TENDING THE FLAME: October Workshop


TENDING THE FLAME: A Workshop in Innovative Self-Care for Strengthening Resiliency and Finding Joy and Meaning in Work

A 2-1/2 day workshop in personal and professional resilience for physicians and nurses

Led by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Evangeline Andarsio, MD, and Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC


  • Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 2017
  • Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Fri/Sat from 9:30 – 5:30, Sun from 9:30-12:30


The fast growing epidemic of compassion fatigue during the professional life cycle of physicians and nurses has stimulated the search for etiology and the development of new approaches of prevention and recovery. Recent research suggests that the capacity to find a personal meaning in your work is highly correlated with professional and personal resiliency and the experience of deep satisfaction in service work. Most residents, fellows, physicians, and nurses live far more meaningful lives than they realize. Experiencing the meaning already present in our daily work does not require us to change what we do but to see familiar things in new ways. Often it requires us to transcend our training and bring the perspective of the heart into the center of our professional work. Meaning is a function of the heart and not the mind. The heart is an organ of vision, a perspective that enables us to experience meaning even in the most routine aspects of our work and reignite our calling.

This 2-½ 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. Educators will be trained to offer the program at their sites.

Using reflection, poetry, symbolism, narrative, art, journaling, generous listening and small group sharing Rachel Remen, MD, Evangeline Andarsio, MD, and Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC, will enable workshop participants to revisit their original calling, discover the personal meaning hidden in their daily routine and learn self-help methods for to reclaim and sustain their passion for their profession. Come prepared to remember why you chose your work and recover the deep satisfaction of being a health professional.


  • Residency directors or other medical educators in search of well-tested innovative self-care methods for furthering professional and personal resiliency for residents
  • Educators spearheading Physician and/or Nurse Well-Being Programs, or Well Being Committees in hospitals, hospital systems, physician group practices, or other healthcare organizations
  • Residents or Fellows looking for innovative self-care tools for personal or professional resiliency

How to Apply

Application deadline has been extended to September 20, 2017. All applications will be reviewed. We will let you know of acceptance to the workshop within 1-2 weeks of receipt of application.

Here is a link to the application: Tending the Flame application – Oct 2017


  • Academic Residency Faculty: $1,250.00
  • Physician or Nurse Well-Being Educators: $1,250.00
  • Residents and Fellows: $500.00 

Note: Tuition covers the cost of the syllabus and training, but it does NOT include meals or lodging.


Cancellation & Refund Policy

A deposit of $300 is due at time that your application is accepted. The tuition balance is due by September 8, 2017. A full refund of deposit (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations on or BEFORE September 8, 2017. Cancellations after September 8 will forfeit deposit. For further information regarding the training contact Evangeline Andarsio, MD at Evangeline.Andarsio@wright.edu. For questions regarding registration, payments, travel, hotel or other customer service issues, contact Corrie McCluskey at 707-575-6801 or corrie.mccluskey@wright.edu.


Course directors must attend the 2.5-day training prior to implementation of the course at their institution.

We strongly suggest that two course co-directors attend from each institution. If you are implementing the RISHI Resiliency Curriculum for a Physician or Resident Wellness program/committee, one of the course directors must be a physician. If you are implementing the RISHI Resiliency Curriculum for a Nurse Wellness program/committee, one of the course directors must be a nurse. Our experience has shown that implementation of the course is more likely when there are two co-directors to support each other during implementation, and further guarantees the continuity of the curriculum.

Prior to attending the RISHI Resiliency Training Workshop, the course director(s) must obtain verbal institutional support from appropriate directors of the Resident, Physician, Nurse Wellness Committee/Program expressing a level of interest in implementing the curriculum at their institution. The Directors of the Wellness Committee/Program at your institution need to be aware that our RISHI resiliency curriculum, as well as, utilizing the RISHI copyrighted FMM program, involves a licensing fee, thus, they should have a plan to provide fiscal support.

The course director(s) agree(s) to use a nationally standardized evaluation, provided by RISHI, for residents, physicians, or nurses participating in the course. RISHI is available to provide a summarization of your course evaluations annually.

The course must be taught in its entirety as described in the syllabus. Any other use of the syllabus must be discussed with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and Evangeline C. Andarsio, MD at The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, the copyright holder.

The course director(s) must agree that modules cannot be incorporated into other professional courses, nor can the courses in their entirety be incorporated into other existing curricula without the consent of copyright holder.


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.

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.

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.


Participants will be able to:

  • Implement and evaluate a 20-hour longitudinal innovative transformational curriculum for Residents, Physician and Nurse Well-Being programs
  • Compare the transformational potential of the discovery model to the traditional cognitive/intellectual educational model in Residency and in traditional CME programs for physicians and CE programs for nurses
  • Learn how to create a safe interactional space for learning and transformation
  • Use reflection and contemplation as major educational tools
  • List the characteristics of a community of inquiry approach to residency education
  • Learn to implement, organize, and run a Finding Meaning in Medicine/Residency or Finding Meaning in Nursing group
  • Discuss the personal meaning of work with peer professionals
  • Facilitate a small group discovery model discussion
  • Discuss the importance of silence and generous listening in transformational learning for ongoing professional physician and nurse formation

CME Accreditation

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity..

Continuing Education for Nurses

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10064. 12.5 CE contact hours are available for licensed  California nurses.

California BRN continuing education credits 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.

Disabilities Statement

As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fully complies  with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations. If any participant is in need of accommodations, written requests should be submitted at least one month in advance.


Disabilities Statement

As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations. If any participant is in need of accommodations, written requests should be submitted at least one month in advance.

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. You can reserve these rooms online after your application has been approved. Our room rates range from between $228 (deluxe queen) to $275 (junior suite w/ fireplace) per night, plus tax. Once your application is approved we will send you a direct link to the Acqua Hotel’s online reservation system that includes the discount for the training.

Lodging note: If you want to stay at the Acqua Hotel, please know that it is very important to make reservations well in advance. Book your hotel room as soon as your application has been approved, so as not to be disappointed. The Aqua is a small, beautiful hotel, noted for it’s personalized care, and rooms will sell out quickly.

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 The Healers Art Faculty training. 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, and you will be eating lunch and dinner on your own. There will be 90 minutes available to eat lunch each day, from approximately noon to 1:30 pm. 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 opt to eat at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. The box lunches cost $23.00 (inc. tax) per person, per day, and must be pre-paid. They will vary each day, and you may choose either vegetarian or regular (meat) lunch. For example:

  • 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 eat lunch at a restaurant where you can be sure to have your needs met.


For more information, please contact Evangeline C. Andarsio, M.D., Director of the National Healer’s Art Program at evangeline.andarsio@wright.edu or (937) 245-7450, ext. 2.