The Work 101 with Todd

Self-Study Course

On Demand
Can$ 380 Approx. $289 USD, €289 EUR, £250 GBP, $428 AUD
  • Go At Your Own Pace
  • 45 Detailed Lessons
  • Video Instructions for Each Lesson
  • Downloadable PDF's for Each Lesson
  • Templates for Doing The Work in Written Form
  • Lifetime Access
  • Upgrade any time to the Community-based versions of the course (Personal Trainer, or Train with Todd). You only pay the difference in price.

Personal Trainer

+ Online Community
Can$ 740 Approx. $562 USD, €563 EUR, £487 GBP, $833 AUDA
  • Lifetime Access to the Complete
    Self-Study Course, plus...
  • A Dedicated Trainer who will complete each assignment, doing his or her own work along with you as a reference for you. You will move through the course together waiting for each other as necessary.
  • Feedback and Comments From Your Trainer on Each Assignment
  • Attendance is recorded (you must complete all assignments to get the certificate of completion)
  • Participate in our Online Community made up of others taking the course.
  • Ask Questions to Todd and other Trainers in the Support Forum
  • Zoom Sessions Every Two Weeks with Todd to Ask Questions and Review the Course Material
  • Option to do Partner Work in Spoken Form. Drop-in Sessions available for many times each week.
  • Go at your own pace. Start anytime. You have one year to complete the course. Most people complete it in 2-3 months.
  • Completion of the course allows you to Join Inquiry Circle (our ongoing practice group) after the Course
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Train with Todd

+ Online Community
Can$ 1650 Approx. $1,253 USD, €1,255 EUR, £1,085 GBP, $1,858 AUD
  • Lifetime Access to the complete Self-Study Course, plus...
  • Todd will be your personal trainer for the whole course. He will complete each assignment, doing his own work along with you. You will move through the course together, waiting for each other as necessary.
  • Feedback and Comments from Todd on Each Assignment
  • Attendance is recorded (you must complete all assignments to get the certificate of completion)
  • Participate in our Online Community made up of others taking the course.
  • Ask Questions to Todd and other Trainers in the Support Forum
  • Zoom Sessions Every Two Weeks with Todd to Ask Questions and Review the Course Material
  • Option to do Partner Work in Spoken Form. Drop-in Sessions available for many times each week.
  • Go at your own pace. Start anytime. You have one year to complete the course. Most people complete it in 2-3 months.
  • Completion of the course allows you to Join Inquiry Circle (our ongoing practice group) after the Course
  • Virtual Retreat included (Can$300 value). A weekend intensive with Todd and Inquiry Circle members (offered every three months).
  • Four 1-Hour Private Sessions with Todd included (Can$600 value) Go deeply into The Work one-on-one with Todd in addition to the coursework.

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 45 assignments 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

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Back to Basics

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 total of 45 assignments to complete at your own pace. (The “Personal Trainer” and “Train with Todd” versions of the course must be completed within one year.)

All versions of the course get access to the course material to which you will have lifetime access. In the two community-based versions of the course, you will be able to interact with your trainer as well as with other members of the course. This has proven to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the course. Learning somehow goes deeper in a group. It also increases the chances that you will complete

For the course material, I have created special videos and PDF’s for you to review and study. Each concept of how to do The Work is explained in both spoken and written form.

We Do The Work Primarily in
written Form

If you have never done The Work in written form, this will add a new dimension to your practice. The advantages of written work are:

  • You can do The Work on your own anytime
  • It slows you down
  • There is no tendency to please another person
  • You can see when you are doing The Work or not
  • It’s great for learning The Work because it can be reviewed easily
 

Each day, you’ll come to the forum to do another lesson at your own pace. If you have a trainer, you will be working closely with them. You’ll move at the same pace together. Your trainer will be doing all of the assignments too. And if one of you gets ahead, you’ll wait for the other person so you can move together. 

Your trainer will also read all of your homework and give feedback on each assignment you do.

Each Assignment Will Take About an Hour

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 can also optionally meet with a partner to do The Work in spoken form for up to seven assignments during the course. You will be partnered with people from around the globe in different time zones. This takes some time and planning, so be prepared.

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 others taking the course, 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 on each assignment (45 assignments), sometimes longer if you need it.

