Advanced Training

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.

LEVEL 2 is about deepening into the Focusing and Listening process by looking more at the role of the Companion. A companion to ourselves as well as others. We learn lead-ins. Then, wherever your process is now, this course nurtures your next step. Our ability to be larger than our emotions or challenges gets stronger. Our understanding of what it is like to stand on the edge of something new gains clarity.
The structure of the class for Level 2 is very similar to Level 1. We continue our emphasis on Empowered Focuser, Relaxed Companion and on deepening our understanding of this state of being we call Presence from which all the rest of Focusing unfolds.

LEVEL 3 is called the Guide’s Journey. My Favorite Level when I did my initial training! Here we learn the typical ‘shape’ of a Focusing session, so we know what stage the process is in and what reminder would be most helpful. This expands our sense of Presence in an experiential way I believe as Presence is always both able to be with our body AND bigger than it. We’ll discover more ways to bring Focusing into our daily life as we learn invitations here which very much adapt to our everyday relationships. There is a lot of new information in this level. By extending the class over a period of months, we’ll give ourselves space and time to integrate this information at a deep level. There are no assistants in this class. I hope that each of you will sometime volunteer to participate as either Focuser or Companion in a Demo. In addition to the six classes, I have added an additional 45 min with me individually to this level. This gives us an opportunity to really check in around process.  Often Level 3 is where people say “I thought I knew Focusing before and now I really get it!”

If you are a healing professional or have opportunities to support others (kids, clients, friends, etc!!) as they process a life situation, the guiding tools of Level 3 and one’s growing ability to understand every relational encounter as somewhere ‘in process’, are invaluable skills. This is also a great level to consider repeating sometime.

And… last with the idea that we spiral here happily ever after, I’ve designed LEVEL 4 to be my NEW VERY favorite Level! One I imagine would invite us back every so often as a way to reground in the principles of Focusing.

LEVEL 4 is called The Center of the Maze. Our goal here is to return to the essence of Focusing and ourselves as process. What does it really mean when something within us moves forward? We’ll have more support for embodiment practices and noticing how does this inner process transpire outward and change how we experience the world. We’ll gain clarity around these two normal states of being: Presence and Partiality and how they affect our experiencing. We’ll delve deeper into the principle of the Radical Acceptance of Everything and look at how it applies to distractions, images, sensations outside the middle body, physical symptoms & more. We’ll look closer at the inner criticizing process and it’s reactors. And so much more…

Here are general class topics:

Class 1: Focusing as a Way to Grow; Sensitive Empathic Listening goes a Long Way.

Class 2: More Clarity about Presence and Partiality; The Feeling about the Feeling; Close versus Distant Process

Class 3: Inner Criticizing Process and It’s Reactors

Class 4: Stopped Processes, Tangles & Treasures

Class 5: Focusing Unites Brain and Body; Neuroscience

Class 6: Wholebody Focusing, Exploring Body, Movement, Gestures and Beyond Body, Transforming Trauma, Shared Presence

Class 7: A New Sense of Self Applied to our Relationship with Pain

We’ll meet approx. every 2 or 3 weeks for 2 hrs a total of seven times or for about 4 – 4.5 months. Our first hour will be checking in and exploring our topics. Our 2nd hr will revolve around a Demo in class with process feedback. Unlike Levels 1-3, there is no partner practice during class unless you are in the Demo.

There is some essential reading. It’s relatively deep, the type that reveals something new for us from year to year. Focusing encourages us to explore that new edge and there is plenty of new emerging in this field to choose from. Thus, each group that comes together will create a somewhat different experience as we re-ground in a deeper level of trust in ourselves, our current experience and that it’s all going somewhere life-thriving.

If you have a regular Focusing partner, you are welcome to Focus with them throughout this class. If not, I will suggest partners either from this class or our greater community. To get the most out of this class, I do ask that you Focus with a partner regularly beginning one month before we start and throughout the time this class meets.

 

2019 CLASSES ARE HERE!

I generally schedule Level 2 in fall, Level 3 in spring and Level 4 in winter.

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 LOCAL-IN-FLOYD SPRING SESSION – 2019 DATES

6 Wednesday evenings at my home in Floyd
7pm – 9pm

April 3, April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, June 12

Prerequisite: Level 2 Focusing
Course fee $150 ($90 – 120 if you are repeating this level)

Register By: Friday, March 29

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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 LIVE-IN-FlOYD FALL SESSION – 2018 DATES

6 Wednesday evenings at my home in Floyd
7pm – 9pm
Oct 3, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 12
Prerequisite: Level 1 Focusing

Course fee $120, Register By: Friday, Sept 28

LEVEL 2 VIDEOCONFERENCE FALL SESSION – 2019 DATES

6 Wednesday evenings
7pm – 9pm EST, 6pm – 8pm CST, 5pm – 7pm MST, 4pm – 6pm PST
Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18
Prerequisite: Level 1 Focusing

Course fee $120 ($75 if you are repeating this level)

Register By: Wednesday, Sept 4

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 VIDEOCONFERENCE CLASS – Coming in January 2019!

7 Sunday Afternoons
3:30pm – 5:30pm EST, 2:30pm – 4:30pm CST, 1:30pm – 3:30pm MST, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PST
Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 17, April 7, April 28

Prerequisite: Level 3
Course fee $180 or $120 if you are repeating Level 4

Register by Friday, December 21

A Level 4 Local-in-Floyd Class will be offered early 2020. 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.

HOW FOCUSING 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 6 or 7 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 videoconference class, all you need is a computer with a camera. You can also attend via a cellphone. You’ll be able to see everyone in the class, generally, whoever is speaking appears larger at the time. You can mute and turn off your video camera as needed.  Recordings may be available if you miss a class.  Video seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!

 

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