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ACGM 2019

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Mission Statement of ACGM 2019:  

To provide a conference that inspires, educates and supports exploration and action through skill-building workshops, opportunities for networking, socializing and initiatives to increase AmSAT membership and build membership participation.

To support the theme of this year’s conference,  the 2019 ACGM Planning Committee will  inspire our members’ outreach to new populations, particularly into under-served and/or historically disadvantaged communities. Our goal is to consciously increase diversity of all forms within the AmSAT community with the aim to foster vibrancy and uphold our commitment to ensure the Technique benefits all people.



Click HERE for a link to our Registration Site, where you can review the schedules, options and events for both Pre-ACGM and ACGM workshops and lessons, look at teacher bios, get pricing information, and see lots of other information before you register.


Been to a lot of ACGMs?  This one is different…

Never been?  We’re taking extra steps to make you feel at home!


“Our Community:  Diversity, Equity and Belonging”

@ Columbia University June 26-30


You especially won’t want to miss the SPECIAL Pre-ACGM events, including:

  • Working with Gitte Fjordbo and her inclusive spirit - individual, small group and workshop offerings available
  • Lucia Walker’s Talk about Growing Up among some of the great AT teachers
  • Free 2-Hour Experiential with Joan Frost, Lucia Walker, Sharyn West
  • Penelope Easten’s Free 1-Hour Talk about Miss Goldie & Irene Tasker


 Book flights / hotels early!!  Hotels filling... This week coincides with the International Gay Pride March.  On-Campus housing will be available soon.

Find roommates / share-rides on Community Forum “AmSAT Business General” Here.

 Join us on Facebook!  Click Here

Volunteers are needed to join the ACGM team! Let’s cultivate the most welcoming ACGM and the most inclusive Alexander Technique community as we increase engagement and the diversity of ideas and work to expand into new communities. The conference will be held at Columbia University in New York City June 26-30. Email ACGM Chair Renee Schneider at to get involved.

Ways to get involved in the ACGM:

Staff Volunteer Positions, click here

Supervisory Volunteer Positions, click here

Donate Auction items here

Loan Equipment here

Volunteers to call past members to spread the word here

Host Teachers in New York (contact Renee


Your Planning Committee-

Renee Schneider, Lisa First, Kecia Chin and Rebecca Price

URGENT MESSAGE:  By Weds April 3rd Reserve Dorm rooms and/or meal plans for Columbia University ACGM

McBain Hall:  Easily walk to the ACGM venues (10 minutes to Faculty House, 2 minutes walk to Lerner Hall).  Each room is $95 all inclusive of taxes and fees for either a single or for a shared room (2 people each pay $95).  All beds are extra long twins.  While there are no rooms with bathrooms en suite, the bathrooms are private bathrooms on the same floor. 

We are eager to make the dorm rooms at McBain Hall available to ACGM participants. If you would like to be guaranteed a dormitory room for any part of your stay, please click on this link to modify (or create) your registration and enter credit card information for the dorm nights you would like.  Book rooms as early as Monday June 24th and check out as late as July 4th. Award-winning meal plans are also available for these days Monday-Fridays only and do not require dorm stay.

ACGM registration site - for new or modified registrations

After April 3rd, we hope to be able to secure additional rooms at McBain Hall and some rooms may become available at Teacher’s College New Residence Hall around April 25th, though there is no guarantee we will get any additional rooms.  It is recommend reserving McBain Hall now to guarantee a dorm room stay. New Residence Hall rooms have an en suite bathroom and are all single, private rooms. They will likely cost $125/night. These rooms are also ADA Accessible (McBain Hall is not ADA Accessible). If you are interested in McBain Hall or being on the waiting list for Teacher’s College New Residence Hall, please log in to the link above to sign up.  


About McBain Hall, Columbia On-Campus Housing

562 W 113th St, New York, NY 10025

Cost of McBain Hall Stays: $95 per night per bed (same price whether private single room or shared double room)

Columbia dorm rooms are priced per bed.  Both single rooms and double rooms with private bathrooms down the hall is $95 per bed per night.

