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Cultivating Compassion For Self And Others Through Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®)

  • 11 Aug 2022
  • Online

This presentation will provide a brief overview of Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®), including its main approaches— Theme-Directed FOAT; Clearing a Space with Arts; FOAT Check-in and Working on an Issue.

We will do a Theme-Directed FOAT® exercise on Gene Gendlin’s central concept, the Focusing Attitude— being curious and “friendly” to all of one’s inner experiences, whether uplifting or painful and difficult. This experiential exercise includes user-friendly methods for expressing the felt sense through creative expression.

Presented by The International Focusing Institute - Laury Rappaport

Thursday, August 11, 2022


Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) was developed over a period of 30 years, integrating Focusing with creative expression in a wide variety of settings (e.g. clinical, community, educational, health and wellness, spiritual, organizational), as well as for personal growth and for self-care.


This presentation will provide a brief overview of Focusing-oriented expressive arts (FOAT®), including its main approaches— Theme-Directed FOAT; Clearing a Space with Arts; FOAT Check-in and Working on an Issue.


We will do a Theme-Directed FOAT® exercise on Gene Gendlin’s central concept, the Focusing Attitude— being curious and “friendly” to all of one’s inner experiences, whether uplifting or painful and difficult. With practice and time, the Focusing Attitude evolves in greater self-compassion and compassion towards others. This experiential exercise includes user-friendly methods for expressing the felt sense through creative expression. Externalizing the felt sense symbol (word, phrase, image, gesture or sound) helps the Focuser to see clearly what is within, unfolds the felt meaning, and can be a continuing reminder of what is wanting to be carried forward.


Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC is a Certifying Coordinator, FOT and Trainer of The Focusing International Institute. She is the author of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body’s Wisdom and Creative Intelligence, and editor/author of Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies: Theory and Practice. Laury has been on the faculties at Lesley University for over 40 years, as well as other universities. She is the founder/director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute and is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT)  and  Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).


Thursday, August 11, 2022

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Location: Online

Cost: This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.


Registration info: Contact The International Focusing Institute with any questions: Phone: (845) 480-5111 Email: elizabeth@focusing.org

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