‘It was fabulous seeing you again & receiving wonderful sessions. What a beautiful gift.’ Jo 2012
Penny O’Connor is a member of the Society of Teachers of the FM Alexander Technique. She worked for ten years in theatre as a writer, performer, director, before re-training in the Alexander Technique under David Gorman and Margaret Edis. Following her certification, she assisted on the training for three years and set up a consultancy Awareness and Development to take the Technique into the workplace, organising conferences, leading workshops, and giving individual coaching for companies such as BACS, Whitbread plc, Eagle Star, Emap Women’s Group, Reuters, Standard Chartered Bank and the Royal Mail.
Penny taught theatre students for 18 years at the Arts Educational London Schools on the BA and MA courses in Musical Theatre and Acting. She remains AT consultant there and runs a mentoring scheme for newly qualified teachers whilst teaching at Associated Studios and at the London School of Musical Theatre. She has also taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama , Central School of Speech and Drama, Italia Conti, Graeae educational theatre programme and with Mind the Gap theatre project.
Penny is named assistant at the Queens Park Alexander Training School, and visiting lecturer at other Alexander trainings in London. She has taught internationally : in Paris, Thessaloniki, Athens, Haifa, Istanbul, New York, the Ionian University in Corfu and led workshops at the International Congress of Alexander Technique in Oxford 2004, in Lugano 2008, in Limerick 2015. She has a thriving private practise in City and Islington, in Sevenoaks and has been teaching on Alonnisos in the summer since 1999. She has studied NLP, Chi Kung, enjoys gardening, singing, poetry, learning the fiddle and running.
Jonathan has been working with Steven Shaw, who pioneered the Art of Swimming, for nearly 20 years. His own journey to develop a feel for the water has led to his passion for wanting to help others – at all levels – to transform their swimming and their relationship with water. As well as teaching the Alexander Technique, he is also a teacher of Tai-chi and Ch’i-Kung (sometimes called “swimming on dry land”); this informs his approach to swimming. To ward off increasing decrepitude, he walks/runs and rows as well. He is a published author of books on the Alexander Technique and, more recently, an e-book on a holistic approach to rowing technique. There will also be opportunity to take private swimming lessons with Jonathan during his week on Alonnisos.
And below is the film of Penny swimming with her dog to show how clear the water is in the beautiful cove of Mikros Mourtias where we swim every morning. Thanks to Fraser Hart for the stunning filming
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