Workshops
and Retreats


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

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CREATIVITY, WISDOM AND NATURE

10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018

Whatever the weather, come and gather at Ancient Spirals Retreat for settling in, slowing down and listening to the deeper knowing places within. Practice felt sensing to access the creativity, wisdom and knowing that is there for each of us. There will be a number of sensory exercises that invite and encourage expression by the inner creative self, eg listening to music. All activities are optional and you are in charge of what you want/need to do for yourself. Activities include a mix of group and individual time in nature, body movement and expression with art. Pastels, crayons and acrylic paints provided: feel free to bring your own supplies.

Bring your own breakfast (if staying overnight), water bottle and appropriate outdoor clothing. Lunch and snacks provided. Please let us know of any food sensitivities or allergies.

COST: $126 ($120 plus GST), sliding scale for those who are on limited income. Overnight stay is $11 ($10 plus GST&PST) per night.

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

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

REGISTRATION: email  estenberg@me.com by January 25, 2018.
If you have any questions, please email Esther or call the office at 306-374-0450

Limit of 15 people.

 

Labyrinth:a Sacred Journey

10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, January 28, 2018

Labyrinths are used for gaining guidance and as a spiritual quest. Walking a labyrinth is a process of going within and integrating what is received, while maintaining an awareness of thoughts, emotions, body sensations/bodily felt senses, sights and sounds in the moment. Sunday morning will provide you with experiences to heighten your awareness and to learn the steps in the process of using any labyrinth, including finger labyrinths. During the afternoon,we will co-create a walking labyrinth in the Great room. If you would like to bring special objects to place along the path or at the center, or to carry with you during your walk, please do that.

COST: $105 ($100 plus GST), includes lunch, refreshments and healthy snacks, art materials and handouts. Sliding scale for those on limited income.

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

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

REGISTRATION: email  estenberg@me.com by January 25, 2018.

Limit of 15 people.

 

BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING: LEVEL 1

9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday March 10, 2018

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  estenberg@me.com by March 5, 2018.

Limit of 8 people.

 

BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING: LEVEL 2

9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday March 11, 2018.

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  estenberg@me.com  by March 5, 2018

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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