago each year.

Loyola University Chicago - A beautiful campus with spectacular views of Lake Michigan

Loyola University Chicago's Lakeshore Campus is located in the heart of Roger's Park, on the Northside of chicago.

Founded in 1870 by the Jesuits, today Loyola is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation and a major contributor to Chicago's economic and cultural capital. Loyola's professional schools have educated generations of local business and civic leaders, and distinguished programs in medicine, nursing, and health sciences are anchored by the nationally-recognized Loyola University Medical Center.

Loyola and its students enjoy Chicago's exceptional cultural and economic resources. In addition to providing an unparalleled setting for educational opportunities. A hub of commerce and culture, Chicago serves as an expanded campus for Loyola students.

and of course there is Frank Sinatra singing…

“Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town

Chicago, Chicago, I will show you around, I love it Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues in Chicago Chicago, the town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down

On State Street, that great street, I just want to say They do things they don't do on Broadway They have the time, the time of their life I saw a man, and he danced with his wife In Chicago, Chicago, that’s my home town”

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