Couples’ Workshop: Feb 14-17, 2019 Salt Spring Island, BC


Cultivating Connection, Communication, Compassion:

Taking time for Renewal in relationship

“The simple act of being completely present for another person is truly an act of love.”  Sharon Salzberg

 “For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, ……. the work for which all other work is but preparation. 

                      Maria Ranier Rilke

Join Bob and Marcia for a long weekend with an opportunity to renew, recharge and celebrate your relationship. We will use a simple mindfulness-based/compassion-centered approach, working mainly in couples and sometimes in small groups to support deeper connection, communication and compassion.

You can expect to experience connection with your partner, to have fun, to feel nourished, inspired, and encouraged.

We will focus on:

  • Compassion:

Develop a practice of appreciation for each other

Experience receiving and giving emotional support/nourishment

  • Communication:

Learn simple skills for hearing and being heard by your partner

Cultivate a deeper understanding of what is important to each of you

  • Connection:

Identify and drop pain-causing patterns

Develop supportive, nourishing patterns

The Results We’re Looking For: feeling more at ease, more together, appreciated, supported, met, understood, and able to be more lovingly authentic, and open to the gift of each other.

Although primarily designed for couples in an intimate relationship, please note this workshop is open to any two people in significant relationship, as an opportunity to deepen connection, i.e. mother/daughter, co-workers, brothers, etc.


The schedule offers free time with your partner to help you to enjoy a slower pace, to support the integration of the course material, and to simply have some fun together.

Thurs 14 Feb     1-4pm

Fri 15 Feb          10am-1pm and 4-7pm

Sat 16 Feb          10am-1pm and 4-7pm

Sun 17 Feb         9am-12pm


Bob Milone and Marcia Burton have been teaching mindfulness-based trainings, to help others to build compassion and self-awareness in relationships, for many years.  They are both trainers of the Hakomi Method, aka “Assisted Self-Discovery”, and Bob is one of Ron Kurtz’s Legacy Holders.  Marcia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and is a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Most importantly, Bob and Marcia have been practicing using mindfulness-based approaches to navigate their own 12-year relationship and have a lot of experience getting lost and finding their way back to each other!  Their style is light-hearted, down-to-earth, warm and compassionate.

Cost:  $435.63 (GST included)  per couple (non-residential)

Registration Contact:  Please send a $100 non-refundable deposit (per person) by January 31, 2019  (via etransfer to Rebecca at:, to hold your space.

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