ActivePlaying Itself Out: Bodying as a New Direction for WBF & FOT

          Playing Itself Out: Bodying as a New Direction for WBF & FOT

              An online training program for Focusing oriented therapists, trainers and partners

*[Bodying]… is my own way of being… Bodying-forth always co-participates in the experience of what is present. Heidegger

*Spirits are released not by banishing them mentally or muting them with drugs but by bodying them. We cannot feel our bodies without bodying how we feel. P. Wilberg

*Therapy must involve… a movement outward, into interaction. In inner and outward modes, the content can seem to be the same, but the whole manner of being alive is different… E. Gendlin

*In Focusing Therapy almost everything we …do with words can be done also with our body.  J. Wiltschko

 Introduction and Description of New Online Course

We don’t have a body, we are bodily. Our living is always a bodying forth, i.e. specific bodily ways of moving, standing, speaking, experiencing, expressing, engaging with others etc. This course offers an experiential introduction to bodying as a new foundation for WB/Focusing.

This approach is based on the awareness of body as bodying, from a noun to a verb, i.e. an active, alive, expressive, enactive and interactive functioning of our bodily sense of being. The phrase that captures the whole process of bodying forth in WBF, I call playing itself out.  We will learn how to body what comes to awareness, and let our felt sensing (“it”) play itself out in virtual space, physical space and in interactive space with others. It is the experiential practice of re-animating the body, i.e. bringing (back) to life our bodily ways of being. In addition, the awareness that comes through bodying, i.e. letting what comes play itself out more fully, energetically, and completely.

We will explore how to transform Focusing into an active felt-sensing, through bodying whatever calls our attention, letting each aspect show more of itself, from within its own living energy and inner knowing. When we let a pattern or reaction play itself out, we not only stay aware of what is happening as it is unfolding in real time, but also begin to reawaken, and educe (draw out; bring forth; develop) the undercurrents of our vital life-force energy and natural impulses that have been lost, forgotten or submerged.

The aim of this process of WB Focusing is not just knowledge but liberation, freeing up our bound energy, and reclaiming our “first nature,” our authentic Self.  Bodying is thus a process of attunement and resonation between our embodied persona (our outward physical comportment) and the inner soul qualities of self. It is a process of re-birthing– giving support, care and space to enable new (or lost) qualities and capacities come into being.

We will have many opportunities to experience playing out, in our private imaginal space, through bodying, and in the shared field with others.  And as a training program, we will also explore how to use the bodying method to create soma-dramas, which further expand our ways of bodying forth our inner beings in re-playing and completing old scenes and current situations, as well as developing new capacities and possibilities -that actualize our true nature. We will discuss how to integrate this method into your current Focusing practice and partnerships, into the practice of FOT and into learning/ teaching of WBF.

Areas of exploration include:

1. The theory and philosophy of bodying forth: integrating the inner mode of bodily awareness with active, dynamic of bodying; shift from the verbal content to the manner of bodying forth;
2. Core elements of WBF in bodying forth: inhabiting the physical body; grounding; WB awareness; awakening the body’s inner movements; learning to follow the body’s energy;
3. Bodying as playing itself out: dynamic of showing and playing back; play itself out from its own energy and impulse; animating inner qualities; letting something come alive and move outward;
4. Physical showing/playing out: body forth our inner feeling states, felt sensing and moods; bring awareness to a habit/pattern, or postural stance; inhabit the energy and feel of an inner being-
5. Resonating attunement of body and spirit: using the whole body as resonating organ of being, a tuning fork of spirit; letting music of soul play on/from the body; attuning to others spirit
6. Basic forms of WB playing out: 4 ways to invite a WBF process to play itself out:
a. virtual (imaginal)- let play out and unfold in inner imaginal body space; as a virtual event;
b. physical– explore and express itself through bodying it; e.g. a gesture, a movement, a voice tone, a postural stance, a sound, a sensation or feeling,; can be one aspect or two aspects;
c. interactive– allow something to play itself out with another; other can be witness, observer, or active participant; creatively interacting- can reverse roles, body forth different qualities etc.
d. group theater– whole group participates in playing out a soma-drama; can unpack different roles/aspects so each plays a part; group can hold sacred space to body a new quality or energy;
7. Playing out situations and embodied patterns: bringing the process to repetitive habits, ingrained patterns and relational situations; exploring specific soma-drama processes;
8. Playing it out together: bodying as a somatic field of awareness; co-creating a field of interplay; dyadic and group interactive dramatizations; role reversals; letting others play out your role;
9. Creating soma-drama events: replay a situation, interaction, recent event; explore an impasse, blockage, dilemma; embody and express a new capacity, energy or desire;
10. Further implications: healing trauma; releasing stuck/bound processes; intergenerational transformation; relational intimacy; animating our being together; educing spirit from bodying

