Meaning & Courage in a Life of Service

Meaning & Courage in a Life of Service

A 1-day workshop to explore resilience and calling for nursing professionals

  • Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC, Dianne Duchesne, RN, Evangeline Andarsio, MD
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Acqua Hotel, 555 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • 9:00 am – 5 pm
  • lunch can be ordered or carry-in
  • Click here to Register


This transformational workshop provides a unique opportunity for workshop participants to explore and discuss their calling as nurses, the use of their own power in their work, and the on-going meaning of their work as a nurse to support resilience, wellbeing, and professional commitment.

This 1-day workshop will draw on the award winning discovery model methods of RISHI’s national and international educational programs to offer participants the opportunity to discover the power of meaning to transform their experience of their daily work, revitalize their commitment and reinvigorate their service intention.

Using reflection, poetry, symbolism, narrative, art, journaling, generous listening and small group sharing Rachel Remen, MD, Mary Pat Thomas, RN, Dianne Duchesne, RN, and Evangeline Andarsio, MD, will enable participants to identify personalized tools for self-care and spiritual wellness at work.

Who Should Attend

Clinical and Staff Nurses, Nurse Managers, Faculty, Nurse Administrators and Nurses in transition to expanded new professional roles.

Experiential educational objectives:

•  Explore the quality of courage and sense of individual power, initiative, and leadership in the direction of care
• Utilize the skill of reflection in one’s professional work for self-guidance
• Learn tools of self-remembering, values clarification, and stress reduction
• Create and verbalize a personal values statement related to one’s service intentions and community with colleagues


Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Founding Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness; Professor of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine; Founding Director of The Healer’s Art, A national curriculum for Medical Students; bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings.
Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC, Director, National Power of Nursing Program, The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine; Courtesy Faculty at Wright State University College of Nursing and Health; Dayton Area Chapter Leader of the American Holistic Nurses Association
Dianne Duchesne, RN, Power of Nursing Faculty & Previous Associate Director of Healer’s Art
Evangeline C. Andarsio, MD, Director of RISHI, Associate Clinical Professor of OB-GYN at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Director of the National Healer’s Art curriculum for medical students; the Healer’s Art Curriculum at Wright State University.


Nursing professionals: $150 – space is limited.
Please register by October 1, 2017.
To register, click here

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A full refund of registration (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations on or BEFORE September 19, 2017. Cancellations after September 19 will forfeit registration fee.

Continuing Education

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10064. 6 CE contact hours are available for licensed California nurses.

California CE contact hour credits for nurses are accepted by most state nursing boards; please verify with your state professional regulatory agency if your licensed is provided by a regulatory agency outside of California.

Hotel, Travel and Meal Information

Lodging: The Training will be held at the Acqua Hotel: 555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, California 94941. A special discounted room rate has been negotiated for workshop attendees at the Acqua Hotel. Room rates range from $212 (deluxe queen) to $257 (junior suite w/ fireplace) per night, plus tax. Rooms can be reserved online by clicking here.
Lodging note: The Aqua is a small, beautiful hotel, noted for its personalized care, and rooms sell out quickly. If you want to stay at the Acqua Hotel, please know that it is very important to make reservations well in advance.
Additional lodging: We can provide names of alternative accommodations in a range of prices in the immediate vicinity of the event.
Travel: Participants fly in from all over the country to attend RISHI workshops. If you are arriving by plane and will be renting a car, either the San Francisco or Oakland airport are recommended. The San Francisco airport is approximately an hour drive from the Acqua Hotel; the Oakland airport is approximately a 90-minute drive from the Acqua Hotel – depending on traffic. If you don’t plan to rent a car, we recommend flying into San Francisco International and taking the Marin Airporter Shuttle service that stops within walking distance of the Acqua Hotel (Seminary Drive/Mill Valley).
Meals: If you are a guest at the Acqua Hotel, your reservation includes free, daily continental breakfasts. There will be 90 minutes available to each lunch, from approximately 12:30 – 2pm. You may choose to either pre-order a catered box lunch (when you pay for registration) that will be served onsite during the workshop, or eat at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel or opt to bring your lunch from home. The box lunches cost $23.00 (inc. tax) per person and must be prepaid. A vegetarian or regular (meat) lunch is available

  • Box Lunch #1: Grilled chicken focaccia sandwich, pasta salad, kettle chips
  • Box Lunch #2 (veggie): Caprese sandwich with tomato & mozzarella, pasta salad, fruit

Note: If you are on a special diet or limit your intake of specific foods, we recommend that you bring a lunch from home that suits your needs.


For more information on the Power of Nursing course and our workshops and trainings, visit or call Mary Pat Thomas 937-245-7450 ext. 3.
For questions regarding registration, payments, travel, hotel or other customer service issues, contact Corrie McCluskey at 707-575-6801 or