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Day Long Retreat with Guest Teacher: Dr. Bala Jaison & Suzanne Bolton


We spent a beautiful day up at Bela Farm. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the day with us. Special thanks to our guest teachers Bala Jaison and Suzanne Bolton for the wonderful workshops. 

Photos courtesy of Jessica Zormann

Our day-long retreat with Dr. Bala Jaison & Suzanne Bolton will be hosted at Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario (photos & directions below).  The full day includes 2 workshops, a delicious lunch, and time for Focusing partnerships.

Fee: 200.00 for community members, 150.00 for trainers. 

9:15AM - Arrival

9:45AM - Centering

10AM-12PM - Interactive Focusing with Dr. Bala Jaison 

12PM-12:45PM - Lunch

12:45PM-2:45PM -  Wholebody Focusing 

3PM -4PM -  Focusing Partnerships 

4PM-4:30PM - Closing

Interactive Focusing with Dr. Bala Jaison (10am-12pm)

Communicating effectively is both and art and a skill. A meaningful interaction is a two-way process that requires listening attentively, openly, non-judgmentally, and with a genuine attempt at understanding what the other is trying to say. When authentic communication happens, when both parties feel heard, understood and valued, a joint sense of healing and repair happens (even if you are not in agreement!). Based on the work of Focusing Teacher, Dr. Janet Klein, this workshop will teach you the fundamental skills of supportive and caring interactive communication. You may read more about Dr. Jaison and her work by clicking here.

Wholebody Focusing with Suzanne Bolton (12:45-2:45)

Wholebody Focusing (WBF) provides a means for us to consciously be with both physically and emotionally stopped places in the body, and to allow the inherent wisdom of the body to move these places in a life-forward direction. It is a process within which the body and its parts can reassess their relationship to one another and then find a new, more functional way of existing together, supported by the external environment. "It is a natural process that invites the power of conscious awareness to awaken a dynamic inner-directed knowing, a knowing that is at the heart of every one of us.”1 

This workshop will review the origins of WBF, along with its similarities to, and differences from, Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing model, and will then teach, in an experiential way, the core elements and process of WBF. 

1. McEvenue, K., (2009). A brief description of wholebody focusing. Staying in Focus, 9(1), 8. Retrieved from


Bela Farm

Bela Farm offers deep, immersive opportunities for land-based Jewish learning and living, creating for participants sustained connections with self, community, and the earth. The design, goals, and activities of Bela Farm are rooted in Jewish values and practices open to all.



Directions from Toronto to 5726 Sixth Line, Hillsburgh

-401 west to Trafalgar
- exit at Trafalgar North
- left at Highway 7 (Trafalgar ends)
- right on Trafalgar North/ Balinafad
- drive through Balinafad, past one set of lights and one set of flashing lights
- at second flashing light, 17 Sideroad, turn left
- right on Sixth Line
- 5726 is on the left, with long driveway
- if you reach Hillsburgh, you have gone too far north

Don't use GPS - it has led a lot of folks astray!
Farm phone: 519 855 1737
Rochelle cell: 417 278 3580

Alternate route from downtown:
Landsdowne to Bloor
Right on Dundas West - 
Right on keele
Right on Black Creek
To 401 west
Etc. as above


Earlier Event: November 3
Womens Focusing Group
Later Event: November 8
No Focusing & Trauma Group