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BFA Focusing Skills course online (Thurs mornings) plus a residential weekend

2nd February 2023 - 29th June 2023 Zoom and the Purley Chase Centre, Nr Atherstone, Warwickshire

Focusing Skills Certificate Workshop/Event

This comprehensive foundation course is a combination of 16 online group sessions and one long-weekend residential retreat. It is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their focusing and companioning. No prior experience of focusing is required. I will offer a 1-1 taster session to participants who are new to it.

The course course aims to provide a friendly environment in which you can learn and refine this deeply accepting, nourishing way of being together and give precious attention to your inner world and current life issues.

My approach to sharing focusing encourages each participant to find their own natural way into the practice rather than following a set structure, so I hope everyone will feel welcome to attend the sessions ‘just as they are’ and to bring their own unique flavour to the group. I am especially keen on the notion of relaxing into the listening role and look forward to exploring together what truly supports the focusing process.

Course format

The course is divided into five sections: four blocks of four zoom sessions (16 in total), between February and June, plus a residential retreat on April 21 – 23 at the Purley Chase Centre – a rural venue with lovely grounds, en-suite rooms and delicious food, near Atherstone in Warwickshire:

The residential weekend adds an opportunity to focus in-person and in nature. Extra zoom sessions will be arranged for participants who are unable to attend the retreat.

Each 2.5 hour zoom session will include new content, focusing in pairs or triads and a short break.

The main 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 how to be with complex areas of inner experience
  • Self-criticism, ‘exile’ and felt-sensing in everyday life

By the end of the course you will be equipped to use focusing whenever you need it, both alone and in peer exchanges, and to be a relaxed, spacious focusing companion. On completion of the whole course you will receive a BFA Focusing Skills certificate.

You are welcome to attend the introductory block of four zoom sessions without committing upfront to the whole course if you wish.

Dates and times

Blocks 1, 2, 4 and 5 are online (four zoom sessions per block) on Thursdays at 10am – 12.30 UK time:

  • Block 1: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Block 2:  March 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Residential weekend:  Apr 21 – 23 (alternative zoom dates tbc)
  • Block 4:  May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Block 5: June 8, 15, 22, 29


Zoom sessions              –  £160 per block of 4 sessions

Residential weekend   –  £140 plus donation to venue for accommodation, meals and refreshments (guideline rate £158 for 2 nights)

Total course fee (excluding accommodation)  –   £780 pay-as-you-go / £750 if paying upfront

I am committed to making my courses affordable for all so please get in touch if these rates are beyond your means.

Please email Kay for further details and booking form. I look forward to hearing from you!

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