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Somatics & Focusing: Exploring the Interplay of Somatics and the Felt Sense

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Somatics & Focusing:
Exploring the Interplay of Somatics and the Felt Sense

Hosted by Agnes Windram & Anthony Winiski

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 1 PM - 3 PM Eastern Standard Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. This program will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests. 

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies, which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. Somatics studies the “Soma” or “the body as perceived from within by first-person perception”. Somatic techniques may be used in bodywork and movement awareness-based approaches, like the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, as well as in yoga, martial arts, expressive movement, singing, or acting. Through Focusing one listens to internal body sensations from which a felt-sense can emerge. Somatics and Focusing are disciplines with processes that develop human beings in various ways, such as improving self-awareness and helping life to move forward. They are, therefore, according to Gendlin, “Neighbors”.

In this Roundtable, we will explore and share our experience with Somatic Practices and how these and the Focusing process influence each other. Some questions we might explore together are:

  • What can Somatic Practices bring to Focusing and vice versa?
  • What roles have Somatic Practices and Focusing played in your own process of self-discovery?
  • What roles have they played in your professional life (e.g., in your work with Clients)?

Other questions may emerge from our mutual exploration during the Roundtable.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?  Anyone curious about this topic, including Focusers with experience in Somatic Practices, as well as Focusers who would like to learn about Somatic Practices and their applicability to Focusing.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: 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. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Beatrice BlakeAgnes Windram is a Registered Psychotherapist, Feldenkrais® and Fitzmaurice VoiceWork® Practitioner, based in Colorado. She works with infants in two education centers, facilitating their psychomotor development and supporting the bonding to their parents and/or caregivers. In her private practice she combines different body-mind techniques to offer people flexibility on their path toward more aliveness, grounding, and authenticity. Discovering and experiencing Focusing has had a deep impact on her life and fits perfectly with her conviction of a continuum between sensing, doing, and thinking. She is currently in training to become a Certified Focusing Oriented Art Therapist.

Jim IbergAnthony Winiski holds a PhD in Biology and worked for 25 years in drug discovery research in the pharmaceutical industry. Over the years he has practiced various movement forms (e.g., Karate, Dance, Taiji). He has also explored the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education for his own personal development for the past 30 years and has recently become a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. He learned Inner Relationship Focusing and received the “Proficiency as Focusing Partner” award from the Focusing Institute. A father of 3, he lives with his family in Vienna, Austria.

Registration Closes: Friday, April 19th, or when the class is full, 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 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, if your dues are current, we will process your registration and email your confirmation within a few days. If you know your dues are not current, or if you are not yet a member, please go to the membership page to pay your dues or join and then return to this page to register. Membership page: www.focusing.org/membership.

This Roundtable is an additional date of the Roundtable held February 2, 2019. If you attended February 2nd, please do not register so as to give others a chance.

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