This is a summarized version of the German presentation of the school.
The Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin is in the center of the city in a large, sunny space in an old ware house on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, by the Landwehr canal in Kreuzberg.
The school is acknowledged by both the national Alexander Technique association (ATVD) and the Affiliated Societies (ATAS, the international association of national societies), as well as by the city government. Students can make use of this to receive considerable reduction for public transport fares in Berlin.
The officially required 1600 hours of training are spread over 3 years and 3 months.
We work 14 hours a week on four days, Monday to Thursday mornings. School time is divided evenly throughout the year and holidays follow the holiday plan of Berlin public schools. This ensures an ongoing, continuous engagement with the technique and yet leaves the students enough time to fulfill their other obligations and commitments.
The Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin is directed by Jörg Aßhoff, but understands itself as a team of teachers.
Jörg Aßhoff | Director of training: has been teaching since 1993 in his own private practice. Additionally, he has been teaching at the Universität der Künste (university of performing arts), community centers (Volkshochschule) and speech therapy schools. From 1999-2003 he organized and assisted in a teacher-training course. In January 2004 he founded his own school, „Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin”. He is a moderator at three teacher training courses in Germany and France.
Petra von Ondarza | Assistant: began studying the AT in 1985 in Paris while training in contemporary dance and Contact Improvisation. She has been teaching mainly in private practice since 1991, in Hamburg and since 1997 in Berlin. From 1992-96 she studied Body-Mind Centering/Integrative Movement Therapy with Linda Hartley and completed an M.A. in religious studies at the FU Berlin in 2010.
She has been assisting on the training course since it opened in 2004.
Ulrich Bitter | Assistant | deputy head of the training course: has been giving lessons in the AT since 1992 in his own studio. 1993-99 he worked with professional dancers (contemporary dance) in Braunschweig. 1999-2000 he was the assistant on the training course in Hannover. Since 2004 he has been an assistant in the Alexander-Technik School Berlin. He was member of the board of ATVD (German society of Alexander teachers) for five years. He teaches single lessons, groups, gives workshops and has a teaching assignment at the Physiotherapie School Göttingen.
Teresa Wiesehöfer | Assistant: graduated from the Alexander-Technik-Schule Berlin in 2012. She teaches the Alexander-Technique in single lessons at her Studio in Berlin Südkreuz and gives courses at various institutes of adult education. Since 2015 she is an active part of the school. Additionally she works in her former profession as an artist, having studied drawing and sculpturing from 2000 – 2007 at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main. She discovered the Alexander Technique through her love of piano playing.
Sibylle Gfellner | Assistant: studies: theater studies at the FU, Berlin, acting (INAC), Berlin
since 2015 teacher of the Alexander technique in the training course,
single, group lessons and workshops with adults and children,
projects in learning spaces : primary schools, universities (FU and HU) etc.,
movement evolution in work with pregnant women and infants,
languages: German, English, Spanish, French
Wilfried Hanefeld | Moderation of training course: has a university degree in pedagogy and qualified as a teacher of the Alexander technique in 1983.
He had the opportunity of studying with "first generation" teachers. In 1984 he was a founding member of the Gesellschaft der Lehrer für Alexander Technik e.V. (the German society of teachers of the Alexander Technique, now: ATVD), whose work he developed and supported actively as first resp. second chairman for ten years. In 1989 he set up a teacher training course in Freiburg, on which he continued to work as its director from 1992-2001. He has been a teacher and moderator at the Alexander -Technik-Schule Berlin since 2004. Aside from the Alexander technique he also works in complementary fields such as: client-centered communication, Gestalt therapy, coaching, systemic work.
Regular exchanges take place with four Alexander Technique courses, with the schools of:
internationally known and acknowledged teachers are regularly invited to teach in the class. So far, the following teachers have taught at the school: Bob Britton (San Francisco), Giora Pinkas (San Francisco), Shaike and Linda Hermelin (Tel Aviv), Agnès de Brunhoff (Paris), Aranka Fortwängler (Freiburg), Yael Tam (Jerusalem) and Tamar Sarfati (Rouen).
In this way, beyond the continuous influence of the teachers at the school, a wide range of possibilities of exchange and of encountering different styles and perspectives in the Alexander technique is available to the students.
We value highly communication and free and open exchange as important opportunities for learning.
Classes take place in German, but we can speak English should translation be necessary.
80% of the training is of a practical nature. Daily "theory" sessions ensure that students in time become acquainted with the Alexander concepts and terminology, and are able to use and apply them actively.
Step by step, the ability to convey the Alexander technique is developed, which encompasses the ability to apply the principles of the work
Some trainees may see the training as a means of supporting or furthering their personal development and may not wish to practice the Alexander technique as a profession. This is a legitimate option.
Im Zentrum für Yoga, Stimme & Bewegung,
Tel.: 0049 30 614 24 18
Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 12:30
Payment by monthly installments of € 440
...last but not least:
For further information please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to meeting you here in the near future.
Jörg Aßhoff and colleagues