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Connections and Crossings Across Cultures

The Advanced and Certification Weeklong
NOVEMBER 1-7, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

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The Focusing Advanced and Certification Weeklong is a celebration of your transition to being a Focusing trainer, therapist, or professional, as well as a representative of Focusing to the larger world. Each year a unique group of trainers and trainees attend the Weeklong as the final step of the certification process. Set in the tranquil and contemplative space of the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, the Weeklong provides the perfect setting in which certification candidates and other advanced Focusers can deepen their world/community connections, learn new skills, and launch or reinvigorate their Focusing practice.

Imagine coming together as a global community within a safe space, connecting and communicating across cultures in innovative ways, without needing to speak the same language... because you know Focusing.

Imagine being inspired and informed by the exciting contributions of Focusers who are pioneering new applications and audiences for Focusing.

Imagine having space to listen inside to what is emerging in you and the opportunity to explore your own passions and possibilities for carrying Focusing forward in your own life.

Imagine fostering your emergent steps in daily practice groups and workshop and gaining the clarity, confidence, and connections you need to bring your greatest dreams for Focusing into the world.


Focusing lives both underneath cultures and in interaction between them. From its very beginning, Focusing has attracted people from all over the world. Given the unique variations in participants' culture and language, the 2013 Advanced and Certification Weeklong will take a fresh approach that honors our cultural and linguistic differences while also fostering heart-to-heart connectedness and finding our common ground in the foundational tenets of Focusing.

Gene GendlinListen to Gene Gendlin talk about the wonderful opportunity the Weeklong affords for making deep connections that bridge cultural and language differences and why Focusing is so inherently cross-cultural.


Inherent in Focusing is a crossing between our unique bodily implying and our living context. Our individual work is part of the larger whole. The Weeklong will provide opportunities to focus about your own growing edge, develop your unique way of bringing Focusing to the world, and situate your work in the larger whole.


The Weeklong can launch your work and strengthen the foundation of your life-long participation in our global Focusing community. At the Weeklong, you will deepen and learn new skills, connect through common interests, explore other cultural perspectives and build upon the legacy of Focusing and the Focusing Institute. An international team of multi-cultural Focusing coordinators with a vast array of skills will facilitate your experience.

At the Weeklong, you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of your special place in the ongoing evolution of Focusing and the worldwide Focusing community,
  • Knowledge of how to access the many resources available to you through the Focusing Institute,
  • Deep and life-long connections to Focusers from around the world who share your passion and interests and can offer you continuing support and contact as you take your next steps,
  • Practical skills to help you to deepen your Focusing practice, professionally and personally, and
  • A sense of clarity and confidence about how you, in your own way and context, can offer your own gift of Focusing to the world.

The Weeklong is a special time to reflect on your journey as a Focusing professional and mark a rite of passage as you are welcomed into the international Focusing community. We hope you will join us for this special event.

Imagine bringing your focusing experience and practice to the Weeklong, and open yourself to focusing practices coming from other cultures and other strands of focusing.

Imagine allowing three things to happen in this new opening:

  • allow the ‘other’ practice to ‘cross with’ (apply itself to) your familiar practice, and vice versa
  • allow the ‘crossing’ to touch as fully as it can the implicit intricacies of your practice and the other practice, and
  • allow novel integrations and differentiations, fresh meanings and next steps to come from this ‘crossing’.

And come out refreshed and regenerated.


CONNECTIONS AND CROSSINGS ACROSS CULTURES - will bring forward the golden processes from the past Weeklongs and initiate a new grass-root exploration of what is emerging from the "global whole of Focusing." New avenues of felt sense communication will bridge and engage us between and beyond cultural differences.


Teachers of the Advanced and Certification Weeklong

In keeping with the new vision, this year's teaching team is a truly international team of three teachers from parts of the world where Focusing has taken especially firm root:

Aaffien de Vries - Netherlands
Eunsun Joo - Korea
Suzanne Noel - Costa Rica
Shaun Phillips - Canada

Aaffien de Vries Aaffien de Vries (Netherlands) Focusing came into my life in 1994 through Erna de Bruijn. Although I looked like a successful and cheerful woman I felt very much depressed and was suffering from anxiety. Focusing changed my life step by step. In all the self-help books I had read I found, page after page, all the things I did wrong and how 'bad' I was. Of course the same happened with Focusing. I thought that what I was doing was 'not real Focusing'. When people said I had a beautiful session I knew 'I had faked it'. But….after every session, it felt a little bit more softly inside me. This and what I had seen Focusing do for other people ensured that I would never stop Focusing again.

