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2021 GWish Art of Presence 16th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat [Virtual]

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[VIRTUAL] 2021 GWish Art of Presence Retreat July 16-18 10AM-2PM EST Each Day

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The annual GWish Art of Presence Retreat offers a sacred space for you to contemplate your own spirituality and deepen your commitment to your call to serve. This retreat is designed for health care practitioners—doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains—as well as other professionals open to deepening their spiritual lives. All seekers are welcome, regardless of faith, belief system, or culture.

We invite you to reignite your passion for your vocation during a weekend of restoration and spiritual nourishment. Join us from the comfort of your home or office for this year’s GWish Art of Presence Retreat and bring a deeper meaning and purpose to your practice.


Woman holding spiritual beadsGWish Retreats: A Spiritual Exploration

Unless you have a solid foundation in your own spirituality, dealing with the suffering of others is simply too hard. How do you establish personal boundaries and still act in a compassionate way toward your patients? How do you offer support to patients and families who are experiencing emotional and spiritual distress?

At the GWISH Art of Presence Retreat, we will explore how your own spirituality and personal beliefs impact your vocation. Dedicate this time to your professional wellbeing through journaling, meditation, and taking time for yourself. 

GWish Retreats: Facilitators for This Year’s Art of Presence Retreat:

Christina PuchalskiChristina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM Physician and Founder of The George Washington University Institute for Spirituality*

Carolyn JacobsCarolyn Jacobs, PhD, MSW.
Contemplative Social Work Leader, Spiritual Director, and Educator

Anne VanderhookAnne Vandenhoeck, PhD, MDiv. Professor of Pastoral Care at Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, and Chair of the Academic Centre for Practical Theology

Mario CagnaMario Cagna, MDiv. Chaplain, Pastoral Care, Genoa, Italy
Edward O'DonnellEdward O'Donnell, M.A.
Spiritual Director and Educator


3-day retreat, held virtually via video conferencing from 10AM-2PM EST each day, $250 (Fee includes all 3 days).


Friday, July 16, 2021: 10:00AM - 2:00PM EST
Saturday, July 17, 2021: 10:00AM - 2:00PM EST
Sunday, July 18, 2021: 10:00AM - 2:00PM EST


Friday, July 16, 2021 - 10:00am to Monday, July 19, 2021 - 1:45pm

This event will be held virtually.