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Renewal event focuses on health, well-being in natural setting - 8/11/2011

Take a little time out of your busy life to reconnect with yourself. This inspiring workshop will re-energize your life and restore your passion for your work. Learn what self-care tools can support and sustain your health. When you’re actively focused on your well-being and your work, you can care for yourself and those around you with renewed dedication, empathy, and compassion.

· Presentations by healthcare providers and advocates

· IslandWood’s beautiful grounds and trails:

· Free complementary therapy services by Harrison Medical Center practitioners, such as chair massage, aromatherapy, and guitar and harp music


Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Registration and grounds open at 8:30 am
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

$ 25—includes a healthy buffet lunch provided by IslandWood Catering

Online at


Presentation 1

Mindfulness Tools and Techniques for Renewal in Everyday Life
Shannon McKee, MSW, LICSW and Art Biggert, BSN, RN
9:45 am
Shannon McKee, MSW, and Art Biggert, BSN, both of Bainbridge Island, will present and teach simple mindfulness skills and exercises to help move out of automatic pilot-mode and renew your mind, body, and spirit every day at work, home, or school.

Presentation 2

Shifting Your Health Mindset: The First Step Toward Health Empowerment
Cezanne Allen, MD, Evidence Based coach & Physician Development coach

10:45 am
Dr. Cezanne Allen, a Bainbridge Island personal and professional life coach, describes two fundamental human mindsets: focusing on problems you don’t want or focusing on creative outcomes that you do want. She’ll explore thoughts, feelings, and actions from each of these orientations, and challenge you to think more deeply about your mindset, offering practical suggestions towards a more empowered approach for your health and your life.

Presentation 3

Renewal and Food
Chris Grams, DC, chiropractor

11:45 am
Change yourself one bite at a time. Dr. Chris Grams, a Bainbridge Island chiropractor, will guide a lively discussion on food and how it is an intricate part of our daily lives. Food is tied into how we celebrate life, as well as how we comfort, reward, and punish others and ourselves. Research now is discovering how the foods we eat affect our moods, immune system, and has a direct influence with the expression of our genes.

Keynote Presentation

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, RN
1:15 pm
Be inspired by Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae-Rafko Wilson, RN. The first registered nurse to be crowned Miss America, Kaye Lani has used her celebrity to improve the nursing profession, hospice programs, and critical healthcare issues. She has prepared numerous public service announcements, participated in fundraising activities for nursing scholarships, and addressed a U.S Congressional subcommittee on nursing issues. Kaye-Lani works to renew a sense of pride in both the nursing and allied health professions and to strengthen their mission in caring for patients and each other. Her continued commitment to make a difference in the lives of AIDS and cancer patients strengthens her message. She also is the executive director of Gabby’s Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families (