- Wholebody Focusing
- Nature connection
Focusing has been an integral and transformative part of my life for the last 17 years: I Focus several times each week; facilitate a monthly Focusing group; run regular 5-day Focusing Retreats in Dartmoor; offer 'Focusing with Poetry' workshops; and I have been editing the BFA newsletter since 2016
What services do I offer?
HOMEOPATHY and FOCUSING
I have worked as a Homeopath (and teacher/supervisor) since 1988. Homeopathy also has the 'non-judgemental active listening' element that is in Focusing. I have had some interesting 'crossover' experiences with Focusing and Homeopathy which have included 'Focusing moments' with my Homeopathy clients, and also on occasion offering and giving Homeopathic remedies to people I Focus with. I sometimes perceive a very clear 'remedy picture' when someone is Focusing. The results of these 'Focusing prescriptions' have generally been very good. I have also used Focusing to access information in the proving of some new remedies, including a 'Focusing Proving' of the remedy made from Wolf's Milk at the 2013 BFA AGM.
I organise and facilitate an ongoing monthly 'changes' type Focusing group in Bristol. The group is open to anyone regardless of Focusing experience. The group (Bristol Insight Focusing Group) has been running for about 17 years and it has acted as a doorway into Focusing for many people locally. (See 'Focusing Partners and Groups' page for details of the Bristol group)
I teach one-day or weekend 'Introduction to Focusing' workshops. I like to use the workshops as a springboard for establishing local Focusing groups so that people can have some continuity of practice.
I lead regular 5-day 'Focusing Retreats' at a wonderful retreat centre on Dartmoor and in other locations. These retreats are open to anyone who has experience of 1-1 Focusing. They offer an opportunity for 'coming to rest' and forming a deeper connection with oneself, with others, and with nature, through the provision of a safe, supportive and nourishing environment, and through practices including Focusing, silent group walking, meditation and qigong.
FOCUSING and TOUCH
For some years I have experimented with bringing touch into Focusing sessions, when appropriate, generally with very good results - my experience, in short, is that touch can greatly support presence and deepen the Focuser's experience, leading to a less 'wordy' sort of Focusing. I led several well-received workshops on 'Focusing and Touch' in 2016, including at the International Focusing Conference in Cambridge and at the BFA AGM Gathering.
FOCUSING with POETRY
I have brought poems into Focusing for almost as long as I've known how to Focus. I invariably find that the Focusing space 'opens up' the poem and I connect with it more deeply and powerfully and discover new meaning in it. I offer half-day 'Focusing with Poetry' workshops on Zoom, and have written a couple of articles on my experience of Focusing with poems (see BFA newsletter article listing in the 'Resources' page)
I also offer 1-1 Focusing teaching, or individual Focusing sessions.
How do I practice?