The Work 101 with Todd


The Work of Byron Katie is a tool for gaining more self-awareness. And, like any tool, it takes a little training to learn how to use it.

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.

To keep the momentum going, I usually offer the Inquiry Circle Prep Course immediately after The Work 101 as a transition from the classroom setup to the ongoing practice group format.

Once you complete both The Work 101 and the Inquiry Circle Prep Course, 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.

This Course Is a Prerequisite for Other Programs

Full attendance and completion of all homework is required to get credit for taking the course. This course is required before you can participate in the Inquiry Circle Prep Course and eventually Inquiry Circle, the 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

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?
I’m in the process of setting this up.

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.

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 eight-week commitment.

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.

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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by Nicolina on The Work 101
Its absolutely worth it

Byron Katie's books and videos are inspiring but I also found them daunting. Todd's courses (The Work 101 and Inquiry Circle prep) made TW accessible to me. I learnt how to really connect while doing TW. I found my own rhythm of internal investigation and compassion and have continued this everyday since. Todd is very hands on providing support and guidance whenever you need. He is there to help you find peace. I would thoroughly recommend his courses.

by Kate on The Work 101
Highly Recommend!

I took the course in part because, although I had been involved in The Work for several years, I was ‘sitting on the side of the pool’..mostly listening. The intensity, accountability and structure of The Work 101 pushed me in the deep end! I had to scramble at times to keep up but it was so worth the effort. I learned so much and am looking forward to continuing with The Work.

by Francoise on The Work 101
Recommendation of The Work

After some years of trying to do the Work on my own with occasional retreats I found Todd's Work 101: for me the one occasion to get not only insights and thorough teaching of the Work of Byron Katie but also an inspiring training to do it, more importantly, regularly with a great community too! I highly recommend it.

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by Tanja on The Work 101
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I can only recommend this course to all who are interested in TW/or/and in becoming more conscious of the dark angles of one's mind. Although I knew about TW from books before, only 101 brought real understanding of what TW is IN PRACTICE. Brilliant explanations and warm support throughout the process which sometimes can be psychologically hard to digest made the course 101 a pleasant and safe adventure.

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Next Upcoming Course: Jan 13 – Mar 17, 2019

If you would like me to let you know of other upcoming course dates when they come out, please contact me.

Jan 13 – Mar 17, 2019 (Orientation Week + Eight-Week Course)

Registration deadline: Jan 11, 2019

Orientation Week (Jan 13-20)

  • Sun, Jan 13:One-hour Zoom welcome call at 10 AM Pacific Time (If you can’t make it, it will be recorded)
  • Mon, Jan 14: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Tue, Jan 15: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Thu, Jan 17: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Fri, Jan 18: 60-min orientation assignment on the forum

Eight Weeks of Coursework (Jan 21 – Mar 17)

  • 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

Attendance Policy

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.

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