Weekend Alba Workshop in Philadelphia

The Alba Method for Emotional Regulation

A Weekend Workshop held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia, PA

May 22, 23, 24 2014

Taught by Laura Bond and hosted by Robert Fertman

Learn to:

  • Shift your emotions in any situation by simply changing patterns in your breath and muscles
  • Recognize the emotions you express that negatively affect your health and relationships
  • Increase your expressive range and free yourself of limiting habits and persisting moods

Practicing TendernessThe Alba Method is a technique informed by scientific research. It is a safe and purely physical method for emotion regulation. It is reliable, specific and will help open up your emotional availability.

Developed originally in working with actors, the method is also used by many coaches and therapists to help client’s effect life altering transformations. Now, it is also available to the general public, as anyone can use this safe and effective method in their personal and professional life. In this short weekend program, you will learn the basics of the Method including:

  • Increase awareness of limiting emotional habits and entangled “ mixed” emotions
  • The ability to transform any emotion to a neutral state where no emotion is present
  • The ability to turn up or turn down the intensity of your emotions
  • The bodily experience of Tenderness, Joy, and Desire as well as Anger, Sadness, and Fear and the ability to shift between these emotions at will
  • A body-centered practice that allows you to release emotional energy held in the body
  • The ability to confidently observe the emotions, in one’s self and in others, based on breathing and muscular cues

Circle of TendernessThe Alba Method is not a form of therapy and does not address life issues or provide counseling. It is a somatic technique that focuses entirely on the ability to control your own body as the access to your emotions. The program is taught in a series of short experiential sessions that focus on practice of the technique through  our direct experience in our bodies.

This program is ideal for anyone interested in greater self-awareness, self-expression, or personal transformation. It will also be especially valuable for actors, coaches, therapists, and body-workers.

Application in-process for CCE credits

To Register: Visit http://www.RobertFertman.com or click here.

Hotel Reservations: A limited number of hotel rooms at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia have been reserved for this event.

NPR Interview on Alba with Australian Actress, Louise Siversen

louise-siversenAcclaimed Australian actress, Louise Siversen, has been studying and practicing Alba for three years now and was recently interviewed by NPR on how she uses Alba in her acting and in her life.  To read a summary of the interview, go to this link.  To listen to the entire interview go to this link, and listen to “What the Body Knows.”  Louise is interviewed in the last 1/3 of the broadcast.

Louise Siversen is working towards her Alba teacher certification and hopes to be the first certified Alba instructor in Australia, at which time she plans to offer workshops and private lessons for those interested in learning the technique.  As part of her teacher training development, she plans to work as a teaching assistant in the June 21-27 2015 Alba workshop in Asheville, NC where she has completed most of her training in the technique. Louise would like to extend an invitation to Australians interested in learning Alba to contact her directly at joyful-2@bigpond.net.au.

If you would like to learn the Alba Method, come join us in Asheville, North Carolina this June 21-27 2015.  Contact Laura Bond at breathxpress@yahoo.com for more information, or subscribe (for free) to this web page and follow us for regular updates on the Alba Method, workshop plans and registration procedures.

Save the Dates for the 2015 Alba Workshops in Asheville, NC

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The dates are set for the 2015 Asheville, NC Alba workshops!

 This year we are offering various levels of instruction, study tracks for specialty areas, and the option to take a short course, full course, intermediate course, and/or participate in Level 1 and Level 2 work within the same week.  The workshop will be open to beginners through intermediates (Beginners, CL1 & CL2).

Save these dates, and later we will post information on how to register:
 
Short Course: Saturday, June 20 – Monday, June 22 – 3-days of intro and practice of the Alba patterns, neutral, and Step Out
 
Full Course: Saturday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 24 – 5-days, recommended for Beginners – CL1
 
Intermediate Course: Wednesday, June 24 – Saturday, June 27 – 4-days CL1 and above, providing tracks for advanced practice and application of Alba to interests/profession.  Additional option of Sunday 6/28 for private sessions for individualized feedback and certification testing.
 
