Your Journey to Well-Being: A TRUST Inaugural Retreat
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10/3/2019 to 10/4/2019
When: Thursday, October 3 – Friday, October 4, 2019
Where: Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center
1 Oakridge Drive
Chaska, Minnesota  55318
United States
Contact: TRUST Staff
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Your Journey to Well-Being: A TRUST Inaugural Retreat

Thursday, October 3–Friday, October 4, 2019 | Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

The TRUST is excited to present an inaugural two-day event focused on the many facets of well-being. Well-being is a broad concept that includes health and wellness, and goes even further. There are many frameworks for well-being — but in general it is the experience of health, happiness and prosperity. As one well-being thought leader describes, “it includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction and a sense of meaning or purpose” (Tchiki Davis, PhD). Participants will create a customized journey through various aspects of well-being, including mindfulness, movement and engagement. Many of the presenters selected for this event are TRUST members, and we are proud to showcase their knowledge on many aspects of well-being.

Each experience/session is designed to include as many of the following as possible:

  • Create an experience (something to do, engage in).
  • Engage in discussion (interactive, sharing, networking).
  • Create a takeaway (something to share with others, something to take away for self).
  • Lead to personal wellness, balance, self-improvement and/or education.

Your journey during the retreat will be determined by the breakout experiences you select. You are welcome to navigate across each breakout experience path to choose among Mindfulness, Movement and Engagement, or stay within the same breakout experience path. There are also optional experiences you can add to your journey. Please register for your experiences as you register; you may change your mind about your path when you arrive at the event, but your selections will help us to plan for the meeting spaces and any handouts provided.


Investment: $290

As part of your registration, the TRUST will reserve a guest room for each registered attendee checking in on Thursday, October 3 and checking out Friday, October 4. Food and activities are also included with your registration. Download a PDF version of the registration form.



The well-being retreat will be a relaxing, stress-free time. We encourage you to dress comfortably and welcome athletic clothing so you can fully participate in the experiences you select for your journey. It is recommended that you bring your own yoga mat to some of the sessions, as noted in the session descriptions.



Sponsorships are available for this event — please download the prospectus or contact Blake Finger for more information. Many thanks to our sponsors!

Sustaining Sponsor: Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Supporting Sponsors: Associated Healthcare Credit Union | Optum/UnitedHealth Group

Basic Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota | Medica | West Monroe Partners



Thursday, October 3

1:30 - 2 p.m.

Registration & Check In

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Welcome: How Happiness Propels Well-being with Linda Saggau and Nancy O'Brien, founders of Experience Happiness

As health care leaders, we know firsthand the powerful connection between well-being and performance, and the often devastating consequences of unhealthy stress, burnout and unhappiness at the individual and collective level. The shift from wellness to well-being is underway—and we have the opportunity as leaders to pave the way for others by taking the first step and making our happiness and well-being a priority.

Nancy O’Brien & Linda Saggau of Experience Happiness, and the co-creators of The Happiness Practice™ (THP), will show how happiness drives well-being, engagement and performance. This interactive program will equip you with a 30-Day Happiness Practice™. For over a decade, The Happiness Practice has helped thousands of people and organizations thrive by measurably increasing total well-being (physical, emotional and behavioral health) while simultaneously improving human and business performance (including KPIs).

Complete the free THP Assessment (it only takes a few minutes) and download your own confidential THP Personal Pulse Snapshot™ before you come to the TRUST Retreat to get a baseline measure of your happiness.

Listen to a TRUST Talks podcast to get a preview of some of the information Nancy and Linda will share.

2:30 -2:40 p.m.

Transition Time

2:40 - 3:20 p.m.

Experience 1

Session Details

MINDFULNESS | Mindfulness & Resiliency

Mariann Johnson, Mindfulness and Well-being Instructor, University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing

This experiential session will include an introduction to mindfulness and provide an overview on the role that mindfulness may play in enhancing one’s well-being and resiliency. Topics to be covered:
• What mindfulness is and isn’t;
• An overview of the research on the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation;
• Stress, resiliency and mindfulness;
• Formal mindfulness meditation vs. everyday mindfulness practices;
• Practical tips to incorporate mindfulness into your day, at work and at home.

MOVEMENT | Beginner Mat Pilates Session | Session Cap: 25

Cate Dupslaff, Certified Instructor with Club Pilates, Minneapolis

Mat Pilates is a safe system of exercises performed on a floor mat. It provides balance between strength and flexibility with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles. You will experience the classical Pilates method blended with a more contemporary approach. Modifications are suggested for beginners or for those with physical limitations. All levels are welcome! If you have a mat, please bring it along for this session.

