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Thursday, Oct. 1st to Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2015
Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, CA

Does your purpose guide your life?

Do you sometimes wonder if your life has any meaning?

Do you feel that you are here for some reason you cannot put your finger on?

Do you envy people who have a clear sense of direction?

Have you found your tribe?

What if you are here for a unique reason? What if the criticism and approval of others has covered this over and encouraged you to make yourself into the person you are rewarded for being rather than the person you were born to be? Do you know how to come home to yourself and live closer to your reason for being? What if you could find ways to follow the hidden threads of genuine purpose that run through your life and let them lead you to back to the person you most essentially are?

Indigenous wisdom tells us Life is an opportunity to walk the Path with Heart. This workshop will help free you from beliefs about who you should be, so you can become the person you authentically are. Rachel and Mark (who are cousins) will draw on their personal experience of spiritual and tribal practices and traditions to help you recognize and reclaim your own birthright.

Only when we are walking our own path can we speak truth, and fully collaborate with the purpose of the world. Come prepared to celebrate your deep identity and recognize your own place of genuine service.

About the instructors

RACHEL NAOMI REMEN MD: Rachel is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and the New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings. Her books are translated into 21 languages worldwide. Her work has reminded many thousands of people of their power to grow beyond their current challenges and heal themselves. Dr. Remen has a 60-year personal history of Crohn’s disease and her teaching and writing is a unique synthesis of the wisdom and courage of physician and patient.

MARK MONTIJO, PhD: Mark Montijo was first licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor where he worked in partnership with indigenous healers using traditional healing techniques. He then became licensed in California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and divided his practice between Beverly Hills and Santa Fe. Mark received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006 and began teaching that same year as an adjunct faculty member. Having deepened the bonds he first made with a network of traditional healers many years ago, Mark continues a 30+ year commitment to track the many connecting threads between Jungian thought and the ancient healing ways of North America. He has integrated this into his depth psychology practice and his approach to teaching. Mark also works as a healthcare mediator, weaving together the stories of healthcare teams, patients and  families in the wake of tragic medical events. Over the years, Mark has attained a profound understanding of the sacred relationship between spirituality and personal growth.

Who should attend?

All are welcome.


October 1-3, 2015.

Program begins Thursday, October 1; it runs 9am-5pm on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from 9am-12pm.


The registration fee per person is $525.

For any questions, please contact Corrie McCluskey corrie@rachelremen.com

Cancellation Policy

A full refund (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations BEFORE September 1. Cancellations after September 1 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 ktw@rachelremen.com 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 $199 (deluxe queen) to $249 (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.

Travel: 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).

Meals: 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 $20.00 (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

Note: 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.

“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