Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy One-Day Retreat/Workshop

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre

89 Chestnut St., Toronto, ON

Giant redwood trees in the Armstrong  Redwoods State Natural Preserve, Sonoma County, CA
Photo by Bill Gayner

March 23, 2019
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and deluxe continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Retreat/workshop
Catered lunch and refreshments

Cost: $243.36 + HST = $275

Emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processing in meditation and therapeutic encounters, helping to befriend ourselves more deeply, free us from repetitive emotional patterns, address unfinished business and internal conflicts, make better sense of situations, and cultivate growth and a fulfilling life.

Participants will experience three meditation sessions. Bill will provide an update on EFMT, including his recent paper (in press). Bill will also introduce two new aspects of EFMT:

  • Integrating walking meditation into your practice
  • Using EFT interpersonal empathy-based and experiential processes to support each other’s practices through active listening

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has taught and researched mindfulness for over fifteen years. He is developing emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), a mindfulness approach that treats emotions as adaptive. Bill leads EFMT groups for psychiatric outpatients, people living with HIV, and hospital employees in the Sinai Health System and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

This event will be catered with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and lunch.

If you would like to use a meditation cushion and mat, please bring your own.

Prerequisite: This event is for people who have attended an EFMT professional training workshop, mentoring group or the annual EFMT four-day summer retreat. It is best suited for mental health professionals, but non-mental health professionals who have attended the annual summer retreat are welcome.