Join us March 21-23, 2024


(see conference BROCHURE)

What's included:

*Opening reception and dinner at Red Mountain Resort, plus 1-2 provided meals/day
*Charted transportation to Zion National Park for a half-day hiking experience
*Writing workshop, outdoor yoga, resilience curriculum with MD faculty
*Resort experience with swimming, biking, & fitness center freely available for those who book accommodations at Red Mountain Resort
*10 CME hours

Typical late March weather in Southern Utah: sunny with highs around 65 degrees
*Travel into the Las Vegas airport with convenient shuttling (~$40 each way) to St. George area OR head straight to the St. George Regional Airport

Conference Agenda:

Click HERE for Conference Brochure

Thursday, March 21

3:00pm check-in

4:00pm Anchoring in Nature with Ana Verissimo, MD

Kick-off your retreat experience by joining Dr Verissimo in a guided nature walk at the resort to ‘soak up’ Utah’s spring beauty, followed by meditation, and journaling/reflection individually and as a group.

5:00pm Welcome Dinner & Reception

7:00pm From Burnout to Burning Bright with Bryan Kono, MD

Accompany pediatrician and poet, Bryan Kono, on a journey of poetry, story and reflections navigating a path toward wholehearted presence in our life’s work.

8:00pm Integrative Mindfulness with John Carbone, MD

Decrease stress levels by developing greater Concentration, Sensory Clarity, and Equanimity through systematic mindfulness practice.

Friday, March 22

7:30 am-1:30pm Hiking in Zion National Park (chartered bus ride and offsite lunch)

2:00pm Cultivating a Grounded, Loving Presence in Work & Life with Mary Wilde, MD

Learn how to let go of the non-essential and show up with a healing presence even on the busiest, most demanding days.

3:00pm Drawing Together is Medicine with Andy Barnes, MD

In childlike artistic collaboration with each other, and inspired by millenia of powerful visual depictions of archetypal healers, we'll use line and color to unwind our woundedness and renew our wholeness.

4:00pm The Art of Healing through Reflection: The ‘written word’ with Ana Verissimo, MD

Through the study of various texts and recalling our own experiences, we’ll foster the potential ‘humus’ for healing and renewed enthusiasm as we discuss, reflect, & journal.

5:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Cultural Event (optional)

Saturday, March 23

9:00am The Prescription Is The Poetic with Bryan Kono, MD

Find inspiration from the beautiful questions woven into beloved poems and explore your own inner resources through freewriting, haiku, and rich conversation.

10:00am Outdoor Yoga in Snow Canyon

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Your Graphic Medicine Manifesto with Andy Barnes, MD

Continuing the journey of purposeful renewal through self-expression, we will learn how to use creative practices such as experimental cartooning to explore the intersections of our own.

2:00pm Immersion in MIndfulness with John Carbone, MD

In this session we'll deepen our experience of mindfulness through a variety of different guided mindfulness meditations, with time allocated as well for reports, dialogue, and questioning.

3:00pm Everyday Spirituality: Rediscovering Meaning, Purpose, & Connection with Mary Wilde, MD

Reconnect with your unique gifts and underlying mission to rekindle energy, enthusiasm, and endurance in all areas of your life.

4:00pm-4:30pm Closing Ceremony

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Mary Wilde, MD

Dr. Mary Wilde, the retreat host, is an integrative pediatrician and owner of Imagine Pediatrics Behavioral Health and Wellness in St. George, Utah. She’s an author, podcaster, TEDx speaker, and frequent contributor to various online platforms sharing a message of compassion and resilience. A Minnesota native now transplanted to a desert climate, Dr. Wilde has witnessed the heartiness and wisdom that can emerge from extreme conditions. Her passion for promoting resilience has led her to create an online program called “Resilience School” for kids and teens and to host conferences and retreats for parents and professionals experiencing burnout. She and her husband are the parents to 8 sons.

Bryan Kono, MD

Dr. Bryan Kono is an integrative pediatrician, founder of Highlands Integrative Pediatrics in Denver, and Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has been utilizing hypnosis and biofeedback in practice since 2009. During medical training he relied on journaling, and the writing and reading of poetry as a way of processing the profound patient experiences that he was a part of. After residency he compiled those writings and authored the book, A Rich Residence: The Poetic Education of a Pediatrician-In-Training. Dr. Kono's current work includes reframing the problem of burnout in healthcare using the poetic lens….from burnout to burning bright.

