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As a service to the international focusing community, The Focusing Institute provides this space for the posting of dates and times of Focusing-related workshops.

Ongoing "Changes" groups are listed on the Changes Support Groups page. ("Changes" groups meet to share Focusing either with or without a facilitator). The Focusing Institute does not monitor, and is not responsible or accountable for the following workshops. However individuals list as Certified Trainers have been certified by the Focusing Institute to be highly competent Focusing teachers. For  information on Institute workshops, please refer to our Workshops page. For further information on workshops put on by others, please contact them directly at the address or phone number listed.

Are you holding a focusing-related workshop that you would like listed here? Email our Webmaster Scott Will with the workshop particulars.

Please also visit our Changes Support Groups page.

Online Classes

Online: A Taste of TAE. A monthly meeting on Zoom, starting Monday, April 24, 9:30 - 11:30 am Pacific time (convert to your time). We are excited to offer a fun way to approach TAE. We will have playful exercises to experience the ideas behind Gendlin’s steps. We will work with different modes of expression - for example, language, art, nature and more. And there will also be space to discuss your personal questions and experiences with TAE. Come join us for A Taste of TAE every last Monday of the month. (Contact us for our exact schedule, we will adhere to the group’s needs for timing.) Cost: $20.00 per individual class, $55.00 for three classes, $90.00 for six classes, paid in advance. A percentage will go to The International Focusing Institute. Please respond to and pay in advance by Paypal to or send check to Wendi S. Maurer, please note "A Taste of TAE." Zoom address will be presented upon payment. The number of participants will be limited to 20.

Online: Coming Back to Life — Restoring the body’s spirit with Wholebody Focusing. This is Module 1 of a 4 Module series on WBF via Zoom, starting on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. or Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time. Learn the basic elements of WBF, taught in a new way. Explore how the living body brings us back to ourselves, allowing the whole body to awaken inner-directed energy, movement and new possibilities for embodiment. Open your awareness to the spiraling movements of our natal life-force, letting the whole body come to life, restoring more of its natural spirit and vitality to our selves and others in the shared relational field. If interested, please contact Glenn at for more information and to register. Taught by Glenn Fleisch, Ph.D., WBF Coordinator and therapist.

Online: An Eight-Month Course Leading to a Proficiency in Focusing Partnership. includes four Levels, two manuals, and email support. $275 for Level One, $795 for Levels 2, 3, and 4 if paid together. Taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, author of The Power of Focusing. 510-225-0690.

Online: Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach. Explore existential themes in your personal and professional life. Develop strengths and counseling skills to improve your well-being and the well-being of others. Taught by Mia Leijssen, PhD, Professor of Person-centered/Experiential/Existential Psychotherapy at the University of Leuven, Belgium and Siebrecht Vanhooren, PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. FREE OF CHARGE. More info

Online: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The Focusing Institute.

Online: Focusing Initiatives International ( offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

Online: Making Sense of Living: A Course in Felt Relating. Course in Focusing Partnership based on the Domain Focusing Model (or Recovery Focusing model). Ten month course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC, author of Loving At the Edge: Recovery Emerging. Contact Website:

Online: Opening the Treasure Box.Five-week course using the H.O.W. We Heal process to explore a creative, work, personal change, or Focusing project. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact Website:

Online: Passing It On: Teaching, Guiding, and Facilitating Meaning Making. Advanced course for certification as a Focusing Professional or trainer. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact  Website:

Online: Stepping Stones to Healing.  A felt sensed exploration of the principles of the 12 Steps of Recovery while learning H.O.W. to Facilitate Recovery Focusing Groups. Group process based on the H.O.W. We Heal model. Ten session weekly course. Taught by Suzanne L. Noel, CFC. Contact Website:

