Focusing Foundations Training Programme

Embark on a journey of self discovery in this 10 week Course empowering you to access your inner resources and cultivate a greater sense of your authentic self.

Focusing is a powerful method of self-discovery that places great significance on our own personal experiences. By tuning into our bodily sensations, we can gain valuable insights and guidance. Marie, will guide us through the process of Focusing and help us uncover the wisdom that our bodies already possess. Through this practice, we can better understand and navigate through situations that may leave us feeling confused or uncertain. By tapping into our inner resources, we can unlock a wealth of knowledge and clarity that resides within us.

Focusing is a process of allowing our bodies to show us the way to deeper self-knowledge and healing. It is a doorway to your true self. Our bodies have their own consciousness, aliveness, and intelligence. They carry wisdom and knowledge about what is happening in our lives, about where we are stuck or holding ourselves back, about what we need to heal from our past hurts and what are the right next steps to bring us more vitality and fulfillment in our lives. Focusing shows you how to form a trusting relationship with your body, to begin to turn towards your body as a place of goodness and intelligence and slow down enough to notice how you are on the inside. You learn to have a conversation with your body and listen to what it wants you to know. When you let your body speak to you, you are allowing yourself to open to the depth and truth of your whole self. It can feel like something held tight has come unstuck, providing more space and aliveness and sometimes a new sense of direction and fresh energy can emerge.

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as a first step for health and healing professionals in bringing Focusing to their clinical practice.

This course is for you if you would like to...
  • Be part of an embodied empathetic, warm group of human beings who can listen deeply to one another and inside themselves.

  • Gain an understanding of what sets Focusing apart as a life-giving transformational practice.

  • Learn the qualities and skills you need to use Focusing as a supportive practice in your life, with yourself and with others.

  • Get enough personal attention in your experiential learning inside a small group (Maximum 10 people).

  • Become skilled and practiced at finding a grounded stable sense of self.

  • Learn how to listen deeply with your body as well as your brain.

  • Become a Focusing professional, this course is the foundation for further certification.

With Marie Connors

Levels 1 and 2

10 Class Course
Class Duration: 2hr 30mins
Online through Zoom
Course Dates

Please contact for upcoming dates

Cost: $700 AUD

In Level one and two trainees gain the ability to Focus and Listen inside a Focusing partnership. They learn the basics of the Focusing process and how to be a nurturing companion to both your own and your partners process. Focusers are taught to guide themselves through the process of being with what they are sensing on the inside. The Focuser learns to be in charge of their own Focusing process and to ask for what they need from their companion. We spend time with developing the qualities of presence and how we can support these qualities when we are companioning our Focusing partner. Advanced listening skills are taught such as reflecting our understanding of what the Focuser means to convey and using the word something as an empathic prompt to stay a bit longer with what is not yet clear or known. Companions are also given a script for a “Lead-In,” and ask the Focuser before the session starts if s/he would like to be led in.

All 10 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 allows each student to discover their own unique style of supporting this process. It will be accompanied by informative discussions on theory and technique. Additionally, there will be live demonstrations of one-on-one focusing sessions involving class participants.

This course, led by Marie Connors, is a powerful and deep Foundation to this empowering body centred process of listening to your inner self.

Week 1 Focusing & Listening Partnership
  • Experiential practice of Focusing and discussion

  • Why we emphasis the Presence of a Partner

  • What makes Focusing Partnering safe

  • Role of the Focuser

  • Role of the Listener

  • Experiential Practice, Demonstrations and Questions

Week 2 Describing what's there & resonating
  • The power of simple non-judgmental awareness

  • Exploring bodily felt emotions and sensations

  • The difference between labelling & describing

  • Experiential practice in groups and pairs

  • Demonstations, discussion and debrief

Week 3 Cultivating Presence
  • Presence as a key component of facilitating change

  • Exploring wholebody presence

  • Using language that cultivates presence

  • Demonstration, discussion and debrief

  • Experiential group and paired practices

  • Coming into body awareness

  • Describing what you are noticing

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 4 Stage one and Stage two
Week 5 Stage 3 Deepening Contact
  • Sensing inside the body

  • Listening for symbols & resonating

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 6 Becoming a relaxed companion
  • Reflective Listening

  • Noticing the next step of the process emerging

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 7 The empowered Focuser
  • Asking for what you need from your companion

  • Inviting the presence through your reflections

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 8 The Murky Edge
  • Review of the process so far

  • Exploring the edge; the place where you are sensing something not yet in words.

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 9 Offering a Lead- In
  • The importance of arriving in wholebody awareness

  • Define and explore "Carrying Forward Steps"

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Week 10 Review and Integration
  • Additions to Reflecting and how to use them

  • Level 1 & 2 Completion process

  • Experiential focusing practice, group & paired

  • Demonstration, discussion and questions

Weekly Schedule

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

  • You will have learnt to listen to yourself and others with your whole being, and with deep acceptance

  • Have the ability to express yourself honestly, skillfully and respectfully

  • Know how to listen without judgment as you deeply tune into another person’s experience

  • 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

  • You will be half way to completing your Foundations in Focusing to become part of the world wide Focusing Partnership community and further your Focusing Training.

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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. Marie is Irish and based in Melbourne Australia. She is passionate about sharing the gifts of Focusing with others.

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