Welcome to the Support Page
for Focusing El Salvador

El Salvador is well known for being one of the most violent countries in the world. And yet it is also a society that is doing its best to overcome years of political repression and social and economic injustice. There are many dedicated, courageous Salvadorans who are working every day to provide opportunities for young people, to address the causes of violence and to stem the effects of intergenerational trauma. There are now three certified Focusing Trainers in El Salvador teaching the transformative practices of Focusing and Empathic Communication.

Focusing, developed by Eugene Gendlin, PhD, teaches us how to listen to the wisdom of our bodily felt sense of situations. The body’s “take” on a situation can give us multiple levels of insight that are not accessible to our regular mental patterns. When attempting to address conflict or confusion, the bodily felt sense can tell us what is needed more clearly than our thoughts. Using these practices in our lives helps us listen for what is needed, rather than reacting in patterned ways.

In the theory of Nonviolent Communication, “need” is defined as a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism. Many of us were not raised to pay attention to our needs. When our needs are not met, we feel angry, upset and many other emotions. The societal tendency is to blame others for how we feel, rather than defining our needs and expressing them so that we can take action toward meeting them. Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, teaches us how to do this.  At Focusing El Salvador we are certified in Focusing, not NVC, but we feel the two practices belong together if we want to learn how to live and work together in peace. We call our version of NVC Empathic Communication. Find out more about NVC at cnvc.org.

Our projects combining Focusing and NVC in El Salvador are supported by donations from people around the world. Our classes, called Generating a Culture of Peace, are in person in Spanish in El Salvador and online in English and in Spanish for the rest of the world. Find out more below.