Join us at GAYLA!
July 13-20, 2019
Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center
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.
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!
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.
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 centeredpresence.com), 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
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.
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.