Felt Sensing and With-Sensing (Focusing) Training

Online on Zoom

Teacher: Vera R. Fryd Lyngmo

MSc Counselling and Certified Focusing Practitioner (CFP)
By The international Focusing institute (TIFI).

The full Felt Sensing and With-Sensing (also called Focusing and Listening) Training is a 60 hour certificate that consitsts of two modules of three 10-hour courses each. It also requires participants to partner between classes, to practice both Felt Sensing and With-Sensing with each other. Both modules include 50-minute individual sessions with the teacher (Vera).

You can start with the introduction and decide later if you want to do the rest of Module one or/and the full traning.

If you would like a free of charge session with me to see if this training would be a good fit for you, you can choose this option in the booking form

The next training starts on Tuesday October 19. See more information below

More information, and dates and times for each course can be found below


There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for the training to start. Maximum participants in the courses: 8
NB! Modules 1 and 2 do not are prerequisite for starting the track to becoming a Focusing Teacher/Practitioner


Module one: The Basics of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing

Prerequieites: None.
There are no prerequisites for starting the module, but each course builds on the previous one, so course two has Introduction course as prerequisite etc.

This module gives the basics of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing and consists of one individual session with your teacher and three courses:

  1. Introduction to Felt Sensing and With-Sensing (Focusing and Listening)
  2. The With Senser (Listener)
  3. The Body in Felt Sensing

Together, those three courses give a basic knowledge in the process’ beginning, middle and end, initial knowledge of Felt Sense, Felt Shift and other kinds of inner experiences we might encounter. How to support the process in an open, welcoming and non-intrusive way, and insight in to the background philosophy of the method.

There are two possible tracks to follow after the basics:

  • Module two: Intermediary Felt Sensing and With-Sensing – which gives a certificate of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing (required for going on to the Trainer in Training track)
  • The Proficiency in Focusing Partnership track – for those who only wish to be able to exchange with a Focusing Partner and be part of the International Focusing Institute’s Partnership Pool

Read more about what the International Focusing Institute requires for the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership.

Module two: Certificate of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing skills

Prerequisite: Module one or equivalent with a Certified Focusing Professional (CFP)

This module takes you deeper into the Felt Sensing and With-Sensing and strengthens the process both from the Felt Senser and the With-Senser’s side. It consists of these three courses:

  1. The Space of not Knowing
  2. Critical voices and other obstacles in Felt Sensing
  3. Focusing modalities and the World
    Plus two individual sessions with your teacher, and partnership of 1,5 hours between classes.

Together, the three courses allow you to really get a grasp on Felt Sense and Felt Shifts, you learn more possibilities for strengthening yourself and your partner in the process, they offer ways to handle troubles one might encounter in the process, plus insight into some other modalities found in the Focusing world.

The module is the next step for those who wish to go further with Felt Sensing and With-Sensing:

  • for your own interest and practice,
  • for bringing the process into client work,
  • if you want to go on to the Trainer in Training track to become a Certified Focusing Professional (CPF).

The full Training is equivalent to what some CFP’s call Focusing and Listening Skills, or “levels” etc., and gives you access to several advanced Focusing courses, plus it is the requirement to start the Teacher Training.

Finishing the Certificate also gives you automatic access to being awarded the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership and hence the option to join The International Focusing Institute Partnership Pool.



Module one: The Basics of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing


As part of the first module, I offer one free 50 minute session to participants. Some choose to do this free session before signing up.
The session is a good opportunity to sense into whether you would like to do the training, to get a feel for how a Focusing/Felt Sensing session with a trainer can look, or to ask questions and clarify any confusions etc.


1. Introduction to Felt Sensing

This is the first course in Moduel One: The Basics of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing. (You can sign up for only this ocurse, to get a taster, and decide afterwards if you want to do the rest of the training).

In this course you will get to know this wonderful process that gives you access to what you know, your inner voice, and to more compassion and self-compassion, openness and spaciousness, in encountering your own and others’ inner world.

You will also get your first, initial experience of having a Sensing Partnership: The supportive experience of having a listener who is non-intrusive, and who doesn’t give advice or opinions, as well as the challenging, but liberating experience of offering listening in this way.

The goal of this course is to start getting to know the process and its bacground and concepts, like how it came about, sensing in the body, sensing inner exeriences, describing and resonating, and experiencing this particular, welcoming and warmly curious way of listening to yourself and others in Sensing Partnership.

Prerequisites: The course has no prerequisites, and fits for anyone with an interest Felt Sensing/Focusing and in listening to yourself and others.

