WhatReclaiming Awe: A Workshop on Mystery and Intuition for Health and Service Professionals, a 2-1/2 day workshop with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Where:  Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, California

When:  May 21-23, 2015

Cost:  $525

Details from ishiprograms.org: Life is far larger than science. Science often defines life in ways that are too narrow. Things happen in our daily work that science cannot predict, measure or even explain. These things touch us, inspire us, strengthen us and awaken us. Frequently such happenings enable us to recognize a greater meaning in our work and a deeper direction in our lives. Yet the holy moments we all experience often go unrecognized and are rarely discussed or shared among medical colleagues.

Mystery and Intuition are ancient ways of knowing and understanding ourselves and our world. Both have become a part of the Shadow of our cognitively rooted and evidence-based approach to health care. Yet both are experienced daily within even the most advanced scientific and research oriented institutions.

Through small group discussion, experiential exercises, reflections, symbols, poetry, journal writing and imagery, Rachel will enable us to find and tell our stories of mystery, honor intuition as a legitimate way of knowing, recognize the unexplainable in our everyday experiences and reclaim a sense of awe and wonder in our work and in our lives. Come prepared to reinvigorate your calling and to see yourself and your daily work with new eyes.

Educational Goals & Objectives
Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop greater awareness and acceptance of clinical experiences of mystery and intuition in healthcare;
  • Develop greater openness and competency in discussing experiences of mystery, intuition and awe with colleagues, patients and students;
  • Recognize the cross-cultural role and impact of mystery and intuition in beliefs about illness and healing;
  • Gain greater awareness of mystery and intuition as a factor in the decision-making process and compliance of patients;
  • Reinvigorate their professional calling and deepen their commitment to their daily work;
  • Identify and evaluate their existing attitudes towards intuition and mystery;
  • Learn a method of deliberately using intuition for guidance and problem solving.


About Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the best-known early pioneers of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. As a medical educator, therapist and teacher, Dr. Remen has enabled many thousands of physicians to practice medicine from the heart and thousands of patients to remember their power to heal. Her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students, The Healer’s Art, is taught in nearly half of America’s medical schools and 7 countries abroad. A master storyteller and observer of life, her bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, have sold more than a million copies and are translated into 23 languages. Dr. Remen has had Crohn’s disease for more than 60 years and her work is a unique blend of the wisdom, strength and viewpoints of both doctor and patient.