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As a service to the international focusing community, The International Focusing Institute provides this space for the posting of dates and times of Focusing-related workshops.

Ongoing "Changes" groups are listed on the Changes Support Groups page. ("Changes" groups meet to share Focusing either with or without a facilitator). The Focusing Institute does not monitor, and is not responsible or accountable for the following workshops. However individuals list as Certified Trainers have been certified by The International Focusing Institute to be highly competent Focusing teachers. For  information on Institute workshops, please refer to our Workshops page. For further information on workshops put on by others, please contact them directly at the address or phone number listed.

Are you holding a focusing-related workshop that you would like listed here? Email our Webmaster Scott Will with the workshop particulars.


Please also visit our Changes Support Groups page.

Online Classes

Online: An Eight-Month Course Leading to a Proficiency in Focusing Partnership. includes four Levels, two manuals, and email support. $275 for Level One, $795 for Levels 2, 3, and 4 if paid together. Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, author of The Power of Focusing. www.focusingresources.com 510-225-0690.

Online: Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach. Explore existential themes in your personal and professional life. Develop strengths and counseling skills to improve your well-being and the well-being of others. Taught by Mia Leijssen, PhD, Professor of Person-centered/Experiential/Existential Psychotherapy at the University of Leuven, Belgium and Siebrecht Vanhooren, PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. FREE OF CHARGE. More info

Online: Focusing Basics Program with Ruth Hirsch. Focusing can enhance your work with clients, improving outcomes while you nurture and deepen your relationship with yourself. All this with less effort and wear and tear on you, emotionally and energetically. “Thinking in the usual way, alone, can be objectively true and powerful. But, when put in touch with what the body already knows and lives, it becomes vastly more powerful.” —Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D, Psychologist & Philosopher. Details: 8 Wednesdays, May 8 through July 3 (no class on 5.22)  10am-12:30pm EDT, 4-6:30pm Europe, 10pm-12:30am China, Singapore, etc. Limited to a maximum of 6 participants to promote learning and personal growth. The fee will remain the same, $770 early bird by April 14, $825 after this date, space permitting. Since class size will be limited, if you’d like to register for and/or have questions about this training, please be in touch as soon as possible. For more information, see https://www.ruthhirsch.com/workshops-trainings/core/ and https://www.ruthhirsch.com/workshops-trainings/core/basics-faqs/

Online: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute.  www.ruthhirsch.com

Online: Focusing Initiatives International (www.focusinginternational.org) offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

Online: Making Sense of Living: A Course in Felt Relating. Course in Focusing Partnership based on the Domain Focusing Model (or Recovery Focusing model). Ten month course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC, author of Loving At the Edge: Recovery Emerging. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Opening the Treasure Box. Five-week course using the H.O.W. We Heal process to explore a creative, work, personal change, or Focusing project. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Passing It On: Teaching, Guiding, and Facilitating Meaning Making. Advanced course for certification as a Focusing Professional or trainer. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com  Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: Stepping Stones to Healing.  A felt sensed exploration of the principles of the 12 Steps of Recovery while learning H.O.W. to Facilitate Recovery Focusing Groups. Group process based on the H.O.W. We Heal model. Ten session weekly course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website: www.RecoveryFocusing.com

Online: The Intellectual / Emotional / Felt Sensual Adventure of a Lifetime: Exploring A Process Model with Rob Parker, PhD., SFTT. Weekly teleconference. In depth study of Eugene Gendlin's book, A Process Model. Be amazed and transformed, day by day, as this new way of thinking/feeling/living gradually sinks in. Open to those who wish to explore the edges of philosophy and the ground of Focusing. More info

In Person Gatherings

BRAZIL, SAO PAULO: Focusing Courses Leading to Partnership Proficiency in Focusing. Levels 1,2,3 and 4. Levels 1 and 2 taught by teachers in training and supervised by Stephen Paul Adler Ph.D., Coordinator in Training and Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. Levels 3 and 4 taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D., author of The Power of Focusing, the Radical Acceptance of Everything, Focusing in Clinical Practice, and Presence. Upon completion of levels 1-4 participants can enter a two year training program to become a Certified Focusing Practioner in Inner relationship Focusing Certified by both The International Focusing Institute and Focusing Resources, taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. - Contact Eduardo Rene Trigo Director Act Institute at Eduardo.Trigo@Actinstitute.org - Website: ACTinstitute.org

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and BioSpiritual Focusing workshops, group meetings, training and private sessions. Focusing videotapes and resources available. Nada Lou Coordinator, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, Qc. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com.