Topics

  • Getting to know the Felt Sensing process
  • Developing the Felt Sensing Attitude; curiosity, openness and inner kindness and welcoming
  • Discovering what happens “under” what we think of as the regular conciousness
  • Trying out the Sensing Partnership

Teaching methods:

  • Sharing of theory
  • Demonstrations
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • Partnership between classes
  • One 50-minute session with the teacher (Vera)

Booking and more informaton

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings, minimum two partnership exchanges between classes and a 50-minute session with the teacher, Vera.

The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

You can choose to do only this course first, and then decide whether you want to go on to the rest of module one (and two).
The 3 courses in Module one gives you the basics you need to either go on to the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Track or to Module two: Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing.

Course dates:
Tuesdays October 19. & 26., November 2. & 9.
Time: 18.30-21.00 (CEST – convert to your timezone)

Price for this course: NOK1500,-
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2. The With-Senser (listener)


This is the second course of the 3 in Module One of the Felt Sensing and With-Sensing Training, building on the Introduction to Felt Sensing and With-Sensing. In this course we go into the basics of With-Sensing.

You will get to know the interesting way of listening without being responsible, and the liberation of being of help without having to know details of the other person’s content.

Based on self-guidance we explore ways of responding and reflecting as ways of supporting the Felt Senser without being intrusive to, but rather trusting in, the process.

The goal of this course is to become safer in the role of listener, and to be able to ‘lean into’ and trusting the Felt Sensing process.

Prerequisute: Introduction to Felt Sensing or equivalent

Topics

  • With-Sensing skills
  • Principles of the listening practice
  • The Felt Sense
  • Respect for the Felt Senser and the With-Senser
  • “We space” and “togetherness” in Sensing Partnership
  • How to make space and be present with someone when we don’t know any content

Teaching methods:

  • Sharing of theory
  • Demonstrations
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • Partnership between classes (1 hour)

Booking and more informaton

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings and minimum three partnership exchanges of 1 hour between classes.

The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

The 3 courses in Module one gives you the basics you need to either go on to the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Track or to Module two: Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing.

Price for this course: NOK1500,-
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Course dates:
Tuesdays November 23 & 30., December 7 & 14
Time: 6.30 pm Oslo, CEST/CET (NB! Be aware of time difference on Nov 2).


3. The Body in Felt Sensing


This is the third of the 3 courses of Modle One of the Felt Sensing and With-Sensing Training. In this course we learn what “body” and “surroundings” are in Felt Sensing, and go deeper into “togetherness” and the “We-space”.

We get to know more about why and how Gendlin claims that we can know “more” with our body than with our minds, and why it is useful to turn towards that which has not yet formed. We will discover that it is not necessary to be verbal or to always have to put into words what arises in Felt Sensing.

One goal is to get to feel more safe in your own body through Felt Sensing, and with your own expressions and feelings, as well as being in a “we”, both in Sensing Partnership and in life in general.

Prerequisite: Having completed the two first courses of this training, or equivalent.
People with someone else’s full Focusing training, who want to continue but prefer not to start at the beginning can contact me to start my training from here.

Topics

  • What is “the body” in Felt Sensing?
  • The connection to the world in Felt Sensing
  • How to be with that which comes without words
  • Gestures, movements and positions in Felt-Sensing
  • Comfortability with the body
  • The We-space

Teaching methods

  • Sharing of theory and philosophy
  • Demonstrations
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • Partnership between classes

Booking and more information

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings and minimum three partnership exchanges of 1 hour between classes.

The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

The 3 courses in Module one gives you the basics you need to either go on to the Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Track or to Module two: Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing.

Course dates:
2022: Tuesdays January 11, 18. & 25, February 1.
Time: 6.30 pm Oslo, CET. Convert to your time zone

Price for this course: NOK1500,-
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Module two: Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing


Important note: In addition to course 4, 5 and 6, the participants are required to have two 50-minute sessions with the teacher (Vera) and to meet between classes for partnership exchanges of 30 minutes for each person (ca. 1,5 hours)

4. The space of not knowing


This is the first course in Module One: Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing.

In this course we will deepen our understanding of the complexity of listening with openness to that which is unclear. We will look at Gendlin’s concepts of Felt Sense and Felt Shift in more detail, to know what it is that we are listening for, and how we can take in and enjoy when change happens in the body.

