© Focusing Insights 2019 by Francesca Castaldi, Ph.D. 

FOCUSING TRAINING FOR ONE'S LIFE

The goal of this training is to support you in establishing a solid experiential base in the gentle and self-directed process of Focusing, enabling you to practice in egalitarian partnerships.  By attending the program you will learn the process of Focusing and be able to use it in many areas of your life to:

  • Bring calm where there was anxiety, worry, and frustration

  • Transform confusion or inner conflict into clarity and inner peace

  • Find confidence in expressing your vitality, ideas, wants and needs without fearing self-sabotage and moving beyond blockages

  • Built tolerance for strong emotions and difficulties

  • Enjoy challenges rather than being scared or overwhelmed by them

  • Help you cope with a challenging medical diagnosis supporting you in listening to your feelings and often newly awakened or long forgotten desires, needs, and shifting priorities.

  • Support your spiritual growth and your ability to quiet internal dialogue

  • Recover from debilitating activism or hopeless fear toward balanced social caring and inner caring

  • Un-veil layers of self-defeating attitudes and unhealthy cultural habits to move toward a more authentic self

  • Uncovered intergenerational wisdom and find strength in individual and collective histories 

  • And more

WHY FOCUSING?

We live in a moment of profound crisis: instability is cursing through so many aspects of our lives, from our climate to our economies, to the values that govern our social engagements in the family, at work, in our friendships, and love life.


In times like this what guides our actions and interactions? How can we face the challenges ahead not as a threat but as an opportunity? The experiential method of Focusing helps to enter the intricacy of our bodily sensing and to orient to this way of sensing as a source of wisdom, vitality, and safety.

Focusing is a practice that opens the communication between verbal expression and significant corporeal sensing. Slowing down the communication between physiological and cognitive processes, Focusing helps check our thoughts and explicit values with our implicit emotions, memories, and life force, thus helping us find coherence in our being and follow our genuine impulses, remaining faithful to our deepest needs and desires.

Focusing helps us enter in those areas of experiencing that often remain outside of our daily awareness and everyday conversations while informing our way of being in the world and orienting toward the future. By entering these areas at the edge of our awareness we can more precisely harness our creativity and implicit wisdom to better negotiate both the ordinary and extraordinary predicaments of our lives. 

 

STRUCTURE OF THE TRAINING:

Focusing For One’s Life is currently offered as an individual tutorial by teleconference and can be offered to two people or a group (minimum 4 participants).

If taken individually it consists of 5 modules structured in 4 learning sessions of 1 hour and twenty minutes each, a minimum of 5 individual Focusing sessions, and at least 10 sessions of equal Focusing partnership exchange with a peer to be completed after module 5.  

 

Completing this program will enable you to receive the International Focusing Institute recognition of Proficiency as Focusing Partners, by paying a required fee to the Institute.

To learn if this training is for you the best way to start is with an Individual Focusing Session.

FOCUSING MODULE 1:

We start by learning to turn inward with a gentle curiosity toward what we find inside ourselves: emotions, thoughts, memories, images, and physical sensations. In Focusing we learn how to center our inner process on what we call a felt-sense, and how a felt-sense is different from an emotion, a thought, or a physical sensation, and yet it can arise from any of them. We also learn the basic structure of a Focusing exchange and how to built a listening climate that foster safety and respect.

Prerequisite: an introductory Focusing session with Francesca or equivalent.

FOCUSING MODULE 2:

In this workshop we pay particular attention to building a safe somatic container to our inner sensing and we explore different ways of starting our Focusing sessions. We continue to nurture the communication between body sensing and language and experience how doing so supports our life force and sense of being alive. 
Prerequisite: module 1 or equivalent.

FOCUSING MODULE 3:

This workshop is centered in understanding the relationship of the felt-sensing process to implicit memory. We learn to recognize the various ways in which implicit memory can take shape, and welcome the organic linking of time-spaces that our body provides. We will also learn to recognize when memories from the past come to seek healing and/or when they come to inform our learning in the present. 
Prerequisite: module 2 or equivalent.

FOCUSING MODULE 4:

In this workshop we support our capacity to open the positive life energy that is blocked in exhausting or harsh internal criticism, or demoralizing internal struggle and sabotage. We continue to build our comfort and abilities in Focusing so as to let go of rules and make the process our own.
Prerequisite: module 3 or equivalent.

FOCUSING MODULE 5:

This module is designed to prepare you for Focusing partnerships of equal exchange, by centering each session as an equal exchange between you and a volunteering focusing peer.  You will be gently guided in the art of companioning with specific feedback during each session.

Prerequisite: module 4.

COST OF TRAINING:

Each Module costs $380 and each individual session costs $80

Cost and structure slightly vary when offered to two people or a group.