Workshops

EASE ON SKIS 2017

workshops in Scuol, Switzerland

taught by Erik Bendix and assistants

  • February 3rd – 8th, 2017:      Learning to Turn*
  • February 8th – 14th, 2017:     Skiing With Ease**

WORKSHOPS:  The Ease On Skis method teaches how to find dynamic stability, lightness and grace on your way down the ski slope. Skiers at all levels of skill can benefit. Every workshop day begins and ends with Alexander Technique classes and lessons. In between, we meet for ski classes and semi-private ski lessons.

*“Learning to Turn” is a basic workshop suitable for beginners. Its 4 days of workshop cost 450 Swiss francs per person. 

**“Skiing With Ease” is a workshop for skiers who can turn and who would like more joy and skill in doing so. Its 5 days of workshop cost 550 Swiss francs per person.

You can cancel a registration at no cost until November 15th, 2016. After that you pay 50%.

Ski equipment can be rented in Scuol at ca. 50 francs/day at www.sport-heinrich.ch. The daily cost of lodging, lift tickets and meals (minus lunch) is between 152 and 180 francs/person, to be booked at Hotel Traube, www.traube.ch, after you register.

LOCATION:  Scuol, Switzerland

Near the eastern edge of Switzerland, Scuol boasts wide and gentle ski slopes up to 2,783 meters altitude, a public thermal bath spa, a stunning 11th-century castle and a unique Romansh-speaking culture. The village is a gateway to the Swiss National Park.

STAFF:  Erik Bendix, M.Am.SAT, developed Ease On Skis over the last 20 years as he applied his training in Alexander Technique to his skiing. He has been filming his method for the last 2 years in Switzerland. Jana Boronova is a certified snowboard instructor, was certified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 2015 and assisted Erik for the last 2 years. Christoph Bacher is a certified Austrian ski instructor and an Alexander Technique teacher working in Berlin, Germany.

Register for Ease on Skis 2017 Workshop

REQUIREMENTS: Participants need health insurance valid in Switzerland, and should take as many private Alexander Technique lessons as possible before they come.

Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 14 participants.

INFORMATION:  Please contact Rosa Luisa Rossi in Switzerland at rlrossi@datacomm.ch.

Workshop Structure

During an Ease on Skis workshop, Alexander Technique classes are given at the beginning of each day to introduce different aspects of movement that will be needed on the slopes. During the ski hours that follow, students get group and then semi-private ski lessons (usually 3 people at a time for an hour). When not taking ski lessons, students are encouraged to ski together in small groups, and may get help from ski assistants. The day ends in comfort and security getting individual hands-on attention while lying down.

Ease on Skis 2017 Staff

ERIK BENDIX founded and developed Ease on Skis. In his own words,

“I started skiing at age 10 while attending school at the Ecole d’Humanité in Switzerland. Skiing scared me stiff at the time. I managed to reach moderate skiing competence by my 20’s, but was stuck at a plateau of skill until I began studying the Alexander Technique. Then, suddenly, my skiing began opening up and has been opening since. Every day on the slopes now brings further improvement. I have been experimenting with applying Alexander Technique to skiing for almost 20 years now. In 2004, I was encouraged to go public with this work by Steven Shaw (of The Art of Swimming), and began teaching and writing about it. Movement touches all aspects of my life. I am known as a teacher of world folk dance traditions, I practice Tai Chi, I swim and I have a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering®. I also write and translate poetry, a movement form in words. Although I’m writing a book on skiing, my experience of skiing goes far beyond words, often into bliss. I teach it because I want to share that.“

Rosa Luisa Rossi

Workshop Coordinator
If you have questions or need additional information about the workshops: Please contact Rosa Luisa Rossi in Switzerland at: rlrossi@datacomm.ch

Jana Boronova

Instructor
Jana Boronova has been a key member of the Ease on Skis film crew for the last 2 years. In her own words:

I grew up in a city but have always loved spending time in the mountains. In 2009 I became certified as a snowboarding instructor. The year after, I moved to Melbourne, Australia to attend Alexander Technique teacher training course and graduated in December 2015. I have been lucky enough to be able to join Erik’s Ease on Skis workshop in Switzerland two years in a row and cannot wait to come back.

Christoph Bacher

Instructor
Christoph Bacher is both an Alexander Technique teacher and a certified Austrian ski instructor. He joins our team for the first time this year. In his words:

I was born in 1975 and grew up with skiing in the mountains of Austria. Later I completed training as a fitness coach and personal trainer. As part of intensive explorations of body and mind, I studied yoga and especially the Alexander Technique. My life and my work are imbued with these experiences. I live with my wife and our two wonderful young sons in Berlin.”

Philip Nessel

Instructor
Philip Nessel is an actor, video maker and teacher of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and the Alexander Technique from Toronto, Canada. For the last two years he has directed videography at the Ease On Skis workshops. He wants to make a film about the science and life-changing potential of the Alexander Technique. At this year’s workshop he will continue to shoot video on and off the slopes and will assist Erik indoors.”

Testimonials

What others say about us

“I had always been trying to master the perfect turn, thinking it was one elusive thing. Now as I ski down a run, I recognize that for the snow and slope in front of me, some turns are better suited than others, but there are many choices, and the one that happens may be dictated by the conditions, or by my balance at the moment or simply by which feels most fun. The freedom to accept that those different possibilities are OK, and to not worry about failing to find the perfect turn, is a lovely awakening.”

~Sheri Aggarwal~

[us_testimonial author=”Rain Vainik” company=””]…thank you for an inspiring week! I particularly liked the fullness and the simplicity of Erik’s ski program and how everything ‘clicked into place’ and matched my previous skills. Everything was understandable.[/us_testimonial]
[us_testimonial author=”Sheri Aggarwal” company=””]I can ski the field with more relaxation and control, I look more graceful and organized, and I feel much better at the end of the day.[/us_testimonial]
[us_testimonial author=”Beverly W.” company=””]I was feeling almost no anxiety about falling. Instead I could enjoy the sensation of gliding, and the scent of the snow….I feel both vulnerable and safe.

Skiing is a great, fun way to experience this.[/us_testimonial]

Contact Info

Erik Bendix, 232 Bull Creek Rd., Asheville, N.C. 28805-8702, U.S.A.
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