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First International Wholebody Focusing Retreat

August 15 - 20, 2018

Event

  • "...invites the power of consciousness
    to awaken the inner wisdom of the living body."
    Foundation of the Wholebody Focusing Manual,
    Karen Whalen & Kevin McEvenue
  • Come and be renewed in community
    The First International Wholebody Focusing Retreat
    August 15-20, 2018

Focusing Initiatives International is excited to announce the first International Wholebody Focusing Retreat, from August 16-20, 2018. We will be bringing together Wholebody Focusers from around the globe to meet each other in our own “we” space, a co-created Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation event.  We will honor Kevin McEvenue for his role in developing Wholebody Focusing and helping it grow, and will gather in celebration of what he continues sharing with the international Focusing community.

One of our main goals is to give the worldwide Wholebody Focusing community an opportunity to experience each other and to make lasting connections.  By focusing, playing, sharing meals, and creating what is wanting together, those lasting connections may emerge.

This is a chance to connect, share our practice, and help build a community of interconnected Wholebody Focusers, through a combination of small group Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation sessions facilitated by Wholebody Focusing Professionals, round table discussions to strengthen our practice, and whole group attunements. Kevin will join us for three days and will participate in his own particular way. We will also ensure that there is plenty of time and space to enjoy being together in a more heartfelt leisurely manner.

A pre-retreat is being offered for those new to Wholebody Focusing or who want to renew and deepen their Wholebody Focusing practice. It will start on Wednesday August 15 at 1:00 PM and end Thursday, August 16 before dinner. This makes this event the perfect occasion to bring your WBF friendly partners, friends and colleagues.

The program for each day will emerge from the curiosity, longings, and creativity of the participants. The possibilities include but are not limited to: small group focusing, partnerships, learning groups, group sharing, community building, using art or writing for expression, movement practices, walking, swimming at Johnson Beach, playing games, skills-sharing, singing, music, dancing, and anything else we co-create as a group. We will have Wholebody Focusing activities to aid in identifying what might be wanting.

Kevin McEvenue will be offering morning attunements. He will also join us in an afternoon gathering. Everyone is invited to submit thoughts and questions in advance, to be shared with Kevin in Heartfelt Conversation with Laura Dickinson in the large group gathering.

There will be an area with poster boards and markers for you to name what you are wanting/are willing to offer, in order to facilitate finding others who want to share this with you. We will also have experienced focusers who will work with those who prefer more structure. Each day there will be a menu of options to choose from – including the option of not choosing – so that you can create your own unique experience.

Please bring along any useful accessories connected to what you would like to share (art supplies, musical instruments, games) and come prepared to help with creating what you would like to experience. If there is something specific you would like to share and need some support, please let Melinda know at melinda@focusinginternational.org.

 

IMPORTANT: Required Travel Documents

If you are joining us and live outside Canada, please click here to review information provided by the Canadian government

 

 

A pre-retreat “Soft Landing” for those who are new to Wholebody Focusing or who want to renew and deepen their Wholebody Focusing practice runs from August 15, 2018 after lunch through the afternoon of August 16.

The Retreat itself runs from the evening of August 16, 2018 through lunch August 20, 2018.

Soft Landing – Wednesday August 15 at 2:00 PM to Thursday August 16 4:30 PM

Wednesday, August 15

11:00 – 7:00 PM Open Registration
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch (optional, not part of the package)
2:00 – 5:30 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Co-created meet and greet evening event

Thursday, August 16
7:00 – 8:00 AM Co-created movement before breakfast.
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:15 – 12:00 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 – 4:30 PM Facilitated, experiential Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation session*

*These sessions are open to all, from newcomers to experienced focusers.  They will be led by Patricia Manessy, Elizabeth Morana, and Lynn Rosen.  Click here to see descriptions of Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation on the Wholebody Focusing Initiative.

At 5:30 PM, the Retreat begins with a Pre-retreat gathering.  Please see below.

 

Retreat – from August 16 at 5:30 PM (Pre-Dinner Gathering) through August 20 lunch

This is a co-created Wholebody Focusing and Heartfelt Conversation event. We will gather in celebration of what Kevin McEvenue continues sharing with the international Focusing community.

One of our main goals is to give the worldwide Wholebody Focusing community an opportunity to experience each other and to make lasting connections. By focusing, playing, sharing meals, and creating what is wanting together, those lasting connections may emerge.

Thursday, August 16

5:30 – 6:00 PM Pre-retreat Gathering – Saying Hello to New Arrivals
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 PM Evening Event
•  Recognition of First Nations
•  Explanation of Co-created Programming
•  Co-creation Activities

Friday, August 17 – Sunday August 19
7:00 – 8:00 AM Movement before Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM Announcements
9:10 – 9:30 AM Kevin Attunement
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Co-created activities (including break)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2:00 – 5:30 PM Co-Created Activities (including break).  (Except Friday which ends at 3:00 PM)
3:30 – 5:30 PM Conversation with Kevin (Friday only)
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM
•  Friday: Barrie Evening Entertainment
•  Saturday: Honoring Kevin
•  Sunday: Follies

Monday, August 20
7:00 – 8:00 AM Movement before Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
10:00 – 10:10 AM Announcements
9:10 – 9:30 AM Group Attunement
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Co-Created Activities (including break)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Informal Community Building and Good-byes

Post-Retreat – August 20, after lunch – August 21 at 11:00 AM
For an extra fee participants can stay an extra night.

Program Fee:

• Early bird retreat fee: $400, increases to $495 after April 20.

• Early bird pre-retreat Introductory and WBF retreat fee (open to new and experienced WBF’s): $550, increases to $650 after April 20.

Accommodation fee:

The campus offers comfortable non-smoking, hotel-style two-bedroom suites which are air-conditioned and feature extra-long double beds, satellite TV, telephones, and network connection with free Internet. Each suite has its own bathroom plus a kitchenette with a convection microwave oven, sink and refrigerator.

4 pictures of College and accommodations

• Retreat: (four nights, Thursday – Monday) $560 (or $140/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Thursday, August 16 through lunch, Monday, August 20 and use of facilities

• Retreat PLUS pre-retreat: (five nights, Wednesday – Monday) $700 (or $140/night) including meals beginning with dinner on Wednesday, August 15 through lunch, Monday, August 20 and use of facilities

Georgian College, in Barrie, Ontario

The retreat will take place at the Georgian College in Barrie Ontario, Canada, starting at dinner on the 16th, and ending at lunch on the 20th. This lovely venue is close to beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. Barrie has much to offer including beaches, recreation areas, hiking and biking trails, etc., and is about a one-hour drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and from Toronto itself.

The campus offers comfortable non-smoking, hotel-style two-bedroom suites which are air-conditioned and feature extra-long double beds, satellite TV, telephones, and network connection with free Internet. Each suite has its own bathroom plus a kitchenette with a convection microwave oven, sink and refrigerator.

4 pictures of College and accommodations

 

Things to do!

Barrie is located close to beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. The city has much to offer, including:

  • beaches, waterfront and recreation areas
  • hiking and biking trails
  • parks and marinas
  • great restaurants, shopping and live theatre
  • art galleries and lots of nightlife
  • golf at any one of the more than 50 courses in the area
  • nearby casino, movie theatres and boat cruises
  • and much more!

And here are some activities in the area:

  • Barrie Dragon Boat Races
  • City of Barrie
  • Georgian Downs Harness Race Track and Slots
  • Georgian Theatre
  • Hardwood Hills Mountain Bike Centre
  • Kempenfest Summer Festival
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Serendipity Boat Cruises
  • Simcoe County Museum
  • Sunset International Speedway
  • Theatre by the Bay
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Treetop Trekking

Ways to help with the Retreat

As a way to help build excitement for this retreat, please visit Kevin McEvenue’s Wholebody Focusing Blog. We are looking forward to you being part of our community’s conversation!! You can follow the blog by clicking on the work ‘Follow’ in the lower right hand corner of the first page and enter your email address in the dialogue box. You can leave a comment or reply for a particular blog post. Or you can send an idea or concern to the blog administrator by clicking on ‘Contact’ on the left side of the page.

If you would like to support this retreat by being part of the ‘building team’ in advance of the retreat, and/or during the retreat as a Wholebody Focusing Professional, a translator, a logistics facilitator, audio/visual support or a general support person, please email Diana Scalera, Lynn Rosen or Melinda Darer.

Our cancellation policy has been designed to be as compassionate as possible in case your plans change. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already expended when reserving retreat centers.

If you cancel your participation in this retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions.

If you cancel:

  • Before April 15, 2018, you will receive 100% of your payment, less a $75 administrative fee.
  • Between April 15, 2018 and June 30, 2018, you will receive 50% of your payment.
  • After July 1, 2018, there will be no refund.

To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: melinda@focusinginternational.org

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness.