The Work 101 with Todd
This Course Is Not Just For Beginners
Yes, this is a basic course. It starts from the very beginning. But it is not just for beginners, because we are all always beginners in The Work. No matter how many times I do The Work, I am a newbie when I start answering the questions.
And this course is not just about learning The Work, it is also about making The Work a regular practice. After eight weeks of doing The Work in a very supported environment, you may find it easier to keep doing The Work once this momentum has been generated.
Once you complete The Work 101, you are eligible to become a member of our ongoing Inquiry Circle practice group. It all starts here in The Work 101 where you will begin culturing the habit of a daily practice of The Work.
The Power of The Work Lies in Its Simplicity
In this course, we will review the basic elements of doing The Work:
- How to identify stressful thoughts to question with The Work
- The four questions of The Work and their purpose
- The turnarounds and examples of the turnarounds and how to find them
You will get a chance to do The Work, and experience this process first hand, and to ask questions as you go.
This Is A “Live” Online Course
We meet on a password-protected online forum every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for eight weeks (plus one week of orientation). I record special videos for the course and share written material for your review each day. And I post assignments for you do in writing on the forum each day. I, and my team of co-trainers, also read all of your homework and give feedback on each assignment you do.
We interact with each other daily, but we do not meet at set times (you can come do your work any time of day or night).
Plan to spend about an hour each day (four days a week) on the forum. Some people need an hour and a half or more each day to absorb the learning materials and to do The Work meditatively. If your English is not strong, you may need more time. You will also meet with a partner for about an hour each week. The total time is approximately 5 hours/week for eight weeks, which is a total of 40 hours of practice time.
In addition, there is an orientation week the week before the course begins. This allows you to become familiar with the forum and the structure of the course, as well as to get to know each other, before we begin.
WARNING: If you do not have the time to dedicate to this course, please do not sign up. This course is not for everyone. It is a tough course. There is a steep learning curve: learning the technology of the forum and learning The Work itself. Please be prepared to work hard for about an hour every day, four days per week, sometimes longer if you need it.
Also, you will need to schedule a partner pairing session each week with people around the globe in different time zones. This takes some time and planning, so be prepared.
The Work 101 for Busy People
I also have a version of this course for people who do not have time for the 9-week course. For busy people, I have stretched the course to nine months instead of nine weeks. Each week of this course will cover the same material as one day of the 9-week course.
The emphasis of The Work for Busy People is “slow and steady.” You will have five assignments per week (Monday through Friday). Each assignment will take approximately 10-20 minutes to do. This will allow you to access the training and build a steady practice of The Work in just a few minutes each day. Once a month, you will meet with a partner for an hour.
There will also be a one-month grace period at the end of nine months in case you got behind during the year, or in case you had vacations, or unexpected events. Staying caught up is even more important with this slow, steady course. Only sign up if you are dedicated to showing up for 10-20 minutes a day for nine months.
The Work 101 for Busy People (9-month course) contains the same course material as the 9-week program.
The Work 101 is a Prerequisite for Other Programs
Full attendance and completion of all homework is required to get credit for taking the course regardless of whether you are taking the 9-week course or the 9-month course. This course is required before you can participate in Inquiry Circle, my ongoing practice group.
Here’s an Overview of What Will Be Covered During The Course
- What is The Work?
- How to identify stressful situations to work
- How to fill in a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet in a specific situation
- How work with one-liners
- How to facilitate someone using the four questions and turnarounds
- The difference between questions 1 and 2
- The difference between questions 3 and 4
- The sub-questions for question 3.
- The overall purpose of the four questions
- How to find the turnarounds (self, other, opposite, and other turnarounds
- How to find living turnarounds
- How to turnaround line 6 on the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet
- What are underlying beliefs and how to work them
- Ways to look for turnaround examples
- How to experience The Work as meditation
- how to make The Work an ongoing practice
Frequently Asked Questions
I see that the assignments are intended for Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday. Are the assignments posted earlier so that I’d be able to get ahead on the weekends when I have more time?
The assignments are scheduled for Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday but you can complete them on any day. I usually post the next assignment a day ahead, and if you get behind at any point, you can catch up on the off days including weekends. The nice thing about working on a forum is that it is open 24/7. The Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday schedule is the suggested framework, but you could manage it differently as long as you are keeping up each week overall. No need to post exactly on Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday.
How many minutes of the hour are video, reading, practicing, and posting, roughly?
Typically, each day’s assignment for the nine-week course consists of 10 min video, 10 min reading, 10 min technical exercise, 30 min doing The Work. It all depends on how you work. If I were taking the course, I would probably need about 50 min each day, but some people say they need two hours. Maybe they work more methodically, or are perfectionistic, or very meditative. I say this so that you understand the range. There is value in going slowly too. My guess is that most people take about 1 hour 4x / week. There is one exception: once a week you’ll be doing The Work in spoken form with a partner. This will replace one of your four written pieces of work (so subtract about 30 min writing time). The spoken work will take about an hour (30 min each for you and your partner). In total this will add about 30 min to your week (-30 writing time + 60 min spoken time = +30). You will also post a one or two sentence synopsis of your spoken work session on the forum (so + 5 min).
