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Workshops: 1.5 hour.  Workshops can be designed to fit the needs of individual groups and organizations.  In workshops, participants are introduced to Focusing and Mindfulness/body-mind practices to help you access your inner experience and natural ability for emotional healing, stress relief and positive change.  Workshops demonstrate tools to: 

          Tap into fresh ideas and renew energy, which is helpful especially in areas of your life that seem stuck.
          Manage frustration, stress and anxiety with greater calm.


To arrange for a workshop for you organization or group, contact Marsha


Workshops 2014, 2015, 2016

Evanston Township High School

PEER Services

Rotary International

Unity of Chicago

Mental Health America

Heartwood Center

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Center

Five Phase Wellness Center















 Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Sessions and training for the community and for health care professionals.

Focusing & Mindfulness Sessions

Imagine developing your inner strengths to deal better with stress, frustration and fear.

You have the power in your own experiencing to make changes and find solutions to improve

how you feel and your effectiveness in life. Through Focusing and Mindfulness you can develop

this ability into an invaluable resource which helps you live your life much more fully. 

Previous trainings:                                                                                                     

4-week Mindfulness & Focusing Class. Saturdays 9:30 to 11.

Learn skills that will help you lower your stress in work, life and relationships. 

Oct 5, 12, 19, 26.  4 weeks: $100. single sessions, $30. Contact Marsha to register.


For Individuals & Pairs

Individual mindfulness and focusing Session for One Person:  $125.

Individual mindfulness and focusing Session for Two People:  $135.

Most insurance types are accepted.

For more information on Focusing, visit

More Previous Trainings:

Focusing Therapy Training Program for Healing Professionals. 

A client-centered, experiential, body-centered process of self-awareness and emotional

healing for self care and working with clients. 6  CEU’s for social workers and counselors.      

Recent Workshops 

The Body’s Guide to Healing
Saturday Nov 11, 1-4 pm
Marsha Smith, LCSW
$45, CEUs: 3

Contact Marsha Smith

 Reactions to stress often happen without pausing to let a “bodily felt” sense of the situation form. The discovery of this bodily awareness,

named a “felt sense” by Psychologist Eugene Gendlin, is at the foundation of a whole body-mind therapy revolution. The Focusing process

offers a mindful way to experience a felt sense before ‘reacting’ with the limited set of usual options. Focusing is unique because it is more

body-oriented. It is about tuning into the felt sense you have of a situation, so feelings are clearer to help guide your next steps.

In this workshop you’ll learn ways to be present with your felt sense of what you really feel and want;

a way of trusting your experiencing and realizing you know more than you think; and ways to be alert and calm

in the midst of stress, frustration and more.

A past workshop participant stated, “I learned to check in with my body and the sensations it is experiencing,

which led me to new options when I was stuck or at an impasse within myself."

 Held at the C.G. Jung Center, 817 Dempster St.

 Evanston, IL 60201. 


Felt Meaning and Transforming Fear                              

Friday, April 21, 9:30 to 4:30.

Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster, Evanston, IL  

An experiential training for therapists, healing and health practitioners, teachers, and all those interested

to learn a powerful process for personal, spiritual and therapeutic growth.

Participants will experience new ways to constructively work with fear and anxiety:

  • Learning how to contact a bodily felt sense and allow the body to express new


  • Recognizing phases that unfold naturally in therapy that

    ​allow clients to make steps of change​​

  • Learning ways to help others “be with” the experience of fear that leads to ​emotional transformation​



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