BELONGING AND CROSSING
IN COMMUNITY
ADVANCED AND CERTIFICATION
FOCUSING WEEKLONG 2017

October 15 - 20, 2017

at Mercy by the Sea, in Madison, Connecticut

 

Spotlight on:

WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES    

 

The 2017 Focusing Weeklong Facilitation Team -- Jan Winhall, Jeffrey Morrison, and Edgardo Riveros -- is pleased to announce the Workshops and Activities of this year's Focusing Weeklong.
 
We have developed a schedule that offers a wide variety of experiences that reflect the theme of belonging and crossing across focusing cultures. 
 
MORNING ACTIVITIES
 

Morning Awakening

This is optional quiet time for volunteer participants to offer reflective activities.

Each morning before breakfast a yoga class will be held by Mateja Vrhunc Tomazin. Mateja's classes are performed according to an ancient, authentic yoga system, adjusted to modern life, named Yoga in Daily Life. It subtly includes all paths of yoga, for body, mind and soul. Morning yoga classes will be suitable for everyone.

Mateja Vrhunc Tomazin has been practising and teaching yoga for 25 years and has been an internationally certified yoga instructor for 11 years. She is a certified relational couple and family therapist and a focusing trainer, so she finds all these ways of accompanying people on their path of looking inwards beautifully synergic.

 
MORNING SESSIONS:
 
Each morning, all the participants will meet together for morning workshops. These will be experiential encounters where you will be given time and space to process with your fellow participants.

Cross-Cultural Focusing
Facilitation Team
 
Cross-lingual Focusing is a way to Focus with someone who does not speak your language. It not only enables you to have Focusing exchanges beyond the language barrier but also deepens your Focusing process since you need to carefully choose your handles using fewer and more essential words. This method was developed by Dr. Robert Lee. It is an eye-opening method, and it has enriched the Weeklong experience for all participants.
 
Focusing and Emotional Regulation*
Jan Winhall
 
The capacity to ground ourselves, to feel safe and regulated inside our bodies is perhaps the most fundamental skill that we can achieve in a lifetime. Some of us are lucky and we learn these skills and the felt sense in our bodies from our loving care-takers. Others spend the better part of their existence trying to create a safe nest in which to grow and heal.

Together we will explore how stress and traumatic experience prevents and /or disrupts our capacity to be grounded. We all have ways of coping that we would like to change. Sometimes these ways become addictive or compulsive behaviors that are profoundly enticing coping strategies.

Jan has developed a model for understanding and teaching about the integration of emotional regulation and Focusing called The Felt Sense Experience Model. She will be presenting from her chapter in "Emerging Practice in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy," edited by Greg Madison. Within the context of our safe Focusing community we will practice exercises that deepen awareness of early attachment experiences and help to understand ourselves in relation to the model.

*Read Continuing Education Info
If attended in its entirety, this course qualifies for:

The International Focusing Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Hours/Credits 3.25. The International Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Work

The International Focusing Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0055. Contact Hours: 3.

Read Workshop Objectives and Full Details
 
Wounds and Gifts:
How Trauma Can Reveal Our Uniqueness*
Jeffrey Morrison
 
The English word "trauma" is a direct translation of the Greek word for wound. We all have a story of being wounded by life. I would like our Weeklong community to spend some time shining a light on the darkness that follows trauma so that we can learn from each other, and bring our medicine back to where we live. Our world needs people and practices that carry us beyond the stuck wounded place. I believe Focusing offers a wonderful practice for entering the territory of our wounds and leading us to the fullest expression of our gifts.
 
We all have suffered and many of us have found something deep inside that has pulled us through and helped us be our biggest self. I refer to this as a gift. It is a unique quality about us that is often activated, discovered and expressed during times of hardship and struggle. Focusing puts us deeply in touch with our-self. It helps us find that which carries us forward into new fresh living.
 
I will bring stories from my psychotherapy practice and my own life as a way of saying, "we are all in this together." I will also discuss and offer experiential activities so that we might find safe ways to both explore our own stoppages and how we found a path forward. Stoppages cause us to "leaf" and "version" new fresh ways of being. The right trouble can lead us to healing and to a deeper experience of what we uniquely have to offer. To paraphrase Gene, "Each of us has a unique quality that has never been and will never be again. How are you going to bring that into the world?" Let's support more of that happening!

*Read Continuing Education Info
If attended in its entirety, this course qualifies for:

The International Focusing Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Hours/Credits 3.25. The International Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Work

The International Focusing Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0055. Contact Hours: 3.

