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EFA newsletter, December 2017

European Focusing Association Conference 2018

2nd announcement

The European Focusing Association (EFA) is pleased to invite you to attend
the first European Focusing Conference

Facets of Focusing

May 10-14, 2018

Loutraki, Greece

efa2018.weebly.com

Hotel Pappas

This, our first European conference, will provide an opportunity to gather to celebrate the life and work of Eugene Gendlin and to experience some of the many ‘Facets of Focusing’.

We invite you, whatever your Focusing background – relative beginner, Focusing teacher, therapist – to join with us to share knowledge and focus together in the beautiful seaside resort of Loutraki.

Our aim is to be inclusive of all ‘facets’. You might be inspired by how Focusing can filter into different aspects of life. You might be new to Focusing and want to learn more about how it can be taught and practised at a basic level. You might want to explore how Focusing can become a force for change in such areas as politics, art or social work. You might want to reflect on how it can be integrated into the practice of different therapies or into other professional trainings, such as Coaching. You might wish to share your fascination with the philosophical foundations of Focusing or its origins in the Person-Centred Approach. Whatever your level of interest, we hope that we can together create an enjoyable, enriching and inspiring learning environment.

EFA 2018

The Programme

A full conference timetable will be sent out in the New Year and will include workshops, lectures, discussion panels- and, of course, time for focusing exchange.

Registration will be between 14:00-17:00 h on Thursday 10th May and departure after midday on Monday 14th May.

Language

As well as honouring the different ‘facets of Focusing’ we want to acknowledge the language differences within our European community. Although the language of the conference is English, we hope that language barriers can be overcome by volunteers who are prepared to offer translation for their own language group.

EFA

For those who wish to take part in carrying the European Focusing Association forward into the future all are invited to participate in the EFA General Assembly that will take place towards the end of the conference. Time will also be made for EFA project and interest groups throughout the conference.

Optional Excursions

We want to make sure that participants have the opportunity to visit the sites of this beautiful part of Greece and (if there is enough interest) half-day excursions may be arranged to:

Argolis (Mycenae – Epidaurus) and/or Nafplio

  • The ancient city of Mycenae (a world heritage monument and archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon) was a major centre of Greek civilization.
  • The ancient theatre of Epidaurus (a Unesco world heritage listed monument) is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios, the healer, and was the most celebrated healing centre of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics.
  • Nafplio is a very beautiful city. It was the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress (Palamidi) and the fortified islet of Burtzi.

(or) Tour through the Corinth canal

Participation in these excursions is optional and the cost for them is not included in the conference fee. We will try, however, to keep costs as low as possible and more details will be sent out later.

A ‘Greek evening’ will most probably be incorporated into the Programme.

Registration

Registration needs to be done in two stages.

First of all, you need to register for the conference with the Hellenic Focusing Center:

Early Bird Rates (before 31 January)

  • Regular Conference fee (before 31 January) 200 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
  • For Students or the Unemployed (before 31 January)*140 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
  • One-day participation (before 31 January) 70 Euros: Includes conference fee for one day and materials.

Conference Fees after 31 January

  • Regular Conference fee (after 31 January) 250 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
  • For Students or the Unemployed (after 31 January)*180 Euros: Includes conference fee for the whole conference and materials.
  • One-day participation (after 31 January) 80 Euros: Includes conference fee for one day and materials.

* For Students and Unemployed Participants proof of their current studies or unemployed status is required.

For any questions, regarding your registration to the conference, please contact the Hellenic Focusing Center (HFC) at focusinghellas@yahoo.com

Then you need to book separately with the Hotel Pappas, who have offered very favourable rates for conference delegates.
The price given below covers accommodation for all 4 nights of the conference. The cost of accommodation with Hotel Pappas is a special offer made to us for the conference and is a very good deal. If you wish to stay for less than the four nights of the conference then the hotel’s usual rates will apply, such as those to be found through booking websites (e.g. Booking.com). Additional nights may also be charged at the hotel’s usual rates. You will need to make your own arrangement directly with the hotel.

Single Room 180 Euros per person
Double Room 132 Euros per person
Triple Room 120 Euros per person
The cost includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, evening meal.

