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First Steps on your Focusing Journey: An introduction to Focusing Online

introductory Course

BFA Certificated Focusing Skills Foundation Course (prerequisite to Practitioner level certification) Live Online Focusing Course: Module 1 of 4 (Up to 6...

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BFA Certificated Focusing Skills Foundation Course (prerequisite to Practitioner level certification) Live Online Focusing Course: Module 1 of 4 (Up to 6 participants only) What if…..you already have within yourself surprising inner resources to life's dilemmas and frustrations? What if ….you could connect to a compassionate wisdom within whenever in need What is Focusing? It is a way of ‘coming home’ to yourself. 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. On this course you will explore how to;

  • Develop a grounded and balanced sense of yourself
  • Compassionately respond to your inner judge
  • 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
This 6 week course is the first of a four module (4 x 6 weeks) program Course overview offers
  • A comprehensive introduction to focusing
  • Allow you to engage in focusing partnerships
Course Content
  • Exploring the landscape – Focusing and silent listening
  • Describing and resonating
  • Letting it be there as fully as it wants to be
  • The shape of the Focusing process
What can you expect in any one session
  • Hear and see the others as you interact and explore focusing
  • Do exercises, demonstrations and receive instructions
  • Ring off for focusing sessions with other participants
  • Connect with individuals and the whole group (up to 6)
  • Reading and Focusing sessions between online sessions
This online course offers a very convenient way of developing your focusing skills providing you with the opportunity to participate from the comfort of home, avoiding travel and whilst enjoying a sense of connection and community. We will use Google Hangouts (free like Skype) easy to download with the option to use a free phone based conference facility if need be. Dates for 6 sessions: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October (NOT the 4th) 11, and 18 Day & Time: Wednesday mornings 10 am – 12 pm UK time. Costs: £159.89 per module (= £639.56 for the whole 4 modules. If you book all four in advance then you can have the early bird deal for £539.56). Pay per module in a single payment or personal instalment plans for all 4 modules The 4 Modules; Module 1: First steps in your Focusing Journey: An introduction (Sept 6th – Oct 18th) Module 2: Focusing and journeying deeper to travel lighter (Dates: To be announced) Module 3: Focusing and the joy of the senses (Dates: To be announced) Module 4: Focusing and Going solo; journeying in confidence (Dates: To be announced)

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6 Sep 2017 - 18 Oct 2017

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An Introduction to Focusing

introductory Course

An eight week course to give you the essence of Focusing and Listening skills, which enables you to have Focusing practice...

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An eight week course to give you the essence of Focusing and Listening skills, which enables you to have Focusing practice partnerships, and to have Focusing in your life whenever you need it. It comprises Levels 1 and 2 of the Focusing Skills Certificate course, and there will be an option of continuing to the full 5 Levels. Wednesday afternoons 2pm - 5pm UK time. With Fiona Parr

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6 Sep 2017 - 25 Oct 2017

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The gifts of the body in Focusing and listening

focusing skills certificate Course

This two day (Fri/Sat) workshop opens the door to a deeper connection to the wisdom of the body. It is...

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This two day (Fri/Sat) workshop opens the door to a deeper connection to the wisdom of the body. It is part of my Focusing Skills Course but can also be attended as a standalone workshop by anyone who has some experience of Focusing and listening. Please email for further details.

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22 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017

Cambridge, eastern

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Introduction to Focusing Level 1 with John Threadgold and Russ Kendall

focusing skills certificate Course

Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course on Focusing. This course does not...

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Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course on Focusing. This course does not assume any knowledge of Focusing. Anyone interested in Focusing is welcome to join. Therapists interested in Focusing for personal and professional development, as well as Focusing-Oriented Therapy are also welcome to join the course and will gain from this, and we are happy to award a 12 Hour CPD certificate on attendance. Where is the course being held and when? The course is over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) 23rd and 24th September from 10am to 4.30pm. Venue - The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP What does the course Cost?  The cost is £125 per person, including 12 Hours of training, a certificate of attendance and notes. What does the course cover? The course covers the following area.

