Hakomi Couple’s Workshop on Salt Spring Island, August 2020

14-17 August, 2020. Facilitated by Marcia Burton and Bob Milone

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.

  • Fri Aug 14 1pm – 4pm
  • Sat  Aug 15      10am – 1pm and 3 – 6pm
  • Sun  Aug 16     10am – 1pm and 3 – 6pm
  • Mon  Aug 17    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 Senior trainers of the Hakomi Method of Assisted Self-Discovery, and Bob is one of Ron Kurtz’s Legacy Holders.  Marcia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Most importantly, Marcia and Bob have been practicing using mindfulness-based approaches to navigate their own 14-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:  $495 (GST included)  per couple (non-residential)

Registration:  Please send full payment via e-transfer to Rebecca at: abecca2011@gmail.com, to attend the workshop.

Info about accommodation and what to do on Salt Spring:

Online Hakomi Circle Friday, 12 August

3:30pm-5:30pm Pacific Time/

6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern Time

I am pleased to be offering a 2 online hour Hakomi Circle through the Toronto Hakomi group. Before the pandemic, a “Hakomi Circle” was what we called a day-long gathering for a handful of participants. A trainer offered a few sessions for the participants present, and there was time to discuss the session afterwards, to enhance the participants’ learning of the method. Hakomi is a complex and artful method of healing, and it is usually taught in one or two small segments at a time, so that participants can gather the building blocks of the method, without feeling overwhelmed by all of them at once. Hakomi Circles give participants the opportunity to witness a session, either in the role of client, or in the role of observer/assistant. It provides us with an overview, and a feeling of the gestalt of it.

Adapting to the online setting, in 2 hours, I will offer one Hakomi session with the group. There will be time to discuss the session in depth afterwards. Depending on how our time unfolds, there may be the chance to try a Hakomi practice in pairs or small groups.

There is a certain kind of magic that can unfold when practicing this way. It is my experience that healing can unfold for more than the person who plays the role of “client” in a Hakomi Circle. When we witness another’s deep healing and unfolding while maintaining a warm-hearted presence, there is a feeling that the client is “opening the healing for the group”. We can find ourselves deeply touched by our shared humanity, and new insights about our intrinsic interconnection can arise. 

I hope you can join us for this session.  Please note that the information on Toronto Hakomi’s website is listed in their time zone (Eastern) and I have listed the information to include both Eastern and Pacific.

For more information and to register, please go to the Toronto Hakomi website: https://torontohakomi.org/event-4838908

If this sounds interesting to you, and you cannot make this date, Toronto Hakomi has a couple more on their line up this summer, with a few different trainers. I also offer a monthly group called “Hakomi Half-Days” that has a similar focus.

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