Burnout Recovery For Health Care Workers & Therapists
August 27 – September 23, 2022
August 27 – September 23, 2022
with Lissa Rankin, MD
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Healers need healing too. Life for healthcare workers and therapists has been nothing short of shattering for the last two years. As professional healers and care providers, it is far too easy to put all our focus and energy into caregiving for everyone else. We can neglect our own needs, desires, and traumas, and forget about our own body, emotions, and nervous system.

This month-long program is designed to heal the healer in a trauma-informed way, and transfuse you with life force. When we activate neuroplasticity in the nervous system, we facilitate self-healing. Together we will engage in gentle PTSD recovery work informed by the traumas of the pandemic, and inclusive of any childhood traumas that may have been reactivated during these trying times.

Over the course of the month, we will be using the self-healing tools Dr. Lissa Rankin collected from around the globe during the ten years she spent studying Indigenous healing, faith and energy healing, and cutting-edge trauma therapies for her book Sacred Medicine. Together we’ll dive deep — like the whales, we watch from the Big Sur cliffs — submerging, and then coming up to the surface for a breath, splashing around, and bonding. Through dance, song, and art, we will bolster our lifeforce through the joy of safe and gentle practices.

You and your fellow healing healers will return home with a toolbox of Sacred Medicine practices to use for your at-home burnout prevention and PTSD recovery. You may also feel inspired to use some of these tools and practices as part of the treatment of your patients and clients.

We’ll explore:

  • The Six Steps To Healing Yourself from Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS), a trauma healing tool for anyone who identifies as being in recovery from burnout, illness, injury, or trauma
  • Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), an energy psychology resource for healing trauma
  • Creativity practices to call forth the inner muse as a healing resource
  • Music, movement, and singing
  • Nature-based gratitude rituals inspired by the Indigenous world views of many traditions

Prerequisites: This program is specially geared for licensed healthcare-related or mental healthcare-related professionals (doctors, therapists, nurses, chiropractors, paramedics, acupuncturists, etc.).

Recommended Reading: Mind Over Medicine and Sacred Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD; No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD

Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD, is an expert in trauma-informed medicine, author of 7 books, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and a mystic who researches radical remission, mind body medicine, and spiritual healing. Her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and two National Public Television specials featured her work in the field of healing.

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COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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