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June 2014 Newsletter

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  June 2014
kye Note from Catherine

Dear Focusing Community -

I am still basking in the afterglow of two wonderful events: The Third International Conference of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies (FOT), and the First International Assembly of Coordinators, held back to back in May at Stony Point Center in New York.  At the FOT conference, I attended the morning sessions led by Shaun and Alexis Phillips on "Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth and Living Connection," which I found deeply moving and enlightening. Alexis and Shaun showed us how to give full space to the experience of trauma and to know that we and the clients we work with are fundamentally resilient.  Their way makes use of Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy traditions which connect us to the wisdom of our ancestors and of the earth.  In the wake of trauma, we humans are capable of so much more than mere survival; by encountering our trauma in a gentle, compassionate, land-based and decolonizing way with Focusing, we can truly thrive.

I know from all the feedback that all the other Morning Study groups and other workshops were equally enriching, and in next month's newsletter, we will have a more comprehensive summary.  In the meantime, please look at the bibliography of publications on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy compiled by Doralee Katonah Grindler.  She and Soti Grafanaki were the tireless, good-humored, extraordinary co-chairs of the conference.

The Coordinators' Assembly which followed the conference was yet another transformative experience.  The Coordinators who gathered were eager to discern the direction of The Focusing Institute during this time of transition. There was much debate and listening, hope and gratitude.  Please read Nada Lou's excellent summary of the meeting below.

Featured this month

Be sure to listen to this wonderful conversation with Lara Rosenthal about Chinese medicine and Focusing as related to women's health and fertility, hosted by Serge Prengel.

We are also very pleased to announce the publication of the free digital version of the recent FOLIO edition, FOCUSING AND... Crossings and Integrations. We deeply appreciate the outstanding efforts of Bala Jaison and Paula Nowick as editors of the journal!

Coming up over the next few months are the Focusing Institute Summer School in August (see below) and 2014 Weeklong: The Connections and Crossings Across Cultures Weeklong in September (see below). Don't miss the early bird deadline for the Weeklong; it's June 30! We have new audio podcasts and recordings for both.

Also, please look at our New Resources section where we announce several additions to the website, including six new Focusing books in the store, a new discussion list on Jewish spirituality and an important new website page that lists International Focusing Events.

Board News

The Nominating Committee for the TFI Board of Directors and International Leadership Council was selected in May. You were invited to propose names and did you ever! We received an incredible 80 e-mails offering a total of 97 names for possible nomination. What an incredible number of trusted leaders we have in our community! The Nominating Committee submits its list of candidates to the transitional Board of Directors on June 25; from then until June 30, you may comment on the slate. Please read more about this process by following the links below, and as always, contact me or the Board with any questions or comments.


- Catherine Torpey, Executive Director, The Focusing Institute

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In this issue:

June 2014 Focusing conversation: Lara Rosenthal
2014 eFolio Now Available
TFI Board News
New Resources

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June 2014 Focusing Conversation: Lara Rosenthal

Hosted by Serge Prengel

Listen to podcast: Lara Rosenthal

This month's Focusing Conversation features Lara Rosenthal in a discussion about Chinese medicine and Focusing as related to women's health and fertility. This is part of the "Conversations" series hosted by Serge Prengel.

Lara Rosenthal


New Free eFolio

FOCUSING AND... Crossings and Integrations

This new Folio addresses the subject of 'Crossings' and 'Integrations' of Focusing... AND the 'crossings' that people in our community are doing are really quite astounding - from Focusing and Jung to Focusing and Architecture! The printed version of the Folio can be purchased in the TFI store.

We are pleased to announce that the free digital eFolio (PDF version) of the Folio is now available. Our deepest gratitude to Folio editors Bala Jaison and Paula Nowick for their outstanding efforts!

Folio Cover


The First International Assembly of Co-ordinators

by Nada Lou

The Focusing Institute Coordinators are members of our community who are trained to certify new Focusing Trainers and new Coordinators. We meet every year for a day at the Focusing International Conferences which are organized and held at various geographic locations around the world. There are 195 Coordinators (CC) and Coordinators in Training (CNT) in 33 countries.

