FOAT® Tools II Prerequisite
Completion of this course by October 7, 2022 will count as a valid prerequisite for the upcoming FOAT® Tools II: Working with Challenges and Accessing our Body's Creative Wisdom 2022 Series!
Course Cost: $100
About this Course
We are excited to offer this online self-study course featuring video clips from our rejuvenating 4-session series (FOAT® Tools I: Foundations for Enhancing Resilience) that took place in 2021! The goal of this series was to co-create a supportive group that practiced specific FOAT® exercises to enhance resilience, cultivate self-compassion and compassion toward others. Each section will include one main Theme-based FOAT® integrating Focusing with user-friendly methods for arts expression. Through this FOAT® practice group, small steps towards wellbeing, positive change and growth will be nourished and supported.
This group is open to people who are new to FOAT® as well as experienced in FOAT®! If you wish to learn more about FOAT®, click here.
Certificates of Completion (not CE approved) are available once you have completed this course!
The course sections will follow the weekly topics (Click on each topic below for details!)
Topic 1: The Focusing Attitude: Being “Friendly” to Your Inner Experience
The “Focusing Attitude” teaches us to bring a curious and “friendly” attitude toward our inner experience and creative expression– and helps to transform our inner critic. We will practice the Focusing Attitude– and then find a new “attitude” that we would like to bring into our lives (such as kindness, gentleness, compassion, etc.).
Topic 2: Peaceful Place
Taking the time to focus on a peaceful place (a place you know or make up in your imagination) helps the body to relax and restore, which is helpful during times of stress. Focusing and the arts are integrated into the experience.
Topic 3: Clearing a Space with Arts
Clearing a Space with Arts is an exercise that teaches how to identify stressors and to imagine setting them at a distance, outside of your body. It is based on Eugene Gendlin’s Clearing a Space exercise which has been researched showing its benefits for stress reduction. The exercise also helps us to access an inherent place of wellbeing that is always there. The arts are used to concretize and carry forward the benefits from the experience.
Topic 4: Source of Strength
This FOAT® exercise helps to become aware of something in your life that is, or has been, a source of strength or support. We will take time to Focus on the source of strength, get a felt sense and symbol (a word, phrase, image, gesture, or sound) and express it through writing, art, movement, or sound. This Source of Strength can continue to nourish you in an ongoing way.