Regular Q/A Calls with Todd

Every other Friday, at varying times of day to accommodate different time zones, I will be available for questions and I will support everyone to review the past week and get ready for the new week. I can also support participants to manage the challenge of keeping the momentum going.

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.

Course Overview

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

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, or your personal trainer, will read your work when we log on. This allows us to work together even with very different time zones.

You can also have optional spoken work partners from 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 Friday Review Sessions with me on Zoom are purely optional and will be recorded for anyone who can’t attend. 

How many minutes of the hour are video, reading, practicing, and posting, roughly?
Typically, each assignment 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 per assignment. There is one exception: you’ll have the option to do The Work in spoken form with a partner as often as once every five assignments. 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.

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. 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?
This course is available anytime you want to start depending on trainer availability.

Can I get ITW credit for the course?
Yes. If you are 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. 

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. 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 about an hour per assignment.

Can I take a break in the middle of the course?
You can do anything you want, but my experience is that 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 can dedicate the time to complete it.

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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Highly recommend

Rated 5 out of 5
March 31, 2022

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!

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Susan

Diving into The Work

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2022

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!

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Ine

very helpful

Rated 5 out of 5
March 24, 2022

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.

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Eveline

Deepening Experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 24, 2022

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.

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joyce

detailed & supportive

Rated 5 out of 5
March 22, 2022

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.

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Isla

Attendance Policy

You must stay up to date with the course, completing assignments on a regular basis while working with your trainer. 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.

If you have taken The Work 101 before, please contact us for a special repeater price of $560 CAD for the Personal Trainer version of the course.

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Self-Study Course

On Demand
Can$ 380 approx. $289 USD, €289 EUR, £250 GBP, $428 AUD
  • Go At Your Own Pace
  • 45 Detailed Lessons
  • Video Instructions for Each Lesson
  • Downloadable PDF's for Each Lesson
  • Templates for Doing The Work in Written Form
  • Lifetime Access
  • Upgrade any time to the Community-based versions of the course (Personal Trainer, or Train with Todd). You only pay the difference in price.

Personal Trainer

+ Online Community
Can$ 740 approx. $562 USD, €563 EUR, £487 GBP, $833 AUD
  • Lifetime Access to the Complete
    Self-Study Course, plus...
  • A Dedicated Trainer who will complete each assignment, doing his or her own work along with you as a reference for you. You will move through the course together waiting for each other as necessary.
  • Feedback and Comments From Your Trainer on Each Assignment
  • Attendance is recorded (you must complete all assignments to get the certificate of completion)
  • Participate in our Online Community made up of others taking the course.
  • Ask Questions to Todd and other Trainers in the Support Forum
  • Zoom Sessions Every Two Weeks with Todd to Ask Questions and Review the Course Material
  • Option to do Partner Work in Spoken Form. Drop-in Sessions available for many times each week.
  • Go at your own pace. Start anytime. You have one year to complete the course. Most people complete it in 2-3 months.
  • Completion of the course allows you to Join Inquiry Circle (our ongoing practice group) after the Course
Most Popular

Train with Todd

+ Online Community
Can$ 1650 approx. $1,253 USD, €1,255 EUR, £1,085 GBP, $1,858 AUD
  • Lifetime Access to the complete Self-Study Course, plus...
  • Todd will be your personal trainer for the whole course. He will complete each assignment, doing his own work along with you. You will move through the course together, waiting for each other as necessary.
  • Feedback and Comments from Todd on Each Assignment
  • Attendance is recorded (you must complete all assignments to get the certificate of completion)
  • Participate in our Online Community made up of others taking the course.
  • Ask Questions to Todd and other Trainers in the Support Forum
  • Zoom Sessions Every Two Weeks with Todd to Ask Questions and Review the Course Material
  • Option to do Partner Work in Spoken Form. Drop-in Sessions available for many times each week.
  • Go at your own pace. Start anytime. You have one year to complete the course. Most people complete it in 2-3 months.
  • Completion of the course allows you to Join Inquiry Circle (our ongoing practice group) after the Course
  • Virtual Retreat included (Can$300 value). A weekend intensive with Todd and Inquiry Circle members (offered every three months).
  • Four 1-Hour Private Sessions with Todd included (Can$600 value) Go deeply into The Work one-on-one with Todd in addition to the coursework.