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As a service to the international focusing community, The International Focusing Institute provides this space for the posting of dates and times of Focusing-related workshops.

Ongoing "Changes" groups are listed on the Changes Support Groups page. ("Changes" groups meet to share Focusing either with or without a facilitator). The Focusing Institute does not monitor, and is not responsible or accountable for the following workshops. However individuals list as Certified Trainers have been certified by The International Focusing Institute to be highly competent Focusing teachers. For  information on Institute workshops, please refer to our Workshops page. For further information on workshops put on by others, please contact them directly at the address or phone number listed.

Are you holding a focusing-related workshop that you would like listed here? Email our Webmaster Scott Will with the workshop particulars.


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Online Classes

Online: An Eight-Month Course Leading to a Proficiency in Focusing Partnership. includes four Levels, two manuals, and email support. $275 for Level One, $795 for Levels 2, 3, and 4 if paid together. Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, author of The Power of Focusing. www.focusingresources.com 510-225-0690.

Online: Being Human-Losing, Living and Carrying Forward / Duelando, Viviendo y Seguir Adelante. 5 Thursdays: September 6 through October 4, 2018, 8:30-10:30 am PDT, by Zoom video-conference This class is an invitation to anyone who has experienced loss. We will get in touch with loss and grief as an integral part of life, expanding our capacity to carry forward in positive ways. Rather than a process group, this interactive series of workshops will give us resources to find our own way to explore loss, death and grieving. Join us if you have an interest in helping those coping with loss, including yourself. We encourage Spanish speakers familiar with English to join us. Taught by Wendi Maurer, Ph.D., Jan Hodgman, M.A. and Mariana Pisula. Space limited: Early-bird price: $250, after August 16: $350. For more information, see http://www.zenjan.com/being-human--losing-living-and-carrying-forward.html

Online: Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach. Explore existential themes in your personal and professional life. Develop strengths and counseling skills to improve your well-being and the well-being of others. Taught by Mia Leijssen, PhD, Professor of Person-centered/Experiential/Existential Psychotherapy at the University of Leuven, Belgium and Siebrecht Vanhooren, PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. FREE OF CHARGE. More info

Online: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute.  www.ruthhirsch.com

Online: Focusing Skills Certificate Course comprises 5 Levels, or modules, and leads to a Certificate in Focusing Skills, which is the foundation for professional training, and gives you a good grounding in the practice of Focusing and Companioning. Starts October 9th, 2018 and ends June 4th, 2019. The training is divided into a series of four times weekly half-days of 3 hours each, 2pm - 5pm UK time zone. There is a break for 4 to 6 weeks for you to practice and to integrate what you have learned. There follows another series of four weekly seminars, which comprise the next Level or module. There are five modules in total, so the course takes several months to complete. Focusing works best when you learn and absorb slowly, over a period of time, with practice in between the classes. http://fionaparr-focusing.co.uk/courses/focusing-course-online/.

Online: Focusing Initiatives International (www.focusinginternational.org) offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

Online: Making Sense of Living: A Course in Felt Relating. Course in Focusing Partnership based on the Domain Focusing Model (or Recovery Focusing model). Ten month course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC, author of Loving At the Edge: Recovery Emerging. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Opening the Treasure Box.Five-week course using the H.O.W. We Heal process to explore a creative, work, personal change, or Focusing project. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Passing It On: Teaching, Guiding, and Facilitating Meaning Making. Advanced course for certification as a Focusing Professional or trainer. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com  Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Stepping Stones to Healing.  A felt sensed exploration of the principles of the 12 Steps of Recovery while learning H.O.W. to Facilitate Recovery Focusing Groups. Group process based on the H.O.W. We Heal model. Ten session weekly course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: The Intellectual / Emotional / Felt Sensual Adventure of a Lifetime: Exploring A Process Model with Rob Parker, PhD., SFTT. Weekly teleconference. In depth study of Eugene Gendlin's book, A Process Model. Be amazed and transformed, day by day, as this new way of thinking/feeling/living gradually sinks in. Open to those who wish to explore the edges of philosophy and the ground of Focusing. More info

In Person Gatherings

AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY: The radical impact of Gendlin’s philosophy on Focusing, Therapy and Existence. Explore with Akira the very essence of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Professor Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. (Coordinator) Monday April 30th to Wednesday May 2nd 2018 (3 days). Visit http://cep.net.au for details and registration.

AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY: Blending Mindfulness and Focusing. Dip into Akira’s practice of blending mindfulness meditation and Focusing. Professor Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. (Coordinator) Thursday May 3rd to Friday May 4th 2018 (2 days). Visit http://cep.net.au for details and registration.

BRAZIL, SAO PAULO: Focusing Courses Leading to Partnership Proficiency in Focusing. Levels 1,2,3 and 4. Levels 1 and 2 taught by teachers in training and supervised by Stephen Paul Adler Ph.D., Coordinator in Training and Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. Levels 3 and 4 taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D., author of The Power of Focusing, the Radical Acceptance of Everything, Focusing in Clinical Practice, and Presence. Upon completion of levels 1-4 participants can enter a two year training program to become a Certified Focusing Practioner in Inner relationship Focusing Certified by both The International Focusing Institute and Focusing Resources, taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. - Contact Eduardo Rene Trigo Director Act Institute at Eduardo.Trigo@Actinstitute.org - Website: ACTinsitute.org

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and BioSpiritual Focusing workshops, group meetings, training and private sessions. Focusing videotapes and resources available. Nada Lou Coordinator, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, Qc. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com.

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and Introduction to TAE with Nada Lou.  Certified Coordinator, Nada offers Certification Training for people who wish to become Focusing Trainers. Individual, private sessions are available upon request. Nada Lou, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, QC. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com  www.nadalou.com

CANADA, BARRIE, ON: The First International Wholebody Focusing Retreat. Focusing Initiatives International is pleased to announce that registration is open for our First International Wholebody Focusing Retreat from Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 PM to Monday, August 20 at 2:00 PM. There will also be a day and a half session for those new to Wholebody Focusing, Focusing or anyone who wants to refresh their skills. It starts at 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 16. This is a chance to connect, share our practice, and help build an international community of Wholebody Focusers, through a combination of small group Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation sessions, roundtable discussions and whole group attunements. Kevin McEvenue will participate in his own way as we honor his contribution to our Wholebody Focusing practice. Read the new Kevin McEvenue’s Wholebody Focusing Blog https://wholebodyfocusing.blog/ and come be a part of this community. Contact: melinda@focusinginternational.org for more information. Website: https://tinyurl.com/WBF-Retreat-Announcement. Register https://tinyurl.com/WBF-Retreat-Registration.

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and Introduction to TAE with Nada Lou.  Certified Coordinator, Nada offers Certification Training for people who wish to become Focusing Trainers. Individual, private sessions are available upon request. Nada Lou, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, QC. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com  www.nadalou.com

COSTA RICA: "Enlivening Recovery" Retreats; Domain Focusing Partnership courses; one-on-one Personalized Training; Monthly Changes Meetings (Focusing Circles); and various five-week Making Sense of Living workshops. Contact: Suzanne L. Noel, CFT at recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website:www.RecoveryFocusing.com

GREECE, AEGINA ISLAND: The Three Treasures - Focusing and Harmonize Light Body Retreat September 12th through 16th, 2018. The body knows, the soul listens, the spirit lives. Health movement, Deep Connection, Relaxation, Hands on Light Body Mind. More Information and Registration.

GREECE, AEGINA ISLAND: Focusing Life Skill Retreat October 4th through 8th, 2018. You are invited to Explore, Discover, Symbolise and firmly Anchor your state of presence. This finely tuned and delicate process will be held in a warm, open and inviting environment to remain and meet whatever comes in a friendly, inviting and secure way. This retreat is for Focuser’s who are at ease with clearing a space, tapping into a felt sense and being able to experientially listen to both themself and others. More Information.

ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute.  www.ruthhirsch.com

THE NETHERLANDS, Friesland: Being Seriously Playful. Invite yourself to come to an intensive 4-day Focusing training in April about: “A unique possibility to experience Dynamic Focusing!” From Monday, April 23rd (6 pm) through Friday, April 27th (1 pm) in Friesland. Several topics are essential and will be covered: Listening in three directions; The Emerging Body language; Unconditional authentic empathy; Creating space; Safety and boundaries, Contact/ Contract; Selfcare; Working with symbolisations/expression; and, of course, (pre-verbal) inner child work. For more information, visit http://kinderfocuscentrumnederland.nl/being-in-contact/ 

PORTUGAL, LISBOA: Emphatic and Experiential Listening. A three-day course in Focusing, taught by João Fonseca beginning March 3rd, 2018. It will be held at ISPA, one of the most old and prestigious University of Psychology in Portugal. For more information, contact João Fonseca at joaodafonsecapsi@gmail.com, and visit http://fa.ispa.pt/formacao/escuta-e-empatia-experiencial.

UNITED KINGDOM: Fiona Parr is a certified Coordinator and offers trainings in the Focusing Skills Certificate Course Levels 1-5 in the South West of England.  Professional training and individual tuition is also offered. Have a look at my web site www.fionaparr-focusing.co.uk for more information, email me at fiona@fionaparr-focusing.co.uk, or call 01837 840165.

UNITED STATES, CA, SAN FRANCISCO area and elsewhere: The Focusing Resources offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

UNITED STATES, CA, SANTA BARBARA: Focusing Training and Focusing in Psychotherapy groups forming quarterly. Ongoing Focusing Group meets monthly for four weekend hours. Contact Deirdre P. Morse, Ph.D., Three West Carrillo, Suite 215, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805-965-7730, rickpsyc@cox.net.

UNITED STATES, CA, SANTA ROSA:  Ongoing training and workshops. The Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute offers a variety of workshops and trainings in Focusing, expressive arts, and Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapy (FOAT). Certification tracks are available. See www.focusingarts.com for schedule and information and/or contact Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT at: laury@focusingarts.com

UNITED STATES, MA, ARLINGTON: Calendar of Special Events. All workshops unless otherwise specified are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Each will be held at the Arlington Center, Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. More information at New England Focusing website.

UNITED STATES, MA, NEWTON: Focusing-Oriented Therapy: Using Implicit Experience to implement Change with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD. April 29th, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm EST. Part of the Master Series in Clinical Practice at William James College. Participants will be introduced to the focusing technique. Applications for working with psychotherapy and coaching clients will be discussed. In the morning the Focuisng process will be taught and experienced. In the afternoon, applications to therapy will be introduced with video and case examples. Click here for more information.

UNITED STATES, NJ, POMPTON PLAINS: North Jersey Professional Focusing Association holds events in New Jersey for people who want to learn how to find inner calm through the practice of Focusing. At NJFPA events, which are tailored to different levels of Focusing experience, safety and a welcoming atmosphere are ensured for all attendees. For more information, visit the NJFPA website at http://www.northjerseyfocusers.com/about.html.

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: Focusing and Authentic Movement meets Sunday afternoons in midtown Manhattan from 4 - 6. A wonderful opportunity to warm-up your body and invite the focusing process. Barbara Chutroo is a certified focusing trainer, licensed social worker and dance/movement therapist. She has studied Wholebody Focusing with Kevin McEvenue and integrates a range of creative movement ideas and exercises. For information, call 212 721-4284 or email bchutroo@earthlink.net

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: New York Metro Focusing community meetings: Each evening has its own theme. For more information, visit our website at www.nymetrofocusing.org. To receive emails on Focusing evenings, including NY Metro Focusing meetings, in the NYC area, subscribe to our moderated email list at nymfannouncement-nymflists.com-subscribe@nymflists.com Simply put "subscribe" in the subject line.

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