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Creating Focusing Community Down Under

Creating Focusing Community Down Under


Hosted by Jane Quayle & Heather Rogers
with TIFI Executive Director Catherine Torpey, Cynthia Callsen & Mary Jennings

Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Australian Eastern Time, 5:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute.  We hope that this program and those to come will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests. 

This Roundtable will be of particular interest to Focusers living in Australia and New Zealand who wish to explore ways to build connection and community with other Focusers from their part of the world.  Australia and New Zealand are located in the global south. Our cultural roots reach back to Europe and down into the ancient lands we stand upon. Our environments express a uniqueness born of geographical isolation and the forces of colonialism and migration. We are interested in what this means for us in terms of creating cohesive and connected local community and how local community fits within the larger whole of the world wide focusing community.

We are thrilled to be joined in this conversation by Catherine Torpey, Cynthia Callsen and Mary Jennings.  Together they will add their experience and expertise in creating and sustaining Focusing community in a variety of different contexts. The Roundtable will provide a nurturing, supportive space which invites participants to share their interests and feelings and get to know one another better.  Some possible questions we might explore together are…

  • What is the value of local Focusing community?
  • How do we, both as Focusers and Focusing Professionals, find and support each other?
  • How do Focusers and non-Focusers find us?
  • What is the connection and interplay between the local and international community of Focusers and what is TIFI’s place in this?
We warmly welcome anyone who would like to join us.  If you are an Aussie or a Kiwi, we will hold a certain number of spots especially for you until November 25 AEDT.  Registering right away will help us greatly.

What to expect: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation.  Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives.  All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available.  Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis, though for this particular Roundtable we will take registration from Aussies and Kiwis first and waitlist others adding others if there is room. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

Your hosts:

Jane Quayle is a Focusing Teacher, Therapist and Coordinator living in Sydney Australia.   She is a past member of TIFI’s board of Trustees and also is a member of TIFI’s Membership Committee.  She is committed to bringing Focusing into Therapist’s training and to building Focusing community in Australia.   

Heather Rogers is a Counsellor and Focusing Therapist in Private Practice living in Palmerston North, North Island, New Zealand. She is a Focusing Teacher, Trainer, Focusing Professional and Coordinator in Training and  member of TIFI’s Membership Committee.  She is committed to training and developing the Focusing Community  in New Zealand, with passion for incorporating Focusing in her daily life and work.

Cynthia Callsen is a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist in New York City.  She was a member of the Transitional Board of Directors of The Focusing Institute and is the founder of New York Metro Focusing, now in its 10th year of existence.  She is passionate about developing local focusing community and finding ways for it to thrive.

Mary Jennings is a Focusing Trainer based in Dublin, Ireland. She was instrumental in introducing Children Focusing to Ireland in 2009 through first developing a community of interest and seeing what emerged.  She served on TIFI’s Board of Trustee from 2014-2017 and currently serves on its Membership Committee.

Catherine Torpey has served as the Executive Director of the International Focusing Institute since March 2014. She learned Bio-Spiritual Focusing in 1996 and has been a devoted Focuser and teacher of Focusing ever since. She was certified by the Institute in 2008, and in 2011 spent four months teaching Focusing in El Salvador.

Registration Closes: Saturday, November 25, 2017 or when the 20-person participant capacity has been reached, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.

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