About Us

A Brief History of Focusing Resources

Ann Weiser Cornell founded Focusing Resources in 1985 as a way to support people who want to learn Inner Relationship Focusing. Since then, Focusing Resources has been creating quiet miracles by teaching people Inner Relationship Focusing.

Over the years, her business has grown exponentially. Today, Focusing Resources includes a worldwide community of many thousands of people learning and teaching Focusing with seminars, books and manuals, audio and video materials, and one-to-one sessions. Learn this powerful, research-based practice – you can even do it on your own – and get back in touch with the emotional wisdom of your body.

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Meet Our Teachers

Ann Weiser Cornell


Barbara McGavin

Barbara McGavin


Jinevra Howard

Jinevra Howard


Meet Our Staff

Isabella Canal

Hi, I’m Isabella Canal (she/her), and I am the Customer Happiness Specialist at Focusing Resources. I am here to provide answers for any inquiries regarding your customer experience with us. I respond to emails, voicemails, and any messages left on our social media platforms.

Feel free to be in touch with me if you need any assistance navigating our website or with our on-demand courses or products!

I consider myself a creative, doing art projects in my free time. I also enjoy being with family and my dog Chiquis. Outside of those activities, I love being in service & connecting with community through my other career as a life coach.


Hi, I’m Allison Jones (they/them), Happiness Manager at Focusing Resources. My role involves maximizing happiness, helping classes run smoothly, and coordinating retreats. It is an honor to interact with people who are seeking personal growth through Inner Relationship Focusing, and I am delighted to be here.

You are welcome to be in touch with me if you have any questions about our courses or retreats!

Outside of the office, you can find me exploring in the forest.

Hi, I’m Shannon Crossman (she/her) and I’m the Chief Operations Officer here at Focusing Resources. I help plan our course schedules, liaise with faculty, and build systems that help manage office workflows. I also assist with new product creation, orchestrate our product launches, and write copy for the website. One of my favorite new tasks is getting to manage outreach opportunities that spread the word about the quiet miracle of Focusing.

Outside of the office, I can be found in the Northwest CA enjoying nature, curled up around a good book, writing, and enjoying life with friends and family. If you’d like to reach me, you can do so here.

Maggie Hurley
Hi, I’m Maggie Hurley (she/her) and I’m the Chief Creative Officer. My work centers around marketing and assorted technical things (like making this website). Whether I’m redesigning our marketing materials or helping clarify our unique approach to Focusing, I’m proud to be part of an organization centered around teaching individuals like yourself how to look within to reconnect with the inner compass so central to living a better life.

Feel free to be in touch with me if you notice something not-quite-right about our website. In my free time, I’m busy painting (my other career) or romping around with my exuberant dogs, Juni, Mochi, and Milo.

Teachers Worldwide

Want to know where you can find a Focusing teacher? Look no further!

Teacher Directory

Our Mission & Services

Mission Statement

Focusing Resources Mission Statement

The mission of Focusing Resources is to meaningfully contribute to personal, community, and global emotional health, with the understanding that positive emotional health impacts how fairly we treat each other, how well and quickly we recover from stress and trauma, and how wisely and collaboratively we meet the serious challenges we are all facing.

Our Offerings


From live and on-demand classes, to in-person workshops, to week-long retreats.


For those interested in one-to-one work.


Our books and audio-sets are great for those looking to learn on their own.

Diversity Policy and Disability Access

Diversity Policy

Focusing Resources Inc is committed to valuing the fundamental uniqueness of each individual we encounter, whether that person is an employee, a teacher, a class participant, or a Focusing client. Respect for the individual’s needs, goals, values, and point of view is at the heart of our mission.

All individuals will be treated with respect and dignity by Focusing Resources. We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, genders (including transgender and non-binary identities), religious beliefs, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientations, marital and parental statuses, and political affiliations.

Disability Access

We welcome persons with disabilities who need accommodations in order to take our trainings to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

We will make every effort to make it possible for you to participate fully.


This site does not provide medical or any other health care or fitness advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The site and its services are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment.

Our Triple Guarantee to You


Stellar Quality

Everything we do is about creating a seamlessly easy learning experience for you. Our training materials are carefully crafted to be easy-to follow, clear, and comprehensive. We are genuinely committed to bringing you the best possible training. If something’s not working for you we want to hear about it. Of course, we love to hear about what is working too!

Radical Life Change

Research supports us on this one – the Focusing skills we teach have been proven to create positive life change again and again. Focusing is designed to help you sit at the edge of what you know and this is why it works when other methods fail. We guarantee that if you do the work, your life will change. P.S. “Doing the work” isn’t hard…in fact, in some ways it’s so simple, it might surprise you.

Rockstar Customer Service

At Focusing Resources we care. We believe in delighting our customers, and we do it with warmth, responsiveness, and professionalism every time. We designate a single team member to every class we offer so that we can ensure your experience is beyond excellent. Have a question? Please let us know. We really are here to be of service and to help you get the most out of your Focusing training.

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you’d like to chat with a real, live person about any aspect of our work we would love to hear from you. Feel free to call with any question you have, and we’ll either pick up the phone or get back to you soon.

Focusing Resources
phone: 510-225-0690