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March 2013 Newsletter


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  March 2013
kyeNote from Kye

Dear Focusing Community,

As you can see, we have a new newsletter format! The newsletter will now have one article each time; will let you know about upcoming events; and will tell you about new resources on our website. Instead of receiving the newsletter three times a year, you'll receive it monthly.

We've moved away from a single PDF file with the whole newsletter in it. Instead, we are placing articles directly on the website, in the section for that topic. This way, when you click 'keep reading', you will get to keep reading other articles on that topic as well, if you choose.

Dionis Griffin has stepped down as our editor after many years. We will miss her, and we deeply appreciate her contribution. It was an enormous job to take on as a volunteer, and not an easy one. Dionis, thank you!

I also want to express my ever growing appreciation for Bill Silverman, our webmaster. He created the template for the newsletter in addition to everything else he does for us. We are still looking for a volunteer to help him. If you know how to work with HTML and would like to help out, we would be very grateful. This is one of our most critical needs right now. If you couldn't help, yourself, but know someone who might, please let them know we're looking.

The next several issues of the newsletter will be loosely tied together by the common theme of connecting to the 'other', sometimes across cultures, in a diverse world. The first article in the series is by Kevin McEvenue. Enjoy.


- Kye Nelson, Co-Executive Director, The Focusing Institute


In this issue:

Note from Kye
Wholebody Focusing - Being in Grounded Presence by Kevin McEvenue
Featured Event
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articleWholebody Focusing -
Being in Grounded Presence

by Kevin McEvenue 

Certifying Coordinator, Focusing Trainer, Toronto, Canada


When I have a strong sense of 'me here', I can make room for you there and be in relationship with you in a different way than I am used to."
The invitation to write this article is a good instance of how it is for me to be in grounded presence. I don't know why, but when I read the invitation, my body awakened instantly. I felt alive and present in my core. I had a feeling that the person doing the inviting was coming from a sense of her core and maybe this is why I was having this experience of myself so immediately.

My experience in me felt three dimensional. It felt spacious, there was a sense of more me and at the same time I felt seen and heard in a way that gave me the feeling that the person (whom I have never met) knew something about what it was she was inviting and I could relate to that. I was flooded with information about the subject and I knew that I wanted to respond and how to.
However, there was one part of the request that caused me to 'think'.  I was asked to include stories to illustrate how a person can be strongly with themselves and with difference when in grounded presence. I felt stuck.  I tried to think of instances of grounded presence in myself and others and nothing came. I felt the disconnect, and so I came back to that sense of myself that I felt the moment before.

Suddenly a whole new experience of myself happened and I was flooded with more information as my core presence intensified and words came, "This is what it is to be in grounded presence. It is an experience of self beyond words!" 


 Kevin McEvenue is a Certifying Coordinator of The Focusing Institute and internationally known for his development of Wholebody Focusing bringing together the essential elements of the Alexander technique and Gendlin's Focusing process with his own unique genius. He is a beloved and popular teacher whose warm and generous heart can be felt by everyone in his presence. He lives in Toronto and is also an accomplished watercolorist.

Upcoming Wholebody Workshop with Kevin McEvenue and Karen Whalen:

Introducing an Advanced Four Module Certification Training Program on Wholebody Focusing - Introductory Weekend with Kevin McEvenue and Karen Whalen, Ph.D. on April 4-7, 2013 at the Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, NY

Click here to register!



Snapshots from the Winter Retreat

by Sara Snyder

Twenty-four Focusers gathered from February 9 to 16 at a beautiful, sacred site below an ancient volcanic crater on the Pacific shore in Chacala, Mexico. Our retreat center was tucked into a golden crescent beach adorned with black lava rocks the size of dinosaur eggs.

None of us had ever been to the Mar de Jade retreat center, and none was disappointed. Practically every room looked out on the ocean - in fact, sometimes we had to close the doors because the waves were so loud! The unfailingly friendly staff provided three delicious buffet meals a day with organic vegetables from their own farm, and something to meet absolutely every dietary need.

The first two days we were there, a group of whales put on a lunchtime show off the outdoor dining patio.