  • What is focusing?
  • How to spot when we and others are focusing naturally?
  • Focusing skills, including how to use focusing for wellbeing creativity and others issues.
  • Focusing Partnership Skills including:
  • How to Focus on your own
  • Focusing with a companion
  • Listening and reflecting skills that help people to focus better
  • Information on further focusing training, and focusing resources.
  • How to find a Focusing Partner.
How is the course taught? You will receive a comprehensive set of notes which will underpin the course. We will also offer teaching, question and answer, discussion, demonstrations of focusing and also opportunities to practice Focusing using pair or triad work depending on the numbers of people who attend. Focusing Partnerships On completing this course, you will be able to join the BFA Focusing Partnership List. BFA Skills Certificate and additional training available. This is the first of 5 training courses, 60 Hours of training, completion of which leads to a BFA Focusing Skills Certificate which recognises your training in Focusing partnership skills for a peer partnership. Course Outline Who is the course suitable for? This is an entry level course on Focusing. This course does not assume any knowledge of Focusing. Anyone interested in Focusing is welcome to join. Therapists interested in Focusing for personal and professional development, as well as Focusing-Oriented Therapy are also welcome to join the course and will gain from this, and we are happy to award a 12 Hour CPD certificate on attendance. Where is the course being held and when? The course is over 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) 23rd and 24th September from 10am to 4.30pm. Venue - The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP What does the course Cost?  The cost is £125 per person, including 12 Hours of training, a certificate of attendance and notes. What does the course cover? The course covers the following area.
  • What is focusing?
  • How to spot when we and others are focusing naturally?
  • Focusing skills, including how to use focusing for wellbeing creativity and others issues.
  • Focusing Partnership Skills including:
  • How to Focus on your own
  • Focusing with a companion
  • Listening and reflecting skills that help people to focus better
  • Information on further focusing training, and focusing resources.
 
  • How to find a Focusing Partner.
How is the course taught? You will receive a comprehensive set of notes which will underpin the course. We will also offer teaching, question and answer, discussion, demonstrations of focusing and also opportunities to practice Focusing using pair or triad work depending on the numbers of people who attend. Focusing Partnerships On completing this course, you will be able to join the BFA Focusing Partnership List. BFA Skills Certificate and additional training available. This is the first of 5 training courses, 60 Hours of training, completion of which leads to a BFA Focusing Skills Certificate which recognises your training in Focusing partnership skills for a peer partnership. Who are your trainers? John Threadgold. B.A. Hons M.A. MBACP (Accred)   He is a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist, and Supervisor, and is a recognised Focusing Teacher by the Focusing Institute and the British Focusing Association. He is also BACP Accredited for counselling and psychotherapy, a qualified supervisor, and a member of the BACP The Focusing Institute, British Focusing Association, the Trauma and Abuse group ( TAG) the ACC. He runs a private counselling practice called New Focus Therapy. See www.newfocustherap.co.uk .   Russell Kendall B.SC ( Hons ) MSc Psych. MBACP (Accred.) is an experienced therapist and mindfulness teacher with 20 years’ experience of mindfulness practice. He integrates Mindfulness into his therapeutic practice and runs mindfulness groups. He is also a Psychology lecturer and holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology.  To Book.  Please contact John Threadgold at New Focusing Therapy. www.newfocustherapy.co.uk Tel 020 8330 7341 Or Russ Kendall   www.person2personcounselling.co.uk  Tel 07794 713573  

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23 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8SP, south east

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Introduction to Focusing – Improving our relationship with ourselves

introductory Course

Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that...

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Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that we attend to our experiencing. It can help us to step out of our habitual ways of relating to ourselves, others, situations and into a way of experiencing that is more nuanced, rich and alive. Focusing is a natural skill that anyone can develop and Focusing-listening partnerships are a brilliant resource for supporting our wellbeing and ongoing self exploration. Focusing could be seen as an antidote to the fast driven ways of the modern world – and perhaps can help us steer a calmer path through it! Learning Focusing can help

  • developing more of a connection with your body
  • improving your relationship with yourself
  • improving your self esteem
  • supporting you with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety
  • connecting with your intuition
The workshop will be highly experiential and will include plenty of opportunity to practice the Focusing process. There will be time to explore the concept of the ‘felt sense’ and the particular way of Focusing listening, as well as how Focusing can be used in day to day life. There is the option to complete a second workshop, then potentially four more weekend workshops which lead to a BFA Certificate in Focusing Skills. Once you have learnt this valuable process you can practice Focusing on your own or in a Focusing-listening partnership. Practising Focusing can be a lifelong skill for self awareness and support. For more information or to book visit www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396

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23 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017

The Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF, south east

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Introduction to Focusing day two

introductory Course

This workshop follows on from my Introduction to Focusing on 23rd September. You may choose to attend this second day...

