Living Whole: An Integrative Health and Self-Care Retreat

When: 22 Mar 2015 - 27 Mar 2015 (Sun - Fri, 5 nights)
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Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Quaker Center is a retreat & conference center under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

The original 50 acres of Quaker Center’s land were given in 1949 by Lucille Manley to be “perpetually dedicated and used for the enjoyment, betterment, education and welfare of mankind (sic).”

After more than 50 years of deliberate, careful development, Quaker Center now offers a place of retreat and contemplation, of renewal and growth, for individuals, families, Friends meetings and other organizations or groups who unite with the Quaker principles of simplicity, justice, peace and respect for “that of God” in every person.

Quaker Center was operated by the American Friends Service Committee from 1949 to 1982. Since then the Ben Lomond Quaker Center Association —an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt religious corporation— has carried forward the Manley bequest. Members of the Board of Directors of the Association are approved by the College Park Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in northern California.

Quaker Center is a self-service conference and retreat center in northern California that offers simple, modestly priced, comfortable accommodations. We are located on 80 acres of redwood forest, an hour and a half south of San Francisco and 25 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. See more events in this venue
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Dr. Kathryn Hayward

Kathryn co-founded and developed International Integrators because she loves to collaborate with others who share her vision for global integrative health. She brings to International Integrators her experience in the practice of conventional medicine as a primary care internist, and in integrative health, as well as her connection to the natural world. Kathryn marvels at the power of collective, conscious action on the part of like-minded individuals to manifest change, and loves contributing to that action.

Kathryn lives in Mallorca, Spain and practices Integrative Health in Europe and the U.S. In 2012, she retired from her positions as Associate Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She practiced primary care internal medicine at MGH from 1992 until 2009, then consulted with Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine until 2010. She and her husband David L.Thomas Jr. co-founded and coordinated The Integrative Health Collaborative in Boston, which began in 2007.

In 2004, Kathryn created a private integrative health practice, Odyssey Journey: A Collaborative Approach to Wellness (, which brings together what she regards as the four disciplines that comprise integrative health (conventional medicine, movement, food and mind/body/spirit disciplines). In 2013, she published her first book, "Odyssey Family Systems Companion Guide," which is available on Amazon Kindle.

Kathryn has served as one of the Harvard representatives to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). From 2011-2013, she served that group as core faculty, and for the final year, as Program Director, of the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM). More recently, she joined the core faculty of the Humanistic Elective in Activism and Reflective Transformation and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM). Both of these programs are supported by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

As a result of her experiences teaching integrative health to medical students and practitioners, she now devotes herself to expanding this educational approach by offering it to groups beyond those in the medical field in North America, thus inspiring her to co-found International Integrators. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Dr. Adam Rindfleish

Adam grew up in rural Idaho, where doctors are scarce and seeking out non-biomedical approaches is commonplace. He practices family medicine in Wisconsin, and one the most enjoyable aspects of his practice is taking care of health professionals from an array of traditions. Adam's involvement in co-founding International Integrators reflects his deep interest in enfolding a holistic approach into his care of patients.

He merged philosophy, psychology, and comparative religion into his pre-medical studies. Traveling to India, Nepal, and Thailand during breaks from graduate school in England made him even more of an integrative health aficionado. Adam completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at University of Wisconsin, which incorporated the University of Arizona online fellowship as part of its curriculum. Currently, Adam directs the University of Wisconsin (UW) Integrative Medicine fellowship and is one of the Associate Program Directors for the UW Madison Family Medicine Residency. His interests include dietary supplements, epistemology, mindfulness in medicine, and shamanism. His wife Kirsten is also a family doctor, and they have two rambunctious sons, a freakishly smart dog, and a kick-butt sledding hill. He would be outside all the time if he could be. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Zoe Keller

Zoe Keller is a holistic health coach who studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is passionate about helping people thrive in their bodies and in their lives.

Zoe, along with David Thomas, will be leading the nutrition portion of the retreat. They will be co-facilitating the cooking of the meals and teaching participants about cooking and eating for healing and self-care. Look forward to some delicious and truly healing meals together! See more photos and other events by this presenter

David L. Thomas, Jr.

