Creating Wellness, Finding Balance:

For Yourself and Your Patients

A Retreat for Health Professionals

October 24-26, 2017

Earn 12.75  CME Units 

Inside the Redwood Sanctuary.Creating Wellness, Finding Balance will increase a provider’s skill and confidence to counsel patients regarding healthy lifestyle choices. Change is more about habit formation than knowing facts. In our beautiful retreat setting, with time for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation,  participants will practice with tools and approaches that can integrate into a busy practice and patients’ busy life-styles. Using an experiential format and incorporating feedback from previous conferences, the sessions will build awareness of patient’s readiness, goals, barriers and supports. The focus is on healthy habits in the key areas of nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

 ♦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.

♦Evaluation
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 discussion groups.


Retreat Schedule

Tuesday, October 24

2:00 -3:00 Check-in

3:30-5:00 -Overview: Retreat goals, key concepts, self – inventory of skills

5:30 -6:30 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Goal Setting – What Matters to YOU. Imagine YOU as you want to be – strategies for making effective goals that support healthy life style choices Ellen Barnett, MD

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 – 8:00 am Mindfulness: A path to stress reduction and health. The pivotal work of Jon Kabot-Zinn showed the efficacy of meditation practice in helping to reduce stress in patients. Tools and techniques for meditation will be reviewed. Rosalyn White, BFA

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00-9:30 am Mindful Eating – review and practice with tools to support paying attention during meals to portion size and satiety. Ellen Barnett, MD

9:30 – 10:15 am Habit Formation – review and practical application in counseling patients regarding the science of habit formation to create attainable, sustainable practices with measurable outcomes. Ellen Barnett, MD

10:15 -10:45 am Break

10:45 -12:00 pm Movement/ Exercise: Exploring the benefits of starting and maintaining an exercise program. Robert B. Dozor, MD and Shari Sunshine, CMT

12:15- 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 Counseling Skills -Counseling regarding the benefits of healthy life-style choices. Methods to inventory strengths and challenges in healthy life style. Develop skills in counseling patients. Discussion of how to implement their new skills. Robert B. Dozor, MD and Ellen Barnett, MD

2:00-5:30 pm Free time for hiking, reading, bodywork

5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner

6:30-8:00 pm Compassion for Self and Others. Burnout is perhaps the greatest challenge in counseling patients. Compassion awareness and training offers opportunities for inroads into this challenge. Robert B. Dozor, MD

Thursday, October 26

7:30 – 8:00 am Mindfulness: A Path to Stress Reduction. The pivotal work of Jon Kabot-Zinn showed the efficacy of mindful practice to reduce stress and support healthy habits. Rosalyn White, BFA

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am Teaching Skills – role playing and critique. Simulating the real pressures of a clinical practice we will build skills around goal setting, habit formation, motivational interviewing and positive reinforcement. Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD and faculty

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-12:15 pm Healthy Movement: tools for keeping us moving. An exploration of the physiologic and emotional effects of sustained and energetic movement. Robert B. Dozor and Shari Sunshine, MA, CMT

12:15-1:00 Lunch & check-out

1:00-2:00 pm – Taking it Home: outlining first steps to incorporate new skills into practice. Ellen Barnett, MD and the faculty team.

For full course descriptions and faculty information, click here.

This Live activity, Creating Wellness, with a beginning date of 10/24/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  12.75 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.

RNs can also get 12.75 Units. We plan to get approval for LMFT, LSW, and other psycotherapists as well.


Retreat + a private room in a shared cottage  – $775

Retreat + Private Cottage – $995

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

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

♦♦ SPECIAL OFFER: Register before August 24 and receive a $50 discount. Add on Thursday night for only $199. E-mail or call to arrange, reservations@ratnaling.org, 510-809-4995.♦♦

click here website