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Thriving Through Transition with Presence: A Weekend Retreat of Mindful Drumming, Photography and Meditation

Saturday, October 27th: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 28th: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Beaver Valley in Grey Highlands - Northeast of Flesherton

This retreat offers innovative tools to thrive through change. Together we will explore mindful drumming, photography and meditation to see life from different perspectives and to cultivate presence, resiliency and self-compassion. With presence and self-compassion we can learn to develop greater trust in our ability to move through challenging transitions with greater ease, while feeling energized, calm, and centered. Drumming increases vitality, connection, well being and enhances positive relationships. Photography, practiced as mindful seeing, promotes attention regulation, perception of new perspectives and flexible responsiveness to ourselves and to others. This retreat takes place in the magical Beaver Valley, where the beauty of nature can support our cultivation of presence, connection, and wellbeing.


$400 if registered by Oct. 21, 2018

$450 if registered after Oct. 21, 2018

For further information or registration please contact:

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

or Camilla@sharigeller.ca

The workshop will explore:

  • An empirically validated model of therapeutic presence

  • How group drumming can increase vitality and social connectedness

  • Music as meditation and music as medicinal

  • Mindful photography as tool for attention regulation

  • The neurophysiology of mindfulness practice and therapeutic presence.

Included will be:

  • Take Home Tools for cultivating presence

  • Drums and rhythm instruments

  • Lunches 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)

*** We will be providing lunch on both days.

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 is a clinical psychologist, author, and creator of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRMTM). With over twenty years experience weaving psychology and mindfulness, Shari co-authored the book: Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy. Her new book: A Practical Guide For Cultivating Therapeutic Presence ( 2017) offers practical guidance for cultivating and strengthening Therapeutic Presence as a foundational approach. Shari has a long-term personal mindfulness meditation and drumming practice. Her training with teachers and neuroscientists, along with her personal practice, inspired her to integrate the benefits of mindfulness, group drumming and emotion focused awareness into one comprehensive program (TRM™). Shari serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in association with Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC).Shari is co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health in Toronto, Canada.

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

"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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