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 f0r 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 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 Smith's "The Work 101" class is absolutely fantastic. I had a little understanding of The Work but this class took me to another level of understanding and application. It is so good! The curriculum is fantastic. Todd and his trainers are so kind and knowledgeable. The class handouts are super, and I know I will refer to them often. Todd is such a lovely person, kind, and caring. All the facilitators are A+ top-notch. Great support system as you are taking the class. Overall, it was such a positive experience and would recommend this class to anyone who wants to deepen their experience of The Work! Bravo, Todd.
By the time I connected with Todd and this program I had read some of Byron Katie's books and had been coaching for a while using the very basic information found in the books. Signing up for Todd's class on how to do the work was amazing. He is detailed so every step became clear and doable, he is incredibly generous and thoughtful in his demeanor and communication so I always felt safe, the daily feedback from Todd and his team were so helpful and I learned SO MUCH. Thank you, thank you!! Great experience.
This is a great course, second only to Byron Katie's School for The Work. I came to the course wanting to deepen my practice. I had been doing the work almost every day with partners, sometimes two or more a day, but I had a hard time doing TW in written form and by myself. Todd's excellent organization of the format, the clarity of the exercises, and the community of fellow classmates combine to make this a wonderful learning experience. I come away knowing that The Work works in me and I am not afraid to delve deep. I come away with confidence, something I have longed for in my life and not known how to "achieve". I highly recommend Inquiry 101!
Organized, kind, and thorough, Todd has great finesse guiding people though inquiry in a gentle, paced way. I came to this course having only read some Byron Katie books. I had never put anything into practice. Now, many elements of The Work are integrated in an automated way into my daily life. If you want to roll up your sleeves and dig into this, I highly recommend this course. I also cannot say enough about Todd. He is a generous facilitator with a regulated nervous system, which is really essential for any guide in a teaching role. Thank you!
I've been a Christian majority of my life, doing the Work 101 not only strength my relationship with God but also my relationship with myself and others... Todd is a great facilitator and super organized! Each assignment he gave us focused on different aspects of The Work, which was broken down into bite-size and easily understood instructions. Todd's calm, thoughtful, accepting and even disposition makes him easy to talk with and contact online. If you're serious about understanding and doing The Work, then Todd's class is a must!
Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: April 7 – June 9, 2019
Registration deadline: Apr 5, 2019
Orientation Week (Apr 7-12)
- Sun, Apr 7: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Mon, Apr 8: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Tue, Apr 9: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Thu, Apr 11: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
- Fri, Apr 12: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
Eight Weeks of Coursework (Apr 15 – Jun 9)
- 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 6, 2019 – Jun 7, 2020
Registration deadline: Oct 4, 2019
Orientation Month (Oct 6 – Nov 3, 2019)
- Oct 6: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
- Oct 7-11: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Oct 14-18: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Oct 21-25: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
- Oct 28 – Nov 1: Five 10-20-minute orientation assignments on the forum
Eight Months of Coursework (Nov 4, 2019 – Jun 7, 2020)
- 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 (If Needed)
- All assignments must be completed by Jul 5, 2020 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 time every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 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 7 - Jun 9, 2019
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $421 USD, €371 EUR, $593 AUD)
SeP 8 - NOV 10, 2019
The Work 101 Regular Course
(Approx. $421 USD, €371 EUR, $593 AUD)
Oct 6, 2019 - Jun 7, 2020
The Work 101 for Busy People
(Approx. $421 USD, €371 EUR, $593 AUD)