Holding On and Letting Go

Holding On and Letting Go

There’s something about all our “stuff” that is intertwined with our hopes, dreams, even our identities, in ways that are not easy to sort out and sift through.

Join us for this class where we’ll show you how what you do with your things is not nearly as important as how you do it…

Our Next Class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in being informed when this workshop goes on the schedule.

Can’t make this time? You can register and participate by listening to recordings of the course each week at a time that works with your schedule. But you won’t be eligible for CE units.

 At A Glance

Who Open to anyone interested in having a simpler life.
Where Live Online Course – join us from anywhere in the world! Or register and listen to recordings of the live course at your convenience.
What Explores the relationship between our feelings and the things we live with, so that we can consciously hold on to what we love and let go of what we no longer need. Full Course Description
How We use Zoom, an online video conference platform, to connect you to other students and the teacher. It’s easy and fun to use, great to see your fellow students and the teacher. You can join us via your camera-equipped computer, tablet, or smart phone. Prefer not to be on video? You can call in by phone. Students receive access to a private webpage where materials can be found.
Why The things that surround you are interconnected with you in complex ways. Learn how to be with yourself through the process of sorting through your stuff –  no matter what comes up.

What’s Included

  • Five two-hour meetings for a total of 10 hours of class time.
  • Access to digital recordings of every class so you’ll be able to download and listen to anything you want to hear again.
  • A private web page where you can access homework, recordings, and other important class information.
  • Email and/or phone support in case you have questions or need extra help.

Want a Free Taste?

Listen to our interactive mini-class where you’ll:

  • How to stay in touch with yourself while doing decluttering.
  • The three biggest reasons for procrastinating instead of clearing out, and how to transform them.
  • How to discover what matters the most to keep — instead of what you think you ‘should’ keep.

*limited time discount offered on call expires January 26th

Course Information

About the Course

What will you do with the stacks of papers that surround you? The closets full of clothes you might someday wear? The boxes of mementos from past versions of you? The books you might read again… or might not? And if you’ve inherited the possessions of a loved one, how will you sort through your own memories and feelings along with all that stuff?

Some people say: “Let it all go. Ask if it brings you joy… or ask if you’ve used it in the past year… and if not, let it go.” But if that were easy to do, we would have done it already! There’s something about all that “stuff” that is intertwined with our hopes, dreams, even our identities, in ways that are not easy to sort out and sift through.

Because this topic is so fascinating to me, I’ve created a new Focusing course to support you in the many aspects of simplifying your life: sorting through clutter, deciding what to keep and what to let go, sensing when it’s right to forge ahead and when it’s right to go slowly, and of course spending time with the parts of you that don’t want to do it at all!

I spent seven weeks alone in my mother’s apartment after she died. Slowly, day by day, I could feel myself coming to terms with her loss, in large part through the choices I was making about what to do with her things. Many items I let go of easily, and valued the process of finding good homes for her clothes and most of her furniture. But I was left at the end of the seven weeks with an irreducible remainder: things I simply could not let go, because they meant too much to me — because letting go of them would have meant letting go of my mom, who had already gone before I was ready. So I loaded up a U-Haul and drove it across the country, from New York to California.

Looking back on that process fourteen years later, I can see that most of the furniture and other items that I carried to California I did not really need. But I don’t regret any of it. I honored my own needs and my own timing. I stayed in touch with myself and guided the process from within. Today I am convinced of one thing: What you do with your things — or with the things of someone you love — is not as important as how you do it.

Join me in my new course, “Holding On and Letting Go.” You’ll learn how to:

  • Stay in touch with your own feelings and needs while doing decluttering
  • Have a conversation with the “part of you” that keeps procrastinating
  • Discover and resolve hidden feelings that are in the way of moving on
  • Treasure the possessions that truly matter to you and enhance your life

About the Teacher

Ann Weiser Cornell
Ann Weiser Cornell, author of Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change, The Power of Focusing, and The Radical Acceptance of Everything, has devoted her life to helping people learn Focusing easily. Ann learned Focusing from its originator, Eugene Gendlin, in 1972, and worked closely with him for years. Today Ann is internationally recognized as one of the leading innovators and theoreticians of Focusing. She has taught Focusing in twenty countries, and her Focusing books and manuals have been translated into eleven other languages.

Additional Information

How Online Courses Work

We use Zoom, an online video conference platform, to connect you to other students and the teacher. Before the class starts you will receive a Zoom link to use each time the class meets. You can join us via your camera-equipped computer, tablet, or smart phone. Prefer not to be on video? You can turn off your camera. Don’t want to call via computer? You can call in by phone. Zoom is free and easy to use. You will be able to sign on in advance to make sure you can access it, but we’ve had very few problems with it. Students also receive access to a private webpage where course materials can be found.


There is no prerequisite for this course.

Continuing Education Credit & Course Completion Certificate

Course meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Focusing Resources, CAMFT Approved CE Provider #62524

Focusing Resources is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Focusing Resources maintains responsibility for this course and its content.

There is a $25 administrative fee for CE units. Course completion certificates are awarded at the end of the course upon completion of all requirements and the course evaluation. (If you don’t want CE units but would like a completion certificate, the $25 fee does still apply.)

Eligibility for CE units requires at least 80% live attendance. Missed classes must be made up.

Cancellations, Changes & Refunds

Up to 5 days before the first day of class: We will refund your course fee less a $35 cancellation fee. Avoid the cancellation fee by applying the entire course payment towards a future class. Changing your registration to a later offering of the same course must also occur 5 days prior to the beginning of class.

Cancellations received 4 days or fewer before class begins: No refund. Changing your registration within this window results in a $75 fee.

When Something Doesn't Go As You'd Hoped...

We are always open to discussing experiences with our courses that didn’t work for you or didn’t go the way you expected. Depending on the circumstances, you may want to email your course instructor, the staff member in charge of your course, or Ann Weiser Cornell. Email addresses for all these people will be supplied on registration. We will work with you to find a way to meet your needs.

Upcoming Courses and Registration

Register early to save money and ensure your spot! Tuition goes up three weeks prior to the start of class. To help us provide an excellent experience for everyone, registration closes one week before every class.

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in being informed when this workshop goes on the schedule.



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