Tricycle Retreats

  • What is Focusing? An interview with Eugene Gendlin Paid Member

    As you probably know, it's the first week of David Rome's Tricycle Retreat, "Focusing for Meditators: Accessing the Wisdom of the Felt Sense." What you might not know is where in the world this Focusing technique comes from. The current issue of Tricycle sheds some light on this. Linda Heuman's interview with Eugene Gendlin, the founder of Focusing, provides insight into the ideas upon which Focusing is based, the history of how the practice came about, and Gendlin's own thinking about how working with the "felt sense," which is the basis of Focusing, can be extended into various aspects of life. Heuman writes in her introduction to the interview: More »
  • David Rome's Tricycle Retreat starts Monday, October 3 Paid Member

    David Rome's Tricycle Retreat starts Monday, October 3. "Focusing for Meditators: Accessing the Wisdom of the Felt Sense" is intended for people looking to make a stronger connection between meditation and daily life. As meditators we invest a lot of time and effort in cultivating the mental skills of mindfulness and awareness. The practice of Focusing builds directly on these skills to develop action-oriented intuitive insights into the challenges we encounter "off the cushion." Using contemplative methods from Western psychology and philosophy, Focusing puts us in touch with the subtle level of experience known as the felt sense, where the non-conceptual wisdom of the body can be unfolded. Focusing is a powerful means for working with problems in personal relationships and work settings, helping us gain fresh understanding and energy with which to overcome blocks, make wiser decisions, and feel more fully alive and authentic. More »
  • Natural Bravery: Week four of Gaylon Ferguson's retreat begins today! Paid Member

    The final week of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery," begins today. Throughout the month of September, we've been learning how to work with fear and fearlessness. Week one explored mindfulness of the body, and working with the fear of being with oneself. During the second week we looked at the fear of change, and we used the breath as a way to become familiar and comfortable with the uncertainty of life. Week three we looked at fear itself, and the meditation was to learn how to touch it and be there with it. This week, in "Entering into Creative Action," we will explore two more fears: the fear of open space and the fear of manifesting or being brave in action. More »
  • Week 3 Roundup of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    Week 3 of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery," comes to a close today. This week we've been looking at fear, and learning how to look at it, touch it, and be there with it.One retreat participant, Peter, observes: More »
  • Natural Bravery: Week 3 of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    We're in the middle of Week 3 of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery." Watch a short excerpt from this retreat below. Tricycle Retreats are available to Supporting and Sustaining Members of the Tricycle Community. More »
  • Natural Bravery: Week 2 of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    Week two of Gaylon Ferguson's Tricycle Retreat, "Natural Bravery," comes to a close today. If you've missed the first two weeks, it's not too late to join while Ferguson is still responding to all participants. Week 3 starts on Monday. One student writes: Love this series. It is very basic and one of the toughest instructions to take on as a practitioner. The basic compassion of engaging others is essential, and he is so kind in his vocalizations about things. Very peaceful to listen and try to understand this process through his words. Fear is a barrier to change, which is essential to peace and compassion. I wish I could bow with people more without them thinking oddly of me! Ferguson responds: More »