Alexander Alliance International


The Alexander Alliance International is an international community of like-minded, independently-owned teacher training programs in the lineage of Marjorie Barstow, of Alexander’s first training class, through the Alexander Alliance of Philadelphia, formed in 1982 by Bruce Fertman and Martha Hansen.  Today there are AAI ‘sister’ schools in the northwest region of Germany, Tokyo, Osaka, Kibi, & Kyoto, Japan, and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon, USA.  Full time trainees from each of the international schools may study at all of the other AAI schools for no additional tuition costs.



The Alexander Alliance

We are the alexander alliance,
an intergenerational, multicultural community
of alexander students and teachers
drawn to the interplay between alexander’s work,
nature, art, and culture.

We are architects
of a non-postural, non-medical, non-academic,
more than professional society for alexander’s work.
Our context is society.

We are proprioceptive pathfinders,
directing ourselves and our students
out of stasis, stagnation, fixation, restriction.
With unhurried swiftness,
we accompany people into spaciousness,
fluidity, swirl, and circulation,
making certain everyone’s feet rest comfortably
upon common, and solid, ground.

We are artists of attention,
drawing out a delight in sensory consciousness,
in simple pleasures, within our everyday lives,
and at special times of retreat,
in chosen places of wilderness and vastness.

We are rescuers of human touch
as a renewable and sustainable resource
for education, human nurturance, and growth.
Our intent is to gently unharness
deep, naturally organized patterns of vitality
within ourselves and our students.
This groundswell of energy strengthens the will
to live, love, learn, and work
generously and freely.

—Bruce Fertman