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FOCUSING for CREATIVITY & HEALING COURSE

Level 1 - 5

I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.

 Charles de Lint 

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Certificated Focusing Foundation Skills Course

 

LEVEL 1 - 5 Focusing 

Commence 13 April 2021 –  11 Jan 2022

Each level: 1 session of 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks) Plus 1 x Focusing in pairs between each week session

Tuesdays 2.15pm - 4.15 pm

x 5 levels

This Focusing Course offers a means to

  • Develop a grounded and balanced sense of yourself

  • Express yourself creatively and freshly through body speech and mind 

  • Begin and support the process of authentic, genuine and deep healing

  • Compassionately respond to your inner judge / critic 

  • Enable a gentle and deep inner healing process 

  • Develop empathic and sensitive listening 

  • Enjoy an enriched sense of sharing and communing with others 

  • Learn to sense and befriend your body in a new & empowered way

  • Live life from the unfolding fresh moment

How does focusing assist in healing stuck or traumatised patterns?  (4 mins)

What is Focusing?

In focusing we are often pleasantly surprised by fresh or new spaces emerging, even from ‘impossibly stuck’ places. It is a moment by moment way of ‘coming home’ to yourself. We are inviting a shift from the closed loop of the repetitive thinking mind into the Ocean of the Felt-sensing in the body for relief and forward movement informed by bodily wisdom. It is an exquisitely sensitive way of listening to or sensing what our world is telling us, often in the form of subtle feelings/sensations, in a way that is safe and gentle. It offers a creative and quietly profound way of being even with what we find most difficult and challenging. It is, in my experience a deeply satisfying process allowing my heart and soul space to breathe and be itself, to find its own sense of rightness.

Focusing Course Participant says;

‘The only way that I can make the word for the journey is to imagine it’s like the wardrobe in the lion, witch and wardrobe. Or a pin hole camera! Focusing has been and continues to be almost as important to me as sleep – very important! This course with Simon was the biggest gift and I’ll always be grateful to him for helping me establish a focusing practice,’

Nagadipa Nathasha Lythego

Community

This program offers not only an enrichment in wellbeing but a profoundly deep sense of connection and sharing with an inclusive sense of community experience, where there is an emphasis on Focusing practice between the sessions for continuity and personal growth.

 

What can you expect in any one session

• Enjoy the closeness and intimacy of others on a shared journey 

• Hear and see the others as you interact and explore focusing 

• Do exercises, demonstrations and explore focusing together 

• Connect with individuals and the whole group (up to 8) 

• Focusing sessions between online sessions

An online course, How? Zoom!

  • This online course offers a very convenient way o to participate from the comfort of home, avoiding travel and whilst enjoying a sense of connection and community.

  • We will use Zoom – easy to download Zoom is really great because if you miss a session – we record all sessions – you can have a copy to listen to before the next session. You will be given a copy of each session that is recording for your learning library. 

  • Please read privacy and zoom protocols for your reassurance and community safety.

Ruth Cohen-rose shares her experience of her Focusing experience (53 secs)

Course dates & titles

Day: Tuesdays All times 2.15pm – 4.15 pm (some exceptions may be stipulated and some periodic changes may be made to certain dates due to changing circumstances)

 

LEVEL 1: Begin the adventure of Focusing 

• A comprehensive introduction to focusing 

• Allow you to engage in focusing partnerships 

• Exploring the landscape – Focusing and silent listening 

• Presence, our greatest friend and resource

• Letting it be there as fully as it wants to be 

• The shape of the Focusing process      

April 13, 20, 27.  May 4, 11, 18. 2021

LEVEL 2: The Fresh Edge                                                   

June 1,  8, 15,  22, 29. July 6. 2021

LEVEL 3: Coming Home to the Magic of the Senses       

July 20, 27.  Aug 3. (Not 10, 17, 24, 31.) Sept 7, 14, 21. 2021

LEVEL 4: Creativity, Play and self resourcing                     

Oct 5, 12, 19, 26.  Nov 2, 9. 2021

LEVEL 5: Healing, a universal home of abundance          

Nov 23, 30.  Dec 7, 14.  Jan 4, 11. 2021

See Overview of the Focusing Lvels below ***

 

Listen now to participant experiences from a recent Focusing Course

http://bit.ly/FocusingParticipantsEnthuse

Costs

LEVEL 1: £150 / 175 Euro

Deposit: Secure your place now Sterling and Euros Payment Pay a £50 / Euros 60 (to secure a place) deposit or for the 1st tier in full £150 / Euros 175 (payable prior to the start of tier 1)

 

Payment Options:   Bank transfer / Paypal

I would very much appreciate you covering transfer fees

 

Please send confirmation email info@mindfulnesswithcompassion.com to confirm payment of deposit/course, with your Bank Reference

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Interested and want to find out more?