If you would like to share a room with someone who is not participating in the ACGM, please indicate this in the sign-up form.

Days you can stay at McBain Hall:  Earliest check-in date is Monday June 24th.  Latest checkout date is Wednesday July 3rd.

All rooms have portable A/C units that can be controlled in-room.

Award-Winning On-Campus Dining:  Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options!

Ranked #1 in the country for higher education dining services, the meal plan is a great way to go.  Staying at the residence hall is not necessary. Sign up on the registration site for the meals you want (there is a discount for purchasing an all-day meal pass vs. individual meals).

Click Here for more information about the amazing meal options they have.  Meals will take place likely at Ferris Dining at Lerner Hall or maybe in John Jay Hall, both of which are located off the main quad, central campus.

About McBain Hall & Rooms

  • Free washer and dryers on first floor
  • 24-hour security service
  • Bed linens and a towel set
  • Free wireless access
  • Free internet terminals in building lobbies
  • Air-conditioned facilities.  A/C unit in each room.
  • Private bathrooms are located on each floor (not in-room)  
  • There is a small microwave-fridge unit on every floor during the summer.  This is a combination microwave and refrigerator.
  • The conference services desk in Hartley Hall has amenities for checking out such as hair dryers and ironing boards available at no cost. Guests will be financially responsible for any unreturned items.
  • Luggage can be left at the Conference Housing Office on campus at Hartley Hall if you arrive early and need a place to store luggage or if you want to check out and still attend programs without your luggage.
  • McBain is NOT ADA Compliant.  Please contact us if you have disability or other needs..


Check-In Procedure

Check-In for all guests begins at 3:00pm at our Conference Service Desk (unless otherwise specified). Guests will not be able to check-in prior to 3:00 pm unless approved by the Conference Housing Manager. To check-in after 9:00pm, Conference Coordinators must notify their Conference Desk Manager two weeks prior to check-in. Your designated Conference Desk Manager will provide the address and obtain any additional information needed prior to your arrival. Conference Coordinators are also responsible for providing contact information for on campus staff in case of any emergencies upon check-in.

At check-in, conference guests must provide a valid photo I.D. so that a Conference Housing representative can identify who they are in our system. Once verified, each guest will receive a guest packet that includes a guest pass and/or key. A guest pass is an electronic swipe card that serves as access to your building and room. Some buildings require a hard key for room access while others have electronic locks.

Check-Out Procedure

All conference guests must check-out by 11:00 am on their check-out date. No exceptions. They may either check-out at the Conference Service Desk or place their guest pass and/or key into an envelope in an Express Check-Out Box located in the lobby of each Residence Hall.

Our conference office is available for luggage storage between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Overnight luggage storage is not available. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your conference coordinator or you can call our Conference Service Desk at 212-854-0365 or email us at

For security purposes, no additional guests are allowed in Columbia Housing Residence Halls. Before you can enter our building, you must present the guard working at the front desk your guest pass to enter. It’s our goal to ensure a safe environment for all people who are staying with us. Due to that fact, we are unable to allow any guests of conference attendees into our buildings.

Only Conference guests over the age of 21 are allowed to consume alcohol in their contractually assigned room. Alcohol may not be possessed, stored or consumed in the common lounges, hallways, elevators, or public space of any residence hall.



Attendees' Convocation - ACGM 2019

At the 2018 AGM, the Attendees' Convocation was established to provide positive direction to AmSAT through 2-hour sessions for discussion and action, attendees only, each year at the ACGM. 

Discussion topics and procedural information are available through the Community Forum under the tab "AmSAT Business General".

ACGM Information

Live Auction

ACGM Logo Contest Rules and Application

2019 Proposal Guidelines


Lodging and Transportation

Budget Lodging Options

2018 NYC Preferred Hotel Rates for Columbia University

Travel to and Around New York City


Things to do in New York City

Things to Do, Places to Go -

Food and Other Fun Stuff -


Committee Contacts

Renee Schneider, Chair            

Lisa First                                

Kecia Chen                            

Ian Jorgensen                        

Constance Clare-Newman       


Board Liaisons:

Josephine Gray                     

Rick Carbaugh                     


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