Online: The Intellectual / Emotional / Felt Sensual Adventure of a Lifetime: Exploring A Process Model with Rob Parker, PhD., SFTT. Weekly teleconference. In depth study of Eugene Gendlin's book, A Process Model. Be amazed and transformed, day by day, as this new way of thinking/feeling/living gradually sinks in. Open to those who wish to explore the edges of philosophy and the ground of Focusing. More info

In Person Gatherings

AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Residential Focusing Retreat facilitated by Ruth Hirsch & Jane Quayle at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy in Kurri Kurri, Thursday, July 13th to Sunday July 16th, 2017. Take time out and explore the diversity of Focusing. Ruth and Jane are enthusiastic about sharing their depth of knowledge of this creative practice with you. They have found ways to make Focusing more accessible and powerful for themselves and others. They endeavor to create a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where you will be encouraged to be generous with yourself as you explore your own inner space. Ruth and Jane aim to help you discover your inherent inner strengths and capacities. This retreat is suitable for all Focusers from experienced to beginner. More information

BRAZIL, SAO PAULO: Focusing Courses Leading to Partnership Proficiency in Focusing. Levels 1,2,3 and 4. Levels 1 and 2 taught by teachers in training and supervised by Stephen Paul Adler Ph.D., Coordinator in Training and Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. Levels 3 and 4 taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D., author of The Power of Focusing, the Radical Acceptance of Everything, Focusing in Clinical Practice, and Presence. Upon completion of levels 1-4 participants can enter a two year training program to become a Certified Focusing Practioner in Inner relationship Focusing Certified by both the Focusing Institute and Focusing Resources, taught by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D. - Contact Eduardo Rene Trigo Director Act Institute at - Website:

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and BioSpiritual Focusing workshops, group meetings, training and private sessions. Focusing videotapes and resources available. Nada Lou Coordinator, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, Qc. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail:

CANADA, MONTREAL, QC: Focusing and Introduction to TAE with Nada Lou.  Certified Coordinator, Nada offers Certification Training for people who wish to become Focusing Trainers. Individual, private sessions are available upon request. Nada Lou, 908 Lake St. Louis Road, Lery, QC. J6N 1A7. Phone/Fax (450) 692-9339, e-mail:

CANARY ISLANDS, LANZAROTE ISLAND: "The Art of Being Your True Self - Your Body Knows the Way" with Ursula Ohse, May 15th through 18th, 2017. This four-day workshop is a combination of Focusing and Biography Work. You will take a close look at who you are, what you are really passionate about, and what gives you a sense of meaning in your life. It takes place on the island of Lanzarote, at the Centro de Terapia Antroposófica, near Puerto del Carmen. View the English Weeks on Lanzarote flyer for more information, or email Ursula Ohse at You can visit her website here:

COSTA RICA: "Enlivening Recovery" Retreats; Domain Focusing Partnership courses; one-on-one Personalized Training; Monthly Changes Meetings (Focusing Circles); and various five-week Making Sense of Living workshops. Contact: Suzanne L. Noel, CFT at

IRELAND: Nearer to the Heart’s Desire through Your Body's Wisdom with Ann Weiser Cornell, Saturday and Sunday June 17 and 18, 2017, Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords Co Dublin. We will explore this theme from many directions creating a safe and empowering experience for growing with Focusing. Early bird until March 31st 2017: €220pp includes workshop fee, breaks and lunch both days. (€250 after this date) Contact Mary Jennings at

ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Focusing Basics for Coaches and Healing Professionals. Includes the equivalent of 2 levels, 100 pg. Manual, and email support. 8 weekly meetings.To facilitate and enhance learning, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. Advanced courses, one-one private tuition, and Focusing Oriented Therapy sessions also available. Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, Certified Trainer and Certifying Coordinator for The Focusing Institute.

THE NETHERLANDS, Nijenholtpade: Children Focusing Summer School in The Netherlands. A 6 day international Children Focusing training in The Netherlands from Friday, July 14, 2017 till Thursday, July 20, 2017. Teachers are Emanuela Fonticoli, Harriet Teeuw,  René Veugelers  and  Laura Bavalics. More information on Click here for brochure.

