Applied Mindfulness Skills Training for Physicians and Health Care Providers

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With Betsy VanLeit PhD OTR/L, Grove Burnett JD, Jane McGrath, MD and Lara Patriquin MD


October 16-20, 2013

Learn the art, science and practice of mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness training has been proven to reduce physician stress and burnout and help with focus and concentration. – Journal of American Medical Association

11.5 CMEs

The environment of today’s health care providers is undergoing massive change. Burnout is reaching staggering levels. Mindfulness is the practice of actively observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It has been proven to reduce physician stress and burnout and help with focus and concentration. It is a practical skill that has immediate application in our lives.

This training is offered in a supportive learning environment and includes:

-   A practical introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation, with guided instruction in sitting and walking meditation.  

-   Facilitated dialogues exploring professional challenges facing the practicing physician.

-   Guided hikes in the wilderness and mountains surrounding the ranch.

In addition, professional massage at a reasonable fee will be available during the retreat.  Participants are welcomed to bring their spouse or partner


Registration & Cost:

The cost of the course is $800. The fee is all-inclusive and includes tuition, meals and four nights accommodation.

Bring your spouse or partner! Cost for spouse/partner not attending the course: $550. Fee includes meals and accommodation.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy will be available during the retreat with a Licensed Massage Therapist. The cost of massage is $10 plus $1 per minute with a minimum of 30 minutes.

Shuttle service is not available for this retreat.

Arrival and Schedule: Check-in is between 3:00-4:00 pm on Wednesday.  PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE LATER THAN 4:00. ARRIVING LATE DELAYS THE OPENING OF THE RETREAT. The retreat will end at 10:00 am on Sunday.

Cancellations. Late cancellations are costly and mean that others cannot attend the retreat.  If you cancel 45 or more days prior to your retreat we charge a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel less than 45 days before the retreat, you will be responsible for half of your retreat fees. All refund requests must be faxed to the Registrar at 575-751-4038. If you withdraw less than 10 business days before the start of your retreat, you will not receive a refund or transfer option.

Transfers. To transfer from one retreat to another, you must notify Vallecitos at least 10 business days before the original retreat. There is a $50 fee per transfer, and no more than two transfers will be accepted. Prior to the start of the retreat, you may designate another person to attend in your place; there is no fee for this.

Click here to registerBetsy VanLeitBetsy VanLeit, PhD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and health educator with extensive experience in mental health, geriatrics and community health promotion.  She is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of New Mexico.  For the past 10 years she has provided mindfulness training to patients, students, faculty and staff in a variety of community and institutional settings. 


Grove Burnett is a renowned environmental trial lawyer and a nationally recognized meditation teacher and trainer in the practice of mindfulness. He is founder of the Western Environmental Law Center and the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch. He teaches mindfulness trainings to nonprofit organizations, lawyers and judges, health care professionals and has taught meditation retreats for the Yale Law School.


Jane McGrath is a pediatrician and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of New Mexico and the Director of Envision New Mexico; the Initiative for Child Healthcare Quality. She began her mindfulness meditation practice during treatment for cancer twelve years ago.



Lara Patriquin, MD is a radiologist and meditation instructor. Lara came to the practice of meditation after reading about scientific studies performed on meditators. Lara has lectured extensively with the military, cancer survival groups, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico and now in the private sector.


Articles on Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals:

The New York Times Teaching Doctors to be Mindful By PAULINE M. CHEN, MD Published: October 27, 2011

The New York Times How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors By PAULINE M. CHEN, MD Published: October 15, 2009