Living on Purpose

Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19, 2016
Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, CA

Do you feel your work has nothing to do with who you are?

Do you feel disconnected from what excites those around you?

Do you wonder what happened to your dreams?

Do you wish you had more passion for your work?

Do you long to feel you are the right person in the right place at the right time?

Do you feel there is something in you that has never been expressed?

Do you worry that you may be on the wrong path or in the wrong profession?

Do you long to make a difference that only you can make?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions,
this workshop is for you!

f26b8aab-68fc-41a4-af1e-64b12fcf183dEvery 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.

As a participant you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper awareness of your soul’s direction and qualities
  • Identify the barriers that keep you from living on purpose every day
  • Reinvigorate your sense of calling
  • Recognize the thread that connects the seemingly random aspects of your life
  • Experience ways you can quickly and easily reconnect to your soul purpose
  • Find the community of others who share your life purpose

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to transform their work into a calling and live closer to their life purpose, including nurses, doctors, therapists, teachers, coaches, psychologists, social workers and anyone seeking a deeper meaning and purpose in their daily work and life.

Please note: CME or CE credit is not available for this workshop.

About Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She is one of the best-known early pioneers of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. As a medical educator, therapist and teacher, Dr. Remen has enabled many thousands of physicians to practice medicine from the heart and thousands of patients to remember their power to heal. Her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students, The Healer’s Art, is taught in nearly half of America’s medical schools and 7 countries abroad. A master storyteller and observer of life, her bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, have sold more than a million copies and are translated into 23 languages. Dr. Remen has had Crohn’s disease for more than 60 years and her work is a unique blend of the wisdom, strength and viewpoints of both doctor and patient.


June 17-19, 2016
Workshop begins Friday, June 17; it runs 9am-5pm on Friday / Saturday, and on Sunday from 9am-12pm.


The registration fee per person is $525.
Pre-registration is required. To register online and to pay with a credit card or check click here. If you have questions or problems, please contact Corrie at or call 707-575-6801.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations BEFORE May 17. Cancellations after May 17 will forfeit registration fee, but can be reassigned or transferred to another participant at no charge. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Corrie McCluskey at or call 707-575-6801.

Hotel, Travel and Meal Information Lodging:

The Workshop will be held at the Acqua Hotel, 555 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, California 94941. A special discounted room rate has been negotiated for workshop attendees at the Acqua Hotel. Room rates range from $205 (standard) to $245 (junior suite w/ fireplace) per night, plus tax. Click here for the hotel’s online reservation page.

Lodging note:

If you want to stay at the Acqua Hotel, please know that it is crucial to make reservations well in advance because the hotel will sell out. Book your hotel room as soon as possible so as not to be disappointed!

Additional lodging:

We can provide names of alternative accommodations in a range of prices in the immediate vicinity of the event.


Participants fly in from all over the country to attend our workshops. If you are arriving by plane and will be renting a car, either the San Francisco or Oakland airport are recommended. The San Francisco airport is approximately an hour south of the Acqua Hotel; the Oakland airport is around 90 minutes – it depends on the time you fly in and traffic, which can be quite heavy during morning and evening rush hours. We suggest participants fly in the evening before a workshop, and plan leave the afternoon of the last day – and leave plenty of time to get to either airport. If you don’t plan to rent a car, we recommend flying into San Francisco International and taking the Marin Airporter Shuttle service that has a stop very near the Acqua Hotel (Seminary Drive/Mill Valley).


If you are a guest at the Acqua Hotel, your reservation includes free continental breakfasts, but the Acqua Hotel does not offer lunch or dinner. There will be 90 minutes available to eat lunch each day, from approximately noon to 1:30 pm. You may choose to either pre-order a catered box lunch (when you pay for registration) that will be served onsite during the workshop, or opt to eat out at one of the restaurants in the immediate area (other options may require a car or a quarter mile walk to access). The box lunches cost $21.00 (inc. tax) per person, per day, and must be pre-paid. They will vary each day, and you may choose either vegetarian or regular (meat) lunch. For example:

  • Box Lunch #1: Grilled chicken focaccia sandwich, pasta salad, kettle chips
  • Box Lunch #2 (veggie): Caprese sandwich with tomato & mozzarella, pasta salad, fruit


If you are on a special diet or cannot eat carbs, we recommend that you eat lunch at a restaurant where you can be sure to have your needs met.

To purchase optional box lunches only (after you’ve already registered):

Click here for credit card payment link

“At 77, I am a woman full of stories. Stories I have lived and stories I have been told. Stories about being a daughter, a granddaughter, a friend. Stories about being a patient and stories about being a doctor. Stories about my cat. Every one of these stories has helped me to live.”
-Rachel Naomi Remen MD