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September 8, 2019—September 12, 2019

PESI: Nurses Retreat: Decrease Stress with Mindfulness & Meditation

Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an incredible retreat at the Garrison Institute, a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. Earning 24 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

Your work is intense. Burnout and compassion fatigue follow the overwhelm of other people’s trauma and illness. Take the time to step away from your stressors, develop a new life perspective and the sense of renewal that you’ve been yearning for –something that most CE trainings will never give you!

While escaping to the majestic Hudson River Valley setting, you’ll strengthen your own mindfulness, present moment awareness, meditation, self-compassion, and MORE!

  • More answers on how to alleviate stress
  • More techniques to handle burnout-inducing situations
  • More long-term strategies to maintain genuine compassion
  • More skills to contribute to positive and rewarding relationships with colleagues
  • More practice, guidance and feedback on utilizing mindfulness

Get the direction you’re seeking with the in-depth meditative and experiential practices that only a retreat can provide!

  • Immerse yourself in the healing energy of nurses
  • Discover “mindful moment” calming techniques
  • Apply compassion practices to soothe emotional distress
  • Develop communication skills that will defuse bullying and blaming
  • Increase support and cooperation across the healthcare team
  • Explore professional advocacy because meditation won’t fix workload problems
  • Learn the “transition to home practice” to bring workday closure and joy to your home life

No mindfulness or meditation experience needed!

Follow this link to register for this retreat


Sara Lefkowitz, MPA, BSN, RN, is a dynamic and engaging speaker who presents highly-acclaimed seminars on Stress Reduction for Nurses throughout the United States. She has firsthand knowledge of the challenges that nurses face through her years working in large urban hospitals on medical surgical units and in the emergency department. Being a wife and mother, she understands the difficulties of juggling a family and career responsibilities. In 2013, Sara took a yearlong sabbatical to learn practical techniques to help stressed out, overworked nurses. She studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and trained as a MBSR facilitator. She studied Vipassana Meditation at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She learned compassion practices through the study of Vajrayana Buddhism with Tara Mandala founder Lama Tsultrim Allione and her authorized teachers. Sara uses these practices every day to cope with the stresses of daily living, personal losses, and her tendencies toward overwork and burnout.

Robing Gayle, PhD., MFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; clinically trained EMDR and Hypnotherapist; and professor of counseling psychology. Robing’s private psychotherapy practice spans over 20 years in Kentfield, Marin County, California for individuals, couples, and groups where she utilizes Client-Centered Listening, Narrative Therapy, Guided Imagery, and Focusing to examine and shift patterns and reactions, and EMDR therapy for trauma recovery and performance enhancement. Robin is a well-known group psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness groups and is a trained facilitator in Rothberg’s Working with the Judgmental Mind. Her tenure as professor is with the Department of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California where she chairs the department and teaches graduate level counseling psychology courses to those aspiring to be marriage and family therapists.