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Reading Freshly

An opportunity to read Gendlin’s seminal book Focusing with others

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Reading Freshly
The International Focusing Institute

The International Focusing Institute - Mary Jennings & other volunteer hosts throughout the year

Where & When

Monthly on Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 3:30pm - starting October 3, 2023 - September 3, 2024
Eastern (New York) Time

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The zoom link will be sent close to the start date. 

Meeting Format
The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events

Reading Freshly
An opportunity to read Gendlin’s seminal book Focusing with others

First session - October 3
2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern (NY) time

Times worldwide: convert to your time zone here

12 monthly sessions on Tuesdays
October 3 2023 - September 3 2024
2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern (NY) Time

Live attendance required - no recording

Each month we will indicate where we left off - you can join all or some sessions as able.


This offering is a membership benefit - free to paid-up members.
You can join TIFI here

Gene Gendlin once advised that the way to read philosophy was “many times”! The same might be said of his easily accessible and seminal book, Focusing, first published in 1978. It continues to be a resource for experienced Focusers and those coming to Focusing for the first time. It merits reading many times. On re-reading, there always seems to be something fresh, or freshly understood, no matter how long you have been a Focuser.

The invitation now is to read this book together, in community; to sense freshly its nuanced depth on human experiencing, its for-and-from-life  suggestions, its gems of frequently quoted wisdom.

Focusing by Eugene Gendlin

Over the next year, starting October 2023, every month on the first Tuesday of the month (the second Tuesday in January and April) over 1.5 hours, we will read sections of the book, starting right at the beginning and felt-sense our way through it, ‘going as fast as the slowest process’.  We will listen to each other in small and larger group discussions on the given text on what it means to us now. The language of this reading group is English.

We will read at the pace of the group, with no set expectation of how far we’ll get. We’ll start at the beginning and read in a Focusing way until we stop.  Who knows what will emerge!

There is no obligation to attend every session, nor to begin with us from the beginning, but this is advised in order to get the full benefit of the reading which will continue month to month. 

We will send a new email each month to register for the next session. We will indicate for each session where we left off, so if you have not been with us from the beginning, you catch up on your own to join a later session.

Participants are asked to bring a copy of Focusing to the sessions. We may all have a different edition of the book, so we’ll navigate how the page numbers may vary. If you need to purchase a book, you can order here:

The sessions are live and not recorded.

Dates and times Eastern (NY) time 

1. October: Tuesday 3rd October, 2:00 - 3:30pm

2. November: Tuesday 7th November 2:00 - 3:30pm

3. December: Tuesday 5th December 2:00 - 3:30pm

4. January: Tuesday 9th January (the second Tuesday for this month) 2:00 - 3:30pm

5. February: Tuesday 6th February 2:00 - 3:30pm

6. March: Tuesday  5th March 2:00 - 3:30pm

7. April: Tuesday 9th April (the second Tuesday for this month because of Easter) 2:00 - 3:30pm

8. May: Tuesday 7th May 2:00 - 3:30pm

9. June: June 4th  2:00 - 3:30pm

10. July: July 2nd 2:00 - 3:30pm

11. August: 6th August 2:00 - 3:30pm

12. September: 3rd September 2:00 - 3:30pm

You will need to sign up for each session you want to attend. (It is not possible to sign up in advance for all sessions.)
Participation is unlimited.


Mary Jennings

Mary Jennings
This initiative was developed by Mary Jennings, Coordinator, based in Dublin, Ireland..Having first read the book many, many years ago, she realised that on re-reading it recently, there was more to be discovered - freshly!  She will be joined by other volunteer hosts over the course of the year.

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Monday October 9 at 09:00 am New York Time.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. 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, you will receive an email indicating your registration was processed. If your dues are current, we will complete your registration and email instructions to join the event within a few days of the start date. If you know your dues are not current, or if you are not yet a member, please Log In on to pay your dues or join and then return to this page to register. Membership page:

2023-09-08T04:00:00 - 2023-10-02T13:00:00

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