Abbottsford Convent

Focusing Australia was established in 2008 at the Abbotsford Convent.  

Focusing courses are offered in groups and in private sessions, both  online or in-person.

Our Pathway course is the foundational learning program. it has two parts and is designed to combine information demonstrations and Focusing practice.  If you take both courses we guarantee you will have Focusing for life.

 If you would like to do some more body based work exploring your nervous system we also offer individual sessions combining Focusing with Somatic Experiencing.

After completing the two pathway courses if you would like to go further we have a  20 week program called  ‘ Living Practice’  that explores how Focusing can be used with thinking, creative work and health. 

If you have completed the foundation programs you may also apply to  enter our Focusing Practitioner program.

Also available Wholebody Focusing events, Creative Writing events, Art Therapy events and Focusing courses.

Founder Jo Kennedy


Jo came to Focusing and somatic work after a background in the arts. She worked widely as an actress , writer and director before becoming a Focusing and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. 

Trained by leading Focusing teachers Ann Weiser-Cornell founder of Inner Relationship Focusing and Kevin McKevenue Whole Body Founder. Jo has been offering Focusing training for over Ten years in Australia.

Jo is a co-ordinator with the International Focusing Institute training focusing teachers around the world

Jo is also Somatic Experiencing Trauma Practitioner and a member of the International Somatic Experiencing Institute.