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Focusing for Beginners (8 weeks)

Learn Focusing and listening skills

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Annette Dubreuil
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Annette Dubreuil (Coordinator-in-training) and Shahd Omar (Trainer-in-training)

Where & When

Tuesdays, April 25-June 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern (two week break May 23rd and May 30th)
Eastern Time

Meeting Format

In this eight-week course, we slowly get to know each of the 6 steps of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing practice. Each week, we learn about one or two steps and/or a new way of listening in Focusing partnerships. Here is the course overview by week:

  • Clearing a space and the Focusing attitude (receiving) + Holding space
  • Finding a felt sense + Saying back (mirroring)
  • Finding a felt sense about an issue + Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (continue mirroring)
  • Felt shifts + Reflecting with our own words (active listening)
  • Getting a handle and resonating + (continue active listening)
  • Asking + Helping your Focuser with general prompt questions (experiential peer listening)
  • Asking + Helping your Focuser deepen their experience with specific questions (experiential peer listening continued)
  • Noticing patterns + Helping your Focuser deepen their experience with specific questions (experiential peer listening continued)

As we go, we gradually grow our Focusing and listening skills, by building each week some of these skills.

You’ll learn to know where the Focuser is in the process, and when to ask questions which help the process move along, such as:

  • “Where do you carry that in your body?”
  • “Can you get a handle for that?”
  • “What’s the worst about that?”
  • “What would it feel like if it as all better?”

Each class begins with a centering/grounding practice and a check-in. We then have a a teaching piece of a Focusing step or two and/or some listening skills and a small embodied guided exercise (experiential). We’ll then have a short break and come back for a demonstration followed by breakout room practice (groups of two or three). We end back together in the main room for some Q&A, sharing and a brief closing.

To further your practice, it is encouraged to also form a Focusing partnership with another participant. This involves meeting between classes to practice, in an exchange of Focusing and listening. You can also opt to be assessed for the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Award provided through TIFI in the final few weeks of the course.

Timing and other details

Next Groups:

  • Tuesdays, April 25-June 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern (two week break May 23rd and May 30th)
  • Upcoming classes - dates to be determined. Please email me at [email protected] if you cannot make the above course to let me know when you would be available for this training. If you are a practitioner or someone who is an intermediate or experienced Focuser, you could also look at the 4-week version of this course.

Group size: each group is capped at 24 people

Who is this course for? The course is designed for beginners (both beginners in Focusing and listening). (There is also an intensive 4-week version of this course which may be better suited to you if you are an experienced listener but a beginner Focuser).

Course location: Zoom

Course teachers: Annette Dubreuil (Coordinator-in-training) and Shahd Omar (PUPA Trainer-in-training)

Sliding scale pricing: There are spots available at a reduced rates to make the course more accessible. Please view the sliding scale fees guidance document for details and codes if you need support.


  • You can take this class as a stand alone experience, continue on with the whole PUPA journey, or whatever course or courses resonate with you.
  • Consisting of five courses, the journey covers learning Focusing (this course), learning about who you are, discovering who you want to be and what you want to bring into the world with TAE, transforming a large block using the 8Cs of self-leadership, and finally a course on taking action with embodied leadership.
  • The journey can also be extended to the PUPA Focusing Certification Program, which includes additional requirements to become a Certified Focusing Professional with The International Focusing Institute.


Annette Dubreuil - [email protected]

There is sliding scale pricing to make the course affordable to more people.

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