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Focusing: A Mindful Practice: Listening from the Inside Out
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Focusing: A Mindful Practice: Listening from the Inside Out

Sunday afternoons: Oct 27, Nov 24, & Jan 6, from 3:00-5:00 in Newton, MA

Please join us, in this 4-session Practice Group, to learn more about Focusing and to refresh and deepen your Focusing practice. In this workshop we will look at how by slowing down and attending mindfully to life issues, whether big or small, joyful or sad, we change the way we hold and experience our concerns. Deepening our understanding reduces stress and opens up new possibilities. We will practice listening to ourselves and others without judgment and with deep respect and curiosity. We will learn how to use our body felt sense as a valuable resource in this mindful practice.

To register and for more information about location, please call or email:

Kelley Bothe
kelleybothe@comcast.net
978-505-1705

Julie Ramsey
julieramseylicsw@gmail.com
781-239-3368

Cost: $180 for the series

Julie Ramsey, LICSW & Kelley Bothe, LICSW are both Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA.

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Introduction to Focusing: Finding New Meanings in Your Life
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Introduction to Focusing: Finding New Meanings in Your Life

4 Focusing classes based on Eugene Gendlin’s work for beginners and those with some experience in Jamaica Plain*

Sunday Afternoons from 3:00-5:00 PM
Nov. 3, Dec. 9

Cost is $180 for the series

As taught by psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin, Focusing is a gentle, compassionate and non-judgmental way of listening to our own inner experience and listening to others. It is a special kind of awareness, different from our everyday awareness, that emerges when we pause, become present to the moment and attune to the body’s sensations.

You will learn Focusing with others and improve your skills as a listener. You may explore how you might use this process to make change in your life, find what is truly alive for you, relieve stress, develop more empathy for yourself and others, or touch into the spiritual dimension of your life.

There will be experiential exercises and didactic material in each session. The class will offer time for practice, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another.

* To register and for more information about location, please call or email:
Cathy Cornell 617-875-9046 or cornell_cathy@yahoo.com

Cathy Cornell, LICSW is a Focusing Trainer and Certified Focusing-Oriented
Therapist in private practice.

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 Focusing on Poems to Change Your Life
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Focusing on Poems to Change Your Life

"The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience". John McDargh

Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems.Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Marie Howe. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of Focusing and rich sharing.


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Writing Stories from Our Lives
Mar
29
2:00 PM14:00

Writing Stories from Our Lives

Focusing is very much an artistic process—moving us towards what is surprising and revelatory. In this workshop we will explore how memoir (freshly recollected history of one's life) and Focusing (a way of freshly revealing oneself to oneself) can work synergistically. We will be writing recollected stories from “prompts” for 8 minutes a piece, and sharing them (without critiques) in small groups.

With Julian Miller

Julian A. Miller is the author of Breaking Through , The Conquest of Aging, and I Should Praise. He is a poet, writer, and a long-term tai chi teacher. Focusing and its relationship to writing has intrigued and engaged him for the past three decades.


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Copy of  Positive Aging: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead
Apr
26
2:00 PM14:00

Copy of Positive Aging: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead

Aging has, as one of its benefits, the possibility of perspective and looking back. It also has the promise of greater wisdom for future living. This workshop, for those who consider themselves to be in mid-life or beyond, will explore highlights from  our lived years, and will open us to the intrinsic wisdom we carry within.  We will explore what aging means to each of us,  and will reflect on how we have gained wisdom from past experiences. We will then turn to the future, and explore how,  through Focusing, we can find personal wisdom for our journey ahead.

At the Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA

Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash. 


Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative  expression and positive aging.

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Spring Focusing Retreat in Historic Quebec City: Renewing Mind, Body, and Spirit
Apr
30
to May 4

Spring Focusing Retreat in Historic Quebec City: Renewing Mind, Body, and Spirit

  • Le Monastère des Augustines (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Focusing Initiatives invites you to a gathering of renewal and growth at Le Monastère des Augustines: a wellness haven in the historic and rich cultural setting of Old Quebec City. Connect with your mind, body and spirit through a program centered on positive psychology, spirituality, creativity, and play that enriches you and the community you are part of. For those new to Focusing, there will be a one day pre-retreat Introduction to Focusing; more experienced Focusers can participate to deepen their practice.

This is a wonderful opportunity to restore your winter-worn spirit among a supportive community. Ample time will be set aside to Focus, rest, explore and play, along with other Focusing-oriented activities that participants will share with each other such as yoga, dance, music,  and your own creative contributions! 

The program is suitable for both beginners and experienced Focusers

  • Patricia Manessy: Exploring Wholebody Focusing: A welcoming introduction for some, a deepening for others 

  • Joan Klagsburn (3 workshops): Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead;  Stepping into the Sacred in Therapy; and Pathways to Happiness: Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life

  • Marine de Fréminville (2 workshops): Focusing and the Gifts of Dreams and The Transformational Power of the Background Feeling in Focusing

  • Julian Miller (2 workshops): Discovering Life Stories with Focusing and Integrating Focusing with Tai Chi

  • Lynn Preston: Focusing Encounters (3 related workshops): Tapping into the Joy of Creative Thinking Together,  Enlivening Connections through Focusing Conversations, and Deepening intimacy through Focusing on You and Me

The retreat center offers a safe, supportive environment with access to holistic health treatments, healthy meals based on principles of mindful eating, and accommodations that offer a peaceful oasis that nourishes the inner life. Afternoons will be free to explore the history and culture of Quebec City. 


Facilitators

Marine de Fréminville is a clinical Psychologist in Montreal, a Certifying Coordinator of the International Focusing Institute, presenting and teaching Focusing, around the world, for 30 years. She is known for her work on the exploration of the Background Feeling in Focusing, which allows many Focusers to access more to their true nature. She uses Focusing-Oriented Therapy with Complex Trauma and dreams. As an EMDR practitioner, she combines it with Focusing to deal with trauma and unresolved grief. 

Joan Klagsbrun is a Focusing coordinator known for her warmth and clarity. As a psychologist and University teacher, she has practiced Focusing-oriented psychotherapy and taught Focusing internationally for over 30 years. She writes and teaches about the intersection of psychology, health and spirituality. Joan is passionate about teaching Focusing and enjoys teaching people from different professions and cultures. Her current interest is how Focusing crosses with positive psychology, and the ways Focusing can open the doorway to enhanced creativity, resilience, and embodied spirituality. 

Patricia Manessy has been a Natural Health Practitioner Montreal for 26 years.  Since Focusing found its way into her life in 1988, it has been a grounding life-line, allowing her to experience authentic inner and outer relationships. She is a Certified Focusing Teacher, a Certifying Coordinator of The International Focusing Institute, and has taught or presented in Québec, Ontario, the Maritimes, Switzerland and France. Patricia passionately shares the Focusing way with all who cross her path and with her international clients. Her most recent love is Wholebody Focusing where she especially enjoys engaging in Heartfelt Conversation in groups.

Julian Miller has been teaching Tai Chi and other movement arts for 30 years. Recently, he has developed a new, more accessible system for learning the practice and principles of Tai Chi. Julian is also a Focuser, writer, poet, artist, passionate swimmer, aficionado of ballroom dancing and devoté of dark chocolate. He is the author of two books, Breaking Through, Freeing Yourself from Fear, Helplessness and Depression, and Lifespan Plus, The Definitive Guide to Health and Wellbeing. He has also written I Should Praise, a book of poetry.

Lynn Preston, MA, MS, LP is a focusing-oriented relational psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor.  She is the Director of the Experiential Psychotherapy Project in New York City and has written and presented internationally on the integration of focusing and relational psychoanalysis. She has an abiding interest in the exploration of the relationship between philosophy, theory and practice. In addition Lynn is developing a cutting-edge community empowerment program that introduces focusing as a way of relating for community organizers, therapists, religious leaders and everyone else.


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Creative Writing Inside Out
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Creative Writing Inside Out

Are you a kitchen-table poet? A novelist with professional aspirations? Does writing feel like flying… or like stacking heavy stones? Beginner or experienced, we all wish to write effectively, with words that carry forth our personal truth in an authentic voice. Guided by the leader's belief that art is the Felt Sense made public, this workshop will give participants an opportunity to experience how Focusing can clear a path that leads from the inside out, from our felt knowing to the page. Together we will practice tapping this wisdom by writing to unique prompts (some serious, some not-so-much) to create and share fresh pieces in a spirit of non-judgmental support.

David Smith is certified as an instructor with the International Focusing Institute and as a coach with the Creativity Coaching Association. He has been a writing teacher and coach for over 40 years, he uses Focusing to forward his own work and that of his clients. His book/CD Writing the River: Self-discovery and Creativity through Experiential Journaling is available through the Focusing Institute.

Cost is $25 payable at the door in cash or by check.


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