Join us at GAYLA!


July 13-20, 2019

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center

Saco, ME


GAYLA: A Retreat for Men Who Love Men

GAYLA is a fun-filled week of escape, discovery and community. At GAYLA, we celebrate our journey as GBTQ men, honoring our unique gifts that announce us to the world as a vibrant force for the common good. Our history has taught us strength, resilience, and to come together as a creative source of inspiration for all humanity.

Centered Presence, Ltd. Founder, Michael Patrick, will present workshops, teach Kripalu Yoga and provide FREE Pathway of Personal Growth consultation sessions.

Come to GAYLA to be surprised. Come to be delighted. Come to be connected. Come to grow!


Join Michael Patrick of Centered Presence, Ltd. for these GAYLA Events:

Kripalu Yoga Personal Growth Program

Morning Track - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10 AM – 12 PM


Life continually presents us with feedback on our ways of being. Through awareness, we can see our patterns, our strengths and weaknesses, and the places where we may need to grow. Yoga, and Kripalu Yoga in particular, provides a framework for personal growth through the union of movement and breath; it is done in a state of observation of the self without judgment. This positions us to be ready to grow and, through yoga practice, tune into the larger wisdom of our beings.

Each day on this track, we will explore a different theme through yoga as it relates to personal growth: “Self- Compassion,” “Grounded Embodiment,” “Experimentation,” and “Spaciousness.”  Each session builds into the next, so participants are strongly encouraged to attend all of them to receive maximum benefit.

This track is accessible for all levels, including beginners. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to get situated.  

Through the Centered Presence, Ltd. Yoga Program I attended, I learned more about Kripalu yoga. The best part was gaining the understanding of how to combine the breathing techniques, the poses/movements and the spirituality. These three parts made yoga come alive for me in a way that no other yoga class has ever done.
— Donald Mangel

Malas, Mantras & Molding The Mind Workshop

Monday 2:30-4 PM


Use your hands, shape your mind, and change your life! Join us for this extraordinary workshop designed to spark your artistic creativity and introduce self-affirming mantra practice in a fun, tangible way. Mantra practice quiets the mind and cultivates inner peace through positive statements spoken repeatedly. It can also help replace destructive, negative thought patterns with more generative, positive ones. Malas are decorative strings of beads that are used to track position when moving through mantra practice. As the mantra is spoken, the beads are cycled through. This frees the mind from having to count. The coordinating of speaking the mantra with the movement of the hand on the bead introduces an embodiment and focus to the practice.

Attendees will string their own mala beads, explore mantra practice using their newly created mala beads, and learn how to create their own personal affirming mantras!

I found that this practice is extremely helpful for de-stressing. The more I do it, the calmer and better I feel. I harbor less anger, frustration and negativity towards others. Positive reinforcement of an idea from the mantra helps the mind incorporate positivity into everyday life.
— Joseph Mirable

Finding Your Pathway of Personal Growth Workshop

Tuesday 2:30-4 PM


When we give attention to our personal growth, it can drastically improve our lives and yield a true sense of satisfaction! When it comes to personal growth though, we often don't know where to start, let alone which path will get us there. Since each person's life journey is different, each must find his own way. Figuring it out ourselves can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. This workshop explores finding your own Pathway of Personal Growth so that you can establish your direction with clarity, awareness and intention. It is a first step toward living a more peaceful, embodied and authentic life.

It begins with a brief assessment that focuses on different aspects of life. It can help you identify those areas where you might be thriving or withering, blossoming or wilting, or just merely surviving. Using this information, you can see the larger picture of your life and focus personal growth efforts to cultivate a life that fully thrives and sustains thriving well into the future.  After the workshop, schedule a FREE individual consultation with Certified Professional Coach Michael Patrick to see your life’s snapshot and chart your course.

The Pathway of Personal Growth is a quick Likert survey that helped me see where I was in my life. Michael met with me personally to go over the report. He presented the data in a meaningful way that helped me to see where I was on the spectrum of my life. He then helped me find ways that I could move towards having thriving personal growth. His input was valuable because, while some items on the results I was aware of, others I was not. Michael helped me see a larger picture and how my life fit within it. I would recommend spending this time to anyone seeking a deeper meaning for his or her life. Michael is the one to guide you along.
— Dean C.

Finding Your Pathway of Personal Growth FREE Consultations

By appointment -- In-person during GAYLA or via video conference afterward.


Your path is your own. Create it with clarity and intention! In conjunction with the Finding Your Pathway of Personal Growth Workshop (or the online assessment at, you can schedule a FREE consultation session with Certified Professional Coach Michael Patrick to see your personalized report and chart your course.


Touch Practice Workshop**

Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM

**Co-facilitated with Arnie Katz

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Touch Practice is a partner practice that fosters profound intimacy through focus, presence, touch and deep empathy. It combines awareness and intention with touch. It results in personal growth and wholeness.  In the words of Touch Practice creator Kevin Smith, “it follows a prescribed form, like a ritual, with an introduction, a main section and a conclusion, yet each session is as unique as the individuals who co-create it. Touch Practice provides for a non-sexual engagement between men regardless of sexual orientation or relationship status. Boundaries can be as restrictive as necessary to provide a sense of safety for each partner. Regardless of the presence or degree of erotic energy between partners, Touch Practice as we define the phrase here never becomes sexual behavior.”

Learn how to open yourself to another person’s presence, experience non-sexual intimacy, and then return to your own sense of self.

Touch practice was exactly what I needed to take the next steps to being fully myself and to be able to live consciously in my body. It gave me a new sense of self-awareness and peace, even confidence, in myself that has contributed to the multitude of major life enhancements I’ve experienced since then.
— Steve A.

GAYLA Closing Ceremony will feature “The Grace Garden Sculpture”

Friday 8-10 PM


As part of the closing ceremony, join us in this one-of-a-kind activity that fosters connection, builds community, and creates beautiful human sculpture in the process! It has been affectionately called “Spiritual Twister.”


About The Presenter


Michael Patrick, LMT, KYT, CPC

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Professional Coach, Scientist, and Gay Man, I bring all the gifts of who I am to my work. Driven by the desire to elevate others, my career initially spanned the biotech industry, interdisciplinary research and laboratory safety. Over the past decade, it evolved to wellness and now I work in my own company, Centered Presence, Ltd. As a presenter, my workshops are characterized by elements of touch, intimacy, authenticity, embodiment, grounding, presence, spiritual practice and cultivation of inner awareness, which result in personal growth and empowered movement forward.