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 – Berlin, Germany (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’.  Both Robbie and Michael are long term students and come from longer studies in physical training.

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.

Michael White – Sydney, Australia.

Michael’s journey began with a more academic study of the body and the completion of an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology’ and a Masters in Physiotherapy.  However, the real learning began after he was introduced to new ideas around the body and movement through Ido Portal – and seems to have continued to unravel from there.

He is currently working a few days a week as a physiotherapist, out of a clinic in Wahroonga, where he treat patients and runs a small class that allows him to develop his ideas and present material to interested people.  He has a personal practice heavy in training movement complexity, kinaesthetic awareness and contemplative work.

“I would say I am interested in developing people’s own interests in re-patterning themselves, developing a state of the body abundant in complex movement options, and ever increasing ‘agility’ of body-mind.  My ideas are heavily influenced by the great teachers I have been lucky to learn from, attempting to blend re-patterning style stretching (as taught by Kit Laughlin [Stretch Therapy] and Dave Wardman) as well as a method of improving method complexity inspired by the like’s of Moshe Feldenkrais, Simon Thakur and Ido Portal (and many others).”  – 2016.


[*] 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 FyfeWriter, 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 SeetoBodywork & 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.


[*] Da Xuan Schools around the Globe

Branches of the Ba Men Da Xuan Daoist school as taught by various disciples and senior teachers under Serge.

Melbourne, Australia – Laetitia Chevillard-Seow & Benjamin Seow

London, UK – Darren Rose

Gloucester, UK – Martyn Reeves

Copenhagen, Denmark – Martin Lund Rasmussen

Oslo, Norway – Arne-Morton Hansen, Henning Cederkvist, Henrik Cederkvist

Hong Kong – Antony Au

New York, USA – Rob Vuksanovic

Lisbon, Portugal – Xavier Deroche

Guadeloupe, French Caribbean – Guillaume Culioli