Fine Arts Center

Alexander Technique Residential Workshop

July 16-21, 2018

Humans are designed for movement and expression. The Alexander Technique (AT) is a systematic study of the principles that govern human movement. These principles guide us to a kinesthetic experience of wholeness and lightness-thinking becomes clearer, feelings balanced, sensations livelier, and movement more pleasurable. Through this integrated, more conscious condition, we find our actions strengthened and refined.

The Alexander Technique Residential Workshop at Viterbo is an excellent way to study the technique at whatever level you are.  No previous Alexander experience is necessary.  New students can begin to build a foundation in AT principles. People who have studied before will find support to clarify and deepen their work.  Current Alexander teachers and teacher trainees can work with master teachers in a community setting. 

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Dates and Times

Classes begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16.  Plan to arrive Monday afternoon to check in, get settled, and eat dinner.  The course will conclude at noon on Saturday, July 21. Each person will receive three 20-minute private lessons.  Evening activities may be arranged by interest: movie night, walks, discussion groups, city band concert in the park, etc. 

Typical Daily Schedule
7-8:30 am Breakfast on your own
9 am Optional tai chi with Martha Fertman
9:30-10 am Walkabouts
10:05-10:30 am Large group (all together)
10:35-11:55 am Home groups (small groups)
12-2 pm Private lessons and lunch
2:15-3:45 pm Special topics classes
4-5 pm Private lessons
Evening Dinner on your own


$650 per person
$550 for full-time college and high school students, Viterbo employees and alumni, those taking the course for grad credit, and AT teacher trainees

There is a returnee discount of $100 for anyone who attended the Viterbo workshop since 2007.

A deposit of $300 will guarantee a place at the workshop. Registration deadline is June 22, 2018; full balance is due July 7, 2018.

For cancellations received on or by July 7, deposits/tuition will be refunded minus a $50 handling fee.  After July 7, deposits are not refundable.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than a week before the workshop.


Housing is available on the beautiful Viterbo University campus. Two-bedroom air-conditioned apartments with small, unfurnished kitchenettes are available. All prices include bed linens and taxes.

$325 double occupancy (one person per bedroom)
$215 quad occupancy (four people per apartment, two per bedroom)

Towels are provided, but you may bring your own extras. Bring your own soap. You also might like to bring a lamp for the dorm room because there will not be much overhead light.  Kitchenettes have stoves if you'd like to bring a tea kettle and mug for tea in your room.  No dishes, glasses, or cooking utensils are provided in the kitchenettes.  While the dorms are air conditioned, some people in the past have wanted an extra fan.  You are provided one pillow.  If you want extras, please bring your own.

Meals will be on your own.  The Mayo-Franciscan Hospital cafeteria – Market Place Restaurant – is two blocks from campus.  It features a full service restaurant with made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Hot entrees are offered daily, and soup, salad bar, and desserts are available to complement your meal. There is also a grab-n-go sandwich station.

People's Food Coop downtown is great for those with special dietary needs.


La Crosse is located on Interstate 90 about 130 miles NW of Madison and 150 miles SW of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  American Eagle (from Chicago) and Delta (from Minneapolis) fly into the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

Graduate Credit

Two graduate credits are available through the Viterbo Graduate School of Education for $220.  For a syllabus, contact Diane Foust at You must already have a bachelor's degree to take the workshop for graduate credit.

More Miscellaneous Details

Dress to be moving and to lie on the floor.  You might wish to bring a yoga mat if you have one. A few yoga mats will be provided for each home group. 

La Crosse Queen Pizza Cruise

One of the evenings of the workshop, we will take an optional cruise on the La Crosse Queen on the Mississippi River. Pizza and a drink are included. You can purchase tickets when you register online. To learn more about the La Crosse Queen, visit

About the Instructors

Diane Foust is a singer and musician by training.  She began her Alexander Technique study through workshops at Ohio State University, Seven Oaks, and Sweet Briar College.  Her teachers have included Bill Conable, Dale Beaver, Martha Fertman, Barbara Conable, Robin Gilmore, Jan Baty, Meade Andrews, Michael Frederick, and Carol Boggs.  She trained as an Alexander teacher with Martha Fertman and Bruce Fertman in Philadelphia and was certified by ATI in 2007.  Since then, she has taught AT privately and at Viterbo University.  She retired from full-time teaching in May 2013 after 28 years in the Viterbo Music Department.  She continues teaching voice and Alexander Technique privately and at Viterbo University.

Carol Boggs is an Alexander Technique teacher, Laban Movement Analyst, and Massage Therapist, with B.S. and M.A. degrees in Dance. She has a private practice in greater Washington D.C. and has been a faculty member for the AT Five-Day Workshop at Sweet Briar College, VA since 1999. In spring 2006, she was invited to teach for ATA, an Alexander Technique teacher training school in Tokyo. In 2003 and 2005, Carol completed two one-year trainings, first with Jessica Wolf in The Art of Breathing, followed by John Nicholls in The Carrington Way of Working. Most recently she has taken an interest in Steven Shaw's The Art of Swimming. Carol has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1980 and is a certified teaching member of AmSAT.

Martha Hansen Fertman has been teaching the Alexander Technique for thirty years and has been training teachers of the work for more than twenty.   In 1983 she co-founded an innovative teacher training program that has evolved into the Alexander Alliance, an international association of Alexander teacher training programs. She comes to the Alexander Technique through a broad base of movement studies including ballet, modern dance and choreography, improvisation, T'ai Chi Chuan, and Authentic Movement.  Her training in the Alexander Technique includes a 10 year apprenticeship with Marjorie Barstow as well as studies with Catherine Wieloposka and Elizabeth Walker, all first generation teachers. Martha is an Alexander Technique International certified teacher and sponsor.

Joe Krienke is an Alexander Technique teacher, movement educator, and movement theater maker based in Minneapolis, MN. He was on the core-faculty at The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater from 2006-2014 where he was also a Company Member, and served as Associate School Director. Prior to that, Joe was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mask Acting and Clown in the University of Missouri, Kansas City's MFA Actor training program. In addition, he has taught workshops or been in residence at another two-dozen educational institutions nationwide. He teaches Alexander Technique, Physical Training, Tumbling, Hand Balancing, Partner and Dramatic Acrobatics, Archery, and Sports Play. He trained at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Martha Hansen Fertman and is certified teaching member of ATI.

For more information about Alexander Technique Residential Workshop, contact Diane Foust at

For assistance with the registration process, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or