Focusing Foundation Skills and Community Experience 2018

Event Start Date:
15th March 2018
Event End Date:
25th November 2018
Event Venue:
County Galway Ireland

Travel Lighter.  This course comprises of 4 long weekends at beautiful An Tionol, Compassionate Community Centre, Gort, Co Galway, Ireland. Venue easily accessible from UK with cheap flights to Shannon airport & then 1 hour away.

BFA Certificated

What do you do when you want to let go of something in you, but it is not ready to let go of you!?

How wonderful would it be if you could ‘be with yourself’ in a way that inspired flow and movement even with the most challenging of patterns, to tap into your innate body wisdom?

Learn how to Travel Lighter through this life moment by moment!

What is Focusing?

It is a way of ‘coming home’ to yourself – a means of radical acceptance of anything inviting a sense of ease, flow and freedom. It is an exquisitely sensitive way of listening to or sensing what our (inner) world is telling us, often in the form of subtle feelings/sensations, in a way that is safe and gentle. It offers a creative and quietly profound way of being even with what we find most difficult and challenging. In focusing we are often pleasantly surprised by fresh or new spaces emerging, even from ‘impossibly stuck’ places. It is, in my experience a deeply satisfying process allowing my heart and soul space to breathe and be itself, to find its own sense of rightness.

Overview year-long Focusing Foundation Course

[This is a 4 long-weekend Module Learning and Community Experience]

  • A comprehensive introduction to focusing
  • Focusing alive in Community
  • Allow you to engage in focusing partnerships and focus alone
  • Make connections and enjoy a rich sense of community
  • Enjoy the luxurious experience of nature and nurture at An Tionol


This course of 4 Weekend Modules will explore the following to


  • Enable a gentle and deep inner healing process
  • Develop empathic and sensitive listening
  • Learn to sense and befriend your body in a new and empowered way
  • Live life from the unfolding fresh moment
  • Compassionately respond to your inner judge
  • Develop a grounded and balanced sense of yourself


 What can you expect in any one Weekend Module

  • Connect more deeply with self and others as you interact and explore focusing
  • Do exercises, demonstrations and receive instructions
  • Break out groups for focusing sessions with other participants
  • Connect with individuals and the whole group
  • Reading and Focusing sessions between weekend modules


The 4 Weekend Modules;

Module 1 First Steps on your Focusing Journey

Date: Thurs March 15 (6pm) –  Sunday 18 (3pm) 2018


Module 2 Focusing and journeying deeper to travel lighter

Date: Thurs June 14 (6pm) – Sunday 17 (3pm) 2018


Module 3 Focusing and the joy of the senses

Date: Thurs Sept 27 (6pm) – Sunday 30 (3pm) 2018


Module 4 Focusing and freedom

Date: Thurs Nov 22 (6pm) – Sunday 25 (3pm) 2018


Venue – An Tionól Cottage
Centre for Creative and compassionate living.
This is an intimate setting with only 12 places. The bookings are on a first come first served bases.

General Information
You will be invited to form Empathy Groups that will meet daily during the modules and continue in the times between the courses

Daily Programme

8.30 Breakfast
10.00 Morning session
13.30 Lunch and free time.
15.00 – 16.00 Focusing Groups.
16.15 Afternoon session
19.00 Evening meal.
20.15 Creative activities; Singing and dancing, etc.

More on Focusing

Training Prep: Read The Power of Focusing (A practical guide to emotional self-healing) by Ann Weiser Cornell (purchase from )hard cover from £1.40!

One fee for all four modules of the Year Training.
The fee includes;

Materials, including handouts
Vegetarian food

We offer a sliding scale, to make it more accessible depending on your financial means:

Benefits or low-waged: Euro 1,700
Moderately comfortable: Euro 2000

A non refundable deposit of 30% is payable prior to the course module 1 attendance (i.e. 600 euro or 510 euro). Your place is secure after this booking payment.

A choice of 4 equal payments (one payment per module) is then an option or full payment up front.

Marta Fabregat +353 872031764 –
Simon McKibbin + 44 7974817393

How to apply: Complete the booking form we will send you by email on interest.
Special needs: Please let us know if you have any special needs or diet considerations.

Personal Profiles: Simon McKibbin aka Sinhaketu and Marta Fabregat

About the Trainer; Simon McKibbin aka Sinhaketu

I believe focusing learning should be fun with a strong element of community and sharing.

I am a certified BFA Focusing practitioner and also a certified trainer in the fields of Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), with 30 years of personal practise.   Combining elements of NVC and Mindfulness into the program adds a richness and depth allowing for a deeper facilitating of the Focusing experience. I am currently engaged in teaching Focusing based Mindfulness at Cambridge University.

More on Simon and one to one

About the Host: Marta
Marta trained as a social mediator, and in conflict resolution, community development and facilitation. Marta’s experience in the art of hosting, holding space and healing in nature gives this course an exciting blend of elements to accompany the Focusing process as a community adventure.

An Tionól Cottage´s ht natural environment, with the strong presence of an Irish oak forest and its respectful approach to learning, is the vessel that holds us together in any open circle. It is our intention to continue opening space for new, fresh ways of communicating, connecting and being in the world.

More on Focusing – meet founder, Gene Gendlin