Andy Barnes, MD, MPH

Dr. Andy Barnes is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, serving as the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship director and faculty in the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. He's authored over 50 articles and book chapters on child development, resilience, and integrative pediatrics, and leads cross-disciplinary workshops in clinical hypnosis with the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute. He is also a lifelong visual artist who works in graphite, inks, and acrylics at home and in the clinic to explore manifestations of illness and wellness.

John Carbone, MD

Dr. John Carbone graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been trained as a Mindfulness Facilitator by internationally renowned Mindfulness expert Shinzen Young, and he has completed the practicum training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. He has participated in multiple retreats, conferences and seminars with pioneers in the integration of Mindfulness and Health Care, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; Deepak Chopra, MD; Jack Kornfield, PhD; Saki Santorelli, EdD; B. Alan Wallace, PhD; Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD; Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein. Dr. Carbone has been teaching Mindfulness and has been using Mindfulness-Based Interventions in his role as a Family Physician for over 20 years.

Ana Verissimo, MD, MA

Dr. Ana Maria Verissimo is a retired Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She holds an M.D. from Brown University, an M.A. in Health, and Healing from the Graduate Institute, and she is an approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Verissimo developed an Integrative Medicine Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center utilizing holistic mind-body therapies including mindfulness, guided imagery, hypnosis, and biofeedback. She received training in aromatherapy and M-technique hand massage as complements to mind-body therapies. Dr. Verissimo has a passion for Wellness Initiatives and offered her integrative skills as a platform for their implementation within Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She enjoys traveling, gardening, birding, kayaking, hiking, and finds ‘joy’ in nature. She writes poetry, short stories and incorporates ‘life lessons’ within her writing and teaching.


With any questions, please email [email protected]

To book your hotel room,

call 877-246-4453

and ask for the special retreat rate offered through Feb 20th (subject to availability)

Please see FAQ's below

for further info!


How do I get there?

The most economical way to get to the St. George area is by flying into Las Vegas and then renting a car or taking a shuttle to your destination (St. George Shuttle and Salt Lake Express are two companies that provide transportation between Las Vegas and St. George). PLEASE NOTE THAT LAS VEGAS IS IN A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE. Perhaps the most convenient way to get to St. George would be flying into the St. George Regional Airport. (Red Mountain Resort does offer a shuttle pick up service from the St. George Airport through 6pm in the evening).

What should I bring?

Weather in late March will likely be sunny and cool with high's in the mid 60's. Bring comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and yoga. In the mornings and evenings you may want a coat (and even a hat & gloves). For the reception, feel free to be as fancy or casual as you'd like! Depending on the weather, you may want to bring a bathing suit, though Red Mountain Resort may be transitioning to their outdoor pools in the Spring and it may be a bit chilly for swimming. Other items to consider bringing: a journal & a water bottle (the climate here is very dry and you'll likely need to drink more water than usual).

How do I claim CME?

This experience is powered by CMEfy – an AI-powered platform that directs learners along a pathway to capture reflections at the point of inspiration, point of care. Clinicians may earn CME/CE credit via ReflectCE, the accredited activity portal. Learn more at

What ADA & other accommodations are available?

Certain retreat activities do require moderate fitness levels & mobility. Not all areas of the Red Mountain Resort are ADA accessible. Let us know if you have special needs and we will do our best to accommodate them.

What's the cancellation policy?

Cancellations made at least 90 days prior to the start of the retreat will be refunded the full registration amount minus a nonrefundable $250 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted after that date for any reason (unless due to extreme and unforeseen circumstances the retreat does not take place). In that case, registrants would be refunded the registration fee minus the nonrefundable $250, but would themselves be responsible for any other related costs or charges. Red Mountain Resort is a separate entity and has its own cancellation policy. We are not responsible for fees or charges associated with cancellation at Red Mountain Resort.

Where else should I visit while I'm in Southern Utah?
If you have additional time in the area, there are several beautiful parks and canyons within reasonable driving distance. There's Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon-North Rim, Coral Pink Sand Dunes (sand sledding available), and even skiing at higher elevations (Brian Head Ski Resort). Other places of interest include Kayenta Arts Center, Tuacahn, and more. If you happen to still be in the area, the St. George Art Festival will take place the weekend following the retreat. Recommended restaurants include Aubergine Kitchen (Healthy/Vegan/GF), Mixed Greens (Healthy/Vegan/GF), & Irmita's (Mexican), Red Fort (Indian), Handel's Ice Cream Parlor is pretty amazing too! Downtown St. George has cute shops along main street and several historic buildings near downtown can be toured to learn more about early pioneer settlements (St. George Tabernacle, St. George Temple Visitor's Center, etc.).

With further questions, contact Dr. Mary Wilde via email at [email protected]