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 six 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.

That is why this course is the starting point for joining Inquiry Circle, my ongoing practice group. In this course, 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 meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for six weeks (plus one week of orientation) on a password-protected online forum. 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 also read all of your homework and give feedback on each assignment you do.

Plan to spend about an hour each day (four days a week) on the forum. You will also meet with a partner for about an hour each week. The total time is approximately 5 hours/week for six weeks, which is a total of 30 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.

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 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 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 every two months or so. I will be traveling this fall so, after the July 2017 course, the next course will not be until January 2018.

Can I get ITW credit for the course?

Can I use an iPad or iPhone for the forum?
No. 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.

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 $137, please contact me about a possible scholarship.


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by Maggie on The Work 101
great class

I really enjoyed taking Todd Smith's class, The Work 101. The video's and written materials were very thorough. I found the website very easy to maneuver around. I especially liked connecting with other students each week and facilitating one another. I found that it really accelerated my learning experience. I would recommend this course very highly. Excellent value for the price!

by Katherine on The Work 101

I am so grateful that Todd Smith’s The Work 101 was recommended to me while seeking to experience a program dedicated to those new to The Work. In a word - the course was excellent. The forum, the format, and the clarity of written materials and the videos were all presented and delivered in a way to build understanding of how and why The Work works. I will continue with Todd’s Inquiry Circle to continue to learn from Todd’s proficiency with The Work and re-create the habit working the Judge Your Neighbor to completion with the support of others The Work has found.

by carissa on The Work 101
effective affordable therapy

This process is a direct, empowering way of peeling away old programming to see the truth of reality and our ability to direct our minds and lives. I am hooked. Best therapy ever and supportive and very doable- highly recommended!

by Matthew Hardy on The Work 101
Highly Recommended

I highly recommend taking this course. At first, I found it difficult to complete the assignments, but I soon got into a rhythm, and was able to complete each assignment quickly. I learned a lot, and it helped solidify what I already knew in doing the work by myself. It was a new experience to do the work with others, one-on-one over Skype, and I really enjoyed that.

by Laura Howell on The Work 101
Second Time 101 Student

I took Todd's 101 Course for a second time. The first time I learned a lot and saw I had more to learn about doing The Work. We had met on Zoom in forums weekly, met up weekly with partners individually and did written assignments individually, posting to the forum. In my second 101 course, there was no weekly meeting. I missed actually hearing Todd live and being together in a group hearing and asking questions. He now has open times not connected to this class he does this.
My review for the new 101 Course is to say I found it cumbersome to do with a busy life. It's taking an online study course and required more than the 4-5 hours a week stated. It's great if you do not want or need real time instruction, however, what I learned the most this time around, was that for me, The Work is very much about Real Time experience. I'm not saying doing the work by yourself is bad, I found doing it on my own, then having to record it in the forum using the templates,cumbersome. I would take seriously the chorus instruction that you not try to do this course using mobile devices. Also that you make sure you have stable internet. Two times I did my written work on my laptop and my Internet was not reliable and my work was lost. I also found the forum links not to be reliable in that they did not always take me to where I needed to be. However, I could go back to the emails and begin again from there; again, this felt cumbersome, and at times, frustrating.
All this said, the Library of Videos and Resources Todd has are AWESOME and the forums are a great place to read, ponder and contribute. I also found that COMMUNICATION WITH TODD ON ALL THESE ISSUES WAS EASY & PRODUCTIVE, and I experienced Todd as compassionate and understanding in all things. 😊

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Next Upcoming Course

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

Jul 10 – Aug 25, 2017, Orientation Week + Six-Week Course

Registration deadline: Jul 7, 2017

Orientation Week (Jul 10-14)

  • Mon, Jul 10:
  • 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Tue, Jul 11:
  • 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Thu, Jul 13:
  • 60-min orientation assignment on the forum
  • Fri, Jul 14:
  • 60-min orientation assignment on the forum

Six Weeks of Coursework (Jul 17 – Aug 25)

  • 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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