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Thinking at the Edge
Phase 1

with Francesca Castaldi

Water Drop

Saturday and Sunday
May 3 and 4, 2008
10 - 1, 3 - 6:30 pm
each day
in Oakland, California

Cost: $250 ($200 if you have previously attended this workshop with me).

FREE INDIVIDUAL 20 MINUTES PHONE CONSULTATION to help you know more about TAE and this workshop in relationship to your needs.  Contact us.



Have you been carrying with you a precious sense of a knowing, yearning for enough quiet time to turn to it, nurture it, and listen?

Have you been teaching or working on a project for a long time, and feel there is more to it than the by now well-rehearsed things you have been able to say and share?  Are you wanting to connect freshly to what is beginning to feel stale, but carries your caring and your knowing out into the world?

Are you launching a new venture, feeling ready for the change but needing to gather your knowing as you enter into this new territory?  Are you needing to know what you know so that you can stand assured in yourself, and communicate effectively to others?

Do you sense your wisdom in an area of your life that is undervalued by our culture?  Do you sense your ready-ness to assert YOUR knowing THERE?

Have you been working in a field where un-spoken embodied knowledge is primary (i.e. body-work, dance, rock-climbing, cooking, farming) and feel the need to articulate some of that knowing through words?

Are you writing a dissertation, or a book, or a manual and are tired of borrowing concepts from the recognized authorities of your discipline, trying to fit your material into their ideas and frameworks?  Are you ready to develop at least one or two concepts that you can call your own, and that come directly out of your own research?


In this workshop we will make time
To gather our knowing
in the unspoken
or unspeakable
Allowing the subaltern to emerge

We will also allow the clarity of a knowing
that is well articulated
To reach down to the roots
of its yet to be discovered source
Inviting the explicit to dissolve
into the river of its implied
and letting new meanings
flow to the surface
Freshly formed
Freshly sensed




Thinking at the Edge (TAE) is the second practice – after Focusing – to develop from the Philosophy of the Implicit of Eugene Gendlin. 

TAE builds on our Focusing skills by helping us spend time with the unclear and yet demanding sense of a knowing which needs our telling and our sharing with the world.

To learn TAE we move through 14 steps, each carefully designed to carry our thinking from the first sense of a project to its full development and articulation. 

In this workshop you will be introduced to the first phase of the TAE process (steps 1 through 5), and guided to building enduring TAE partnerships. The purpose of the first phase is to help you position your thinking at the center of those most powerful experiences for which language stalls and seems to abandon us – there where we have no words yet, but a definite sense of richness, well-seasoned by our living.

Gendlin tells us those are the fertile grounds of thinking where we can contribute something new to our institutions, relations, or projects. The urgency of this historical moment and the economic, environmental, human and political crisis that we face, call for radically new responses and need the full creativity and intelligence of each of us.

As we move through the first phase of the TAE process we begin to articulate that which is hardest to say, because it does not fit into the existing logic or common discourse. We learn to protect what is originally ours so that it can grow with resiliency, and we begin to gather the courage and the tools to bring the intimacy of our thinking into the public domain, enabling us to share our wisdom.

To maximize learning, we have found that it is important to come to the workshop with a sense of a project that you would like to develop, so that you will apply the steps to your own material and learn from the inside-out--nurturing your own process with each of the steps. You can use TAE to help you define the core mission of an organization, identify core concepts in your practice, write of your knowing in some important area of your life, or find what you care about for your further development.

As in Focusing, you will benefit from practicing TAE immediately. Each little step will carry your thinking forward in unexpected ways and incite you to apply this way of thinking and sensing to many situations.

Participants need to be able to have a solid grasp of the felt-sensing process (Focusing) in order to be able to learn TAE. If you do not have Focusing experience but would like to participate, you can do so by attending a Level 1 Focusing workshop (see calendar on the side bar).

To register, contact us and/or send a non-refundable deposit of $100 to Francesca Castaldi at Focusing Pathways. The workshop is limited to 8 participants, so early registration is highly recommended.

A workshop to learn Phase 2 (steps 6-9) is offered on May 25-26, 2008.  To learn more contact us.



Francesca began studying TAE in 2002 when she attended her first TAE workshop taught by Gene Gendlin, Mary Hendricks, and Kye Nelson. She has continued studying TAE through workshops offered by the Focusing Institute and by Antheosophia, as well as through private sessions with Kye Nelson.

Francesca connects to TAE from her practice of corpography: writing with, for, and about the body. She also comes to TAE with a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory and many years of research into what she calls corporeality—the ways in which our corporeal being is an ongoing performance and choreography, connecting our everyday living with a felt-sense of history, memory, imaginings, social formations, social movements, and more.

Her investigation of corporeality and her dedication to corpography and TAE fit into a larger project of contributing to build a person-centered as well as a community-centered democracy.

To learn more about Francesca click here.



This is a space to nurture our creative and analytical thinking through the practice of Thinking at the Edge.  We will start with a group attunement and check-in about our TAE projects.  We will then form TAE partnerships, and come back as a whole group before the end of the meeting.  Free and open to all who have taken a TAE workshop.

The meetings take place in Oakland on the following Sundays 2-4 pm:
April 20, 2008
May 18, 2008
August 31, 2008

Contact us for more information or to let us know you are coming.

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