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Safe Harbour Physician Wellness Retreat



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Being a physician is demanding and trying to balance a career in medicine with the responsibilities of home and personal life can at times seem impossible. Safe Harbour 2017 is all about taking a step back from the stresses of everyday life to rediscover the joys of being a physician and reinvigorate your passion for medicine. At this year's weekend retreat, we will focus on being resilient, being happy and living well.


Safe Harbour is a program of the NLMA Physician Care Network that gives physicians an opportunity to learn techniques and practices that will lead to a fulfilling career and balanced life. The retreat is set amidst the scenic backdrop of Trinity Bay at the world-class Fishers' Loft. The workshops are also open to spouses/partners and the retreat is family-friendly with a number of outdoor excursions and activities from which to choose.



This Year's Theme:


The weekend wellness retreat will revolve around the theme of Life-Long Well-Being and Health and will examine aspects of Blue Zones, a concept used to identify a demographic or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives. 





This year's workshops include:

  • Leading Your Best Life: A Coach-Based Approach to Resiliency, Clarity and Joy – Derek Puddester, MD, MEd, FRCPC
  • The Science of Longevity and Living Well – Tracey Bridger, MD, FRCPC
  • Mapping Your Own Blue Zone – Tracey Bridger, MD, FRCPC
  • The Happy Life Plan: An Achievable Goal or Lofty Ambition? – Cynthia Slade, MD, FRCPC


Spouses/partners may register for all workshops at a fee of $100 per day (includes lunch and a nutrition break).


The weekend will include a welcome reception on Friday evening, a group dinner on Saturday evening, optional yoga on Saturday morning and a guided hike on the Skerwink Trail Saturday afternoon.



Retreat Program:


For complete details on this year's Safe Harbour retreat, click the PDF below.


2017 Safe Harbour Program (PDF)




The Safe Harbour Physician Wellness Retreat has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter for up to 8 Mainpro-M1 credits. This event has also been accredited as a group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Memorial University.



Register Now:


Registration for this year's Safe Harbour is now open. To register online, click here:


Early Bird registration

Ends Monday, July 31



Regular registration

Ends Friday, September 15



Registration includes lunches, nutrition breaks, dinner on Saturday, September 30, and all workshops. Registrants must book accommodations directly with the Fishers' Loft. For more information on accommodations, please visit





Physicians who attended past Safe Harbour retreats said it was “extremely enjoyable,” “very useful” and “thought provoking.” Others said the retreat “should be a mandatory pre-licensure requirement” and that it was “amazing how much could be achieved in a short timeline!






For a look at what the retreat has to offer, watch the Fishers' Loft Conferences video below:




A program of the NLMA Physician Care Network