Events Calendar

October 18th, November 8th & December 6th, 2017

Event ImageCultivating Presence: Graduate Class for TRM

October 18th, November 8th & December 6th, 2017
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

• Reinvigorate with Therapeutic Rhythm & Mindfulness
• Deepen practices to strengthen presence with self, clients, students and others
• Boost vitality, connection and joy

Being fully present activates harmony and integration in our body, brain and relationships. Presence also enhances our health, wellbeing, and relationships. These graduate classes for past TRM Workshop participants provide an opportunity to reinvigorate with the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM™) program. Together we will play with rhythm and practice mindfulness as a path to deepening presence and integration. A deeper dive into practices to cultivate presence, attuning to the moment and relating while feeling energized, calm, and centered. With self-care comes an enhanced energy and capacity to feel connected with and to care compassionately for others.


Where: Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH)
             250 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 200
Facilitator: Dr. Shari Geller
Fee: $225 if registered by Sept. 29th, 2017
        $260 if registered after Sept. 29th, 2017

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November 16th & 17th, 2017

Event ImageStrengthening Your Music Therapy Practice: Cultivating Presence & Self-Care with Therapeutic Rhythm & Mindfulness

American Music Therapy Association 2017 Conference

In this workshop, participants will gain an experiential understanding of therapeutic presence within the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRMTM) program.

Therapeutic presence (TP) is the foundation for positive therapeutic relationships and effective therapy.  Twenty years of research on the art and science of TP has led to a model that provides the groundwork for accessing presence in the moment.  TP involves music therapists being grounded in an authentic relationship in which they are fully present, highly attuned, and sensitively responsive to their clients’ experience. Being present and attuned creates a neurophysiological experience of safety for clients, which is both co-regulating for clients’ distress and facilitates healing. The skillful cultivation of presence also helps to sustain vitality, connection, and effectiveness and supports movement towards emotional health and neurophysiological integration for both clients and therapists.

This workshop will provide an experience of (TRMTM) to strengthen presence for music therapists with clients as well as support their own resiliency and self-care. An empirically validated model of TP will be offered, and rhythm and mindfulness modalities will be experienced to cultivate aspects of this essential quality. Rhythm modalities offer a fun and expressive way of increasing positive emotions while releasing bodily held stress.  Incorporating mindfulness offers tools to be with what emerges in the present, with acceptance and compassion. There will also be take home practices for cultivating presence with and for clients, colleagues, students, and for music therapist’s personal wellbeing.


Where: St. Louis, Union Station Hotel, MO

Presenter: Dr. Shari Geller

To register and for more information click HERE

November 27th, 2017

Event ImageThe 8th Annual Healing & Treating Trauma, Addictions, and Related Disorders Conference
Keynote and Workshop: Strengthening your Clinical Practice in Working with Trauma: Cultivating Therapeutic Presence

Monday Nov. 27th, 2017

To be most helpful to trauma survivors, therapists need to simultaneously be grounded and present in the moment while attuning to clients’ moment-to-moment experience. This activates a neurophysiological experience of safety, supporting clients to engage in optimal and effective therapeutic work. Further it serves to help therapists to remain centered in the face of difficult emotions while offering a therapeutic intervention that is precisely timed to the readiness of their clients. This type of relationship with the therapist provides a powerful buffer to the client’s trauma response through the
co-regulation of affect. The skillful cultivation of presence also helps therapists to sustain a level of vitality, connection, and effectiveness and supports movement towards emotional health and neurophysiological integration for both clients and therapists.


In this workshop we will learn about an empirically validated model of TP as a map to build and strengthen the skills of presence with clients. We will also explore the neurophysiological principles to creating safety with therapeutic presence, based on concepts such as co-regulation and neuroception of safety stemming from the polyvagal theory (Geller & Porges, 2014). Evidenced based practices from Dr. Geller’s book, A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence, such as mindfulness, musical rhythm, imagery and experiential/creative practices will be incorporated.   We will also discuss challenges to TP and how to stay open and engaged when working with challenging clients.  There will be a number of take home practice for cultivating presence for your clients, your students, trainees, and for yourself.

