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Wellness Retreat on Orcas Island for Women Health Care Providers

April 27, 2023

Wellness Retreat on Orcas Island for Women Health Care Providers

Wellness Retreat on Orcas Island for Women Health Care Practitioners

April 27 - 30, 2023

Rosario Resort and Spa, Orcas, Island, WA

Join Dr. Rachel Bishop, Family Physician and Physician Peer Coach, and Annie Barrett, National Board-Certified Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor, for an unforgettable wellness weekend retreat for women Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants at the beautiful Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island, Washington.

Rachel and Annie work collaboratively to provide retreats and coaching services designed to improve the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of health care providers.

Self-care is the art of taking care of yourself and your needs.

Self-care is a priority and a necessity - not a luxury - in the work that we do.

This retreat is designed to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing of women health care providers. Retreat participants will engage in interactive wellness activities that offer space and time for relieving stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and burnout.

This retreat aims to help women health care providers cultivate behaviors and practices to enhance their personal self-care and prevent and overcome burnout. Cultivating mindfulness, stress resilience, and self-care is at the heart of what this retreat aims to accomplish.

Come and fill up your cup with a restorative weekend of wellness practices, self-care, nature, and community with a group of like minded women, while earning education credits.

Retreat is aimed at Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants and is limited to no more than 12 participants.

Retreat Activities

Throughout the retreat, participants will explore a variety of self-care practices designed for personal wellbeing. In particular, we'll highlight strategies for stress resilience, preventing and managing compassion fatigue and burnout, and recovering wellbeing for self and community.

  • Self-Compassion, Mindfulness and Meditation Practices. Retreat participants will explore a variety of techniques for practicing self-compassion, mindfulness, and meditation, all of which are evidence-based ways to relieve stress and restore the body and mind.
  • Gentle Yoga and Guided Relaxation. Yoga offers numerous mental and health benefits for people of all ages including stress reduction, better moods, improved sleep. This retreat offers gentle yoga and guided relaxation designed to help the body and mind relax deeply. For those new to yoga, the practices offered in this retreat are designed to be accessible for all bodies. If you have concerns about your participation in yoga activities, please reach out and connect with us.
  • Guided Self-Reflection and Self-Care Tool Box. Participants will engage in self-reflection exercises designed to shed light on current levels of self-care, moods, emotions and mental wellbeing as well as stressors and burdens that contribute to diminished wellbeing. Explore a toolbox of self-care practices for personal and professional wellbeing including ways to alleviate stress, calm the anxious mind, and soothe anger, and ease sadness. Participants will be guided in creating a personal plan for building self-care into their daily lives.
  • Preventing, Managing and Recovering from Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. Chronic stress and adversity can lead to compassion fatigue and burnout in health-care professionals. Participants will learn how to recognize the stressors and triggers for compassion fatigue and burnout and will gain effective strategies for restoring wellbeing.
  • Setting Your True North. At the end of the day, every human being wants a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. This retreat aims to guide participants in clarifying and reconnecting to their inspirations, strengths, talents, and values and assisting them in giving voice to what constitutes fulfillment in their profession. Providers who have a strong sense of their True North experience greater satisfaction, invigoration and longevity in their careers.
  • Healthy, Delicious Meals with Local, Seasonal Foods. Delicious meals with local farm to table ingredients will be prepared for us on site by a skilled local chef.
  • Spa Activities. The Rosario spa features stunning views of Cascade Bay. Facilities include treatment rooms, mirrored exercise and weight rooms, a whirlpool, and a historic indoor therapeutic pool. Skilled practitioners offer a variety of relaxation and rejuvenation treatments and fitness classes to refresh your body and soul. Covid protocols are in place to make services as safe as possible.
  • Opportunities for Hiking, Kayaking, and Exploration. Orcas Island is an ideal Northwest escape for those who love nature, outdoor activities. Retreat participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding coast and landscape with opportunities to hiking kayak directly from the resort on site.