Each day of the workshop will run from 9am-5pm, with some evening activities planned.
 
Participants can plan to stay the entire week, June 20-27, 2015 and move from level 1 to level 2 work. 
 
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Summer 2014 Workshops Planned

Two Summer 2014 Alba Workshops in Asheville, NC

A BODY OF EMOTION: ALBA/FELDENKRAIS WORKSHOP

Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25, 2014

Instructors: Laura Bond and Lavinia Plonka

This unique collaboration of two complimentary techniques provides an experience like no other workshop offered in either singular method. This workshop is designed for those interested in learning how the Alba and Feldenkrais methods increase an individual’s ability to manage and regulate emotions and achieve full embodiment of personal expression.

Cost: $650 if registered by June 6, 2014, or $700 after June 6

Click Here to Register

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INTERMEDIATE ALBA TRAINING (Limited to people with CL1 Alba Certification or higher)

Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25, 2014   July Intermediate Alba Workshop_Instructional Hours

Instructors: Laura Bond and Jessica Beck

For those who have had at least 30 hours of Alba training and are interested in refining their pattern work and learning intricate methods for applying the Alba Method to their professional work and life.

Cost: $600 if registered by June 6, 2014 or $650 after June 6th

Click Here to Register

IMAG2001Location for both workshops: On the University of North Carolina, Asheville campus in the new Sherrill Center 3,933 square foot Dance Studio.  UNCA is just one mile from the downtown area of the beautiful destination city of Asheville, NC.

Inexpensive university dorm housing available as well as recommendations for other off-campus housing options Dorm and Dining Information

For more information, click here or contact Laura Bond at breathxpress at yahoo.com

Changing Perspective and Delivery

Here is an excerpt from a book I am writing about Alba Emoting.  I refer to the patterns with number and letter labels, so as to allow individuals to provide their own subjective wording for the emotional pattern. For purposes of helping you follow through this excerpt of a larger work, 1A is referring to a pattern that evokes a sense of tenderness and has proven to lower blood pressure.  The 1B pattern brings about feelings of anger, but in low levels can be read as determined and serious.

 

Book Excerpt (expected publication date, Fall 2014)

1aI was having a phone conversation with my cousin and she asked if there was an Alba pattern that might help create a calm environment in her household.  She is married and has two young children.  She said that breakfast time is particularly tense while she is trying to get everyone fed and out the door.  Every morning it turns into a tense atmosphere with the baby crying, her five year old wining, and her husband acting grumpy.  I told her about the calming benefits of the 1A pattern and then instructed her on how to do the pattern.  I told her to try using this pattern in her own behavior and interactions with her family and see if it made a difference.  I told her, “At least it will provide you with an inner state of calm during this hectic morning routine.”

She called me a week later and reported the following:

I practiced the 1A pattern on my own for a few days, until I felt that I had all the elements clearly integrated.  Then, I thought I would give it a try around my family.  Yesterday morning I started the pattern during my own morning routine and kept the pattern going while I was waking up the children, making breakfast for everyone, and getting us all ready for the day.  Would you believe that there was absolutely no wining, crying, or grumpy behavior the entire morning? The baby was smiling, the five year old was singing some favorite school songs, and my husband was telling jokes.  I found that I was actually enjoying the entire morning as well!  Incredible!

My cousin’s morning household routine was transformed by her own emotional adjustment and changed perspective on the situation.  Emotional transformations can also come from learning how to channel aspects of B-patterns as well.

1bWhen I first learned Alba Emoting, the 1B pattern was the most elusive of all the patterns for me.  I could not feel a true and honest connection with this emotion.  I would apply all the aspects of the pattern, but did not feel an emotional induction of this pattern.  I actually found that once I moved to high levels of 1B that I had a strong entanglement of sadness. This frustrated me even more, for I did not want to cry through my anger.  I desperately wanted to experience pure strong and serious 1B, without tears.  It took a couple years of practice and coaching from a certified Alba instructor, but eventually I was able to produce a pure 1B pattern.  I felt so liberated by this new-found clarity in my expression of all levels of 1B without any entanglements.  Finally I was able to express states of aggression, ambition, insistence, and a “take me seriously” attitude that was not easily available to me in the past.  With this newly refined expressive element in my life I definitely felt more confident and had a better ability to stand up for myself when needed.

