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Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat Weekend

Health care professionals are invited to attend the Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat at the beautiful and tranquil Ratna Ling Conference Center in the Redwoods of Sonoma County, California. The weekend conference combines Eastern and Western approaches to healing: Tibetan Yoga and Meditation as well as Balint sessions that address the complex emotional landscape of the clinician-patient relationship. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.

October 27 - 29, 2017

The event is now full, but there is a good possibility that there may become room if there is a cancellation. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact the event host Ritch Addison:

Target Audience

This post-graduate level training is designed for medical educators and practicing clinicians who teach or seek to develop the clinician-patient relationship. Those meant to attend include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and mental health professionals. Particularly targeted to those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups, it is also appropriate for residents, fellows, and community clinicians wanting to learn more about Balint work.


This live activity, Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat, with a beginning date of October 27, 2017, is under review; we have applied for up to 11.25 Prescribed credit(s) to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 7 CE credits.

IMCF offers 11.25 units of CEUs to RNs, Provider Number 128281 from the California Board of Nursing.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Increase ability to identify complex factors in the provider-patient relationship

  • Demonstrate greater understanding and flexibility in thoughts and feelings the connect the provider and the patient

  • Demonstrate an ability to use increased understanding of the provider-patient relationship in order to be more effective and therapeutic with patients.

  • Demonstrate an ability to address problematic provider patient encounters

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of the impact of provider reflection and self-care on clinical practice

  • Understand how mind-body practices and compassion  apply  to and can be effectively used in clinical practice

  • Understand the  scientific data that compassion benefits both providers and patients

  • Explain how compassion fatigue is a factor in burnout

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Retreat Schedule

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Ritch Addison, PhD

ABS Past President

Clinical Professor

UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine

Behavioral Medicine Director

Family Medicine Residency

Santa Rosa, CA

Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor

UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine

Family Medicine Practitioner

Integrative Medical Clinic

Santa Rosa, CA

Bob Dozor, MD


Integrative Medical Clinic

Santa Rosa, CA

Peggy Kincaid, LMT

Kum Nye Instructor

Rosalyn White

Executive Co-Director

Ratna Ling

Registration Fees

Single registration:


        $650 by September 1, 2017; $700 thereafter

ABS members

$600 by September 1, 2017; $650 thereafter

Residents, students, fellows receive a reduced rate:

        $500 with no early registration differential

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2017, or once 21 participants have registered.

All registration fees include syllabus, shared lodging and meals. Lodging is a large cottage with two private bedrooms and shared common areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room and deck). Lodging will be shared with one other registrant.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of September 29, 2017. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative fees and the refund will occur after the conference has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available. Refunds will be issued after the conference.

Registration will be limited to 21 participants.

Application does not guarantee acceptance. The American Balint Society (ABS) reserves the right to choose the participants and registrants for its programs and to assign participants to small groups in order to maximize the educational and professional experience offered. We reserve the right to refuse registrations and to cancel registrations already made or to postpone or cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation by the ABS, any registration fees paid will be refunded. Such refund shall represent the entire liability to the registrant.

For more information contact Ritch Addison..

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