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Catherine Spencer

Phone:+64 3 453 6043
or:+64 21 122 1421
Location:Contact practitioner for additional address details.

About Me and My Practice

Currently, my practice centres on individual lessons. I work with an interesting range of people, from those living with pain or chronic conditions, people adjusting after weight loss surgery through to professional performers and musicians. I find the work exciting and stimulating. I also teach an Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class for seniors and anticipate offering more group Awareness Through Movement classes soon.

Born in Gisborne, raised in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland, and after several years living in Europe, I have now been settled in Dunedin for more than twenty years. On arrival, I was involved in founding a number of community theatre projects, including the first Playback Theatre Company in Dunedin, and a Women’s Performance Art Collective. I also taught drama as part of an employment programme. For more than 16 years, I worked at Otago University developing interactive software for language acquisition, as a tutor in Art History, and more recently in Theatre Studies designing a database of New Zealand theatre. It was while I was working there that I started my Feldenkrais training in Melbourne.

It is wonderful to be back here teaching in movement and awareness education. I am pleased to be making the Feldenkrais® Method available in Dunedin again.

Practice Hours

Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm
By appointment only
Appointments available at other times by arrangement. New clients always welcome.
Awareness Through Movement classes: Please ring for current timetable and venue.

Duration and Cost

$90 for initial consultation and lesson
$80 for subsequent lessons
Lessons are approximately 1 hour

Accepted by Insurers

None listed

Formal Qualifications

Diploma in The Feldenkrais® Method (Feldenkrais Institute of Australia)
Postgraduate Diploma in Drama (University of Auckland)
Bachelor of Arts in Art History and German (University of Auckland)

Other Training or Experience

I have participated in a wide range of further education and training over the years, some of which include:

Many drama workshops and projects:
Drama Workshop Group, University of Heidelberg, 1985/6
Fringe Festival, Christchurch, 1987
Playback Theatre Workshop, Allen Hall, OU, 1987
Inside Out Theatre Workshop, Allen Hall, OU, 1988
NZADIE Conference, Auckland College of Education, 1989
Alternative Theatre Conference, Drama School, Wellington, 1989
Playback Conductors' Workshop, Auckland College of Education, 1990
The Long Night, the Passing Night, Warwick Broadhead, 1990
Workshop with Annie Stainer, Christchurch, 1998

University of Otago:
COP Maori Language and Culture, 1988
COP Maori Culture and Society, 1988
COP Practical Design, 1991
Action Research Methodology, HEDC, 1994
Effective Tutoring Practices, HEDC, 1993

Study at Woodbrooke College, a Quaker Adult Education Centre, Birmingham, UK.

Many computer training courses, treaty workshops, and spiritual development programmes.

Statutory Registrations

None listed

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member (associate): New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners
Member (full): New Zealand Feldenkrais Guild

Additional Information

I hold a Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Feldenkrais® Guild, which requires on an annual basis the fulfilment of on-going practice and advance training hours, along with other study and participation criteria.

Other areas of interest for me are issues of social justice and equity, sustainable living and design, languages, and the visual and performing arts. I dance with the local Contra Dancing Group and over summer I swim every day at the St. Clair Salt Water Pool.