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As a service to the international focusing community, The 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 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 Bill Silverman with the workshop particulars.

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ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (by telephone): 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. 510-225-0690.

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (by telephone): 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 Focusing Institute.

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (by telephone): Recovery Focusing 12 week Intensive. Learn Domain Focusing while crossing it with the 12 Steps of Recovery. Enjoy the FEEL of the Best of Recovery. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFT. Contact Website:

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (by telephone): Safe Companioning Within and Without: A course in Felt Sensing and Felt Listening.Course in Focusing Partnership based on the Domain Focusing Model. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFT, author of Loving At the Edge: Recovery Emerging. Contact Website:

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (by telephone): 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

USA - East Coast

ARLINGTON, MA: Calendar of Special Events 2014. 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.

NEW YORK CITY, NY: 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

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

USA - Midwest

OAK PARK, IL: Six Day Workshops provide a comprehensive introduction to Focusing for beginners: topics are introduced gradually, demonstrations and exercises accompany each topic, and significant time is devoted to practice. These two-weekend workshops run Fridays from 2:00 until 8:00, with pizza, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 until 5:00. Renewal Weekend Workshops, on the other hand, are restricted to experienced focusers. Led by Bebe Simon in her home with assistance from a trainer, both types of workshops are limited to a small group to allow for individual instruction.

USA - West Coast and Southern States

DURHAM, NC:  Day-long workshops for Focusers who have had at least Level I or three private sessions with a Focusing Trainer. $75 per workshop. 3500 Westgate Drive, Suite 504, Durham, NC 27707. To register call Barbara Culbertson, Certified Focusing Trainer, 919.452.8490 or email:  website: .

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

SANTA BARBARA, CA: 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,

SANTA ROSA, CA:  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 for schedule and information and/or contact Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT at:


(Also see the listings in the Midwest)

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:

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:



BRAZIL: Ann Weiser Cornell Ph.D. - Inner Relationship Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essense of Change. August 28 to August 31, 2014. Day 1 shifting frozen structures to felt sense. Day 2 supporting clients strong self. Day 3 Trauma and self process. Day 4 Action blocks and additions. Brazil-Junediae-for additional information 55 (11) 5904-1430

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

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 Focusing Institute.

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 for more information, email me at, or call 01837 840165.

UNITED KINGDOM: UK focusing school 2014. Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 6 pm to Sunday 26th October 2014, 2 pm. At Belsey Bridge conference centre in rural East Anglia.

Whether you are completely new to Focusing, have just begun your Focusing journey or are an experienced Focuser, practitioner or trainer, this is your opportunity to sample the delights of Focusing and deepen your relationship with your own inner wisdom. We have brought together trainers from across Europe to represent the wide range of ways Focusing is being used today. You will be able to follow a major theme with one of these trainers in the mornings and choose from an enticing selection of one-off workshops in the afternoons. There will be plenty of time to exchange ideas and share Focusing in groups or pairs. Focusing is a process of listening to our body sense of our life situations and learning to trust our own inner knowing. We cultivate an attitude of acceptance of what we find inside and, by doing this, can release more of our life energy. CPD Certificates covering all workshops attended are available for counsellors, psychotherapists and other health professionals.

Programme Mornings
: Participants are invited to choose one of the seven major topics for their morning workshop. They will stay with this group for each morning of the event. The major themes are:

  1. Creative Thinking at the Edge with Peter Afford
  2. Meditative Listening with Rob Foxcroft
  3. A Forum for Focusing-oriented Therapists to Share their triumphs and challenges. with Greg Madison
  4. From Spark to Beacon – The Dance of Creating with Barbara McGavin
  5. Level 1 - Introduction to Focusing with Paula Newman and Fiona Parr
  6. Fresh Perspectives in Wholebody Focusing with Astrid Schillings
  7. Being Seriously playful with René Veugelers

Programme Afternoons: You can choose a different afternoon option each day.

Programme Evenings: The evenings will be a chance to meet socially and have fun. We may also arranged a surprise or two for you. To find out more go to


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