Tending the Body, Mind & Spirit: A Well-Being Retreat for Healthcare Professionals
October 10 @ 4:00 pm - October 13 @ 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Shelterwood Collective
23500 King Ridge Rd., Cazadero, CA 95421
START: Thursday, October 10: 4pm
END: Sunday, October 13: 12pM
PRICING: Details coming soon
In the complex world of healthcare, caring for others requires that you care for yourself, though healthcare professionals commonly leave out tending to their own well-being. The noble path of supporting others has many beautiful and rewarding benefits and it can also come with depletion, stress, challenges and overwhelm. Join us for a few days of rest, discovery and renewal.
Drawing on the perspectives of Buddhist practice, everyday mindfulness, psychological trauma healing practices, and the wisdom of the natural world, this is an opportunity to nurture your well-being, increase capacity and resilience, and take refuge in community to meet the difficulties and challenges inherent to care-providing.
This unique retreat includes periods of silence, nature led meditations, mindful movement, reflective journaling, beautiful hikes, small inquiry/discussion groups and time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Giving yourself time to deepen the sense of embodied interconnection with life and relational attunement directly supports the ability to care for others.
Held in the beautiful rolling hills of Shelterwood Collective, near Cazadero, California about two hours north of San Francisco, our retreat spans four days and three nights. We’ll be supported by Off-Grid Retreats who provides our lodging with furnished glamping tents, nourishing meals, and administrative retreat support. You’re also welcome to bring your own camping gear.
Everyone is welcome; new and seasoned meditators, LGBTQIA+, and those of any background age of 18 and over. We hope you’ll join us!
What you will love:
- Guidance and instruction in all of the actives described above
- Sitting, walking, and play time in beautiful wild setting
- Free time for rest
- Evening “community-building” and celebration
- One-on-ones with the teachers
- Delicious plant-based meals, and tea and coffee
- Your choice of lodging
Example of Daily Schedule:
6am – Wake-up bell
6:30 – Meditation/Movement
7:15 – Breakfast
8:30 – Morning Program
12:00 – Lunch
12:30-2pm – Free Time
2pm – Afternoon Program
5pm – Dinner
6pm – Evening Program
830-9pm – Ready for Bed/Sleep
What You Should Know:
- Our retreat is designed to be enjoyable, not rigorous … and participants are expected to have an open mind and heart as we build our community and share experiences together.
- There will be a flow between alone time and group time, but come prepared to enjoy others, and participate in community and group activities.
- Use of silence: every effort is made to support a deep and fruitful retreat, and noble silence can be a valuable part of the process. We will weave periods of silence into the retreat at strategic times, to allow you to go deeper within.
- We will all share in the community work around meal preparation and cleanup.You will be able to choose your helper/yogi job. Most participants find serving others in this way quite enjoyable, and a great opportunity for practice in action.
- Some mindfulness experience is valuable but not required, and beginners are welcome. Complete mindfulness instructions will be given, appropriate for your level.
- No background understanding with individual, ancestral or collective trauma is necessary. There will be time to learn, explore and understand ways to be in relationship to what these types of traumas are, as well as safe and supportive practices to heal.
- If you choose to camp, then some camping experience (car camping or backpacking) is helpful, but not required. You can stay as close to the main center or as far away as you like.
- You should be in good health, able to sit and walk outdoors, tolerate the elevation, and smile through sudden weather changes.
- Bring the necessary clothing and equipment to enjoy being outdoors in a variety of conditions. We will be able to be indoors in inclement weather but otherwise will be sitting, eating and walking outdoors.
- It is important to us that everyone makes a commitment to be present for the entirety of the retreat, so please plan your travel arrangements accordingly! Program starts: Thursday October 10th, 2024 and ends Sunday October 13th, 2024
- You will be unplugged and out of cell phone or wifi reach — during the retreat. Please complete all personal business before you arrive. The staff will have the ability to make and receive emergency calls on your behalf, but the phone is not available for personal use
Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, and resiliency-focused professional programs. In addition, she teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. Heidi has a background in nursing, has been a small business owner since 1988, and lives in northern California with her family.