The price for tea/coffee during breaks is an extra 16 Euros for the whole conference.
(i.e. this is on top of the fees quoted above, to be paid on arrival at the Hotel or as agreed with the Hotel).

To book with the hotel you need to email them at info@hotelpappas.gr and state:

  • Your name
  • The name of the conference (‘European Focusing Conference’)
  • Whether you wish to occupy a single/ double/ or triple room
  • The number of people who will occupy the room
  • The cost of the room for the 4 nights of the conference (as stated above) (you need to arrange fewer nights or additional nights directly with the hotel)

Then the Hotel will guide you through the rest of the booking process.

Important: Please do NOT use the Hotel website ‘contact form’ and do NOT press the ‘Book now!’ Button. These do not work and are not needed for the booking process. The Hotel Pappas website is www.hotelpappas.gr

(The ‘Early Bird’ rate and cancellation fees apply only to registration wich will be handled by the Hellenic Focusing Center. EFA and the Hellenic Focusing Center are not responsible for the hotel or its policies and procedures.)

This is a ‘not for profit’ conference and we have tried to keep costs as low as possible to make sure that it is an affordable and inclusive event.

Please visit the weblink: https://efa2018.weebly.com/register.html for more details regarding registrations.

For information about transportation from the Athens International Airport to the Hotel please follow the weblink: https://efa2018.weebly.com/venue.html

Call for Papers and Workshops

Many leading practitioners have already committed to be present at the conference, including Campbell Purton whose Person-Centred Therapy: The Focusing-Oriented Approach has recently been translated and published in Greek.

We are calling for presentations from participants to share our experiences, practices, hopes and ideas. We ask you to submit your abstract as soon as possible or by the end of 28 February 2018. Abstracts may be accepted up until the end of March 2018, if there is still room in the conference timetable.

For submissions, please visit the following weblink: https://efa2018.weebly.com/call-for.html

We hope to see you all in May!

Let’s make it a success!

Facets of ​Focusing

ORGANIZING TEAM
Local Committee
Patricia Foster (Greece/UK), Anna Karali (Greece)
Nikos Kypriotakis (Greece)
Dimitris Portokalis (Greece), Pavlos Zarogiannis (Greece)

European Committee
Hejo Feuerstein (Germany), Maria Emanuela Galanti (MEG) (Italy)
Judy Moore (UK), Edit Selmeczi (Hungary)

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EFA newsletter, November 2017

First announcement

The First European Focusing Conference
Facets of Focusing

Thursday 10th May- Monday 14th May 2018

Loutraki, Greece

The European Focusing Association (EFA) is pleased to invite you to:

The First European Focusing Conference:
Facets of Focusing
Thursday 10th May- Monday 14th May 2018
Loutraki, Greece

This conference is an opportunity for us to celebrate the life of Eugene Gendlin,
to gather and reflect on the different facets of focusing, through workshops, lectures and interest groups.
We will also have plenty of space to enjoy being together in a more leisurely way.

The venue is a hotel in the beautiful seaside resort of Loutraki,
with a direct suburban rail link to Athens airport.
Single, double and triple rooms will be available.

Check this website again soon to be updated with further details.

Save the dates!

Let’s make it a success!

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Pappas Hotel

Facets of ​Focusing…

The changing face (the changing faces) of Focusing…

ORGANIZING TEAM
Local Committee
Patricia Foster (Greece/UK), Anna Karali (Greece)
Nikos Kypriotakis (Greece)
Dimitris Portokalis (Greece), Pavlos Zarogiannis (Greece)

European Committee
Hejo Feuerstein (Germany), Maria Emanuela Galanti (MEG) (Italy)
Judy Moore (UK), Edit Selmeczi (Hungary)

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EFA newsletter, October 2017

Dear EFA Friends,

We are happy to report that we had a very successful gathering of EFA members in Italy from 29 September- 1 October. Around twenty of us met in the beautiful monastic setting of Abano Terme, near Padua, and spent time together enjoying workshop presentations and forming interest groups around different topics as well as taking part in our General Assembly on the Sunday morning. For this we were joined by four Zoom participants who could also take part in the decision-making processes.

