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Presence and Self-Compassion Retreat for Therapists, Educators and Caregive...

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Presence and Self Compassion Retreat for Therapists, Educators and Caregivers: Mindful Drumming, Photography and Meditation

October 19 & 20, 2019: 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Beaver Valley in Grey Highlands - Northeast of Flesherton

Offering compassionate care and teaching can be immensely rewarding, yet emotionally demanding for helping professionals, caregivers, and educators. Sustained attention and care of others, as a therapist, educator, parent or child of aging parents, without a balance of compassion and care for self, can lead to burn-out and exhaustion.

This retreat provides an opportunity for self-care, restoration and connection in a beautiful setting. Innovative tools for cultivating presence, such as drumming, photography, mindfulness and self-compassion will be practiced together. These tools provide creative and playful ways to cultivate presence and self-compassion.

With the cultivation of presence and self-compassion, we can develop greater trust in our ability to move through work and life challenges with greater ease, while feeling energized, calm, and centered. This can help us to return to our work and care of others, with greater attention, energy, and purpose, while balancing care for ourselves.

This retreat takes place in the magical Beaver Valley in Grey/Bruce county, where the beauty of nature can support our cultivation of presence, self-compassion and overall wellbeing.


Early Bird Cost: $420 if received by Sept. 20, 2019

Regular Cost: $470

For further information please contact:

Dr. Shari Geller - 416-855-CMBH (2624) ext 1 (www.sharigeller.ca)

or Camilla@sharigeller.ca

The retreat will explore:

  • An empirically validated model of therapeutic presence

  • Self-compassion and mindfulness practices for cultivating presence, resiliency & self-care

  • How group drumming can increase vitality, social connectedness and well-being

  • Mindful photography as a tool for attention regulation, attunement and resiliency

Included will be:

  • Take home tools and practices for cultivating self-compassion and presence

  • Drums and rhythm instruments

  • Lunch on both days

  • Access to the expansive beauty, waterfalls and trails of the retreat location: Scenic Sounds in the Beaver Valley.

You need to bring or arrange for:

  • A camera, preferably SLR or digital with a zoom lens

  • Accommodation: (please contact us for a list of nearby B and B’s)

Cancellation Policy:

If registration is cancelled up to 7 days before the start date, a full refund less a $75 administration fee will be refunded. Registration fees do not include flights, accommodation or other costs. If a workshop or retreat is cancelled due to insufficient registration, a full fee refund (not including flight, hotel or other costs) will be issued. If circumstances allow, you will be notified no less than a week before the workshop or retreat begins.

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Shari Geller, Ph. D., C. Psych., is an author, teacher, and clinical psychologist. She is the founder of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program. Shari has a long-term mindfulness meditation practice and is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her publications include her recent book: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy co-authored with Leslie Greenberg. Dr. Geller serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and in the Applied Mindfulness Program at University of Toronto. She is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH), in Toronto, Canada. http://www.sharigeller.ca

What others have said about Shari's Mindful Drumming and Photography Retreat:

"The workshop was a pretty unique and exciting experience for me."

"Incredible" "(The) experience of various sounds helping me be more in touch with myself, and to “stay with myself” moment by moment."

"I’m still thinking about the workshop every day. I’m making a bigger effort to be mindful. "

" (An) experience of fun and playfulness and enjoyment throughout the whole workshop, while also experiencing community with others and a deepening and healing within myself."

" (The) photography process helped me notice much more of the “right now”; to see what I would otherwise have completely “not seen”; to experience “being very present” and feeling “oneness” with what I was observing

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