Are the partnerships assigned based on time zone and schedule?
Partnerships are not always based on time zones or schedules, though I try to favor this when possible. You may be working with people from around the world. I will share my favorite time zone conversion tools for you to use in coordinating with your partners.
Why did you decide to offer this course?
I offer an ongoing program for doing The Work called Inquiry Circle. I wanted to create a course that would give all the basics of doing The Work for new people, as well as give some extra depth to those who are experienced in The Work. The Work 101 is a way for us all to start on the same page.
How is this different from Byron Katie’s School for The Work?
The School for The Work, a nine-day in-residence workshop with Byron Katie, is the best way to gain in-depth training in The Work of Bryon Katie. And once you have completed The School, you can participate in the Institute for The Work’s ongoing training program to become a certified facilitator of The Work. The Work 101 is a tiny overview course of The Work. It will allow you to be a little bit more familiar with The Work before or after you go to The School.
How often will this course run?
Depending on demand and my availability, this course usually runs about three times a year or so.
Can I get ITW credit for the course?
Yes. If you are a candidate in Byron Katie’s Institute for The Work, you can get 10 credits towards certification by completing this course. Please let me know, so I can give you the credit.
Can I use an iPad or iPhone for the forum?
A key feature of the forum does not work on the iPad or iPhone, or other touch devices. I recommend that you use a computer for forum homework, not an iPad. You can work around this limitation, but it will be MUCH easier if you use a computer.
Will the course fit with my schedule?
Yes. The whole course takes place on an online forum which is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. I will post videos and written material on the forum as well as assignments for you to complete four times each week. You can complete these assignments at any time of day or night. Once a week, you will need to schedule a partner session with another participant for one hour. This can be arranged at a time that is convenient for both of you. In other words, you can still work a full-time job and take this course. You just need to budget 4-5 hours per week for it.
If the 9-week course does not fit in your schedule, consider taking the 9-month course for busy people.
Can I take a vacation in the middle of the course?
You can do anything you want, but my experience is that 100% of people who take a vacation for a week at any point during the course, don’t finish it. There is a momentum to the course and if you lose it it can be hard to pick up again. I suggest waiting to do this course until you have no vacations planned. This course is an nine-week commitment.
For the 9-month course, yes, you can take vacations. This is why there is an extra 10th month for catching up at the end of the course. But I highly encourage you to keep up with your habit of 10-20 minutes per day.
What’s the best thing about doing The Work online?
Participants often report that the anonymity gives them complete freedom to be honest. We use first names only or pseudonyms, and your email is protected. Partner meetings are on Zoom which does not require exchanging contact info. Any contact info that you exchange is up to you. We also use a profile photo (avatar). Most people upload a head shot photo, but some choose to upload a drawing instead. We also agree to a confidentiality handshake. The respect for privacy among those who participate is very high. We are all here for one reason, to do The Work. I think you will find it a very safe environment for doing your personal work. In addition, when you leave the course, your account is deleted including all posts and messages that you wrote.
Is it possible that this course is not for me?
Yes, this course is not for everyone. If you’re not self-motivated to keep up with the work over the weeks, then it’s not for you. If you are handicapped with computer technology, this course is not for you (unless you’re really motivated to learn). If you prefer in-person events, this course is not for you. If you have no tolerance for typos and other errors that I occasionally make, this course is not for you. If any of these are the case for you, I encourage you to go to Byron Katie’s events, or attend events with other certified facilitators around the globe.
No Risk to Try It
If you are not satisfied with the course, you can get your money back. If you have even a little interest in learning The Work or starting a practice of it, I encourage you to give it a try. If you cannot afford the course fee, please contact me about a possible scholarship or payment plan.
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Over the years I worked with Byron Katie's books to practice The Work. I decided I needed more structure and assistance to make my practice more of an impact in my daily life.
The Work 101 online course with Todd was exactly what I needed. He does a fantastic job teaching you how to get the most out of the worksheet and structure and accountability to keep you motivated and moving forward. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who wants freedom from stressful thinking. A last comment: Todd is easy going and kind, and it comes through in all of his videos. His style is welcoming and approachable.
I had done The Work a handful of times on my own using the JYNW template, so I would consider myself as "new" to The Work when I started the course. The Work 101 has given me a thorough, deeper understanding of doing The Work. I also experienced a vast learning from reading The Work of others within the group.
I found Todd's instruction to be a perfect fit for me, easy to understand and follow along. I love that he presents the information with short videos as well as in written form.
Throughout the entire course I felt supported and free to ask any questions. Todd is extremely knowledgeable and has a gift for sharing his insights in a very gentle, clear, easy to comprehend fashion. I would recommend this course to anyone who is suffering in any way, experiencing any type of stress, or to those who want to broaden their perspective.
