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 one assignment per week posted every Monday. You can complete the assignment at any time. Each assignment will take approximately 60-90 minutes to do. Once a month, you will meet with a partner for an hour to do spoken work.
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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Two years ago if you would have asked me how I feel and how my life was going I would have given you one of the most negative answers you could imagine. I felt stuck, powerless and weak.
The thoughts in my mind played a movie for me that was set on replay over and over and over again. I believed my thoughts, fought my reality and suffered immensely as a result.
I had started to give up on myself, gathering more and more proof that I was damaged and incapable of being fixed, something was surely wrong with me. I had been in self help mode for as long as I could remember trying to help myself be a better me and fix up all the faults.
I fought myself and my mind and tried to force myself to change and to be better, until I found The Work and Todd's Course. The course helped me to learn The Work and in essence to stop fighting reality and to stop fighting myself.
By questioning my thoughts, the movie that played over and over and over again in my head started stopping here and there and I was able to look at things from a different perspective where I could take responsibility for my life without the blame and shame that normally would accompany me.
Learning The Work with Todd and having a community to do it with was so powerful for me that it helped me through one of the hardest times in my life, and I am very grateful that I found Todd and The Work!
Greetings all ,
I just came off the Work 101 course, it was a 9 week journey of discovery and self realization that I have been wanting to experience for a while now. This course was the perfect method to get there while delving deeper into the work of Byron Katie. The entire experience offered a structured yet gentle approach to learning while giving me the tools to continue doing the work as a regular practice, almost like another form of meditation that I was looking for but could never seem to put into a particular format.
I very much appreciated the way Todd formatted his course to allow for the first week to be orientation to get familiar with how to post on the forum. Not being a technically inclined person this was very much needed. Also, the homework assignments did have flexibility in order to complete them on the weekends and the non-homework day, this was a perfect option for me.
The trainers and Todd were great at providing feedback and encouraging me to dive deeper into some of my physical sensations and feelings associated with certain situations to get to the root of my underlying beliefs. I have a new appreciation for what my ego can conjure up in my mind and am looking forward to continuing to notice this as I embark in inquiry circle. I enjoyed doing spoken and written work, it was a nice combination. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who would like to explore "THE WORK" more deeply but still gently. Thank you to all I had the pleasure of interacting with during the course.
In my head the name of the course changed to The Work 101 for Lazy People, which is for me a wink to myself. What a relief to have time to do the homework, with no pressure on it, guided by the openness and warmth of Todd with his clear insights about The Work. His video's and his writings feel as coming from being at home with himself and this reflected on me. This course is homecoming for this so-called lazy person.
I don’t use the phrase “life-changing” often (or lightly), but The Work 101 has truly been life-changing for me. I’ve been reading Katie’s books for more than a decade, reading them seriously and carefully, and I’ve been watching videos of her doing The Work with people. But do The Work on my own? Maybe a handful of times over the last 12 years, and mostly in a superficial way. And only when I was in full-on crisis mode at that.
So it took me a while to realize that witnessing The Work and thinking about The Work was not doing The Work (that’s so obvious to me now, ha; it took a pandemic to get me to see it, though). But once I broke through my resistance enough to even acknowledge that, I got in touch with how afraid of doing The Work I was, and how much I knew I wouldn’t make it an ongoing practice if I didn’t have some extrinsic motivation, some serious scaffolding, if you will.
And ta-da! I happened to find Todd’s Open Sessions and was so impressed with the way he answered questions and facilitated The Work that I signed up for the class. Oh, wow, am I glad I did. I absolutely loved every aspect of this class: the structure, the ongoing support (Todd and the co-facilitators are truly amazing!), the pacing, the assignments, the videos, the readings, the forum... all of it. AND I loved my own engagement with the course... I loved me with the course, if that makes sense. It expanded what I believe about myself, and it enriched my life in ways I can't express in words.
Not only did I learn that I can count on me to do The Work deeply and authentically and thoroughly, day after day (it’s said that one makes a habit of something after doing it for 21 days, yay), but I learned so much ABOUT Inquiry, about the nuances and about granular details of The Work that I never would have picked up on my own. I feel like I have gained such a deep and meaningful perspective about The Work in general and my own relationship with it in particular.
Thank you, Todd, and thank you, facilitators and fellow students, for this truly wonderful class. I leave it grateful, energized, inspired, and more peaceful than I can ever remember being.
If you ever want to look at your life's experiences in a different way, The Work 101 by Todd Smith is a great gift to give yourself. You will be supported to reflect on events in your life with a new lens. I let go of old beliefs that were emotionally holding me down. I feel like I have a new perspective on everything in my life.
Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: Sep 14 – Nov 15, 2020
Registration deadline: Sep 9, 2020
Orientation Week (Sep 14-18)
- Mon, Sep 14: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Mon, Sep 14: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Tue, Sep 15: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Thu, Sep 17: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Fri, Sep 18: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
Eight Weeks of Coursework (Sep 21 – Nov 15)
- Mondays: A new 60-90-minute assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Tuesdays: A new 60-90-minute assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Thursdays: A new 60-90-minute assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Fridays: A new 60-90-minute assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Scheduled anytime each week: 60-min partner-pairing session with another participant to do The Work in spoken form
- Oct 12, 2021 – One-hour Question and Answer Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Nov 20, 2021 – One-hour Closing Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (it will be recorded if you can’t make it)
Next Upcoming 9-Month Course for Busy People: Feb 1 – Oct 10, 2021
Registration deadline: Jan 27, 2020
Orientation Month (Feb 1 – 28, 2021)
- Feb 1: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Feb 1: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Feb 8: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Feb 15: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Feb 22: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
Eight Months of Coursework (Mar 1 – Oct 10, 2021)
- Each week on Monday: A new 60-90-minute assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
- Scheduled once each month: 60-min partner-pairing session with another participant to do The Work in spoken form
- Jun 21, 2021 – Mid-term Question and Answer Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Oct 15, 2021 – Closing Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (it will be recorded if you can’t make it)
You must stay up to date with the course, completing assignments on a regular, almost daily basis during the 9-week course, and on an almost weekly basis during the 9-month course. 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.
Sep 14 - Nov 15, 2020
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $422 USD, €355 EUR, $587 AUD)
Jan 18 - Mar 21, 2021
The Work 101
(Approx. $422 USD, €355 EUR, $587 AUD)
FEb 1 - Oct 10, 2021
The Work 101 for Busy People
(Approx. $422 USD, €355 EUR, $587 AUD)