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Advanced and Certification Weeklong 2022

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Beatrice Blake
Tom Larkin
Dan Schachter

The International Focusing Institute with Beatric Blake, Tom Larkin and Dan Schachter

Where & When

October 16 - 21, 2022
Online & in person options in Dublin Ireland and Madison CT (US)

Online Joining Information

All registrants will receive further information as we get closer to the event./Todos los inscritos recibirán más información a medida que nos acerquemos al evento.

Advanced and Certification Weeklong 2022

Weeklong 2022 para Avanzados Y Certificación

Crossing and Belonging/Versionar y Pertenecer

October 16 - 21, 2022
16 al 21 de octubre de 2022

 

The 2022 Weeklong will be a hybrid model with three choices/El 2022 Weeklong será un modelo híbrido con tres opciones

(1) All online  including your Home group/En línea, incluido su Grupos Hogar
or
(2)  Hybrid (Some online, with Home Groups and more in person) -  United States: Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center - Madison, Connecticut (2 hours from New York City)
or
(3) Hybrid (Some online, with Home Groups and more in person) -  Ireland: Dominican Retreat Centre - Tallaght Village - Dublin 24

The Weeklong is the flagship event of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) and began in 1979.  It is a warm and intimate event, and features a certification ceremony. In the early days, anyone who wanted to become certified by the Institute was required to attend a Weeklong.  Now, the Weeklong is still a celebration of our international certification, but it is so much more. At the Weeklong, you are invited to connect or re-connect with our diverse international community.  It is a rare opportunity to be with an intimate group of advanced practitioners, to learn from one another and to share your wisdom. 

WHO ATTENDS THE WEEKLONG?  Español

It is intended for all those who are certified by The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) or will be recommended for certification by the start date of the Weeklong.

BENEFITS OF THE WEEKLONG    Español

The Weeklong can reinvigorate or launch your work, and strengthen the foundation of your life-long participation in our global Focusing community.  It is led by a Facilitation Team of Coordinators from different countries and backgrounds.  They are supported by several Collaborating Coordinators, and together this team creates an event rich with learning and sharing.

At the Weeklong, you will deepen or learn new skills, connect with others through common interests, experience a variety of cultural perspectives, and build upon the legacy of Focusing and The International Focusing Institute. There are also ample opportunities to share your skills and your particular Focusing approach.

At the Weeklong, you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of your special place in the ongoing evolution of Focusing and the worldwide Focusing community;
  • Deep and life-long connections to Focusers from around the world who share your passion and interests and can offer you continuing support and contact as you take your next steps;
  • Practical skills to help you to deepen your Focusing practice, professionally and personally;
  • A new or renewed sense of clarity and confidence about how you can offer your own gift of Focusing freshly to the world.

At past Weeklongs, people found they were able to more deeply discover themselves, their gifts, and their aliveness through the experience of deep connection in a profoundly accepting and supportive community — a community that has continued long after the week was completed. The Weeklong is not just about deepening our understanding and practice of Focusing, but deepening our understanding of ourselves and what we bring to the global community.

FEATURES OF THE WEEKLONG   Español

Daily Presentations (required) – Each day the plenaries will be offered live but will also be recorded for those who cannot attend live due to timezone.  These presentations will include simultaneous translation to Spanish.

Home Groups (required) – These are groups of about 10-15 people, facilitated by one of our Facilitation Team (or a Coordinator who has volunteered to lead one).  Home Groups give you a chance to form deep connections with a small group. The Home Groups are a time to process what you're experiencing during the Weeklong.  They are an important part of the Weeklong.  Each will differ slightly based on the personalities of the leader and the group, and each will include Focusing time, sometimes as a whole group and sometimes in dyads or triads.

Opportunities For You To Present Workshops (optional)– Once you have registered, you can submit a workshop to offer during the Weeklong.  Please send the following information: (1) your workshop title and a one line description, (2) if you are attending online, include the time zone you will be in during the Weeklong. Normally, we provide the zoom room and zoom support. Email to [email protected]  We will do our best to accommodate all who wish to give a presentation.

Opportunities To Hang Out For Fun, Conversation Or Focusing (optional)– We will create times during the week when the Zoom room will be open for you to be spontaneous with one another. 

Certification Ceremony - We finish our week in celebration. It is a warm and intimate event. During the certification ceremony, whether you are newly certified or certified in the past,  you will be able to locate yourself and your teachers in the history of the Focusing movement on our Focusing timeline. 

