The Work 101 with Todd

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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.

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 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

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. 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 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, 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-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 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 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 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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The Work 101
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 108 reviews
 by Edwin
Life Changing

The Work is just amazing. It's really hard to express in words what it means to me all the help I received from Todd and everyone else taking the course.

I always searched for something that could bring peace but I usually found "easy" positivity script of just asking you to stay positive and don't think on the negative things because that's what's affecting you, but doing The Work really taught me that I don't have to be a slave of what I'm thinking, that there is freedom in questioning your thoughts, that many things that I believe happened really didn't and it was just my mind taking the easy way out as it's the known route and also that I don't have to think about changing what happened because you can look at every situation for what it is and find peace with anything that you may find.

I'm really thankful for this opportunity and wish everyone feeling the same to give The Work a try and let Todd guide you as he does a wonderful job with The Work 101, it feels effortless if you are really open and you give it a chance. I would give it 10 stars out of 5 if I could 🙂

 by Bonnie
The Work 101

Transformative...a valuable tool to have. I had been lightly exposed to the Work for the past few years and finally decided to really delve into it. Being virtually a beginner, Todd's course offered a well structured and compelling method of learning the inquiry process.. free of pressure or judgement. Todd and his co-trainers provided a supportive and inspiring atmosphere...and the student group followed their lead. Grateful for this opportunity and this community.

 by Emmet

Todd is clearly somebody who thinks deeply about The Work, and I find that enthusiasm infectious. He is a fine speaker, very articulate, and like all of his co-trainers, happy to answer any queries. This course had good vibes, no bullying, no cliques. Most important of all for me, it focused on The Work itself, rather than obsessing about Byron Katie as an all-seeing guru, so there was nothing cultish about the course.

 by Laila
Generosity, Love, Humility

This is a very generous course, everything I know is covered, I did the School for The Work and this course gave me other ways to work worksheets, to explore, the Work is above all exploration and this course gathers years of Todd's experience with the Work.
As Katie says : "Love is the power, humility is the way", Todd has both and he shares so kindly everything he has in his heart. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to have it all. Not part of it, have it all. This is a demanding course with a lot of material to read and assignments, it requires time and involvement, otherwise it can be overwhelming.
When I finished the course, I was so happy and grateful that he created such a gem and inspired me to be as generous as he is. Thank you so much.

 by April
The Work 101

I spent over a year wondering if I should take this course and when I finally decided to go for it it was truly life-shifting.

I'd tinkered with doing The Work before but never really looked at it as deeply as I did during this course. I felt completely supported in my process and had lots of freedom to work at my own pace. The course does require daily focus; it covers a lot of material so it's not something you can quickly brush over.

I found that the rewards of applying myself to the course wholeheartedly touched all aspects of my outlook on life. My approach to teaching changed, my approach to my children changed, I even noticed shifts in my approach to those I met in passing - I have enjoyed more compassionate and less hurried interactions as a result of the course.

If you're inclined to take the course, it I think it's absolutely fantastic and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Next Upcoming 9-Week Course: Apr 11 - Jun 12, 2022

Scholarship application deadline: Apr 4, 2022

Registration deadline: Apr 6, 2022

Orientation Week (Apr 11-15)

  • Mon, Apr 11: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
  • Mon, Apr 11: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Tue, Apr 12: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Wed, Apr 13: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Thu, Apr 14: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Fri, Apr 15: A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)

Eight Weeks of Coursework (Apr 18 - Jun 12, 2022)

  • 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)
  • Wednesdays: A new 15-20-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
  • May 16, 2022 – One-hour Question and Answer Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
  • Jun 15, 2022 – 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 7 – Oct 16, 2022

Scholarship application deadline: Jan 31, 2022

Registration deadline: Feb 2, 2022

Orientation Month (Feb 7 – Mar 6, 2022)

  • Feb 7: One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
  • Feb 7:  A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Feb 14:  A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Feb 21:  A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)
  • Feb 28:  A new 60-90-minute orientation assignment is posted on the forum (you can do it at any time)

Eight Months of Coursework (Mar 7 - Oct 16, 2022)

  • 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 23, 2022 – Mid-term Question and Answer Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
  • Oct 20, 2022 – Closing Zoom Call at 10 AM Pacific Time (it will be recorded if you can’t make it)

Attendance Policy

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.

9-WeeK Course
Jan 17th - Mar 20, 2022

The Work 101 Regular Course

$

740 CAD

(Approx. $577 USD, €511 EUR, £434 GBP, $816 AUD)

  • 60-90 minutes per day
  • 4 days per week
  • 9-week intensive
  • Learn how to do The Work
  • Practice The Work deeply in a supportive online community
9-MONTH Course
FEb 7 - Oct 16, 2022

The Work 101 for Busy People

$

740 CAD

(Approx. $577 USD, €511 EUR, £434 GBP, $816 AUD)

  • 60-90 minutes per week
  • 1 day per week
  • 9-month steady practice
  • Same curriculum as the 9-week course
  • Practice The Work deeply in a supportive online community

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  • Get weekly tips for how to do The Work as an ongoing practice.
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