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TBI News provides ongoing updates on the activities of the Thinking Body Institute. Archive subscribers may also submit short descriptions of their activities that may be of interest to users of the website.
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Recently, we learned that the software we used to develop the TBI online courses is now out-of-date, and the tech support for our version will soon be suspended. Of course, an “improved” software package will soon be available for purchase, but the ongoing annual expenditure for the new version is far beyond our budget. Although it is disappointing to close the online education component of the Institute, we have no choice but to move on. The process of transitioning the course content into a printed publication has already begun. If all goes well, a book entitled The Work of Mabel Elsworth Todd should be available by the end of 2021!
The TBI Catalog is now available through the Education page. The catalog presents information on publications and digital media, pertaining to Mabel Elsworth Todd, her protégés and their students, that are currently available for purchase in English and other languages. Each listing includes a detailed description of the work, the cover art, product details, and a link to the publisher or vendor.
The Hidden You
by Mabel Elsworth Todd
We are pleased to announce that The Hidden You is now available in the TBI Media collection of Special Editions written by Mabel Elsworth Todd. Todd published The Hidden You in 1954, toward the end of her teaching career. She restated her basic educational principles in the book and discussed the psychological, philosophical, and spiritual implications of her work. The cover art for The Hidden You replicates the design that appeared on the dust jacket of the 1954 edition. The back-cover features the poignant remembrance of the creation of her approach that Todd wrote for the folded flaps of the dust jacket.
In addition to providing readers with Todd’s original cover aesthetic and text, TBI Media used advanced image editing software and typesetting techniques to create pages that are crisp, clear, and easier to view than inexpensive reprints produced with facsimile or photocopy methods. We also added an Index to aid readers in accessing Todd’s discussion of specific topics.
Click here for more information and instructions for purchasing a copy.
A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark – Revised Edition
by Pamela Matt
A revised edition of A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark is another recent addition to the TBI Media publications. Among the most exciting additions to the book is a recently discovered teaching manual of eighty lessons that Clark developed for her student André Bernard in the mid-1950s. Those who participated in André’s workshops and classes will undoubtedly recognize imagery and lesson procedures from Clark’s curriculum that served as the foundation of his teaching. The curriculum also reveals the seeds of lesson ideas and visual imagery that Clark refined in her four subsequent body alignment manuals.
The revised edition of A Kinesthetic Legacy incorporates additional information on Mabel Todd’s educational system, which served as the basis for Clark’s teaching and writing. Color reproductions of the anatomical plates she used in conducting Todd’s table work should clarify the relationship between human anatomical structures and the exquisite abstract imagery Clark developed. The revised edition concludes with a new content-based Index that relates Clark’s body alignment lessons to specific elements of Mabel Todd’s theory.
Click here for a complete description of the revised edition and a “preview” of pages from several sections of the book.
Please make use of the TBI Media website and spread the word to your colleagues and students! All proceeds from purchases are used to support the mission and activities of the Thinking Body Institute.
New Addition to Bernard’s Archive
A new version of audio files of Andre Bernard’s 1986 Berkeley, California workshop has been added to his collection. Many thanks to Eva Karczag for converting the original tapes to MP3 files and donating them to the archive.
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Recently, we invited current TBI Archive Subscribers to share their activities and interests through a new section of the TBI Exchange page called TBI Contacts. Given the shifting priorities and ongoing stress associated with COVID-19, it is not unexpected that the response to this opportunity has been slow. As things settle, please do consider sharing your background and interests through TBI Contacts. There is absolutely no rush – we will welcome your contribution to this new section of the Exchange page at any time. If you have lost track of the email to Archive Subscribers that introduced this opportunity, please click here for another copy of the submission form. Or, if you have other ideas about how to enhance communication within our community, the Suggestion Box on the Exchange page is always open.
Mary O’Donnell Fulkerson 4/04/1946 – 7/10/2020
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Mary O’Donnell Fulkerson. Mary studied with Barbara Clark in the early 1970s, and devoted her life as an artist and teacher to dancing enriched by deep kinesthetic experiencing. A Facebook page has been created to honor Mary with thoughts, photos, and videos. https://www.facebook.com/groups/317748906050606