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MTAI Conference, Form and Flow, September 21-23, 2018

Still Meadow Conference and Retreat Center, 16561 Marna Rd., Damascus, Oregon

September 21, 2018
FORM & FLOW: Focus on self-care, balance, flexibility and sustainability in our work.

This year, we are returning to the Still Meadow Conference & Retreat Center in Damascus, Oregon. Participants can begin checking in to Still Meadow on Thursday afternoon, September 20th, with a dinner to follow. The conference will run from Friday, September 21st and will conclude after lunch on Sunday, the 23rd. For those of you who are not familiar with Still Meadow, it is a secluded sanctuary located a half-hour’s drive from downtown Portland and is situated on 60 acres of forest and meadow; the grounds are beautiful and there are a number of options for outdoor walks and hiking. Lodging is available onsite, and the meals are prepared by the Still Meadow dining crew, who receive raving reviews!

Highlights of this year’s conference include the following keynote speakers and topics:


The Alexander Technique helps us focus on the how of what we do. What are our habitual approaches that may be limiting our freedom and ease in activity? With greater awareness comes new choices --- and the possibility of acting with more presence, ease, and less strain. In these sessions, we will explore some ways to get more of this consciousness and ease, and how to apply this directly to our music-thanatology day.

What would you like to be easier, freer and more beautiful in your life as a music-thanatologist? What habits of tension limit your quality of presence at the bedside? Einstein said, In order to make a choice, you have to notice the choice you are making. Contemporary Alexander Technique explores that moment of noticing and the possibilities created when we undo a habitual choice. This class will focus on noticing how we are being in activity, and applying sensory awareness and a change of idea as tools for tuning our quality of presence.

We would all love to do our activities with less tension and strain, but we often don’t know how to help ourselves get there. One great way of learning to find more easy coordination in your activities is by getting a better felt understanding of how your body is designed to move. In this class we will do this through body mapping, which is a playful, accessible study of how the body is designed to move with efficiency. We will use images, and simple movements and games to find more support and ease in our legs, arms, and torsos.

In this class we will take a closer look at some music thanatology related activities that the group would like to have better experiences with. Applying what we have learned in the first two sessions, we will explore each activity and see how we might use sensory awareness, changing one’s ideas, and body mapping to do it with more presence, choice and ease.


1. GETTING MORE CREATIVE FOR OURSELVES AND OUR PATIENTS: Harp is beautiful, yet often we find ourselves stuck in a rut. We sound lovely, yet aren't feeling personally inspired. In this workshop, you'll learn specific techniques from world harp practices to spice up your playing and spark your passion. Handouts with all techniques will be available so that you can truly master them after the workshop (notation reading not required.)

2. FLOW HARP TECHNIQUE: Learn the 8 principles for flow and ease in your harping. FLOW distills the main major harp school techniques, combined with yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, bellydance and tango, into a holistic approach that can be adapted to any body.

CONCERT: Saturday evening, September 22nd.

We also have a great line-up of additional presentations, which include:

•A EURYTHMY STUDY OF SHARED THEMATIC MATERIAL: JOA BOLENDAS, with Jennifer Tucker, CM-Th, and Sarah Rem, Professional Eurythmist
Using the material of Joa Bolendas, this session will discuss how Eurythmy might be used to cultivate our experience as music-thanatologists, of deepening embodiment and understanding of the thematic material.
•SELF-CARE AND GRIEF PROCESSING THROUGH ART THERAPY with Jan Crider, child life specialist at Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Focused on self-care and grief processing for health professionals, Jan will guide us in building a postcard collage. *Jan requests that we bring magazines with good pictures to use for the collage.*
•SCHOLA CANTORUM with Laura Moya and Anna Fiasca
•MUSICAL SHABBAT EVENING with Elizabeth Markell & Michael Sasnow
•AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT with Catharine Scherer

Come and rejuvenate your spirit and senses in the setting of Still Meadow; come for the camaraderie and companionship; come for the good food! There will be many opportunities to re-connect and be in community with one another.

Early bird fee is $275 for the conference. After August 15, fee will be $300. If you cancel by August 15, a full refund will be offered.

Associate Members and Friend Members are welcome to come to all sessions except the Business Meeting on Friday afternoon, which is for Full Members only.

If you would like to attend the conference, but are not yet a member of the MTAI, please click the "Contact" link in the menu to the left to inquire about membership level requirements and fees ($40 for Friends or $30 for Associates.)

If you are already a member, please click the "Members' Area" link to the left to register and pay for the conference.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of the conference includes all the sessions, as well as all meals and snacks for the entire weekend. Lodging onsite at Still Meadow can be paid for via the registration

We hope to see everyone there! Please help to spread the word by inviting your family, friends and colleagues with whom you work. Let us know if you have any questions.

2018 MTAI Conference Planning Committee
Kieran Schnabel, James Excell, Elizabeth Markell and Kyle Higaki

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MTAI Certification Interviews - September 24, 2018

Portland, OR area

September 24, 2018

We welcome applications for MTAI certification after candidates have completed all of the minimum requirements listed in the 120’s of the Standards and Competencies. These requirements include the completion of music-thanatology training, including completing the research paper/project, completion of clinical training including fifty supervised vigils under a MTAI certified music-thanatologist with written narratives and participation in clinical reviews, and demonstrated proficiency of basic shared thematic pieces of music.

Only those with complete applications (both the first and second packets) received by the stated deadlines will be eligible for interviews. Applications are complete only after all materials are received and determined to be complete by the Certification Team and after your certification fee has been paid.  It is advisable for all candidates (and in particular for candidates needing to make travel arrangements to your interview) to submit your application well in advance of the deadline to allow time for your application to be reviewed and, if needed, for you to submit additional materials. Submitting materials in advance of the deadline would also ensure some extra leeway for you in case unexpected delays occur.  The deadlines established are firm.  If your materials are not complete by the deadlines established, please submit your materials to us when you are able, with the understanding that you will be considered for the next interview cycle.

Submitting your application by the deadline is not a guarantee that you will be able to interview during your selected timeframe. We will have a maximum of two certification interviews each interview day and will fill the spots on first-come, first-served basis, based on when applications are determined to be complete by the Certification Team.

For the September 24, 2018 interviews, the deadline for the first packet will be May 20, 2018 and the deadline for the second packet will be July 1, 2018.

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