August 21 - 27, 2009 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.
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I Spent My Summer School
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Imagine yourself developing an 'emotional muscle' to deal with difficult
situations that consist of fear, stress and frustration. Imagine yourself
becoming your own best friend feeling safe and at home within yourself. By
learning Focusing and making it part of your daily living, you dip into the
implicit treasures of your body wisdom. Thus, you become a leader who chooses
the right next step in challenging times.
Focusing comes from the pioneering work of philosopher and psychologist
Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago. He studied why some psychotherapy
clients improved while many others did not. It was found that successful therapy
was not determined by the therapist's technique, orientation or the kind of
problem being discussed. What did make a difference was what the client was
doing internally. Successful clients were regularly checking inside themselves
for a whole bodily felt sense of their situation.
In the years since Gendlin's first research, the use of Focusing has become a
worldwide movement, with Focusing teachers and Focusing-oriented therapists in
over 30 countries. People have used Focusing to deepen psychotherapy and
personal growth, to enhance creativity and decision-making, to develop new ideas
and theories in every conceivable field, to combine with bodywork and movement,
and to enable us to connect and interrelate with others in more satisfying ways.
Ordinarily you'd have to travel around the world to study with these six
master Focusing teachers... but this week they're going to be all in one place,
creating an opportunity for going in depth with Focusing and many of its special
applications: to health and healing, to thinking, to dreams, to psychotherapy,
to spirituality, and much much more! New to Focusing? You're welcome too!
You'll be able to immerse yourself in the company of one teacher and sample
all six... make it a time of intensive study or more like a holiday with lots of
play and fun... and you'll be in a warm and connected community of Focusing
people from all over the world.
The Summer School is appropriate for anyone, at all levels of Focusing, from
beginners to Focusing teachers, for both personal and professional development.
Bring a friend! When you register at the same time as your friend, you both get
a discount. If you're a beginner (or just feel like one!), there will be
opportunities for extra training and support all through the week.
We'll have Gene Gendlin with us for just one day, so we won't schedule
anything else when he's with us. The other five teachers will each offer one
five-morning course so they can go in-depth... and will each offer the same
topic in an afternoon session, so you don't have to miss anyone. Each teacher
will offer other topics and special workshops in the afternoons and evenings.
All the workshops will be experiential and will include some or all of the
following: play, creativity, community-building, and interaction. And of course
lots of Focusing! (See the course descriptions below.)
Eugene Gendlin has been honored three times by the American
Psychological Association for his development of Experiential
Psychotherapy. He is internationally recognized as a major American
philosopher and psychologist. His book, Focusing, has sold over
400,000 copies and is in twelve languages. He's also a warm brilliant
man who lights up a room with the quality of his listening.
|Ann Weiser Cornell is the author of The Power
of Focusing and The Radical Acceptance of Everything. She has
been teaching Focusing around the world since 1980, and has a special
interest in making the Focusing process clear and accessible to anyone.
Ann is well known in the Focusing world for her attention to the
language that facilitates Focusing, her popular manuals, and her
co-creation with Barbara McGavin of Treasure Maps to the Soul, a body of
work applying Focusing to difficult areas such as addiction, depression,
action blocks, self-criticism, and unfulfilled desire.
Elena Frezza is a counselor and co-founder of the first
Humanistic Counseling Institute in Argentina. She introduced Focusing
into Argentina in 1990 and has been teaching it ever since as the
primary person responsible for bringing Focusing to Latin America. Elena
is popular internationally for her vibrant presence and her passion for
presenting Focusing workshops in conferences and forums, especially in
humanistic and experiential counseling. She has written many articles on
Focusing, and is co-author of books such as: Crear Salud ' Curar
Enfermedad and Manual Pr'ctico del Focusing de Gendlin.
Nada Lou has a double specialty in Thinking at the Edge
(TAE) and Focusing. In recent years she co-presented TAE workshops with Dr.
Gendlin and is in the forefront of spreading this new practice around the world.
Nada has the ability to gently and patiently nurture each person's 'thinking
edge', guiding them at every step. Author of the recently published
Grassroots Introduction Manual to TAE, Nada is well known throughout the
Focusing world for her videos that have brought the teaching of Gene Gendlin and
other Focusing luminaries into our homes and offices.
Greg Madison teaches Focusing therapy
workshops to psychotherapists across Europe and also maintains a private
practice as a counseling psychologist and existential psychotherapist.
He has written numerous articles on the integration of Focusing into
therapy, usually with reference to Gendlin's process philosophy. Greg is
an experienced clinical supervisor integrating Focusing and an emphasis
on the therapeutic relationship into his work with supervisees. He is a
member of graduate faculty at universities in Edmonton, Canada and
London, England. As a Canadian living and working in the UK, he has a
personal and academic interest in the experience of choosing to leave
one's home country to live as a foreigner in another culture and how
this impacts the feeling of being at home and belonging in the world.
Kevin McEvenue is internationally known for his development of
Wholebody Focusing, bringing together the essential elements of the
Alexander technique and Gendlin's Focusing process with his own unique
genius. He is a beloved and popular teacher whose warm and generous
heart can be felt by everyone in his presence. He lives in Toronto and
is also an accomplished watercolorist.
Although as far as we know everyone scheduled will appear, the Focusing Institute reserves the right to withdraw or substitute teachers while maintaining the overall quality of the program.
