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The Northeast Focusing-Oriented Therapy Creative Retreat

Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018
Mercy Retreat Center by the Sea in Madison, CT

Registration Now Open!

The theme of this year‘s gathering of Northeast Focusing-Oriented Therapists (FOTs) is  “The Space Between.” As FOTs, we know and love this space. It is the space of the pause... the space where we can sense both the relational implicit and the unfolding of our inner process... the space which allows for a transformative process to occur.

This is not just an intention. This is reflected in the way we shaped the retreat. There will be more space within each presentation or workshop: two hours instead of one and one-half-hour. And there will also be more "space between" for ourselves, i.e. more time during the day for spontaneous interactions and/or contemplative time.

We will also be making space for a different kind of discussion: Topics that you would like to deepen through a discussion with other FOTs. When you register, or any time after that, contact us to tell us a little bit about topics that are of interest to you and you’d like to be discussed at our gathering. We will select two or three topics and give them space for group discussion.

We hope that this setting stimulates our curiosity about the cross-fertilization between our role as FOTs and our other roles and interactions as human beings. How what we learn from our other interactions, our other roles (as parents, as spouses, as friends) helps us better function as therapists. And how being a therapist helps us in all of the various roles and interactions we have in our lives.

Beth Mahler

Serge Prengel

Beth Mahler and Serge Prengel talk about the 2018 NE FOT gathering

We have space for 42 Participants staying at Mercy by the Sea. We hope you will join us.


If you are a Focusing-Oriented Therapist (FOT), in training to become an FOT, a counselor or other helping professional who would like to learn about how we incorporate Focusing in our work, you are welcome. While prior Focusing experience is helpful, it is not essential to benefit from this conference.


The Mercy Retreat Center is a lovely and serene waterfront property located on the Long Island Sound in Madison, CT. It is approximately 3 hours by car from New York City to the south or Boston to the north.

Getting to Mercy Retreat Center


Information will be added soon.


Total cost, including tuition, room and board:

    Single   Double  
Early Bird before August 31st, 2018  


Regular Price after August 31st, 2018   $600   $455  

*Please note there are only 9 single rooms plus the Tower. We expect singles will sell out very quickly.

Member Discount - TIFI members who pay 2018 dues before registering, $25 off.

The "Tower" is a private room with a lovely view, a queen bed and a private bathroom. It is available for $905 for a single or $1,100 for a couple. This housing choice is ideal if you wish to have a luxurious room to which to retreat during the conference. Contact us for details if this option interests you.

Registration closes November 1, 2018.


A full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel by August 11, after August 11th and before September 11th, 50% of the conference fee will be refunded. After September 11th, the conference fee is non-refundable.


Workshop check-in: Friday, November 9, 2018 between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
(Please note that dinner is served from 5:30-6:15 pm so if you can arrive closer to 4:00 pm it will give you a little more time to settle in.)

Workshop check-out: Room check-out will likely be in the morning but our conference will conclude at 2:00 pm.


Social Work

The International Focusing Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0055. Contact Hours awarded will be awarded for some presentations. Specifics to be added soon.


For program questions please email Beth Mahler or Serge Prengel.

For registration and administrative questions please email Elizabeth@focusing.org


All workshops will be presented in English.



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.

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