• 12 - 15 Jan 2023
  • Collegeville, MN, USA

New Year, New You: Minnesota

Use this first retreat of the year to purposefully explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold you back while also identifying new choices and practices that move you toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

As we enter a new year filled with new possibilities, reimagine a more creative, courageous, and connected you.  Use this first retreat of the year to purposefully explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold you back while also identifying new choices and practices that move you toward more authentic and wholehearted living.  Daily sessions will be interactive, fun, and insightful.  Each morning begins with educational sessions and a hearty breakfast.  You will identify and define patterns and habits that help you achieve your desires, leaving you fulfilled, nurtured, and satisfied.  You will experience alignment with your core values and learn how communicating through positive & powerful language can shift your mindset and produce desired outcomes.  Our days are filled with a soulful blend of creative arts, educational insights, and wonderful food.  There is ample opportunity for personal reflection, self-care, and time to enjoy the many healing opportunities on St. John’s campus.  The early evening provides an opportunity for a group dinner followed by a social hour, daily debriefing, and rejuvenation of your mind and soul before heading to bed.

Following this in-person retreat on St. John’s University campus, we will offer four additional retreat-style online sessions over four months (worth an additional 6 CME/CEUs). During these post-retreat online sessions, expert facilitators will use a small cohort model to help participants continue exploring the intentions they set while on retreat in person at St. Johns. The cost for the additional meetings is $500.


This program is co-facilitated by Courage & Renewal Facilitators Corey Martin, Kim Schwartz, and Joshua Whitman, alongside Roberta Cassidy, a highly experienced healthcare leader with over 33 years of acute hospital experience, and Mary Messina, a passionate, energetic innovator committed to the idea that business can be a force for good in the world.


7:00am – 12:00pm – Breakfast at St. John’s guesthouse and daily education sessions
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch included
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Breathtaking adventures and creative arts
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Personal reflection or relaxation time
6:00pm – Group dinner included
7:30pm – Social hour, meaningful connection time

Our time spent cultivating reflection, creativity, and curiosity is done through quiet contemplation, lectures, nature hikes, journaling, and daily group reflections. We use our experiences as daily metaphors to develop gratitude, hope, awe, and joy.


Day 1 (Thurs) – Arrive in St. Joseph, Minnesota

You can arrive on the St. John’s campus anytime after 12pm.  Dinner is included and will be at 5pm.  We will formally start our retreat at 6pm at the Charter House.  St. Joseph has both small-town warmth with big-city cool!  It is home to two prominent Benedictine colleges, St. Catherine’s and St. John’s University.  Benedictines believe in a commitment to personal growth that positively transforms life. They strive to model continual self-improvement, seeking the truth so that each day will have a joyful beginning again and again.  Regardless of your spiritual background, this retreat is for you, as it provides the space and environment to dive into these principles in a way that reflects your values.

Day 2 – St. Joseph, Minnesota

Following our breakfast together, we meet for our initial retreat educational sessions that are interactive, deep, and meaningful.  We will dive deep to reveal and destroy the obstacles that have undermined your potential.  The afternoon will include creative arts that will begin as a simple creative activity to suddenly surprise and awaken you to your life’s roadmap.  It will help you reveal obstacles and provide the needed clearing for daily practices that leave you fulfilled, nurtured, and satisfied. Finally, the evening affords time to consider having an optional massage or reiki session.

Day 3 – St. Joseph, Minnesota

In the early morning, we will have the opportunity to snowshoe across the lake and host our morning reflection at the small country chapel.  Take time to move at your pace and enjoy solitude, or connect with one of your new friends.  The awe and appreciation of this serene acreage will draw you in as we transition from dark to light and create space for the new tools shared with you this day.  After a hearty lunch, you will have the opportunity to deepen your connection with nature through a guided nature therapy walk.  As we create change in our life, Nature has a way of reminding us to pause and be still.  It serves us as a reminder of our own effortlessness when we are truly ourselves and not striving to be someone else.  Finally, the evening affords time to consider having an optional massage or reiki session.

Day 4 – Breakfast and morning education session.

We will finish our retreat by 11:00am.  Some travelers may choose to fly home later in the day, while others may want to rent a car and spend more time checking out other parts of Minnesota.

Please Note: This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, weather, festivals and spontaneous side trips. This is not a competition. Please be respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this retreat.

Saint John’s Abbey Guesthouse
Collegeville, MN
Located in central Minnesota on 2,740 acres of woodlands and lakes, the Abbey Guesthouse provides monastic hospitality to all who call.

Venue Website https://www.abbeyguesthouse.org/

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM =$1299 per person

SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM = $1599 per person


  • 3 nights lodging in St. Joseph, MN
  • All meals
  • Facilitation of educational topics
  • 12 CME/CEUs for healthcare professionals
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Ground transportation to your accommodations in St. Joseph, MN
  • Additional excursions or tours you choose
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellations prior to November 12, 2022 are subject to a $500 cancellation fee
  • Non-refundable on or after November 12, 2022.
  • If Bounce Travels cancels the trip due to the Covid 19 pandemic or any other
    natural disaster, you have your choice of a refund (minus the $500 non-refundable)
    Or using your entire balance towards another Bounce Travels trip through 2024.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Innovations in Resilience. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no commercial support for this event.

A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  The ACCME defines “‘relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

If you have questions please contact: Corey Martin, corey@bouncetravels.com.


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