Focusing Level One: November 16-17, 2013 in Berkeley, CA.

A time for whatever wants to be heard.

A time for whatever wants to be heard.

Focusing Level One:

for Bodyworkers and YOU

with Anastasia Brencick MA, LMP and Abbe Blum Ph.D

Saturday and Sunday,  9AM– 6PM ,in a North Berkeley home retreat…

Can’t make this one? Another Level One is scheduled for the first weekend of Januray, 2014 on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington!

This workshop:

  • introduces you step-by-step to Inner Relationship Focusing, a method that develops your ability to listen within yourself skillfully and compassionately, finding insight into problems so that your life can open and flow more fully.
  •  gives you tools for accessing deep bodily knowing, uncovering new information in what was previously experienced as stagnant and unchanging. You can shift what is stuck and find your next steps.
  •  uniquely offers a way to integrate touch into the Focusing process. You will learn how touch offers points of contact during your inner discoveries, presenting doorways to fresh communication and the recovery and sustaining of self in presence.  gives you practice as it introduces you to being both focuser and companion within a Focusing relationship, as well as developing a more trusting relationship with ourselves.

This workshop is for you if: 

  • you are a body worker or massage therapist who is looking for ways to develop a new kind of dialogue with yourself and your clients.
  • you want a fun and experiential introduction to Inner Relationship Focusing.
  • you already have experience with Focusing and want to integrate touch into the process.

Reading assignments and hands-on, touch-based practice strengthen your learning in this class.

If you are a licensed massage practitioner, you will receive 16 hours of CE credit.

To sign up or to inquire about this class, email us at: or call 510-704-1478.

COST:  $225, or half-price with  friend.

Image of Dialogue of Touch with feetFocusing is a body oriented, introspective process using your inner awareness to find insight into any issue or problem that is hindering your ability to feel whole, centered, balanced, and joyful. It gives you direct access to your own embodied knowledge, offering  information about any situation that is not yet known. It takes you directly to the place within where you have a deep body knowing about a situation, uncovering something fresh, new and alive that was previously experienced as stagnant and unchanging. Focusing is a practice that allows the Focuser an opportunity to turn towards the stuck, painful, stagnant places to discover something profound and new.

Image of Dialogue of Touch with chest handholdFocusing is practiced everywhere! It is used in bodywork, writing, psychotherapy, meditation, and non-violent communication. These communities and others experience the dynamic inner relationship happening in body that supports new ways of knowing about yourself, your clients and your creative endeavors. Come learn with us!

About the teachers

IMG_0170Anastasia Brencick (MA 9346) Sharing what I know and learning from others are among the greatest parts of being a teacher. This Level 1 workshop gives you the tools to begin your own Focusing practice right away where we integrate Focusing and bodywork, called The Dialogue of Touch. DOT grew from my graduate school research at Lesley University and now I teach the Dialogue of Touch internationally to bodyworkers as well as to those who want to learn and deepen their own inner relationship. If you like this first Focusing workshop, come learn advanced skills in the next three in the series! Already know Focusing? I offer weekend intensives for bodyworkers who know Focusing and want more training in integrating this wonderful skill into their healing practice.

Abbe Blum, Ph.D

Abbe Blum, Ph.D

Abbe Blum As a professor of Shakespeare at Swarthmore College for many years , I found some of my best students paralyzed by stress, procrastination, and perfectionism (I personally know about all three).  I have developed Embodied Education, which includes Focusing, to address the increased pressures students and anyone with goals and deadlines regularly face.  I give workshops and classes to audiences of all types—from dissertation to non fiction writers, from freshmen, athletes, and high schoolers to elders and university deans. I am a curriculum consultant with the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, teach Eastern Psychologies at Saybrook University, and give instruction in meditation, writing, Tibetan yoga, and Inner Relationship Focusing to people in all walks of life.

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