Where & When
Soon after registering, an email confirmation will be sent to you with the Zoom link to join the webinar.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Eastern (NY) time
Registration closes Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 pm Eastern (NY) Time
Start times worldwide: 4pm Mexico City / 10pm London / Sydney 7am next day June 13 Click this link for your time.
Class will be recorded for registrants and available for viewing for one month.
Drawing can be a powerful tool to return to embodied states. What comes between most people and drawing? The early childhood messages that we carry with us through our lives; somewhere we came to believe that “artists” are the only kind of people that use drawing, and that we know something about what art is. But, in a parallel analogy, most of us do not consider ourselves writers, yet we write post-it notes, love letters and emails to ourselves and others.
For many of us, Focusing is a process of coming back to our childhood selves where we relearn how to construct meaning through the embodied knowledge that comes from the Felt Sense and felt sensing - to trust the felt sense as a place of implicit knowledge. Like drawing, somewhere along the way, usually, when we go to school, we were taught that knowledge and learning is something specific that doesn't involve the body. Our education teaches us that drawing isn't valuable unless it's in service of producing “artwork” that aligns with culturally imposed aesthetic conventions. We were told to discard drawing as a problem-solving process, visual problem-solving skill or a process tracking record in favour of linguistic and mathematical models.
The good news is we have an amazing capacity to learn new things. This workshop aims to challenge your beliefs about the role of drawing in contemporary culture and Introduce you to a discipline called Perceptual Learning. With an open mind and intention, we will use drawing to: Find the inner voice that tells you something about whether you are or are not an artist; clear space; explore places that have no adequate language to express; create containers to hold complexity, paradox, and in-between places; and keep process records and go deeper into your focusing practice.
Basic drawing materials participants will need:
- Sketchbook or a stack of blank paper
- Pencil and a box of 24 crayons is perfect but pastels, water colours, ink markers are welcome
- Body cards (handout will be provided in email confirmation letter)
All are welcome to attend. Some familiarity with Focusing will be helpful but is not required. This webinar will leave you with process instruction to return to these activities if you’d like to incorporate them into your Focusing practice.
We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the teacher and host, but you will not be seen. Questions may be typed in via the Q&A. Joining after the class has started is allowed.
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.
Jenna Chevalier is a Focusing Trainer and a Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist in training at Focusing on Borden, in Toronto Canada. Registered with the Ontario College of Teachers, Jenna holds a Master's degree in Education. She was formerly a Visual Arts and Special Education teacher who designed programs for adolescents coping with emotional and behavioural regulation challenges. She is currently finishing a Masters of Counselling Psychology. Jenna currently offers a range of coaching services, courses and workshops through her company, Well Being Partnership. She is an ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider and offers ADHD, wellness, recovery, Focusing, and academic coaching. She will be licensed as a psychotherapist in February of 2022. Jenna is a visual artist, graphic designer, RYT200 certified yoga teacher, and workshop presenter on a wide range of topics. She has been Focusing since 2011. Web: www.wellbeingpartnership.ca Social: @wellbeingpartnership
Jenna 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.
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. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Soon after registering, you will receive a confirmation letter which includes the instructions on how to join the event.