UNITED KINGDOM: Fiona Parr is a certified Coordinator and offers trainings in the Focusing Skills Certificate Course Levels 1-5 in the South West of England.  Professional training and individual tuition is also offered. Have a look at my web site for more information, email me at, or call 01837 840165.

UNITED STATES, CA, LOS ANGELES: John Amodeo and Laury Rappaport will be presenting an all-day pre conference workshop. "Integrating Focusing into Your Clinical Practice" at the Evolution of Addiction Conference Feb. 5th in Los Angeles. Special Discount 20%: use the following code: Rappaport20 More info

UNITED STATES, CA, SAN FRANCISCO area and elsewhere: The Focusing Resources offers many workshops and retreats.  Click here for current information.

UNITED STATES, CA, SANTA BARBARA: Focusing Training and Focusing in Psychotherapy groups forming quarterly. Ongoing Focusing Group meets monthly for four weekend hours. Contact Deirdre P. Morse, Ph.D., Three West Carrillo, Suite 215, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805-965-7730,

UNITED STATES, CA, SANTA ROSA:  Ongoing training and workshops. The Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute offers a variety of workshops and trainings in Focusing, expressive arts, and Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapy (FOAT). Certification tracks are available. See for schedule and information and/or contact Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT at:

UNITED STATES, MA, ARLINGTON: Calendar of Special Events. All workshops unless otherwise specified are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Each will be held at the Arlington Center, Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. More information at New England Focusing website.

UNITED STATES, MA, CAPE COD: Focusing-Oriented Therapy: Using the ‘Felt Sense’ to Optimize Clinical Effectiveness with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD. July 24 – 28, 2017 (Monday – Friday) at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth. This seminar will teach the Focusing process and how it can augment any form of psychotherapy. It will include didactic lectures, experiential exercises, case presentations, and discussions. You will also learn how to utilize this six-step introspective process for your own well-being as well as in supervision. Participants with no knowledge of Focusing as well as those with some background in this method will benefit from the seminar. Click here for more information.

UNITED STATES, MA, NEWTON: Focusing-Oriented Therapy: Using Implicit Experience to implement Change with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD. April 29th, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm EST. Part of the Master Series in Clinical Practice at William James College. Participants will be introduced to the focusing technique. Applications for working with psychotherapy and coaching clients will be discussed. In the morning the Focuisng process will be taught and experienced. In the afternoon, applications to therapy will be introduced with video and case examples. Click here for more information.

UNITED STATES, NJ, POMPTON PLAINS: North Jersey Professional Focusing Association holds events in New Jersey for people who want to learn how to find inner calm through the practice of Focusing. At NJFPA events, which are tailored to different levels of Focusing experience, safety and a welcoming atmosphere are ensured for all attendees. For more information, visit the NJFPA website at

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: Aboriginal FOT and Complex Trauma year long program with Shirley Turcotte, DaRa Williams, Isabel Adon and Margarita Guergue beginning February 10- 12, 2017. Taught from an Aboriginal-Indigenous perspective this advanced 21 day, seven module program uses Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy (AFOTCT)) as a safe, compassionate, and effective method of working with clients who have experienced complex trauma. Click here to register or Melinda Darer:

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: Focusing and Authentic Movement meets Sunday afternoons in midtown Manhattan from 4 - 6. A wonderful opportunity to warm-up your body and invite the focusing process. Barbara Chutroo is a certified focusing trainer, licensed social worker and dance/movement therapist. She has studied Wholebody Focusing with Kevin McEvenue and integrates a range of creative movement ideas and exercises. For information, call 212 721-4284 or email

UNITED STATES, NY, NEW YORK CITY: New York Metro Focusing community meetings: Each evening has its own theme. For more information, visit our website at To receive emails on Focusing evenings, including NY Metro Focusing meetings, in the NYC area, subscribe to our moderated email list at Simply put "subscribe" in the subject line.

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