Rocky Mountain Retreat

A Rocky Mountain Self-Care Retreat to Reflect, Regroup and Re-Charge
July 16-17, 2019
Keystone Ranch & Keystone Conference Center
Keystone, Colorado

WHO: Nurse Practitioners by nature are very giving people, but are you giving so much that you have little left when it comes time to take care of yourself? Are you looking for ways to confront a lifestyle or job that is not serving you? Do you need to learn when and how to say no, step out of the state of being overwhelmed and not feel guilty about it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this retreat is for you! 

WHAT:  This day and a half retreat that will teach you to:

  • gather motivation and set goals to make permanent lifestyle changes
  • build on your core strengths
  • interrupt the patterns that add stress to your life
  • set boundaries and create your own personal policies
  • master habit formation
  • learn the art of self-care
  • …..and so much more!

WHY: You and your patients are best served when you also take the time to do what’s right for you. This retreat will help you reflect, regroup, take charge of this critical component and create the kind of life and work you deserve!   We are all in the business of health: promoting it, helping others find it, teaching it and showing it.  This retreat will help you master the art of self-care without feeling selfish, because you can’t give away what you don’t have.

This retreat will keep you in compliance with the ANA Code of Ethics, Provision 5, which states: The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including:

  • responsibility to promote health and safety
  • preserve wholeness of character and integrity
  • maintain competence, and;
  • continue personal and professional growth

The purpose of the retreat is to singularly focus on the personal and professional growth in caring for the self, which will allow each attendee to build a plan that reflects their most important values.  Each person will leave with a sense of duty to make their own health, wellness and wholeness, not only possible, but a priority.

Keystone Ranch

WHERE: Tuesday’s program will take place at Keystone Ranch, an original 1930’s Ranch homestead of rustic elegance, overlooking Keystone Ranch Golf Course, with spectacular views of Swan Mountain and the Ten Mile Range. Wednesday’s program will take place at the Keystone Conference Center, a state-of-the-art facility nestled in a mountain valley in central Colorado’s high country, with the magnificent Rocky Mountains serving as the surrounding backdrop. 

It is approximately 3.6 miles from the Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch. A complimentary symposium shuttle will transport you between Keystone Conference Center and Keystone Ranch (see agenda below), however you are welcome to drive yourself if you would like to take a scenic ride at your leisure, before or after Tuesday’s program. 

Eileen O’Grady

Dr. Eileen O’Grady is certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach to practice extreme self-care to reverse or entirely prevent disease.  She is an expert on intentional change in humans—with an emphasis on the importance of identifying and getting unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness.

She operates the School of Wellness near Washington, D.C. and has been featured on NPR’s Talk of The Nation as an expert on battling obesity and empowering patients to make permanent lifestyle changes. Her newest book, Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach, 6th edition, was published in January 2018. 

Eva Schmidt

Eva Schmidt is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and nationally certified Health and Wellness Coach.  She incorporates evidence-based coaching skills in her 12 years as a primary care provider.  She has helped many patients successfully reduce chronic disease risk or to reverse their symptoms.  As the former co-owner of a large family practice, she became passionate about including health coaching to reduce risk and greatly mitigate the burden of chronic disease.

In addition to working The School of Wellness, she is acting as Clinical Director and Provider in an employer-sponsored wellness center in Eugene Oregon , where she provides health coaching imbedded  with  primary care services.    She is certified through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching.

ACCREDITATION: 9.5 contact/CE hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire retreat (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.

TESTIMONIALS (from actual attendees of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Retreat)

This was an amazing experience with life-long valuable lessons learned that I will take back into my practice at work and my personal life to improve both personally and professionally.

Likely one of the 10 best workshops I’ve attended here in the last 30 years.

This was an inspiring program. Even before the program completed, I was making positive changes in my life.


Tuesday, July 16 
8:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration (located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 amShuttle Departure from Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch
9:00 am – 10:30 amHow We Got Here
10:30 am – 10:45 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
10:45 am – 12:00 pmExtreme Self-Care
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (complimentary)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmHow Adults Change
2:30 pm – 2:45 pmBeverage Break (complimentary)
2:45 pm – 4:00 pmGrowing Wise
4:00 pm – 4:30 pmOur Best Selves
4:30 pmShuttle Departure from Keystone Ranch to Keystone Conference Center
OvernightYou will have a small overnight assignment

Wednesday, July 17
8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast (complimentary – located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 am – 10:30 amImmunity to Change
10:30 am – 10:45 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
10:45 am – 11:30 amOwning Our Strengths
11:30 am – 12:15 pmMaking it Happen
12:15 pmAdjourn

2018 Rocky Mountain Retreat