Physician Wellness Spring Retreat 2020: Supporting Joy in Medicine

Escape and recharge with fellow physicians at beautiful Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona!
Learn about and experience physician wellness with experts.
Nourish your body with fresh gourmet meals. Attend some of Miraval's classes and plenty of pampering at the spa.
Enjoy a community of friendship and support.
This is your chance to rest and relax as you retreat from the intensity of medicine.
Earn CME while creating the experience of a lifetime!

Spring Registration Is Open!

Retreat Dates:

Sunday, April 19th - Monday, April 20th, 2020

Tuition: Early registration - $1150, after January 10th - $1250

CME Credits: Earn up to 9 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

What is included with your retreat registration?

  • Lectures from top speakers on physician wellness and professional development
  • Up to 9 hours CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
  • NEW THIS YEAR! - Complimentary private coaching sessions with physician life coaches
  • Morning and afternoon meditation sessions
  • Facilitated small group discussions with physician colleagues
  • Group dinner seating with up to 6 retreat participants
  • Welcome reception

What is included with a stay at Miraval?

  • Daily seasonal gourmet meals, unlimited fresh juice, smoothie, and coffee bar, and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day.
  • Full access to the resort and a wide-ranging selection of outdoor adventure activities such as climbing, riding, hiking, mountain biking, fitness classes, yoga experiences, meditation classes, group lectures, culinary and nutritional education, and an entire list of pre-existing activities determined daily by the resort as well as much more...

What is not included in the retreat registration fee?

  • Accommodations and resort fees: The retreat is held at Miraval to promote a welcoming and inclusive experience. All attendees are asked to make arrangements for accommodations at Miraval. Discounted room rates at Miraval are held until Wednesday, February 19, 2020. After that, rooms will be based on availability and subject to general Miraval rates.
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal purchases
  • Massages or other healing arts treatments and experiences
  • Travel insurance

Questions? E-mail the Institute for Physician Wellness.


Spring 2020 Wellness Retreat Registration Form
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Rate will increase to $1250 after January 10, 2020. After submission, please follow the prompts to pay via PayPal or credit card. A spot will not be reserved in your name until payment has been verified.

Rest, Renew, and Recharge!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is the retreat held?
Miraval is located north of Tucson, AZ on 400 scenic acres at the base of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

How do I get to Miraval?
Most people fly through the Tucson or Phoenix airports.

Miraval is pleased to provide complimentary transportation to and from the Tucson International Airport for your unforgettable Tucson getaway. To ensure timely service, they need transportation information no less than 72 hours prior to your scheduled need. Guests arriving at the resort after 9:00 pm will receive a late night snack in their room; the perfect start to a truly enchanting Arizona getaway. For departure from Miraval, the last complimentary shuttle to leave for the airport is at 2 pm. Please note that late check-out service may be subject to additional transportation fees to the airport if shuttle service is not currently scheduled.

Miraval does not offer transportation from Phoenix airport to the resort. If you choose to book your air travel through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you may get a rental car and drive from Phoenix to Miraval. You can also plan to take a shuttle from the airport into Tucson. You can arrange your shuttle transfer with Arizona Shuttle for only $39 each way. The Arizona Shuttle will drop you off at the Twin Peaks and I-10 location where a Miraval van will pick you up and bring you to the resort. For more information about Arizona Shuttle, please visit WWW.ARIZONASHUTTLE.COM
Detailed driving directions can be found at Miraval's website.

Who are the speakers?
The 2020 spring retreat will have top-notch speakers on physician wellness and professional development presenting fresh new topics to keep us growing. Speakers' names and the subject of their presentations can be found in the schedule.

Do I have to stay at Miraval?
Yes, all participants are expected to stay onsite at Miraval to support a welcoming and inclusive experience for physicians.

Do I need a special code when I make my lodging reservation at Miraval?
No. Simply tell them you are attending the Physician Wellness Retreat and you are eligible for the group rate.

What will the schedule be?
The retreat begins at 8:00 am Sunday, April 19th and ends at on Monday, April 20th at 5:00 pm. We encourage participants to arrive at Miraval the night before to get settled into the retreat experience.

