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Budapest - The Poise Project "Partnering with Poise" Care Partner Course Teacher Training

  • 26 Szent István park Budapest, 1136 Hungary (map)
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Budapest, Hungary

The Poise Project International Initiative

Professional Teacher Training in

“Partnering with Poise”

A replicable AT-based course for Family Caregivers

This training is part of The Poise Project international AT-based Replicable Programming project

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AT Teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience

DATES: Sunday - Thursday, 8 - 12 September 2019

LOCATION:  Budapest, Hungary
Studio: 1136 Budapest, Szent István park 26 (MAP)

TIME:  10am-7:30pm each day

The training will be in English and Hungarian

Hungarian Teachers - ATE Members US$250
**Other Hungarian Teachers US$375 (€325)
Teachers from outside Hungary US$525 (€475)

**We will offer a similar discount to people coming from countries with high inflation. Please ask!

* All funds go to support The Poise Project's grassroots efforts in AT job creation, program development, research, implementation, and industry networking. This is how we are sustaining the nonprofit infrastructure and staff that makes this project possible over both the short and the long term. There are so many AT teacher opportunities and so much growth potential if we can work together with a strategic, targeted focus! Long-term payment plans are available for any AT teacher. We understand that you have financial pressure. This is WHY The Poise Project was created! We want to make sure that all AT teachers have new work opportunities and greater job security. We don't want cost to be a barrier to ANY interested and motivated team participant in this pioneering initiative. Please contact Monika Gross at or Majer Attila at

Space is very limited

For accommodation suggestions in Budapest if needed, please go down to the bottom of this page!


To train experienced AT teachers to deliver this AT-based course for family care partners. Be part of a pioneering international project. We are organizing a team of teachers around the world to deliver the first-ever replicable AT-based course to broad socio-economic groups.

Please join this pioneering project! We have developed a successful course that can now be delivered in a wide variety of settings to a wide variety of family caregiver populations.

“Partnering with Poise” was developed with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It was part of an IRB approved research study through the University of Idaho led by Dr. Rajal Cohen, who is the Scientific Consultant for The Poise Project. The course curriculum and protocols were written by Belinda Mello and Monika Gross. We also received a 2018 Research Grant from the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).

“Partnering with Poise” is a ten-week group course for care partners that meets once a week for 90-minutes. It is designed for a maximum of 12 participants.

The course was delivered at ten sites in North Carolina and DC between September 2017-December 2018. Data was collected pre-course, post-course, and at 6 months and 12 months post course. This research has been presented at international conferences such as the the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in Dallas in October 2018 and the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto in June 2019, and will be presented at the International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Society conference in Nice, France in September 2019.

Since the original development in North Carolina and DC of the course for care partners of people living with Parkinson’s disease, we have received a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and are delivering the course in Chapel Hill and Mount Holly NC to care partners of people with dementia. We also were contracted by IONA Senior Services in DC to run the course there for a general population of family caregivers. This was through funding from the DC Office of Aging and Community Living.


To reproduce this course at multiple sites around the world so that we can demonstrate the potential for successful expansion of similar AT-based subsidized programs for many other target populations. In this way we are working to remove barriers to access to the AT principles across broad socioeconomic groups.

There is great potential for successful expansion of this course. There is strong interest in funding new resources to relieve care partner burden. This is currently a trending, high priority focus at conferences and in the agendas of foundations and other institutional funders. Our AT-based course is in an excellent position to be a go-to service to meet this need. This can provide jobs for AT teachers, and it offers us all a practical way to connect the AT principles to the needs of the general public.

We now have teachers trained in America, Japan, and Hong Kong. Additional trainings in the US in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles are planned.


  • All parts of the detailed training course manual, including the ten class lesson plans; class structure; course goals; course terminology; and aspects of administering of course.

  • Basic training in understanding caregiver burden and stress and how the classes address those issues.

  • Video and other feedback from prior “Partnering with Poise” participants as well as information from the research we did in North Carolina.

  • How to understand and manage group dynamics in care partner class groups.

  • Basic training in The Poise Project strategic model and in the overall goals of the project and clarification of agreements with instructors.

  • Next steps, including ongoing communications and responsibilities; continued team support; strategies for finding funding and community partnerships locally; and future developments.

The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, and co-designer of the course.

Please contact Monika Gross for more details and with questions about the full scope of this project: 1-828-254-3102 (EST - GMT -5) or

Please contact Majer Attila for questions in Hungarian, at

Care partners who participated in the “Partnering with Poise” courses in North Carolina


The Poise Project administered our first grant from the Parkinson's Foundation in 2017-2018 to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD, “Partnering with Poise”, at eight sites in North Carolina. We received a second grant in early 2018 to expand this program into Washington DC. We are currently administering a third grant we received from the Parkinson's Foundation in mid-2018 to design and deliver a new AT-based course for PlwPD, “Poised for Parkinson’s”, at three sites in North Carolina, and a fourth grant in 2019 to expand it to three more locations in North Carolina.

In relation to these programs, we did research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD and care partners.

If you are also interested in training to teach “Poised for Parkinson’s”, our AT based course for people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners, we will be offering that training later in the month in Rheinfelden Switzerland. Dates are Monday, 16 September - Friday, 20 September 2019. Please go to this link for information about that course and to register for it. There is a $150 discount if you sign up for both courses. Please contact Monika Gross for discounted payment:

Care Partner Course - Greensboro NC

Cleo, Clarice, Paul, Tom and Debbie in the “Partnering with Poise” course taught by Ashley Hyers in Greensboro NC, April 2018.

Betty and Tom from Greensboro NC talk about the “Partnering with Poise” course

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom.

Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
Skype: thepoiseproject

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THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is to help people maintain poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

We have received four grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area. We have also received a 2019 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to deliver our care partner course to family caregivers of people with dementia.



We're happy to hear that you'd like to join us in Budapest. We don't have the capacity to arrange accommodation for all the participants, but we can happily recommend a simple and inexpensive suggestion. It is an apartment house that is only a 4 minutes walk from the location of the training course. It's called JUDIT APARTMENT:

Here is the location on a google map: MAP

You can find the information how to get there from the airport at this link:

Here is a map showing the path from the apartment to the AT studio: MAP

Of course, there are also plenty of nearby apartments available on Airbnb, since the AT studio is located in the downtown area of Budapest.

We are very happy to welcome you to wonderful Budapest!