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Caring with Grace: A Mindfulness Retreat for Physicians Caring for Aging Parents

May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024


A 3-day mindfulness and coaching retreat for physicians caring for aging parents.

May 17-19, 2024 at the Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center in Muir Beach, California near San Francisco.

Are you frustrated and exhausted caring for aging parents who are declining? Stop letting your role in healthcare and your physician tendencies interfere with the loving and connected relationship you want to be having with your elderly parents. Learn effective tools to honor your aging loved ones while caring for them well. Bring more ease and buoyancy to the journey. Lessen your stress and anxiety (and theirs), so everyone can get back t loving, connecting and honoring.

During this retreat, you will learn practical tips and strategies to:

–Lessen frustration, irritability, anxiety, and resentment;

–Replete yourself, balance your nervous system, and rejuvenate your spirit;

–Direct your focus to what’s actually in your control so you can be present, patient, loving, and calm in the face of chaos and uncertainty;

–care for elderly parents with more ease, grace, and presence.

There will be NO lectures, PowerPoints, or conference rooms at this retreat. We will spend 3 days in a yurt, in a eucalyptus grove, in beautiful gardens, in Muir Woods, and at the ocean’s edge. Learning and growth will come through immersion in nature, a variety of mindful practices to up-regulate our parasympathetic nervous systems, and collective sharing, discussion, coaching, and problem-solving.

Who are we?

Two physicians – a geriatrician and a pediatrician. UCSF medical school classmates who became lifelong friends.
A dementia expert and mindfulness teacher and a master-certified coach, a physician wellness expert, and a yoga and mindfulness teacher who specializes in relationships. We have shared journeys of motherhood, marriage, family, and medicine. We have cared for each other and supported one another in caring for our aging parents and family members.

Dr. Mary Norman

Dr. Mary Norman is board certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She attended the University of California, San Francisco for medical school, residency, and fellowship. She practiced in Texas for 25 years, including 15 years as Medical Director for Highland Springs Senior Living. Recently relocated to Los Angeles, Mary is starting a new geriatric practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has completed the Herbert Benson, MD Course in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has been leading mindfulness for caregiver groups for the last few years. She is currently launching a new business called Just This Moment, a website promoting brain health, dementia care, education, and mindfulness training for caregivers.

Dr. Jessie Mahoney

Jessie is a master-certified physician coach and physician wellness leader. She is the founder of Pause & Presence, LLC where she supports physicians who are successful on the surface yet struggling underneath. She offers transformative coaching programs, mindful yoga, and CME wellness retreats in spectacular locations across California. Dr. Mahoney’s areas of coaching expertise are relationships, career and burnout, and navigating transitions of all kinds. She blends mindfulness and coaching synergistically to optimize impact. Dr. Mahoney is a board-certified pediatrician. She worked at The Permanente Medical Group from 2002-2020. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 and earned her medical degree from UCSF in 1997.

Event Details

May 17, 2024
May 19, 2024
Event Category:
Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
Physicians caring for aging parents
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness for life (MBCT-L), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Breathworks

Teacher Profile

Jessie Mahoney

Jessie Mahoney

Registered Apr 2021
Other Professional

Area of Expertise

Virtual Mindful Life Coaching for all areas of life. (Lessening Stress and Burnout in Healthcare, Parenting with Presence, Mindful Love, Transition Well, Ongoing Presence for Women Physicians, Caring with Presence - mindful coaching for physicians caring for aging parents, Mindful Yoga for Healers. Yoga, Coaching and Culinary Medicine Retreat Facilitator

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Mindful Yoga, Mindful Coaching


Dr. Mary Norman




San Francisco, United States