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. You will get a new assignment five times per week for nine weeks (total of 45 assignments). 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 (five 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 optionally 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.
The first week of the course is an orientation week. 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, five days per week, sometimes longer if you need it.
Also, you will have the option 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.
Weekly Q/A Call with Todd
Every Friday, at varying times of day to accommodate different time zones, Todd will be available for questions and he will support everyone to review the past week and get ready for the new week. He will also support participants to shedule time for the assignments coming up.
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 have the option to 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 Course Format?
1. There is a new assignment 5 days per week. You can complete each assignment on your own time.
2. Each assignment has 3 main parts: a short video to watch (usually 10 min), a PDF to read, and an assignment of doing The Work in written form. Written work forms the bulk of The Work you will do during the course. However, Wednesday is always a short assignment (just a video and written questions about the video).
3. You post your work in your work area and read what others are writing 4x/week.
4. You will be working in groups of 3-4 people. There will be one co-trainer for each group. Co-trainers are active members of Inquiry Circle, my ongoing practice group. You will have the same co-trainer for the whole nine weeks. You can contact your co-trainer by phone or message anytime with questions and requests for more support.
5. There will be a weekly Questions and Answers Zoom call with Todd for 30 min on Friday each week. These calls are optional and will be recorded. Todd will review the past week during each call and will help you get ready for the next week. Ask questions about anything that is confusing or difficult for you on these calls. You can also reach Todd with questions privately by sending a message anytime.
5. Once a week you will have a chance to partner with a different participant from the course for one hour of spoken work.
6. There is an optional Zoom "Welcome Call" on day 1 and an optional "Closing Celebration" a few days after the end of the course. These calls are recorded in case you can't make it.
7. There is a support forum where you can ask questions anytime.
8. Access to the course closes 2 weeks after the last assignment is due. You will get a PDF with links to all videos and PDF course materials on the last day of the course. These links will be good even after the course is closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the course work for me in my time zone?
There is no need to worry about time zones. I have designed the course so that you can do it in any time zone. We normally have as many people from Europe as from North America, as well some from Australia and New Zealand and other countries.
To deal with this issue, all assignments come in this format: a PDF to read, a video to watch, a piece of The Work to do in written form. The written work is completed on a password-protected online forum. That means that you can do your work at any time of day or night. And others, including myself, other participants, and my co-trainers, will read your work when we log on. This allows us to work together even with very different time zones.
Once a week, you can have a spoken work partner from somewhere around the world. You will need to coordinate with your partner to meet for one hour at a time that works for both of you. I will show you how to use a time zone conversion tool for this.
The welcome call, the Q/A calls, and the closing call with me on Zoom are purely optional and will be recorded for anyone who can’t attend.
I see that the assignments are intended for Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-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-Wednesday-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. Also, I show upcoming assignments in a separate place so you can work ahead. The nice thing about working on a forum is that it is open 24/7. The Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-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-Wednesday-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 5x / week. There is one exception: once a week you’ll have the option to do The Work in spoken form with a partner. This can 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. You also have the option not to participate in spoken work on any given week. You will get an email inviting you to sign up for partnering each week. Only those who choose to participate will be assigned partners that week.
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 starts in January, April, and September. And The Work 101 for Busy People (9-month course) starts in February and ends in October.
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 credit for completing this course. Please let me know, so I can give you the credit. NOTE: The Apri 2022 course is not available for ITW 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 5-6 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 switch to The Work 101 for Busy People after starting The Work 101?
You can switch from the 9-week course to the 9-month course at no charge if you do so before the end of week 1 of the course. Changing courses after week 1 can be done for a fee of $200 Canadian.
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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Todd's course was excellent. It was the perfect deep dive into The Work that I needed to get a better understanding of Byron Katie's process for self-inquiry. Todd does such a great job "unpacking" The Work, explaining the questions and processes of both written and spoken work. Very supportive community was created by Todd, co-trainers and fellow students. SO worth it!
A very well organised and structured course that provides all the knowledge and practical applications for you to really understand how to do The Work from Byron Katie. A safe and supportive environment is created by Todd and the co-trainers, and your group members to explore the ins and outs of this practical tool that you can apply to any stressful thoughts in your life, big or small. After this course you'll feel confident to continue The Work on your own. I highly recommend it!
I'm so happy I took the course! The way the course is structured is so detailed and so supportive that all I had to do was turn up and do my work. The course had been good for me in helping me understand the nuances of each of the steps in The Work. Having co-trainers who reviewed each of our worksheet and giving pointers or suggestions had been very helpful too.
I can safely say that I came out of the course feeling more confident that I can do The Work myself and that The Work really helps me find balance in life.
In The Work 101, I learned the structure that is the foundation of The Work of Byron Katie. Even though I was quite familiar with Katie's videos and doing my own worksheets, this class gave me the opportunity to actually learn how the work works.
Todd's lessons were easy to follow, well-organized, detailed and comprehensive. I enjoyed the opportunity to connect and engage with classmates to practice the work. The feedback from other students, Todd and other co-trainers provided a range of perspectives on my work and helped me to see things I was missing.
I have long studied psychological and spiritual truths but so much of it has felt theoretical. I have found in The Work of Byron Katie an extremely practical way to bring all I have learned into the living of my days. This course is the systematic and effective "how to" guide for The Work - how to find peace, release resentments, heal relationships, and so much more.
If you want to take a deep dive into The Work, I highly recommend this course.
I found the course very useful. It was a structured and detailed approach to Katie Byron's work with a lot of explanations and tips. The co-trainers read all the work and support the participants as guides. Doing the work as a group is also supportive as we learn from each other.
Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: Apr 11 - Jun 12, 2022
Scholarship application deadline: Apr 5, 2022
Registration deadline: Apr 6, 2022
Orientation Week (Apr 11-15, 2022)
Eight Weeks of Coursework (Apr 18 - Jun 12, 2022)
Next Upcoming 9-Month Course for Busy People: Feb 6 – Oct 15, 2023
Scholarship application deadline: Jan 31, 2023
Registration deadline: Feb 1, 2023
Orientation Month: (Feb 6 – Feb 26, 2023)
Eight Months of Coursework (Feb 27 - Oct 8, 2023)
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.
Apr 11 - Jun 12, 2022
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $574 USD, €551 EUR, £468 GBP, $827 AUD)
Sep 12 - Nov 13, 2022
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $574 USD, €551 EUR, £468 GBP, $827 AUD)
FEB 6 - Oct 8, 2023
The Work 101 for Busy People
(Approx. $574 USD, €551 EUR, £468 GBP, $827 AUD)