Example of the Residential Retreat Schedule for Trainees

Sunday,
3:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Registration of patients and support persons
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Session for Trainees only
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Introduction, Orientation, Program overview. Joy of Vital Activities, Decision and Expectations. Introduction to Belief Work.
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Session for Trainees only – review of practical applications of presented concepts

Monday,
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:45 am: Increasing joy & vitality, dealing with stress & fatigue (continued from 1st session)
Understanding and Resolving Emotional Pain (Belief Work in the group setting)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Time for individual/family sessions and homework
2:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Imagery in Healing: Transforming Fear into Peace of Mind
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Integrative Medicine: Vital Energy Work – Qigong (or “Shake Your Cancer Off” –
Physical Activity for Healing)
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Session for Trainees only – review of practical applications of presented concepts

Tuesday,
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:45 am: Healthy Hope vs. False Hopelessness.
Addressing the Spiritual/Existential Dimension of Life.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Time for individual/family sessions and homework
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Session for Trainees only – Feedforward: Practice in presenting the basic concepts.
2:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Meaning of Illness, Patterns of Stress, Benefits of Illness (homework due)
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Integrative Medicine: Deep Muscle Relaxation and Imagery
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Session for Trainees only – review of practical applications of presented concepts

Wednesday,
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:45 am: Integrating Life and Death, Resolving Fear of Death to Increase Energy for Life
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Session for Trainees only – Feedforward: Practice in presenting the basic concepts
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Time for individual/family sessions and homework
2:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Resolving Common Difficult Emotions (fear, worry, anger, resentment, guilt, etc)
Emotional Re-Learning, Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA)
Mind-Body Symptom Management (pain, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath)
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Integrative Medicine: Creative Expression and Play Drumming Circle.
Beat the Odds Alumni Gathering
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Session for Trainees only – review of practical applications of presented concepts

Thursday,
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:45 am: Resolving Interpersonal Stress: Communication and Support (homework due)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Session for Trainees only – Feedforward: Practice in presenting the basic concepts
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Time for individual/family sessions and homework
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Health Plan: (nutrition, play, exercise, creative thinking, purpose, social support)
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm The Science of Laughter and Play in Healing
Integrative Medicine: Laugh Your Cancer Off
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Session for Trainees only – review of practical applications of presented concepts

Friday,
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:45 am: The Science of Beating the Odds, Integrating BTO with daily life
11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Conclusion of the retreat
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (optional)

*Schedule is subject to change