The Retreat

Gilah and Joan

Come prepared to relax, reflect and delve deep in a welcoming community!

Enjoy exclusive face-to-face time with Joan Borysenko, PhD, whose warmth, humor and innovative teachings in mind-body medicine, psychology and spirituality will guide your journey to joyous, radiant health!

Joan will be joined by friend Gilah Rosner, PhD, co-creator of SyNAPSE—an integrative and personalized approach to wellness that helps you discover your unique path to your healthiest self, using Science, Nutrition, Awareness, Positive Psychology, Spirituality & Epigenetics.

Our small group retreat will be informal, enlightening, supportive and fun!

  • Learn why cutting-edge nutritional science AND traditional healing wisdom should inform your personal food choices for vibrant health and brain optimization.
  • Experience the Zen of wellness—how beliefs, mindfulness, awareness, pleasure and gratitude promote neuroplasticity, heart reconnection, resiliency and vibrant health.
  • Discover practical, experiential and effective positive psychology tools for reducing stress, getting clear and moving forward.
  • Engage in daily mind-body practices including meditation, journaling, qigong and yoga nidra.
  • Enjoy time for exploring Santa Fe’s sights. Visit markets, galleries and sacred sites.
  • Receive materials to take home to help you create your personalized wellness plan!
IHM dining room     Monte sol Room

Our retreat begins Wednesday evening with a relaxed meet-and-greet followed by dinner and evening program. Each day you’ll enjoy gourmet organic breakfast, lunch, and snacks in a beautiful dining room overlooking the Monte Sol and Atalaya mountains, with the Ortiz and Sandia mountain ranges in the  distance. The food at IHM is scrumptiously veggie-centric with local dairy and meat options.

The program ends around 4 pm Thursday and Friday, leaving you plenty of time to rest, relax or enjoy the ambience of Santa Fe…On Saturday, you have the entire afternoon free to visit markets and galleries, or have a spa afternoon at Ten Thousand Waves! There are wonderful hiking and biking trails too.


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The Location

Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center

Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center

The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Retreat and Conference Center is one of Santa Fe’s hidden treasures! Nestled in the pinon-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains, with the great peaks of the Sangre de Cristos as a backdrop, rising to over 12,000 feet, this is a place where you can cultivate the richness of life and spirit.

The IHM center is minutes from Santa Fe’s finest attractions, including markets, restaurants and galleries. The Albuquerque International Sunport is just 1 hour away, with shuttle service right to IHM’s door.

The Details


When: September 13-17, 2017
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat and Conference Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
*Cost: Single Occupancy—$1795
Double Occupancy—$1645
Commuter (no lodging)—$1395

*Retreat Cost includes full program, dinner Wednesday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch Thursday through Sunday.

The bedrooms at IHM are pleasant and sunny with a lovely breeze. Each room has its own private bathroom. If you wish to stay outside the retreat center, suggestions for other lodging can be sent upon request.

Space is limited in order to ensure that each participant has a quality experience. Please register early!


For this small, exclusive retreat with Joan, a non-refundable deposit of $895 is due at time of registration to secure your spot.

Balance payments due by July 15, 2017.

Please Note: Should you need to cancel, the program deposit is non-refundable, unless we are able to fill your spot with a new attendee. We request notice of cancellation at least 30 days prior to the retreat. After August 15, both deposit and balance payments are non-refundable.

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Please feel free to email Gilah at 4worldswellness@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the retreat. Space is limited, so don’t delay in reserving your spot for this wonderful retreat in sunny Santa Fe with Joan and a group of amazing, like-minded people!