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CANCELED! - Creative Writing Inside Out
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

CANCELED! - Creative Writing Inside Out

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCTOBER 20, 2019

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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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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Writing Stories from Our Lives
Oct
20
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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 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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Introduction to Focusing: Finding New Meanings in Your Life
Sep
8
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
Sept. 8, Oct. 6, 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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