Alexander Technique Institute and Teacher Training School

Director and Head of Training

Diana Devitt-Dawson Diana Devitt-Dawson's Harp

Diana also enjoys playing the harp,
long country walks, skiing, reading
and Zen meditation, OMZS See: www.zensydney.com

Diana Devitt-Dawson RN/Midf., M. STAT (London), M. AUSTAT, M. ASPAH, M. AIMA.

Diana a Tasmanian, is a health care professional RN/Midwife and a Head of Training. Diana underwent post-graduate work overseas studying orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and Emergency and cardiovascular stress management in Vancouver, Canada. In 1981 Diana returned to London to undertake the three year,1600 hour study - the Alexander Technique teacher training course, she now has over 29 years continuous teaching experience and is a second generation teacher. In 2008 Diana undertook an intensive training, for health professionals in MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Mass. Medical School, in New York. See: www.umassmed.edu/cfm

Diana studied Alexander teacher training with Mr Patrick Macdodnald, M.A. (CANAB) who was trained by F.M. Alexander himself. Mr. Macdonald's assistant was Shoshana Kaminitz. Diana graduated in 1984 and in 1985 joined the teaching staff at the Alexander Institute in central London under the directorship of Wilfred Barlow MD, (Consultant Rheumatologist) and his wife Marjory Barlow (Alexander's niece). While in London (and with subsequent frequent visits) until 1990 Diana continued post-graduate studies and lessons with the first generation teachers Dr. Barlow and Marjory Barlow also Margaret Goldie and Elizabeth Walker. On her return to Melbourne Diana continued lessons with another first generation teacher, Erika Whittaker with whom she became frond friends and she explored with Erika how F.M. Alexander taught "the principles" of his work to pupils.

In 1990 Diana returned to London for further studies where she also assisted Mr. Patrick Macdonald on his last teacher training school (before his death in 1991) in Lewes, Sussex. Diana returned to Melbourne in late 1990.

In 1996 Diana moved to Sydney with her husband Geoff Dawson (psychologist) and set up a private practice with assistance from an Orthopaedic specialist in British Medical Association House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. In 2002 Diana became Director and Head of Training at the Alexander Technique Institute Teacher Training School in North Sydney where she also conducts a busy private practice.

Professional Development - National and International

Diana conducts CPD training and Alexander workshops in Australia, London and New York.