Did you Know…?

Your perspective on the world around you can change dramatically depending on if you are in an A-pattern state or B-pattern state. Emotion can actually alter our focus and attention.  Attention is a valuable instrument that serves as a telescope through which we select, bring into focus, and magnify the stimuli we experience in our world.[1]   Executive attention (also referred to as selective and focused attention) reflects the individual’s capacity to select relevant information and to ignore irrelevant information.[2]  Certain A-pattern emotions broaden scope of attention and widen the array of thoughts and actions that come to mind in a given situation[3], providing a person with the “big picture” view of things.  However if a person remains constantly in this broad scope of attention it can impair their executive attention,[4] or the ability to focus on specific details.  Certain levels of B-pattern emotions provide detailed observation, concentration, introspection, analysis and may promote aspects of emotional growth.[5]

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[1] Wallace, B. A. (1999). The Buddhist tradition of Samatha: Methods for refining and examining consciousness. Journal of ConsciousnessStudies, 6, 175-187.

[2] Posner, M. I., & Rothbart, M. K. (2007). Research on attention: Networks as a model for the integration of psychological science. Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 1-23.

[3] Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). What good are positive emotions? Review of General Psychology, 2, 300-310. Fredrickson, B. L. (2002). Positive emotions. In C. R. Synder & S. L. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology (pp. 120-134). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Fredrickson, B. L., & Branigan, C. (2005). Positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought-action repertoires. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 313-332.

[4] Mitchell, R. L. C., & Phillips, L. H. (2007). The psychological, neurochemical and functional neuroanatomical mediators of the effects of positive and negative mood on executive functions. Neuropsychologia, 45, 617–629

[5] Wadlinger,Heather A and Derek M. Isaacowitz (2011).  Fixing our focus: training attention to regulate emotion.  Pers Soc Psychol Rev.

Variations in Facial Muscles

Faces from We Feel Fine ProjectPhoto courtesy of Creative Commons and the We Feel Fine Project

I am currently writing and researching for my next book about emotion regulation.  As I read about recent studies to support my writing, I find all kinds of interesting information to support why the basic emotions are so clear from person to person, and why our mixed emotions are intricately complex and highly subjective from one individual to the next.  For example…

Did you know…?

Not everyone has the same number of facial muscles.  Although some research claims there are 43 muscles in the face, recent research has found that many people actually have 40 percent fewer.  A study published in the American Psychological Journal found that all humans have the same set of five core facial muscles to express the basic emotions.  Then, there are at least 14 additional facial muscles that some may or may not have.  This variation of muscles from person to person can explain why the more complex emotions are expressed in so many different ways.[1]

 

 

The Summer 2013 Alba Emoting Workshop

The Alba Gang with Laura We just completed the summer 2013 Alba Emoting intensive training in Asheville, North Carolina.  We had an incredible group of people coming in from various parts of the USA, as well as from Germany, Holland, Denmark, Canada, and Australia!  Below are some of their comments, provided by our participants upon completion of the seven-day workshop.

Quotes from Participants of the 2013 Summer Workshop

“Laura is an extremely skilled and sensitive teacher and coach.”    Tom Stroud, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film, Canada

“I learned new and exciting things about myself in the process of getting in touch with how to call upon these emotions at will.”   Zachary McClaskey, Actor in Georgia

“Laura is an exceptional teacher – the perfect combination of the knowledgeable authority in her field and a winsome guide and coach who safely takes you to new discoveries without any criticism or condemnation.  She provided a safe learning environment.”  Timothy Wilds, College Professor in North Carolina

“I just love the way Laura conducted the workshop – so much love, caring, attention to detail, clarity, and giving everyone the space and the time they needed.”   Amir, Actor in Germany