Where: Calgary, Alberta
Presenter: Dr. Shari Geller

To register and for more information click HERE

May 11th & 12th, 2018

Event ImagePresence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Foundational Approach for Therapists and Clients

Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Shari Geller

Join leaders in the field for a 2 day workshop on self-compassion and therapeutic presence. This first of its kind workshopwill show clinicians how to cultivate a combination of presence in their own lives and teach it to clients.


Therapeutic Presence (TP) lies at the heart of a positive treatment alliance. When practicing therapeutic presence, clinicians use their whole self—physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually—to be receptively attuned and deeply engaged with the client, moment-by-moment. TP provides a neurophysiological sense of safety in clients that allows them to be seen, heard, understood, and “feel felt.”

Self-Compassion (MSC) involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we struggle, fail, or feel inadequate.  It is a key resource that enables clinicians to be fully present and attuned with clients. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, coping with life challenges, healthy habits like diet and exercise, and more satisfying relationships.

TP and MSC are trans-theoretical mechanisms of change in psychotherapy and the emotional heart of mindfulness when we meet suffering. Together, therapeutic presence and self-compassion are a powerful resource for clinicians to maintain emotional balance in the midst of challenging clinical work, to enjoy their work and their clients more fully, and to prevent caregiver fatigue.

Since presence and self-compassion need to be directly experienced to be understood, this workshop will be largely experiential, including meditation, musical rhythm, imagery, and creative exercises.  It will also contain short lectures, class exercises, videos, poetry, and group discussion. Participants will receive instructions to a wide variety of practices that can be practiced at home, and also taught to clients, students, and trainees.



1. Discover the reasearch evidence for the benefits of presence, compassion and self-     compassion in psychotherapy and in life.

2. Be able to practice presence and self-compassion techniques during therapy and in     life to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.

3. Experience how self-compassion alleviates self-criticism and shame.

4. Help clients and patients cultivate mindful presence and self-compassion skills.



Where: YWCA Nancy's Auditorium, 87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON

Presenters: Dr. Chris Germer & Dr. Shari Geller

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The Centre for MindBody Health

250 Eglinton Ave. W. Suite 200

Toronto, ON M4R 1A7

For more information please email

NEW DATES: May 22nd - May 25th, 2018

Event ImageTherapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM™) Professional Facilitator Training Program

The TRM™ facilitator training is launching in partnership with The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies May 2018!

Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM™) is an innovative program that integrates evidence-based treatments of group drumming, mindfulness, and emotional reflection in a positive and safe group atmosphere. TRM™ is designed to enhance vitality, joy and well-being, social connectedness and mindful awareness, and reduce anxiety, depression, and fatigue.


TRM™ workshops are applicable to a wide population of participants: health care professionals both for cultivating presence and for self care, educators, parents, team-building for corporate groups and anyone interested in cultivating presence in their professional and/or personal lives and relationships.

This Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Profession Facilitator Training is offered as a four day training. The first full-day core module introduces the foundational tools of TRM™, including therapeutic presence, mindfulness, and rhythm instruments. The second three-day module is focused on intensive training in effective facilitation and the TRM™ protocol.

What You’ll Learn:
• Learn an emperically validated model of therapeutic presence and theory ofrelationship
• Neuro-underpinnings of therapeutic presence, establishing safety in group facilitation
• Understand foundational practices of TRM™
• Experience personal instruction on meditation, rhythm instruments, and the basis of    effective group facilitation, including cultivating therapeutic presence
• Cultivate skills in effective facilitation and the TRM™ protocol.
• Each participant will receive an extensive and detailed manual outlining the principles    and protocol of the TRM™ program.
• Integrate and build experience by facilitating a TRM™ group in your community with    consultation


Where: The University of Toronto
             St. George Campus
Facilitator: Dr. Shari Geller

To register and for more information click HEREMore Information