Philosophy of Training

Riverside Initiative’s Philosophy of Training


Riverside Initiative’s Teacher Certification Program is based on Nanette Walsh’s uniquely synthetic approach to the practice and teaching of the Alexander Technique. It is solidly grounded in the pedagogy of first generation teachers, Walter Carrington and Peggy Williams, and provides a clearly structured learning environment with room for creativity and experimentation.

The Alexander Technique is a “technique for living!”[1] Riverside Initiative aims to provide the best resources possible for living and thriving in our unprecedented time of change.

Our philosophy is based on a three-fold aim:

  •  to foster greater self-understanding, well-being and functioning of the individual
  •  to foster collaboration and participation within the community
  •  to provide the resources and professional skills to participate more effectively and creatively in an increasingly globalized world.

Riverside Initiative fosters a student’s independent thinking. It identifies and promotes self-care as the essential prerequisite for caring for others with sensitivity and grace, and values intelligence, flexibility and the cultivation of its underlying strength.

It’s an exciting time for new ideas and imaginative possibilities. Riverside Initiative aims to increase the Technique’s positive influence by demonstrating its transformational potential and providing a learning environment that draws from, and is committed to, outreach and building community.

Riverside Initiative’s Teacher Training explores the depth and breadth of a 110-year-old tradition of teaching the Alexander Technique. Based on the Carrington model of training, it also draws from Nanette’s apprenticeships with Peggy Williams, and Pearl Ausubel, her past directorship with John Nicholls at ATNYC’s teacher training, as well as her own training in diverse traditions at ACAT, the oldest established training course in the United States.

Riverside Initiative’s Teacher Training is practical, pleasurable and highly personal as it cultivates an awareness of, and involvement with, the profound and far-reaching implications the Alexander Technique at large.

[1] Peggy Williams Interview with Nanette Walsh, transcripts 2000.


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