Peter Gill - Focusing Member in south west


Biography

I came across Focusing on a retreat in 2003 and since then I have not looked back. It has made a huge difference to my life. For me it is much more than a therapeutic tool, it is a whole way of living. Focusing has given me access to a deeper acceptance and knowing within and begun to clarify and resolve deeper tangles. It has opened up a world of richness and appreciation. I am finding that the body has much to teach me, and I love teaching this to others.

BFA Recognised Focusing Practitioner and Teacher and Mentor



What I'm Doing Now

One-to-one tuition and guiding
Introductory and advanced Focusing Workshops
Further Professional training in Focusing (Mentor in training) and mentoring as a second mentor.

I have a special interest in the meeting of spiritual practice, meditation and Focusing.

I am also training in a related practice called Somatic Experiencing (SE), a short term, body based approach to healing and easing the effects of trauma on our lives. Please contact me for more details.



Primary Phone

07905 360318



Primary Email

Peter Gill - info@livingfocusing.co.uk



Website

https://www.livingfocusing.co.uk/



Events by Peter Gill

Radical welcoming: How every part of you is worthy of acceptance.

introductory Course

Radical welcoming - How every part of you is worthy of acceptance. It’s...

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Radical welcoming - How every part of you is worthy of acceptance. It’s so easy to think that by pushing away the feelings we don’t like we make ourselves feel better. Or that if we dismiss or ignore aspects of ourselves, they will go away. But it doesn’t work! This free 60 minute online seminar will share some insights and practices from and embodied practice known as Focusing. At its core lies a truth that every part of can be welcomed and even has treasure - even what we usually label ugly or egotistical. Our topics will include:

  • How to approach parts we don’t like Why everything inside needs acceptance The paradox of how change happens Practical tools to foster self acceptance.
Open to anyone Thursday 9th January 7-8pm   https://www.livingfocusing.co.uk/online_events.php

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Thu 9 Jan - 9 Jan 2020

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How to stop living in your head (& be at home in your body): Free webinar

introductory Course

How to stop living in your head (& be at...

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How to stop living in your head (& be at home in your body) What would it be like to find a way to stop living in your head… and listen to your heart or body? So many of us feel dominated and limited by anxious thoughts and overthinking issues, but trying to figure things out with our heads… and yet by doing this we lose touch with our deeper wisdom This free 60 minute seminar will share some skills and insights from the embodied practice of “Focusing” which is in essence a deep and compassionate listening to our deeper, more bodily knowing. We will explore these topics and more:

  • The limitations of “living in our heads”. How to pause and open to the body. New perspectives and tools around troubling and anxious thoughts. What the body knows. How to listen to the body.
Open to anyone! January 14th 7-8pm GMT https://www.livingfocusing.co.uk/online_events.php

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Tue 14 Jan - 14 Jan 2020

Zoom, skype worldwide

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Deep Listening: 5 week online course begins

introductory Course

This course will introduce you to the life long skill...

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This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as Mindfulness Meditation or therapy. Some of the skills you will learn: • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond. 5 weeks starts 28th 2020 Jan 7-9pm Five Tuesday evenings Online course through zoom

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Tue 28 Jan - 28 Jan 2020

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Radical welcoming How every part of you is worthy of acceptance: Free talk Stroud

introductory Course

Radical welcoming How every part of you is worthy of acceptance. It’s...

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Radical welcoming How every part of you is worthy of acceptance. It’s so easy to think that by pushing away the feelings we don’t like we make ourselves feel better. Or that if we dismiss or ignore aspects of ourselves, they will go away. But it doesn’t work! This free 60 minute online seminar will share some insights and practices from and embodied practice known as Focusing. At its core lies a truth that every part of can be welcomed and even has treasure - even what we usually label ugly or egotistical. Our topics will include: How to approach parts we don’t like Why everything inside needs acceptance The paradox of how change happens Practical tools to foster self acceptance. Open to anyone Thursday 30th January 7-8pm Courtyard Room, Open House, Stroud (Near Star Anise Arts Cafe)

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Thu 30 Jan - 30 Jan 2020

Stroud., south west

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The Landscapes of Grief.

specialist Course

For many of us grief is something we turn away...

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For many of us grief is something we turn away from yet so often, when we pay kind attention to the body… it remembers, or it asks us to remember. It holds both the knowing about what was lost and the key to its healing. Our task is to open a space and listen. This five week course, for those who know Focusing, will open a space to explore these landscapes. It will offer us a sacred space to deeply listen to ourselves and each other in this transformative landscape. Some of the themes we will explore:

  • The gatekeepers of grief - what keeps us away
  • The five gates of grief (from Francis Weller)
  • What the body knows about loss and healing
  • Tending grief in community
Starts 10th February 2020 Six Monday evenings 6-8.15pm Cost: £120. Concessions available

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Mon 10 Feb - 10 Feb 2020

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Deep listening: Day course

introductory Course

This day will introduce you to the life long skill...

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This day will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a reflective body based practice that can be done on your own or with others, and mixed with other self awareness practices such as Mindfulness Meditation or therapy. Some of the skills you will learn: • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond. Held at the Cotswold Health Clinic, George St, Stroud 10-5.30pm

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Sun 16 Feb - 16 Feb 2020

Stroud, south west

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Your body knows the way: Introducing Focusing: Bristol

introductory Course

Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck...

