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


I offer two types of Focusing classes. In the first listed here (Being Your Own Best Friend), a Guided Session is not required and you are working on your own. These classes work well either for beginners who would like a taste of Focusing before they dive in to learn it more thoroughly or for advanced Focusers as they already know the process and can ‘run’ with the structure offered here, accomplishing a lot of movement in a short time.

The second type of class is structured very much like the Inner Relationship Focusing Levels 1-4 that I was trained to teach by Ann Weiser Cornell. This is where you have decided Focusing skills are valuable to your life and you are open to trying the benefits of a partnership practice. A Guided Session is a pre-requisite for these classes. From this one-on-one time together with a Focusing trainer, you are clearer on the type of ‘living from body knowing’ that is unique to Focusing process. Focusing, like any other skill we might choose to learn, is not an instant knowing. Gradually, over time, you become more skilled. This unfolding actually never stops, so you are embarking on a forever journey of healing self and being a healing Presence to the world around you. Learning Focusing is divided into 4 classes and generally, you’d want to space these out over a few years, giving yourself time to get skilled at one level before moving onto the next. This is also not linear learning, so it can be of great benefit to return to an earlier level at any time to review and go deeper there. There are also numerous ways to learn Focusing and you may want to try other types of classes with other Focusing trainers. I invite you to read more below to sense into what would be right for you. And always, if you are not sure, I am available to chat about your situation.

Try a Being Your Own Best Friend class….

If you curious about Focusing and looking for a gentle introduction, this space is for you! It’s also an ideal space for an experienced Focuser to work on these particular inner themes with the benefit of a weekly structure. Being Your Own Best Friend 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 2018-19, the themes are:

Self-Criticism/Judgement for Winter/Spring – Inner Critics, particularly severe ones, can be tough to understand and with consistent clarity around keeping your inner world a safe place for all along with radical gentleness, they do change. Ready for more peace within? This is the place.

Self-Care Habits for Summer – Our emphasis here is on bringing the power of the pause into our daily life. Really bringing Presence to how we are taking care of our body-mind-soul. We do embodiment exercises here. We explore the latest research on trauma and the shame/connection complex.

Loneliness for Fall – This is a great opportunity to get better at ‘being with’, this is a Focusing skill that many of us have little experience with. Our culture certainly does not encourage us to practice it. And, it is a vital skill for the more challenging emotions like loneliness, shame, and pain of all kinds.

Classes will include time for sensing within yourself, mindfulness exercises to adapt into your daily life, opportunities to become more familiar with how to navigate your inner landscape, Presence language exercises, writing, art and body awareness/movement activities and possibly a Demo of Focusing-in-action. There will be some reading and handouts provided by email. 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. You will be able to go deeper on the themes offered here if you already have experience.

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
  • getting clearer on our place in the world

Being Your Own Best Friend will be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer. Classes will meet five times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75.



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



5 Monday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm EST, 6:00pm – 7:30pm CST, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST
July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
Course fee $75



5 Tuesday evenings
7:00pm- 8:30pm EST, 6:00pm – 7:30pm CST, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST
Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17
Course fee $75

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Please include your name and email with the payment. I will contact you with confirmation of your registration.

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

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’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the US. With zoom, you are in control of your video and audio, and have access to a chat space to type in comments or responses. Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!


And When You Are READY…


In this Introduction to Focusing, you will learn a practical step-by-step process that moves you toward your well-being with any life issue, on your own & in partnership, now & in the future. The door really opens here! This is ultimate self-care supported by the structure of this class. 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. And you will come to understand more deeply and clearly how your brain and body do what they do for you and why they sometimes don’t do something for you.
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. Time spent Focusing with a partner actively rewires our neurons so that our brain/bodies can more effectively function at their highest potential for us.

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. The benefits of a Focusing partnership are very powerful in today’s world. Because these Presencing skills are not prevalent in our society in general, most of us crave simple radical acceptance. We are good enough.

If you are ready to empower yourself in these relational ways (and so much more!), then I invite you to bring the magic of Focusing into your life! 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.   First-time Guided Session Fee:  $75


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

So far, I am offering two opportunities to take a Level 1 class this year. Class sizes are limited. Please register early if the dates/times work well for you.


6  Tuesday evenings – Starting April 9
6:30pm – 8:30pm held at my home in Floyd
April 9, April 16, April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session
Course fee $120

Limit 8 participants, Register By: April 1


6 Thursday mornings
10:30am – 12:30pm EST, 9:30pm – 11:30pm CST, 8:30pm –10:30pm MST, 7:30pm – 9:30pm PST
June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25
Prerequisite: Guided Focusing Session
Course fee $120

Register By: Wednesday, June 5


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.


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


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