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  • Dr Alia Offman
    Dr Alia Offman
    Director NA Chapter | Trainer

    Dr Alia Offman is a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She obtained her doctorate in research psychology at Carleton University, a Master’s in Education at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctorate training as a counselling psychologist. She is currently working through Self-Balance Psychological Services to provide MiCBT therapy and training.

    She has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University for over ten years teaching in the psychology department. She has supervised their fourth year Honours Projects course, taught a fourth-year seminar course in The Psychology of Human Sexuality and undergraduate courses in The Psychology of Women, Statistics and Social Psychology. She has also taught in the education department at the University of Ottawa as a sessional lecturer. She is currently developing a fourth-year course in Mindfulness and Well-being.

    Alia is a published researcher with the majority of her work focused on adult populations, studying such diverse areas as workplace productivity, the impact of discrimination on health, communication in relationships and the effects of relationship violence on self-esteem. She was an Associate Researcher at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Ottawa Health Research Institute.

    Working within her individuals has always been important to Alia. She has completed 3 levels of training in the Mindful School Program and will be a volunteer teacher in her individual’s school, offering mindfulness training to grade school students. For many years she volunteered with Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and she was recognized for her work in the field of human sexuality. She was awarded the Norman Barwin Scholarship from the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada.

    She continues to study and train in mindfulness approaches and is working under the supervision of Dr Bruno Cayoun in expanding MiCBT in Canada.

  • Dr Andrea Grabovac
    Dr Andrea Grabovac
    Director NA Chapter | Trainer | Researcher

    Dr Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her psychiatric practice focuses on acute inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. Since 2005, she has been delivering mindfulness-based interventions in oncology, sexual medicine and psychiatric settings. Her academic interests include developing competencies for clinician training in mindfulness, as well as the integration of underpinning Buddhist psychological frameworks into mindfulness-based clinical interventions.

    For the last 10 years, she has been co-teaching a monthly mindfulness consultation course focusing on integrating personal practice into clinical delivery of Mindfulness-Based Interventions. She is an MBCT mentor at the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute, and provides both individual mentorship as well as teaching 5-day professional training retreats. She is a teacher trainer at the MiCBT Institute.

  • Dr Bruno Cayoun
    Dr Bruno Cayoun
    Director | Trainer | Researcher

    Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical and research psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the founder and Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.

    Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and regularly cooperates on mindfulness-based research with various universities in Australia and abroad. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.

    Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of validated questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment , the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale, and co-developer of the Equanimity Scale 16.


20 - 25 May 2023


5 DAYS: CA$2750 (accommodation, meals & taxes* included). 7 DAYS: CA$3400 (accommodation, meals & taxes* included). * Non-Canadian registrations are exempt from 13% HST tax
Bethlehem Centre


Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Rd Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9 Canada

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat for Therapists: 5/7 Days


PRE-REQUISITE Completion of MiCBT Foundation Course

This retreat includes over 9 hours of daily silent practice and is an opportunity to deepen your personal meditation practice, under the guidance of Dr. Bruno Cayoun, within the MiCBT practice framework.

Here is an example of the daily schedule: 

15:00-16:00 Arriving and settling in
16:00-16:30 Introduction to the retreat
16:30-17:00 Meditation
17:00-17:30 Group discussion
17:30-18:30 Dinner & rest
18:30-21:00 Meditation

5:30 Wake up
6:30-7:30 Meditation
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Rest
9:00-10:00 Meditation
10:00-10:30 Morning break
10:30-12:00 Meditation
12:00-13:00 Lunch & rest (or exercise alone)
13:00-15:00 Meditation
15:00-15:30 Afternoon break
15:30-16:30 Group discussion
16:30-17:30 Meditation
17:30-18:30 Dinner & rest (or exercise alone)
18:30-20:00 Meditation (including walking meditation)
20:00-20:30 Teacher’s evening talk (specific topic)
20:30-21:00 Meditation

5:30 Wake up
6:30-7:30 Meditation
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Rest
9:00-10:00 Meditation with L.K. meditation
10:00-10:30 Morning break (non-silent)
10:30-11:30 Meditation with L.K. meditation (non-silent)
11:30-12:00 Packing up (non-silent)
12:00 End of 5 day retreat

For those who join us for the 7 days, during days 6 and 7, we will continue an in-depth exploration of the most advanced body-scanning methods, developing a deeper understanding of the relationship between meditative experience and your past, present, and life-long schemas. These transformative insights are not only beneficial personally; they can also greatly improve your MiCBT skills and understanding of your patients’ experiences.


This rigorous retreat will build on the theory and skills that were introduced in the Foundation Course. You will be practicing with a like-minded community of clinicians committed to integrating mindfulness into clinical practice with integrity and authenticity. This retreat will be in silence from 17:30 dinner, after arrival, to the end of your stay, apart from group discussion periods in the afternoons from 17:00 to 17:30, where personal practice is explored in detail. In addition, teachers are fully available outside of formal practice sessions to discuss personal practice.

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