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2017 International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference

Join us for the fourth gathering of the international community of Focusing-Oriented therapists, beginning Thursday June 22, 2017 at 6 pm (check in 1-5 pm) at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, one hour north of New York City, and ending at noon, followed by lunch, on Sunday, June 25th. One day optional pre-conference on Thursday, check-in Wednesday June 21.


FOT 2017


Would you like to take part in creating the 2017 International FOT Conference? Please let us know! We still have a need for more members on both the hospitality and programming committees. Prior experience on similar committees is of course welcome but isn’t necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and ideas.
And if you don’t wish to be on a committee, but have a specific way in which you’d like to contribute, that is welcome as well.
To join a committee or in any way participate in creating the conference, please email 2017HELP@focusing.org


This year’s theme is “FOT – Taking its place in the world of psychotherapy.” For twenty years, a revolution has been occurring in the field of psychotherapy. A new generation of leaders in the field, armed with the latest discoveries in neuroscience, are saying that therapists must go beyond thoughts and insights to change the very way the client’s body is reacting to the world around them.

But long before Mindfulness and other mind-body therapies, 30 years before MRIs were revealing the brain’s secrets, Eugene Gendlin was writing that psychotherapy was most effective when the client was reaching below verbal introspection to directly get in touch with a “bodily felt sense” within them that was occurring right during the therapy session.  This inner experience, which in many clients occurred spontaneously, seemed to be encoded in the body itself, and then “translated,” with some hesitation and difficulty, into language, images, feelings, memories. When this bodily felt sense was brought out into the open, encouraged and given expression, it would move and shift and change, and direct the client from within to their next step forward in their growth and evolution.

Focusing-Oriented Therapy – therapy that explicitly aims to foster, support and be guided by this deep, living inner awareness -- was revolutionary back when Gendlin first developed it, and it still is revolutionary. There is still no other psychotherapeutic system or method that helps clients bring their minds and their bodies together as effectively or as elegantly as Focusing.

Yet even as an increasing number of therapies use (and sometimes mis-use) the term “felt sense,” FOT itself is not widely known. This presents us with a wonderful challenge and opportunity, as there has never been a more exciting time to be an FOT therapist. Finally, we can claim our place in the field for what we have always been – therapists at the cutting edge of understanding about the nature of growth and change.


The pre-conference day will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 with check-in the day before on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

The conference will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017 with dinner followed by an opening ceremony, and end Sunday, June 25 at noon, followed by lunch.

The main conference will include two-and-a-half days of workshops and presentations from FOT therapists from around the world sharing their insights and approaches as they apply FOT to therapeutic issues and different populations, helping people heal and grow. And of course, there will be time and opportunity to Focus, to dance, to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, in our ever-expanding circle.


The Garrison Institute is a beautiful and peaceful retreat center, a former Capuchin monastery located on 95 majestic acres overlooking the lovely Hudson River, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. It is reachable by a one-hour Metro train ride from New York’s Grand Central Station, along a line that runs approximately once an hour. For information about The Garrison Institute and transportation please visit www.garrisoninstitute.org or here for information on Transportation.


All inclusive – Conference Fee, Room, Meals, Facilities Use, Parking, Shuttle from the Garrison Train Station to the Garrison Institute

check in Thursday
3 nights
3 nights
3 nights
3 days
Earliest – until Feb 28, 2017 $900 $800 $720 $630
Early – March 1 – April 30, 2017 $950 $850 $770 $680
Regular – May 1 – June 14, 2017 $1000 $900 $820 $730

check in Wednesday
4 nights
4 nights
4 nights
4 days
Earliest – until Feb 28, 2017 $1200 $1060 $960 $840
Early – March 1– April 30, 2017 $1250 $1110 $1010 $890
Regular – May 1 – June 14, 2017 $1300 $1160 $1060 $940

Focusing Institute Member Discount $25 (current on dues)

Payment plans are available. Select when registering below or call the office at 845-480-5111 for more information.

Room Information

  • All rooms use shared baths. There are beautifully renovated separate women’s and men’s bathrooms on each floor with multiple shower stalls. There is a sauna on the 2nd floor for women and on the 3rd floor for men.
  • This beautiful historic building is a walk–up-- there are no elevators. Sleeping rooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. If stairs are difficult for you, please request a 2nd floor room in the special instructions.
  • There are two rooms on the first floor that are wheelchair accessible.
  • For double rooms, you may specify a roommate or a roommate will be assigned.
  • Dorm rooms (4th floor only) are limited - 3 or 4 people per room.
  • Commuter fee includes all meals – sorry no credit can be given for meals not taken.
  • Early arrivals and late departures are not permitted. We suggest staying in a local hotel or NYC hotel if you are arriving early or staying late.
  • Click here for more information on the Facilities.


If you must cancel, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee until April 15, 2017. All fees are non-refundable after April 15, 2017 except in the case of unavoidable emergency.


TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats.

If you select a 2 or 4 payment plan, the total on this order will reflect the full amount, but you will be charged based on the payment plan you selected.

Product Code: W-170622-IFOTC


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