Unpacking your inner world for a better outer world
Having a self-development practice helps to deepen the understanding we have of ourselves. The result is we become more adaptable and more effective at creating change in our lives.
Over this 6 week class, participants will learn the embodiment and contemplative practice of Focusing as they work through an issue in their life.
Focusing, like meditation, taps into your body's wisdom, while building awareness and presence. However, where in a mindfulness practice we acknowledge a thought and go back to our breath or mantra, in Focusing we ask the body "what needs my attention right now" and we stay with whatever emerges to understand it, acknowledge it, and integrate it.
The class will create a space to share and learn more about ourselves and each other, with the ultimate goal of moving a personal or professional objective forward. In particular, we will get to know the 8 Cs of self-leadership, that help us in carrying forward. The 8 Cs are calmness, connectedness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, courage and creativity.
The 6 steps of Focusing will be taught, including finding the felt sense (your body's wisdom, primarily manifested as physical and emotional sensations), as well as two supporting core skills of Focusing: 1) how to deeply listen to a "focuser" and ourselves, and 2) the focusing attitude.
As an added bonus, Focusing grows our self-empathy and self-compassion, as well as empathy and compassion for others which together help to foster a deeper connectedness with the people in our lives. Participants will be paired to practice between sessions, for both Focusing and listening.
Complementary tools will be crossed with Focusing to enhance the use of the senses utilizing the latest neurobiology research, including learning to ground in the body, getting to know the "parts" of ourselves that are connected to our issues, emotional intelligence, drawing/art, and journaling/free-flow writing.
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: Online via Zoom
Time: Monday afternoons, 2:30-4:30 pm EST, starting January 21st (course ends March 4th; no class February 18th)
Cost: $350 for 6 weeks, 2 hours each meeting
Introduction to Focusing: Meet the course facilitators and get a small taste of focusing on Monday, January 14th, from 2:30-4pm EST. Cost is $20.