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 Course Format?
1. There is a new assignment 4 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.
3. You post your work in your work area and read what others are writing 4x/week.
4. The co-trainers and I come by and read your work and leave comments or suggestions (each assignment you do will be read by a co-trainer, and will receive a comment from us).
5. Once a week you will partner with a different participant from the course for one hour of spoken work. There is a follow-up written assignment about your spoken work session.
6. There is an optional Zoom "Welcome Call" on day 1, an optional "Questions and Answers" call midway through the course, and an optional "Closing Call" a few days after the end of the course. These calls are recorded for course participants.
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 will 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 call, 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-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 3-4 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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This course was such a wealth of information. I loved how Todd broke things down to make it easy for beginners and also share new ways of looking at the Work for those with more experience with the Work. From the introduction of walking you through the forum and making sure you carve out a time to do the Work, he really tries to set you up for success. His videos and articles are thought provoking and eye opening. All your assignments are read by either Todd or one of his co-trainers and there's always such wonderful feedback and practical suggestions for turnarounds or other aspects of the Work. Your work is also marked as completed once it's done, so the accountability piece really helps you finish the tasks. The risk of this being another course you didn't finish (speaking from experience) is so much lower with the systems Todd has in place. I really enjoyed working on the assignments and meeting with my partners every month. I've even kept meeting with one of my partners after the course ended. I got so much out of this course and look forward to continuing to work with Todd in some way. Can't recommend this course enough! Thank you, Todd and team!
I don't have enough words to express how great this course is. The Work 101 is well worth the investment. I received so much more than I could have imagined. Todd has designed and set up a total immersion course for practicing The Work. The course is presented in a step-by-step, supportive, and encouraging manner. Before this course I was getting pretty good benefits from doing The Work, however, my approach was more crisis management than true inquiry. Now that I have completed the course, I have developed a steady, consistent practice, and the results have been transformative. My understanding of how to do The Work as an exploration has resulted in a growing deep sense of peace as I watch old things fall away. You will thank yourself for taking The Work 101. I am eternally grateful that I did.
Wow, what a great experience I had doing the Work 101 program with Todd and his co-trainers! They really made a difference in my ability to get more out of the inquiry process.
I had read Byron Katie's work several years ago and found her approach very helpful when I was dealing with some difficult times.
I lost touch with the Work over time as my life settled down. Boom, enter 2020 and covid time, and I felt the pull back to it to deal with stressful thoughts in this extraordinary time. Again, my inquiry was helpful but I felt I wasn't getting deep enough into my work.
When I saw the Work 101 information on Todd's website, I was intrigued, and signed up. I got want exactly I wanted and needed. The structure of the course takes you through step by step. The videos are a good one-bite-at-a-time to learn. The written exercises complement that well.
The Work 101 gives you all the tools you need to practice The Work on your own. You learn so much of the details of doing The Work and with that it gives you enormous freedom to practice the work the way you want to do it.
I was fairly new to The Work and the course answered so many (if not all) questions I had about writing a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet, what every one of the four questions really means and how to completely explore everything within them, how to find the turnarounds and how to find examples (and why that is so valuable), and also dealing with frustration or impatience about doing The Work (which I learned there were hidden motives for me that I could questions first). I now enjoy doing The Work much more and there is a lightness to it, were before it felt heavy for me.
By getting assignments 4 times a week you practice doing The Work regularly and I experienced that that really made a difference in my life, I found in unexpected situations that I was reacting differently even if I didn't do The Work on that particular thing, but when you do The Work regularly it seems to unravel in other parts of your life as well.
Todd and the co-trainers are so helpful, kind and accepting towards however you want to do your work and at the same time offering the possibility to dig deeper were you want to. And it's so nice to do The Work with others, so you can experience how we're all practically the same and have the same crazy thoughts 🙂
I was a bit hesitant at first because of the time investment, but it's perfectly doable to combine with a full-time job (you can catch up on assignments in the weekend) and I recommend anyone wanting to experience The Work more fully to do this course.
The Work 101 is the perfect course for those who are new to the work; and, especially helpful for those like myself who've studied The Work for a number of years.
Like many who practice The Work, I did it mostly in my head and rarely took the time to do a complete a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet.
The Work 101 left me WANTING to write out worksheets (now memorized and simple to scratch out) and a much deeper understanding of each of the six questions on the worksheet.
Todd's teaching of how to pinpoint the "Emotional Interpretations" of our stressful thoughts/situations took the course to a new level for me.
The course workload is the perfect amount for those working full-time.
I highly recommend The Work 101 for a beginner or experienced practitioner of The Work!
Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: Jan 18 - Mar 21, 2021
Registration deadline: Jan 13, 2021
Orientation Week (Jan 18-22)
Eight Weeks of Coursework (Jan 25 - Mar 21)
Next Upcoming 9-Month Course for Busy People: Feb 1 – Oct 10, 2021
Registration deadline: Jan 27, 2020
Orientation Month (Feb 1 – 28, 2021)
Eight Months of Coursework (Mar 1 – Oct 10, 2021)
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.
Jan 18 - Mar 21, 2021
The Work 101 for Regular Course
(Approx. $445 USD, €365 EUR, $563 AUD)
FEb 1 - Oct 10, 2021
The Work 101 for Busy People
(Approx. $445 USD, €365 EUR, $563 AUD)
Apr 26 - Jun 27, 2021
The Work 101 Regular Course
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