Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) for Beginners: Level 1
When: Thursdays, 3 August - 31 August - 7pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Learn how to listen to your inner feelings through Focusing and Companioning, using the IRF approach.
You learn how to Focus and Companion in Partnerships*, and also how to:
- Develop empathy and compassion for yourself, even with troubling emotions.
- Sense freshly into an old problem, finding new perspectives.
- Resource well so that inner safety is paramount.
- Listen deeply to another and allow yourself to be heard by another.
- Experience and understand what is meant by the ‘felt sense’ and ‘the unclear edge’.
How will you do this? Classes include:
- A weekly step-by-step process for building your skills and understanding.
- Explanation and discussion of a weekly theme.
- Time for partnering.
- Written worksheets that you can follow as you partner and build skills.
- Guided exercises led by Fiona.
- Demos of partners Focusing, demonstrating that weekly exercise.
What is Focusing Partnership*?
People can Focus by themselves, but usually find Partnership to be hugely supportive and enjoyable. The presence of a compassionate other can greatly facilitate us to be more present to ourselves, even if that person is a beginner.
We need to learn the skills of deep listening (we call this Companioning), and the etiquette of IRF Partnering relationships, in order for this to be a safe and helpful experience. Level 1 teaches the basics of good Partnership.
What are the benefits of this course?
- It gets easier to be yourself: In being deeply present to yourself, more of you emerges in all situations that feels natural, right, and easy.
- You get new perspectives on old problems: Sensing freshly brings new changes.
- Facilitates deep shifts: Even if your partner is a beginner, just like you, their presence enables you to be with difficult emotions with greater skill than when on your own.
- Empowering: Partnership recognises that you are the expert in your life, as both you and your companion are peers.
- Cost-effective: Partnering is free. It is an exchange that you can arrange with others every week, reducing the need for paid therapy or guided sessions.
- Compatible with other therapies: Focusing compliments all other therapies very well - meditation, counselling, therapy, yoga etc. No need to stop what you’re currently finding supportive.
- Road to professional qualifications: If this is something that interests you, Level 1 is the first necessary step. After Level 4 you can begin professional training.
- It’s not a huge time commitment: Classes run for 5 weeks, 2 hours a week. You will need to participate in weekly partnering as well (which will take from 30- 60 minutes a week via Zoom), and enjoy some class readings. Minimum of 3- 4 hour weekly commitment for 5 weeks.
Why Inner Relationship Focusing?
Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) is a refined and expanded form of Focusing that works with ‘parts’ as well as felt senses. Parts can often be in conflict with one another, or be hidden, and IRF offers an approach of working with these in an educated and compassionate way that can lead to new shifts.
Based in Dublin, I am a Certified Inner Relationship Focusing Professional and Trainer, as trained by Ann Weiser Cornell, Barbara McGavin and Marcella Calabri. I’m also a public speaking coach. https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiona-o-meara-she-her-8a6747b2/
Cost: €200. Includes one free guided session, recordings of guided exercises, worksheets and teaching slides. Free guided session available only from April 1st to July 14th, 2023.
Capacity: Max 12