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Chapin Mill Workshops

Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY


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

Chapin Mill Retreat Center

Image courtesy of the Rochester Zen Center

May 3-6, 2017


A 4-day retreat-like workshop designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being.

It offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations.

Designed for medical practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) and others involved in medical practice and education. No prior experience is required; however, experience with meditation or other contemplative practices is desirable.

Session themes include communication with patients/families, responding to suffering, difficult decisions, errors, professionalism, medical education, compassion, self-care, resilience, and burnout.

Course Directors: Ronald Epstein, M.D. and Mick Krasner, M.D.

Information & Registration: Workshops begin Wednesday 6 p.m. and end Saturday 2:30 p.m. Lodging and meals are at the Retreat Center.

Accreditation: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Course Description and Registration


Mindful Practice Teacher Training

October 24-28, 2017

Balanced stonesA 5-day, retreat-like workshop designed to enable clinicians 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 medical education, the program combines didactic presentations and training in conducting experiential exercises using narratives, appreciative inquiry, and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. Session themes address attention, suffering, teamwork, difficult conversations with patients/families, uncertainty in medicine, medical education, grief and loss, resilience and compassion.

The workshop will offer hands-on experience in teaching and facilitation.  It is designed for those who wish to advance their teaching skills and to support efforts at implementing Mindful Practice® curricula in their own settings.  Course is by application only and upon acceptance you will be directed to a registration website.  Prior attendance at a Mindful Practice® workshop is required. Applications will be reviewed monthly starting January 1, 2017.

Course Description and Application Form.   Early applications are encouraged, as workshops often fill several 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

NEW!!  Mindful Practice Around the World!!

San Diego

San Diego

February 4-5, 2017


A two-day intensive format followed by four 90-minute webinars.  Offered for the first time in 2017.  Information and Registration




March 18-19, 2017


A two-day intensive format followed by four 90-minute webinars.  Offered for the first time in 2017.  Information and Registration 


Presentations and Workshops


  • February 11: Brown University Alpert School of Medicine (MK)
  • February 24: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (MK)
  • March 4: Mindfulness & Health Conference, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY (MK and RE)
  • March 5: Children's Hospital of Orange County, California (MK)
  • March 18-20: International Forum on General Practice Education and Development of Medical Service, Wenzhou, China (RE)
  • April 20: Physicians Reciprocal Insurer, Roslyn, NY (MK)
  • April 22: Alzheimer's Association of Western New York, Buffalo, NY (MK)
  • May 2-6: Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop, Chapin Mill, Batavia, NY (MK and RE)
  • May 9-13: Mindful Practice Workshop, Sweden, Netherlands (RE)
  • June 15: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (MK)
  • June 16-18: Rediscovering Meaning in our Work Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho (MK)
  • June 22: Brown University Alpert School of Medicine (MK)
  • July 12-19: Continuing Education in Umbria, Italy (MK)
  • July 14: GWish Annual Spirituality & Health Conference, Washington, DC (RE)
  • September 9: Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, San Francisco, CA (RE)
  • October 7: University of Louisville (RE)
  • October 26-29: Mindful Practice Workshop, Chapin Mill, Batavia, NY (MK and RE)
  • November 7-9: International Conference on Person-Centered Medicine, Madrid, Spain (RE)
  • November 10-11: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (MK)
  • November 11-13: International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA (MK)
  • December 5: University of West Virginia (RE)
  • December 9: Woodhull Medical Center (MK)



  • February 4-5: UC San Diego (MK and RE)
  • February 22-24: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Phoenix, AZ (RE)
  • March 17: Computers in Medicine Conference, Providence, RI (RE and MK)
  • March 25-26: Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston, MA (MK and RE)
  • May 5: Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • May 8: Arnold P Gold Foundation, Chicago, IL (RE)
  • June 7-9: International Conference on Mindfulness, Sao Paolo, Brazil (RE)