Within you lies a vital force, your innate healing superintelligence, a guidance system just waiting for you to step up and engage in true partnership toward your best health and authentic happiness. Breakthrough findings in neuroscience, positive psychology, nutrition and epigenetics are showing us how it all works.

Learn how to engage this super power at our upcoming Self-Caring in Santa Fe retreat, in the company of like-hearted people.

What do we mean by “Self-Caring”? It includes:

  • Self-knowledge of your physical, emotional and cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities…
  • Self-aware lifestyle choices…
  • Self-directed neuroplasticity…
  • Self-focused healing tools and practices…
  • Self-love and appreciation…
  • Self-selected nutrition for gut/brain/mind optimization…
  • Self-compassionate inquiry of beliefs…
  • Self-created happiness…
  • Self-empowered wellness…

Learn more in this 2-minute video I recorded just for you!

The Retreat

Come prepared to relax, reflect and dive 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!

Our retreat begins Friday 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.

Our daily program offers presentations by Joan and Gilah that include mind-body-spirit meditations, journaling, small group discussion, rituals and fun cooking and herbal wisdom demos. The food at IHM is scrumptiously veggie-centric with local dairy and meat options.

The program ends around 4 pm most days, leaving you plenty of time to rest, relax or enjoy the ambience of Santa Fe…On Sunday, 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. There will likely be the option to stay for 1 or 2 extra nights at the retreat center, so you can enjoy more of beautiful Santa Fe!

The Venue

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 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 21-25, 2018
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 Friday and Monday, breakfast and lunch daily.

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, payment in full is due at the time of registration to secure your spot.

Please Note: The program fee is non-refundable until we are able to fill your spot with a new attendee. After September 1, no refunds will be given.


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-hearted people!

A Note from Joan:

I’m delighted to invite you to join me for this interactive retreat in my home town of Santa Fe. Self-Caring in Santa Fe embraces the breadth of scientific and mind-body-spirit resources and tools that I have harvested over many decades. I’m looking forward to sharing an intimate, fun and enriching experience with you.

See you in Santa Fe!