The goal is to feel even safer in the contact within, seeing the healing effect of acceptance, and discover that there is much “life” also in that which seems stuck, dark and scary, and even that which seems dead

Prerequisite: having completed Module One: The basics of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing or equivalent)

Topics

  • What is clear in what’s unclear
  • Being on an “edge” together
  • Life forward movemnet
  • Radical acceptance
  • Felt Sense and Felt Shift
  • Sensing for places where there is “life”

Teaching methods

  • Sharing of theory and philosophy
  • Demonstrations
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • One 50-minute session with the teacher (Vera)
  • Partnership of 30 minutes each, between classes (1,5 hours)

Required Reading

  • Handouts given
  • Focusing, by Gendlin

Booking and more information

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings, minimum three partnership exchanges of about 1,5 hours and a 50-minute session with the teacher, Vera The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

The 3 courses in Module two gives you the intermidiate skills you need to receive a Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing, which will give you deepened skills to practice with a partner, bring the process into client work. The certificate is required for going on to the Trainer in Training track.

Course dates:
February 2022
Time: 6.30 pm Oslo, CET. Convert to your time zone

Price for this course: NOK1600,-
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5. Critical voices and other obstacles


This is the second course of Module Two: Certificate of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing, and we will learn about trouble and obstacles that can arise in the Felt Sensing process, like inner criticism, helping a partner who comes in contact with trauma, resistance, blanks and not finding a Felt Sense.

The goal is to feel even safer in the contact within, seeing the healing effect of acceptance, and discover that there is much “life” also in that which seems stuck, dark and scary, and even that which seems dead

Prerequisite: having completed the first course in Module Two: Certificate of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing

Topics

  • Inner criticism
  • How “resistance” also is wisdom
  • Blanks and sleepiness
  • Not finding a Felt Sense
  • How to integrate Felt Sensing into everyday life

Teaching methods

  • Sharing of theory
  • Demonstrations
  • Presentation of homework
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • Partnership of 60 minutes or longer between classes

Required Reading

  • Handouts given
  • Focusing, by Gendlin

Booking and more information

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings, minimum three partnership exchanges of about 1,5 hours and a 50-minute session with the teacher, Vera The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

The 3 courses in Module two gives you theintermidiate skills you need to receive a Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing, which will give you deepened skills to practice with a partner, bring the process into client work. The certificate is required for going on to the Trainer in Training track.

Course dates:

Time: 6.30 pm Oslo, CET. Convert to your time zone

Price for this course: NOK1600,-
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6. Focusing modalities and the World

This is the last of the 3 courses in Module Two: Certificate of Felt Sensing and With-Sensing Training, where we will turn our gaze toward the wider Fousing/Felt Sensing world by getting a taste of a few other approches to Felt Sensing, searching out topics in the Focusing Community to present, and talk about the way forward from here.

The goal of this course is to get to know the world of Focusing, a taste of a few other Focusing/Felt Sensing “modalities”, and to start looking for something that might be your own, particular interest to use Focusing or Felt Sensing with.

Prerequisite: having completed the two previous courses of Module Two, or a similar training.

Topics

Teaching methods

  • Sharing of theory
  • Demonstrations
  • Presentation of homework
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises and trying out in the group
  • Partnership in class
  • Reflections
  • Partnership of 60 minutes or longer between classes
  • One 50-minute session with the teacher (Vera)

Required Reading

  • Handouts given
  • Focusing, by Gendlin

Booking and more information

The course consists of four 2,5 hour meetings, minimum three partnership exchanges of about 1,5 hours and a 50-minute session with the teacher, Vera The course is online, on Zoom, and you will receive a link before the course starts

The 3 courses in Module two gives you theintermidiate skills you need to receive a Certificate in Felt Sensing and With-Sensing, which will give you deepened skills to practice with a partner, bring the process into client work. The certificate is required for going on to the Trainer in Training track.

Course dates:
to be announced
Time: 6.30 pm Oslo, CET. Convert to your time zone

Price for this course: NOK1600,-
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What people say about the training

Photo: Niamh Byrne

“Vera’s training helped me to deepen my knowledge of focusing, to enhance my life both now and, I believe, in the future and it took place in an atmosphere of warmth and respect for all”

– Padraig O’Morain

The course felt like super comfortable and nice barefoot hiking boots to me, supporting me on my own path while letting me enjoy myriads of sensations.

– Anonymous

– Ella Catherine Higgs says:

“Vera’s training was wonderful. The warm, gentle, interesting and fun environment she created meant that I would look forward to each week, not only to the brilliant learning aspect of her training, but the therapeutic nature of the sessions for me 🙂 I would recommend this training to anyone for a fantastic way to learn/deepen your Focusing and listening practice. 10/10!!!”

 

Vera is an embodiment of the focusing attitude – open, curious, expanding, welcoming. She shared her knowledge with us generously and honestly and encouraged us to find our own ways. I highly recommend her training.
– Ieva


Further learnings:

If you want to learn more about Focusing, Felt Sense, other approaches to Focusing, or Focusing combined with other methods, you can: