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Focusing and Poetry: One Poem—Many Stories
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Focusing and Poetry: One Poem—Many Stories

"I am scorched to realize how many small, available things are in the world that aren't pieces of gold or power - that nobody owns or could buy even for a hillside of money - that just float about the world, or drift over the fields, or into the gardens...."  from Summer Story by Mary Oliver

In her powerful poem, Summer Story, Pulitzer Prize poet Mary Oliver shows how close attention to a cherished moment and her ongoing life story intersect. Through time together with this poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. "Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us," wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary -- the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an afternoon of rich reflection, stories, and conversation.


Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England.


This event is located at the Arlington Center

369 Mass Ave. 
Arlington, MA

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

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FOCUSING: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

FOCUSING: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life

This is a 3-Session Focusing Practice Group In Wellesley and Newton. We will meet Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 pm on April 7, May 5, & June 9. The cost for the series is $135

This practice group will help you to learn, refresh, and refine your focusing practice.

  • You will gain practice in staying with the focusing process and felt-sensing

  • Deepen your listening and guiding skills

  • Experience several Focusing partnerships

  • Reconnect with Focusing basics

We will provide some didactic material in each session. The group will offer ample time for practice in pairs and triads, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another.

Each class will have 2 instructors: Kelley, Julie, and Cathy will alternate teaching. All three are Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA.

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

Cathy Cornell | LICSW
617-875-9046
cornell_cathy@yahoo.com

Kelley Bothe | LICSW
781-239-3365
kelleybothe@comcast.net

Julie Ramsey | LICSW
781-239-3368
julieramsey25@gmail.com

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 Positive Aging: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

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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