Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan 4th Baronet (1906 –1996) was a British teacher of the Alexander Technique who went on to become a founding father of the New Age movement.
The Trevelyans were an aristocratic family who claimed descent from Sir Trevillian, one of King Arthur’s knights. Trevelyan studied at Sidcot School, a Quaker school in Somerset, and went on to reading history at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1928, during his university days, he started having lessons with F. M. Alexander. Trevelyan trained on the first training course 1931-34. However, he did not succeed in setting up his own teaching practice.
The result was that, trying to do it on my own in London, I turned in on myself. I got some pupils but it did not really work and I just ran myself to a standstill.
Later his verdict on Alexander was that ‘He was too exclusive. He left out the spirit.’ But he always held the Alexander Technique in high regard (‘Alexander had found a great truth, if not the greath truth . . .’ he said in 1992).
During the 1930s Trevelyan spent three years as an apprentice to a furniture designer and master craftsman in wood, Peter Waals, in the Cotswold hills. Here Trevelyan made several fine pieces of furniture, including three dining chairs (out of set of 12) for Irene Tasker. Walter Carrington inherited these from Irene Tasker and they are still with the training course Walter Carrington started, the Constructive Teaching Centre, in London.
In 1942, Trevelyan’s father donated the family estate, Wallington Hall, Northumberland, to the National Trust, effectively disinheriting Trevelyan. In the same year, Trevelyan attended a lecture by Dr Walter Stein, a student of Rudolf Steiner in 1942, which inspired Trevelyan in new age spiritual thinking, and he became a pioneer of the New Age Movement. During the World War II he was a history teacher at Gordonstoun School. In 1948 he became the Warden at Attingham Park, a pioneering adult education college in Shropshire. He retired in 1971 to found the Wrekin Trust for the purpose of non-sectarian spiritual education. He was subsequently associated with the Soil Association, the Findhorn Foundation, the Teilhard de Chardin Society and the Essene Network. He spent the last years of his life travelling and lecturing. 
Trevelyan wrote several books on the New Age and poetry; in addition there are two compilations of his lectures. However, these do not discuss the Alexander Technique.
Writings on the Alexander Technique
Trevelyan wrote about his first meeting and first lessons with Alexander. He also kept a diary 1936-38 which include some of his visits to Ashley Place after his training. Parts of the diary was first published in The Alexander Journal and a more complete version in The Philosopher’s Stone.
Trevelyan and Gurney MacInness issued ‘The Alexander Bulletin’ – a typewritten newsletter, which probably only existed briefly in 1937 and 1938. For the first issue in 1937 Trevelyan wrote an article ‘Postural Deformaties’ (it is in the Walter Carrington Educational Trust archives). For the 1938 issue he wrote ‘Tests of Principle in Physical Education’.
Trevelyan gave two lectures on his association with the Alexander Technique, at the International Congress in 1988 (‘Act. Don’t react’), and the STAT Conference in 1992, where he gave the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture, ‘The true wholeness’.
Sue Thame wrote of her meeting with Sir George in 1989.
Trevelyan appears in the film footage taken by Marjorie Barstow at the time of the first training course.
Sir George Trevelyan and the New Spiritual Awakening by Frances Farrer.
‘Sir George Trevelyan’ by John Naylor, which also relates how teachers of the Technique re-established some contact with Trevelyan.
Obituaries were also published in The Independent, The Times, and The New York Times.
Sir George Lowthian Trevelyan 4th Baronet *5 November 1906 – †9 February 1996.