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Sensing and Expressing: Connecting to the Heart of Focusing

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Akira Ikemi

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Akira Ikemi

Akira Ikemi


Online (Class will also be recorded)

Online Joining Information

Soon after registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the class.

Meeting Format

Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 9:00am to 11:00am Eastern time

Times worldwide: Click this link for your time.
Registration closes Friday, June 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time

(class will be recorded for participants; no special computer skill or equipment required)

In this class, participants will explore Focusing with Akira Ikemi. During the first part of the class, Akira will introduce the philosophy from where Gene got the idea of experiencing. Experiencing and Re-experiencing (Nacherleben), the central principles of Focusing, will be explained with a demonstration session of Crossing with Animals, a Focusing exercise Akira developed to highlight these principles.

The second part of the class will take you to Akira’s blend of Focusing and Mindfulness through talks on space and a demonstration of Kanga Focusing. By Focusing on thoughts that emerge during mindfulness, gratitude and compassion will be brought to the many selves operating behind the thinking-mind.

All are welcome to attend. Some experience with Focusing will be helpful but is not required.

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. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them.

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 course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to view the class. 


Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago around the time the book Focusing was being published. After working in a hospital setting in Japan, he has taught full time at a number of universities in Japan and is currently professor at Kansai University Graduate School of Psychology. He is a Certifying Coordinator of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI). In addition to several organizations in Japan and the UK where he has served as a board member, he is a former board member and a former ILC member of TIFI. He is one of the founders and past presidents of the Japan Focusing Associations. He has written many articles and books in Japanese and in English. Besides teaching and researching at the university, he travels all over Japan as well as to many international locations to offer Focusing workshops. In 2019 he was named as a Living Luminary by the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (American Counseling Association).

Registration Details

Akira 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.

2020-03-03T14:23:00 - 2020-06-12T18:00:00

PLEASE NOTE: Soon after registering, you will receive a confirmation letter which includes the instructions on how to join the event.

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