Read Workshop Objectives and Full Details
 
Why Focusing Works
Edgardo Riveros
 
A practical and experiential workshop to show how and why Focusing works. In other words, how does Focusing manage to produce change in the bodily experience of symbolization? The group will be able to experience Focusing exercises and be able to later identify the different phases of the Focusing Process. The group may have a guide and a list of recommendations to ensure a real and experiential Focusing process.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS and ACTIVITIES
 
Home Groups  

Home groups are smaller groups that meet for about an hour and a half in the afternoon. Smaller groups allow a more personal dynamic for inquiry and sharing. The general themes that are explored are:
 
Belonging and Crossing in Community
What do you you want to do with Focusing
What resources do you need to do that
 
Three Contributing Coordinators have been chosen from around the world to facilitate these groups. They bring years of experience and unique gifts to share with you. They will provide a safe space for people to get to know each other, explore their interest in Focusing and sense into how they want to bring Focusing into the world.
 
In the late afternoon, and after your Home Group, each Contributing Coordinator will present a topic of their choice to the whole group. They are very excited to get to know you and share their cutting edge of interest with Focusing and .... !
 
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (optional):

The Art of Feeling Whole
Ifat Eckstein 
 
Gendlin shows us that each moment is a whole, each piece of life inherently connected to a wide range of connections, experiences and knowing. In his words, “Each bit of sensing is a version of the whole life situation”. (A Process Model, Chapter 8a)

Through Focusing, we can recognize and explore these precious moments, and learn more about ourselves. By attending to and learning more about the levels of consciousness available to us there, we can hold our lives in a new way.

In this workshop, we will explore the ability and flexibility we have to create a sense of expansion. Taking us beyond our usual perspective, a vast space opens for growth and healing. Through guided meditation, practice and Focusing, we will touch the Art of Feeling Whole.

A Background Feeling
An Experiential Workshop
Marine de Fréminville 
 
During this weeklong, it will be a pleasure to present to participants some ways of exploring what Gendlin called the Background Feeling in Focusing. After a bit of theory allowing to better know what is called a “background feeling” , participants will be invited to discover or to know more about their background feeling and will explore experientially a few ways of being and working with it, using some creative resources and whole body inner directed movements.

This work might give access to old implicit connections and lead to some transformative and alleviating possibilities where “what was felt as a burden or a limit – may open – to the extension of being” (see more on this topic in her article in Tribute Folio, 2008).


Curiosities Tether
An Experiential Workshop
Beth Mahler
 
How do we bring curious, interested, attention inward to our felt sense?  In this experiential workshop, we will dive deeply into “curious interested attention” and its role in Focusing, listening, focusing partnership, and bringing focusing out into the world through your teachings.  Curiosity has an energy to it and can help create flow, where it has stopped or become stuck. Read more
Having an insatiable appetite for learning, for me curiosity continues to create the bridge between what is known and what is not yet known.  Curiosity can be defined as interest, a strong desire to know or learn something, spirit of inquiry, and inquisitiveness.  We tether ourselves to what we know for a sense of safety and a secure knowledge base about ourselves, others, or the world around us.  Securely tethered and bringing “curious interested attention”, we find energy for felt sensing further, gently going deeper into inquiry, checking back with the tether when needed.  Curiosity and it’s tether working in synchronicity bring us to further steps of the focusing process.  As emerging Focusing Trainers, how do you teach someone to “bring curious interested attention” to a felt sense?  Together we will explore the ingredients to Curiosities Tether.  We will also explore when and how does curiosity get tethered to a stuck place, a judgment, a knowing which keeps us tethered to a patterned thinking or a repetitive way of being.  We will explore these limiting tethers to find limitless possibilities!

EVENING ACTIVITIES 

Evening Focusing Cafe
 
 
Each evening, after dinner, we will have time to be together during The Focusing Cafe to relax and have fun! Bring your games, music, poetry, cultural activities, or anything you wish to share with others during these special hours.
 
CERTIFICATION CEREMONY
 
What an honor and joy it is to celebrate our participation in the Weeklong, and, for many, certification as Focusing Professionals or Coordinators in the 2017 Focusing Weeklong! Coordinators, please consider coming with your students to personally deliver this recognition.
 
Recognizing and honoring those newly certified by The International Focusing Institute is a special experience that we believe you will remember with gratitude for many years to come.

Don't forget to bring some extra cash for books! The Focusing Bookstore will be open on certain days for an hour.
 
JOIN US for the 2017 "Belonging and Crossing in Community"
Focusing Weeklong!  
Enrich your Focusing wisdom by connecting with others  
from diverse cultures and diverse Focusing traditions.
 
The Facilitation Team:
 
Jan Winhall, Canada 
Jeffrey Morrison, USA
Edgardo Riveros, Chile
 
  
   
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