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Learn new ways to find inner kindness, work with stuck patterns, make clear & intuitive decisions and finally feel at home in your own body This workshop will introduce a practice known as ‘Focusing’. It is a gentle yet powerful skill that can bring clarity and aliveness to your life. Put simply it involves taking an embodied, curious, and interested awareness to your body and listening, It is a reflective practice that you learn for yourself and can be done on your own or in partnership with a friend or colleague. It can be woven into other areas of your life, such as mindfulness, healing practices and therapy. • Live a life full of curiosity • Tune into your inner wisdom • Meet yourself and others with kindness and openness • Be with and understand strong emotion • Find what truly feels right for you and your life • Connect more deeply to yourself, others, and beyond.   Costs: £135

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Sat 14 Mar - 15 Mar 2020

Bristol, south west

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“No Holding Back – being fully alive” deep dive course

phone Course

Do you sense that your life is not yet expressing...

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Do you sense that your life is not yet expressing your deepest values and inspirations? Do you want to make changes in yourself and the world but keep getting stuck? Do you avoid or find it hard to turn towards life's challenges with creativity and kindness? WHAT DOES THE COURSE HOLD IN STORE? This is a unique opportunity to join me on a 12 week closed group course to explore what keeps us from living with full aliveness. We will delve into those aspects of our lives that "hold us back" and gently find ways to unleash the energy and power in these places. We will meet the core aspects of these tangled places (the critic, the safety guardian and the wounded one) and find new ways to befriend them. We will learn to find hidden treasure there and in the most tricky areas of our life and we will find new ways forward. Some of the themes we will explore will be:

  • Safety and resourcing
  • What holds us back
  • Resources of: presence, metaphor and precision
  • Deep empathy
  • Befriending the Critic
  • Befriending the Safety Guardian
  • Befriending the Wounded One
  • Hidden treasure places: grief, shame, addiction and avoidance
  • Making steps towards change and freedom
There course will comprise of teaching sessions, demonstrations, paired and solo practice and optional practice sessions in between the sessions with other participants. DATES: Daytime course starts 22nd April 10-12.15 GMT 12 Wednesday mornings. (no class on June 3rd) COSTS: £160 Early bird if paid by Feb 19th or £195 after those dates

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Wed 22 Apr - 22 Apr 2020

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Workshop 2: A companion on the journey

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 2 of the BFA series: Exploring the skills of...

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Weekend 2 of the BFA series: Exploring the skills of being a companion Topics: Listening skills Listening principles and practice Dwelling at the edge The felt sense Facilitative Language How the body speaks

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Sat 4 Jul - 5 Jul 2020

Bristol, south west

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No Holding Back: Deep dive Focusing course

specialist Course

Do you sense that your life is not yet expressing...

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Do you sense that your life is not yet expressing your deepest values and inspirations? Do you want to make changes in yourself and the world but keep getting stuck? Do you avoid or find it hard to turn towards life's challenges with creativity and kindness? WHAT DOES THE COURSE HOLD IN STORE? This is a unique opportunity to join me on a 12 week closed group course to explore what keeps us from living with full aliveness. We will delve into those aspects of our lives that "hold us back" and gently find ways to unleash the energy and power in these places. We will meet the core aspects of these tangled places (the critic, the safety guardian and the wounded one) and find new ways to befriend them. We will learn to find hidden treasure there and in the most tricky areas of our life and we will find new ways forward. Some of the themes we will explore will be:

  • Safety and resourcing
  • What holds us back
  • Resources of: presence, metaphor and precision
  • Deep empathy
  • Befriending the Critic
  • Befriending the Safety Guardian
  • Befriending the Wounded One
  • Hidden treasure places: grief, shame, addiction and avoidance
  • Making steps towards change and freedom
There course will comprise of teaching sessions, demonstrations, paired and solo practice and optional practice sessions in between the sessions with other participants. DATES: 14th September 7-9.15 BST 12 Monday evenings (no class on Oct 26th) COSTS: £160 Early bird (if paid by July 31st July) or £195 after those dates

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Mon 14 Sep - 14 Sep 2020

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Workshop 3: A helping hand – Guiding: Bristol

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 3 of the BFA skills Series, exploring deeper listening...

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Weekend 3 of the BFA skills Series, exploring deeper listening and the skills of guiding and reminding Topics: Guiding skills Self-Guiding Guiding Principles Helping the focuser stay present Deeper Listening The felt sense

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Sat 26 Sep - 27 Sep 2020

Bristol, south west

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The landscapes of grief

phone Course

For many of us grief is something we turn away...

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For many of us grief is something we turn away from yet so often, when we pay kind attention to the body… it remembers, or it asks us to remember. It holds both the knowing about what was lost and the key to its healing. Our task is to open a space and listen. This five week course, for those who know Focusing, will open a space to explore these landscapes. It will offer us a sacred space to deeply listen to ourselves and each other in this transformative landscape. Some of the themes we will explore:

  • The gatekeepers of grief - what keeps us away
  • The five gates of grief (from Francis Weller)
  • What the body knows about loss and healing
  • Tending grief in community
This course is not just about the grief of losing a loved one. We live with many kinds of grief and all are welcome here. Open to anyone who has knows the basics of Focusing and Listening in paired practice.   Six Tuesday evenings 7-9.15 Costs £120

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Tue 20 Oct - 20 Oct 2020

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Workshop 4: Untangling the knots

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 4 of the BFA skills series exploring how to...

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Weekend 4 of the BFA skills series exploring how to use Focusing to explore deeper emotional tangles and difficulties Topics: Developing grounding Inner visitors and guests in Focusing Dynamics of the inner world Guiding skills Critical Voices

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Sat 24 Oct - 25 Oct 2020

Bristol, south west

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Workshop 5: The path to Wholeness

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 5 of the BFA skills series exploring how focusing...

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Weekend 5 of the BFA skills series exploring how focusing can help with integration of all aspects of human experience. Topics: Focusing and Spirituality Living from "self-in-presence" What is wholeness Gendlin's key concepts in Focusing Radical acceptance

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Sat 21 Nov - 22 Nov 2020

Bristol, south west

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