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Focusing Roundtable - On Setting Up a Reading Group to Explore Gendlin’s Philosophy: What we learned that you might find useful

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

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Mary Jennings
Margaret Quinn

The International Focusing Institute - Mary Jennings & Margaret Quinn

Where & When

Friday November 19, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm
Eastern (New York) Time

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A confirmation with the zoom link will be sent to registered participants the week of the event.


Live attendance required - no recording.

Meeting Format
The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST (New York - US)

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Some years ago, a small group of us came together to explore Gendlin’s philosophy.  We were re-evaluating our approach as Focusing teachers and wanted to deepen our understanding to bring a greater depth to both our teaching and practice. We knew something about Gendlin’s philosophy but came to it as curious enthusiasts rather than experts. That was the starting point.

We found that, as our understanding deepened, we began to experience greater clarity and confidence in the way we approached our teaching.  Our growing interest was supported by our participation in workshops and seminars on Gendlin’s philosophy.  The richness of Gene’s work now felt more accessible.

In this Roundtable we will share our experience of being in a reading group and how we worked together.  We will offer some guidelines or suggestions that might be useful if you are interested in setting up a similar group. During our time together we will read part of a text to allow us to experience something of how a reading group might function.  We hope further suggestions will emerge which will be useful for new reading groups.

If you’ve been taking part in such a reading group, we hope you will share your insights and suggestions as a way of encouraging other groups to form.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Focusers with an interest in Gendlin’s philosophy who would like to explore it in a reading group.  Those who have participated in reading groups and would like to share their experience.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives.  All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. This program will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.  If you are not a member, please join at, then return to this page to register.

About your hosts:

Mary Jennings is a Co-ordinator-in-Training based in Dublin.  She is a Focusing teacher and is interested in TAE and in Focusing as a creative process.

Margaret Quinn is a Focusing teacher and is Chair of the Irish Focusing Network. 

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Wednesday, November 17 at 9:00 am, or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: We use Zoom for all of our online offerings. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register, if your dues are current, your registration is confirmed. If your dues are not current or or if you are not yet a member, please go to the membership page to pay your dues or join and then return to this page to register.  Membership page: Because this is a members only program, your spot in the Roundtable is not held until your dues are paid. Thank you!

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