There was a real sense of energy and ‘new life’ at the General Assembly and all decisions were made according to a ‘card system’, introduced by Fiona Parr. A full account of what was discussed (and decided) at the General Assembly can be found in the report that has now been posted on the EFA website at https://efa-focusing.eu/efa-2017-annual-meeting-a-report/ It includes feedback from various interest groups that had met the previous day. These include a new ‘Focusing Teachers’ group’, a group on ‘Focusing for Social Action and Cultural Change’ and a ‘Focusing Oriented coaching group’. Discussions also took place about how to accredit programmes through EFA and other organisational issues were also raised and addressed.

But the most exciting news to come from the meeting is that there will be a European Focusing Conference in Greece next year!!! We look forward to more details of this event from our Greek colleagues, but we are very grateful for their commitment to carry the life of Focusing in Europe and EFA forward in this way.

We also invited new members to join the existing steering group and a new group has now been formed, encompassing members from Italy and Hungary as well as Belgium, Germany, Greece and the UK. We are sorry to lose Pavlos Zarogiannis from the steering group, but look forward to seeing him again next year in Greece.

And, finally, here is some feedback from some of the Abano participants:

‘It was so good to be in touch – again or first time – with so many focusing people from so many countries in Europe, to meet, to share, to exchange and to work together. The combination of interest groups, workshops and the assembly works well for me, as does the beautiful location with lovely people!’ (Ria van Hage, Netherlands)

‘My sense of my first EFA meeting, feeling solidly effervescent. It was a great pleasure to meet focusers from other countries and I left with a bubbling feeling that something is beginning to gel and form.’ (Pat Foster, Greece/UK)

‘For me it was a slow process of coming to experience the importance and relevance of what we were doing. But when we got to use the cards that Fiona had printed, wow! My first participated assembly that came smoothly to smooth conclusions was there in front of me and I in it !!!’ (Meg Galanti, Italy)

We’ll be in touch again with more news on the Greek conference and other developments.

Warm greetings from the Steering Group…

(Bruna BlandinoCaterina Carta, Meg Galanti)  (Italy)
(these three will be present at meetings on a rotating basis)
Hejo Feuerstein (Germany), Patricia Foster (Greece/UK)
Cornelius Gehrig (Germany/Switzerland), Nikos Kypriotakis (Greece)
Judy Moore (UK), Fiona Parr (UK),  Edit Selmeczi (Hungary)
Tine Swyngedouw (Belgium), Lucy Van Praag (Italy/UK)

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Dear EFA members,

We are getting very close to our annual meeting and making plans for it to be as enjoyable and inclusive as possible.

If you are planning to offer a workshop in Abano can you please be prepared to take a few minutes to present an outline of your workshop to the larger group so that participants can make a choice about which workshop they would like to attend on Saturday afternoon?  We will be just over 20 participants in all so it may be that not all of the workshops will actually happen, but we hope you will be prepared to make your offering anyway.

 

 

For those of you who are not able to be present we are hoping to set up a Zoom link so that you can participate in the Sunday morning General Assembly.  For this you would need to set up Zoom on your computer and let us know your email address in advance so that you could be invited in to the meeting.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Abano, either in person or by Zoom.

It looks a wonderful venue and we hope to have an enjoyable time as well as make good plans for our EFA future.

All good wishes,

Fiona, Hejo, Judy, Meg, Nikos, Pavlos, Tine

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Dear Friends,

Some of you have already made your booking for our gathering at Abano Terme, near Padua, for the nights of 29th and 30th September and we are delighted that you can join us. There are still rooms available for those who haven’t already booked. Details of how to make a booking at this stage are given below.

What do I do to book now?

We have now received enough bookings to have been able to make a deposit to the venue.
If you haven’t already booked and would like to join us, please write a short email to this address and let us know:

  • your name
  • whether you would like a single, double or triple room (please arrange your own share)

 

  • whether you would like to stay any extra nights before or after Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September.
    If you would like to stay extra nights please let us know the dates and whether you want half-board (bed and breakfast and one other meal) or full board (all meals). It is likely that you will be charged more for meals than the agreed price of 10 Euros a meal, which is the cost per person for group buffet meals during the main gathering.

Your details will be passed on to the venue at Abano and you will not need to pay until you arrive there. The costs of accommodation are detailed below.

