Healing the Healers: Cultivating Practices for Self-Care

Mar 15 - 17, 2024

A Weekend Wellness Retreat for Healthcare Professionals

Join us for a special weekend wellness retreat, created specifically for people in the healthcare industry, focused on incorporating techniques from the ancient holistic healing traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhism into daily life. This weekend will offer experiential techniques, didactic sessions, and meditative practices focused on self-care that can be profoundly nourishing when practiced regularly. During this time dedicated to your well-being, you will be given the opportunity to be in nature, follow your body’s natural rhythms, find resonance with others in the healthcare field, and learn practices from the 5,000 year old wisdom traditions that can help lead to greater wellness in both your professional and personal life.

Through attending this retreat, you can expect to:

  • Learn specific tools from the traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhism to help address some of the unique challenges facing healthcare professionals today, including inattention, heightened stress response, vicarious trauma, and feelings of burnout
  • Practice pranayama (breathing exercises), Ayurvedic self-care techniques, and meditations from the Buddhist tradition in a comfortable and nurturing setting
  • Engage in heart-opening and restorative asana (yoga poses) and experience a deep nervous system soothing yoga nidra (guided relaxation) session
  • Participate in the ancient tradition of drawing mandala (geometric configuration of symbols to focus attention) and learn its significance for modern life
  • Be outside! Experience a sky gazing meditation and a forest connection guided walk among the majestic redwood trees
  • Spend quality time on your own or with other retreat participants in a lovely and peaceful mountain-top setting

Return home revitalized and with the tools to develop a daily practice that can help sustain wellness and inner peace.

For Acupuncturists: Healing the Healers has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider# 1793, for 10 hours of continuing education in category 1.

Tuition & Fees:

Early Bird Discount of $150: $545 + meals and lodging. Register before February 26 to receive this rate.

After February 26, 2024: $695 + meals and lodging. Please scroll down to see Meals and Lodging choices and associated rates.

Financial Accessibility: We aim for this retreat to be accessible to all. Please email retreats@mountmadonna.org to request financial assistance.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17

Friday, March 15

3:00 - 5:30pm | Registration

5:15 - 6:15pm | Dinner*

6:30 - 8:00pm | Welcome & Introductory Session

Saturday, March 16

6:30 - 8:30am | Morning Practices

8:30 - 9:30am | Breakfast

9:30 - 12:00am | Morning sessions

12:00 - 1:00pm | Lunch

1:15 - 5:00pm | Afternoon sessions

5:15 - 6:15pm | Dinner

6:30 - 8:00pm | Evening program

Sunday, March 17

7:00 - 8:30am | Morning Practices

8:30-9:30am | Breakfast

10:00-12:00pm | Morning session

12:00pm | Break

12:30-1:30pm | Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 | Closing

*If arriving later than 6:00pm, please plan to eat dinner before arrival.

Schedule subject to change.

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melissaMelissa Lucey, M.D., is a Family Medicine physician, living at Mount Madonna Center. She attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, and completed her residency training at UCSF, helping to staff the Family Health Center and the inpatient wards at San Francisco General Hospital. Following residency she moved to Oakland, CA, and worked in primary care at Kaiser Permanente for 11 years (Oakland and Berkeley campuses). She has a particular interest in women’s health, and in addition to work within primary care, she also worked at Kaiser leading prenatal Centering groups, and within the Gynecology department. Melissa is excited to be a co-creator of the Healing the Healers Retreat, helping to bring an integrated and holistic approach to self-care and overall health. She lives at Mount Madonna with her husband, Umesh, and two young children, Lio and Gus.


Giovanna Zerbi, Psy.D., started her career in behavioral health directing several mental health outpatient clinics after which she joined UC San Diego as a clinical supervisor. For the last 12 years of her career, Giovanna served as the Director of Behavioral Programs at the UCSD Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program, providing, among other services, behavioral and wellness workshops for physicians. In that context, she taught mindfulness, self-care, and Nonviolent Communication. She also helped establish a “Second Victim” program designed to support all employees of the UC San Diego healthcare system who suffer from vicarious traumatization.

Giovanna studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. She attended numerous retreats both in the United States and Europe. In 2001, she was ordained as a lay minister in the Tiep Hien Order, where she continues to practice engaged Buddhism.