There has been a desire for many years for Coordinators to have their own international gathering with more time to meet face to face and discuss issues that are important for our future. This aspiration finally came to reality at Stony Point, NY on May 18 - 21 2014. Forty Focusing Institute Certifying Coordinators (CC's) were present at the "International Assembly of Focusing Institute Coordinators 2014." A member of the transitional Board of Directors was present and so was the Executive Director, Catherine Torpey. The whole group was a real manifestation of multicultural and multilingual membership: 14 from the United States, 12 from Spanish speaking countries (Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain), 5 from Canada , 3 from Germany, 3 from Israel, 2 from Japan, and 1 each from the UK and the Netherlands.

Planning for this Assembly was done by 8 Coordinators, most of whom were present at the Assembly. They very skillfully managed the entire group and interest groups throughout the Assembly. The atmosphere was friendly and eager. Many topics were discussed and several proposals made. A number of interest groups are planning to continue meeting in the future. The proposal to form a Nominating Committee for the new Board of Directors and Leadership Council was discussed and as you are aware, action followed.

It was moving indeed to meet so many CC's face to face, who took the time, money and energy to come to this pivotal meeting. We are planting seeds for the next meeting at the Focusing Institute International in July 2015 in Seattle, Washington.


Upcoming Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

Being Seriously Playful
July 28 to August 3, 2014 with René Veugelers and Harriet Teeuw. A Focusing approach to being with children and your inner child. Six days international training in English in The Netherlands.

FISS 2014: 9th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School
August 15 - 21, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. Beginners Welcome! With Ann Weiser Cornell, Nada Lou, Greg Madison, Kevin McEvenue and René Veugelers. Read more below

Introduction to Focusing - Level One Workshop
September 7, 2014 in New York City with Charlotte Howorth, LCSW. Focusing is an easily learned method of inward bodily attention that opens new possibilities and meaning that can lead to lasting change.

Introduction to Focusing - Level Two Workshop
September 28, 2014 in New York City with Charlotte Howorth, LCSW. The goal of this workshop is to increase each participant's comfort and expertise in Focusing

Bringing Your Ideas To Life
For Focusing Trainers and emerging Trainers. A 4-Month Mentorship Program In Thinking At The Edge with Mentors Beatrice Blake and Evelyn Pross starting September 10, 2014.

2014 Weeklong: The Connections and Crossings Across Cultures: Advanced and Certification Focusing Weeklong
September 26-October 2, 2014 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York with Aaffien de Vries (Netherlands), Eunsun Joo (Korea) and Suzanne Noel (Costa Rica). We now have a slide show of photos from last year's Weeklong and new podcasts. Read more below

International Children Focusing Conference 2014
Portarlington (near Dublin) Ireland from 8th to 12th October 2014. The theme is Éist, the power of listening for our children. Éist is the Irish word for 'listen'. Full details and booking on the website.

Focusing Adventures: The Winter Focusing Retreat
Save the Date! February 14 - 21, 2015. The Winter Focusing Retreat at Mar de Jade in Chacala, Mexico. Featuring teachers Mónica Gómez Galaz, Charlotte Howorth and Karen Whalen. Photos from last year's retreat.

The 26th International Focusing Conference
The 26th International Focusing Conference will be Wednesday July 29 to Sunday Aug. 2, 2015, with a Coordinators' meeting the day before, July 28, 2015. We will meet on the Seattle University campus.


Featured Event

FISS 2014: 9th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School

August 15-21, 2014 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York

Beginners Welcome!

Click here to listen to the free
"Focusing Gems" Phone Seminar
recorded on May 28, 2014 with the Focusing Institute Summer School Teachers.

How would you like to spend one week of your summer vacation at the Focusing Institute Summer School (FISS) learning more about Focusing than you ever thought possible?

Imagine yourself developing an "emotional muscle" to deal with difficult situations that consist of fear, stress and frustration. Imagine yourself becoming your own best friend feeling safe and at home within yourself. By learning Focusing and making it part of your daily living, you dip into the implicit treasures of your body wisdom. Thus, you become a leader who chooses the right next step in challenging times.

garrisonOrdinarily you'd have to travel around the world to study with these five master Focusing teachers... but this week they're going to be all in one place, creating an opportunity for going in depth with Focusing and many of its special applications: to health and healing, to thinking, to dreams, to psychotherapy, to spirituality, and much much more! New to Focusing? You're welcome too! You'll be able to immerse yourself in the company of one teacher and sample all five... make it a time of intensive study or more like a holiday with lots of play and fun... and you'll be in a warm and connected community of Focusing people from all over the world.

