Jun 7, 2014 Saturday

Focusing - An Introduction

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

'Focusing can be used in any kind of therapeutic situation, including peer-to-peer sessions. It involves holding a kind of open, non-judging attention to an internal knowing which is directly experienced but is not yet in words. Focusing can, among other things, be used to become clear on what one feels or wants, to obtain new insights about one's situation, and to stimulate change or healing of the situation. Focusing is set apart from other methods of inner awareness by three qualities: something called the "felt sense", a quality of engaged accepting attention, and a researched-based technique that facilitates change.' Wikipedia It is very hard to explain what it is but very easy to do and much easier to feel the benefits if you practice it. I will explain the technique and then demonstrate it with my Focusing partner. Then you will have the chance to practice it yourselves, among yourselves or with us. I want to introduce people to it because I have found it enormously helpful personally and professionally and I think others would benefit from it too. I would also like to find people to Focus with and this might be a good way. We want to set up a 'Changes' group in Norwich, a regular session where we can gather and practice Focusing to our mutual benefit together.

Bring one of the following:
An evening of group philosophical discussion
Bike tools- pair of pointy nose pliers
Norwich blend tea from Wilkinson's in Lobster Lane
Pair size 10 trainers (if anyone has spare)
Plants- flowering for pot or veg for allotment

About the teacher, Jonathan Hill

I am a committed environmentalist; that is my focus which informs everything I else I do. I am about treading lightly on the Earth, preserving its beauties for future generations and aiming to live well, sharing with others who want to do the same, that which I have found useful. Focusing is in this category. It forms part of my long term interest in Well Being and mental health. My professional area of expertise is Energy Efficient Refurbishment of Buildings. I completed a Masters in Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environment Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales through UEL. I also have a Certificate in Ecology and Conservation from Birkbeck and did the Masters course in Conservation at UCL. I am a keen cyclist and Cycling activist. My degree thesis was on ‘Why don’t the British cycle like the Dutch.’ It may seem tangential, but transport is a large contributor to carbon emissions of any settlement and can be increased or diminished through design. My first degree was in French and German. I am still fluent in both languages and pretty good at Spanish. I lived in Paris for a year as part of my degree and for 6 months in Spain working for an environmental charity in Sevilla as a Leonardo scholar. I am interested in the Permaculture approach to life as well as the garden. I share an allotment on Bluebell South and am a peripheral member of the Grow Our Own group there. I’m not a natural gardener but I love the principles and the idea of it. I play guitar and sing; I play tennis and am a keen photographer. It’s the one visual art I’m good any good at.