FAQs
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THE SCHEDULE/EL HORARIO

 

Online Schedule English        Horario en línea Español        In-Person Schedule Mercy by the Sea, CT, US     

In-Person Schedule Dominican Centre - Dublin, Ireland

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS Español

IMPORTANT: IF YOU SIGN UP, YOU ARE COMMITTING TO ATTENDANCE  – The hallmark of the Weeklong is the building of community cross-culturally among Focusers from all over the world.  To maintain the nature of the intimacy of the Weeklong, if you sign up, you must commit to attending all Home Groups and all Plenaries. (Plenaries may be watched after-the-fact if you live in a place where the time of day is impossible for you, but we ask that you do your best to watch them prior to your Home Group.)  We also ask you to make an effort to attend as many of the optional events as possible.

THE FACILITATION TEAM   Español

Beatrice Blake, New Hampshire, US.  Focusing coordinator. Beatrice gives online classes, in English and Spanish, in Focusing, Thinking at the Edge, Nonviolent Communication for Focusers, and Trainer Certification.

Tom Larkin, Dublin, Ireland.  Tom is a psychotherapist in private practice in Dublin. He is a Certifying Focusing Coordinator, a Children Focusing trainer and a Forest Therapy Guide.

 

Dan Schachter, Tel Aviv, Israel. Focusing coordinator, Focusing Oriented Therapist, and clinical psychologist in private practice. Dan teaches Focusing, TAE (Thinking at the Edge) and the philosophy of the implicit, and he is a member of the TIFI Focusing Weeklong Core Team.

Videos from Dan Schachter coming soon!

WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES   Español

How TAE helps us think from our own experience - Beatrice Blake

Thinking at the Edge shows us how to bring our felt sense of situations into our thinking process, thus complementing other forms of information. The challenges our planet faces will not be solved only by science and technology, although we very much need what they provide. Their data must be balanced by the very human data provided by felt sensing.

In this workshop, the first step is to get in touch with a felt sense of something that fascinates you, or something you have been curious about for awhile—something you would like to do, create, resolve, explain, etc.

Next, you’ll allow your felt sense to “hand you” two moments in your life that somehow relate to your felt sense--even if it’s not immediately obvious why those incidents are relevant.

We will work on identifying the details of our “instances” and discovering the unique "patterns" they form. Hopefully, we will have time to “cross” these patterns. Crossing  deepens our understanding of the original felt sense.

Focusing With Nature - Tom Larkin

Eugene Gendlin said, “There is no ‘body’ apart from the environment. The body generates itself in the environment, out of environment … Living things are always already both body and environment”*. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore experientially what this statement might mean as it relates to our natural environment. For participants it will open up the possibility to make or remake a connection with nature and will model a way of being in the natural world.

You are invited to participate, by phone, tablet or computer, from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you - that could be from a local park or from your garden or from inside your own home either looking out on the natural world or with house plants. Offering Focusing and Forest Therapy invitations, Tom will guide participants in a gentle exploration of their natural environment.
The process draws its inspiration from, and is a crossing of Focusing with Forest Therapy, a form of Shinrin Yoku (translated from Japanese as Forest Bathing).

The ABC of Focusing - Dan Schachter
A punto de ser cambiado

In his main philosophical work “A Process Model”, Gendlin talks about the space of felt sensing as one in which any known pattern functions as “about to be changed”.

In this workshop we will be playing with making that notion a cornerstone of Focusing. We will think about, and experiment with, what happens when we interact with ourselves, with others and with all our contents in this manner. What kind of processes may happen, what kind of transformative living might be supported, when everything is related to as About to Be Changed….

In the workshop we will:
Read and Focus on a short text from A Process Model related to this notion.
Exercise how to move with the already known in the direction of what is not known, yet....
 

OUR COLLABORATING COORDINATORS   Español

Our collaborating coordinators will facilitate small group meetings - called "home groups" each day and may present a workshop.

Carlos Aceituno
Carlos Aceituno - Guatemala

Carlos is a therapist from Antigua, Guatemala and has been Focusing since 1997 when he first was introduced through Carlos Alemany of Spain to Focusing as a "philosophy of life." He was self-taught from 1997 to 2005 and later trained with Robert Lee in the Domain Focusing model. Carlos attended his first Weeklong in 2008 where Mary Hendricks-Gendlin invited him to train as a Coordinator. He studied internationally with many different teachers learning a variety of modalities of Focusing. He became a Coordinator in 2012.

