Mindful Practice

Presentations and Workshops 2014-2015

Chapin Mill Workshop

Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience

Chapin Mill Retreat Center

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April 27 - May 1, 2015

A 5-day, retreat-like workshop designed to enable clinician and medical educators deepen their skills in mindful practice and their ability to teach and develop programs in mindful practice at their home institutions. Mindful practice promotes effective, efficient and compassionate care while also improving clinicians’ own resilience and well-being by building clinicians’ attentiveness, situational awareness, self-awareness, teamwork, and self-monitoring in stressful and demanding clinical situations. The workshop helps participants define and realize their learning goals in an experiential learning environment.

Designed for medical practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) and others involved in medical practice and education, the program combines didactic presentations and experiential exercises using narratives, appreciative inquiry, and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. Session themes include attention, suffering, teamwork, difficult conversations with patients/families, uncertainty in medicine, medical education, grief and loss, resilience and compassion.

The workshop will offer participants hands-on experience in teaching and facilitation with attention to promoting Mindful Practice activities at participants’ home institutions. Participants should generally have prior experience with meditation, yoga or other self-awareness practices. Prior attendance at a Mindful Practice® workshop and teaching experience are desirable.

There will be a brief application form to complete prior to acceptance into the program. Applications will be available in July 2014, and potential participants will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged, as workshops often fill 3-4 months in advance.

Course Directors: Ron Epstein, M.D. and Mick Krasner, M.D.
Sponsored by: The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
Location/Accommodations: Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY

Pre-course Application

Course Description and Registration

Presentations and Workshops


  • January 20-25: Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China (MK)
  • February 26: Faculty Development Workshop, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • March 11: Schwartz Center Webinar (RE)
  • March 28-31: Osaka and Tokyo, Japan (RE)
  • April 2: New Hampshire Professionals Health Program, Manchester, NJ (MK)
  • April 5: Center for Mindfulness, 12th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, Boston, MA (MK)
  • April 9: Leslie Bluman Memorial Lecture, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY (MK) 
  • April 9-12: Wright State University and Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH (RE and MK)
  • April 24: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • May 7-10: Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY (RE and MK)
  • June 10-12: Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid, Spain (RE)
  • June 18: New Brunswick Regional Hospital, Fredericton, NB, Canada (MK)
  • June 26: Kansas City, MO (RE)
  • September 4-6: First National Mindfulness Conference in South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa (MK)
  • September 29: University of British Columbia, Victoria, BC, Canada (RE)
  • October 1-2: Providence Health Care, Vancouver, BC, Canada (RE)
  • October 16: University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA (RE)
  • October 28: Medical Education Conference, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • November 2: Mind and Life Conference, Boston, MA (RE)


  • February 18-19: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (RE)
  • February 25-28: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (RE and MK)
  • March 23-27: Haifa, Israel
  • April 15: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (RE)
  • April 27-May 1: Advanced Mindful Practice Workshop, Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY (RE and MK)
  • May 2-4: Arnold P Gold Foundation Symposium, Chicago (RE)
  • October 9-10: Transforming Healthcare Through Compassion Conference, Greenville, SC (RE)
  • October 14-17: Mindful Practice Workshop, Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY (RE and MK)

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