Let’s face it: 

This is not what you imagined when you finished medical school. You knew it would be hard, but you never imagined feeling the way you do right now, including: 

  • Exhausted and on the verge of burnout without a light at the end of the tunnel
  • Burning the candle at both ends, beholden to the demands of your practice and the EMR
  • Frustrated with feeling like you’ve lost control of work life balance
  • Tired of feeling sluggish, drained, and unsure if you'll make it another day 
  • Unsure where your enthusiasm for life has gone and if it will come back 

If you nodded your head yes to any of these, you’ve come to the right place. 

The truth is: 

Physician burnout is not only real — it’s a crisis we face and few on the outside understand the demands of practice life.

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No Matter Where You Are Today, You Can Take Back
Control Of Your Life And Practice

Relax, Renew, & Enjoy  Beautiful New England Fall Foliage

This immersive, one-of-a-kind experience for physicians only is designed to help you break free of the demands of your practice and help you reconnect with the most important person in your life.

(Yes, that’s you.)

Every step of this retreat has been created to give you the peace of mind of knowing you’re back on the right track…

....with an experience designed to tap into a part of you that has been neglected, ignored and unsupported.

Combining strengths-based group coaching exercises and discussion, mindfulness, appreciative inquiry, and personal reflection at this Physician Mindfulness-based retreat you'll learn how to:

  • Spend more time "being" as opposed to "doing"
  • Cure the Imposter Syndrome once and for all
  • Identify and shift limiting beliefs that contribute to burnout

  • Stay out of the vortex of negativity
  • Shift your patterns of reactivity
  • Let your body be your ally in fighting burnout


  • Prioritize care for yourself
  • Cultivate positive emotions
  • Develop the muscle of self-compassion- - critical for building resilience  


  • Enhance your efficiency by focusing exactly where you want to focus
  • Implement mindfulness exercises that don't require adding time to your day–you don't have to go somewhere and meditate for hours a day!

Ultimately, you’ll see the many ways you can have autonomy even in the setting of the many challenges of practice.

To tailor the retreat to each individual participant and ensure each physician gets exactly what they need – we are capped at 25 physicians.

You’ll stay in a beautiful tranquil private retreat center in Essex, Massachusetts. Just a ¾ mile stroll to the ocean, this retreat offers a space where you can recharge and reconnect with yourself.

Every day, you’ll be treated to a proven, data-driven curriculum of reflection, mindfulness exercises, and group coaching that will leave you feeling centered and refocused once again.

Avoid Physician Burnout

Here Are Some Of Our Countless Physician Success Stories…

Your World Class Support Team Is Here.

Gail Gazelle, MD

Over the past 7 years, Gail has coached over 400 physicians to help them regain their sense of meaning and purpose. She has seen first-hand the powerful impact that easy-to-implement mindfulness strategies have in mitigating burnout and building resilience. A part-time Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Gail teaches a resilience curriculum to all Internal Medicine residents at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Gail is the author of the Harvard Medical School Guide Mindfulness Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers and Building Your Resilient Self®: 52 tips to Move from Burnout to Balance.  A hospice physician for the past 20 years, her passion is helping vulnerable individuals live at their best despite the challenges they face.

Paula Gardiner, MD

Paula is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a three year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. Paula facilitates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness based Medical Group Visits at BMC. For the last five years, she has facilitated the Mindful Communications curriculum from Mick Krasner and Ron Epstein with faculty, residents, and medical students at BMC.

Imagine Leaving With Newfound Clarity, The Skills To Support You — Plus A Strategic Action Plan.

No matter how long it’s been, you can get back to a place where you’re inspired, energized and excited about work again. Where you have a sense of balance between your work and your life. 

Using evidence-based tools every part of this retreat has been put together to help busy physicians like you. We’ve been in the trenches, and know exactly what you’re going through and want you to know:

You are not alone.

During this retreat, you’re going to achieve clarity and perspective you thought were not possible.

You’ll also be coming back home to your practice, patients and personal life:

  • Knowing where you’re headed with your career and what you value in your life
  • Feeling emotionally recharged and rebalanced
  • Regaining a sense of control as you start a brand new year
  • Sharing powerful conversations with like-minded physicians
  • Creating  a customized plan tailored to you and your circumstances

...and best of all, confident you’ve taken care of an issue that’s been affecting your work and home life in a major way.


Your Investment Covers The Entire Immersive Experience. You Simply Show Up.

“Gail is an excellent leader, calming, supportive and has so much wisdom and kindness. She a gift from God helping so many people be their best selves. I really appreciated her excellent, calming voice – also so helpful, kind, and compassionate.” 
Palliative medicine, Michigan

“It was great experiencing multiple activities – the timing of each just right so that I could “try on” things without risk of expectation or judgement and then see what fits. I have so many tools--new things to carry forward and have in my tool box, ones that I can use daily in my practice. I felt nourished by the community and by the beautiful nature. I’ve learned to be gentler on myself and let more things go.” 
Family practice, North Carolina

“High Value experience! From what I gained at the retreat, I’m much more equipped to approach my work with mindfulness, which will help me cultivate a happier workplace. Excellent get away, wonderful location.”
Internal medicine, Nebraska 

There are only 25 spots so secure yours NOW.

