You work hard. Much is expected of you at work and at home. Life is busy and often stressful, and self-care can take a back seat to the needs of others. It is time to press the pause button and do something just for yourself. Join an intimate community of like-minded and like-hearted people who need a chance to recharge.
At the request of the participants from last year, we are also inviting your partner to join, if you would like, so you can share this experience together.
For 5 hours, you will have nothing to prove, fix, or accomplish. There will be no problems to solve. Instead of doing, we will practice being. You will be gently guided through some mindfulness practices designed to reduce stress and promote a sense of peace and ease.
Physicians are experiencing unprecedented and alarming levels of stress, burn-out and compassion fatigue. Mindfulness is an evidence based antidote to these problems and, as the evidence accumulates, it is being introduced into more and more medical training programs around the world.
Mindfulness is especially important for caregivers as it improves our capacity to be with suffering (both in ourselves and our patients) with more compassion and equanimity. Take the skills you learn here back with you to enhance the quality of your work and home life. No previous experience necessary. For more information about mindfulness in medicine, please click here.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
At a lovely private retreat space on the ocean in Buttonwoods (Warwick), RI
This retreat will be limited to 10 participants. There will be opportunity for some group sharing and connection in between the mindfulness practices. A healthy, nourishing lunch will be provided. We are in an exquisite setting, surrounded on 3 sides by water.
What Other Docs Are Saying
The physicians in this study reported improved well-being and mood, less exhaustion and fatigue, and more empathy. These have been associated with improved patient trust, appropriate prescribing, reduction in health care disparities, and lower health care costs. You can read the full JAMA article here.
From past participants in this retreat:
Erin helped me as a physician use mindfulness as a tool to not only relieve stress, but also to find more joy in my life and to help re-evaluate my professional career. She has taught me many tools to use in managing my life as a wife and mother of 3.
Her coaching and workshops are invaluable to physicians as we experience unprecedented levels of frustration and burnout. Please consider signing up for one of her workshops or consider life coaching with her. She will change your life.
~Carla Martin MD
I attended a 5 hour retreat with Erin and it was a very positive experience. My goal was to learn more about the benefits of meditation and to learn some relaxation techniques. Erin was very professional and created an environment conducive to learning the basics of meditation through guided exercises. During the retreat I felt the benefits of training the mind and learned how to maintain my knowledge. I continue to practice her techniques and can appreciate the health benefits.
~ Dr. Roy
Erin Sharaf is a certified physician assistant and a graduate with honors of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. She practiced as a primary care provider in Providence for many years. She has a master’s degree in Integrative Medicine and also worked as a professor of health sciences in Boston. Erin has extensive training in mindfulness through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and is a certified coach through the Martha Beck Institute. She has been leading mindfulness workshops and retreats, developing programming and giving talks nationwide for several years. Erin has given grand rounds about medical provider burn-out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is working to foster mindfulness and resiliency with the medical residents at Brown University School of Medicine. She has been featured on NPR and in the Huffington Post, among other places. Erin loves yoga, travel, figure skating, dancing tango and contemplating the more beautiful world she knows is possible.
Please fill out this retreat-questionnaire and email it to Erin@erinsharaf.com. You can pay Erin via Paypal at Erin@erinsharaf.com. Please inquire about payment by check and feel free to reach out with any questions.
I will be on retreat from May 15-29 with limited access to email. Please consider signing up and asking any questions in advance of those dates. Thank you.
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.”
–Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor