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2024 RISHI Tending the Flame Retreat & Training Workshop

October 18 @ 9:30 am - October 20 @ 12:30 pm

RISHI’s Tending the Flame Retreat & Training Workshop

A 2-1/2 day retreat and training workshop in personal and professional resilience for clinicians and healthcare paraprofessionals.

Led by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Evangeline Andarsio, MD and Alyssa McManamon, MD

  • Friday – Sunday, October 18-20, 2024
  • Location: Mills Park Hotel, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Fri/Sat from 9:30–5:30, Sun from 9:30–12:30


Are you seeking reflection and renewal in your professional and personal life? If so, please join us for an incredibly enriching experience! This 2.5 day retreat and training workshop will draw on the award-winning discovery model methods of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI), offering nourishment and self-care for healthcare professionals. In community, we will explore the meaning of our work and create opportunities for healing in this challenging time in healthcare.

Join Evangeline Andarsio, MD, RISHI Director and Alyssa McManamon, MD, Assistant Director of RISHI’s Tending the Flame to:

  • Awaken the experience of respite, quiet and peace.
  • Explore using reflection, experiential exercises, symbolism, narrative, journaling, generous listening, and small group sharing.
  • Enhance compassion and resiliency using self-care tools.
  • Experience the compassionate support of a professional community.
  • Learn to bring a Finding Meaning Group and/or Tending the Flame Program to your healthcare community.

The epidemic of burnout and compassion fatigue during the professional life cycle of clinicians and healthcare paraprofessionals has stimulated the development of new approaches to prevention and recovery. Research suggests that the capacity to find personal meaning in your work is highly correlated with professional and personal resiliency and the experience of deep satisfaction in service work. Most clinicians and healthcare workers 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. Those participants who attend the Sunday half-day training will leave prepared to bring Finding Meaning and/or Tending the Flame to their healthcare communities. Those looking for a retreat-only experience should plan to attend only Friday-Saturday.

This 2-½ day retreat and training 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 we will enable workshop participants to revisit their original calling, discover the personal meaning hidden in their daily routine, and learn self-help methods 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 in healthcare.

RISHI‘s Tending the Flame retreat and training workshop enables participants to develop an authentic and supportive professional community, take personal ownership of the meaning and values which are inherent in the lineage and practice of each health profession, refresh their calling and service intention and learn effective self-care tools to enhance resiliency in their professional and personal lives.

The Tending the Flame retreat and training workshop occurs over 2-1/2 days, provides an introduction to Finding Meaning GroupsTM and CME CATEGORY 1 APPROVAL: 14.75 contact hours.

Who Should Apply

  • Residency directors or other medical educators in search of well-tested innovative self-care methods for furthering professional and personal resiliency.
  • Educators spearheading Physician and/or Nurse Well-Being Programs, or Well-Being Committees in hospitals, hospital systems, physician group practices, or other healthcare organizations and educators in Veterinarian Well-Being Programs or Committees in veterinary health systems.
  • Residents or Fellows involved in Resident or Fellow Well-Being Programs or Clinician Well-Being Committees.
  • Clinicians and healthcare workers looking for a retreat experience in community to bolster resiliency and well-being should only register for the retreat experience (Fri-Sat) and will not be trained to bring Finding Meaning Groups and/or Tending the Flame back to their communities.

How to Apply

Submit your application online before September 10, 2024. All applications will be reviewed. We will let you know of acceptance to the workshop within two weeks of submitting your application. IMPORTANT: Contact Mills Park Hotel as soon as possible to secure lodging, if you plan to stay on site (limited availability).

Complete the application using the link below:

APPLICATION – Tending the Flame application – October 18-20, 2024

Registration Fee:

  • Clinicians: $1500 (2.5 day event includes training)/$1200 (Friday-Saturday retreat only)
  • Graduate Program Learners and Healthcare Paraprofessionals: $675 (flat fee)

Note: Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch daily (does not include lodging and evening meals).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A deposit of $300 is due at time that your application is accepted. The tuition balance is due by September 24, 2024. A full refund (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations on or BEFORE September 10, 2024. Cancellations after March 1 will forfeit deposit and/or full registration. For further information regarding the training contact Evangeline Andarsio, MD at

For questions regarding registration, payments, travel, hotel or other customer service issues, contact Becky Johnson at 937.245.7450 ext. 1 or


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.

Please Note: Dr. Remen will only be available via video conferencing for the workshop.

Evangeline C. Andarsio, MD, Director of RISHI, 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.

Alyssa McManamon, MD, FACP, Assistant Director of the Tending the Flame curriculum for physicians and residents, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Neurology Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

CME Accreditation

DISCLOSURE POLICY: The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Pure Healthcare® has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to influence the content of the educational activity must disclose to learners any relevant financial relationship. Having an interest or affiliation with a corporate organization does not necessarily prevent the speaker from participating in the proposed CME activity. It is a policy of the CME Committee to resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the presentation.

DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose no relevant financial relationship with commercial interests.

CME CATEGORY 1 APPROVAL: Information forthcoming.

Continuing Education for Nurses

BRN CE APPROVAL:  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 10064, for 14.75 Contact Hours

California BRN continuing education credits are accepted by most state nursing boards; please verify with your state agency if you are 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.

Hotel, Travel, and Meal Information

Lodging: The Training will be held at the Mills Park Hotel, 321 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. You can reserve your rooms after your application has been approved.

Lodging note: If you want to stay at the Mills Park Hotel, please know that it is very important to make reservations well in advance. Mills Park is a small, beautiful hotel, noted for its personalized care, and rooms sell out quickly. Please visit their website, Home – Mills Park Hotel or contact Mills Park hotel directly at 937.319.0400 for room rates and to reserve your room.

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 training.  If you are arriving by plane and will be renting a car or using a taxi service, consider the following airports:

Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of tuition cost.

Evening meals and lodging are on your own.

Note: If you have a special diet or dietary needs, please contact us.


For more course information surrounding physicians and residents, nurses and nurse residents please contact RISHI’s Director, Evangeline C. Andarsio, M.D., at or 937.245.7450 ext. 2.

For questions regarding registration, payments, travel, hotel or other customer service issues, contact Becky Johnson at 937-245-7450 ext. 1 or


October 18 @ 9:30 am
October 20 @ 12:30 pm
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Mills Park Hotel
321 Xenia Ave
Yellow Springs, OH United States
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