Self-Caring in Santa Fe

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 “Self-Caring in Santa Fe” retreat, September 21-25, 2018, in the company of like-hearted people.

What do I 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-compassionate inquiry of beliefs…
  • Self-selected nutrition for gut/brain/mind optimization…
  • Self-created happiness…
    Self-empowered wellness.

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

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Heart and Soul: A Woman’s Spiritual Retreat

Make time for magic!

Join Joan Borysenko in an intimate women’s retreat overlooking the Hood Canal in dreamy Union, Washington. Women’s “ways of knowing” include dreams, ritual, storytelling, intention, and deep meaningful connection with one another. In this 3-day retreat culminating on the new moon we will ignite our intuition, open our hearts, restore body and soul, discern our way forward, and connect with the highest vision of who we are and what matters most. Together, we will:

  • Dream our own dreams and claim them
  • Silence the inner critic and court the inner advisor
  • Meditate, visualize, and pray
  • Create rituals for healing and manifesting
  • Learn Tools for reducing fear and unleashing possibility
  • Train our brains for success and creativity
  • Practice the sacrament of the present moment
  • Recreate, restore, and bask in nature’s own womb
  • Dine on delicious, fun, healthful food overlooking the water
  • Laugh, cry, celebrate, and leave filled with wonder

I hope you’ll join me! Click here for details.

The Power of Woman: A Transformative Spiritual Retreat

September 6 – 9, 2018

Harmony Hill Retreat Center – Union, WA

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Learning to love yourself with Joan and Karen

Put August 10-12 on your calendar and come on over to Stockbridge MA and the iconic Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the magnificent Berkshires.

Spiritual Tools for Everyday Healing

Traditional healing wisdom is both holistic and spiritual–the sacred practices of ancient traditions are designed to help us lead a balanced, healthy life. Likewise, for us moderns, every day brings us myriad opportunities to transform our routine activities into acts of mindful awareness, meaning and purpose, and by so doing we integrate the worlds of body, mind, heart and soul. This wholeness is the essence of holiness, and of healing.

So, just what IS spirituality? In this short video below on “Spirituality, Neuroscience and Narrative”, I share some perspectives on spirituality as our deepest sense of connection, presence, and belonging.

During our upcoming SyNAPSE retreat, we’ll explore healing tools and techniques that infuse our entire day with awareness and spirituality… the experience of becoming fully human.

Join me May 8-12, 2018 for our SyNAPSE retreat near Nashville, TN along with my dear friends and colleagues, Gilah Rosner, PhD and Lee & Mee McCormick for an experience you will never forget!

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Learn Mind Body Tools with Joan

As a scientist, psychologist and spiritual seeker I know that a truly holistic approach is best for living well, and for healing. That’s why I developed SyNAPSE, an integrative, multi-perspective, mindfulness-based and heart-centered approach to personalized wellness and recovery – designed to meet our needs as human beings today.

I’d love to share the SyNAPSE techniques with you at a retreat I’m offering May 8-12, 2018 near Nashville, TN. Learn how to develop a personalized, integrative strategy for you and your clients utilizing evidence-based experiential tools to synergistically connect brain, body, behavior and life.

We’re offering 20 CEUsfor behavioral health providers – but the retreat is open anyone who feels called to attend. We’d love to have you.

Please check out my video invite below.

SyNAPSE is a toolbox of practical, experiential and evidence-based strategies that weaves cutting-edge neuroscience, nutritional science, epigenetics and positive psychology together with mind-body-spiritual tools to guide your (or your clients’) unique path toward health, happiness and wholeness.

Join me with my dear friends and colleagues, Gilah Rosner, PhD and Lee & Mee McCormick near Nashville, and have some fun practicing these tools together! Then you’ll take the whole embodied toolkit home with you.


