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30th March 2023 

Exploring Focusing – Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March

In this two-day in person workshop we will explore and practise the basic skills of Focusing and listening. It is open to everyone. No previous knowledge of Focusing is required, but if you would like to book an introductory session with me beforehand you are welcome to do so. The workshop is the first module of the five-module Focusing Skills course.

The course will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, Foales Court, off North Street, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7QE. from 10.30-4.30 on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th February. The Meeting House is in the centre of Ashburton, near the car park. There are shops and cafés close by.

Cost £120, concessionary rate £90. If you would like to attend the course but are unable to afford the concessionary rate, please contact me.

Focusing for Counsellors and Psychotherapists – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February

This online course will take place over two mornings, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February, 10.00 – 1.00 each day, and will look at ways in which counsellors and psychotherapists can incorporate Focusing into their work, or incorporate it more fully. Bringing Focusing, or a Focusing awareness, into client sessions can help the process to deepen and become more embodied. Focusing can also be a resource for the practitioner, both during sessions and in reflecting on the work. The course is intended for counsellors and psychotherapists who are currently practising or have some experience of working with clients.

We need to experience Focusing for ourselves if we are to use it successfully with clients, and in the first of the two mornings we will spend time practising it in dyads or triads (depending on numbers). The second morning will be orientated more towards work with clients. The course as a whole will be largely experiential but there will be some theory and time for discussion of client work.

The fee for the course is £75, concessionary rate £50. If you would like to attend but are unable to afford the concessionary rate, please contact me.

Focusing and Writing – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February

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.

This online 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 25th and Sunday 26th February. The cost will be £75, concessionary rate £50. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the concessionary rate, please contact me.

Climate apathy, climate overwhelm – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March

In this time of climate crisis we may well find ourselves not knowing how to respond, either emotionally or practically. The enormity of the situation is such that we can either seem to be feeling nothing at all, or else can be overwhelmed by a range of emotions such as fear, helplessness, anger, guilt and grief. Or we may be so involved in taking action that we have no time to attend to ourselves and become burnt out and depleted.

If any of these apply to you, this online workshop will be a safe, non-judging space where you can meet and listen to all the feelings, or non-feelings, that may arise. Through doing so you may begin to come alive again to a sense of care and connection for the world, and this in turn may help you to discover your own way forward. In the workshop I will be drawing mainly on Inner Relationship Focusing, and taking inspiration from Joanna Macy’s work.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who has some experience of Focusing and being a Focusing companion. If you would like to join the workshop but are not sure if you have enough experience, you are welcome to contact me.

The cost is £75 for the two mornings, concessionary rate £50. If you would like to attend the workshop but would have difficulty paying the fee, do let me know. For bookings and information contact me.