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Anchors and Swimmers - Communicating Across Differences

Focusing Highlights is a series of interactive, online pay-what-you-can classes.

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Monica Miller

The International Focusing Institute - Monica Miller

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Tuesday, January 16, 2pm-4pm
New York time

Online Joining Information

After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

Meeting Format
The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm New York time

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Live and Recorded

Class will be recorded for all registrants and available for viewing for one month.



Anchors and swimmers is based on the premise that when people connect through their vulnerability, micro change happens.

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No matter how oppositional our beliefs may be, when we “go underneath” we discover our innate humanness and interconnectedness. How we hold our differences may be more important than being right if we want to build vibrant communities and create peace in our world.

Anchors and Swimmers applies the Focusing attitude to create a safely anchored environment where the power and grace of receptive listening and connective reflecting deepens the conversation, shifts mindsets, offers comfort, and changes lives. Community connection heals our sense of isolation and disconnection, as well as helps heal old traumas we may carry.

Some familiarity with Focusing will be helpful, though all are welcome.


We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the presenter and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them. Highlights presenters may at times invite a small number of participants to unmute or join them onscreen during the webinar (optional).

You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the class. So if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still be able to view it for one month.


Monica Miller is a certified Focusing trainer with a special interest in Community Wellness Focusing. Monica’s life passions are herbalism, expressive arts, history and spirituality. Born in Pennsylvania and schooled in England, Monica spent most of her life on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, making plant medicine and raising two children. She lived at Esalen Institute for a year, studying with Gabrielle Roth and others, and assisting in workshops.

Her more recent adventures in California include a life dedicated to social permaculture through Community Wellness Focusing. Monica is creating a Community Wisdom card deck as a teaching tool for community connectivity and development. With a background in clown and dance, Monica brings playfulness, as well as depth, to her teaching.

Monica teaches at Focusing Initiatives International and has a coaching practice. For more information, check out her website:

Registration Details

Monica is offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.

If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

Refunds: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee (regardless of the registration fee paid) for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable.

Registration Policies: 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. Please note that the class will be recorded and may be distributed to a wider audience. 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.

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PLEASE NOTE: After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

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