Welcome to the Northwest Focusers Gathering website.
Who We Are and Why We Have This Website
We are a loosely organized group of people from the Northwest of the American continent, who are all interested in Focusing, a way of directly being in touch with our bodily knowing. We practice attending to our bodily felt sense in situations. We gather once a year to support each other in living Focusing in our daily lives and training other people. At our Northwest Focusing Gathering we share what we learn and enjoy being together. This website is to facilitate our Gathering.
The 13th Annual Northwest Focusers Gathering
May 15-17, 2020
The Gathering will be held over ZOOM this year! All are welcome!
The 14th Annual Northwest Focusers Gathering
April 23-25, 2021
Spring 2021 Plan has been to return to Still Meadows Retreat Center. We just received this communication from them in May 2020:
Dear Northwest Focusing Gathering,
It is with a heavy heart that we announce as of May 31st, Still Meadow Retreat will be closing its doors.
These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in. We have been navigating through the uncertainty as best we can. It has become apparent that, in the state of Oregon, larger gatherings will not be allowed for quite some time.
Given this realization we simply cannot sustain this business any longer. We have been in some of your lives for quite some time. We have a sense of family with so many.
We wish you success and abundant prosperity in the days to come. Such difficult information to send out to everyone.
My heart is breaking as I think of all the people that have come to this sacred space for learning, healing, and community.
It has been an honor to serve you and your group.
I wish you all the best!
with loving kindness,
Polly and Still Meadows Staff
The NW Gathering Planning Committee is now searching for an alternative in-person venue in the hopes that by next spring we will be able to physically come together again.
This Gathering welcomes Focusers and persons interested in Focusing. There are usually 25 – 35 attending. We create the program together in a General Meeting at the beginning of the weekend. There are always new explorations, lots of Focusing time, a class for beginners, and a Changes Group.
Every other year we meet in Washingtion state near Seattle, and the next year we meet in Oregon near Portland. Our location for 2019 was at the lovely retreat center of Still Meadow Conference and Retreat Center . Wonderful meals were provided from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. (dietary options are available).
Anyone attending can offer a Focusing-related presentation/workshop at the Gathering!
Examples of topics offered by participants in previous years have been:
- Writing, Poetry, and the Arts
- Nature and the Outdoors
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Problem Solving (Thinking at the Edge – TAE)
- Working with Children
- Philosophy (Gendlin’s A Process Model)