Teaching Staff

michael.jpgMichael D. Frederick Malibu, Tuscany

Founder & Director
Michael is an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Psycho-physical Re-education. He trained as an Alexander Teacher in England with Walter Carrington and in America with Marjorie Barstow, both master teachers trained by F. M. Alexander. Michael studied in the U.S. and Israel as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has extensive Yoga training in both the U.S. and India. He is Co-Director and on the Board of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA). Michael is the founding director of the first three International Congresses on the Alexander Technique and has organized over 150 workshops in the U.S. and Europe since 1978. Michael was voted best Alexander Teacher in Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best of L.A.”

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.” —Albert Einstein

“You can’t do something you don’t know if you keep on doing what you do know.” —F.M. Alexander

John_Baron_3_color.jpgJohn Baron Malibu, Tuscany

John has been a full-time teacher of the Alexander Technique for 30 years during which time he has practiced in London, Rome, and the Bay Area. He has a theater and business background enabling him to work with a diverse range of organizations including Google Inc., Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Cal State Hayward, The Sundance Institute, Esalen Institute, Weg Der Mitte (Berlin), San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera. For the past 20 years, he has co-directed the Alexander Educational Center (an AT teacher training school) in Berkeley, California.”

Caren BayerCaren Bayer   Malibu 

Caren Bayer received her certification from Patrick MacDonald in London in 1984. Since then, she has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as leading workshops in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, England, and Canada. After inheriting Rivka Cohen’s training program, Caren opened Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, certifying teachers from 2001-2014. She has been on the faculty of Pacific College for Oriental Medicine and currently has a teaching affiliation with the New School for Social Research. As a former dancer and longtime student of the martial arts, Caren brings 35 years of movement research to her teaching.  

Pamela BlancPamela Blanc Malibu

Pamela Blanc has a private practice in West Los Angeles and is a founding director and senior faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA), where individuals train to become certified Alexander Technique Teachers. Pamela also oversees continuing education for AT Teachers at ATI-LA. During her 40-year career, she spent eleven years as an adjunct & guest lecturer in the Music Conservatory of Chapman University and previously adjunct in the Music Departments of UCLA, Californian State University Northridge, and the Theatre School at USC. She is frequently invited to present master classes for various organizations, colleges, and universities and is the invited Key Note Speaker for the 2019 Australian Alexander Conference in Melbourne.  www.PamelaBlanc.com

Paolo FrigoliPaolo Frigoli   Tuscany

Paolo Frigoli trained as an Alexander Technique teacher in Italy with Frances Robinson and Angelo Cinque, graduating in 1992. In subsequent years he spent several periods of professional development in the UK at the Brighton Alexander Training Centre directed by John and Carolyn Nicholls. At the same time, he could take regular lessons from master teachers Walter Carrington and Peggy Williams. He has worked regularly with John Nicholls. Paolo has taught the Alexander Technique for over 25 years individually and in groups both in his private studio and in public institutions and has been invited to teach in various Alexander schools in Italy and abroad. In 2015 he started his own STAT approved teacher training course in Italy. Paolo qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 and then trained in the Mézierès method with Dr. Bertelé and in the Cranio-Sacral Therapy of Dr. John Upledger, which is still part of his daily practice.

gelb-michael-7989_v194.jpgMichael Gelb Malibu 

This year, we are looking forward to a series of special presentations by Michael Gelb, author of Body Learning, An Introduction to the Alexander Technique, and the best-selling How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. Michael trained as an Alexander Teacher in London during the mid-1970s. Michael is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and consultant (and, yes, juggler) who helps individuals and organizations worldwide find innovative solutions to their most important challenges. Since 1979, clients such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, and Nike have been inspired and transformed by Michael’s unique, creative approach. www.michaelgelb.com

Lauren HillLauren Hill  Malibu 

Lauren Hill began studying the Alexander Technique in her 20’s looking for help managing chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. Besides the physical relief, she found with the Technique, she was also drawn to its simple and practical nature. She was trained by Joan and Alexander Murray and has taught in St. Paul, MN since 2003. She joined the faculty of MinnCAT, a teacher training course in Minnesota, in 2017. Lauren loves learning and is interested in how people learn. She enjoys the challenge of uncovering how each of her students learns best and creating an environment that facilitates their learning of the Alexander Technique. When she is not helping her students find more ease in their daily lives she is dancing, dreaming up next year’s Halloween costume or spending quality time out of doors.

lyn.jpgLyn Charlsen Klein  Malibu

Lyn Charlsen Klein has a BA in English from UCLA where she also studied for a Masters’s Degree in Dance. She was certified to teach the Alexander Technique in 1977, training with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. She had the good fortune to meet and work with Master Alexander Technique Teachers Patrick MacDonald, Marjorie Barstow, Elisabeth Walker, and briefly with Marjorie Barlow and Walter Carrington. Lyn has been on the faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles since its beginning in 1987 and was Director of Training from 1996 to 2014. She is currently one of six Co-Directors at ATI-LA and the Head of Training, teaching regularly on the course. She taught the Alexander Technique at the USC School of Theater from 1980 to 1995 and at California State University in Los Angeles 1989 – 1999. Lyn gives lectures/demonstrations and conducts courses for Alexander training programs and the general public throughout the United States. She maintains a private practice in Van Nuys, CA.

frances_marsden.jpgFrances Mardsen Malibu

Frances trained as an Alexander teacher at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching for over thirty years. She completed two years of postgraduate work at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, directed by Joan and Alex Murray. Prior to her Alexander training, Frances studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. She is a member of the faculty and Board of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. She teaches at USC, Occidental College, and California State University at Los Angeles. Besides teaching at USC, Occidental College, and California State University at Los Angeles, Frances also teaches for “Shakespeare at the Huntington” and “Intimate Opera Company.” She maintains private practices in North Hollywood and Pasadena, California.

John NichollsJohn Nicholls  Tuscany

John Nicholls trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington from 1973 to 1976 and remained with them for eleven years assisting daily on the teacher training course and maintaining a private practice at their Constructive Teaching Centre. He then spent three years in Australia, directing the Melbourne Alexander Teacher Training School, and after this, he returned to the UK as director of a teacher training course in Brighton and led postgraduate classes in Britain, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and the USA. He gave the STAT Alexander Memorial Lecture in 1986 and his book, The Alexander Technique: In Conversation with John Nicholls and Sean Carey, was published in 1991.
In 2003 John moved to New York City where he offered private lessons, “hands-on” supervision groups for teachers, a teacher training program, and structured postgraduate courses for teachers as well as continuing to travel and teach in Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. He was a featured guest teacher at several AmSAT Conferences, gave the AmSAT Alexander Memorial Lecture in 2005, the Keynote address at the 2014 AmSAT ACGM, and has been part of the Continuous Learning team for three international congresses, then in March 2016, John returned to the UK. He has trained over 100 Alexander teachers on three different continents and now spends a large part of each year traveling to teach in many different countries all around the globe.
See johnnichollsat.com for more information, including articles, podcasts, blog, and calendar.

Sabine PfefferSabine Pfeffer Tuscany

Sabine Pfeffer trained directly, in Amherst, MA (USA 1983), by the founder of the Method, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. She has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method for more than thirty-five years and has worldwide experience in teaching and transmitting the Method in workshops and Professional Training Programs.
Sabine is living in Paris. She created the Center Accord Mobile where she taught and organized 15 Training Programs with her mother Myriam Pfeffer. (Myriam Pfeffer was a close assistant of Dr. Feldenkrais and introduced the Feldenkrais Method in the French-speaking European countries).
By continuing Moshé Feldenkrais’ original research, Sabine Pfeffer has organized numerous conferences and seminars, bringing together a multidisciplinary approach to learning.  This has included neurophysiologists, researchers in movement pedagogy, professionals from the performing arts community, and trainers of the Feldenkrais Method. 

Carol.jpgCarol P. Prentice Malibu, Ojai, Tuscany


Carol trained in the mid-1980s as an Alexander Teacher with Frank Ottiwell in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT). She subsequently furthered her training with first-generation Alexander Teachers Marjorie Barstow, Walter & Dilys Carrington, and Marjory Barlow. She has been teaching this work for over 35 years. Carol is also a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley. She was faculty at the California College of Ayurveda for eight years. Carol is also a graduate 500-hour Yoga teacher training in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya from the Healing Yoga Foundation – San Francisco. She has an Alexander, Yoga, and Ayurveda practice in Ojai and Santa Barbara, Ca. and runs the Ojai Women’s Retreat every August. Please visit her website at www.carolpprentice.com or www.HandsOn-Retreats.com

lucia0.jpgLucia Walker   TBA

Lucia Walker has 32 years of experience teaching AT internationally to both individuals and groups. She works with a wide range of people including young people, people with chronic illness, professional musicians, and singers. She is also a movement artist and teacher specializing in improvisation and finding ways to fully enjoy moving and to be fully present in the moment of performance. She is known for gentle, clear, and insightful teaching along with a sense of curiosity and playfulness.
Enjoyment of the sense of vitality and well-being that arose from learning the Alexander Technique, and a desire to support people to be more fully themselves and to express themselves more easily in their chosen life activities, stimulated Lucia to train as a teacher.
Lucia qualified in 1987 after 3 years of training with her parents Dick and Elisabeth Walker at the Alexander Teacher Training Centre Oxford. She teaches the technique to individuals, groups, and on teacher training programs and holiday workshops internationally. Working with performers is a particular interest and she works regularly with classical musicians, singers actors, and dancers.
She is currently based in Durban where she and Sharyn West direct Alexander Technique Learning and Teaching Programmes.

Guest Teachers are at hand in the event that a faculty member is unable to teach. This always ensures an excellent 1 to 7 teacher-student ratio.