Medical Student Retreat: A Day of Renewal and Creativity


Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:30am to 4:00pm


Longfellow House in Cambridge

Saturday, September 9, 2017 | Longfellow House in Cambridge, MA

RSVP Required (limited to 20 participants per session; sign up for the morning or afternoon session or both)



Registration and continental breakfast in the Carriage House behind the Longfellow House (

9:00am and 9:15am

Private guided tours of the historic Longfellow House


Ariel KileyDeep Stress Relief Yoga: A Yoga Therapy & Meditation Workshop with Ariel Kiley

In this one-of-a-kind workshop, you will practice movement, therapeutic self-massage, breath, and meditation techniques. By looking at these practices through the lens of modern-day science, you will learn how to decrease stress while increasing your energy and focus. A simple and profound approach to positively taking on the challenges of a high-pressure, fast-paced lifestyle! Yoga mats will be provided. Ariel Kiley is a Brooklyn-based yoga and meditation teacher, teacher trainer, and published author. She specializes in stress reduction and trauma resolution.




Laurel BraitmanWhat’s Your Story? A Writing Workshop with Laurel Braitman, PhD
There's a veritable bonanza of new research on the health and well-being benefits of cultivating a writing practice. But writing can be hard. Making time and finding your voice can be even harder. In this three-hour workshop, we will focus on making you sound as good as you possibly can on the page (or stage or podcast if that's your dream). Whether you're writing fiction, poetry, non-fiction, for live performance, or simply want to create moving and beautiful grocery lists, you'll learn tips and tricks for continuing to improve on your own. Elements of writing and the writing life we will cover: voice, tone, structure, creative research, loneliness, and publishing. There will be time for guided writing and sharing your work with a supportive community of your peers.

Laurel Braitman is a New York Times bestselling author and the Writer-in-Residence at Stanford Medical School's Medicine and the Muse Program. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and other publications. Her last book, Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster 2015) was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into seven languages. Her next book is about family, medicine, and how we die (forthcoming, Simon & Schuster). She holds a PhD in history, anthropology, science, technology, and society from MIT, is a senior TED fellow and a contributing writer for Pop Up Magazine, a live magazine the New York Times has called a “sensation.” Her work and collaborations with musicians and artists have been featured on BBC, NPR, Good Morning America, and Al Jazeera. Her favorite thing, however, is working with physicians and medical students to help them tell their own stories.