My name is Nicola Hanefeld, I am English but I live in Freiburg, Germany, in the Black Forest.
I was born in 1958 in Ealing, London, UK.
1976 - 1979 Combined Honours degree Botany/Zoology. University of Reading, England.
1981 migration to Freiburg, Germany.
1980 - 1982 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, London University.
1986 - 1989 Alexander Technique teaching training with Yehuda Kupermann, Basel, Switzerland Alexander School.
Since 1989 freelance teacher of the Alexander Technique.
2000 founding of own company, SPEEK, offering workshops, coachings, and trainings in psycho-physical re-education, incorporating the Alexander Technique.
2000 Training in person-centred counselling, Carl Rogers approach.
2017 - 2021
PhD, University of Hull, England. Thesis title:
Exploring how women use the Alexander Technique: psycho-physical re-education in the postpartum
Read about the Postpartum Handbook which will draw on the findings of the research.
Browse my thesis here.
German nationality along with British nationality.
Mother of three grown-up children.
Member of STAT and the German STAT affiliated Alexander Technique society, ATVD.eV, the German Green party,
‘Bündnis '90/DIE GRÜNEN’ and Greenpeace.
Some interests: Photography, writing, genealogy.