Melissa Sutor|Rochelle McLaughlin: Mindful Oasis for Healthcare Practitioners at 1440 Multiversity

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Mindfulness for Leaders – 1440 Multiversity

Mindful Oasis for Healthcare Practitioners

Restoration, Nourishment, and Rooting in Practice

August 23 - 25, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

In today’s fast-paced world and complex healthcare institutions, many healthcare practitioners feel overwhelmed and experience depression, anxiety, burnout, and other health problems. This retreat, at the forefront of the emerging practice of mindfulness, is a unique opportunity to nourish your personal and professional development.

Join mindfulness educators Melissa Sutor, MS, MA, and Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, MBSR, and learn simple tools to manage daily stressors and how to skillfully integrate your own embodied experience into your healthcare practice. This workshop will provide a warm, engaging, and dynamic environment to:

  • Discover the accessible and intuitive basics of a mindfulness practice that build resilience
  • Engage in mindful movement, walking, and sitting practices
  • Experience a variety of specific breath and meditation exercises for the heart, body, mind, and relationships that build compassion and forgiveness
  • Connect in stimulating group dialogue on first-hand experiences, challenges, and applications of awareness in healthcare settings.

Join us to build a mindfulness-based healthcare community collaborating toward deepening degrees of self-compassion, awareness, clarity, and insight. No experience with mindfulness required.


This workshop satisfies the requirement for a Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy (MBOT) Certificate Program Orientation / Information / Introductory Session for anyone wanting to pursue the MBOT offered through San Jose State University. For more information about the program and to ask general questions contact the Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy program coordinator and lead instructor, Rochelle McLaughlin, at [email protected].

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  • Faculty Bio
    Melissa Sutor, MS, MA

    Mindfulness expert, founder of Dragonfly Healing Center

    Through her own direct experiences of the power of mindfulness, Melissa Sutor has shared her knowledge in healthcare centers, educational institutions, and corporate environments. She is the founder of Dragonfly Healing Center whose mission is to facilitate the healing and positive transformation of people and the planet.

    She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Kaiser Permanente medical center in Maui and consults with staff on mindfulness programs at other clinics in Hawaii. Her counseling degree from Santa Clara University includes a specialization in health psychology with a focus on mindfulness.

    Having worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer, project manager, and consultant in high-tech fields, Melissa became intimate with stress and eventually burnout. Experiencing the death of an engineer on her team due to a massive heart attack, Melissa was traumatized by the unhealthy work culture of most top-performing professions. After taking time to heal, she was on fire to learn about work stress—its detrimental effects, and its prevention through mind-body awareness and action.

    Now Melissa leads workshops and talks at organizations, including Google headquarters, and has been featured on the cover of Mindful magazine.

    Her retreats bring together a diverse group of participants who witness the similarities of our shared human experiences, along with appreciating and honoring our differences, to create deep connection with self and others. Melissa is a solid guide in using mindfulness to enhance trust in our own inner wisdom and increase our ability to live our true self that is aligned and happy in mind, body, heart, and spirit.

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    Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, MBSR

    Mindfulness instructor, holistic healthcare practitioner

    Rochelle is a teacher of mindfulness and neuro-social-psychophysiological perspectives and practices at San Jose State University (SJSU). She has taught intensive mindfulness meditation to several hundred participants through SJSU and internationally and she is humbled by her own profound and ongoing healing journey into the depths of her own embodied experience living in these troubled times. Rochelle McLaughlin has witnessed the integration of mindfulness as a healing balm for the heart, body, mind, and soul as well as a practice for transforming relationships to self and other in her own life and in-patient care settings such as mental and physical disabilities, pediatric care, cancer care, and chronic pain.

    Her courses on integrating mindfulness and healthcare are rooted in a devotion to help society slow down, to remember our interdependence with each other and nature, and awaken a deep honoring of our human condition: strengthening our capacity for remaining centered in our heart and tethered to our soul, especially in the midst of these intense times.

    She sees our personal practice as a kind of radical activism. It is profound, transformative, and in and of itself builds and nourishes the soil for the development of new narratives and new Ways of Being we so desperately need. Rochelle is committed to a revolution in healthcare, building a vibrant community of practitioners inspired to join us on this journey of weaving mindfulness into institutions and becoming healing agents for meaningful change.

    Rochelle is the publisher of Revolutionary Wellness Magazine and the producer of Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio on Voice America’s Health and Wellness Channel. She is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and she is the founding director and lead instructor for SJSU’s Mindfulness-Based Healthcare Practitioner (MBHP) Advanced Certificate program (



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  • Why Attend
    • Empower your life with skills that enhance psychological characteristics of resilience and stress-hardiness.

    • Leverage the impact of your mindfulness practices for long-term health and success in all of your relationships—at home and at work.

    • Tap into a vibrant and supportive community and leave with a shared experience and solid Mindfulness-Based Healthcare Practitioner network going forward.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    Experienced and beginner meditators are welcome.

    Special Details

    This will be a full workshop—if you wish to partake of additional 1440 spa or activity offerings, you may consider scheduling extra days before or after this retreat.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Participants in 1440’s Mindful Oasis retreat are eligible for earning one CEU which is equal to 10 PDUs. Documentation will be provided by San Jose State University as needed after completion of this retreat.  For further information please contact Rochelle McLaughlin  [email protected]


  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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