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Tapping Your Creative Wellspring

Do you have a creative project stirring inside? Is there something wanting to emerge through you? Wouldn’t it be nice to have support in the creative process?

Would you love to have Focusing explorations, inspiration, community, and creative exchange to support a project that’s been simmering for a while? Your creation could be in the field of writing, art, music, cooking, or even a novel business application or scientific theory!

We’ll show you how to use Focusing to make creative decisions, right in the midst of bringing your masterpiece into being.

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Listen to our *free interactive call to gain tools and insights you can use right away to:

  • Get clearer about your unique creative expression
  • Begin to discover what supports you in moving forward

*limited time discount offer on March 4th live call.

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.

 

What People Are Saying

“I would have been a better actor sooner, if I had learned Focusing. As a director, Focusing helps me many ways. It helps with the process of thinking, writing and working with a wide range of creative people, engaged in the collective creative process of making a film.”

– David Battistella, filmmaker, Florence, Italy

Course Information

About the Course

In this course you will develop your capacity to listen to “an unfinished poem’s silence,” as Gene Gendlin says.  Through exercises, both alone and with a partner,  discussion and engagement with your own creative endeavor, you’ll come to appreciate the way your wellspring of knowing already carries the implicit form of your creation.

One of the key pieces of this course will be a practice that I’ve used in many disciplines including music, fiber art, and writing. This is a commitment to a daily postcard exchange with a partner with some creative expression on it. If I’m writing, I may send along a haiku, if it’s music, I might even write out a piece of a tune, visual art or any kind could be a sketch, a motif, a print. If I’m working on something more like an application, it might be a sort of journal entry around what’s got my attention in the moment—something wanting to see the light of day for further illumination.

Along with this ongoing practice throughout the course, we’ll explore ways to “invite the Muse” more readily through our felt sense of what’s wanting to be created.

The stimulation of being among other creative types is delicious. We can brainstorm ideas with others and have contemplative-like sessions to grow our knowing of what’s already here waiting to be expressed.

We’ll explore Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of Flow and how that relates to creativity. Learn to recognize when you need more structure….or less! Sense at what stage feedback is helpful to you and how to ask for what you need.

 

What We Will Be Doing

  • Tuning into our own unique way to be fully creative—what supports us, what gets in the way, finding the balance between structure and chaos
  • Tapping our ‘dream worlds’ and intuition for source material
  • Developing our capacity of staying with the intricacy of what wants to  be expressed—as Gendlin says, “Everything and anything is lived by our bodies in an intricate way that we could open and enter”
  • Entering into “flow” where we’re completely engaged in our activity for its own sake
  • Sharing and playing in the crossings of inspiration, spirituality and creativity

About the Teacher

Jan Hodgman:

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Jan Hodgman, M.A. is a Focusing trainer and Zen priest with eight years of monastic experience. Prior to her monastic life, she was a professional musician in a number of groups including The Wild Rose String Band, Cour des Miracles and Sheer Audacity.

Upon returning to the US from her time in a Japanese monastery she entered a Returning Scholars program at University of Chicago where she attended classes in Theory Construction (later to become “Thinking at the Edge”) by Eugene Gendlin, Ph. D., developer of Focusing,  and also a course in creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow. The synergy of these two studies continues to inspire her in her work as a writer, Radiant Mind facilitator, a nondual coach, a developer of courses and a fiber artist.

She loves helping create community around any endeavor that brings us more effortless ease, happiness and a deep sense of living our lives fully.

What's Included

  • Five one-hour-and-forty-five-minute meetings for a total of 8.75 hours of class time.
  • Focusing partnership in between class meetings to practice skills and exercises taught in class.
  • Access to mp3 recordings of every class so you’ll be able to download them and listen to anything you want to hear again.
  • A private web page where you can access homework, recordings, and other important class information from any web browser.
  • Email and/or phone support in case you have questions or need extra help.

 

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.

Prerequisite

Path to Lasting Change, Part One with any Inner Relationship Focusing teacher.

Continuing Education Credit & Course Completion Certificate

Course meets the qualifications for 8.75 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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