and Retreats

Focusing and Focusing-Related Workshops are facilitated by
Esther Stenberg MD

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9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday September 9, 2017

This experiential workshop is an introduction to Focusing and the bodily felt sense. The philosophy and steps of Focusing were presented by Eugene Gendlin, Ph. D. in his book Focusing in 1981.  There are now different forms and variations of Focusing, based on Gendlin's original principles and steps. This workshop is based on Biospiritual Focusing, as originally taught by Ed McMahon & Peter Campbell.

This workshop is intended to help you gain an understanding of the process of Focusing by participating in body and breath awareness exercises and by attending to your own bodily felt sense with friendly curiosity. There will be opportunities for you to develop and/or improve your ability to observe and sense into bodily felt sensations, and discover how attending gently to the “felt sense” of an issue can ultimately lead to a more settled or peaceful state within yourself.  For anyone who is in the helping field and works with the body, the skills learned in this workshop may improve your & your clients' satisfaction of the therapeutic process.

This workshop is a prerequisite for Level 2.  Level 2 is recommended for those who intend to facilitate Focusing for themselves, friends or clients.

COST: $126 ($120 & GST), lunch & refreshments provided. The cost for people repeating Level 1 is $60 & GST.

Bring a water bottle or travel mug and a notebook and pen and wear comfortable clothing.

Overnight stay on Friday &/or Saturday night is $11 ($10 plus GST&PST). Bring your own food for supper and breakfast.

REGISTRATION: email by September 5, 2017.

Limit of 8 people.



9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday September 10, 2017.

There will an afternoon practice starting at 1:00 pm which all previous Level 2 participants are invited to attend.

This workshop will emphasize the finer points and steps within the principles of Focusing during the facilitation of another's process.  You will learn ways of helping yourself and others move through the process, while going through the process from the perspective of various roles: Observer, Listener and Focuser. By the end of the workshop, you will have gained more confidence in facilitating Focusing for yourself and others.  With practice, during and after the workshop, you will be able to be more present in the moment and thus to be more in charge of your response to situations in life. You might also be eager to integrate the principles and philosophy of Focusing into your professional health practice or other work.

A handout which describes BioSpiritual Focusing step-by-step will be provided.

N.B . Certification as a Focusing Facilitator is not available by participating in these workshops.

COST: $73.50 ($70 plus GST), lunch and refreshments included.Please let us know of any food sensitivities or allergies. Bring a water bottle or travel mug.

The cost for people who are repeating Level 2 is $36.75 ($35 plus GST).

If you come only for the practice which starts at 1 pm, cost is by donation (suggested $5).

Overnight stay is $11 ($10 plus GST & PST). Bring your own food other than for lunch.

REGISTRATION: email  by September 5, 2017

Limit of 12 people.

Participants are encouraged to attend more than one Level 2 workshop since practice and review are essential in finding your own comfort zone and style. If you want to facilitate Biospiritual Focusing for others or do solo Focusing, it is recommended that you come to several workshops in Level 2, and stay for practice sessions which are on the afternoon of a Level 2 workshop.





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Grandmother Medicine

Date: July 29 - Aug 4, 2017
Where: Ancient Spirals Retreat, 20 km south of Saskatoon off Hwy 219

Grandmother Medicine is a 7 day intensive designed to take participants through their own stories, to the truth of who they are. This powerful program is about the alleviation of inner suffering and turmoil, and contributes to an embodiment and expression of inner peace, joy, harmony, creativity and authenticity.

Joanne Neddow, developer and facilitator, recently retired from a long career in Social Work, to focus her efforts on Grandmother Medicine. Her search for a universal approach to the spiritual component of the wholistic health model took her to many traditions and through many experiences. Near and dear to her heart are the gifts and ways given to her by First Nations people. Her quest of many years has brought her to this offering of her transformative program. Please see the brochure for more details.

    What to bring with you:
  • long skirt, wrap around or dress for women to wear each day
  • journal
  • small mementos or pictures that symbolize relationships, milestones, traumas or issues from the past
  • if you choose, any of the tools, instruments, etc in your spiritual/personal discipline

Cost: $500 - $1000 based on sliding scale. Discounts available for 2-3 people who help with cleaning up after meals and basic cleaning of bathrooms.

Lunch and coffee/tea are included.  Preparation of lunch will be a shared community effort. Gluten and dairy free options available. Please indicate any allergies or food sensitivities when you register by email letter. Please bring whatever snacks/extra food you wish. 

For those who are staying overnight, please bring food for your breakfast and supper.  Food can put in the 2nd fridge downstairs and meals can be made in the kitchen downstairs that has a gas stove. If you wish to have food provided for all three meals, the cost would be an extra $18 per day for 6 days.

Overnight stay is $11.10 ($10 plus GST&PST) per night. We will be starting at 9 am on Saturday July 29 so if you are coming long distance, you might want to stay overnight on Friday July 28, too. We will be closing on Friday August 4th around 2 pm but those who wish to stay another night and leave in the am are welcome to do so.

REGISTRATION: email  by July 24. Please include the following information, that will be kept confidential. Full name, email address, phone number, home address, medication, and food sensitivities/allergies/needs. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required at time of registration and can be sent by Interac or dropped off at the office at 2813 Estey Drive, Saskatoon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Esther by email or phone 306-374-0450 (office).
Limit of 12 people.