Physician Retreat

At the Homestead Tofino we provide one-week retreats with deep relaxation, wellness guidance and wilderness fitness to reconnect you to the vibrancy that inspires happiness in your medical career. Our physician focused renewal retreat offers a personalized and distinct experience to refine your lifestyle and career goals.


Dr. Maia Love leads the Physician Retreat Week program based on principles to prevent burnout, recover from burnout, reduce stress, and increase vitality and wellness. Based in neuroscience, mindfulness, expert physician guidance from Dr. Michael F. Myers and Dr. Tony Sehon, and the science of renewal and high performance, the sessions during the week address physician excellence in self-care while educating you as to beneficial physiological and mental effects of the practice components. One to one sessions are offered to develop a personalized mindfulness plan for you, with the possibility of follow up after the retreat is finished. The goal is your vibrancy. Techniques specifically anchor you into your own unique motivation for wellness, and problem-solve how to balance your self-care, the beauty in your relationships, and your love of medicine and your practice. 

Our program offers a unique and enriching experience for doctors and their spouses, to empower physical and mind wellness. 

For a light read, discover the physiology of your Blue Mind
 

 

Dr. Maia LoveMD, FRCPC, BSc, BGs, ISAM, IHEM, YTT200

Elements of the Program

Learn skills and tools through various evidence-based talks throughout the week, interspersed with physical activity in the wilderness of Tofino and stretching, yoga, and mindfulness practice at the lodge. Accommodation, guiding, gear, transportation, healthy food, all included. 

Information blended from the epidemiology of physician health, individual and system approaches, wellness literature, neuroscience, common dynamics when balancing career and primary relationships, and mindfulness combine to detail specific skills to renew your practice. Success of the wellness approaches practiced in the retreat is measured by before and after screening on resilience, happiness, and stress.

Each talk has objectives and outcomes in a CME format, and the program is in the process of applying for accreditation. For example, the last workshop objectives are as follows:

Objectives

(1) Review up to date information from recent publications on professional health.

(2) Discuss options for applying this information to daily life.

(3) Discuss how to personalize professional health strategies.

(4) Discuss relationship health strategies, in the workplace and at home.

The second hour will be to review goals and strategies from the week thus far, what worked and what was not as effective, and outcome. A plan for the month moving forward will be discussed. Optional follow up logistics will be discussed.

Talks:

  • 2 hour Mindfulness Fireside Talk and Practice
  • 2 hour Professional Prevention of Burnout Talk with Discussion
  • 2 hour Blue Mindfulness Talk
  • 2 hour Workshop on Professional and Physician Wellness: learn tools and skills, identify pitfalls and weak spots, to master your wellness, work life balance, and enhance your relationships
  • Option for 1 hour personalized professional mindfulness session to create an individualized action plan for resilience
  • 2 hour Workshop to Integrate Wellness and Renewal Strategies

Included in the program:

  • wilderness hikes
  • stand up paddle board with indigenous guide
  • surfing or boogie boarding
  • forest walks
  • yoga and stretching
  • three healthy meals per day and snacks
  • ocean side lodge with quiet rooms and sunset views

An Example Day

  • 7 am: Yoga
  • 8 am: Breakfast
  • 9 am: Introduction
  • 10 am: Hike
  • 3 pm: Fitness
  • 5 pm: Cooking Lesson
  • 6 pm: Dinner
  • 7 pm: Fireside Talk

Have any questions?

If you’re looking to join us and have questions about our physician retreat, feel free to get in touch today!