Taller: Focusing, Arte y Espiritualidad   Workshop: Focusing, Art and Spirituality
En español con traducción al inglés  / In Spanish with translation to English 

 

Ceci Burgos
Cecilia Burgos - Argentina

Cecilia is a Coordinator and  body-centered counselor (FOT). Additionally, she is an Hakomi Teacher, EFT practitioner and Energetic Healer. She was introduced to Focusing 24 years ago by Elena Frezza. She enjoys accompanying people in personal development processes by including the use of body-mind-soul resources.

Taller: La dirección hacia la vida en los sueños   Workshop: Life-forward energy in dreams  
En español con traducción al inglés  / In Spanish with translation to English 

 

João da Fonseca
João da Fonseca - Portugal

João is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and Focusing Coordinator from Portugal, living near Lisbon and close to the sea, where he was also born and raised. His professional and psychotherapeutic training took him on a singular path in search of a way to gather and legitimate the majestic wisdom of human experiential processes and the value of practices that use modified states of consciousness. He his trained on Transpersonal, Existential, Focusing-Oriented and EMDR therapies. Also, he has worked on Psychedelic Research as a lead-therapist for the last 2 years and has just returned to his private practice.

Workshop: Focusing, Psychedelics and Mystical Experiences   Taller: Focusing, psicodélicos y experiencias místicas
In English with Spanish translation / En ingles con traduccion al español

Harriet Teeuw
Harriet Teeuw - Netherlands

Harriet is a Coordinator and Art Therapist, working in her own practice with children, parents and adults in The Netherlands. Teaching “Dynamic Expressive Focusing” and Focusing International Online Certification Program for Focusing Practitioners https://www.childrenfocusing.org/  www.deruimte-info.nl    [email protected]

Workshop: Using symbols as an entrance to the Felt Sense   Taller: Usar símbolos como una entrada al Sentido Sentido
In English with Spanish translation / En ingles con traduccion al español

 

 

Language    Español

Being multi-lingual is an important value of The International Focusing Institute and of the Weeklong.  We will offer simultaneous translation to Spanish for all main presentations.  We will offer a Home Group in Spanish online  Certainly, a Home Group could be created in another language as well, if there are enough participants who wish to speak that language. 

LOCATION OPTIONS   In person available in English only

 

Mercy by the Sea

Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center - US - Madison, CT - located approximately 2 hours from New York City, the retreat center is located on 33 beautiful acres of waterfront property along Long Island Sound. It is a lovely and peaceful place where we have enjoyed numerous retreats in the past. Visit the website www.mercybythesea.org

COVID-19 UPDATE In accordance with national guidelines, at this time, Mercy is requiring guests to present either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test (not a home test) within 72 hours of arrival. The center will be checking vaccination cards or negative tests results upon check-in. During your stay, we encourage masks, especially for those not vaccinated; however, they are not required. As we know, the state of the pandemic is in flux and we will of course cooperate with any policy changes which might come from the Mercy Retreat Center.

Dominican Retreat Centre

Dominican Retreat Centre - Dublin Ireland - conveniently located in Dublin this retreat center offers a tranquil setting with comfortable accommodations and lovely grounds. Visit the website https://domrc.ie/

COVID-19 UPDATE In accordance with national guidelines, at this time, the Dominican Retreat Center is not requiring that guests be vaccinated, nor any proof of a negative test. During your stay, we encourage masks, especially for those not vaccinated; however, they are not required. As we know, the state of the pandemic is in flux and we will of course cooperate with any policy changes which might come from the Dominican Retreat Center.

DISCOUNTS    Español

For the 2022 Weeklong, we are moving to our 3-tier pricing model. Last year, we offered a certification discount of $300 for those recently certified. However, even with the discount, the tuition was still not affordable for some in lower income economies. To be more inclusive, this year we are offering options of $100, $250 or $500 based on an individual's personal circumstance.

Additionally, we have Workstudy opportunities and a limited amount of scholarship money through the Janet Klein fund.

WORKSTUDY DISCOUNTS ($100 off)   

Zoom host back-up to support main zoom host (minimum 2 workshops)

Living Room/Sala de estar - Take responsibility for 3 of the Living Rooms. We will provide the zoom; the volunteer must be familiar with hosting on Zoom and able to act as a warm and inviting host to whatever participants show up. We can specify certain Living Rooms as Spanish and others as English but we cannot provide translation./Toma responsibilidad para 3 de las Salas de estar Usarás nuestra cuenta de Zoom; el voluntario debe ser muy cómodo actuando como anfitrion de Zoom, y capaz de ser anfitrion
acogedor a cualquier participante que venga.  No se puede ofrecer traducción en las Salas de estar, pero podemos etiquar ciertas cuantas como de habla español.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) written or spoken support based on individual experience

In person helper at Mercy by the Sea, CT - US

In person helper at Dominican Retreat Centre, Dublin - Ireland

Photographer Mercy by the Sea, CT - US - use your own digital camera or high quality phone for event photos

Photographer Dublin, Ireland - use your own digital camera or high quality phone for event photos

To apply for or ask questions about workstudy: email [email protected].