In this podcast, Aaffien tells about her own Focusing practices, what she will offer at the Weeklong, and in her words, how the Weeklong helps participants to find their a "place in the the worldwide Focusing community, and that's like a warm and very colorful family." (8 minutes)

Eunsun Joo Eunsun Joo (Korea) Focusing came to my life when I was studying for my Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. In the 1990s when Professor Eugene Gendlin was at the university, I took courses offered by Professor Gendlin such as 'Experiential Psychotherapy', 'Theory Construction', and so forth. I was born in Korea, but spent a quarter of my life in the United States. I experienced many cross-cultural adjustment difficulties and was torn apart by values of individualistic vs. collectivistic culture. Focusing helped me to resolve and integrate many of the issues. I remember the enlightened moment when I shared my personal problems with Professor Gendlin. He said to me, "It is okay to have a problem. Stay with it and I believe when you are ready to deal with it, you will know what to do with it." What a relief it was to know that it is okay to have a problem (After all, I am not a bad person!) and what a reassuring feeling knowing that someone truly believes that I can deal with the problem when I am ready! Personally, Focusing continuously enables me to create inner peace with self-strength.

In this podcast, Eunsun shares her own experiences as a 2011 Weeklong attendee and as a new member of the international teaching team and describes what she will be offering at the upcoming Weeklong. (8 minutes)

Suzanne Noel Suzanne Noel (Costa Rica) I discovered Focusing in 2001. I had been in Recovery a little over two years and had previously experienced a powerful understanding that helping others was the reason why I had been "chosen" to go through the dark night of my soul, as they say. With Focusing, my sense of being lost was finally replaced with an inner knowing that THIS was a practice I wanted to develop in order to eventually help groups of women help themselves. Focusing clearly was a way to empower others by making available to them their own inner embodied truth, which cannot be discounted, dismissed, nor minimized. I signed up for a 2.5 year Certification program in Domain Focusing with Dr. Robert Lee and Margarita Brennes and was Certified in November of 2003.

In this podcast, Suzanne shares her personal experiences with the Weeklong, describes the Passion Groups and Cross Lingual Focusing opportunities at the Weeklong, and tells about the workshops she will be offering on Recovery Focusing, including her "H.O.W. We Heal" model. (8 minutes)

Shaun Phillips Shaun Phillips (Canada) "Over the past two decades there have been two major experiences that have extended my horizons personally and professionally, Focusing-Oriented Therapy and my educational journeys into rural areas across Africa, India, and Canada. I envision the Weeklong as a world community forum, a safe place to address our sense of cultural separateness and bridge cultural divides through Focusing. The Weeklong is an inclusive place for Peoples from all directions to passionately bring their piece of a larger whole."

In this podcast, Shaun shares his experiences as a Weeklong teacher, details his offerings for the upcoming Weeklong, and shares a variety of comments from prior attendees. (9 minutes)

CE Credits: The Focusing Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE's awarded participants: 34. For further information please contact: Elizabeth Cantor (elizabeth@focusing.org).

Tuition: $900 (includes Certification Fee)

Tuition Repeating fee or previously paid Certification fee before January 2011: $650

If you have paid the Certification fee after January 2011, we will subtract the certification fee paid from the $900 tuition for balance of tuition.

Room and Board:

Single: $780
Double: $660

Please plan on arriving at Garrison Institute on Friday, November 1, 2013 between 1 pm to 6 pm to register. Program officially begins with dinner at 6 pm.

The Weeklong ends on Thursday, November 7, 2013 with lunch by 1:30 PM.

$150 administrative fee for cancellation. After June 19 all fees are nonrefundable except in unavoidable emergency.

Product Code: W-131101-WL


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