The Summer School is appropriate for anyone, at all levels of Focusing, from beginners to Focusing teachers, for both personal and professional development. Bring a friend and get a discount! Fees are based on date that the order is placed and on type of room selection.

If you would like to join us and need to work out a different financial arrangement, such as a monthly payment plan, please contact Elizabeth Cantor: 845-362-5222 or

Click here for more information
or to register!


Featured Event

2014 Weeklong: The Connections and Crossings Across Cultures:
The Advanced and Certification Weeklong

September 26-October 2, 2014 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!
$900 through June 30, 2014

$975 July 1 to August 31, 2014
$1000 after August 31, 2014

Click here or the image below to listen to podcasts from each of the Weeklong teachers

Weeklong podcasts

The Focusing Advanced and Certification Weeklong is a celebration of your transition to being a Focusing trainer, therapist, or professional, as well as a representative of Focusing to the larger world. Each year a unique group of trainers and trainees attend the Weeklong as the final step of the certification process. Set in the tranquil and contemplative space of the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, the Weeklong provides the perfect setting in which certification candidates and other advanced Focusers can deepen their world/community connections, learn new skills, and launch or reinvigorate their Focusing practice.

Click here for more information
or to register!

Board News

TFI Board News

6/2014 Report to the Board of Directors of the Focusing Institute, Catherine Torpey, Executive Director, May 27, 2014


6/2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE – May 23, 2014

6/2014 COMITE DE NOMINACION - 23 de mayo 2014

6/2014 理事と国際リーダーシップ評議会への推薦のお願い <指名委員会とは? 2014年5月23日>

6/2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE Suggestions on Selecting Board of Directors May 26, 2014

6/2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE Suggestions on Selecting International Leadership Council May 26, 2014

5/2014 Minutes from The Focusing Institute Board Meeting May 6, 2014


New Resources

Click on the links below to see some of the new items that have been added to the TFI website over the past few months.

6/2014 Several new books have been added to the TFI store:

New books


6/2014 Publications on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: 2011-2014. Compiled by Doralee Grindler Katonah. This and other bibliographies can be found on our bibliography index page.

6/2014 June 2014: Our May conversation features a discussion with Lara Rosenthal. This is part of the "conversations" series hosted by Serge Prengel which you can access from the "Felt Community" menu or from to audio file

6/2014 Connections and Crossings Across Cultures: Advanced and Certification Weeklong on September 26-October 2, 2014 at the Garrison Institute in New York. Hear the new podcasts from the teachers moderated by Susan Lennox.

6/2014 Focusing and Jewish Spirituality This online discussion group is open to all who are interested in using Focusing to deepen their experience of Jewish spirituality, practice, and thought. Questions and comments welcome. To join the list, click here.

5/2014 Listen to the free "Focusing Gems" Phone Seminar recorded on May 28, 2014 with the Focusing Institute Summer School Teachers.

5/2014 International Focusing Events We have added a new section to the TFI website that has a sortable list of major International Focusing events.

5/2014 Weeklong Spotlight on Diversity - English  Español 日本語 中文

5/2014 May 2014: Our May conversation features a discussion with TFI Executive Director Catherine Torpey. This is part of the "conversations" series hosted by Serge Prengel which you can access from the "Felt Community" menu or from to audio file

5/2014 April 2014 In Focus Newsletter is now on the website.


Join our Discussion Lists and Forum!

TFI sponsors several email discussion lists devoted to Focusing. All are welcome! Click here to subscribe to our lists.

Where is Focusing needed, and what do you need to take it there?  Please go to the Forum for Exploring Our Future and share your answer to this question under the topic 'Hopes, Dreams, and Visions for Focusing In the World.' If you aren't yet signed up for the Forum, you can access it via our website under 'Felt Community', titled 'Forum for Exploring Our Future'.  There are detailed instructions there for how to sign up.  It's open to all members of the Focusing Institute.


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