Manage Stress, Cultivate Resilience
September 26 – 29
5 pm, Thursday – 1 pm, Sunday
Modern life keeps us so busy that we are often over-committed, juggling multiple priorities and feeling out of control. This lifestyle is exhausting, unsustainable and damaging to our health. When life is out of balance, we often make decisions that appease our short-term needs at the expense of long-term health and happiness. This 3-day Optimal Health Retreat enables a shift from 'surviving' to 'thriving', as you learn skills to feel calm, focused and energized.
Using a scientific approach and 20+ years' experience working with Fortune 500 corporate executives and thousands of clients, Dr. Brad and his renowned faculty have crafted a peak life experience. The retreat agenda includes practical techniques, key learnings and enlightening experiences shared by internationally recognized teachers.
Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts (Friday – Sunday) • 3 Lunches (Friday – Sunday) • 3 Dinners (Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
MC Yogi & Amanda Giacomini
Joseph Acquah LAc OMD
The Tai Chi Doctor, a specialist in Asian medicine and acupuncture
Bruce Cryer & Gary Malkin
Awakening the power of inspiration through a multi-media experience
Life coach who focuses on language and the interactive process
Thursday, September 26
5 – 6:45 pm
Orientation and Dinner – Dr. Brad
In this kick-off session over dinner, retreat participants meet the retreat presenters and fellow participants. This orientation provides tools to understand your tension triggers and challenges. Each participant sets goals to help focus the journey for managing stress and cultivating resilience.
7 – 9 pm
What Makes Your Heart Sing? – Gary Malkin & Bruce Cryer
This unforgettable evening is designed to awaken audiences to the power of inspiration. Through the musical and storytelling talents of Emmy award-winning composer Gary Malkin and former Broadway singer/actor Bruce Cryer, you are taken through a personal journey of entertainment, challenge and inspiration. You'll ask yourself these questions: What makes your heart sing? Are you doing enough of what inspires you? Join us for a thrilling evening of poetry, story and song to arouse your own personal passion. Included in the retreat, this event is also open to the public. $20 advance tickets • $25 at the door
Friday, September 27
7:30 – 8:30 am
Breakfast – Murray Circle
8:30 – 9:30 am
Tai Chi – Joseph Acquah LAc OMD
Tai Chi Chuan is a series of body movements that are mild, gentle and calmly done. For that reason, Tai Chi, as it is now widely known, is often referred to as a moving meditation. Although one of the three forms of internal martial arts used for self-defense, Tai Chi is practiced today by most people for its benefits in various health conditions. These include reducing stress and hypertension, improving balance and coordination, and many others written about in "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi."
9:45 – 11:15 am
Embracing the Calm Beneath the Storm – Joel Kimmel
Modern life provides us with an overwhelming number of opportunities and challenges. Too often we feel over-stimulated yet under-whelmed by what we actually accomplish each day. In this workshop, you learn how the stories you tell and the language you use can either limit or expand what you are capable of feeling and doing. Through this process, you discover how to dampen worry, doubt and anxiety; and generate confidence, calm and clarity.
11:30 – 4:30 pm
'Captain Your Own Ship' Sailing Adventure & Lunch – Mike Martin & Anthony Sandberg
Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-15 voyage to Antarctica aboard Endurance is one of the greatest tales of leadership and heroism of all time. Through activities, focused reflection and epic sailing, you chart your own personal journey through this unbelievable true story. As it unfolds, parallels are made and explored between your life, triggers and stress points, and those of Captain Shackleton as he labored to save his crew from certain death. You gain an understanding of the situations that generate your personal stress responses, and memorable lessons from Shackleton, his crew and those with you to deal with life's unpredictable seas.
4:30 – 6:15 pm
Free Time – Enjoy Spa Services, Relax, Hike, Explore
Part of the pleasure of a retreat at Cavallo Point is simply allowing the energy of your experience to guide you toward what you need most. Options are many. Explore the grounds with a gentle walk or vigorous hike. Visit the Healing Arts Center & Spa for a transformative mind-body healing or luxuriating treatment. Relax in the heated meditation pool. Write in your journal at a peaceful spot by the bay. See our retreat staff for other activities to maximize your free time while on retreat.
Dinner – Murray Circle
Savor a memorable dinner hosted by Executive Chef Justin Everett in the acclaimed Murray Circle restaurant.
