Focusing for Sustainable Women


Unpacking your inner world for a better outer world

Research has shown that sustainability leaders tend to have a self-development practice, including mindfulness meditation. These practices help them to deepen the understanding of themselves, as well as broaden their worldview (perspective-taking). The result is people become more adaptable and more effective at creating change.

Over this 8 week women's group, participants will learn to engage in such contemplation as they work through an issue in their life. The women's group will create a space to share and learn more about ourselves and each other, with the goal of ultimately moving a sustainability objective forward.

This will be achieved through Focusing. Focusing is a contemplative practice that taps into your body's wisdom, while building awareness and presence. As a comparison, in a mindfulness practice we acknowledge a thought and go back to our breath or mantra, whereas in focusing we ask the body "what needs my attention" and stay with that to integrate whatever emerges.

The 6 steps of focusing will be taught, including finding the felt sense (your body's wisdom), as well as two supporting core skills of focusing. The first skill is how to deeply listen to a "focuser." Participants will be paired to practice between sessions. The second is the focusing attitude.

Focusing grows our self-empathy and self-compassion for ourselves, and empathy and compassion for others.

Complementary tools will be crossed with focusing to enhance the use of the senses and integration with the latest neurobiology research, including learning to ground in the body, getting to know the "parts" of yourself that are connected to the issue, emotional intelligence, and drawing/journaling.

About Us

  • Annette Dubreuil, BSc (environmental science), MBA (sustainability)
    Annette’s career has focused on advancing and disseminating cutting edge sustainability research and practice, most recently as Communications Director with Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Annette is a Certified Focusing Professional and developed body cards to record the felt sense with her Toronto community.
  • Nicole Mitchell, BA, M.Ed., C.C.C., RP
    Nicole Mitchell is a Focusing Trainer and a Focusing Oriented Therapist in training. Nicole is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. She incorporates Focusing into her practice on a day-to-day basis and is incredibly delighted by seeing the “shifts” clients can make in just one session.

Location: Annette's residence in the Trinity-Bellwoods park area
Time: Postponed until the fall. Dates TBD
Cost: $450 for 8 weeks, 2 hours each meeting

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