Prices for 2 nights’ accommodation (per person), plus dinner on Friday evening, 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are as follows:

  • 128 Euros for a single room.
  • 118 Euros for a shared double room.
  • 112 Euros for a 3-4 person room.

An additional 1.5 Euros per day will be charged as tax and there will be a further charge for meeting room hire.

What if I’ve already booked and want to add extra nights?

Let us know by writing to this address and your request will be passed on to Albano Terme. You will not need to pay for the extra nights until you arrive at the venue.
Please let us know :

  • your name
  • which extra nights you want to book
  • whether you need full board (all meals) or half-board (breakfast and one other meal only)

You will not need to pay for the extra nights until you arrive at the venue. It is likely that you will be charged more for meals than the agreed price of 10 Euros a meal, which is the cost per person for group buffet meals during the main gathering.

What if I’ve already booked extra nights?

You don’t need to do anything at this stage, but be prepared to pay a little more for meals than during the main group meeting.
If you didn’t let us know whether you want half-board (bed and breakfast and one other meal) or full-board (all meals) it would be helpful if you could add this information by sending a further email.

What will happen at the gathering?

There are many things to discuss as we work out where we are going and how we can operate most effectively as a loosely-formed (and still forming) organisation. We are still very much in the early stages of this project and we welcome your input – and offers of help – for how best to carry Focusing forward in Europe. Thoughts and offers for hosting a 2018 gathering – maybe a ‘summer school’, maybe even a ‘European Focusing Conference’ – would be particularly welcome!

We will meet as a whole group on the Friday evening and again on Saturday morning. After that there will be space for the formation of interest groups and for deeper discussion of specific topics.

There are also some wonderful workshop options for the Saturday afternoon of our gathering, which you can find on the ‘meetings’ section of the EFA website: https://efa-focusing.eu/meetings/

On Sunday morning, we hope to gather thoughts and ideas – including those arising from the interest groups – for how best to carry our Association forward into the future. The beginnings of a discussion around some of this can be found on the website at topic/annual-meeting-in-abano-terme-padua-2017/

Details of how to get to the venue are available on the website. If you have specific queries it might take a few days to get back to you. The putting-together of this small gathering involves collaboration between Germany, Greece, Italy, Belgium and the UK and this can lead to things taking more time than if we were a single organiser.

So, with apologies for any past and future delays in communication, we anticipate that all will come right in the end, and look forward very much to seeing as many of you as possible at Abano Terme.

Warm greetings,

Fiona, Hejo, Judy, Meg, Nikos, Pavlos, Tine

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Dear EFA Member

Plans are moving ahead for our gathering at Abano Terme, near Padua in Italy on 29 September to 1 October. We are taking bookings and payments now, so please let us know if you want to come.
We expect the final plan for the weekend will emerge from the group when we arrive, sensing into what is wanted by the people who come.

Here is a provisional outline plan:

Friday afternoonArrivals and informal gathering and meeting, before supper.
After supper on Friday – meet as a whole group for attunement and connection.

Saturday morning – Meet as a whole group, and identify current topics for exploration and development.
Lunch 1pm
Saturday afternoon – Development of interest groups
Coffee break, then 2 x 1 and a half hour workshops, running concurrently.
Supper, then party time and relaxation.

Sunday morning The general assembly, where we make decisions and carry forward action steps that can be developed during the next year.
1pm Lunch, then leave.

We will be a multi-lingual group. We want to include non-English speakers, and we want to get to know our Italian colleagues and friends. It will be important to slow down, and make time for translations. We have seen how valuable this can be, when at the conference at Cambridge, and at other international gatherings. It emphasises the Focusing way of really listening, and making sure that everyone feels heard and understood.

Workshops that have been offered so far include:

Focusing as a Life Skill – Eirini Davleri and Patricia Foster
Symbols that keep us together – MEG (Maria Emanuela Galanti)
Focusing-oriented coaching – Aukje Strandstra
Focusing to make sound choices in decision-making – Hejo Feuerstein

Interest group – How can Focusing translate into social action in Europe?
Interest group – How can we develop our own European certification without losing our diversity and richness?
Interest group – Discussing our resposes to the ILC proposal on certification

There is more information on the EFA web site about workshops and interest groups that are forming. What happens is very much dependant on who comes, and we will create this weekend together. Recent newsletters also give you an update on how plans are progressing.

