Creating Wellness, Finding Balance:

For Yourself and Your Patients

A Retreat for Health Professionals

October 17-19, 2016

11.75 CME/CEU Units Provided

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Physicians and all health providers are becoming increasingly aware of the essential need for healthy self-care habits for themselves as well as for their patients. This retreat will focus on how to create positive habits that lead to healthier life-style choices. There will be demonstrations and practice in teaching patients stress reduction, rejuvenation exercise and healthy eating.

Earn CME/CEUs in a beautiful and relaxing retreat setting while learning ways to help yourself and your patients form life-style habits that support health and wellness.


Continuing Education Credits

This Live activity, Creating Wellness – for yourself and your patients, with a beginning date of 10/17/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The following therapists can also receive 11.75 CEUs through BBS approval:  LMFT, LCSW, LPCC & LEP.
For Psychologists, though we do not currently offer CEs through the APA, we offer CMEs from AAFP. No psychologists have had these credits denied.


Goals of the Program

Participants will increase their knowledge and skills, and learn to apply them in their own daily lives and in counseling their patients in the following ways:

1. Using goal clarification as a tool in life-style habit formation.

2. Making healthy food choices consistent with the Mediterranean-type diet.

3. Incorporating 150 min/ wk of moderate exercise.

4. Using stress reducing techniques on a regular basis with a goal of 20 min / day.

5. Applying data on habit formation strategies to form their own new habits and also to teach and coach their patients.



Pre and post workshop surveys will be collected

Format for 60-90 min Sessions (except for Movement Sessions)

A didactic presentation giving research data related to the topic will be presented.

Participants will break in groups of two and discuss opportunities and challenges,

and specific techniques for application in their own lives and in coaching their

patients. Returning to the larger group, the moderator will facilitate a process to

share ideas and outcomes from the discussions groups.


Schedule for Retreat

Monday, October 17

1:00 – 2:00 Check-in

2:30 – 4:00 Creating Wellness for Self and Others.- Overview of the medical benefits of

healthy life-style choices. Initial inventory of participants strengths and challenges in self care

and counseling patients. – Robert B. Dozor, MD and Ellen Barnett, MD

4:00 -4:30 Break

4:30 -5:30 Compassion for Self and Others. Burnout is perhaps the greatest challenge, risk

and obstacle to counseling patients and self-care. Compassion awareness and training offers

opportunities for inroads into this challenge. Robert B. Dozor, MD

5:30 -6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 What Matters to YOU- Imagine YOU as you want to be. Learn goal setting

strategies as an effective means for creating a healthy life style. – Ellen Barnett, MD


Tuesday, October 18

7:30 – 8:00 Mindfulness: A Path to Stress Reduction. Applying the pivotal work of Jon

Kabot-Zinn in ways that are easy to teach to patients. Rosalyn White, BFA

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 SMART Goals Make Healthy Habits. Working with ourselves and our patients

to use the science of habit formation to create goals that are attainable and measurable. – Ellen

Barnett, MD

10:15 -10:45 Break

10:45 -12:00 Healthy Movement – benefits of starting and maintaining an exercise program –

Robert B. Dozor, MD and Shari Sunshine, MA, CMT

12:15- 1:00   Lunch

1:00 – 2:30   Quiet Time for hiking, body work or relaxing

2:30 -4:00  Choosing Healthy Foods, Fresh each Season. Data on the benefits of healthy

nutrition. Robert Dozor, MD. Easy-to- Make choices will be demonstrated and practiced. Shari

Sunshine, MA, CMT

4:00 – 4:30 Break

4:30- 5:30   Movement and Exercise – Exploring physiologic and emotional effects of

sustained and energetic exercise, Robert B. Dozor and Shari Sunshine, MA, CMT

5:30 – 6:30   Dinner

6:30 – 7:30 Creating Wellness in the Clinical Visit. -Wellness visits, counseling and

education codes, listening for readiness, and motivational interviewing. Ellen Barnett, MD


Wednesday, October 19

7:30 – 8:00 Mindful Practice: Reviewing the Benefits of Mindful Practice for Ourselves

and Patients. Rosalyn White, BFA

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 The Doctor as Medicine. Data related to providers teaching and counseling

patients on life style issues. Using the information and tools learned in our clinical practices.

Faculty Panel and Small Group Discussions.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Taking it Home: Making New Habits Our Own. Meeting the challenge of

making healthy choices consistent and long-term. Ellen Barnett, MD and the faculty team.

