August 2018 Retreat Information

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat - August 23 - 26, 2018 - Orangeville, ON


Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat with Bill Gayner

Thursday August 23 to Sunday August 26, 2018

Ecology Retreat Centre

Orangeville, Ontario


This four-day silent retreat will introduce newer meditators to a meditation practice that is gentle and open from the outset, as well as support experienced meditators in developing more compassion and empathy for their inner world and experience.

Where most forms of mindfulness focus on the breath and other bodily sensations, emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) emphasizes mindfulness of embodied emotional experiencing. Rather than feeling better, the emphasis is on getting better at feeling, so that our feelings help us better navigate our lives.

Meditation sittings will range from 20 to 40 minutes long, with time for journaling after each meditation. Bill will be giving two daily talks, with two discussion periods each day. There will be daily small groups for sharing and exploring your meditation experience led by Bill and other teachers, as well as opportunities for retreatants to speak individually with a teacher about their meditation practice.


Bill G Photo 2Bill 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 resources. Bill leads EFMT groups for psychiatric outpatients and people living with HIV, and trains hospital staff in emotion-focused mindfulness. He teaches Mindful Psychotherapy in the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Click here for more information.



Thursday August 23, 2018 4pm  to Sunday August 26, 2018 1pm


Ecology Retreat Centre Address: 308046 Hockley Road Mono, Ontario L9W 6N2
Ecology Retreat Centre Website:


Single room $1050CAD *Limited number available

Shared room $800CAD per person

*Reduced Rate can be requested for those in financial hardship.

The retreat cost includes your room, meals, and the teacher’s fees. Our retreat centre is located in the beautiful area of Hockley Valley near Mono, Ontario, which is known for its forested rolling hills and many streams and creeks. The retreat includes delicious organic and locally sourced meals and exclusive access to all retreat amenities such as a pool for swimming, labyrinth for walking meditation, open fields and fruit trees, beautiful hiking trails and the Bruce trail, and nightly campfire circles. The sound of trickling water from streams and ponds can be heard throughout our retreat centre including from several bedrooms and our meditation hall.

Bill Gayner will give retreat talks and lead whole group discussions. Other opportunities to deepen your meditation practice include meditation reporting in small groups led by Bill and other emotion-focused mindfulness teachers and an individual interview with Bill or one of the other teachers.

Retreatants have the option to attend daily yoga classes taught by a certified yoga teacher.

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 work with the chef to meet your food restriction and allergy needs and arrange transportation and other supports for you to ensure the most beneficial meditation experience for our retreatants.

Your Retreat Contacts and Organizers


The Retreat Teacher will be Bill Gayner. Bill will be giving meditation talks during the retreat, conducting group meetings and also available for one on one meetings during the retreat. If you would like to contact Bill in advance of the retreat please reach him at

Pre-Retreat Management will be conducted by Justina Zatzman. Justina is taking your registration requests and is working with Ecology Retreat Centre staff to ensure our retreat needs are met. Justina will be following up with retreatants on special needs identified, dietary restrictions, organizing rides for those who need them and helping ensure our group needs are met. Please contact Justina at

The On-Site Retreat Manger will be Cleo Haber. Cleo will take care of all of your needs during the four days of the retreat at the Ecology Retreat Centre. Cleo is in close contact with the pre-retreat manager to ensure she remains aware of your needs identified during the registration process. During the meditation retreat Cleo will be available to meet with you to help address any of your questions and concerns regarding accommodations, supplies, scheduling or any identified aspect of the meditation retreat experience. Cleo will also be working closely with the Ecology Retreat Centre staff to support the group through the four-day retreat experience.

The IT Services for the retreat are being conducted by Kamal. Continue to check out this website as we progress in our planning for the 2018 retreat. If you would like to contact Kamal please reach her at