  • Integrate cutting-edge nutritional science, neuroscience and positive psychology.
  • 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 cognitive function and mood, and participate in hands-on culinary demos and tastings of healing foods
  • Recognize and replace prevailing paradigms around food, medicine and healthcare that may be derailing your clients’ quest for wellbeing and contentment.
  • Receive instructional materials to use with your clients.
  • Engage in daily mind-body practices and informal small group discussion.
  • Feast on organic farm-to-table cuisine lovingly prepared just for our group
  • Enjoy the nature beauty of Pinewood Farms… including Medicine Wheel and optional Sweat Lodge

Register HERE for SyNAPSE

Experience practical and effective mind-body tools to implement in your practice, while relaxing in a welcoming community of like-hearted people.

I look forward to welcoming you to Nashville!


Two Scientists in the Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Lemon PestoDeciding what to eat has gotten so complicated, it seems you need a scientist in the kitchen. So don’t worry – now you’ve got two! Mostly we are two foodies who want to have fun in the kitchen, then sit down to the sensuous pleasures of leisurely enjoying a beautiful meal. Join me along with my pal, Dr. Gilah Rosner, in my home town of Santa Fe, September 7-11, 2016 for our retreat, “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, Joyful Eating”. We’ll serve you bite size portions of the latest nutritional science, along with generous helpings of traditional wisdom regarding the preparation and enjoyment of wholesome food. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun?

Join my mailing list today and receive our free article “Two Scientists in the Kitchen” with recipes, photos, and lots of great nutritional information.

At Home with Joan – a Retreat in Santa Fe!

Dear Friends,

I have some very exciting news for you. My husband Gordon and I moved to Santa Fe about a year ago, and people keep asking, “Are you doing any programs in Santa Fe? It’s such a great place!”

Santa Fe is indeed a treasure.  So I’m proud to announce the first ever “At Home with Joan” retreat.  I looked all over Santa Fe for the best venue and found a beautiful, historic monastery a short walk from the charming Santa Fe Plaza. You are going to love it.

So… what is the retreat about, you may be wondering? It’s called Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, Joyful Eating! All my favorite subjects. We’ll explore how cutting-edge nutritional science and ancient holistic wisdom work together to enhance our well being, and we’ll experience the Zen of eating – using narrative psychology, the power of pleasure, and mind-body practices as dynamic tools to jumpstart your path to joyful eating and radiant health.

I’ll be joined by my friend Gilah Rosner, who like me, is a medical scientist who left academia and hospital practice to expand her horizons. She is a wise woman, scientist, herbalist, and fine chef. Like me, Gilah knows that how we eat is as important as what we eat, and that each of us can find our optimal nutritional plan that is delicious, wholesome, and fun to prepare.

So, come and join us to feed your body, mind, and spirit. There will even be hands on cooking demonstrations.  And at last you can end food confusion since both Gilah and I have spent years studying the art and science of personalized nutrition.

What a deal! You get to feed your left brain, your right brain, and your tummy. That’s what I call a full service retreat…capped at 30 participants so that we can have an intimate time together.

Read all about it right here

And please, come and join me. It’s best to reserve your place now since the retreat is sure to fill up quickly.  And you get a discount for early registration as well.

With joy,  Joan

Dr. Joan Borysenko – The Science of Personalized Nutrition

Why am I on a campaign to increase nutritional literacy > Easy- knowing why what we eat matters can change our personal health and the health of our country. Check out my short video on the 5 pillars of dietary doom. It’s part of a presentation that I crafted for the World Summit of Integrative Medicine– an impressive online conference that will start airing soon!

To learn more about this important subject, join Dr. Joan Borysenko at the World Summit of Integrative Medicine – 7 days – 49 groundbreaking speakers – all online – October 5th to 11th, 2015 – Register Now –

A Women’s Spiritual Retreat with Joan Borysenko and Karen Drucker

Ready for some summer fun and inspiration? Want to laugh and cry, learn a lot, kick up your heels, and enjoy the company of a fabulous group of women?

Come on along to the 4th annual east coast women’s spiritual retreat that I facilitate along with the divine Karen Drucker at the Kripalu Center for Yoga an Health in Stockbridge, MA. It’s a fabulous place that nurtures body, mind, and spirit- a perfect place to recharge, renew, and have a great time.

July 17-19, 2015 – Click here for details.