Learning Objectives

After this education, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify triggers for burnout and compassion fatigue.
  2. Implement evidence-based strategies for stress relief and recovering well-being.
  3. Develop a plan for self-care in daily life.
  4. Employ a variety of mindful self-compassion techniques and practices for personal and occupational wellbeing.
  5. Identify their own strengths, talents and values and give voice to what for them constitutes satisfaction and fulfillment in their profession.


PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 11 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.



3 PM Arrive on Orcas Island (Arrive by ferry or by plane, details below)

6 PM Welcome and Dinner

8 - 9 PM Session: Mindful Self-Compassion

***Note: If your schedule doesn't allow for you to take an early ferry, you can arrange to take a later ferry and arrive at Rosario Resort later on Thursday and join the retreat activities Friday morning. See link to ferry schedules below.****


7 - 8 AM Tea, Coffee and Fruit

8 - 9  AM Session: Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

9 - 10 AM Breakfast 

10 - 11 AM Session: Self Care Reflection

11 - 12 PM Session: Building a Self-Care Tool Box

1 - 2 PM Lunch

2 - 6 PM Hiking, Kayaking, Spa, Massage

6 PM Dinner

8 - 9 PM Session: Mindful Meditation and Guided Relaxation


7 - 8 AM Tea, Coffee and Fruit

8 - 9 AM Session: Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

9 - 10 AM Breakfast

10 - 12 PM Session: Building a Self-Care Tool Box

1 - 2 PM Lunch

2 - 6 PM Hiking and Nature Exploration Options

6 PM Dinner

8 - 9 PM Session: Mindful Meditation and Guided Relaxation


7 - 8 AM Tea, Coffee and Fruit

8 - 9 AM Session: Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

9 - 10 AM Breakfast

10 - 12 PM Session: From Burnout Back to Balance Guided Inquiry and Conversation

1 - 2 PM Lunch

2 - 3 PM Session: Setting your true North 

3 - 3:30 PM Closure and Goodbyes

Retreat Details 

Retreat sessions and most meals will take place at a private house overlooking the Rosario Resort. This house is a 2-minute walk from the Rosario Resort. Directions to the retreat location provided upon registration.

Participants must purchase their retreat package plus lodging.

Rosario Resort

Retreat Package

Your retreat package includes:

  • All Coaching, Meditation, Yoga and Retreat Sessions
  • Up to 11 hours of education credits.
  • Access to the Rosario Spa.  
  • Meals and snacks: 3 breakfasts 3 lunches and 3 dinners provided. Meals provided by local chefs.
  • Cost: $997/participant.

*Please note that lodging costs are separate. See below.

Retreat Lodging

Retreat participants may select from two lodging options:

1. Lodging On Site at Retreat House.

The Retreat House is a vacation home next to Rosario Resort. This is where our retreat activities and meals will take place. There are a limited number of private guest rooms at the house where retreat participants can select to stay.

  • Bedrooms feature one king bed with ensuite bath.
  • Retreat House Lodging Costs: $150/night; $450/3 nights
  • Reserve Retreat House Lodging by emailing Annie

2. Lodging at Rosario Retreat.

A block of Bayside Rooms have been reserved for retreat participants at the beautiful Rosario Retreat & Spa, located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands.  These rooms are a two minute walk to our retreat house and a short walk to the Moran Mansion and Rosario Marina.

  • Bedrooms feature one king or two queen beds with ensuite bath and island views. Amenities include television, small refrigerator, free wireless internet, and coffee maker. Choose a private room or come with a friend! For those interested in sharing a room, we are happy to help connect you with another retreat participant. Contact us.
  • Rosario Resort Lodging Costs: $179/night; $537/3 nights
  • Reserve Rosario Lodging by calling 800.562.8820 or 360.376.2222. Please let them know that you are part of the Women Healthcare Provider Retreat.