David co-founded and developed International Integrators in concert with his passionate desire to initiate change in the way that we care for ourselves and each other, and the way we interact with and affect our natural environment. He brings his background as an attorney and businessman, and his explorations of nutrition and plant-based cooking and eating, to the collaborative effort to identify, mentor and support leaders in Integrative Health.

David lives in Mallorca, Spain with his wife, Kathryn Hayward, and is co-founder of International Integrators. He brings expertise from a distinguished career in law, business, entrepreneurial ventures and community service.

For two decades, David practiced corporate and real estate law at Ropes & Gray and Peabody & Brown (now Nixon Peabody LLP), and founded and led the Property and Finance Department for Peabody & Brown in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. After retiring in 1993, he was the founder and CEO of CityState LLC and CityState Construction LLC, which offered real estate brokerage, property management and construction services to clients in the greater Boston area from 1994 until 2012.

David has a strong belief in community service and has served on the Board of Managers of Haverford College from 1996 until 2008, chairing the Property Committee. He initiated a comprehensive master planning process for the College and oversaw the construction of several new buildings, including the nation´s first LEED certified "green" athletic building and an integrated science building.

During David's 37 years living in Boston, he was an active volunteer and leader in the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Hill House Community Center and the Beacon Hill Business Association. He led several community initiatives, including a successful effort to reduce noise pollution caused by faulty and outdated subway construction, and also representing the community in requiring a local university to house its students in more appropriate locations. David is also a master of the kitchen, bringing to his culinary creations a passion for and knowledge of plant-based nourishment. He co-facilitates with Zoë Keller the food and nutrition program for International Integrators at its Living Whole retreats, and also facilitates a similar program for fourth year medical students at Humanistic Elective in Activism and Reflective Transformation and Integrative Medicine (HEART). See more photos and other events by this presenter

Annie Robinson, MS

Annie completed a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2009, where she designed a major entitled "Stories of Self: Realization, Empowerment, and Wellbeing".

Trained in 2008 as a birth doula, she now provides compassionate care for women across the spectrum of pregnancy, including experiences of abortion, miscarriage and perinatal loss. Annie also curates Inside Stories, an oral narrative podcast that invites medical students to share their experiences in medical school. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Narrative Practice, which "provides deep critical training in how stories work and the ability to apply this knowledge to everyday life by using narrative practice, the creative arts, and the study of story as a bridge towards deeper connections in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education". Annie is also the Program Officer at Health Story Collaborative, a non-profit that creates forums for individuals to tell their stories of personal health challenges. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and works remotely as an Executive Assistant for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Annie is interested in the interweaving of healing, loss, trauma, care-giving, self-care and spirituality. She is excited to be a co-founder of International Integrators because it creates a global venue for those interests. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Maia Ibar, artist, musician and sound meditation expert

Maia was born outside of Paris in 1982. Coming from a large, close knit Basque/French family of creative, intense personalities, they all emigrated to the U.S. in 1984 and split their time between the U.S. and the Basque region of France. Maia has been making art since she was a child. She attended Walnut Hill School, Parsons Paris, Pratt Institute, and holds a Masters of Painting from The New York Studio School. Maia has been investigating the process of painting, video, drawing, installation, and music as rituals connected and related to the mind, body, and spirit. The journey and process are a way to teach herself about her sub-consciousness, revealing her deepest emotions and the path that her life has given her. She regards International Integrators as an organization that furthers that important work. Maia is the artist for the "Odyssey Family Systems Companion Guide." Enjoy her work at See more photos and other events by this presenter

Dr. Bill Manahan MD

Bill is regarded as a pioneer in integrative medicine in the US, having founded several integrative medicine centers and programs. Bill is passionate about a whole health approach, and he has a special interest in energy healing and spirituality. For deep and authentic healing to occur, Bill believes that it is important to explore more consciously our spiritual and energetic selves. Bill will be guiding the energy medicine portion of the retreat, along with special guests he has invited to speak of energy and self-healing. See more photos and other events by this presenter