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 and physician health, burnout, and resilience. Resilience is defined as physical, psychological, and organizational resilience, and includes recent information on the science of wellness.

(2) Discuss options for applying resilience and wellness strategies to daily life.

(3) Discuss work life balance strategies, relationship skills, happiness tools, and how these apply to both the workplace and life 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:

  • Mindfulness Fireside Talk and Practice
  • Professional Burnout and Resilience Talk and Discussion
  • Blue Mindfulness Talk and Guided Meditation
  • Workshop on Professional and Physician Wellness: learn tools and skills and identify pitfalls and weak spots in order to master your wellness, work life balance, and relationships
  • Option for 1 hour private session to create a personalized plan for resilience
  • Workshop to Integrate Resilience Strategies into a Wellness Action Plan

Included in the program:

  • wilderness hikes
  • yoga and stretching
  • ocean side lodge with quiet rooms and sunset views
  • three healthy meals per day and snacks
  • forest walks
  • fitness instruction
  • option for water sports: surfing, SUP

An Example Day

  • 6:30 am: Meditation and Yoga
  • 8 am: Breakfast
  • 9 am: Fitness, Hike and Mindfulness
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Free Time
  • 3 pm: Talk and Practice
  • 6 pm: Dinner
  • 8 pm: Yoga Nidra

Have any questions?

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