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and Introduction to TAE with Nada Lou.  Certified Coordinator, Nada offers Certification Training for people who wish to become Focusing Trainers. Individual, private sessions are available upon request. Nada Lou, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, QC. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com  www.nadalou.com

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and Introduction to TAE with Nada Lou.  Certified Coordinator, Nada offers Certification Training for people who wish to become Focusing Trainers. Individual, private sessions are available upon request. Nada Lou, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, QC. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail: nadalou@nadalou.com  www.nadalou.com

COSTA RICA: "Enlivening Recovery" Retreats; Domain Focusing Partnership courses; one-on-one Personalized Training; Monthly Changes Meetings (Focusing Circles); and various five-week Making Sense of Living workshops. Contact: Suzanne L. Noel, CFT at recoveryfocusing@gmail.com Website:www.RecoveryFocusing.com

ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute.  www.ruthhirsch.com

ITALY, Region Pesaro-Urbino 16th to 20th of June 2019, 5-Day Focusing & Authentic Movement Retreat.
Lodged in two beautiful historic stone houses in the midst of rolling hills, and complete with a swimming pool, this retreat will offer an organic flow between Focusing and Authentic Movement. Participants listen into themselves the Focusing way, and express themselves in words and movement. This retreat is facilitated by sisters, who have intensely worked on themselves, as well as have offered the inner work to the public for 20 years. The retreat is limited to 12 participants in order to ensure enough space for the individual to share their journey with the facilitators and the group, and to be supported in their unique moment. For detailed information, pictures and to book your place, please visit: https://move-with-life.org/retreat-italy/

ITALY, Roma: 20th and 21st of October during the 2018 Worldwide Day of Listening: On the occasion of the Worldwide Day of Listening, Focusing and hearing and FocusingItalianway propose a seminar in Rome as an introduction to the art of listening. Location: Via del Santi Quattro, 26 - time 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. The peculiarity of this course is the meeting of two methods developed two years ago for the trainers Patrizia Bonaca and Olga Pasquini whose work together offers a lot of boosting of learning about the theme of listening. We would like to inform you that we are organizing activities in Rome for the worldwide day about listening, particularly two free meetings on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. as introductions and presentation if the seminar the days: Tuesday, the 18th of September and 8th of October, both days the same time: from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. We have decided according to the registrations that we raise, we will donate part to the International Focusing Institute. We will update the cost when we have further details. For more information: http://www.industriadellesperienza.eu/new/2018/07/18/roma-20-e-21-ottobre-dal-titolo-focusinglarte-dellascolto/

NETHERLANDS, Friesland: Being Seriously Playful in July 2019! Invite yourself to come to an intensive international 5 day Focusing training in July about: A unique possibility to experience "Dynamic Focusing"! It will be from Monday, the 8th of July (18 pm) till Saturday the 13th (13 pm). Several topics are essential and will be covered: Listening in three directions; The Emerging Body language;  Unconditional authentic empathy, Creating space, Safety and boundaries, Contact/ Contract; Selfcare; Working with symbolisations/ expression and of course (pre-verbal) inner child work. This training is accredited by The International Focusing Institute as an essential part  of the whole 60 hour ( 10 days ) Children Focusing Training. For more information, visit https://kinderfocuscentrumnederland.nl/being-in-contact/ or contact René Veugelers: rene@ftcz.nl Focusing coördinator for adults and Children

UNITED KINGDOM: Fiona Parr is a certified Coordinator and offers trainings in the Focusing Skills Certificate Course Levels 1-5 in the South West of England.  Professional training and individual tuition is also offered. Have a look at my web site www.fionaparr-focusing.co.uk for more information, email me at fiona@fionaparr-focusing.co.uk, or call 01837 840165.

UNITED STATES, CA, SAN FRANCISCO area and elsewhere: The Focusing Resources offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

UNITED STATES, CA, SANTA ROSA:  Ongoing training and workshops. The Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute offers a variety of workshops and trainings in Focusing, expressive arts, and Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapy (FOAT). Certification tracks are available. See www.focusingarts.com for schedule and information and/or contact Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT at: laury@focusingarts.com

UNITED STATES, MA, ARLINGTON: Calendar of Special Events. All workshops unless otherwise specified are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Each will be held at the Arlington Center, Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. More information at New England Focusing website.

UNITED STATES, NJ, WAYNE and POMPTON PLAINS: North Jersey Focusing Trainers hold events in Northern New Jersey for people who want to learn how to find inner calm through the practice of Focusing. At NJFT events, which are tailored to different levels of Focusing experience, safety and a welcoming atmosphere are ensured for all attendees. Skills of Focusing, listening, and areas of study in experiential felt sense practices will delight you.  For more information, visit the NJFPA website at https://njfocusers.wixsite.com/njfocusers

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: Focusing and Authentic Movement meets Sunday afternoons in midtown Manhattan from 4 - 6. A wonderful opportunity to warm-up your body and invite the focusing process. Barbara Chutroo is a certified focusing trainer, licensed social worker and dance/movement therapist. She has studied Wholebody Focusing with Kevin McEvenue and integrates a range of creative movement ideas and exercises. For information, call 212 721-4284 or email bchutroo@earthlink.net

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: New York Metro Focusing community meetings: Each evening has its own theme. For more information, visit our website at www.nymetrofocusing.org. To receive emails on Focusing evenings, including NY Metro Focusing meetings, in the NYC area, subscribe to our moderated email list at nymfannouncement-nymflists.com-subscribe@nymflists.com Simply put "subscribe" in the subject line.

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