Call me on 0044 (0)7974817393 or email info@mindfulnesswithcompassion.com

Focusing Zoom Course Participant says;

‘I have found the Online Focusing Foundation course with Simon highly transformational and supportive on my own personal enquiry path Focusing has a profound simplicity that has inspired me to continue with this journey in my life, noticing myself and others with new eyes at every moment. Simon’s guidance and accompaniment are exquisite, bringing spontaneity and vulnerability in the teachings has made this course unique for me, it resonates with a way of life I am heading as I keep remembering the way home.’

Marta Fabregat with love, Director An Tionól Compassionate Community and Retreat Centre, Galway.

Focusing one to one Coaching Participant says;

This is the biggest gift I’ve received from Simon is a place to connect with my truth in a more subtle, larger, more inclusive, softer way. '

Ruth Cohen

 

Focusing Zoom Online Course Participant says;

‘I have been doing this training over 3 modules now and it is wonderful, and absolute gem of a course and Trainer. Highly, highly recommended’!!! 

Carolyn Jane Davies CNVC Trainer NVC London Community

Focusing one to one Coaching Participant says;

I’ve developed a capacity through working with Simon in Focusing to come into presence by myself, to hold myself more, to listen more deeply, to allow a little more fully, to become overwhelmed less often.’

Ruth Cohen Mother & NVC Summer camp Community Member

Your Facilitator Simon McKibbin

• Cambridge University Associate Mindfulness Trainer 

• Mindfulness Certified with Breathworks and MISP 

• BFA Certified Focusing Practitioner and Teacher 

• Certified CNVC Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Trainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Eugene Gendlin on Summer School at Garrison in about 2000 and was touched by the humanity and humility he displayed which endeared me to him both as a Human Being and as a tremendous inspiration to explore Focusing.   

I have, I believe, benefitted more from Focusing than any other paradigm for transformation which is based on the body’s innate and natural ability to receive it’s own healing and forward movement when brought into a safe and resonant relationship with self and others. I combine Focusing with elements of Non-Violent Communication NVC and Mindfulness to further enrich the natural process of healing and community.

Simon

More on Focusing Attunements for Exquisite Healing and Wellbeing

https://soundcloud.com/simon-mckibbin/sets/focusing-attunements

 

Meet the Founder Eugene Gendlin introducing Focusing 

https://youtu.be/j7PEC5Mh5FY

 

On completion of this Certified Foundation Course

This course is accredited and in association and will be recognised by BFA (British Focusing Association) and the first step to becoming an accredited Practitioner of Focusing. You will have the option to enter the practitioner level training or to invest further in your own Focusing process.

Listen now to Short introduction to Focusing with Healing Attunement http://bit.ly/ExquisiteSelfHealingWithFocusingMethod

 

More on Focusing Teacher Simon McKibbin and what he offers: https://www.living-presence.co.uk/about

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***Overview of the Focusing Levels

 

LEVEL 1 content: Begin the adventure of Focusing 

• A comprehensive introduction to focusing 

• Allow you to engage in focusing partnerships 

• Exploring the landscape – Focusing and silent listening 

• Presence, our greatest friend and resource

• Letting it be there as fully as it wants to be 

• The shape of the Focusing process

 

LEVEL 2 content: The Fresh Edge

• The power of the word “something” 

• The felt sense and qualities of it 

• Ways of beginning a Focusing session 

• GAP Grounded Aware Presence 

• Clearing a space 

• Inviting the felt sense of a specific issue 

• Becoming a true companion 

• Focusing partnerships

 

LEVEL 3 content: Coming home to the magic of the senses 

• The gifts of the body in Focusing and Companioning 

• Whole body aliveness as a gateway to the bigger space 

• Allowing something to be there more fully – and to find its own way forwards 

• Movement in Focusing 

• Gestures and postures which symbolise a felt sense 

• Simple exercises to awaken inner-directed movement 

• Sensing both challenge and enjoyment with equal positive regard 

• Whole-body listening 

• Tips for silent Focusing / Tips for companioning a silent focuser

 

LEVEL 4 content: Creativity: Play and self resourcing

• Self-guiding skills and Phrases 

• Play and lightness in Focusing

• Deepening contact and receiving 

• Creativity an space of open possibility

• Inviting direct relationship 

 

LEVEL 5 content: Healing, a universal home of abundance 

• Focusing and exploring the meaning of healing 

• What limits us and our potential 

• What does freedom mean? 

• Levels of healing, physical, emotional and spiritual

• Poetry and inspirational quotes to support wellbeing

• Resting in the Limitless

 

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