Focusing and Writing – Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October
Almost all of us are involved with writing in one way or another, whether we think of ourselves as creative writers or not. For some, writing is easy and pleasurable, at least some of the time, while for others there may seem to be nothing but difficulties and blocks. How can we relate to our writing with a gentleness and respect that allows it to flow, and how can we bring our creativity to whatever kind of writing we need or wish to do? This workshop will explore, in a Focusing way, both our attitudes to writing and how we engage with the writing process itself. Whether you are already writing, would like to do so or wish you didn’t have to, you may find this workshop helpful. NB You will not be expected to share any of your writing in the group unless you choose.
The workshop is for people who already have some experience of Focusing, i.e. module 1 of a Focusing Skills course or the equivalent. If you would like to book a one-to-one refresher session beforehand, you are welcome to do so.
The workshop will run from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, with a break, on a Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October. The cost will be £75, concessionary rate £60. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the concessionary rate, please contact me.
Focusing for Writers – Friday 9th December
The Focusing process is similar in many ways to the process of writing. Both involve taking time to sense for what ‘feels right’ – be it a word phrase, image or form. This workshop is for people who write in any genre and does not require any previous knowledge of Focusing. It will explore ways in which Focusing can be helpful to the writing process, both in the creation of the poem/prose piece itself and with the doubts and difficulties that sometimes arise when we try to write. There will be both Focusing exercises and writing exercises, and for the Focusing exercises we will mainly be working in pairs. If you’d like to try out Focusing in a writing context, you may be interested in this workshop.
The workshop will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, Foales Court, off North Street, Ashburton, Devon. It will run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, with breaks. Ashburton is just off the A38 Devon Expressway, about 20 miles from Exeter and 25 miles from Plymouth. There are shops, cafés and pubs in North Street and nearby.
The cost is £35, concessionary rate £25. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the concessionary rate, please contact me.
An Introduction to Focusing – Saturday 15th October
This one-day in person workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of Focusing: sensing into your body, describing what you find there, and welcoming whatever comes. It will give you the chance to explore it for yourself and see if it’s something you would like to take further. We will be doing some exercises in the group and some in pairs and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. No previous knowledge of Focusing is required: all you need is an open mind and a willingness to try it for yourself. NB Nothing in the workshop is compulsory; if an exercise doesn’t feel right for you, you can choose not to take part.
Ashburton is just off the A38 Devon Expressway, about 20 miles from Exeter and 25 miles from Plymouth. There are shops, cafés and pubs close to the Quaker Meeting House.
The cost is £40, concessionary rate £25. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the concessionary rate, please contact me.