“I am excited about the applications of Alba to coaching, particularly with people who have habitual moods, to provide an access to new ways of being  and acting.”  Robert Fertman, training to be an Ontological Coach, in Pennsylvania

“Laura you are a very skilled and attentive facilitator and you have created a wonderful environment in which to experience Alba.  I will no doubt use Alba both in my practice and in my life. ”  Lisa Dveris, counselor and social worker in Canada

“I feel tremendously excited at the prospect of using the work to assist me, and to encourage my practice to expand.  This work has such a profound and accessible quality that could assist so many people. ”   Louise Siversen, Professional Actress in Australia

“This was life changing!  It was one of the best works of my life!”   Michael, a professional actor in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday Evening Workshop Series in Asheville, NC

For those that are local to the Asheville area, you might be interested in this workshop opportunity. 

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Understanding Your Emotional Resonance

Laura Bond, an internationally respected teacher of emotional expression and breathing work, will present six 2-hour workshops on Wednesdays from June 12th to July 17th starting 7:00pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, Asheville.

We resonate emotion with every move we make, every breath we take, and every word we voice.  Learn about a unique somatic technique that addresses the whole self for the emotionally expressive beings that we are and learn tangible tools for identifying the ‘triggers’ of our various emotional states.

Instructor Laura Bond, teaches this scientifically proven Alba Emoting technique as a somatic approach for releasing and guiding emotions using breathing, muscular adjustments and postural patterns.  Participants will learn to increase awareness of patterns that evoke and exhibit specific emotional states, and gain valuable skills for evaluating, clearing and expressing emotions.  Mixed messages and chronic emotional conditions that can affect personal health, as well as daily social interactions, will also be explored.

The workshop series will provide interactive exercises where participants will feel and experience emotional patterns through safe and gradual instructional steps in order to facilitate personal evaluation and a clear understanding of a technique that centers around personal control through purely physical triggers.

To learn more about this technique and the instructor, go to http://www.Breathxpress.com

Reservations are required as space is limited to 14 participants.  Sign up with Laura Bond in person or contact her at breathxpress@yahoo.com.  Spaces in the workshop will be held on a first-come basis.

Fee: Love Offering to the Center for Spiritual Living, Asheville during each Wednesday meeting.

Emotional Hangover

Theatre Professor and certified Alba Emoting practitioner, Monique Sacay-Bagwell, recently published an article in the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Magazine entitled, “Emotional Hangover: What Is it?  How Can Actors Avoid or Overcome?”

She has given me permission to share this article with my readers.  Below is the link to the article.

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You can also access the article by going to the SETC web site and clicking on the Spring 2013 magazine link. Go to page 22 for her article.

Many thanks to SETC for giving us permission to share this as well.

The Summer 2013 Alba Emoting Workshop

IMG_2941The Summer 2013 Alba Emoting workshop in Asheville, NC is scheduled!  We are exploring a new timing and location for the workshop, placing it in June this year and holding part of the workshop in the beautiful Crowne Plaza Resort and Conference Center.  We were able to secure some excellent room reservation prices in the hotel for our participants and thought you would enjoy your workshop experience even more if you could indulge in their incredible facilities including: two outdoor pools, golf course, zip line course, walking trails, extensive gym and racket club facilities, restaurants and their new spa!

IMG_2835The dates are set for June 22-29, 2013 in the beautiful destination city-in-the-sky location of Asheville, North Carolina.

Workshop Fee: $550 (if paid by Friday, May 10, 2013), $600 after May 10. Within this full week intensive workshop participants will receive 33-36 hours of instruction. Limited Enrollment of 16 participants, early registration is encouraged to ensure your place in the workshop.

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To register for the workshop contact Laura Bond directly at breathxpress@yahoo.com.  The workshop can be paid for by check or credit card using Paypal.com

For more information on the workshop, daily schedule, location, and housing options go to https://breathxpress.wordpress.com/workshops-2/IMG_2930