Finding Your Resilience: Reclaiming Mystery and Meaning in Hospice Work

With Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Course Dates: Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23, 2016

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Often science defines life in ways that are too small. Things happen daily that science cannot measure or even explain. The essential nature of life cannot be quantified or understood but only witnessed and experienced. These experiences have the power to touch us, inspire us, strengthen us and awaken us. They are also a powerful form of self-care. Frequently they enable us to recognize a deeper meaning in our daily work and enable the work itself to renew us. Yet these holy moments are rarely discussed and shared among professional colleagues.

Hospice is a front row seat on Mystery and Meaning. Through small group discussion, experiential exercises, narrative, reflections, symbols, poetry and journal writing Dr. Remen will enable us to find and share our stories of Mystery and Meaning, reclaim a greater sense of wonder in our work, and recommit to our calling to meet people at the very edge of life and celebrate the Unknown.

Come prepared to explore the deep meaning of your work as a hospice professional and reclaim a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to do this work together.



Living on Purpose: The Personal Discovery of Meaning, Calling, and Connection

With Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Course Dates: Friday June 17 – Sunday June 19, 2016


Every life matters. Each one of us has a unique purpose, an inner compass that can guide us throughout our lives. Often we follow it unaware or not at all. Few of us can easily recognize our purpose and make the deliberate choices that enable us to express it. Yet our deepest satisfaction and happiness in life may rest on our learning to do exactly this.

Through experiential exercises, reflections, small group discussions, symbolic work, poetry, storytelling, journal writing and imagery, Rachel will lead you in an exploration of your soul’s lifelong values, and enable you to recognize the unseen thread that you have followed all of your life so that you can follow it on purpose. Come and learn to live closer to what really matters to you, and rediscover the road that will lead you back to your life
purpose and your heart.

Stories About Grandpa and Grandma

with Rachel Naomi Remen MD

6th Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series

June 4, 2015

The relationship between children and their grandparents is often one of the most special relationships in a lifetime. Grandparents love us and see us differently than parents do. Our parents set goals and standards for us. They teach us table manners, and take us to school. They help with homework. They cheer at our games and go to our plays. They discipline us and get us to places on time. Our grandparents have already done these things for our parents. What they do for us is different. They listen to us. They play with us. They celebrate our lives and love us exactly as we are. Because they knew them personally, they recognize in us the continuity of our family. They see in our faces the eyes of our great grandmother or the nose of our great, great grandfather. And for them we are not just the immortality of the past but also the hope of the future. They love us unconditionally. There is also a Q & A and a wonderful song from singer songwriter Karen Drucker.

Stories About The Power of Love


with Rachel Naomi Remen MD


5th Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series

  Feb. 12, 2015  

he heart is usually  thought of as a sort of Valentine, a soft and even “touchy feely” place.. But the heart is an organ of vision, a way of seeing that offers us great strength and shows us the direction of wise action. When you see through the heart and not just the mind, you discover your true power to make a difference in the lives of others and in the world. The heart offers us a richer and better life often without changing the life we are already leading. The perspective of  the heart enables us to find the deep meaning in ordinary life, the joy often hidden  in our daily routine. Only the heart has the power to heal lifelong relationships that have caused us much pain and teach us to value ourselves for who we are. And only the heart can heal the illusion of loneliness.

Rachel will share stories that offer us a new perspective on the power of the heart and uncover one of the best kept secrets in our culture; the compass that can lead us to a sustainable and better world lies in the heart and not the mind.

There is also a lively Q & A and a wonderful song from singer songwriter Karen Drucker.

Stories About The Will To Live

with Rachel Naomi Remen MD

4th Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series

Dec. 16, 2014

Winter is the time when the Will to Live in many living things is tested. A time of cold and darkness when all appears dead.  A time when we need to trust something that we cannot see, the life force hidden deep in the heart of all living things. The Will to Live is the part of our birthright. It is present in even the smallest of us and is undiminished even in great age. In Celebration of the Winter Solstice, Rachel shares some of her favorite stories from Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings about the Will to Live, the tenacity towards life woven into every one of our cells that responds to the challenge of Winter and enables us not only to survive but to blossom. There is also a lively Q & A and a wonderful song from singer songwriter Karen Drucker.