Optional Retreat Activities

Retreat participants have Friday and Saturday afternoon free to relax, enjoy spa treatments, go hiking, or book a kayak tour. Retreat faculty will be present and available for these activities. We will contact you prior to the retreat with more information on these options.

Options include:

  • Spa Facilities. Access to the Rosario Spa is included in the retreat package. Spa facilities include mirrored exercise and weight rooms, a whirlpool, and a historic indoor therapeutic pool.
  • Spa Treatments. Retreat participants may purchase massage and skin care treatments from skilled practitioners.  
  • Kayaking Tours. Spend an afternoon enjoying the waters around Rosario Resort.
  • Hiking. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and hiking trails at Moran state park and Cascade Lake.
  • Visiting Eastsound. Enjoy the shops and cafes of Eastsound, just 10 mins away.

Getting to Orcas Island and Rosario Resort

Rosario Resort & Spa is located on Orcas Island, 80 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington and 95 miles southwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The resort is situated on Cascade Bay, near the village of Eastsound and is accessible by car ferry, boat, airplane, or seaplane.

Getting to Orcas Island

  • Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island. Most people take one of the Washington State Ferries from Anacortes to the islands. It’s highly recommended you make a reservation on the ferry for your car (walk-on passengers don’t require reservations.) It’s suggested to make reservations for your trip to Orcas, and your return to Anacortes. Visit TakeAFerry.com to see schedules and make reservations. If you do choose to walk-on to ferry, please contact us so that we can arrange your transport from the ferry terminal to the retreat site.
  • Float Plane. Kenmore Air offers float plane service from Lake Union or Lake Washington directly to Rosario Resort. Learn more and book here.

Getting to Rosario Resort

It is a 25 minute drive from the Orcas Island Ferry terminal to Rosario Resort.

Retreat Faculty

Dr Rachel Bishop and Annie Barrett collectively have over 50 years of professional experience in primary care, teaching and wellness. They have been friends and colleagues for the last 15 years, and came together during the COVID pandemic to recognize the crisis of burnout in healthcare. Their programs and retreats creatively aim to restore health and wellbeing for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. They offer one day or multi day retreats, individual and group coaching and are available to speak at meetings and seminars.

Rachel Bishop


Dr Rachel Bishop is a Family Physician and Physician Peer Coach. Originally from the UK, she has been working in primary care for over 25 years, including 6 years providing cross-cultural care in India and Nepal.  For the last 14 years she has been working for Peace Health in the San Juan Islands. She recognizes the importance of the human experience in medicine, is a member of the Peace Health Wellness Committee, the Physician Council at the Beryl Institute and a Vital Worklife advocate.

She balances work as a Primacy Care Physician with running a small organic farm on Orcas Island, and teaching Suzuki violin lessons to children in her community. 

Dr Bishop completed her medical degree at the University of Leeds, UK. Postgraduate training was in Rural Medicine in West Yorkshire, UK, Family Medicine at Group Health, Seattle, Tropical Medicine and Public Health at the University of Liverpool, and the faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington. She trained as a Physician Peer Coach at the Physician Coaching Academy.

Annie Barrett


​Annie Barrett is a Bilingual Educator, National Speaker, National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Board-Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Trainer.​ Annie has worked over 25 years as an educator spanning the fields of K-12, post-secondary and community education, alongside coaching individuals and groups in health and wellness, and training yoga teachers. She educates and empowers groups and individuals to live resilient and vibrant lives with the tools of lifestyle medicine, mindfulness, habit change science and yoga.  As a workplace wellness provider, Annie has found success applying her diverse training in helping individuals and teams manage work-related stress, overcome compassion fatigue and burnout and achieve work-life balance.

Annie completed her Masters of Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a Board-Certified Health Coach with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches and holds a certification as an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach with YogaMedCo. She earned an Ayurvedic Practitioner diploma with Yoga Veda Institute and is a Board-Certified Practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Over the past 27 years, Annie has trained with many teachers and lineages of yoga and is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance.

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