Adult Training

“I love the organic, completely self-directed and amazingly gentle way
that Focusing “works.” I have taken Levels 1 and 2 with Sandy.

www.facebookShe is wise, intuitive, detail-oriented, and fun/ny. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone wanting to explore, heal, gain insights, and let their own intelligence lead them forward.

THANKS for your devotion, Sandy!”                                                                  ~ testimonial from Nancy Maurelli, Roanoke, VA

 

 

Try a Being Your Own Best Friend class….

If you curious about Focusing and looking for a gentle introduction, this space is for you! This class is centered around exploring and improving your relationship with yourself from wherever it is now. You will deepen your sense of trust within.  We’ll explore how our brain works using current neuroscience concepts. We’ll use various body awareness, mindfulness and Focusing activities to become familiar with our own individual inner processes around what it means for us to be our own best friend.

Each session of five classes will have a theme we work more deeply with. For 2018, the themes are:

Self-Criticism/Judgement for Spring

Self-Care Habits/Addictions for Summer

Loneliness for Fall

Each class will include time for sensing within yourself, opportunities to become more familiar with how to navigate your inner landscape, Presence language exercises, a Demo of Focusing-in-action, and either an art or body awareness/movement activity. We will not be partnering with others in the class here, only working individually. Focusing experience is not required, although it will certainly add to what you get from this class.

The uses of Focusing that apply particularly to the topic of Being Your Own Best Friend include:

  • practicing self-compassion
  • making clear decisions
  • knowing what you really feel and want
  • releasing emotional burdens
  • transforming inner critics
  • nurturing a sense of self worth
  • being an accepting understanding friend
  • improve overall communication skills
  • increase patience, intentionality, gratitude and body awareness

Being Your Own Best Friend will be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer for two age groups – tweens/teens from 12-18 yrs and adults ages 18 and up. Classes will meet five times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75. Adult Session Times are listed here. Tween/Teens meet on the same dates earlier from 4:30-6pm. Refer to the Youth Training page to register.

 

BEST FRIENDS ADULT VIDEOCONFERENCE SUMMER SESSION     ~FOCUS ON SELF-CARE HABITS / ADDICTIONS

5 Wednesday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm EST, 6:00pm – 7:30pm CST, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST
July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8
Course fee $75

 

BEST FRIENDS ADULT VIDEOCONFERENCE FALL SESSION               ~FOCUS ON LONELINESS

5 Wednesday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm EST, 6:00pm – 7:30pm CST, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST
Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27
Course fee $75

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Please include your name, email and summer or fall session with the payment. I will contact you with confirmation of your registration. If the local Tween/Teen class is already full, your payment will be refunded. You can also email me HERE to check if there is space or if you have any questions before registering.

If you prefer, you can email me HERE to register and pay via check or cash. I am also open to payment plans.

 

And When You Are READY…

LEVEL 1 TRAINING : OPEN THE DOOR

In this Introduction to Focusing, you will learn a practical step-by-step process you can use with any life issue, on your own & in partnership, now & in the future. The door really opens here and you may find that a lot wants your attention. This is ultimate self-care and ideally, you have time in your schedule now to devote to just you. Ann Weiser Cornell developed the format of teaching that I use and it truly is ingenious. You will learn to let go of some of the ways of relating that Western Society has encouraged for a more authentic satisfying sense of being in this world.
 
Focusing is a body awareness skill that allows you to access your own body’s wisdom. Practicing it essentially wires our brains to a more holistic cooperative state of being, integrating our right and left brains, our emotions, body and mind. Focusing is also the essence of change and we become more comfortable with what it feels like to hang at the edge of something new that is emerging. Focusing can be used in many ways. These same Presencing or mindfulness skills apply to any relational moment, be that with yourself, other people or a particular environment.
 
Our motto in this class is Empowered Focuser, Relaxed Companion. The Focuser is always in charge of their inner process. We unlearn western cultural habits of fixing and setting others straight and how to be what is most needed as a listener. Once you have taken a Level 1 Focusing workshop, you can practice as often as you’d like with local Focusers in person or with someone from our online Focusing community via phone.
 
This workshop is now offered in six 2 hr sessions over a period of 2 months. Focusing practice between sessions with others in the class is highly recommended.

