Exclusive Programs for St. Francis Hospital Staff


Copper Beech Institute and St. Francis Hospital are thankful to partner by offering the following two programs to St. Francis Hospital staff.

These two programs are offered with a variety of dates for you to choose from.

All programs will take place on the Copper Beech Institute main campus in West Hartford.

There is no cost to attend these programs for St. Francis Hospital staff.

An Invitation to Mindfulness: Is Burnout the Cost of Caring? 

A Day Retreat with Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D. 
Offered on April 13, May 11 and June 8
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5 CEU's Available

The quality of care you give to your patients and clients is related to the quality of care you give to yourself.  increased pace and demands of providing healthcare services can result in unhealthy levels of stress for providers who often feel their ability to cope has been exceeded. This scenario affects the quality of patient care as well as the healthcare practitioner’s sense of well-being, both professionally and personally. Mindfulness practice can reduce job burnout, anxiety, depression and stress. The ability to improve focus and empathy enhances the capacity to be present with patients and in all other aspects of life. This retreat will teach the foundational skills of mindfulness and meditation, and offer other practical tools to refresh yourself throughout your day. Same program offered each date.

Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D.  is an inspiring international speaker on mindfulness, stress reduction and well-being. Her integration of life experience and dedication to lifelong learning provides a unique blend of wisdom, sensitivity, humor and passion.She is trained in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and completed the practicum at University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Sharon teaches self-care to physicians and facilitates mindfulness programs nationally and internationally.

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Self-Care Matters

An Experiential Workshop for Resiliency and Wellness.
Offered on April 10, May 15, June 19 and July 18
8:30 a.m. -  5 p.m.
6 CEU's Available

Self-care allows you to give the world the best of you, instead of what is left of you.  As the demands on healthcare providers and management continue to change and expand,  it is imperative that we take stock in our own wellness so that we can perform optimally and feel good about ourselves in the process.This retreat will offer several tools for developing awareness and choice regarding your self-care:  experience mindfulness, yoga, and drumming, as well as education about nutrition, sleep, and resilience. Same program offered each date.

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Joan Harovas, RN BSN HNB-BC has been a nurse for many years, graduating from Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1968 and more recently, from Sacred Heart University. She has been practicing Integrative Medicine since 1977 and works as a Nurse Liaison in the Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and facilitates many classes for Saint Francis colleagues and for the community – most notably, the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster program and a unique program she created entitled Mindful Respect:  An Integrative approach to creating a respectful and trusting work environment. Joan is also certified in Therapeutic Touch, ‘M’ Technique, and as a Heartmath Coach/Mentor. She has several other trainings in various modalities to round out her extensive knowledge in the field.  Additionally, Joan is a 2015 Nightingale Award recipient.

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Maria Eberle, RN HN-BC graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1973.  She has been practicing integrative medicine since 2004 and is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse, working as an Integrative Practitioner in the Center for Integrative Medicine.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences four year Energy Medicine Practitioner Program and has continued her studies in different aspects of integrative medicine including guided visualizations, mindfulness and mindful eating.  Maria facilitates the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster program and drumming circles.  She has been trained in Remo’s Healthrhythms - Basic and Adolescent Protocols.  Maria is passionate about using her knowledge in supporting individuals in their healing journey.