11:30-12:00 Checkout



Course Coordinator : Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD. Clinical Professor, Department of Family and

Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Medical Director – Integrative

Medical Clinic

Robert Dozor, MD – Founder – Integrative Medical Clinic. Founder and instructor in the

Awakening to Health wellness program at IMC.

Rosalyn White, BFA. Co-director of the Ratna Ling Retreat Center. Has taught Mindfulness classes for over 25 yrs.

Sharon Sunshine, MA, LAc, CMT Health Services Coordinator at Ratna Ling Retreat Center.

To learn more about the presenters, click here.


Course Descriptions

Mindfulness & Compassion for Self & Others

Healthy life style choices help us become more balanced and joyful, while also providing tools

we can share with our patients. These tools include stress-reducing meditation and movement

practices; making healthy food choices the norm; having a movement program that includes

strength, endurance and flexibility; and learning techniques for forming new, positive habits.


Mindful Movement

Experience a guided, slow, moving meditation, for relaxation and body/mind awareness. This is

an opportunity to learn “what moves us” and how we have infinite choices in how we move

through life. This class can free your body to move with ease and grace while bringing joy to

your mind.


Goal Setting: What Matters to YOU

This goal-setting technique starts with what is important to YOU. Does you want to be healthier

and relaxed so that you can enjoy your family time more? Do you want to have more time to

yourself to recharge and refresh? Do you want to live a long life so that you can spend time with

your grandchildren? Once you have a clear motivating factor in mind, and you draw a picture of

it, creating the steps to accomplish it naturally follows.


Guided Meditation

Designed for students of all levels, this meditation class focuses specifically on your health and

quieting your mind. The emphasis will be on techniques and sitting practice to experience the

benefits of meditation.


Forming Healthy Habits: the SMART Way

SMART stands for Small, Measurable, Attainable, R– — , and T– — . This is a technique for

making changes towards a healthier life style that takes a small steps approach. We choose one

small, attainable thing we wish to change. Once we have mastered that goal, we move onto our

next step.


Healing Qi Gung

Coming from the ancient Chinese practice of combining breath and regenerative movement, this

class will begin with the inner practice of balancing the elements in the body and the mind. The

surroundings at Ratna Ling support this slow, introspective interaction with nature, the breath

and Life.


Healthy Eating for the Season

Explore dietary preferences for each season coming from the Traditional Chinese Medicine and

Taoist point of view. In this course we will discuss the best food choices for each season, and

why those choices help our overall health. Some simple ways to prepare healthful meals will be



Kum Nye-Tibetan Yoga (or Sacred Art: Visual Nourishment for the Senses )

Experience a completely different style of yoga, one designed to reconnect your body, mind, and

senses. Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) is a gentle healing system that relieves stress, transforms

negative patterns, and helps us find health and balance in our lives. Components of the class

include simple (though not necessarily easy) postures and mindful movements, as well as breath

work and meditation. Perfect for those who enjoy a slow, meditative, and relaxing path to

balance and harmony


Healthy Movement: Tools for Keeping Us Moving

Incorporating strength, endurance and flexibility practices into our exercise routines, goes a long

way towards keeping us feeling happier and more energetic and creating the conditions for

greater longevity. The course will help to indentify how much time we need to spend each week

on each type of practice to gain maximum benefit.


The Doctor as Medicine

How can we influence the choices our patients make? What can we do in our limited time in

clinical practice to help patients create healthier habits? What resources are there for counseling

and coaching our patients in a more positive direction, helping them take a more active role in

keeping themselves healthy? All of these questions will be explored.


Taking it Home: Making New Habits Our Own

This retreat is designed to be one that continues, even after everyone is at home. There will be

eight, fifteen minute segments to do at home. They will involve discussion, application,

reflection and reporting on forms that will be handed out. Not only is it a way to bring these

techniques into everyday life, but it is also possible to earn additional CME and CEU units for

completing these forms.


This Live activity, Creating Wellness – for yourself and your patients, with a beginning date of 10/17/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

11.75 CEUs are also available for the following therapists: LMFT, LCSW,LPCC & LEP 



The price for a private room in a shared deluxe cottage is $675.

The price for an exclusive cottage is $775.

*All meals are included in the retreat. Enjoy gourmet organic vegetarian cuisine.

*Bodywork is scheduled separately at an additional cost. Click here for more information & to schedule your appointment.

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