Resilience Retreat for Nurses

Oceanfront at Biddeford Pool, ME
July 13-15, 2018

Join a small group of nurses for a one-of-a kind retreat experience.

We’ll stay at a peaceful spiritual center on the ocean in one of Maine’s prettiest summer colonies. Together we’ll build resilience. There will be time to walk on the beach and the trails at East Point Audubon Sanctuary.

The retreat begins Friday evening, July 13 at 7pm and concludes Sunday, July 15 at noon. Space is limited! Register and reserve your place by July 2, 2018.

This weekend is for you if:

  • You have a desire to be good to yourself
  • You love the ocean, fresh water ponds and spectacular coastal trails
  • You’re ready to shift from living in stress response
  • You value personal development and meaningful professional education
  • You’re eager to learn the latest science and research on compassion and resilience
  • You’re open to new perspectives, practical tools, empowering resources and proven practices for managing stress and preventing burnout
  • You want to be supported to thrive in a community of like-minded nurses
  • Your spirit is ready for an adventure

Program Highlights:

This transformative weekend will provide resilience building education, evidence-based practices, empowerment training, wisdom for facing challenges in medicine, experiential learning, a supportive community, nature walks and optional free coaching. You’ll leave with new knowledge and skills to enhance your overall health and well-being.



When:  Friday July 13, 7pm–Sunday, July 15, noon

Where:  Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford Pool, Maine

(This is not a religious retreat) The spiritual center was originally a hotel in the late 1800’s and later a boarding school. The center is now owned and operated by an order of nuns. Margaret Wheatley has said that the strongest women on the planet are nuns. She even coined the term, “If you want it done, give it to a nun.” Sounds like nurses.

Who:  Women only

Cost:  $400 in full (Includes workshops, optional free coaching, 2 nights, 6 meals)





3:00pm-5:00pm Check-in

7:00pm-8:00pm Welcome/Introduction


9:30am-12:00pm Workshop

2:30pm-5:00pm Workshop

7:00pm Optional Evening event


9:30am-12:00pm Workshop



Cafeteria: (Meals begin with dinner on Friday and conclude with lunch on Sunday)

Breakfast: 8:30am

Lunch: 12:00pm

Dinner: 5:30pm


Optional Free Coaching: Signups will be available Friday evening


Joyce MorrissetteFacilitator and Host Joyce Morrissette, BSN, RN is a holistic nurse, speaker and well-being educator for clinicians. She authored the book, Receive, So You May Give: A Self-Care Path for Nurses. Prior to becoming a nurse consultant, Joyce coordinated clinical research in Boston and worked for 25 years as a psychiatric nurse. Her advanced training includes completing Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Health and Lifestyle Program for healthcare professionals at the Arizona Center for Inrtegrative Medicine. Joyce is a Martha Beck trained life coach and a mind body medicine facilitator. She’s a native of Maine and has lived on the tied island of Biddeford Pool.


Jean Ellsworth-WolkGuest Coach Jean Ellsworth-Wolk, RN, APRN, AOCNS has been an oncology nurse for 39 years and an advanced practice nurse for 32. She works as a Cancer Survivorship program coordinator at a regional Cleveland Clinic Hospital where the main focus is self-care. Jean is a Martha Beck certified life coach who teaches patients and nurses how to achieve higher levels of happiness and purpose.


What People are Saying About Joyce
“Joyce reflects deeply, has a strong ethical sense, and shows compassion for those whose lives touch hers.” ~ Patricia H.
“Joyce has the integrity to do the right thing.” ~ Jaqueline H.
“She inspires others to raise their level.” ~ Ivana K.

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