Uniting Western & Eastern Approaches to Healing

Fall 2017: October 27 - 29


Health care professionals are invited to attend the semi-annual integrative medicine and Balint process program which will combine Western medicine perspectives, Balint group process, and the traditional Tibetan practices of Kum Nye yoga and meditation. Attendees will gain an understanding of the complex factors in the provider/patient relationship and the tools necessary to integrate conventional and complementary approaches to patient care.

The Tibetan Aid Project has facilitated the sharing of Buddhist insights and healing techniques for over 40 years. With this integrative approach, consideration is given not only to the body but also the mind. When elements such as empathy and compassion are fully integrated in the therapeutic process there is a boost in healing. Additionally, a natural connection with patients is developed and communication opened. As a result, professionals are more satisfied and effective when they are able to recharge their internal strength, maintain a positive inner glow, and avoid energy drain.

Ratna Ling, the host site, is an upscale retreat facility located in the redwoods of coastal Sonoma County. Accommodations are in luxurious two-bedroom cottages and delicious vegetarian meals are included.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Identify complex factors in the clinician-patient relationship
  • Demonstrate greater understanding and flexibility in thoughts and feelings that connect clinicians and patients
  • Demonstrate ability to use increased understanding of clinician-patient relationship to be more effective and therapeutic with patients
  • Demonstrate an ability to address problematic clinician-patient encounters
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of how mind-body practices apply and can be effectively used in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of the impact of provider reflection and self-care on clinical practice

Continuing Education Credits

MD and DO: This Live activity, Healing, Mindfulness, and Compassion - uniting western and eastern approaches to healing, from 04/15/2016 - 10/15/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10.75 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please be advised that credit was warded for the experiential portion of the Yoga or Meditation session along with the discussion portions, a change from previous years.

Nurses: IMCF offers 10.75 units of CEUs to RNs, Provider Number 12821, from the California Board of Nursing.

LCSW, MFT, LEP, and LPCC: Course meets the qualifications for 10.75 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Those with PhD, EdD Behavior Health degrees, and other healing professionals should contact us about applicable continuing education credits. Please contact Judy Rasussen at 510-848-4238 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Sessions

Retreat begins with check-in from 3-4 pm on Friday and ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday. 

Integrative Medicine: is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.More information about Integrative Medicine.

Balint: Named after psychoanalyst Michael Balint, this technique is a group process that enhances self awareness and addresses the emotional content of patient-practitioner relationships. Healthcare practitioners only.More information about Balint.

Kum Nye: Based on Tibetan medicine, this form of yoga is a natural healing system that uses movement, massage and breathing practices to promote physical and emotional health. More information about Kum Nye.

Traditional Tibetan Healing: For over 2,500 years, meditation, mantra recitation and visualization have successfully aided in keeping the body and mind healthy and sustained. We will explore the healing quality of these techniques.

About the Faculty

Ritch Addison, PhD (Balint) is a Clinical Professor of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, Behavioral Medicine Director of Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and Former President of the American Balint Society.

Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD (Balint) is Associate Clinical Professor of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, a practitioner of Family Medicine at Integrative Medical Clinic Santa Rosa and a credentialed Balint leader.

Bob Dozor, MD (Integrative Medicine) is founder of Integrative Medical Clinic Santa Rosa and has practiced family medicine for over 25 years.

Donna Morton, PT, NC, is an orthopedic physical therapist with nearly 30 years experience and a holistic nutrition consultant in the East Bay, a long-time faculty member at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley where she teaches Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) and meditation.

Rosalyn White (Meditation) is Executive Co-Director of Ratna Ling and a longtime instructor at the Nyingma Institute. She has been practicing meditation for over 35 years.

Registration Information

  • Registration is limited and advanced registration is required.
  • Registration will not be complete until full payment is received.
  • Early registration discount of $35 if  payment received one month before conference (does not apply to student rate).
  • Participants are expected to be present for all Balint activities. Please do not leave early or miss any Balint groups.
  • In order to provide an optimal experience, please indicate any special needs on your registration.

  • Cancellation or Change in Registration

    Deposits and payments are refundable minus a $100 administrative fee if cancellations are received a minimum of four weeks prior to program start date. No credit or refund is available for cancellations less than 4 weeks prior to the program start date, for no-shows, or for leaving an event early. Tibetan Aid Project reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In that case, full payment will be refunded.


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    FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Judy Rasmussen by phone (510) 848 - 4238 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Photos by: Michelle Pattee, Chelsea Rappel, and Troy Ziel.


    Ratna Ling is a nonprofit retreat center that emphasizes education, healing and spirituality.

    and also,

    The nonprofit, education center of the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa.

    Proceeds from this retreat fund programs promoting education, literacy and spiritual well being among the Tibetan refugee community in the Himalayan region.