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     with David Gorman & Babette Lightner



TORONTO, ON  — Mon. 30 January 2017  — 1-day workshop

Wholeness in Poise – Wholeness in Motion
Intro to the Anatomy of Wholeness and Wholeness in Motion

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9:30 to 10:00 am — Registration and gathering (please be on time for a 10:00 AM start)

WHAT TO BRING?... Yourself, your passion for learning, a willingness to explore and experiment. Wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily — both morning and afternoon will be active and experiential. You may want to bring some paper and coloured pens for notes. Recording is not permitted by participants, but an audio and/or video recording of the workshop may be available for participants.

10:00 am to noon — Intro to Anatomy of Wholeness with David Gorman

This is your chance to work with David Gorman, the internationally-known teacher and writer, as he introduces you to his deceptively simple but profoundly powerful Anatomy of Wholeness work. David is the author of The Body Moveable, a 600-page illustrated anatomy text on human musculoskeletal and movement system, and the founder of the LearningMethods and Anatomy of Wholeness work. He is a trainer of teachers of the Alexander Technique and LearningMethods and gives workshops around the world.


dances in wavesWe've all had those moments when we are whole and present, when we move with ease and freedom, when we feel present and at one with ourselves and our surroundings, and when our activities are effortlessly coordinated for us, We know those are lovely high-value moments when we are just "being", and not having to "do" anything.  Unfortunately, for most of us those moments are few and far between.

But the fact that you've had them, shows you that your system is capable of functioning that way. This 2-hour morning session will show you how we interfere with this innate wholeness and freedom, but more importantly, how you can allow your wonderful coordinating system to organize you in wholeness most of the time.

Through a series of practical and experiential demonstrations, each built upon the ones before, you will come to understand the main principles of your coordinating system and you'll experience that understanding in a way you can take out of the class with you and start using right away in your daily life.

Whenever I've worked with teachers or practitioners — whether that be Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais or other health practitioners, performance or yoga teachers, etc. — everyone comes to new clarity and simplicity of understanding, or new levels of in-touchness and freedom, and usually BOTH.  As a bonus, you'll have new tools to help your students or clients learn too.

12 to 12:30 pm — Q & A with David

12:30 to 1:30 pm — Lunch

"This workshop has made a huge difference to me. I thought I used myself well
and knew a lot, but now it is so much clearer and I can apply it all so easily
. I see how powerfully it affects my students too. Thanks !"
Alexander Technique Teacher

1:30 to 3:30 pm — Wholeness in Motion with Babette Lightner

Babette Lightner is a well-known teacher of LearningMethods and the Alexander Technique, a long-time faculty member of the Voice Care Network, and faculty at St. John's University. She has an twice yearly residency with the Vocal, Conducting and Choral program at Western University in London, and has written numerous articles.
People rave about her series of movement classes


Experience the Anatomy of Wholeness perspective applied to movement education in this afternoon session. Babette's approach to movement work — Wholeness in Motion — is rooted in the way of knowing ourselves based on Gorman’s Coordinating system / Suspension system model. There will be lots of fun playing around to develop your own experiential sense of what works for your body and what doesn't.

The session is an exploratory movement approach in which you learn principles for understanding your body, your balance, your volume, space, mobility, strength, dynamic range and your miraculous design. The principles explored in this afternoon session can be applied to anything you do. See more details on Babette's website

3:30 - 4:00 pm — Q & A with Babette

4:00 pm— End of workshop

Date and Time:

Monday 30 January 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm (with a one-hour lunch break).


The workshop will be held in a large, light, and airy movement studio on the third floor of Dovercourt House. The address is 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto ON M6H 2X4 (1 block north of Bloor Street). The nearest subway is Ossington a few block away — see live map below.

Cost: (see also discount for full-time students below) - 13% HST is included in the amounts below.
         All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Attending this 1-day workshop: CA$ 100.00.

Full-time student discount: CA$ 80.00  If you are a student in full-time study you are eligible for a $20 discount.

Concessions are available: If you cannot afford the full fee, but really want to attend, we would rather have you there than not be there just for financial reasons, so contact the organizer for further details.

Payment Methods:

— On-line now by using the payment buttons below, making sure you include your phone
numbers and address in the note section. Choose the "Pay Full Fee" button below, or if you are a full-time student, choose the "Pay Student" button and in the note section add the name of your school or training.


All fees must be paid at the time of registration

Fine print – cancellations and refunds:  If we cancel the workshop for any reason you will be refunded in full any tuition paid. If you cancel for any reason up to one week before the workshop starts (i.e. before 10:00 am of 23 January 2017) you will be refunded any fees paid minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be made for any reason later than one week before the start of the workshop (i.e. after 10:00 am of 23 January 2017).

Contact:   for registration, or information about the workshop:

Esther Cieri   
Telephone: +1 416-809-8629


David Gorman

David Gorman has been studying human structure and function since 1970. He is the author of an illustrated 600-page text on our musculo-skeletal system, called The Body Moveable (now in its 6th edition and in colour), and numerous articles and essays, including the book, Looking at Ourselves (2nd edition in colour).

David has been working with performers (singers, musicians, actors, dancers and circus artists) for over forty years. He is a trainer of teachers of the Alexander Technique and of LearningMethods and has taught all over the world in universities, conservatories, performance companies, and orchestras; for doctors in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics; and in training courses for Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage & yoga.

Over the years, his changing understanding about the root causes of people's problems led him to gradually extend his Alexander Technique teaching into the development of a new work, LearningMethods (and an offshoot, Anatomy of Wholeness about our marvelous human design), which is being integrated into the curricula of performance schools in Europe, Canada and the United States by a growing number of LearningMethods Teachers and Apprentice-teachers.

For the last 6 years, David has been running online post-graduate groups for Alexander Technique teachers and groups for those who want to learn to use LearningMethods in their own lives and work, as well as a group for those who want to go on to train as LearningMethods teachers.


Babette Lightner developed The Lightner Method™ giving voice to her synthesis of 40 years of teaching and studying human design, movement and well-being. She has been a Movement Educator for 40 years, a Certified Alexander Technique teacher for 30 years and a LearningMethods™ teacher for 20 years. She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Benedict's and St. John's University, where she is developing a Body Mind and Performance class based on The Lightner Method. She is a long-standing member of the faculty of the VoiceCare Network and she has an on-going, twice yearly residency with the Vocal, Conducting and Choral program at Western University in London, Ontario.

For ten years she taught in the Professional Actor Training Program and Music Department at the University of Minnesota. Lightner has lectured and taught for many universities, institutions and organizations including the Guthrie Theater, Sister Kenny Institute, Balk Opera Music Institute, Taipei National University of Arts in Taiwan, and with the internationally acclaimed a cappella group Rajaton.

Her explorations into human movement have taken her around the world, from dancing with a folk dance troupe in the villages of South India to performing with a post-modern physical theatre company in the warehouses of Boston.

She is the author of Your Inner Compass, Pedagogy of Empowerment, Coordination of Being for Conductors and other articles that elucidate how your magnificent system can work for you rather than against you. She wakes up grateful each morning because seeing people awed by their own capability is like witnessing a miracle every day.


Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor, 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto (Ossington Subway)

    Telephone: +1 416-519-5470      78 Tilden Crescent, Etobicoke, ON  M9P 1V7  Canada  (map)

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