​​​​Instructor: Dr. Gabor Maté​
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel,

552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) by Sept 16, 2019
Regular Cost: $250 CAD + 13% HST (=$282.50) after Sept 16, 2019

*Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments,

**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.73 USD (as of Jan 2, 2019 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 11, 2019  at 4pm

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About the Presenter

Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. 

For more information about Gabor and his work, go to 

Topics Covered Include:  

  • ​What is the source of addictions?
  • What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?
  • The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addicted person (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on;)
  • The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;
  • The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment;
  • How much choice does the addicted individual really have, and how much responsibility?
  • Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible;
  • How to encourage the addicted individual to take responsibility;
  • The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.  


The BEST WESTERN Plus Arden Park Hotel is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $169 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until September 16, 2019. For reservations, call 1-877-788-8818 or 519-275-2936 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit www.welcometostratford.com

Dr. Gabor Maté | The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction from Heroin to Workaholism

October 17, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

​​​​​Workshop Description

This workshop, based on the best-selling book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, draws on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and what they have in common, whether the addiction is to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex. Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to explain the roots of addiction and to encourage us to develop a compassionate approach towards the addicted individual; one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.