This page also has information on how to get to the venue at Abano Terme.

Here is a reminder of the cost of the venue:

(Costs include all meals, including dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Sunday),
and is non-refundable.

131 Euros for a single room.
121 Euros per person for a double room. (Please let Meg know if you want a double bed, or twin beds)
115 Euros per person for a triple room. (Please arrange your own share)

We will divide the cost of the meeting rooms between us when we get there.

We look forward to our meeting at the end of September.

Please let us know if you are coming, and we will let you know how to pay.

Kind regards

Fiona, Meg, Tine, Judy, Hejo, Pavlos and Nikos

Therme San Marco
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Dear Friend,

We are writing to give more detail of the first ever Annual European Focusing Association (EFA) Meeting, which will take place near Padua in Italy from 29th September to 1 October 2017.

Why are we having this meeting?

EFA is a European network for Focusers, Focusing professionals and Focusing practitioners, who wish to develop Focusing through collaboration, openness and mutual support. We are now ready to carry forward the development of this Association and hope you will be able to join us.

What’s good about it and what’s in it for you?

This is an opportunity to gather, to meet old friends and new, to network and connect, and most importantly to collaborate in developing Focusing in Europe.

You are invited to offer a workshop and to take part in other people’s offerings. You could also think about how collaborating with others could enhance and develop your own work with Focusing. We hope this weekend will be a springboard for new initiatives for Focusing in Europe.

Our aim is that the meeting should facilitate the formation of project groups that can be continued through web meetings. We hope that specific interest groups will organize events throughout the year to demonstrate and develop new directions in Focusing.

If you already know what kind of project group you would like, please write us and we will reserve some time and space for you during the meeting.

Here is more information.

If you want to come, you can register your interest here.

We hope to see you in Italy!

Warm good wishes,

Fiona, Hejo, Judy, Meg, Nikos, Pavlos, Tine

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Dear EFA member,We send greetings as we prepare the next steps of our journey with Focusing in Europe.  It feels particularly significant that we are planning our annual gathering in the month following the death of Gene Gendlin.  Our wish is to carry his work forward in Europe in a truly creative way, honouring the spirit of Focusing.  We give details below of the 2017 European meeting and are grateful to Meg Galanti who has found us a suitable venue near the beautiful city of Padua in Northern Italy for our proposed date of 29 September- 1 October.

Death of Gene Gendlin

Gene Gendlin died aged 90 on 1 May at his home in New York.  A memorial website has been created by The International Focusing Institute where you can read more about Gene’s life and some of the many tributes to his contribution to the world of philosophy and psychotherapy. See https://www.eugenegendlin.com/

The 2017 EFA Annual Meeting

The 2017 EFA Annual Meeting is where we really want to take EFA forward. This is your chance to ask yourself – and let us know- what you want to see happening in terms of Focusing in Europe.

Please join us if you can.  The meeting will take place from Friday 29 September- Sunday I October.

The venue is a beautiful religious house of hospitality near Padua in Italy.  For more details of the venue see http://www.termesalesiani.it/sanmarco/listino.html

What form will the meeting take?

Arrival will be in the afternoon of Friday 29 September.  The meeting starts with an evening meal and there will be a whole group meeting after the meal. There is space for an informal gathering before the evening meal for those who arrive earlier.

We plan to have some time on Saturday as a whole group and also to allow time for workshops and for the formation of task and interest groups to carry the work of EFA forward.  It is proposed that the EFA Annual General Assembly take place on the morning of Sunday 1 October.

Topics for task/ interest groups to date are:

  • How can Focusing translate into social action in Europe?
  • Focusing-oriented coaching.
  • The formation of our own European university/ academic institution
  • European certification of training programmes

Please let us know if you would be interested in offering a workshop.

What are the costs of attending?

Prices for 2 nights accommodation, plus dinner on Friday evening, 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are as follows:

  • 128 Euros for a single room
  • 118 Euros for a shared double room (Please arrange your own share)
  • 112 Euros for a 3-4 person room. (Please arrange your own share)

An additional 1.5 Euros per day will be charged as tax and there will be a further charge for meeting room hire.  The cost of the room we would like to use is 100 Euros a day.  The cost will be divided among participants and the total amount required from each participant will depend on numbers present.