This course is designed for Focusing oriented therapists, as well as Focusing/Wholebody trainers. It is also open to those with previous experience in WBF and those in Focusing partnerships, as well as people seeking Certification as a WBF trainer, therapist or Coordinator.

Specifics:

Two modules: 8 weeks each. Module 2 requires completion of Module 1, although you can take Module 1 only. All classes are on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time. They are held via Zoom. All classes are recorded and recordings are made available to all participants. Because of the experiential nature of the course, and for  group cohesion, it is important that you be able to attend all classes “live.”

Dates: Module 1: March 14th to May 2nd.

Module 2: May 9th to June 27th.

Fee: $350 / each module, or $675/both modules.

Special early bird discount: $ 315/ each or $ 595 for both if paid by Feb. 28th.

Registration: you may register through my website- glennfleisch.com; and you can also send me an email indicating your interest/intention to participate.

Payments: via PayPal at: glenn@glennfleisch.com or via check to: Glenn Fleisch 922 Centro Way Mill Valley, CA. 94941

Questions: email is: gflesich60@gmail.com; cell phone to call or text: 707-315-2370.

CEU’s: 16 hours available for each module for California licensed psychotherapists and social workers;  professionals in other states may be able to obtain  CE credits as well- please check with your licensing board.

Certification as WBF trainer, therapist or coordinator: these modules are required as part of the training program and requisites for becoming certified through the Focusing Institute under my supervision.

Other possible days/times: if you are interested in this course, but cannot make the class time, please let me know, and indicate what other days/times you are available. With sufficient interest, I am open to creating another class time.

Save the Dates: 3rd annual WBF retreat at Shambhala Ranch: Playing it out together: bodying our spirit; spiriting our body- recovering the vital spark of life Dates: Sunday October 6th through Friday, October 12th, 2019.

An announcement with a description and more information on this retreat will be forthcoming. We will also be retaining our amazing caterer Tamara, who dazzled us last year with beautiful meals and loving care.

  • Module 1
    March 14, 2019 - June 27, 2019
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Two modules: 8 weeks each. Module 2 requires completion of Module 1, although you can take Module 1 only. All classes are on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time. They are held via Zoom. All classes are recorded and recordings are made available to all participants. Because of the experiential nature of the course, and for group cohesion, it is important that you be able to attend all classes “live.”
  • Module 2
    May 9, 2019
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Two modules: 8 weeks each. Module 2 requires completion of Module 1, although you can take Module 1 only. All classes are on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time. They are held via Zoom. All classes are recorded and recordings are made available to all participants. Because of the experiential nature of the course, and for group cohesion, it is important that you be able to attend all classes “live.”
Details Price Qty
Early Bird Module 1show details + $315.00 (USD)  / bundle  Expired
Early Bird Module 1 & 2show details + $595.00 (USD)  / bundle  Expired
Module 1show details + $350.00 (USD)  / bundle 
Module 1 & 2show details + $675.00 (USD)  / bundle 
Module 2show details + $350.00 (USD)  / bundle  Goes On Sale
May 9, 2019


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