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The 2017 European Focusing Association Annual Meeting: 29/0917-1/10/17 in Padua, ItaliŽ UPDATE
Van harte welkom op de jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de European Focusing Association in Padua, Italië.
Het wordt een mix van samen vorm geven aan hoe we willen dat deze nieuwe EFA er gaat uitzien en het opstarten van samenwerkingsverbanden en het volgen/geven van workshops.

Dit is de aankondiging uit de recentste nieuwsbrief van EFA (juli 2017):

Plans are moving ahead for our gathering at Abano Terme, near Padua in Italy on 29 September to 1 October. We are taking bookings and payments now, so please let us know if you want to come.
We expect the final plan for the weekend will emerge from the group when we arrive, sensing into what is wanted by the people who come.

Here is a provisional outline plan:

Friday afternoon – Arrivals and informal gathering and meeting, before supper.
After supper on Friday – meet as a whole group for attunement and connection.

Saturday morning – Meet as a whole group, and identify current topics for exploration and development.
Lunch 1pm
Saturday afternoon – Development of interest groups
Coffee break, then 2 x 1 and a half hour workshops, running concurrently.
Supper, then party time and relaxation.

Sunday morning – The general assembly, where we make decisions and carry forward action steps that can be developed during the next year.
1pm Lunch, then leave.

We will be a multi-lingual group. We want to include non-English speakers, and we want to get to know our Italian colleagues and friends. It will be important to slow down, and make time for translations. We have seen how valuable this can be, when at the conference at Cambridge, and at other international gatherings. It emphasises the Focusing way of really listening, and making sure that everyone feels heard and understood.

Workshops that have been offered so far include:

Focusing as a Life Skill – Eirini Davleri and Patricia Foster
Symbols that keep us together – MEG (Maria Emanuela Galanti)
Focusing-oriented coaching – Aukje Strandstra
Focusing to make sound choices in decision-making – Hejo Feuerstein

Interest group – How can Focusing translate into social action in Europe?
Interest group – How can we develop our own European certification without losing our diversity and richness?
Interest group – Discussing our resposes to the ILC proposal on certification

There is more information on the EFA web site about workshops and interest groups that are forming. What happens is very much dependant on who comes, and we will create this weekend together. Recent newsletters also give you an update on how plans are progressing.

This page also has information on how to get to the venue at Abano Terme.

Here is a reminder of the cost of the venue:

(Costs include all meals, including dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Sunday),
and is non-refundable.

131 Euros for a single room.
121 Euros per person for a double room. (Please let Meg know if you want a double bed, or twin beds)
115 Euros per person for a triple room. (Please arrange your own share)

We will divide the cost of the meeting rooms between us when we get there.

We look forward to our meeting at the end of September.

Please let us know if you are coming, and we will let you know how to pay.

Kind regards

Fiona, Meg, Tine, Judy, Hejo, Pavlos and Nikos

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