A flexible approach to Alexander Technique teacher training

Robin Gilmore, Director   
Guest Teachers: Sarah Barker, Bill Conable, Glenna Batson, Diana Bradley, Bob Lada, Teresa Lee, Rene'e Jackson, Ashley Hyers, Missy Barnes

Training to become an Alexander Technique teacher entails extensive study over three or more years. CBAS is structured to reflect the fact that people must continue to work as they study. Founded in 2004, the program provides a four component plan leading to teacher certification after three years if all components are fulfilled. Some trainees may opt to extend their training over a four or five year course of study. The weekend series is the centerpiece around which trainees add as much study as they wish. Completion of this multi-faceted program fulfills a requirement for teacher certification in Alexander Technique International.

The program is designed for those with an established interest in the Alexander Technique and a desire to become a certified teacher. A minimum of 20 hours of previous AT study is required. Those hours may include private and/or group study. An interview with Robin Gilmore is required for acceptance into the program.

COMPONENT 1: Weekend sessions Fall-Winter-Spring  
After 18 years of monthly sessions in Greensboro, NC, the program now encompasses a mix of in-person weekends near Washington, DC and online study days. Director Robin Gilmore teaches all sessions with guest faculty joining for in-person events. Several tuition plans are offered based on full-time or part-time training status.

2022-2023 SCHEDULE 
Please request study dates by emailing


COMPONENT 2: Residential Courses
Attendance at several courses per year is expected throughout training. Most of the established annual workshops now offer an online option, but in-person attendance is encouraged. CBAS faculty members teach regularly at a number of these courses. Many workshops offered throughout the U.S. and around the world can be found at

COMPONENT 3: Private Lessons
Trainees are expected to have regular private lessons with a qualified teacher throughout their CBAS training. A log of all hours of study is to be kept.

COMPONENT 4: Independent Study
Reading and video assignments will be given throughout the training. A recommended reading/viewing list will be provided. Keeping a written journal of class notes, completed reading and self observations is expected.

Independent projects include summer study of a self selected topic of interest and a final project to be presented during oneีs final semester in the program. Faculty members will be available for guidance in these projects.

Trainees are expected to keep a log of their study hours including a clear and specific tally of weekend hours, residential workshops and private lessons (include names of teachers). In addition to recommended residential courses, study hours may include other workshops taught by certified Alexander Technique teachers and/or related material such as anatomy, developmental movement, ethics or counseling. Credit for these additional workshops is subject to approval by the Director.

A minimum of 1200 hours over at least three years shall be completed before consideration for teacher certification. Trainees meeting this standard can apply to Alexander Technique International (ATI) for certification through the Sponsorship process.

Faculty members adhere to the Alexander Technique International (ATI) Code of Ethics. ATI maintains a grievance procedure which may be accessed by any student or teacher of the Alexander Technique. Any interpersonal conflict whether covered by the Code of Ethics or not should be addressed as quickly as possible either directly or through a selected mediator if desired. It is the shared responsibility of the faculty and trainees to create and maintain a safe, nurturing environment for learning and self discovery.

Join us!

Download a CBAS Trainee Application

For further information please contact:   
Robin Gilmore, Director, Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies

1204 Oak Hill Place, #2C 

Annapolis, MD 21403 

Tel: 410-268-2841