“ATI please stay as you are while you change with ease and delicacy”
Meeting Minutes, Papenburg, 2012
We are a diverse group of Alexander enthusiasts from all around the world. We love coming together, and enjoy sharing the work. As AT teachers, we value the human connection and exchange of work and ideas. ATI encourages equality in its activities across borders, race, gender and sexuality.
Each year the ATI Annual Conference is held in a different country so that we get to travel and support the teachers in the host country, allowing us to bring an Alexander presence to that community. You do not need to be a member of ATI to attend the Conference, or to present a workshop at the Conference, but you may want to join anyway.
FM Alexander introduced his work in the UK when he left Australia to move to London in 1904. When war broke out in Europe, FM Alexander visited the United States with his brother, Albert Redden (AR) Alexander. AR Alexander continued to spread the Alexander work in the US, while FM returned to the UK. The Alexander Technique has had concentrated growth in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and Israel. It is continuing to become popular in such places as South America, China, South Korea. ATI provides support to those AT practitioners who find themselves an island in a sea! Thankfully, modern technology has allowed us all to connect around the world more easily.
ATI is a member-run non-profit organization with a current membership of over 400 people, who live in 22 countries. We encourage members to be active in their regional communities around the world. ATI supports and respects the different cultural needs of smaller local hubs.
We use our online forums, the ATI newsletter, and our members-only site to communicate and work together in support. We also use non-internet communication systems for those who prefer to stay “offline.” Our first language is English, and we translate some of our communications into Japanese, French and German.
ATI offers a unique teacher certification process whereby a trainee or teacher can be evaluated by ATI Sponsors. There are opportunities to meet ATI Sponsors at the ATI Annual Conference and to work with them. ATI also recognizes Teaching Certificates of many international Alexander Technique societies. You can learn more by following our link to the Become an ATI Teacher page.
We believe that when we come together with common bonds to improve our selves, learn, teach, survive, thrive we are fueled by each-others warmth and ideas. This energy is what connects us and moves us forward from the big bang of our inception in 1992 to the ever evolving and expanding community we are.
VISION MISSION STATEMENT
Alexander Technique International (ATI) is a world-wide professional organization created to promote and advance the work begun by F. Matthias Alexander. Its members include teachers, students, and friends of the Alexander Technique. ATI embraces the diversity of the international Alexander Technique community and is working to promote international dialogue.
Our Mission is:
- To create and sustain open means of global communication for people to discuss, apply, research, and experiment with the discoveries of F. Matthias Alexander.
- To encourage the use of the F. M. Alexander Technique in both human and environmental relationships.
- To embody the principles of the F. M. Alexander Technique in ATI’s structure and means of operation.
- To provide a means for recognizing Alexander Technique Teacher competence and providing certification for those teachers who qualify.