• $1,047.00 – For 1 guest for 3 nights with exclusive use of a private two bedroom cottage. Includes CEUs.
  • $748.00 – For 1 guest for 3 nights in a private bedroom in a shared two bedroom cottage. We choose your roommate. Includes CEUs.
  • $674.00 – Per person or $1348 for 2 guests (double-occupancy) for 3 nights in a private two bedroom cottage. Includes CEUs.
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Creating Wellness | Finding Balance – Earn C.E.U.s

With Bob Dozor, MD, Ellen Barnett, MD. PhD, Rosalyn White and Shari Sunshine

October 16 - 19, 2018

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 lifestyles. Using an experiential format and incorporating feedback from previous conferences, the sessions will build awareness of patients’ 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:
    • Set goals for healthy life style choices
    • Identify small steps and support systems to improve life style habits
    • Make healthy food choices for home meals and when eating out
    • Incorporate 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week
    • Use stress reducing techniques in everyday life
  • Participants will increase their awareness of how their own habits influence their work with patient’s health life styles choices.
  • Participants will increase their awareness of the mutual benefit of compassion to others and compassion to self.

With feedback from 2016-17 Creating Wellness Retreat changes have been made to the 2018 program which include:  more small group and dyad discussion time, more on habit formation and using these tools with patients, and more free time during the program.

Prior to the opening of the program, registrants will be surveyed to determine both their entry level knowledge and skills related to the program goals and personal goals. Faculty will tailor and pace the program to address the individual data collected. Methods will include presentation of information through discussion and handouts, small and large group discussions, and role playing to increase skills and comfort with patients interactions.


Course Schedule & Learning Objectives


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  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


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-During meals we will practice mindful eating, including food choices at the buffet, portion size, and satiety awareness. – 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

10:45-12:15 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


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  Mindfulness as a Tool in Habit Formation and Stress Reduction-Taking into account the background and experience of the group we will proceed at the pace of the group  using repetitive and iterative processes including lecture, discussion, handouts and small group discussion. Ellen Barnett, MD 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.


What Matters to You

Goal setting through an interactive workshop will be presented. Participants will develop their own Image of “Health” that represents what matters most to them. Participants will learn to use this process with their patients and clients as a powerful engagement tool.- Ellen Barnett, MD

Mindfulness: A Path to Stress Reduction 

The pivotal work of Jon Kabot-Zinn showed mindfulness practice brings numerous health benefits. Several simple meditation techniques will be presented which can be used in counseling patients Rosalyn White, BFA

Mindful Eating

During meals we will practice mindful eating, including food choices at the buffet, portion size, and satiety awareness. –Ellen Barnett, MD

Mindfulness as a Tool in Habit Formation and Stress Reduction

The training will increase knowledge and skills in discussing with patients: 1. What is mindfulness: definitions and examples; 2. What is the data to support the benefits of mindfulness practice; 3. How can we bring the tools of mindfulness into our everyday lives; 4. What are the challenges in bringing mindfulness to the clinical experience?

Counseling Skills

Counseling skills regarding listening for readiness, and motivational interviewing will be covered in this course. Even though time with patients is limited, quick and targeted techniques have been proven successful. – Ellen Barnett, MD


Compassion is at the heart of primary care. The data support the concept that we are hard-wired for compassion. There is also concern re compassion burn-out and the risks to providers when compassion for self is not heeded. We will explore compassion, the data and the impact on our own practices. . Robert B. Dozor, MD and Faculty.

Healthy Movement: Tools for Keeping Us Healthy

Incorporating strength, endurance and flexibility practices into our exercise routines has been shown to enhance mood, energy, even cognitive function. These sessions bring awareness of how small changes in each area can be added to existing patterns to bring added benefits. Robert B. Dozor, MD and Shari Sunshine, MA, CMT

Teaching Skills in the Clinic

Visit Role playing practice with feedback regarding listening for readiness and resistance, using motivational interviewing positive reinforcement and other tools. Even though time with patients is limited, these quick and targeted techniques have been proven to be successful. Ellen Barnett, MD

Taking it Home: Making New Habits Our Own

Actually integrating new skills into clinical practice is challenging. Participants will identify a “To Do” list of tangible, achievable steps to apply these new skills. Patient situations, team support, and personal rewards will be identified. Follow up 6 months after the retreat will be conducted.

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.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Physicians: This Live activity, Healing, Mindfulness, and Compassion, from 10/19/2018 – 10/21/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  12.00 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.

Psychologist: The American Balint Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Balint Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity is approved for 8.75 CE credits.

Nurses:  Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation offers 12 units of CEUs to RNs, through their provider number 12821, from the California Board of Nursing.

LCSW, LMFT, LEP, and LPCC: Ratna Ling will be providing 12 units as authorized by provider number 68113, from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


Bob Dozor, MD
Dr. Bob Dozor  is the founder of the Integrative Medical Clinic and has practiced Family Medicine for over thirty years in Napa and Sonoma counties. Even before attending medical school, he has held a consistent vision of building a healthy life style as the core of our best health, and applies this in both his professional practice and personal life. With his wife Ellen Barnett they have three children and three granddaughters.
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Ellen Barnett, MD. PhD
Dr. Ellen Barnett is a family doctor who has been practicing in Santa Rosa, CA for over thirty years. A major emphasis of her practice is working with individuals to clarify and support their health goals. She is on the clinical faculty at the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and developed the Imagine YOU program of the Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation.
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Rosalyn White
Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her…
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Shari Sunshine
Shari Sunshine is the Director of our Mandala Wellness Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.
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