Sunday, April 19th

7:30-8:30 am Registration

8:30-9:30 am Welcome, Retreat Orientation and Introductions

9:30-11:30 am Session One
Self-Love—The Prescription for Fulfilling Relationships
Ali Novitsky, MD (2 hours CME)

11:30 am-12:30 pm Small group discussions
Topic: Medical Marriages and Relationships

12:30 pm-2:00 pm Break

2:00-3:00 pm Session Two
Plan B: Don't Let a Broken System Break You
Preeti Sudheendra, MD (1 hour CME)

3:00-4:00 pm Session Three
The Mindful Money Makeover: Primary Care for Your Financial Health
Linda Street, MD (1 hour CME)

4:00-5:00 pm Small group discussions
Topic: Loneliness in Medicine

5:30-6:00 pm  Grounding Meditation
Location: Labyrinth

6:00-7:00 pm Break

7:00-9:00 pm Reception
Location: Coyote Lounge and patio

Monday, April 20th

8:00-8:30 am Walking meditation
Location: Hiking trail

9:00-11:00 am Session Four
Story versus Fact: Owning Your Narrative
Devon Gimbel, MD (2 hours CME)

11:00 am-12:00 pm Small group discussions
Topic: Getting Unstuck

12:00-2:00 pm Break

2:00-4:00 pm Session Five
Thriving through Community: The Power of Connection in Medicine
Kathy Stepien, MD (2 hours CME)

4:00-5:00 pm Retreat Closing


What food will be provided?
Miraval provides daily gourmet meals, an unlimited fresh juice and smoothie bar, and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day. Special dietary requests can be made in advance directly with Miraval. Dinner reservations can be made each morning during your stay at Miraval. If interested, group tables with up to 6 retreat participants are scheduled every 30 minutes during the dinner hours. Plan ahead to schedule a dinner time that works best for you.

Can my family join me?
Miraval is an adult-only facility. All family/friends age 18 and older are welcome to accompany you.
Feel free to invite your physician spouse or partner to the retreat!

Is this retreat for women only?
Although the majority of participants are typically women, people of all genders are welcome at the retreat.

Is the retreat open to nurses or physician assistants?
The retreat is designed to for medical doctors with an MD or DO degree.

Do I need to be in active clinical practice?
No. Physicians are welcome at all stages of their careers.

Is there a fee to work with the Physician Coaches?
No. The opportunity to meet with a Physician Coach is included in the retreat costs. Interested participants can sign up in advance or on-site.

Who are the Physician Coaches and what is their training?
Each of the coaches is a practicing physician that has undergone additional coach training. Further information and biographies can be found on the retreat webpage.

What should I wear?
Every physician knows about dressing up for medical conferences. We do things differently at the retreat. Informal attire is entirely appropriate. We encourage physicians to dress comfortably to allow them to move between classroom and other activities without difficulty.

I'm an introvert. Do I have to do it all?
Everything is optional. We recognize physicians on retreat have various needs and interests. Participants can feel comfortable attending only those opportunities that best support their wellness.

Will my cell phone work?
Yes! Internet access and access instructions are available upon arrival at Miraval. Mindfulness is the core of the Miraval philosophy. In everything they do, they encourage guests to live in the present moment, conscious of the unique intersection of mind, body and spirit. In order to foster a tranquil environment for all guests, please understand and adhere to “Miraval Mode” during your retreat.

Miraval Mode: Cell phones at Miraval should be kept on silent at all times and that talking and texting is only permitted in the comfort of your guest room, private patio, the Fountain Courtyard (located just outside guest services) and the parking lot outside of Raindance Pass Boutique.

What other costs should I know about?
The retreat cost does not include accommodations. Miraval rates for this retreat are $422.00 per person per night for double occupancy(double beds) and $522 per night for single occupancy(king bed). Rates include food and access to free activities and spa facilities. Rates do not include taxes (12% occupancy tax, 6.1% sales tax) or the 23% resort amenity charge. Reservations must be made before Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to get the group discount. Reservations requested after this date will be based upon availability and subject to general Miraval rates.

How to I book a spa or other service?
Please contact a Miraval planner at 877-735-1502, or email approximately 6 weeks prior to arrival for the best availability.

Is Miraval accessible for all?
Please feel comfortable contacting Miraval in advance to discuss accommodations.

What is the cancellation policy for the Institute for Physician Wellness?
Refund Policy: Cancellations made 90 days prior to the event will be refunded the full registration amount minus a nonrefundable $250 processing fee. All cancellations made for any reason after that date are nonrefundable. No exceptions or transfers can be made.
The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any event due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely evet of a cancellation or postponement, The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC will refund the registration fee minus the nonrefundable $250 processing fee, but is not responsible for any other related costs or charges to the participant.

Who is our Physician Life Coach?

Ali Novitsky, MD

Ali Novitsky, MD is the CEO and founder of her company MindBodyMarriage PC. She is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, National Speaker, Blogger, and Host of The Podcast “Resuscitate Your Marriage”. Ali attended Temple University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency and Neonatal Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson/AI duPont Hospital for Children. She completed her life and weight loss coach training at The Life Coach School. Ali strives to live life to the fullest and to empower women physicians to find wellness through mind and body synergy.

Come escape and recharge with fellow physicians all while earning CME credit in Tucson, Arizona!