Focusing With Quakers

  • Tutors: Madeleine Kay and Carol-Ann Hooper
  • Start Date: Friday 16th March, 15:00
  • End Date: Sunday 18th March, 14:00
  • Residential Price: £ 250.00 per person

This weekend will introduce a Quaker approach to Focusing. Focusing was originally an approach to healing and personal development developed by Euguene Gendlin and is used by many Quakers to access personal truth, deepen spiritual experience, aid discernment and build mutual support and community.

It involves paying attention to the information available in our bodies about our life experience, past or present, and opening to the fuller experience of emotional and spiritual well-being. Learning to allow what blocks us gradually and safely to shift enables us to be open to the light or, as some might describe it, experience the compassionate Christ within.

Focusing has some similarities with experiment with light, developed within Quakerism by Rex Ambler, and some differences. Focusing is usually done in pairs, taking turns to be Focuser and Listener/companion/witness. it can be a way for Quakers today to live as Isaac Penington described the Quaker community in early days “our life is love and peace and tenderness; and bearing one with another…and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

The course will be an opportunity to pause and go within, learning to identify bodily felt senses, and offer them gentle curiosity, respect and complete acceptance. In this context information and insights often emerge, allowing transformation to occur, small step by small step.

Rooms available to check in from 15:00
Afternoon cake and tea served at 16:00
Quiet time at 16:45
Supper 18:30
First course session starts 19:45
Course ends with Sunday Lunch

If you wish to stay longer, or start your stay earlier, please contact us about availability.

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