SyNAPSE - a personalized approach to practical epigenetics
SyNAPSE is a heart-centered, mindfulness-based, meaning-full approach
to living fully human using simple, effective tools for Self-Caring

Dr. Joan Borysenko, Harvard-trained cell biologist, licensed psychologist, spiritual guide, NY Times best-selling author and world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection

Dr. Gilah Rosner, Molecular geneticist, holistic nutritionist, herbalist, spiritual teacher, caterer/home chef

Experiential Retreat for Behavioral Health Professionals
and anyone who would like to join us

May 8-12, 2018
at the serene Five Star Retreat in the countryside near Nashville, TN

Joan and Gilah will be joined by Lee and Mee McCormick

Lee McCormick is an author, musician, rancher and Founder of Integrative Life Center, Spirit Recovery and Ranch Recovery Center

Mee Tracy McCormick is author of My Kitchen Cure, Pinewood Farm-to-Table Restaurateur and Real Food Expert and Activist

Meeting Room at Five Star Retreat

Farm-to-Table Catering by Pinewood Kitchen and Mercantile

Healing Ceremony at Pinewood Farms

Learn how to develop a personalized strategy for yourself or your clients utilizing evidence-based experiential tools to synergistically connect brain, body, behavior and life.

Nutrition & Brain Optimization
Meditation and Mindfulness Practice
Positive Psychology for Getting Clear & Moving Forward
Spirituality and Self-Realization

We all want to be healthy and happy and integrate effective tools to nurture body, mind and spirit. Yet, assimilating the wealth of information available and putting it into best practice can sometimes feel overwhelming. It need not be.

Dr. Joan Borysenko and Dr. Gilah Rosner invite you to learn a multidimensional approach uniting the latest finds in neuroscience, nutritional science, positive psychology and epigenetics together with mindfulness practice and traditional healing wisdom.

SyNAPSE will enhance your skills for treating the whole person by identifying individual strengths and vulnerabilities and empowering you and your clients to take charge of your own health and wellbeing.

During this experiential retreat/training you will:

  • Integrate cutting-edge nutritional science, neuroscience and positive psychology for wellness and/or recovery.
  • Discover how epigenetics and the microbiome-gut-brain axis impact behavior.
  • Experience evidenced-based practices that promote neuroplasticity and heart reconnection.
  • Learn which food choices optimize brain physiology, cognitive function and mood, and participate in hands-on culinary demos and tastings of healing foods
  • Receive instructional materials for your personal use or to use with your clients and patients
  • Engage in daily mind-body practices and informal small group discussion.
  • Experience acres of the healing beauty of nature at Pinewood Farms including the Medicine Wheel, River, Woods, and optional Sweat Lodge.

Learn and experience practical and effective mind-body tools to implement in your life and in your practice, while relaxing in a beautiful and informal setting

Our Retreat

Our retreat, held at the stunning Five Star Retreat lodge in the gorgeous Tennessee countryside, begins Tuesday evening, May 8 with a relaxed meet-and-greet followed by dinner and evening program. Each day you’ll enjoy fresh, farm-to-table organic breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The food is scrumptiously veggie-centric with local eggs, dairy and meat options.

The program ends around noon on Saturday, May 12, so you have the option to stay for extra nights in nearby Nashville.

Space is limited in order to ensure that each participant has a quality experience.

Please register early!

Lodging & Local Transportation

There are 3 options for Lodging.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. The rate is $95 per night plus tax. You can book your own room online or by phone.

Five Star Retreat has 4 beautiful cabins that sleep 3-7, available for $250 per cabin per night plus tax. The 4th night is free. Great for a few friends. Book a cabin on your own, first come, first served.

We can reserve you a space in a male bunk room or female bunk room at the Five Star Retreat. There will be a male-shared and a female-shared bathroom on the same floor. There are 9 bathrooms in the building. $29 per night.

To learn more about your lodging and local transportation options click HERE.

Registration (Includes tuition and all meals)

For this exclusive, intimate retreat with Joan, Gilah, Lee and Mee, payment is due in full at the time of registration to secure your spot. Tuition includes a $175 non-refundable registration fee.


Register HERE

Please Note: We request notice of cancellation no later than April 9, 2018. A refund (less the administrative fee) will be issued if a participant withdraws AND we can refill your spot. No refunds will be issued after April 9, 2018.

CE Credits

To find out about CE credits, please click HERE.

Rave Reviews for SyNAPSE

To see what folks are saying about our 2017 SyNAPSE retreats, click HERE.


Please contact Dr. Gilah Rosner at with any questions about the retreat. Space is limited, so don’t delay in reserving your place for this unique program!