Prerequisite: a Guided Session with a certified Focusing Professional, preferably within the previous year.   Fee range:  $120-150

The skill set we work with in Level 1 includes:

  • Creating a space within that welcomes a fresh ‘felt sense’
  • The various ways our body might communicate with us beyond words
  • Forming relationships with what comes up
  • Staying with them
  • Sensing when they change
  • Sensing what fits and doesn’t
  • Being with one body sense even as you’re sensing something new arising
  • Enjoying positive feelings

Here are the dates we have in place for 2018 Level 1 classes so far:

LEVEL 1 LIVE-IN-FLOYD SPRING SESSION

6 Wednesday evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm held at my home in Floyd
April 18, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session
Course fee $120

Limit 8 participants, Registration Deadline: Friday, April 13

LEVEL 1 VIDEOCONFERENCE SUMMER SESSION

6 Thursday afternoons
1:30pm – 3:30pm EST, 12:30pm – 2:30pm CST, 11:30am –1:30pm MST, 10:30am – 12:30pm PST
June 21, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 16
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session
Course fee $120

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 15

LEVEL 1 VIDEOCONFERENCE FALL SESSION

6 Tuesday evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm – 7:30pm CST, 4:30pm –6:30pm MST, 3:30pm – 5:30pm PST
August 21, August 28, Sept 11, Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session
Course fee $120

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 15

LEVEL 1 VIDEOCONFERENCE WEEKEND SESSION

5 Saturday afternoons
2 – 4 pm EST, 1 – 3 pm CST, 12 noon – 2 pm MST, 11am – 1 pm PST
October 13, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 8, Dec 15
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session                                                                                  Course fee $120

Registration Deadline Monday, October 8

Use this button to submit the $120 payment for a Level 1 Class via Paypal.

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Please include your name, email and note Spring, Summer, Fall or Weekend Session with the payment.  I will contact you with confirmation of your registration. If a local class is already full, your payment will be refunded. You can also email me HERE to check if there is space.

HOW FOCUSING LEVEL 1-4 CLASSES WORK

There will be lectures, demonstrations, question periods, group exercises, and paired exercises. You will be paired to practice a Focusing exercise with another participant each class session. There will also be an additional paired homework exercise between sessions that will take approximately 45 min. Even with local classes, this additional exercise is usually done over the phone. Please plan to attend all sessions for the full time of the meeting. Missing one class is acceptable. If you miss more than one class, it is best to repeat the Level.

For the Video Web Conference class, we will be utilizing a program called Zoom. You will need to download it onto your computer or phone to join us via video. You can also attend audio only via your phone. You’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher, one-two assistants, and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the US. With video, we will be able to see each other. Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!

 

“Focusing allows us the tools to truly look inside of our soul and
sense into what is really going on within our soul and inner being.
I am half way through the four levels of Focusing. Focus has shown
me what my conscience can not see. I hope you will try it yourself.”
~ testimonial from Sydney LeMasters, Virginia Beach, VA

LEVEL 2-4 TRAINING : INTO THE FLOW

Level 1 is like training wheels.  With Levels 2-4, we get even better at riding any terrain that life presents us with.   No matter what your level of Focusing skill is when you begin these trainings, the door is now open to a sense of more empowerment.  In ever-flowing layers, here we come to understand that we are always changing and evolving and Focusing is that essence from which we feel flow and thriving in our lives.  Now we consciously understand how to bring ourselves back to what feels open, alive and flowing anytime we do not feel that way either inside ourselves or with what is going on in the world around us.    These workshops can also be designed in alternate formats.  Currently, our most popular format is to gather in groups that meet every 2 weeks 6-7 times for 2 hrs. This gives us time to fit training into our busy lives, provides a structure for us to continue practicing, helps us bond with the Focusers in our group and gives the subtleties of this process time to work.  Fee Range for each 5-session Level:  $120-180.

Click HERE for for a blog post with more detailed class descriptions.

2018 classes are scheduled. I may add one more Level 2 Live-In-Floyd Fall Session. A Level 4 Videoconference Session will be scheduled for early 2019. We usually start mid January ending in April.

What a great gift to yourself and those around you, empowering yourself in the multitudes of ways that unfold with this powerful partnership practice!

LEVEL 3 VIDEOCONFERENCE SPRING SESSION

6 Tuesday evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm – 7:30pm CST, 4:30pm –6:30pm MST, 3:30pm – 5:30pm PST
April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19
Prerequisite: Level 2 Focusing
Course fee $150

Registration Deadline Friday, April 6

Use this button to submit the $150 payment for a Level 3 Class via Paypal.

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Please include your name and email with the payment.  I will contact you with confirmation of your registration. Email me HERE if you have questions before registering.

LEVEL 2 VIDEOCONFERENCE FALL SESSION

6 Wednesday evenings
6:30pm – 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm – 7:30pm CST, 4:30pm –6:30pm MST, 3:30pm – 5:30pm PST
Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21
Prerequisite: Level 1 Focusing

Course fee $120, Registration Deadline Friday, Sept 7

Use this button to submit the $120 payment for a Level 2 Class via Paypal.

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Please include your name and email with the payment.  I will contact you with confirmation of your registration. Email me HERE if you have questions before registering.

LEVEL 4 LOCAL CLASS – FULL

6 Monday evenings meeting at my Floyd home
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Jan 15, Feb 5, Feb 26, March 12, April 2, April 23
Prerequisite: Level 3
Course fee $180 or $120 if you are repeating Level 4

A Level 4 Videoconference Class will be offered early 2019 with similar dates, though likely a different time. Email me HERE if you would like to be added to an email list for this next class so that we can schedule it at a time that works for you.