Gordon Adam - Focusing Member in south west
I discovered Focusing in 2007 at an introductory workshop run by Chris Wilson in Bristol. I had already done quite a lot of meditation and 1-1 reflective practice (e.g. Interactive Inquiry) and took to Focusing immediately. Since then I have Focused regularly and frequently and have derived huge benefit from it. For me, Focusing is a spiritual practice and it is the best way I have yet discovered of opening to truth and developing compassion for myself and others. I also find Focusing to be deeply psychologically integrative and healing. I love Focusing and see it as great gift.
Witnessing the depth of benefit experienced by myself and others from Focusing, led to a decision to run Focusing workshops and to support ongoing Focusing groups locally. I did a certification course with Fiona Parr in Bristol and followed it by doing the practitioner training with Peter Afford in London. I am very interested in how regular Focusing within a group or community of people might influence the dynamics of that group. My practitioner training project was entitled 'Introducing Focusing locally and establishing and supporting local Focusing groups and networks, towards the creation of a local Focusing community'
I have had a long-term interest in spirituality and healing. I have been a member of Bristol Insight Meditation since it started in 2003 and have practiced qigong for many years. I also love music and poetry, and have found Focusing with poems to be very rewarding.
BFA recognised Focusing Practitioner
What I'm Doing Now
HOMEOPATHY and FOCUSING
I have worked as a Homeopath, Homeopathy teacher and supervisor for about 30 years. Homeopathy also has the 'non-judgemental active listening' element that is in Focusing. I have had some interesting 'crossover' experiences with Focusing and Homeopathy which have included 'Focusing moments' with my Homeopathy clients, and also on occasion offering and giving Homeopathic remedies to people I Focus with. I sometimes perceive a very clear 'remedy picture' when someone is Focusing. The results of these 'Focusing prescriptions' have generally been very good. I have also used Focusing to access information in the proving of some new remedies, including a 'Focusing Proving' of the remedy made from Wolf's Milk at the 2013 BFA AGM.
I organise and facilitate an ongoing monthly Focusing group in Bristol. The group is open to anyone regardless of Focusing experience. The group (Bristol Insight Focusing Group) has been running for about 10 years now and it has acted as a doorway into Focusing for many people locally. (See Focusing Partners and Groups page for details of the Bristol group)
I teach one-day or weekend 'Introduction to Focusing' workshops. I like to use the workshops as a springboard for establishing local Focusing groups so that people can have some continuity of practice.
I lead regular 5-day 'Focusing Retreats' at a wonderful retreat centre on Dartmoor. These retreats are open to anyone who has experience of 1-1 Focusing. They offer an opportunity for 'coming to rest' and forming a deeper connection with oneself, with others, and with nature, through the provision of a safe, supportive and nourishing environment, and through practices including Focusing, silent group walking, meditation and qigong.
FOCUSING & TOUCH
For some years I have experimented with bringing touch into Focusing sessions, when appropriate, generally with very good results - my experience, in short, is that touch can greatly support presence and deepen the Focuser's experience. I led several well-received workshops on 'Focusing & Touch' in 2016, including at the International Focusing Conference in Cambridge and at the BFA AGM Gathering.
I also offer 1-1 Focusing teaching, or individual Focusing sessions.
Events by Gordon Adam
BFA Focusing Community Camp 2018
The second BFA Focusing Community Camp will be a further...Read More
The second BFA Focusing Community Camp will be a further opportunity for Focusers and their family members to get together to Focus, socialise and have some fun in a relaxed outdoor setting. The camp will be limited to 40 people with the aim of creating a ‘Focusing Tribe’. As well as time for two Focusing sessions each day, the camp will offer opportunities for: workshops, group sharing, yoga, qigong, meditation, walking, playing games, singing, music, dancing, and anything else we co-create as a group. Activities will be mainly outdoors or under canvas and a camp fire will be lit each evening. We also have use of indoor facilities including meeting space, the kitchen and some bedrooms. Our resident cook will be preparing a vegetarian lunch and dinner each day for those opting for the catered option, which will include self-serve breakfast . This will be a peer-led community camp. The organisers have established an infrastructure for the event – but the content of the camp is up to everyone who attends. So bring along your ideas, decoration for the camp site, any useful campsite accessories, and come prepared to help with collecting wood, carrying water, washing up and other campsite jobs. Please let Kay know in advance if you would like to offer a 1-hour Focusing workshop or other activity during the camp. Costs (per person): Camping only—£140 Camping with meals—£190 Shared room with meals—£240 Single room with meals—£290 Child camping only—FREE Child camping with meals— £30/£50 Concessionary places available For booking enquiries contact: Camilla Sim email@example.com Bookings will be accepted on completion of a booking form and payment of the full fee. For further information, workshop offers, and general enquiries contact: Kay Hoffmann firstname.lastname@example.orgRead Less
Wed 8 Aug - 12 Aug 2018
Cheltenham, west midlands
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New Year Focusing Retreat
This 5-day retreat, at Bala Brook Retreat Centre on Dartmoor,...Read More
This 5-day retreat, at Bala Brook Retreat Centre on Dartmoor, offers an opportunity for rest, reflection and renewal at the year’s end after the busyness of Christmas. The retreat will provide a safe, supportive and nourishing environment, with space to form a deeper connection with yourself, with others and with nature. It is open to people of all levels of Focusing experience. There will time each day for:
- 1-1 Focusing sessions
- Input and discussion on Focusing practice
- Silent group walks
- Group meditation
- Early morning qigong (or personal practice)
- Group sharing
- Free time for resting, walking, etc.
Fri 28 Dec - 2 Jan 2019
Bala Brook Retreat Centre, Dartmoor, south west
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