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This workshop follows on from my Introduction to Focusing on 23rd September. You may choose to attend this second day after having attended one of my day one workshops or if you have attended a one day Focusing Introduction with another teacher. This day two of the Introduction will provide further opportunity to consolidate your learning from day one, gain more practice with Focusing and learn about Clearing a Space. Clearing a Space is a process which can be used as a standalone practice, useful for dealing with overwhelm, or as a step within the Focusing process. We will also explore the Focusing attitude. After attending this second day of the Introduction you would be in a position to seek a Focusing partner through the BFA's Focusing partners pool. Practice of Focusing with a partner is a great way to look after yourself and cultivate a different sort of awareness. For more information or to book go to www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing-training or email suzimac55@hotmail.com or call 07851 086 396

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24 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

Crescent Practice, 19 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, BN1 3JF, south east

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Deep listening: Free talk in Stroud

introductory Course

This free talk, will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective...

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This free talk, will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective 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.

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26 Sep 2017 - 26 Sep 2017

Stroud, south west

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Focusing Retreat

specialist Course

Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in...

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Living in Authentic Connection Weekend Retreat An interconnected felt-sensing retreat for experienced focusers This is an approach I've been exploring in shorter forms for a very long time and I finally ran my first weekend this June. It was a great success and there has been interest in more so I'm putting it on again. I will still offer it at pretty low cost (mostly for the accommodation) with a sliding scale for those who can afford to make a bigger contribution. I welcome anyone with basic Focusing skills who is interested in exploring this together. What We Will Explore: (In Interconnected felt-sensing circles and in Focusing partnerships)

  • Being ourselves together - being authentically present, connected to ourselves, yet open and responsive to each other, our shared field and the wider reality beyond.
  • Being open to 'The Tragic Gap'* between how the world is and how we sense/know it could be - allowing room for our authentic feelings and responses (Staying with, yet not becoming lost in denial, panic, overwhelm and hopelessness - Letting all be present and given space).
  • Deepening our sense of our true contribution - open to what might be our right next step in offering our contribution - grounded in our authentic strengths and honest limitations.
*'The Tragic Gap' is a term coined by Parker Palmer a Quaker inspired educator who formed the Centre For Courage and Renewal in the USA - he has written a number of books including 'Healing the Heart of Democracy' and 'A Hidden Wholeness' Interconnected Felt-Sensing This is a group process centred in focusing that I've been developing for several years. Each time I have tried it has been unique, encouraging and I've been learning more each time. (I also tried a day with non focusers and it was very disappointing - which confirmed that knowing Focusing is an essential starting point!) Essentially the process involves us sitting together in a circle and listening in a Focusing way to 3 levels to:-
  • what's there inside
  • what is spoken in the group
  • the vast emergent intelligence beyond (this last comes from the radical physicist David Bohm's work and crosses readily with Gendlin's philosophy of process and environment.)
And there are a few simple guidelines to help us choose when and how to speak. My experience has been profoundly moving and left me with a uniquely wide sense of connection and belonging. That's why I want to do more! The structure of the weekend Arrival - we can arrive from mid afternoon, settle and have a simple meal together (or it's fine to arrive just in time for the evening circle) Friday evening - We will gather and have a first evening circle together with an introductory overview of the weekend and the approach and some time to introduce ourselves and get started in the group together. On Saturday we will have 2 circles one in the morning and one in the afternoon, time for Focusing and rest time which could happily be spent on a walk in the lovely nearby woods. The evening will be more unstructured offerings around the fire if it's fine this can be round an outdoor fire (I'll ask you to bring a contribution - music, a poem, a story) On Sunday we will again have some time for Focusing, have a final morning circle and finish after lunch. (The format and structure are provisional and I'm open to suggestions, improvements and adjustments) The Venue Old Litten Cottage is a lovely large thatched roof cottage in the Hampshire Countryside, near Petersfield, It's modernised with central heating, an open fire in the lounge and a large kitchen/dining area. There are 6 bedrooms so the opportunity for a private bedroom each if 6 of us - or 4 private 4 sharing if there's 8. Outside there is a lovely garden with a small patch of woodland and a view of open fields and very close by are lovely old growth woodland walks (you'll need walking boots and wet weather gear) Meals The venue is self catering so we will need to bring our own food and arrange food preparation, cleaning and washing up between us. I'll offer some guideline suggestions for what is needed and what we could each do and bring (we'll keep it simple) but there'll be some flexibility to work with what people feel moved to contribute. Low Cost Because this is still a fairly new venture for me and I gain a lot myself from running it - I'm offering on a sliding scale from £70 which just covers the venue to £120 - whatever you can afford. Plus a contribution towards the food (probabaly £20 or less). My Background Experience & The Inspiration For This I've always been drawn to groups and group work. I started teaching and facilitating in my 20s. I did a teaching qualification and have sought out and trained in many facilitation approaches. In my time I've taught Re-evaluation Co-counselling, Assertiveness and Self-Empowerment, Protective Behaviours (an Anti-Victimisation Process based on trusting your feelings) and Focusing. And I've facilitated many types of groups including identity liberation groups, Community Building Groups, Project Development groups, Work Practice Development groups and Open Space sessions for diverse and large interest groups.

