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Focusing in Place: Our Living Spaces

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Gillian Parrish



Online Joining Information

(portable laptop, tablet or smartphone is suggested)

Because of the interactive nature of this workshop, please plan to attend live.

Before the event, you will receive detailed instructions on how to join Zoom. No special equipment is required.

Meeting Format

Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

Times worldwide: Convert to your time zone here.
Registration closes June 19, 2019

Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space ask us to look at “how we inhabit our vital space…how we take root, day after day, in our house, ‘our corner of the world’.”

Rooted in eco- and positive psychology, this workshop perches on the skin-thin edge of our outer and inner spaces. “Inhabit” hosts “habit”: our habitual ways of seeing and being. In the old word-roots of “habit” we find a circular meaning, an act of gathering that includes receiving and giving.

During this class, participants will be guided through an exploration of the “living spaces” in your home that replenish and inspire you for your work in the world outside your door.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Gillian and the other participants as a small group. A large portion of the class will be comprised of experiential exercises: brief Focusing sessions in three different spaces in your dwelling. (The exercises are designed for Focusing pairs via Zoom breakout rooms, so if possible, please plan to attend using a portable device such as your laptop, tablet, or smartphone).

Class size is limited.


The video link is an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. The class will be held in meeting format so that all participants will see the presenter and each other. (There is an option to turn off your video if you prefer and technical instructions will be given at the class start).

NOTE: Because of the interactive nature of this workshop, please plan to attend live. A recording of the class will be provided only to those who attend in person, for review. This class is best suited for those with at least some experience with Focusing, though all are welcome.

About Your Facilitator

Gillian Parrish is a Certified Focusing Trainer who has been Focusing for nearly 20 years. She teaches classes and workshops on Focusing and provides one-on-one training and companioning. By day, she serves as a professor of creative writing, teaching and mentoring writers on-campus and online. In addition to her own creative work, she writes on the craft of teaching and on ecopoetics.

Registration Details

$ 40.00

Paid-up Institute Members

$ 50.00



For more information: Contact Elizabeth at or (845) 480-5111.

Registration Information

Refund policy: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable. The International Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or having the full enrollment fee returned to you.

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