The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development and the Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente present

The Eighteenth Annual

2017 Taos Writing and Wellness Retreat

Health Professionals

 August 6 - 12, 2017

At the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in
Taos, New Mexico



Doctors, nurses, psychologists, physician assistants, ethicists, medical students, other health professionals...


Pursue your writing in an environment that provides maximum space for personal exploration and growth.  Bring along work-in-progress (scholarly and/or creative).  Experiment with new ways of writing - short stories, poems, personal accounts of difficult medical passages, ethical dilemmas, significant encounters with patients, personal reflections.  Or simply bring a desire to write.


We integrate wellness activities into the programming with optional morning walks, breathing, meditation and yoga practices, individual wellness coaching, and afternoon and evening sessions exploring ways to increase resilence and meaning in our clinical work.


Mornings from nine to noon, after optional morning meditation, participants meet in the graceful Luhan House classroom to write alone and with each other, to read and discuss poems and literary passages, and to discuss various aspects of writing. 


Afternoons are free for scheduled writing and/or wellness consultations with faculty members, for optional small group meetings, and for solitary writing, reflection, and communion with the beauty of Taos.  Evenings gatherings include readings, videos, and wellness sessions.


Too often in hospitals and clinics, in busy professional lives, there is no time for reflection. But here, left-out stories are told, shared, and written. This reflection and sharing promote wellness, as do our optional daily walks, breathing, meditation, and yoga practices, and individual and group sessions exploring ways to increase resilience and meaning in our clinical work.  Participants are relaxed and energized. A synergy occurs through a mix of fellow writers, gorgeous surroundings, fabulous food, and spontaneous encounters that add up to more than the sum of the parts.


CME credits (22.0 hours) available for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.  Pieces written at the 2017 retreat will be published in a special Taos Issue of the Permanente 'leaflet'.




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