OPEN TO BEGINNERS
Ann Weiser Cornell: Focusing Level One
This course is a great start in making the empowering skill of Focusing a
trusted part of your life. You will learn to self-guide in the Focusing process,
become more deeply connected to yourself and be a more compassionate listener to
others. We will build skills step-by-step with easy, empowering exercises. This
is a golden opportunity to those interested in completing Focusing Level I, and
also open to others interested in learning how to teach Level I. This is a rare
opportunity to take Level One with Ann, who now teaches mostly Levels 3 and 4.
Elena Frezza: Pain, Chronic Symptoms, and Deep Emotional Healing
Focusing can lead to dramatic change in how we relate to pain or any chronic
symptom. In this course, we will learn how to listen to the wisdom held within
pain and chronic symptoms so they may guide us into healing. By making space
inside to be with pain and listen to all its facets, accepting them as they are,
we learn how to experientially discover pain's implicit felt meaning, and move
forward in our lives in a way that was not possible before. You'll learn
specific processes for yourself or for clients or family members who are
suffering, including how to be with the hurt inner child who is often hidden
inside the pain.
Kevin McEvenue: Wholebody Focusing - Discover the Power of Awareness in the
Felt Sense of Grounded Presence
Wholebody Focusing is a natural process that invites the power of conscious
awareness to awaken a dynamic inner wisdom, a knowing that is at the heart of
every one of us. This bodily awakening to consciousness is experienced as an
inner-directed movement that is purposeful and intentional, as though the body
itself has a mind of its own. In this workshop you will receive an in-depth
experience of Wholebody Focusing in its four key elements, and training in how
to apply these elements as life skills in everyday living. You will be
challenged at the level of your experience working in safe and supportive group
exercises and partnership listening experiences.
MORE EXPERIENCED FOCUSERS
Greg Madison: Focusing-Oriented Therapy
Open to counselors and psychotherapists who have some Focusing experience
This course will offer an opportunity to develop and deepen the way you
integrate an experiential sensitivity into your existing therapy practice. We
will explore various ways that felt sensing might feature within the therapeutic
relationship. Greg will offer an existential and phenomenological emphasis that
sees Focusing more as a way of being than a method, technique, or tool. It's not
something we do to someone but more a way of being-with someone. During the week
we will experiment with various exercises, demonstrations, practice, case
supervisions, and discussion, in order for each person to further understand how
they want to be a Focusing oriented therapist and to appreciate the many
different ways we can actualize this.
Nada Lou: Thinking at the Edge - TAE Level One
Prerequisite: Three Focusing sessions with a Focusing teacher.
People come to experience that thinking from their felt sense is different
from what they usually understand by thinking. This new practice is called
'Thinking at the Edge' (TAE). Can you imagine developing new ideas that will
change the way people look at the world? It comes to you at that magical edge
where you know something that has no words yet. It's about thinking and speaking
from your own experience ' ideas that are right there, inside of you. Everyone
has this capacity, but until recently, there was no structured way to do this.
With the skills learned from this workshop, you can use the TAE method in many
different areas of life: for business meetings, personal development,
professional proposals, partnership dialogue, projects development, creative
writing, family interaction, public speaking, educational events, negotiation
skills, and in endless other ways.
The topic of every morning course will be repeated on one afternoon. Each
teacher will offer additional topics in the afternoon time slot. Here are the
ones we are planning:
Being-at-home & Being-not-at-home ' Greg Madison
Focusing as Prayer ' Nada Lou
'Because the World is Round' ' Nada Lou
Turning the Inner Critic into a Friend ' Ann Weiser Cornell
Focusing with Large Stuck Situations ' Ann Weiser Cornell
Storytelling to Develop the Skill of Heart to Heart Listening in the Felt Sense
of Grounded Presence ' Kevin McEvenue
Focusing and Dreams ' Elena Frezza
Situated in the historic Hudson Highlands overlooking the Hudson
River, the Garrison Institute occupies a large, newly-renovated monastery
surrounded by tranquil forests and fields.
Dates and Times
We'll start with dinner on the evening of Friday, August 21, and finish
with lunch on Thursday, August 27. There will be morning, afternoon, and
There will be an optional "Introduction to Focusing and the World of
Focusing" on Friday, August 21 from 3:00 to 5:30 PM, taught by the whole
faculty. Do join us at no extra charge.
$750 plus room and board
When two people register together, each person's fee is reduced by $50
(combined savings of $100).
Focusing Institute Members who have paid their 2009 dues get $25 off the
tuition price.' Please contact Melinda Darer:
email@example.com or 845-362-5222
if this applies to you.
This program has been approved by NASW - New York State for 25 contact hours under approval number A-206.
$150 administrative fee for cancellation. After June 21 all fees are nonrefundable except in unavoidable emergency.
Room and Board
The room and board fee is payable on or before June 21, and
depends on your choice of single or double room. $720 single, and $600 double, for the six days and nights.
Garrison Institute is 50 miles north of New York City by car, and just over an
hour from Grand Central station in New York City by commuter train. You'll
receive directions for driving or arriving by plane and train when you register.
All workshops will be taught in English. A person attending in order to
translate may receive some or all fees reduced depending on the number of people
Questions and More Information
Questions, please contact Melinda Darer:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-362-5222.
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