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Busy Women's Retreat

Rebuilding Mind-Body Energy & Emotional Muscles

Led by Mark Gorkin, LICSW, aka The Stress Doc, and
Christine Pilson, a certified Health Coach

SATURDAY, JUNE 10th FROM 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church

2912 Clubhouse Rd, Finksburg, MD 21048

Are you a working woman who takes care of family, a home, maybe even elderly parents, on top of living in a driven and distracted world?

This full day retreat will teach you how to rapidly identify stress and burnout, deal with grief and loss, as well as provide tools to help you become resilient. Learn how to say “No”, to disarm power struggles, defuse criticism, and affirm your integrity. Discover the mind-body connection, holistic healing and rejuvenating energy, and the importance of self-care.  Design new pathways of the possible!

This day-long retreat is $85 per person and includes:

  • Interactive discussions and activities
  • Two mini-yoga sessions for all abilities
  • A fully-catered lunch
  • Materials to take home

 Please register before June 2nd by contacting 

Christine Pilson at Christine@ajoyfullife.us, or 443-789-6977


A Busy Women’s Retreat: 
Rebuilding Mind-Body Energy & Emotional Muscles

Do you know any woman who is working, taking care of a family and a home, maybe even parents elderly or infirm…on top of living in today’s TNT – Time-Numbers-Techno – Driven & Distracted World?  Did anyone say STRESS?  And the second most important question:  You know self-care is a priority, so why aren't you really doing it?

Have no fear…the Health Coach and the Stress Doc ™ are here to help you “Get FIT” through their FUN-Interactive-Thought-provoking One Day Retreat.  Christine and Mark will share powerful tools and techniques for grappling with and working through stress and conflict, loss, and change.  However, the real learning and growth comes from being in a safe space and authentically sharing with women, like yourself, on the front lines of the stress-burnout battlefront.  This program will help you:

1) rapidly identify stress and burnout, loss and grief, and co-dependency smoke signals. Learn how to move through these situations and recover your voice.

2) provide skills and strategies for both stress resilience, handling your emotions, and understanding the connection between mind and body

3) discover how food, nutrition and energy healing has a major impact on your overall health!

4) learn how to express healthy anger, how to say, “NO,” to disarm power struggles and defuse criticism, while staying true to yourself.

5) discover how to overcome “Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel” family environments.

6) Discover the higher power of healing humor!

We will also do some easy, basic yoga adapted for all levels of flexibility, as well as mindfulness exercises.

Don’t miss your appointment with the Health Coach and the Stress Doc!


Program Objectives:  The Dynamic Dozen

Ø  Take a Natural SPEED Stress Resilience Quiz

Ø  Rapidly Identify Signs and Causes of Stress & Burnout, Anxiety & Depression

Ø  Learn the tools to bounce back from stress and the Seven “R”s of recovery from burnout

Ø  Connect the dots between loss, trigger events and letting go

Ø  Lean to Meaningfully Transform and Grow from Loss and Change

Ø  Discover Energy Healing:  Controversial Theories & Uncommon Practices

Ø  Identify Barriers to Communication and Connection

Ø  Explore the Stress Doc’s Four Faces of Anger Model

Ø  Disarming Power Struggles through Active Listening & Questioning Skills

Ø  Identify Barriers to Healthy Eating & Physical Exercise

Ø  Discover Why Food Is the Foundation of Health & Healing

Ø  Confronting Your Intimate FOE:  From Fear of Exposure to Fun of Embarrassment

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a nationally acclaimed speaker, writer, and “Motivational Psychohumorist" ™, is a founding partner and Stress Resilience and Crisis/Trauma Consultant for the Nepali Diaspora Behavioral Well Initiative.  Mark is also a Leadership Coach/Training Consultant for the international Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University.  A former Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service, he has led numerous Pre-Deployment Stress Resilience-Humor-Team Building Retreats for the US Army.  The Doc is the author of Practice Safe Stress, The Four Faces of Anger, and Preserving Human Touch in a High-Tech World.

Christine Pilson is a Certified Health Coach who received her training from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She works with people either one-on-one or in group sessions to help them identify their health and wellness goals, create an action plan to reach those goals, and celebrate their successes! Christine approaches health and happiness from a holistic perspective. She believes that true wellness encompasses not only a person’s diet and exercise, but also their work, relationships, stress levels, spiritual practices, and how often they laugh and have fun. Christine specializes in digestive issues as well as stress and anxiety and holds workshops on a number of health and wellness topics.  She currently practices out of the Center For Healing Arts in Westminster, MD and Branches of Yoga in Sykesville, MD.