This invigorating, mindfulness-based retreat and 12 week group coaching program will help you feel connected and inspired once again. You'll also return home with an action plan and set of tools to minimize burnout and see rapid results.


It’s been time to take back control of your life and practice for a while now — maybe for years.

On October 26-28, 2018 Enjoy Beautiful New England Fall Foliage as You Renew and Recharge

Break through the vortex of burnout & get to where you want to be with an immersive weekend Mindfulness Retreat for Physicians designed to help you renew and recharge followed by 12 weeks of Group Coaching sessions.

For Physicians ready to take back control once and for all!


Take the first steps towards reclaiming control of your career, your energy and your happiness


Your Mindfulness-based Experience Includes:

An all-inclusive, retreat experience in beautifully wooded Essex, Massachusetts, just 30 miles north of Logan airport

Dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday--delicious chef-made healthy food

Hot tub and sauna

3/4 mile stroll to the ocean 

Complimentary massage from a licensed massage therapist

Daily meditation for all levels of experience

Daily gentle movement and guided meditation

Individual reflection and breakthrough group coaching exercises designed for maximum impact

Interactive sessions to help you create a vision and real world plan for when you return 

Mindfulness workbook

Decades of expertise and results distilled into practical tools for you to use daily

Double room occupancy (extra fee for single room)

Evening fire circle

12 week post-retreat group coaching sessions with Gail to ensure you stay on track

8 CME credits through the American Academy of Family Practice, application pending

...and a like-minded, supportive community who “gets” you


Paula and Gail are involved in an intensive mindfulness meditation teacher training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

More Than a Weekend Retreat — 12 Weeks Of Continued Support To Ensure Your Success.

While there is no doubt you’ll come back refreshed and inspired, we don’t stop supporting you after the retreat.

We understand what it’s like to come back to your busy practice and personal life which is why you’ll also receive 12 weeks of continued coaching support to help you integrate everything you learn.

This post-retreat coaching experience is included in your tuition and allows you to take the tools and practices into your daily life, ensuring your success over the long haul.

Cancellation Policy
After 8/15/18, we can only refund 50% of the fee
After 9/15/18, we can only refund 25% of the fee
After 10/1/18, we are unable to provide any refunds

Register by July 31 and save $500!

Pricing includes daily meditation, coaching exercises, food & accommodations


Reserve before July 31 and save $500!

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This October 26-28 2018, join colleagues from around the U.S. for the 2nd
Mindfulness-Based Physician Resilience Retreat & 12-Week Group Coaching Program

Got Questions? 

We’ve Got Answers

Will I Be Eligible To Receive CME Credits?

This program will be accredited for 8 credits through the American Academy of Family Physicians, application pending.

Who Is This For?

This retreat is for high performing physicians who are tired of feeling stuck in their careers and practice, and are ready to break through the challenges of being a physician so that they can feel a sense of satisfaction and purpose.

Where Is It Located?

The retreat is located in a beautiful, tranquil private retreat setting in Essex, Massachusetts, 3/4 mile walk to the ocean and an easy drive only 30 miles north of Logan airport.

What Does The Pricing Include?

Our pricing includes all meals, accommodations, 12 week group coaching program, a workbook and the entire experience. No added fees or surprises, simply results (and lifelong friends!)

What Happens After the Retreat?

After the experience, we’ll have 6 biweekly group coaching calls to ensure your breakthroughs and discoveries during the retreat are implemented into real world results, both personally and professionally. 

Can I Bring A Physician Friend Or Colleague?

Yes. You will make lasting friendships at this one of a kind event, but you are welcome to bring someone.

I’m Interested, But How Will Taking Time Off Help My Practice?

Disconnecting from your current environment is one of the only ways to achieve clarity in your life and work. In this setting, you’ll feel inspired to share what’s really happening, and create the roadmap with our expert team to get you excited about what’s coming. 

As we said above, doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results — well, you know the rest.

What If I’m Not Satisfied?

We are so confident that you’ll find your retreat experience completely useful, your investment is fully guaranteed. If you feel that the retreat is not worth every penny of your investment, within 30 days of the retreat ending we will refund your entire retreat investment, no questions asked.

Why Mindfulness?

There are numerous studies indicating the impact mindfulness has in mitigating physician burnout. Paula and Gail have extensive experience in mindfulness and have witnessed the many positive effects it can have both within themselves and for the many physicians they have worked with. They are eager to share these benefits with you at the retreat. 

Will I be Sitting in Silence the Whole Time?

No! This is not a silent retreat. There will be morning silent meditation and the remainder of the time will be spent in group and individual exercises. 

What if I’ve Never Meditated Before?

This retreat is designed for all levels of mindfulness and meditation experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner, you will find yourself at home at our retreat and you will gain many useful take-aways.