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

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 7 Jul - 8 Jul 2018

Bristol, south west

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No Holding Back: Free online seminar

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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? Much of the time, our energy and life is tangled in inner conflict and "avoidance" This free seminar will explore how if we turn towards these stuck places in ourselves, we can free up energy and creativity for a more curious, alive and complete life. Some of the topics we will touch on: What holds us back Resources of: presence, metaphor and precision Hidden treasure places: grief, shame, addiction and avoidance Tuesday 10th July 2018

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Tue 10 Jul - 10 Jul 2018

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

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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. COSTS £145 Early bird - if booked before July 30th. £180 After July 30th. I have a few concessionary places available at £100.

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Tue 11 Sep - 11 Sep 2018

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Conscious and Intuitive parenting: Free online seminar

introductory Course

Do you struggle with knowing what to do in parenting?...

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Do you struggle with knowing what to do in parenting? Crowded out by opinions and feelings? Finding it hard to simply listen and connect to your children? This free seminar will introduce some of the tools and concepts from the embodied approach of Focusing. Tools that will help us navigate the often difficult and rocky terrain of parenting. We will touch on these themes and more Being bigger than your feelings Listening with empathy (to you and your children) Facing difficulties and triggers Tuesday 11th Sep 10.30-11.30am

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Tue 11 Sep - 11 Sep 2018

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Online BFA skills course begins

focusing skills certificate Course

The online Focusing skills certificate is a complete and thorough...

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The online Focusing skills certificate is a complete and thorough foundation course in the art and skills of Focusing and listening. Once you have completed any introductory event, you can join the course. It comprises of four modules. Each module consists of five, two hour sessions over five weeks. There will also be partnership practice between sessions with other participants. They will take place using “Zoom”, a free online video conferencing platform. There will be a maximum of 6 people on the course, enabling a more intimate training. More details on the content for each module is found below. On these modules you will learn how to:

  • Listen with sensitivity and subtlety
  • Support the Focuser in difficult places
  • Listen to how the body “speaks”
  • Give suggestions and reminders to your Focuser
  • Find out where change and forward movement come from
  • Be with difficult and tangled issues
  • Be with critical and judgmental voices
  • Develop space for wholeness, healing and integration
Dates: 
Evening course. 7.00-9.00pm. Module 2: Wednesday September 12th. Module 3: Wednesday October 31st. 
 Module 4: Wednesday January 16th 2019. Module 5: Wednesday 13th March 2019.

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Wed 12 Sep - 12 Sep 2018

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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 15 Sep - 16 Sep 2018

Bristol, south west

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The hidden language of dreams

introductory Course

The hidden language of dreams What can dreams tell us...

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The hidden language of dreams What can dreams tell us about our life? How can Focusing help with understanding them? Might there be a way to explore them in a new way that brings clarity and change in our lives? Every night, our body "speaks" to us in dreams, and in a language very close to the one in Focusing. If we take the skills of Focusing to our dreams stories, we can find a new ways to understand and decipher this mysterious and wise language. Includes a demonstration of Focusing with a dream. Monday 17th Sep 7.30-9pm

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Mon 17 Sep - 17 Sep 2018

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Online mini course: Intuitive parenting:

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Intuitive Parenting Do you struggle with knowing what to do in...

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Intuitive Parenting Do you struggle with knowing what to do in parenting? Crowded out by opinions and feelings? Finding it hard to simply listen and connect to your children? This four week course is a treasure trove of tools and concepts to help you find a more loving, creative and intuitive response to what family life can throw at you. It brings together tools from Body based approaches such as Focusing and mindfulness and recent learnings from empathic parenting techniques, offering simple, everyday practices for you and your family. Some of the themes we will cover Being bigger than your feelings Listening with empathy (to you and your children) Facing difficulties and triggers Finding resources and support Trusting your own path Facilitated by: Peter Gill and Kirsty Pakes Peter Gill Peter has been teaching Focusing since 2005 and is fully qualified with the British Focusing Association (BFA) and the Focusing Institute in New York, teaching individuals, groups and also mentoring others to teach. He is also a qualified Somatic Experiencing practitioner (an embodied approach to healing trauma). He is passionate about sharing accessible and embodied skills that lead to well being and connection. Previous to teaching Focusing, Peter spent 12 years practising and teaching awareness and meditation skills to groups and individuals in a Buddhist context. He has a 7 year old son, and uses Focusing ideas and practices in his parenting. Kirsty is trained as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She is also a Focusing Practitioner, Focusing-Oriented Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher. She is currently training with a parenting organisation called Hand in Hand to be one of their instructors. Hand in Hand’s approach is known as Parenting by Connection and uses wise and effective tools to foster your attachment with your child and their emotional well-being. Kirsty has a 6 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. She is passionate about both Focusing and Parenting, and feels that Focusing has given her the building blocks to create an emotionally attuned and compassionate relationship with herself and in turn with her children. Course starts September 18th, Four weekly sessions 10.30-12am GMT. Costs £65.

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Tue 18 Sep - 18 Sep 2018

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Walking into mystery…

specialist Course

What does it mean for you to be alive? What...

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What does it mean for you to be alive? What can we feel when we let go or our "strategic mind" and open to what we do not know? What happens when we open fully to the mysterious nature of being aware and being human, here in this time and place and at the same time connected to all of life around us? What does your body know about this? What does nature know? Join me on a walk and exploration, amongst ancient beeches and the myriad of non human beings in nature enquiring into these questions and more. We will play and explore with exercises from Focusing and Nature awareness practices. We will spend time alone and together in the natural world. We will gather around the hearth and be human again. Sep 11-7pm. At a secret location near Stroud Opene to anyone who knows Focusing

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Sat 29 Sep - 29 Sep 2018

stroud, south west

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The dreaming body: Exploring dreams with Focusing: online course begins

specialist Course

What can dreams tell us about our life? How can...

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What can dreams tell us about our life? How can Focusing help with understanding them? Might there be a way to explore them in a new way that brings clarity and change in our lives? Focusing is all about listening to what the body has to say about our life, but every night something similar happens with our dreams. Something in us (the body/the dream maker) gives us rich, mysterious and powerful symbols, telling us not just about our life situation but how we might carry those situations forward. The dreaming body: Exploring dreams with Focusing: 5 week course begins 17th Oct 7.00-9.15pm

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Mon 15 Oct - 15 Oct 2018

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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 27 Oct - 28 Oct 2018

Bristol, south west

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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 field centre Nailsworth 10-6pm

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Sat 10 Nov - 10 Nov 2018

Stroud, 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 24 Nov - 25 Nov 2018

Bristol, south west

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