The vision of this particular approach has been forming in me over the last 6 years. It's been most inspired of course by Focusing itself :-

  • that extraordinary resonance and sense of shared field many of us experience with our Focusing partners;

but also Focusing group work:-

  • Rob Foxcroft's Open Listening Circles
  • Bruce Nayowith's online Resonant Sensing for Peace circles
  • Shared Field groups
I've crossed this with a combination of;-
  • Scott Peck's Community Building approach (particularly my experience of a smaller ongoing group over several years)
  • David Bohm's Dialogue work (as introduced to me by Gill Wyatt, a Person Centred group work practitioner extending the work into the eco/synergy field)
  • Person Centred monthly community meetings (which in some ways are like a more psychological version of Quaker meetings. I had the privilege of attended a great one in my strong local Brighton Person Centred community for many years)
TO BOOK OR FOR MORE ONFO: Contact Sandy - wildbalance@gmail.com

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6 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, south east

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Focusing Level 1: Introduction to Focusing

introductory Course

Learn how to listen to your inner wisdom through creating a positive inner relationship with yourself. Develop the knowledge and...

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Learn how to listen to your inner wisdom through creating a positive inner relationship with yourself. Develop the knowledge and skills to begin to practise Focusing alone, and to begin to listen to an other, so you can Focus with a companion. By the end of Level 1, you will have a basic understanding of the Focusing process. With Fiona Parr

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7 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Liverton, Devon, south west

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Focusing and Writing to access your creativity and improve personal wellbeing

introductory Course

You will learn basic Focusing skills and, by combining them with writing, explore ways of accessing the body’s wisdom and...

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You will learn basic Focusing skills and, by combining them with writing, explore ways of accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence. These are natural, safe and gentle skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with.  The combination of Focusing skills and trusting what comes in the writing helps us gain greater insight into issues in our lives, with opportunities for personal growth and greater creativity. No previous experience of Focusing or writing is required to experience the richness of what can unfold as we reconnect with the flow of life within us. Please bring writing materials. You can reserve your place here.

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15 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

Canterbury, south east

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W4: Untangling the knots

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 4 of the BFA skills series exploring how to use Focusing to explore deeper emotional tangles and difficulties

21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017

south west

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 2

introductory Course

This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has...

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This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has already had an introduction to Focusing. Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. These two day schools can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and also form the first twelve hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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21 Oct 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

Canterbury, south east

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Deep Listening: 5 week course begins

introductory Course

This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective body based...

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This course will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective 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 St Luke's, Cainscross Rd. Stroud GL5 4GA 5 weeks starts 1st November (no class 15th Nov)

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1 Nov 2017 - 1 Nov 2017

Stroud, south west

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Focusing Skills Certificate Level 2: Focusing Partners

focusing skills certificate Course

Practise the listening skills that enable you to companion someone else in a Focusing partnership. Expand your Focusing skills and...

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Practise the listening skills that enable you to companion someone else in a Focusing partnership. Expand your Focusing skills and deepen your ability to listen to yourself encourage your personal growth and development. By the end of Level 2, you will be able to join a peer group of Focusers, form a Focusing partnership, and attend further or advanced classes and workshops. With Fiona Parr

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11 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Liverton, Devon, south west

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Deep listening: Day course

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This day will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective body based...

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This day will introduce you to the life long skill of Deep Listening. It is a re ective 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 field centre Nailsworth 10-6pm

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12 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Stroud, south west

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W5: The path to Wholeness

focusing skills certificate Course

Weekend 5 of the BFA skills series exploring how focusing can help with integration of all aspects of human experience.

25 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

south west

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British Focusing Association Certificate, Level 1

introductory Course

Learning to sense inwards is at the basis of Focusing. During Level One the emphasis is upon noticing messages that...

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Learning to sense inwards is at the basis of Focusing. During Level One the emphasis is upon noticing messages that your body gives you and accepting everything that you become aware of. Focusing is very natural and gentle and at the same time you might find that working at this level is powerful and revealing. Throughout the training there will be opportunities to share in the group, and to work with your own process. There will be a mixture of Focusing theory, discussion and practice. Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

  • Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm
  • Refreshments, reading materials and exercises included
Please see my website for further information http://www.paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk/

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27 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017

Stanmore, london

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New Year Focusing Retreat

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This 5-day retreat offers an opportunity for rest, reflection and renewal at the year’s end after the busyness of Christmas....

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This 5-day retreat 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.
The retreat will be held partly in silence, but there is also time to interact socially with the group. Extra group activities such as Dartmoor walks, dance/movement, massage, poetry sharing, etc, may also arise on the retreat. We will also mark the turning of the year with a ritual or celebration. For further information see: Focusing Retreats at Bala Brook

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29 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018

Bala Brook Retreat Centre, Dartmoor, south west

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 1

introductory Course

Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense...

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Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. This day school can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and it also forms the first six hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. Day 2 will be on 21st October 2017 and 17th February 2018 If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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6 Jan 2018 - 6 Jan 2018

Canterbury, south east

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Focusing skills course

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This comprehensive foundation course in Focusing and listening is a combination of online (Zoom) group sessions and one long-weekend residential...

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This comprehensive foundation course in Focusing and listening is a combination of online (Zoom) group sessions and one long-weekend residential retreat. The course is divided into five sections: four blocks of four Zoom sessions (i.e. 16 in total), between mid-January and end of June, plus the residential retreat in April. No prior-experience of Focusing is required. You are welcome to attend the introductory block of four Zoom sessions without committing upfront to the whole course if you wish. I expect to run one daytime and one evening group for the online sessions. Each group will have a maximum of five participants and all participants will be invited to come together for the in-person retreat. If the residential component is not accessible for you, it is also possible to do this section of the course online. In this small-group setting, you will find the course offers a welcoming, sensitively-held space where you feel able to turn up 'just as you are'. Each session will include time to settle in together, some input on Focusing and companioning, and Focusing time in pairs or threes. The themes of the five course sections are:

  • An introduction to Focusing and companioning
  • The nature of the felt sense, and how to receive your own and others' experience skilfully and sensitively
  • The gifts of the body in Focusing and companioning
  • Offering suggestions in the listening role, and being with complex areas of inner experience
  • Self-criticism, 'exile' and Focusing in everyday life
We will explore these themes together in an experiential way, allowing plenty of time for your own input and reflections. The cost of each section is £120 (plus accommodation costs for the retreat). Please email me for further information and booking form. I look forward to hearing from you!

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10 Jan 2018 - 27 Jun 2018

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Focusing Skills for Life – Day 2

introductory Course

This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has...

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This is a follow-up to the Focusing Skills for Life Day 1 on 16th September, or for anyone who has already had an introduction to Focusing. Focusing is Mindfulness – and more. We explore ways of being with ourselves, our experiences and emotions; improving our sense of wellbeing and physical and mental health. These are natural skills that we can rediscover and reconnect with. Non-judgemental, safe and gentle, they support us in finding insights into issues in our lives and reconnecting with the flow of life within us. As we turn to our present moment experience together, we learn ways to help guide us in creativity, decision-making and emotional wisdom. Handouts will be available. No assessment or written work is required, although you may wish to bring pen and paper for note-taking. These two day schools can be a stand-alone introduction to Focusing, and also form the first twelve hours of the 60-hour Focusing Skills course, recognised by the British Focusing Association. If you have previously attended an introduction to Focusing then you are also very welcome to join us; many people find that repeating Focusing Skills enables them to find more depth in their experience. For further information, contact me at csamuels@carolannsamuels.co.uk. Please book your place here.

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17 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018

Canterbury, south east

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