Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat, Aug 15-18, 2019

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat
With Bill Gayner
August 15-18, 2019

Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road, Mono, ON

Registration is open for the fourth annual Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat, August 15-18, 2019, at the Ecology Retreat Centre, nestled in beautiful, wooded hills near Orangeville, just north of Toronto.

Emotion-focused mindfulness therapy integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processing to enhance how we make sense of our feelings, resolve inner conflicts and unfinished business, navigate our lives, and cultivate growth and fulfillment.

Bill will give two daily talks with discussion periods each day. There will be daily small groups for sharing and exploring 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, BSW, MSW, RSW, has developed EFMT. He provides EFMT groups to psychiatric outpatients and HIV+ gay and bisexual men, individual psychotherapy to people living with HIV, and EFM training to hospital staff in the Sinai Health System. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Bill has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade.

Single room $1100 CAD
*Limited number available

Shared room $830 CAD per person
*Reduced rate can be requested if in need

For more info or to register 
click here

Or email Bill at bill@mindfulfeeling.ca
Integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy


4 Part Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Course For Residents

Dear Residents/Postgraduate Trainees,

The Postgraduate Wellness Office is pleased to support an Emotion-Focused Mindfulness course funded by Post-MD Education and sponsored by the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities. 


The course dates are: March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25 (4th Tuesday of each month)

Time: 6:15pm-8:45pm

Room: 3rd floor, 500 University Ave, Postgraduate Wellness Office

Maximum number of participants: Twelve.  We are able to accommodate the first 12 postgraduate trainees who RSVP. Commitment to attendance at ALL 4 sessions is required.

Cost: Free of cost. Course is funded by Post-MD Education

    A firm commitment is expected once you sign up and because there will be  a wait      list, please notify us well in advance of cancellation.

Please RSVP topgwellness@utoronto.ca

Course Description:

We tend to spend a lot of time in our heads detached from feelings or too immersed in and buffeted by stressful emotions and thoughts. Mindful experiencing brings us in touch with our implicit feelings about situations in a spacious way that heightens self-compassion and lowers reactivity. This creates optimal conditions that can be used in meditation and conversation to make sense of how we feel, sort out what matters to us, and how to better navigate situations.

The workshop will include sitting meditation, journaling and discussing the experience, talks and discussion, a brief gentle set of functional exercises particularly helpful for folks who do a lot of key boarding, and, if we have room, walking meditation.

 Learning goals:                        

•  Enhance calm, self-compassionate empathy, therapeutic presence, and equanimity

•  Describe how reflecting on implicit experience in meditation deepens authenticity and experiencing and enhances self-care and creativity

•  Develop own meditation practice at home

•  Integrate empirically-based experiential tasks into meditation for finding appropriate distance from stressors and coming alive to and better navigating the present moment

•  Describe how contemporary emotion theory relates to mindfulness practice and apply it in meditation practice

•  Learn techniques for calming overwhelming distress and calming and grounding dissociation

•  Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice

Facilitator: Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW


Please contact us if you have any questions or you want to RSVP for this great opportunity.


Julie Maggi, MD MSc FRCPC
Director, Postgraduate Wellness Office
Post MD Education, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto


Allan Peterkin MD, FCFP, FRCP
Director, Program In Health, Arts and Humanities,
University of Toronto


Dr. Glen Bandiera
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education

Hennick Family Wellness Gallery Now Open


The Hennick Family Wellness Gallery, located on the main floor (north-east corner) of Mount Sinai Hospital, is now open. The gallery is envisioned to be a healing and respite area where patients, families, visitors and staff can visit and experience a tranquil space filled with exceptional works of art from late Canadian artist Sorel Etrog.

Hours of Operation

Daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Please note: Food or drink of any kind are not permitted in the gallery, and smoking is not allowed on the patio.

To learn more, watch this video featuring the gallery’s lead donors, Barbara and Jay Hennick, and other experts on the subject of healing and art.