Stories About Death And Mystery


with Rachel Naomi Remen MD


3rd Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series

Oct. 30, 2014

Death is the Mystery at the heart of life, the great Unknown. Often the end of life is the place where we discover life’s deepest meaning and the true value of our love.

The Day of the Dead is one of the oldest of holiday celebrations dating back to Pre-Columbian times. It is a time when family and friends who have died are recognized as a vital and powerful part of life and the line between the dead and the living grows thinner. People gather in homes and in cemeteries with the souls of their beloved dead to feast and pray and appreciate the blessings of friends and family. I will be reading some favorite stories from my bestselling books (KITCEN TABLE WISDOM & MY GRANDFATHER’S BLESSINGS) about the mystery and the meanings of death and of family.


2nd Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series

  DATE: Sept. 3rd, 2014 Work can be a burden or a blessing. Your work can be a Job, the way you make money. Or a Career that advances your personal power. Or a Calling that enables you to make a difference and change the world. The same work can become any of these things. In celebration of Labor Day, Rachel reads some of her favorite stories from her bestselling books (KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM & MY GRANDFATHER’S BLESSINGS) about the ways work can wound you or heal you, diminish you or reveal your true nature, become your love made visible or even your unique spiritual path.




First Teleconference in the Story Time for Grownups Series


DATE: July 8th, 2014

  • Do you miss having someone read stories to you at bedtime?
  • Do you still love having stories read to you out loud?

In honor of the 4th of July, Rachel shares stories from her bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, about the many ways we can free ourselves to become who we genuinely are.


10 Ways Your Soul Guides You In Daily Life


with Rachel Naomi Remen MD and Lissa Rankin MD

DATE: Jan. 27th, 2013

                    • Are You Yearning For More Meaning And Purpose In Your Life?


                  • Would You Love To Stop Feeling Like You’re “Not Enough” & Start Stepping Joyfully Into Your Wholeness?


                  • Are You Ready To Learn To Reconnect With Your Soul’s Guidance?


                                      Join Kitchen Table Wisdom author Rachel Naomi Remen, MD & Mind Over Medicine author Lissa Rankin, MD for 10 Ways Your Soul Guides You In Daily Life, a free 90 minute teleclass that will help you learn to pay attention to how your soul communicates with you so you can infuse your new year with meaning, connection, and purpose.



Stories for Dark Times

For Those Who Love Stories

Thursday Dec. 5th, 2013

In honor of the season and the darkest time of the year, Rachel will be reading holiday stories and other stories about darkness and light from her books Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings. Let’s get together and talk about where these stories touch us, what they mean to us, and how they can help us to live.

There will be and opportunity for disucssion during the reading and at the end, those who wish to will have a chance to meet in small groups and share their own stories of darkness and light and their memories of this special time of the year.


Keeping Your Heart Alive in Healthcare

5 Secrets to Surviving Our Healthcare Crisis

Nov. 13th, 2013

  • Tired of fighting with a broken system?
  • Feel that nothing can change?
  • Think there’s no way to get more satisfaction from your work?



The Will to Live and Other Mysteries

June 27th, 2013

Mystery is not an idea, it is an experience, a part of everyday life that most of us are too busy and too distracted to notice. This workshop is an opportunity to become more aware of the presence of mystery and healing in your own life and your own work and regain a sense of strength, possibility and hope. Be prepared to reclaim wonder, awe and aliveness and see your life and your work in new ways.

There is no download available for this teleconference workshop.


Medicine Woman Wisdom

Making Healthcare Whole

June 20th, 2013

Share an hour of discussion thoughts and stories by this master storyteller about the power of the deep feminine to heal the health care system and remember the healer in us all. Rachel gives a talk followed by Q & A with the live audience.

There is no download available for this teleconference workshop.