Saturday, September 28
7 – 8 am
Breakfast – Murray Circle
8 – 9:45 am
Meditation, Yoga & Prana – MC Yogi & Amanda Giacomini
Get ready to feel blessed, de-stressed and pumped up by the beats and guidance of MC Yogi! This yoga phenomenon of an instructor began the basic way: in a small, West Marin studio, co-owned with wife Amanda Giacomini, where Vinyasa Flow is their practice of choice. Since those foundational years, the powerhouse couple has grown into a worldwide, yoga-music sensation. In this workshop, they teach students to "step into their greatness," while enjoying a sensory, beat-driven yoga experience.
9:45 – 10 am
10 am – 12 pm
Six Pillars of Healthy Living – Dr. Brad
Modern life keeps us so busy that we are often overcommitted, juggling multiple priorities and feeling out of control. This lifestyle is exhausting, unsustainable and potentially damaging to health. Research shows that 70-90% of health conditions can be prevented or adequately managed through lifestyle alone. The cornerstone of Dr. Brad's innovative solution is "Six Pillars of Healthy Living." In this workshop, you complete his Six Pillars of Healthy Living questionnaire to determine areas where you excel and those that need more attention. You leave this experience with practical tools to increase vitality, joy, health and well-being – all important to sustaining change.
The Six Pillars of Healthy Living include:
- Stress & Resilience
- Nutrition & Healthy Eating
- Restorative Sleep
- Fitness & Active Living
- Relationships & Communication
- Finding Passion and Purpose
12 – 1 pm
1 – 3 pm
What Makes Your Heart Sing? Workshop – Bruce Cryer, Gary Malkin and Dr. Brad
Expanding on Thursday's presentation of 'What Makes Your Heart Sing?', this workshop is designed to awaken a new capacity within yourself and bring inspiration into your daily life both personally and professionally. You are guided to discover the talents and passions that lie within your own heart – those that need to be dusted off or enhanced to develop new inspiration and joy in your life. Through activities combining creativity, art, poetry and song, you discern essential catalysts to lead an inspired life and create a plan for living it every day. Beyond just an inspirational idea, 'What Makes Your Heart Sing?' will be part of how you live.
3 – 5 pm
Cavallo Point's "Backyard Hikes" – Cavallo Point Hiking Guides
Cavallo Point is located on over 80,000 acres in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Breathe fresh sea air, take a hike and explore our backyard with seasoned guides. You'll find outstanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Culinary Stress Management: Cooking As Meditation
Dinner at Cavallo Point Cooking School – Chef Jayne Reichert
You now understand the profound impact of "having too much on your plate," figuratively speaking. Now find sweet relief in the kitchen when Chef Jayne introduces you to the art of "Cooking as Meditation." She demonstrates small, meditative culinary acts, which help manage stress. This experiential, hands-on class explores:
- Immersion and engagement in the cooking experience: You learn about mindfulness shopping, food storage, and preparation; quality versus quantity; and the abundance of "nutrient-dense" fruits and vegetables available to create meals of substance.
- Your intuitive culinary skills: Go beyond the recipe book and discover your own chef mastery; allow the ingredients to speak to you about how they can be combined.
Sunday, September 29
7:30 – 8:30 am
8:30 – 10 am
Restorative Yoga – Amanda Giacomini
Start the day with acclaimed yoga teacher Amanda Giacomini. This series of soothing and well-supported poses offers an opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savor the simple sweetness of life. Restorative poses have a particular ability to leave us nourished and well rested. Usually deeply supported by blankets, blocks or other props, these postures are held for several minutes at a time.
10 – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 12 pm
Closing: Practical Tools for Managing Stress in the Real World – Dr. Brad
While it's time to bring to a close an insightful retreat weekend, you won't walk away empty-handed! Dr. Brad and his team review tools and next steps that ensure success in cultivating resilience to move beyond stress. You leave with your retreat workbook and take-home activities that include a compilation of experiential exercises, questions to consider, thoughtful quotations, and proven tips to conquer stress.
12 – 1 pm
Overnight guests: Please remember room check-out time is noon.
Farewell or Stay to Enjoy Spa Services
Reservations or Information: 415.339.4777
Retreat Package Details: Package includes retreat activities as noted and all meals (three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners). Spa services and free-time activities are not included in package price. Prices do not include taxes, gratuities or alcoholic beverages. Package subject to availability and may not be combined with other offers or rates. Refunds or credit on any unused portion of the package are unavailable. Extended stays may be available at special room rates. Package rates include lodging in a Historic or Contemporary Standard King room; upgrades are available at higher rates. Full payment is due at time of booking and is refundable if cancelled by September 19.
Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH – Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa
601 Murray Circle | Fort Baker | Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: 415.339.2692 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org