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The Work 101 Course Is Not Just for Learning The Work

Trees grow taller in a forest. And learning accelerates in a group.

I Created The Work 101 for Anyone Who Is New to The Work

But many experienced people have taken the course—even certified facilitators. What is the value of a course like this for them?

Review is always helpful. But I think what really makes the course valuable for all experience levels is the fact that there is a structure to the course, a structure that holds everyone to do The Work.

The result is that a habit of doing The Work starts to naturally develop. It happens automatically just by participating.

This Is How I See my Job as a Facilitator

“Facilitate” literally means “to make easier.” So my job is to make it easier for people to do The Work.

You may think of facilitating as just one-on-one work with clients. But another powerful way to “make it easier” to do The Work can be found in group structures like The Work 101.

It’s like joining a sports team. On a sports team, you get specialized training to help you learn the sport better. And you also get the camaraderie and encouragement of working with others. A team is a great way to make exercise more enjoyable and to help ensure that it actually gets done.

The Work 101 Is Training

Training on two levels: learning skills and establishing a practice. And it does both of these simultaneously.

It’s a structured support system to get you started until your momentum is gained.

I also take attendance in The Work 101—sometimes, just knowing that you’re expected to keep showing up can be very helpful in overcoming inertia. And I read everyone’s work every day and leave comments. There’s quite a lot of support.

It Is Effective

About 2/3 of participants in The Work 101 continue on in Inquiry Circle, my ongoing practice group for The Work—whether they were new to The Work when the started, or whether they were experienced.

And the people who join Inquiry Circle directly from taking The Work 101 tend to be the most consistent in their practice. I think this is because such a momentum of practice was started in The Work 101 that it carries them.

For this reason, I’m now making The Work 101 a prerequisite for joining Inquiry Circle. Even if you are very experienced in The Work, I believe that going through The Work 101 before starting Inquiry Circle will help you go further with it.

The Next Course Starts July 10

Join us for six weeks of doing The Work in a structured and supportive learning environment. It all takes place online so you can do it from anywhere. It includes short videos, documents, and exercises for you to do every day, four days per week.

I invite you to bring your real life to the course. Many participants have seen significant changes in their life as a result of the work they have done in the course. It is a supportive, safe environment for sharing, and you can go as deep as you want while you learn.

This Will Be the Last Course Until January

If your summer schedule allows it, I’d love to have you join us. Learn more and sign up here.

Have a great week,

“It’s generous to bring this practice into everyday life. The results are nothing short of miraculous, realized ever more deeply through further inquiry.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is

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Todd Smith has been doing The Work of Byron Katie on an almost daily basis since 2007. He is just as excited about this simple process of self-inquiry today as he was when he first came across it. He also enjoys writing about The Work, and training others in the subtleties of this meditative process. Join Todd for The Work 101 online course, private sessions, virtual retreats, and his ongoing Inquiry Circle group.