Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Summer Retreat 2019

Bill Gayner
August 15-18, 2019
Ecology Retreat Centre, 308046 Hockley Road, Mono, ON

Pure spring-fed streams run through the Ecology Retreat Centre
Burbling creeks

Emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processing in meditation and interpersonal encounters. EFMT emphasizes getting better at feeling, so that our feelings help us cultivate a fulfilling life.

Meditation sittings in this silent retreat range from 20 to 40 minutes, with time for journaling after each meditation. Bill will give two daily talks with two discussion periods each day. There will be optional daily small groups for sharing and exploring your meditation experience, as well as opportunities for individual discussions about your meditation practice. This retreat is most suitable for mental health professionals with some meditation experience.

Bill Gayner
Photo by Jim Craigmyle

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has taught and researched mindfulness for over fifteen years. He has developed emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy. Bill is a mental health clinician in the Sinai Health System in Toronto where he provides EFMT groups for psychiatric outpatients and gay and bisexual men living with HIV, individual psychotherapy for people living with HIV, and emotion-focused mindfulness training for hospital employees. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and has mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade.

Dates: Thursday August 15 at 4 p.m. to Sunday August 18 at 1 p.m., 2019

Entrance to the dining room at the Ecology Retreat Centre
Entrance to dining hall


Cost: Covers all retreat and faculty fees including accommodation, organic meals, snacks, as well as talks and discussions with faculty to deepen meditation practice. We have exclusive access to the swimming pool, daily yoga classes, labyrinth for walking meditation and a variety of hiking trails, campfire circle, spring-fed streams and a pond.

Single room $1100 CAD
*Limited number available

Shared room $830 CAD per person
*Limited number of reduced rate can be requested for those in financial need

The retreat cost includes your room, meals, and faculty fees. Our retreat centre is located in the Hockley Valley near Mono, Ontario, and has beautiful forested rolling hills and lovely spring-fed creeks. The retreat has delicious organic, locally sourced meals and exclusive access to all retreat amenities such as a pool for swimming, labyrinth for walking meditation, open fields, fruit trees, beautiful hiking trails in wooded hills that connect with the Bruce trail, and campfire circles on Friday and Saturday night. The sound of the burbling creeks can be heard throughout the retreat centre including from the meditation hall.

Bill Gayner will give retreat talks with whole group discussions. Participants can also share and explore meditation experience in small groups as well as individually with Bill and other faculty.

Retreatants have the option to attend daily yoga classes taught by certified yoga teachers on our faculty, Cleo Haber and Justina Zatzman.

Our retreat organization team provides a warm and personalized approach throughout the retreat registration process right up to and including your on-site meditation retreat experience. We will arrange transportation and other supports as needed, work with the centre’s chef to meet food restriction and allergy needs, and do what we can to ensure the most beneficial meditation experience for you.

For more retreat details, click here.
For retreat faq, click here. Or contact:
Justina Zatzman: justina@mindfulfeeling.ca
Bill Gayner: bill@mindfulfeeling.ca


To download the retreat flyer, click here.

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