October 15 - 20, 2017

at Mercy by the Sea, in Madison, Connecticut


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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 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.

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.
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!
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.

Finding Your Own Way as a
Focusing Professional or Therapist
Facilitation Team

After the publishing of Gene Gendlin's book "Focusing" in 1978 there has been a huge development and spreading of Focusing in the entire world. Several Focusing models have been developed, and many applications have emerged in different fields of psychology and other fields of human interaction. But it is not enough -- the Vision Statement of the Focusing Institute speaks about the aim of bringing Focusing to a "substantial proportion of the population in all countries, cultures, and social classes." To achieve this intended aim of reaching people from all social and cultural backgrounds in all kinds of situations and professions, Diversity is needed. All participants of the Weeklong are invited to find their own way of spreading Focusing into the world.
In this program we will begin with an introduction of Gendlin's Process Model, in which Focusing is embedded. Afterwards, we will become familiar with some of the elder teachers who have contributed in different fields. We will make a timeline of historical highlights in Focusing, and invite you to find your place in this rich tradition with your own contribution, your special interest, model, approach or application.

Home Groups  

After the lunchbreak you meet in your home group. These are small, fixed groups that meet daily to explore a Focusing, personal, or creative project; a personal topic/change; or to simply meet and explore what needs your attention at that moment.
We encourage you to explore your own interest in a particular application of Focusing, perhaps crossing Focusing with one of your passions.
The home groups will be facilitated by the members of the Facilitation Team and/or by one of the contributing coordinators. These are Coordinators that come to the Weeklong, for their own pleasure of interest and/or to accompany their students.
We invite participants to decide for themselves how best to use their time in the afternoons after the Home Groups. You may wish to rest or to Focus on your own, or to attend an afternoon optional workshop.

Interactive Focusing
To be announced 
Janet Klein and Mary McGuire developed a Focusing approach which they've called Interactive Focusing. In an Interactive Focusing session the Focuser and listener are very actively relating to each other within a safety guarding model. A special aspect of Interactive Focusing is the "Double Empathic Response" - the listener takes in how this whole situation must feel for the Focuser and shares how it resonates inside the listener. Interactive Focusing can be used in every session and has a special function in conflict resolution. In this workshop Aaffien will share with you this beautiful Focusing model. We will invite you to practice Interactive Focusing in a partnership exchange.

Experiencing Diverse Focusing Cultures 
Diverse teachers  
There is no fixed standard of how Focusing must be done or taught. Diversity is one of the main values of the International Focusing Institute. Several Focusing trainers have developed several models and approaches. Introductory workshops will be offered about Classic Six Steps, Inner Relationship Focusing, Domain Focusing, BioSpirituality and/or Whole Body Focusing.    

Open Space

The facilitation team is aware of the vast amount of knowledge and skills that participants bring to Focusing and to the Weeklong. So we want to make space to share some of your work or to offer a workshop in the Open Space if you wish. Please let us know in advance if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Both Coordinators and Trainers are invited. Once we have more an idea about the open-space workshops we will add them to the program on the website.


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.
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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