Introduction to Focusing 4 Week Course

Learn the gentle art of this deeply embodied listening practice

“Focusing is a process of listening to your body in a gentle accepting way and hearing the messages that your inner self is sending you. It is a process of honouring the wisdom that you have inside you and becoming aware of the subtle level of knowing that speaks to you through your body”. Ann Wiser Cornell

Focusing is a transformative process that stems from the philosophy of Eugene Gendlin. Gendlin believed that everything in life is constantly evolving and in motion, including ourselves. This understanding forms the foundation of focusing, which serves as a means of healing and personal growth. Focusing is a skill that anyone can acquire, allowing them to change their relationship with their inner experiences. By engaging in focusing, individuals learn to be present with themselves in a new and profound way. They come to realize that their experiences, no matter how challenging, do not define them. Rather, these experiences are merely sensations and emotions that can be acknowledged and embraced. Through focusing, individuals gain access to a deep sense of self-love and trust, cultivating a quiet confidence that permeates their lives.

Join Marie as she takes you on a journey towards discovering your inner sense of rightness.

This course is for you if you would like to...
  • Experience the innate wisdom of our bodily felt experience; the Felt-Sense.

  • Develop tools that build resilience and empowerment to deal with life’s challenges.

  • Learn how to ‘be with’ yourself in ways that generate self-compassion and understanding.

  • Learn how to ‘be with’ another person in a way that allows their process to open and move forward.

  • Be part of an embodied empathic, sensitive warm group of kind human beings who can listen deeply to one another and inside themselves.

With Marie Connors

4 Class Course
Class Duration: 2 hours
Online through Zoom
Course Dates for Ireland/UK/Europe
  • Thursday 18th April

  • Thursday 25th April

  • Thursday 2nd May

  • Thursday 9th May

Greenwich Mean Time
10:00am - 12:00pm
Course Dates for Oceania (AUS/NZ)
  • Thursday 14th March

  • Thursday 21st March

  • Thursday 4th April

  • Thursday 11th April

Australia Eastern Standard Time 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost $200 AUD

Focusing is a powerful technique that allows us to truly listen to ourselves and others, leading to a more present and authentic way of living. This practice can be used in various settings, such as part of psychotherapy, Bodywork, Art therapy or simply connecting with our inner selves. By engaging in this deep exploration, we can uncover hidden insights and find unexpected solutions to our challenges. Focusing is a gentle and secure approach, ensuring our emotional well-being throughout the process. It enables us to delve into our inner world and discover the wisdom that resides within us. This transformative practice holds the potential to bring about profound change and a greater sense of fulfillment in our lives. 

Focusing, a therapeutic technique developed in the 1960s and 1970s, originated from the research conducted by Dr. Eugene Gendlin. By studying both patients and therapists, Gendlin sought to uncover the key factors that led to successful outcomes in therapy. Surprisingly, he found that the technique employed by the therapist was not the determining factor. Instead, Gendlin discovered that the patients' ability to connect with their own experiences during therapy sessions made a significant difference. Through his extensive research, Gendlin identified steps that successful patients were already utilizing, which he named "Focusing"

All four class sessions will incorporate a hands-on approach to learning by starting with a group experiential practice of a focusing session or providing an experience related to focusing. This interactive method is considered the most effective way to grasp the concepts and will be followed by informative discussions on theory and technique. Additionally, there will be live demonstrations of one-on-one focusing sessions involving class participants.

This course with Marie Connors is a powerful and deep introduction to listening to the body’s wisdom.

Week 1 Introducing the Steps of Focusing
  • Experiential practice of Focusing and discussion

  • The development of Focusing

  • An outline of the Steps in Focusing

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 2 Introducing the Felt-Sense
  • Experiential practice of Focusing and debrief

  • Understanding the language of the body

  • What Gendlin meant by the Felt-Sense

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 3 Introducing embodied listening
  • Experiential group focusing practice and discussion

  • Listening in a body-centred way

  • How to listen in a way that is useful

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

  • Experiential focusing practice, developing saftety

  • Trauma from a Focusing perspective

  • Understanding 'moments of movement' as a key to therapeutic change

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 4 Introducing Focusing and Trauma

Weekly Schedule

By the end of the course you will
  • Have experience of practicing Focusing

  • Gained a deeper and wider inner sensing capacity

  • Have experienced embodied listening

  • Have increase ability to listen to others in a way that is truly useful

  • Learnt how to befriend your inner experience, how to be with your experience in a curious, respectful and allowing way so you create the conditions for the change you seek

To Register

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About the Teacher

Marie is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist, Massage Therapist and a Focusing Professional & Trainer with over 15 years experience in the field of bodywork. She is a certified member of The International Focusing Institute and the British Focusing Association. She is passionate about sharing the gifts of Focusing with others.

Unsure if this Course is right for you

You can schedule a 15-minute call where Marie can answer any questions you might have. Feel free to email Marie directly,

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