How do I register interest in the Padua gathering?

Booking details for the 2017 meeting will shortly be released, but, to give us some idea of numbers, please first register your interest on the following Google form at

http://bit.ly/2rLEQYH

We hope to see you in Italy!

And, if you are not able to attend in person, please let us know of any topics you would like to raise.

Warm greetings,

Fiona, Hejο, Judy, Nikos, Pavlos, Tine, Meg

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Dear Friends,We hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful spring wherever you are.

We realise that there has been some confusion about whether or not the people who receive this newsletter also need to register membership on the EFA website.  We know that by signing up in Cambridge that you did, in effect, register to be a member of the European Focusing Association, but we would also like to encourage you to sign up to the website as we aim for it to become a forum for Europe-wide ‘networking’ and the sharing of information.

We have had to make some changes to the ‘process’ of registering to the website because of some ‘spam’ registrations that we have received and details of how to register and post on the website are given below.

What is the point of registering to the EFA Website?

By registering to the website you open up several possibilities:

  • You can advertise your work (individual work or workshops) to a wider (European-wide) group of participants. (There are already examples of such postings on the website.)
  • You can learn more about training and events that are happening elsewhere in Europe.
  • You can start a discussion forum for areas of particular interest (you will see, for example, that a ‘coaching’ group has begun to form and will shortly meet in Amsterdam).
  • You can form or join ‘task groups’.
  • You can ask questions.

How do I register on the EFA Website?

  1. Send an email to our Web administrator Nikos Kypriotakis (efa@efa-focusing.eu) and tell him that you wish to register yourself on the Website.
  2. Nikos will then send you a password that you can use to access the website for the first time (you can then change the password to one that you will easily remember).
  3. You then go to the website (https://efa-focusing.eu/) and in the top left-hand corner you will see an option either to ‘Log in’ or ‘Register’.
  4. Once you have registered (or logged in) your name (and profile picture once you’ve added one) will come up in the top-right hand corner with the message ‘Howdy [your name]’.
  5. Click on ‘Howdy [your name]’ and a number of options will come up, including ‘Edit my profile’ where you can set up your profile through a number of easy steps. There is an option to add a link to your own website if you wish to do this.

How do I post a general message on the EFA website?

  1. Go to your ‘Profile’ and click on your picture (or the space for a picture) and a message will come up saying ‘What’s new [your name]?’
  2. Write your message and send.

How do I post an individual message on the EFA website?

  1. Go to the Dropdown box that appears when you click ‘Howdy [your name]’ and click on ‘Messages’.
  2. Another Dropdown box will appear with the option ‘Compose’.
  3. Write your message and send.

We are in the process of composing some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Website, but we thought these instructions might be helpful to get you started.  It takes a bit of time to get used to the Website, but it is actually very simple once you get used to it!

We are delighted to have been joined on the Steering Group by

  • Nikos Kypriotakis from Greece, a Physics teacher who loves Gendlin’s philosophy, Focusing, TAE and is in charge of the Website and the EFA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FocusingEurope), and
  • Tine Swyngedouw, who is a Focusing trainer, FOT psychotherapist and Certifying Coordinator from Belgium, and who is in charge of the European Coordinators Conference Calls.

We will send out another Newsletter with further details of the website and the possibility of a 2017 meeting, but, in the meantime, we hope to see you on the Website!

With our warm good wishes,

Fiona, Hejo, Judy, Pavlos, Nikos, Tine

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EFA (European Focusing Association) is a European network for Focusers, Focusing professionals and Focusing practitioners, who wish to develop Focusing and the Experiential Approach through collaboration, openness and mutual support.

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to be able to send details of the EFA website, which has now gone ‘live’ and can be accessed at https://efa-focusing.eu. We also want to invite offers to organize an EFA autumn gathering.

The Website

If you follow the link https://efa-focusing.eu you will come immediately to the EFA webpage and a double arrow will appear in the middle of the screen. Click on this arrow and you will then find instructions for how to ‘Register’.