One huge unexpected benefit I gained from this course is that my anxiety is much less, I have a new found sense of calm. I will be forever grateful for The Work 101 by Todd 🙂
I started doing The Work with Todd several years ago and I felt pretty confident with the process. I took some time off from the forum and when I came back, the new requirement for joining was to have taken The Work 101. I knew that I couldn't commit to the regular course, but then the one "for busy people" opened up.
I am always busy running around all day long and knew that I only had a few minutes some evenings to dedicate to the course. I am happy to say that I was able to keep up with the requirements of the course with no problems. Some weeks, I found myself catching up through the weekend, but that was easy as well, thanks to the nicely organized content, clear instructions, and very small steps to follow.
Also, because I had experience doing The Work, at first I thought that I'd be simply practicing what I already knew. But I was surprised to find that I re-discovered certain things that I had forgotten and I was able to deepen my understanding of others. I also learned a few new things. Best of all, the course re-kindled my dedication to the practice of doing The Work.
Thank you Todd, for this valuable resource!!!
The Work 101 was the first e-course I’ve done. This is mainly due to the belief that e-courses will be dry, robotic, emotion-less and unresponsive and therefore not worth the time, energy or investment. I had presumed it would be me filling in automated tasks, on my own, at my computer, without any real depth or personal feedback.
I don’t know about other e-courses, but how wrong I was about this one! The Work 101 was none of those things; the opposite and so, so much more. The overriding feeling after finishing the course is one of love and connection and of having my hand held the whole way through (which was a good job because that’s exactly what I needed!)
I’m a very private person yet found myself feeling safe enough to confront my innermost painful, sensitive and shameful thoughts and feelings right from the beginning. How on earth Todd manages to create such a loving, warm, caring and safe space over the internet is, to me, not only a testament to how skillful and knowledgeable he is in The Work; it’s much more than that.
For me, The Work 101 became a loving and welcoming “home”; a place to be completely truthful and open up. I ask myself why, so that I can explain to others in this review; it’s just that indescribable “je ne sais quoi” feeling.
To try to describe the indescribable… to me, Todd has created a place where you can work through stressful thoughts and feelings whilst feeling completely understood but also protected. Throughout The Work 101, I felt nurtured, I felt brave enough to ask questions about anything at all, I felt looked after and loved through my pain.
This course is run by dedicated, thoughtful, loving and kind trainers who are clearly devoted to helping and “being there” for everyone. Feedback was given and it was real, not just blanket, sympathetic statements like, “yes, we’ve all felt that before” feedback. Todd and his team were attentive – they did their own work while reading mine and shared very private, personal insights from their own lives. I learned as much from their personal journeys as I learned from the course content. Perhaps that special sprinkle of warmth, genuineness and kindness is what makes The Work 101 so special.
Thank you so, so much for a wonderful experience 🙂
I am really happy with the outcome of this group. My review is based off of someone who has only 1 month of doing The Work before this. I just watched a lot of videos prior to starting the work. I wasn't really comfortable at all with The Work. Now, I feel like I gained a great deal of understanding for it. I have also learned so much about myself and had the joy of also learning from others. It's a great community and Todd is very knowledgeable. I'm happy I took this course. Thanks!
Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: Apr 27 – Jun 28, 2020
Registration deadline: Apr 24, 2020
Orientation Week (Apr 27 – May 1)
- Mon, Apr 27: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Mon, Apr 27: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Tue, Apr 28: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Thu, Apr 30: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Fri, May 1: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
Eight Weeks of Coursework (May 4 – Jun 26)
- Mondays: 60-min homework assignment on the forum
- Tuesdays: 60-min homework assignment on the forum
- Thursdays: 60-min homework assignment on the forum
- Fridays: 60-min homework assignment on the forum
- Scheduled anytime each week: 60-min partner pairing session with another participant
Next Upcoming 9-Month Course for Busy People: Oct 12, 2020 – Jun 20, 2021
Registration deadline: Oct 9, 2020
Orientation Month (Oct 12 – Nov 8, 2020)
- Oct 12: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Oct 12-16: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Oct 19-23: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Oct 26-30: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Nov 2-6: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
Eight Months of Coursework (Nov 9, 2020 – Jun 20, 2021)
- Each week: Five 10-20-minute assignments on the forum
- Scheduled anytime each month: 60-min partner pairing session with another participant
Extra Month Catch-up at the end of the course (If Needed)
- All assignments must be completed at the latest by Jul 18, 2021 if you want a certificate of completion allowing you to join Inquiry Circle, our ongoing practice group.
You must stay up to date with the course, completing assignments on a regular, almost daily basis. This course is for people who have the desire and the time to participate. If you cannot commit to this, please do not sign up at this time.
Oct 12, 2020 - Jun 20, 2021
The Work 101 for Busy People
(Approx. $400 USD, €368 EUR, $642 AUD)
APR 27, 2020 - JUN 28, 2020
The Work 101
(Approx. $400 USD, €368 EUR, $642 AUD)
Sep 14 - Nov 15, 2020
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $400 USD, €368 EUR, $642 AUD)