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Holding Up the Mirror: Focusing-Oriented Counseling and Support
in a Mindfulness Based High School

Saturday, November 25, 2017 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Time
An Online Class Facilitated by Peter Ryan

Part of The Focusing Highlights Series

(no special computer skill or equipment required)

How can Focusing support young people to healthily engage in work, chores, relationships, and school?

A simple cycle of concentration, awareness, and self-compassion can allow any person to enter the practice of mindfulness.  By merely concentrating on a task and noticing when drifting off, the student can gently choose to either stay with what just arose, or return to the original object of concentration.  Even a highly distracted student suddenly finds themselves with hundreds of opportunities for cultivating concentration, awareness, and self-compassion.

In this two hour class, the skills one develops through Focusing will be applied to meditation, martial arts, yoga, and academics with a special emphasis on teaching adolescents in a school setting.  Peter will bring diagrams and share examples of how to apply this simple, Focusing-informed approach to everyday life.  It will help in your work with young people, whether in family, school, or private practice.  We will have time for guided practice, questions, and some historical context.

Times worldwide: Click this link for your time.

Registration closes Monday, November 20, 2017.

The video link will be an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to hear the class.


Peter Ryan teaches meditation, literature, and martial arts. He and his colleagues founded Tinicum Art and Science in 1997, the first mindfulness based high school in the country. After TAS closed, a group of teachers and parents founded The Lotus School of Liberal Arts last year.

Peter holds three black belts in Zen Sword. He has a masters in clinical psychology and he completed training in Focusing Oriented Therapy in 2015.

He is translating the medieval Chinese Zen text, the Blue Cliff Record, and writes on the function of the bodhisattva therein. He presented this topic at the Dharma Academy of North America at its international conference recently.


Peter is offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30. If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: After you register here, watch for an email with instructions to join the class.

Registration for this class is now closed.

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