Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat

Uniting Western & Eastern Approaches to Healing

Fall 2021

Health care professionals are invited to attend the semi-annual integrative medicine and Balint process program which will combine Western medicine perspectives, Balint group process, and the traditional Tibetan practices of Kum Nye yoga and meditation. Attendees will gain an understanding of the complex factors in the provider/patient relationship and the tools necessary to integrate conventional and complementary approaches to patient care.

The Tibetan Aid Project has facilitated the sharing of Buddhist insights and healing techniques for over 40 years. With this integrative approach, consideration is given not only to the body but also the mind. When elements such as empathy and compassion are fully integrated in the therapeutic process there is a boost in healing. Additionally, a natural connection with patients is developed and communication opened. As a result, professionals are more satisfied and effective when they are able to recharge their internal strength, maintain a positive inner glow, and avoid energy drain.

Ratna Ling, the host site, is an upscale retreat facility located in the redwoods of coastal Sonoma County. Accommodations are in luxurious two-bedroom cottages and delicious vegetarian meals are included.

Program Learning Objectives


  • Increase ability to identify complex factors in the provider-patient relationship
  • Demonstrate greater understanding and flexibility in thoughts and feelings that connect the provider and the patient
  • Demonstrate an ability to use increased understanding of the provider-patient relationship to be more effective and therapeutic with patients
  • Demonstrate an ability to address problematic provider-patient encounters
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of the impact of provider reflection and self-care on clinical practice
  • Understand how mind-body practices and compassion apply to and can be effectively used in clinical practice
  • Understand the scientific data that compassion benefits both providers and patients
  • Explain how compassion fatigue is a factor in burnout

About the Sessions

Retreat begins with check-in from 3-4 pm on Friday and ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Integrative Medicine: is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.  More information about Integrative Medicine.

Balint: Named after psychoanalyst Michael Balint, this technique is a group process that enhances self awareness and addresses the emotional content of patient-practitioner relationships. Healthcare practitioners only.  More information about Balint.

Kum Nye: Based on Tibetan medicine, this form of yoga is a natural healing system that uses movement, massage and breathing practices to promote physical and emotional health.  More information about Kum Nye.

Traditional Tibetan Healing: For over 2,500 years, meditation, mantra recitation and visualization have successfully aided in keeping the body and mind healthy and sustained. We will explore the healing quality of these techniques


Ratna Ling is a nonprofit retreat center that emphasizes education, healing and spirituality.

and also the nonprofit, education center of the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa.

Proceeds from this retreat fund programs promoting education, literacy and spiritual well being among the Tibetan refugee community in the Himalayan region.

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