Healing the Healers: Cultivating Practices for Self-Care

Jul 14 - 16, 2023

A Wellness Retreat for Physicians

Join us for this special wellness retreat, created specifically for physicians, focusing on incorporating yoga practices into daily life for increased health and vitality. During this time dedicated to health and well-being, you will be given the opportunity to be in nature, follow your body’s natural rhythms, spend time with family and in community, and learn practices from the 5000 year old wisdom of yoga 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 tradition of yoga to help address some of the unique challenges facing doctors today, including sleep health/insomnia, vicarious trauma (especially poignant during the pandemic years), and feelings of burnout
  • Participate in meditation sessions and learn practices to take home for a daily practice
  • Experience a nature walk and mandala drawing
  • Be supported within a serene environment that will aid your relaxation and rejuvenation, and provide a peaceful connection to nature
  • Spend quality time on your own or with family members in a lovely and peaceful mountain setting

Through developing a daily yoga practice, you then open the door to increasing your ability to build and maintain relationships, increase energy and happiness, deepen your compassion for self and others, and experience greater mental freedom.


Physician participants: $200 + meals and lodging.

Spouse, Special Other, Adult Child (18 years and older): $100 + meals and lodging.

Children under 18 years: $0 tuition + meals and lodging at children’s rates: children 4 years and under are welcome free of charge; for 5 - 12 years old, fees are discounted 50%. Please include names and ages of children in the registration form.

Please register all adult guests, including children ages 13 and older, separately.

Saturday Schedule*

7:00 - 8:00am | Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15am | Introductory Session

8:15 - 9:15am | Meditation and breathing practices

9:15 - 10:15am | Group Presentation

10:15 - 11:15am | Brunch

11:15 - 1:00pm | Nature walk and mandala

1:00 - 2:00pm | Asana (postures)

2:00 - 5:15pm | Free time**

5:15 - 6:15pm | Dinner

*Schedule subject to change

**Free time for walks, family time, wellness treatments, visits to Oceanview Books & Gifts and Anjaneya's World Cafe

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Melissa Lucey, M.D., is a Family Medicine physician, living at Mount Madonna. 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 has a burgeoning interest in Lifestyle Medicine and Obesity Medicine and 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.


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.

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.

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Meals & Lodging Fees

Rates below are per person per night and include meals, lodging, and facilities use. Tuition is additional.

Accommodations Type
Ram 1 Cottage Whole Cottage$750
Ram 1 Cottage Single (1 to a room) $350
Single with Private Bath (1 to a room)
Ram 2 Cottage Single (1 to a room)$255
Ram 1 Cottage Double (2 to a room)$250
Double with Private Bath (2 to a room) $194
Single Cabin$186
Ram 2 Cottage Double (2 to a room)

Double Cabin$155
Own Vehicle $82
Own Tent

Pricing Note

  • Prices are based on stated occupancy.
  • Rates are per person per day and include meals, lodging, and facilities use.
  • Children 4 years and under are welcome free of charge; for 5 - 12 years old, fees are discounted 50%. Please register those ages 13 and older separately as an adult.
  • All guests must be registered.

Registration coming soon!


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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Ram Cottages

The Ram Cottages have easy access to the Wellness Center and many hiking trails. They are a short walk away from the central meeting buildings. Ram #1 offers two bedrooms, a small kitchen, bathroom, and shared living space with outdoor deck. Ram #2 sleeps 6 and offers a kitchenette, and a shared bathroom. All beds are single size, and sleep 1 person only.

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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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Tent Camping

Developed campsites are available for people who wish to bring their own tent. Sites offer access to showers and flush toilets and are available year-round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.

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