DR. JANET KLEIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND    Español

A limited amount of scholarship money is available. We ask that you first consider a Workstudy discount or the lowest tuition price before applying for this scholarship. To apply please email a short application which includes 1) your name and country  2) your Coordinator's name 3) why you would like to attend the Weeklong; 4) the scholarship amount that would make it possible for you to attend. Please email this short statement to: [email protected]

Registration Details

Español

You must be a certified current member of the Institute to attend. If you are not a member please join before registering.

Three Tier Pricing -  We welcome you to select the level right for you, while reminding you that if you have a reliable means of support and live in a country with a strong economy, we ask that you pay the regular price. By choosing the highest amount you are capable of paying you help make the sliding scale possible. Thank you!
(Your certification fee is a separate fee from the Weeklong fees and is paid when you are recommended by your Coordinator for certification.)
 
Early Bird Pricing extended through September 30, 2022
Regular tuition $500  Modified tuition $250  Lowest tuition $100

In-Person Room and Board
Mercy by the Sea - Connecticut United States (approximately 2 hours from New York City) Room and board - includes full meal plan. All rooms have private bath.
Cost: Tuition choice (above) + $775 Single
Cost: Tuition choice (above) + $675 Double

Dominican Retreat Centre - Dublin Ireland - includes full meal plan. All rooms have a sink in the room, shared baths on the hallway.
Cost: Tuition choice (above) + $725 Single (only single rooms offered)

Pricing after September 30, 2022
Regular tuition $550  Modified tuition $300  Lowest tuition $125
Mercy by the Sea
Cost: Tuition choice (above) + $850 Single
Cost: Tuition choice (above) + $750 Double

Dominican Retreat Centre
Tuition choice (above) + $775 Single

Payment plans are available. For a payment plan, please call our office at 845-480-5111 or email [email protected] to register.

Your certification fee is a separate fee from your Weeklong registration.

Cancellation Policy

Online - for cancellations received before October 1, 2022 - full refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancellations after October 1, 2022, full refund minus $50 processing fee

Mercy by the Sea - for cancellations received before October 1, 2022 -full refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancellations after October 1, 2022, tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee. No refund on room and board.

Dominican Retreat Center - for cancellations received before September 1, 2022 - full refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancellations after September 1, 2022, tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee. No refund on room and board.

Registration Deadline

Online - October 7 preferred (but will try to accommodate last minute additions, please ask)

Mercy by the Sea - as space allows (total 19 rooms) - see cancellation policy above for late registrants

Dominican Retreat Center (Dublin) - as space allows (total 20 rooms) - see cancellations policy above.

 

BEFORE REGISTERING:

1. Please read Attendance Requirements

2. This is an event intended for those who are certified by The International Focusing Institute or will be recommended for certification by your Coordinator by the start date of this Weeklong.  If you feel you have a special circumstance please write to Elizabeth at [email protected]

ROOM AND BOARD OPTIONS WILL APPEAR ON THE NEXT PAGE/LAS OPCIONES DE ALOJAMIENTO Y COMIDA APARECERÁN EN LA SIGUIENTE PÁGINA

Three Tier Pricing -  We welcome you to select the level right for you, while reminding you that if you have a reliable means of support and live in a country with a strong economy, we ask that you pay the regular price. By choosing the highest amount you are capable of paying you help make the sliding scale possible. Thank you! 

2022-04-21T04:00:00 - 2022-10-12T17:00:00

$ 500.00

Regular

$ 250.00

Modified

$ 100.00

Lowest

ROOM AND BOARD OPTIONS WILL APPEAR ON THE NEXT PAGE/LAS OPCIONES DE ALOJAMIENTO Y COMIDA APARECERÁN EN LA SIGUIENTE PÁGINA

Español

TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats.

At many of our events, we will end class by taking a screenshot.  All those who don't want to be included will have the chance to leave.  Taking screenshots for sharing (such as on social media) are not allowed at other times during the class.  Thanks for your cooperation.

By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

For more information:

Contact Elizabeth at [email protected] or (845) 480-5111.

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