Give Me Two Good Reasons Why…
…I Should Go To Coyote, New Mexico.
Okay. Here they are.
First Good Reason
There’s an old man living in Coyote, New Mexico who’s been teaching human movement for over 50 years, studying the Alexander technique for 43 years, and directing a teacher training program for 31 years. He’s trained over 200 Alexander teachers, and has been invited to teach in five continents, in 18 countries, and has conducted over 1000 workshops.
It seems like a dream, but it wasn’t a dream. It’s been my life. What’s harder for me to grasp is having worked, with my hands, with over 15,000 people. Having literally touched so many people, not just a passing handshake, as have lots of politicians, but having worked with one person after another, seeing them, touching and touched by their holding patterns, their fears and disappointments, as well as touching and being touched by their inherent dignity and beauty. That’s what has moved me most.
Very slowly, I’ve developed tactual skills that I do my best to impart to others. My hands know, sensorially, far more than I will ever know cognitively. Though I often cannot tell my students what my hands are doing, I can teach them how my hands do what they do. I do my best to demystify my work, but the mystery still remains.
I have always, and I will always do my best to pass on what I have learned from my mentors, five first generation Alexander Technique teachers, what I have learned from my students, and what I have learned through my own mistakes, curiosity, and hard work.
Second Good Reason
New Mexico liberated me from the present era of civilization, the great era of material and mechanical, [and now technological], development. It was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had. Touch this country and you will never be the same again.
Ansel Adams to Alfred Stiegliz…
It is all very beautiful and magical here – a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it…The skies and land are so enormous, and the details so precise and exquisite that wherever you are, you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro, where everything is sidewise under you and over you, and the clocks stopped long ago.
The outside world is our sensory awareness teacher at the Coyote School. There is none better. We venture into that world everyday. We need no clock at the Coyote School. We know when to eat, when to begin and end class, when to head out to the lake, or climb Chimney Rock, or drive up into the 1.3 million acre National Forest that is our backyard. We know when to sit in the Ofuro, (hot tub), and soak. We know, when the Milky Way spreads out above us, that it is soon time to sleep.
The Coyote School is a refuge, and safe place, a place where you can rest and unwind, where you can undo some of the habits that bind you. There’s some freedom to be found at the Coyote School. Write to me if you have any questions. Or better yet, just pick up the phone and call me. 575.638.5005.
Please join us. You are welcome here.
Bruce Fertman for The Coyote Home School and for The Alexander Alliance International