The website has a copy of the Vision Statement that was presented in Cambridge and outlines the principles that were agreed at the meeting there. We ask that anyone who registers agree in principle with this Vision Statement. At present we have a Swedish, Greek and German translation of the Vision Statement and invite translations into other European languages. At this stage we are sending this communication only to those of you who were in Cambridge and indicated that you would like to join the Association, but in due course we would like to open the website to Focusers throughout Europe.

The aim of the website is to offer a forum where European Focusers can present their work, advertise Focusing events and network to foster collaboration and within and across the boundaries of the countries of Europe.

This website and membership of EFA is entirely free of charge and we are very grateful for the generosity of those who have made this possible. We particularly appreciate the work of Gilbert Seilheimer and Nikos Kypriotakis who have collaborated to put the website together.

The website is very easy to use: it has a ‘public area’ and also ‘members only’ sections where EFA members can read colleagues’ profiles and communicate privately. It is here that we hope members will form discussion groups on topics of common interest and collaborate on projects.

Volunteers to Organize an EFA meeting?

One project that we hope participants will want to be involved in is the organization of a 2017 EFA gathering. At present this is tentatively planned for the weekend of 29th September, but other dates would also be possible. It would be good to get together to meet in person. Such meetings have taken place since 2010 in Pforzheim, Germany and in large and small venues around Europe- Paris, London, Liège, Madrid, Emmetten in Switzerland, Athens, Tübingen in Germany and Cambridge.

Because membership of EFA is free and we, the Steering Group, are merely the ‘volunteers’ who have agreed to carry things forward in the short term, we now want to ‘open’ EFA to all our members, to share the options and also the difficulties that we face so that we can work together to find creative solutions.

We look forward to hearing from you, either through the website or via email.

Warm regards,

Fiona
Hejo
Judy
Pavlos

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Information about the EFA Task Group for a European Focusing-Oriented Coaching (FoC) Training Programme
To take place in Amsterdam, April 2017

To:

  • European Focusing Association (EFA) Participants and European Focusing Professionals who are experienced in Coaching, and
  • Coaching Professionals in Europe who apply Focusing in their work

From:
Hejo Feuerstein, European Co-ordinator at TIFI
Aukje Strandstra, European Co-ordinator (in Training) at TIFI

Date:  January 16th,  2017

Invitation:

Meeting to found and develop an EFA Task Group for Focusing
Oriented Coaching (FOC) Training in Europe.
Sunday afternoon April  9th – lunchtime Tuesday 11th April, 2017, in Amsterdam

Dear Focusing and Coaching colleagues,

In keeping with the recommendation to form task groups in the European Focusing Association (EFA) Vision Statement, Aukje Strandstra and Hejo Feuerstein have collaborated to launch the first EFA Task Group on Focusing-Oriented Coaching (FOC).

Having presented our plan at the Focusing Coordinators meeting in Tübingen and at the International Focusing Conference in Cambridge (2016), we are now ready to carry forward the EFA Task Group for a “European Focusing-Oriented Coaching (FOC) Training-Program”. This will become the pilot for EFA-accredited European Training programmes. The training modules will be offered by qualified European Focusing professionals in the field of Coaching to participants all over Europe. We plan to offer training and supervision in person at different venues as well as offering web-based modules (or by using other media).

We want to make Focusing-Oriented Coaching better known and to provide each other with solid support in this new venture. If you are interested in contributing, collaborating and becoming part of this EFA Task Group, you are invited to join us in Amsterdam from 9 – 11th of April 2017.

Our plan for this meeting is:

  • to get to know each other better in person and to share the experience of trainings and workshops we all use to integrate Focusing in our coaching training and practice;
  • to present our own training concepts and material on Focusing-oriented Coaching;
  • to plan how to invite and organize other Focusing colleagues and experienced coaches to co-create, collaborate and develop the FOC-programme with us.

If you are interested, please send your registration form (see below) to:

Aukje Strandstra at a.strandstra@hetnet.nl

Deadline: FEBRUARY 10th 2017

Please contact us directly if you need more information.
h.feuerstein@focusing.de ; a.strandstra@hetnet.nl
As soon as we know the number of participants, we will send you details about the proposed venue and also let you know about hotel facilities in the Centre of Amsterdam.

