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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

October 24 - 27, 2018


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: Ron Epstein, MD and Mick Krasner, MD

Details: 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.

Registration for October's course is now open!  REGISTER NOW


Mindful Practice Facilitator Training

Spring, 2019-Registration will open Summer of 2018

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. 

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

Upcoming Presentations and Workshops


  • January 26-27: State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine (RE)
  • February 5-7: University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA (RE)
  • February 9: University of British Columbia, Department of Pediatrics (RE)
  • February 15: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY (RE)
  • March 6: Alzheimer's Association, Rochester, NY (MK)
  • March 19-22: Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Escuela de Medicina, Chile (RE)
  • March 21: Children's Institute, Rochester, NY (MK)
  • April 11-12: University of Virginia Compassionate Care Initiative, Charlottesville, VA (MK)
  • April 13: Breast Cancer Coalition, 15th Annual Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • April 17: Academy of Medicine, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • April 18-21: AAFP Well-being Conference, Naples, FL (RE)
  • April 20-22: AAN Live Well/Lead Well Sessions, Los Angeles, CA (FM)
  • April 23-24: City of Hope, Duarte, CA (RE)
  • April 25-28: Chapin Mill, Mindful Practice Workshop (RE, MK, FM, PL)
  • May 4: Foundation for Medical Excellence, Portland, OR (MK)
  • May 7-8: Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, Netherlands (RE)
  • May 8: AUR Lucy Squire Keynote, Orlando, FL (FM)
  • May 9: Corning Corporation, Corning, NY (MK)
  • May 9-13: WellMed Conference, Greece (RE)
  • May 30-31: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (RE)
  • June 1: University of Toronto (RE)
  • June 4: University of Rochester, Wellness Seminar Series (RE)
  • June 7: John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (RE)
  • July 9-13: International Conference on Mindfulness, Amsterdam, Netherlands (RE)
  • September 1-5: ICCH Conference, Oporto, Portugal (RE)
  • September 28-30: Northwestern Osteopathic Association, Boise, ID (MK)
  • October 4-6: Mexico City (RE)
  • October 9-11: AAFP FMX Conference, New Orleans, LA (RE, FM)
  • October 23-27: Chapin Mill, Mindful Practice Workshop (RE, MK, FM, PL)
  • November 2-7: AAMC Annual Meeting, Learn Serve Lead, Austin, TX (RE)
  • November 8-10: Mind & Life Institute, International Symposium, Phoenix, AZ (RE)
  • November 9-11: Mind and Life Conference, Phoenix, AZ (MK)

Past Presentations and Workshops


  • January 9: New York Hospital Association, New York, NY (RE)
  • February 4-5: Mindful Practice Introductory Workshop, University of California, San Diego, CA (MK and RE)
  • February 6: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC (RE)
  • February 22-24: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Phoenix, AZ (RE and FM)
  • February 24-25: St. Boniface Hospital Research Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (MK)
  • March 17: Computers in Medicine Conference, Providence, RI (RE and MK)
  • March 18-19: Mindful Practice Introductory Workshop, Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston, MA (MK and RE)
  • March 25-26: Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston, MA (MK and RE)
  • March 30-31: Gold Humanism Honor Society National Conference, Chicago, IL (RE)
  • April 21: Society for General Internal Medicine, Washington, DC (MK)
  • May 3-6: Mindful Practice Initial Workshop, Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY  (RE, MK, PL, FM) 
  • May 5: Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, Rochester, NY (RE)
  • May 8: Arnold P Gold Foundation, Chicago, IL (RE)
  • May 17: Leadership Webinar, Corning Corporation, Corning, NY (MK)
  • June 3: American Society for Clinical Oncology, Chicago, IL (RE)
  • June 7-9: International Conference on Mindfulness, Sao Paolo, Brazil (RE)
  • October 24-28: Mindful Practice Teacher Training Workshop, Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY (RE, MK, PL, FM)