Now retired from UCSD, Giovanna and her wife Judy split their time between San Diego and Riva del Garda, Italy, which allows them to spend time with their sons Garrett and Tommy in the United States, and Francesco in Italy.

tomTom Tighe, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., was a long time emergency physician and short time palliative hospice physician, and is now retired. His career in medicine included serving as medical advisor of a Bay Area air ambulance company, and chief of staff and board member of a Bay Area non-profit two-hospital system. He was a volunteer physician at Sri Ram Ashram Orphanage and medical clinic in Shyampur, India.

Tom has been an avid yoga student and practitioner for approximately 50 years (plus “many lifetimes - a slow learner”) and graduated from Mount Madonna’s Yoga Teacher Training program in 1980. He currently volunteers at the Cape Cod National Seashore North Atlantic Coastal Lab.

Tom is husband of Peggy Green, educational consultant and retired school superintendent, father of Nathan, a pediatric anesthesiologist and musician, and daughter-in-law, Ashley Hall, professional musician and coach; and grandfather of Kevin and Morgan.

sudhaSudha Prathikanti, M.D., is Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and a certified Ayurvedic practitioner. At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, she founded both the Integrative Psychiatry and the Ayurveda consultation services, and currently directs the Integrative Psychiatry Teaching Clinic at this site. Her research on treating depression with yoga has been featured in local and national media.


Peggy Green, M.A., educator and “Forever Student”, has enjoyed a career in education that included public school special education teacher, administrator and public school superintendent. She taught, lectured, and supervised student teachers at universities in Iowa and California. She worked for 11 years as an administrative coach for a California nonprofit, stimulating systemic reform to improve the teaching and learning of minority and underperforming students in the Central Valley, Bay Area, and Monterey Bay.

Peggy led a group of public school teachers and superintendents to India to support the school at the Sri Ram Ashram in Shyampur, as well as served as a summer camp leader at the orphanage. Additionally, she volunteered at the Sri Ram Ashram medical clinic with her husband.

She completed Yoga Teacher Training in 1980 and is currently studying to integrate her long term yoga practice with Buddhist practices of compassion. Peggy cared for and educated her two grandchildren from infancy through COVID homeschool and hybrid learning. She volunteers as a reading tutor and lives with her husband of 42 years (retired) Dr. Tom Tighe in Cape Cod, MA.


Sean Neesley (he/him), MA, LMFT, E-RYT 500: As a marriage and family therapist in private practice, Sean specializes in working with couples and individuals to promote deep personal growth through honest, open and authentic self-reflection and communication. Sean has been a student and teacher of yoga practice and philosophy for over a decade, was a resident at Mount Madonna for five years, and currently serves as a faculty member for Mount Madonna Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training programs. As both a therapist and teacher he is passionate about experiential learning and practical tools that promote balance, knowledge, and lasting peace. LMFT #139875.

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Meals & Lodging Choices & Rates

Fees for accommodations and meals outlined below are PER PERSON and include lodging and meals for both days of the retreat. Tuition ($695) is additional. For full descriptions of each type of accommodation, please see images below.

Accommodations Type
Daily Rate
Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room) w/ Private Bath

Conference Center - Single Room (1 person/room); Shared Bath

Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room) w/ Private Bath

Conference Center - Double in Room (2 people/room); Shared Bath

Cabin - Single (1 person/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility$390
Cabin - Double (2 people/cabin); Separate Shared Bath Facility$326
Camp in Own Vehicle

Important Notes Regarding Rates for Accommodations & Meals:

  • Rates are per person include meals, lodging, and facilities use for all days of the retreat.
  • Rates are based on stated occupancy. Double rates are available ONLY to groups of 2 people who are staying in the same room. Please list the name of the person with whom you are sharing the room on the registration form
  • Please note that fees for accommodations will be based on actual room occupancy.
  • All guests must be registered.
  • Prices stated here apply to this retreat only. Other retreat and program accommodations pricing may differ.


Guest Rooms

These tasteful rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, are located in our Conference Center where there is wifi, two lovely courtyards with expansive views to read and relax in, and a full tea bar available at all times in the Conference wing of the building. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only. Single, double and triple rooms are hotel-style. Bathrooms and showers are centrally located on each floor.

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Rustic Cabins

These simple rustic cabins are located in our Oaks Campground. They are a short walk to the main area, but have a feeling of being more remote. Cabins have electricity and heat, but not wi-fi or indoor plumbing. A separate shower house is nearby, containing private showers and dressing rooms, and flush toilets.

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Own Vehicle

Regular size parking spaces are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. There is no access to electricity. Showers and restrooms are available in campgrounds and Center buildings.

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