Warm greetings,

Aukje and Hejo

Hejo Feuerstein
Untere Reig 12
D-77723 Gengenbach
0049 160 92836711
h.feuerstein@focusing.de

Aukje Strandstra
Buiten Kadijken 16
NL – 1018 ZS Amsterdam
003120 6206490 en 00316 44802837
a.strandstra@hetnet.nl

Registration Form

To be sent by February 10th, 2017 to a.strandstra@hetnet.nl

Meeting of the European Focusing Association
(EFA) Task Group for the development of the
European Focusing-Oriented Coaching (FOC) Training Programme
in Amsterdam, April 9th – 11th , 2017

I would like to participate in the meeting in Amsterdam

My name:
My address:

My email-address:
My Phone number:

Aspects, ideas … I would like to contribute:

EFA – European Focusing Association

Steering Group

19th January 2017

Dear Friends,

We have been working to move forward the European Focusing Association that you signed up to join in Cambridge last July and are now able to update you with some news.
We are delighted to give notice of two exciting developments that have been taking place.  These are: an upcoming meeting of an EFA Task Group to develop a programme for Focusing-Oriented Coaching; and plans for a European Focusing School.

Task Group for Focusing-Oriented Coaching

A meeting to form an EFA Task Group for Focusing-Oriented Coaching is planned in Amsterdam from Sunday afternoon 9th April – lunchtime Wednesday 11th April 2017. More details will follow, but do bear these dates in mind if you would like to join with colleagues Aukje Strandstra and Hejo Feuerstein to develop Europe-wide programmes in Focusing-Oriented Coaching.

Plans for a European Focusing School

A European Focusing School is being planned for 2018 / 2019 by a small group of colleagues.

The Creation of an EFA Website

The issue that has taken up most of our time and attention since Cambridge has been how to create and develop a website which can be both an interactive forum for members and also a place where workshops and events can be advertised to non-members who are interested in Focusing events in Europe.
Such a website is now almost ready and a link will be sent to you as soon as it can go ‘live’.  It has been produced at no cost to EFA members, thanks to the generosity of individual members.  We are also very grateful to Gilbert Seilheimer and Nikolaos Kypriotakis who have given their time to work on its design and construction.
This website is distinct from the site that currently exists for European Coordinators.  Longer term decisions about which website should serve EFA in the future can be taken at a later stage and when we are more established as an association.

EFA Annual General Meeting 2017

We are mindful of the need to hold an EFA Annual General Assembly each year and we have as yet to find a venue for such a meeting in 2017.  If anyone would be willing to organize an event to which an Annual General Assembly could be attached later in the year (we were thinking of 29th September- 2nd October) please let us know. It would be good to have an event that included some workshops that people would like to attend as well as the AGM itself.
In these challenging times with events in the UK and the US affecting all our futures, we welcome the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with all our European colleagues to create a better future for us all in 2017.

All good wishes,

Fiona
Hejo
Judy
Pavlos

Dear European Focuser,

We are writing to let you know where we have got to in the setting-up of the European Focusing Association (EFA). We have been in regular contact with each other since Cambridge and have been trying to find the best way to take the first simple step of putting people in contact with each other for networking purposes. It now looks as if we have found a way of doing this. The details are still being sorted out, but we will let you know in due course how to set about online registration. We also now have an email account for EFA and are mailing you from our new address.

At this early stage we don’t want to ask for a ‘membership’ fee because we can’t make any promises about the new organisation. We simply have agreement in principle from our Cambridge signatories to the establishment of EFA and our aim is to make this organisation happen. We know that it needs to be an organic, step-by-step, process and also recognise that it will take time to sort out the many technicalities involved. However, we didn’t want to lose momentum by getting too bogged down in technicalities at this stage.

So, for now, our intention is to set up a ‘networking’ forum and we will send out more detail about how you can participate in this in due course. We hope that this forum will bring to light people who might be helpful in carrying forward the next steps of the new organisation (we need people who have expertise in different areas), but we also hope that, for those of you who are simply looking for ‘networking’ opportunities, you will find companions who might share or wish to participate in your own particular fields of focusing interest.

More will follow, but, in the meantime, we send you our warm good wishes,

Fiona,
Hejo,
Judy,
Pavlos

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