February 9, 2015 4:15 am
‘People’ is a list of teachers and practitioners offering potent ancient and/or 21st century approaches to physical re-patterning work and beyond. All of these humans are connected to Physical Alchemy by some strange karma. Everybody on the list is a true life-long learners, always seeking to refine and tinker with their craft. We have only put people on the list who are our peers, teachers and friends – and who we personally know and will vouch for. The category we have placed the people under are the skill-sets we personally endorse the practitioner to teach
[*] Physical Re-patterning Work
Emmet Louis – The Silver Leap Project – Dublin, Ireland (and around the world)
Emmet ‘The Salmon’ Louis teaches his own physical re-patterning work, including: stretching (particularly ballistic stretching), strength and movement work, circus skills, soft tissue re-modelling and other things arcane. You can hear his rich, Irish voice on his many instructional videos on Youtube and he has an active and interesting Facebook page, too.
Kit Laughlin – Stretch Therapy – Greenwell Point, Australia (and Internationally for workshops.. sometimes out at Sea).
Kit was the second of Dave’s Teachers and has also taught both Frederik and Craig to a lesser extent. He is now a great friend and colleague of us all. Dave was blessed to have been able to study with him in apprenticeship fashion and would not be where he is now without this formative period (much gratitude [DW] –> [K]). Kit’s method Stretch Therapy is, in many ways, a root art of Physical Alchemy. We highly recommend going along to Kit’s workshops whilst he is still teaching in this form. And for the sake of the gods harass him to write his proposed ‘Deep Well Being’ book if you ever met him!
Simon Thakur – Ancestral Movement – NSW, Australia.
Simon has a wealth of practical experience around the world in martial arts, bodywork and movement methods, that blends very well with his theoretical studies and research. His art is called Ancestral Movement and fuses his experiential background in Chinese martial arts, Hatha Yoga, Capoeira Angola (and much more) with his deep research into ecological, evolutionary and neuroplasticity. Simon offers a unique movement and philosophical system.
[*] Physical Alchemy [Apprentices]
These are students who want to undertake the Physical Alchemy Reenchantment Process [apprenticeship] and have begun the process of becoming ‘physical alchemists’.
Robbie Coker – Sydney, Australia
Robbie is constantly exploring new movement practices. Has spent the last 3 years learning Stretch Therapy and Physical Alchemy under Dave and is currently studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Daoist internal martial arts. He has taught physical training to a range of demographics from adult outdoor fitness to children’s gymnastics classes. Robbie aims to bring elements of these various disciplines together to help people improve their bodies, minds, and experience of life. – 2016.
Fanny Tulloch – Sydney, Australia
Fanny teaches Strength, Calisthenics and Mobility methods, including Re-patterning Stretching, with the aim to broaden the student’s possibilities to move more gracefully. She has studied the Physical Alchemy method under Dave Wardman since March 2017 and has recently started coaching with Emmet Louis. Fanny is teaching students in Sydney’s inner west that are curious about their physical body and wants to explore new ways of moving. You can find her website here.
Niclas Palmér– Gothenburg, Sweden
Niclas has been an online student of Craig’s for the past two years. He has come to enjoy and appreciate the endless practice of Daoist cultivation. He is interested in physical development and are exploring modes of natural movement and parkour. Niclas also works with guiding people to the dark side of bare-footing and minimalist shoes. A true passion is the teaching and research of a style of partner dancing called blues dance.
[*] Full Spectrum Development of the Human Being
Dave, Craig and Fred are all currently students of Serge Augier. Dave is also a student of [L]. Besides the many other wonderful things these two rare Beings teach, they are the only two people who we would endorse to teach contemplative and meditation related practices and associated metaphysics (despite many others in the list teaching such skill-sets).
Serge Augier – Paris, France
Serge ‘The Urban Daoist’ is the current head of the Ba Men Da Xuan tradition of clan Daoism. The tradition includes teachings on neidan (daoist internal alchemy), meditation, fighting arts and physical cultivation practices. Author of the interesting manual ‘Shen Gong and Nei Dan in Da Xuan’. Serge’s material comes with our highest possible recommendation.
[L] – ??
Currently not available in the public forum. We will update this page when and if that changes. [L] is by far the most potent vector for change in Dave’s life and his teachings gave the spark involved in Dave creating Physical Alchemy method.
[*] Friends of Physical Alchemy in Sydney
Peter Fyfe – Writer, Performer, Bricoleur and Heresiarch – Sydney, Australia.
Peter is a highly creative individual and rather naughty boy. Very well-read; talented across a number of artistic fronts – he manages to blend heart, humour and wit together in a truly unique way. One of the funniest and most creative humans I have met, in a world that direly needs more laughter and more spontaneity. Follow his T-wit-ter page for laughs abundant.
Cherie Seeto – Bodywork & Stretch Therapy – Sydney, Australia.
Creator of Sydney Stretch Therapy Cherie is a long time Senior Teacher in the Stretch Therapy system and expert body-worker. Recently Cher has been exploring her own variant of the ST approach, augmenting the standard protocols with studies in Fascial Fitness, movement and yoga. See her Sydney Stretch Therapy page for more information and bookings.