FISS 2013: 8th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School  


August 16-22, 2013 at Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York


 Beginners Welcome!
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.


Ordinarily 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, e.g a monthly payment plan, please contact Elizabeth Cantor: 845-362-5222 or


Upcoming Conferences, Retreats and Workshops: 


Introduction to Focusing: level 1 with Janet Pfunder either in Park Slope Brooklyn or New York City on March 10, 2013


Living in Community from the Wholeness of Self: Wholebody Focusing, Consciousness, and the Living Body April 4-7, 2013 an introductory weekend "Introducing an Advanced Four Module Certification Training Program" on Wholebody Focusing at Stony Point Center, New York with Kevin McEvenue and Karen Whalen, Ph.D.


Generative Thinking At The Edge: Part 1 - Invigorate Your Communication With Generative TAE April 4-7, 2013 at Stony Point, NY with Nada Lou. Part 2 - Moving Forward With Generative TAE on October 3-6, 2013


Zen and Focusing Retreat Meditation, Focusing, Yoga led by Eleanor Buscher, MS, LPC, NCC and Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, LCSW, DCSW on April 12-14, 2013 and September 27-29, 2013 at the ZEN GARLAND SANCTUARY, Airmont, NY.


Giving Language to Stress A 5-week phone course in Applied Thinking at the Edge with Dr. Evelyn Pross and Beatrice Blake, CFT. Tuesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7, 14 and 21, 2013.


25th International Focusing Conference Coming Home. May 29 - June 2, 2013. Lucerne, Switzerland.


Thinking At The Edge (TAE) - A Philosophical Practice Carrying forward by languaging - instancing - crossing. Sunday, June 2 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Hotel Seeblick, Emmetten Lucerne, Switzerland during the Post Conference after the 25th International Focusing Conference in Switzerland.


FISS 2013: 8th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School - At the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. August 16-22, 2013. Save the date!

Connections and Crossings Across Cultures - Advanced and Certification Workshop at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. November 1-7, 2013.


Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference
Save the Date! The third world Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference. will take place on May 14-18, 2014 at Stony Point New York, an hour outside of NYC.


resourcesNew 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.  



Featuring 47 written memories-memoirs from members of our Focusing community. The diversity of insight, growth, change, and inspiration is both heartfelt and often astounding. Now available in the TFI store.   

2/2013 Zeven geheimen om een blokkering op te lossen. Vertaling van: The Seven Secrets to Getting Unblocked. Door Ann Weiser Cornell. Bron: Website Focusing Resources (, 14/10/2012. Vertaald door Sara Broens en Tine Swyngedouw, oktober 2012 [PDF]  

2/2013 Ons innerlijk weer. Vertaling van: Our internal weather. By Shoji Tsuchie, Trainer in training, Shimane, Japan. Staying in Focus, The Focusing Institute Newsletter, volume III, number 1, Applications of Focusing, January 2003. Vertaling door Tine Swyngedouw, mei 2011. [PDF] 

2/2013 February 2013: Serge Prengel This interview of Serge Prengel, the editor of the "Focusing Conversations" series, was conducted by Dr. Rae Johnson, as part of the Mystery of Embodiment Online Summit organized by Meridian University's Psychology Program. This is part of our "conversations" series which you can access from the "Felt Community" menu or from Listen to audio file 

1/2013 Making therapy experiential: On the practice of integrating focusing in psychotherapy by Frans Depestele (8/7/12) Presentation at the 24th International Focusing Conference, June 6-10, 2012, RCT Vacation and Spa Club, Chapadmalal, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina. [PDF] 

1/2013 Cómo hacer la Terapia Experiencial: En la práctica de integrar Focusing a la Psicoterapia por Frans Depestele (julio 2012). Traducción: Dominique Laplacette y Nora Viacava (noviembre 2012). Presentación en el 24vo Congreso Internacional de Focusing, 6 al 10 de junio de 2012, RCT Club Vacacional y Spa. Chapadmalal. Mar del Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. [PDF]

1/2013 Helping Children with Focusing - Some Guidelines for Companions  New translation Svenska Översättning: Barbro Holmström (Att stödja barn genom fokusering - Några riktlinjer för lyssnare) [PDF]



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