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Relaxed Presence: How Understanding Your Nervous System Can Strengthen Your Capacity for Presence

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

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Heidi Fischbach

The International Focusing Institute - Heidi Fischbach

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Saturday, June 18, 1pm-3pm
Eastern (New York) Time

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Meeting Format
The Focusing Institute (TIFI) Events

Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm New York time

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

“I want to start with the most important thing I have to say: The essence of working with another person is to be present as a living being." -Eugene Gendlin

“It is clear to me that Eugene Gendlin was intuitively polyvagal [theory] informed.” -Stephen Porges

We want to be present, especially with people and in situations that matter to us. And yet, being present in a relaxed way can feel challenging.

In this webinar, we will explore “relaxed presence” through a lens that combines Focusing/Felt Sensing with Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory of the nervous system.

“Relaxed Presence” will have psychoeducational and experiential components:

  1. We will look at the three nervous system states through the Polyvagal Theory lens.
  2. We will explore—by bringing friendly awareness to—what stands in the way of being present.
  3. You will have a chance to reflect on your own nervous system patterns so that you can learn to notice what state you are—or tend to be—in, and from there, develop your own breadcrumb trail back to the nervous system state of relaxed presence.

This class is intended for anyone interested in Focusing/Felt Sensing (whether seasoned practitioner or newbie) who is also curious about how the state of their nervous systems—seen through the Polyvagal Theory lens—impacts their capacity to be in relaxed presence.

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 to 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.


Heidi Fischbach helps people relax so they can feel at home in their bodies and have a sense of belonging no matter where in the world they are.

Heidi holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and is certified as a Focusing Professional (The International Focusing Institute), provider of Dr. Stephen Porges’ Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP), an acoustic intervention to re-set the nervous system (Unyte-ILS), and massage therapist (Muscular Therapy Institute).

In her online and in-person practice, Heidi provides one-on-one coaching and group classes based in Focusing and nervous system regulation, including her signature class & mini-retreat “Relaxed U: Because When You Feel Better, You Love Better.”

Registration Details

Heidi 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.

2022-04-14T12:00:00 - 2022-06-25T21:00:00

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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