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Connections and Crossings Across Cultures

The Advanced and Certification Focusing Weeklong
September 26-October 2, 2014
at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

"My world is bigger. My heart is soaring."
"Siento mariposas en mi estomago y en mi espalda alas."
("I feel butterflies in my stomach and wings on my back."
"It was one continuous process in me throughout it all that has made me grow so much."
~ Quotes from 2013 Weeklong Participants

The Weeklong is rich with history, whose original purpose was to celebrate, honor and welcome newly Certified Focusing Trainers into the Focusing community while giving them an opportunity to gain advanced skills. It has now expanded to include those who are already Certified Trainers or Certifying Coordinators - or Advanced Focusers who have been practicing Focusing for a significant amount of time.


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.

Our cross-cultural team of teachers will be presenting Connections and Crossings Across Focusing Cultures as well, introducing Inner Relationship Focusing, Domain Focusing, Community Wellness Focusing, among other interesting and enriching workshops.

We will also honor Janet Klein by crossing and connecting together with Interactive Focusing!

Click to see photos of 2013 Weeklong courtesy of Daisuke Oka

Weeklong 2013


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,
  • 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.

Our workshops include:

  • Cross-Cultural Focusing
  • Trauma Friendly Facilitation 
  • H.O.W. To Facilitate Wellness Circles
  • Interactive Focusing
  • Intro to Inner Relationship Focusing
  • Intro to BioSpiritual Focusing
  • Wellness for Helping the Helpers
  • Introduction to Domain Focusing
  • And much more!

Workshops and Activities

Processing Groups

Open Space

Interactive Focusing and the Janet Klein Scholarship

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.


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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

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.

Please join Aaffien as she describes the Weeklong's schedule and main events, and especially the many ways in which different styles of Focusing will be shared during the program. She also shares her vision for her own workshop, which will explore how Focusing can help to break through fixed cultural patterns, and tells about the Janet Klein Scholarship Fund, which helps participants with the costs of attending the Weeklong. Aaffien invites you to join this "magical" week. (11 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.

Please join Eunsun in this podcast, in which she shares how she learned Focusing from Gene Gendlin and outlines the workshops she will offer at the Weeklong: "Helping the Helpers", Inner Relationship Focusing, and experiential art using traditional Korean painting and dance. Eunsun also addresses how the Weeklong differs from Focusing Summer School and describes the Open Space opportunity for participants who wish to share their particular Focusing interest or expertise with others. She welcomes you to share the fun in the Focusing Café and promises you will have "the time of your life!" (15 minutes)

Suzanne Noel Suzanne Noel (Costa Rica) Though I have taught Domain Focusing Partnership for many years, the amazing magic of Focusing began to more significantly manifest itself when I began facilitating Recovery Focusing groups at Costa Rica Recovery Center in 2008. In these groups, I crossed the powerful 12 Step Spiritual pathway with the meaning-making aliveness of Felt Sensing. I discovered that sharing Felt Sensing and Felt Listening within a group makes the whole experience all the more palpably felt: WE were "togethering" both Focusing and Recovery! Each Recovery Focusing group left US all feeling energized, connected, grateful, and brimming with well being because we had crossed our felt experience with each others felt experience, thereby deepening and expanding the feel of the whole!

In this podcast Suzanne talks about several features of the upcoming Weeklong program, including the small Processing Groups, Cross-Lingual Focusing, Domain Focusing, working with trauma, and the workshop she will teach on her H.O.W. Model of Focusing with Recovery groups. (12 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: (includes Certification Fee)

Tuition Repeating Fee:
For those who have attended a previous Weeklong or were certified before January 2012: $725

Certified after January 2012:
If you have not yet attended the weeklong we will deduct the certification fee you paid from the current weeklong tuition rate.

Janet Klein Scholarship Fund:
Recommendations for this scholarship are made  by TFI coordinators - submission deadline May 31, 2014. (Please click here for details)

Translation may be provided for groups of five or more participants from one country/language.

Room and Board:
Single: $870
Double: $750
Dorm style $630 (limited availability: 3 - 4 per room).

Room and board discounts:
One Work Study Scholarship (approx 3-4 hrs work per day mostly during meal time) is available. Dorm Room $100 only.
Or House job(s) - $10 off per day in exchange for 1 hour work per day.
Please contact Elizabeth at 845-362-5222 or elizabeth@focusing.org for more information.

Please plan on arriving at Garrison Institute on Friday, September 26, 2014 between 3 pm to 6 pm to register. The program will begin with dinner at 6pm followed by an evening meeting of the whole group.

The Weeklong ends on Thursday, October 2, 2014 with lunch.

$150 administrative fee for cancellation. After July 25 all fees are nonrefundable except in unavoidable emergency.

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