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Weekend Wellness Retreat for Women Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

October 14, 2022

Weekend Wellness Retreat for Women Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

Wellness Retreat for Women Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

October 14 - 16 2022

Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center, Maple Falls, WA

Join Dr. Rachel Bishop, Family Physician and Physician Peer Coach, and Annie Barrett, National Board-Certified Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor, for a wellness weekend retreat for women physicians near Mount Baker, WA.

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.

The COVID pandemic has been an unparalleled burden for health care professionals and has significantly diminished personal wellbeing. The evidence is clear that many health care providers are stretched and burning out.

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 CME.

Retreat 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.
  • Healthy, Delicious Meals with Local, Seasonal Foods. Get in touch with your inner-foodie and have fun sharing in the preparation of delicious, healthy meals! Dr. Rachel Bishop is seasoned gardener and farmer and Annie Barrett is a passionate whole-foods cook who has also studied Ayurvedic and Western nutrition. Together they'll invite participants to take part in preparing and savoring delicious seasonal meals with local farm to table ingredients.
  • Opportunities for Hiking and Exploration. Numerous studies show that time in nature is an antidote for stress. Retreat participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding mountain and forest landscape of the Mount Baker area with opportunities to hike and explore in the surrounding area.


No one in control of content for this educational activity has disclosed a relevant financial interest with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing products used by or on patients.

Learning Objectives:

After this education, learners 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.


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 5 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 5 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the re-licensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Retreat Details

Friday October 14, 4:00 PM - Sunday October 16, 2:00 PM

Location: Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center, Maple Falls, WA

Maximum: 12 participants

Schedule of Activities


  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM Arrival and Welcome
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Practice
  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM Farm to Table Dinner
  • 7:30 - 8:30 PM Self-Care Reflection and Self-Compassion Strategies


  • 7:00 - 8:00 AM Tea, Coffee and Fruit
  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Practice
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM  Building a Self-Care Tool Box
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00 PM Hiking and Nature Exploration Options
  • 5:00 - 6:00 Guided Relaxation / Yoga Nidra
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Farm to Table Dinner


  • 7:00 - 8:00 AM Tea, Coffee and Fruit
  • 8:00 - 9:00 AM Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Practice
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM From Burnout Back to Balance Guided Inquiry and Conversation
  • 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Closure and Good-byes

Retreat Center and Accommodations

Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center is a beautiful retreat center in Maple Falls, WA near Mt. Baker located on 26 acres of mountain, field and forests with mountain and valley views. The center has spacious living and dining areas and a large yoga/workshop room. The majority of bedrooms are shared-occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There are a limited number of single-occupancy rooms. We encourage participants to come with a friend or be open to sharing a room.


$750 per person (single-occupancy accommodations and all meals)

$650 per person (shared accommodations with another person attending the retreat and all meals)

***single occupancy rooms are limited.

Retreat Facilitator Bios

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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