ENGAGEMENT | Take Heart: A Candid Conversation about Women's Heart Health and the Gap in Understanding #ResearchHer | Session Cap: 20

Dr. Retu Saxena, Preventive Cardiologist; Kristine Fortman, PhD, CEO; Susan White, Registered Dietician; and Kelley Hoolihan, Patient Advocate, all from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Many women are still surprised to learn that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women—claiming more lives than all forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and respiratory diseases combined. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) is creating a movement to change the trajectory of women’s heart health. Our goal: to advance the understanding of heart disease in women, how to prevent it and how to optimize patient care. Through cutting-edge research, clinical care and community programming, we are committed to improving and saving the lives of wives, daughters, sisters and grandmothers everywhere. This session will empower every woman to be an advocate for herself and the other women in their personal and professional lives.

The session will allow TRUST members to learn from and engage with a Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation cardiologist, registered dietitian and patient advocate. The session will begin by having a young woman share her CVD story. An infographic of a woman’s CVD risk across the lifespan, will be shared with attendees to encourage them to identify their personal risk factors and engage in interactive discussion with the MD/RD/patient advocate about emerging CVD risk factors they may not be aware of (e.g. pregnancy-related conditions such as gestational hypertension or preeclampsia or autoimmune conditions). The MD/RD will then discuss ways to improve lifestyle to optimize health. TRUST members will have ample time built in for questions on the latest in women’s heart health and nutrition. Attendees will receive the infographic, along with accompanying information on risk factor modification and signs/symptoms of a heart attack. This engaging educational experience will conclude as attendees have time to identify 1-2 goals or personal action steps they can take to improve their health.

3:20 - 3:35 p.m.

Break: Rejuvenation

3:35 - 4:15 p.m.

Experience 2

Session Details

MINDFULNESS | How to Beat Stress and Avoid Burnout

Jacquelyn Fletcher, CEO, Heartwood Healing, LLC

The number of people struggling with stress and burnout is at an all-time high. According to studies reported by Gallup, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes, 95% of Chief Human Resources Officers from organizations of all sizes report that employee burnout is sabotaging their workforce. A whopping 7 of 10 employees report feeling unengaged. And perhaps most disturbing of all, the group with the largest rates of turnover are employees who are engaged but exhausted.

People working in the health care industry are experiencing this stress and burnout acutely. One of the most studied antidotes is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is more than a buzzword—and it’s probably not what you think it is. Mindfulness comes in a variety of forms and it’s a powerful self-mastery tool that can be used to effectively reduce stress and burnout while boosting your capacity for joy and positive feelings. In this session, you’ll experiment with a variety of embodied, evidence-based techniques. You’ll experience the benefits of present-moment awareness while discovering what forms of mindfulness work best for you.

MOVEMENT | Gentle Yoga

Megan Betterman, Manager, Digital Content Operations, HealthPartners

Moving mindfully can have a profound impact on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. During this session, you'll experience a gentle yoga session where we will be slowing down and finding a deep stretch in our bodies. This session is open to all levels of experience; please bring a mat if you have one.

ENGAGEMENT | The Gut-Brain Connection: How to Nourish Your Gut and Your Brain

Leslie Parran, MS, RN, FMCHC, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, Peace x Piece Wellness Coaching, LLC

This session is intended to help you understand the gut-brain connection and ways in which the communication is impacted by diet and lifestyle. Factors that may cause an unhealthy connection will be discussed, in addition to what you can do to promote a healthy gut-brain connection. A brief group exercise will demonstrate one technique that may be useful for you to address the number one cause of dysfunction—stress. Objectives: Describe the communication pathway between the gut and the brain; name three factors that can disrupt a healthy gut-brain connection and potentially cause disease; list five things you can do to promote a healthy gut-brain connection; participate in a brief group breathing exercise.

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Personal Reflection with Nancy O'Brien and Linda Saggau of Experience Happiness

4:45 - 6 p.m.

Reception & Networking

6 - 7:30 p.m.


7:30 - 9 p.m.

Relaxation Options

Kirsie Schwender will guide a 45-minute sound bath meditation. Participants will mindfully explore the wisdom their bodies can offer through the use of breathing exercises, visualization, and the sound of crystal singing bowls. For your comfort, please bring any items that will make either a seated or a reclined position more relaxing for you — such as a yoga mat, a cushion or pillow and/or a blanket. There is no limit on the number of participants for this session.

Other informal choices include gathering around a fire pit for s'mores, gathering in the lounge for conversation (a cash bar will be available), or simply relaxing in your room.


Friday, October 4

6:30 - 8:30 a.m.


8 - 9 a.m.

Optional Experiences or Personal Reflection Time

Optional Experience Details

Mindful Movement: Qi Gong

Karen Poel, Founder and Well-being Life Coach, Bodyfirst Project

We will start with a five-minute explanation of what Qi Gong is and touch on the similarities and differences from other body/mind approaches like T'ai Chi, Yoga and Mindfulness.

We will practice an enjoyable 30-minute "letting go" routine which will include deep breathing, gentle stretching, light tapping and easy flowing movements. This routine is done standing up (and can be done sitting down for those with ankle, knee or back issues) and is designed so that any body can do it.

After the routine we will do a 10-minute share-out to observe the physical, emotional and mental impact of the routine and notice any shifts. Comfortable, loose-fitting athleisure-type clothing or workout apparel is suggested. Sneakers or walking/running shoes are best — no heels.

Wellbeats Stretch and Learn: "Find Your Center" Yoga Stretch Class

Jen Zygmunt, SVP Sales & Marketing, and Sarah Ziemer, Wellbeats | Fitness that fits your life

Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever. Working from home, limited class offerings, and working out with colleagues are often barriers to staying fit at work. As technology evolves, the pace of life is speeding up and more people are choosing on-demand fitness solutions that enable them to work out anytime, anywhere. This means the traditional one-size-fits-all gym reimbursement benefit no longer “fits all.”

More and more companies are seeking new ways to engage more employees in health and fitness. This session will address trends in fitness preferences for a diverse workplace, share best practices for integrating virtual fitness in a well-being program and help you find your center in a 20-minute Wellbeats Yoga Stretch class.


Roberta Fernandez, President, Conscious Napping

Do you have some issue that keeps nagging at you, or perhaps a problem you've been carrying around for a long time that you can't let go of? Your mind and body hold on to the negative emotions related to these problems and these feelings can be triggered by many things in your environment, causing you to feel bad. Hypno-kinesthetics helps you easily release these unwanted feelings. Join us to learn this active and engaging exercise that releases negative emotion from the mind and body through movement. Not only is this so much fun, you will receive immediate benefit in how you feel and be able to replicate this exercise on your own to work through other issues. You'll receive a handout so you can continue practicing this technique and make it a permanent part of your life.

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Networking Time

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Day 2 Introduction

9:45 - 9:50 a.m.

Transition Time

9:50 - 10:30 a.m.

Experience 3

Session Details

MINDFULNESS | Solo Reflection Experience: A Complementary Path to Renewal

Kari Willey, Senior Planning and Operations Consultant, HealthPartners

A solo self-reflective experience is an effective tool for health care leaders to build self-awareness, spend time in intentional self-reflection, and practice mindfulness. Participants will leave with a tested, robust framework/guide that helps those who want to pursue an experience like this but are anxious or uncertain of how to do it; the framework includes: guidance in preparation for the time away to ensure the right tools are brought along to take advantage of this time for self-reflection, contemplative self-inquiry to help set the intention for this time in the solo self-reflective experience, a suggested agenda in how to utilize the day, questions to ask in reviewing the tools that will help dig deeper, and an organized process for how to revisit the learnings and discoveries during this time away to glean which ones to hold onto after the experience ends.

The speaker for this session has found these experiences to be extremely helpful as she has navigated her personal and professional life. The development of the framework was a key piece of her dissertation and was developed through the experiences of the ten leaders who were her research study subjects. If you have ever considered an experience like this but are not sure where to begin, this will be a good session for you to attend.

MOVEMENT | T'ai Chi | Session Cap: 25

Cheryl Powers & Barbara Davis, founders and instructors, Great River T'ai Chi Ch’uan

T’ai chi ch’uan is beneficial to all ages and fitness levels. Widely practiced for its health benefits, it improves balance and coordination, helps with fall prevention, lowers blood pressure, promotes correct posture and enhances mental focus.

This session will explore t’ai chi and qigong for relaxation and mindfulness. Attendees will participate in beginning t’ai chi and qigong exercises and learn by doing. The presenters will first center attendees with a set of meditative exercises. Then we will incorporate physical movement and mental focus through a set of gentle t’ai chi and qigong exercises. Attendees will practice the exercises during the session with the goal to continue them after the retreat to support ongoing work-life balance.  

No prior knowledge of t’ai chi or qigong is required. Casual clothing, no equipment needed.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Explore and learn about t’ai chi.
  • Practice personal centering, qigong and t’ai chi exercises that participants can practice on their own after the retreat.

ENGAGEMENT | Creating Your Confidence Plan

Jill Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting Services

One of the most significant leadership skills to develop is your confidence. Confidence allows you to have impact far beyond your title or level within your organization. Yet it is not uncommon for a major promotion or the consideration of advancement to a new leadership role to trigger uncertainty about your ability to succeed.

Jill Johnson will pull back the curtain to show you how you can develop your Confidence Plan to build this vital skill. Jill has risen from modest beginnings to earn wide acclaim and inductions into two business halls of fame. She has personally influenced more than $4 billion worth of business decisions and advises CEOs, C-Suite executives and government officials at the highest levels of power in both state and federal government.

In this interactive session based on her international award-winning book, Compounding Your Confidence, Jill will help you begin to create your own Confidence Plan. You will identify opportunities to leverage your current skills and build your confidence to prepare for your next challenges.

You will take away ideas you can implement immediately to help you build and believe in your own leadership abilities. You will understand how the compounded impact of small bold actions that don’t take a lot of time can morph into amazing opportunities with the potential to transform your future.

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.

Break: Rejuvenation

10:40 - 11:30 a.m.

Group Session: Action Planning with Linda Saggau and Nancy O'Brien of Experience Happiness

11:30 a.m. - 12 Noon

Closing Comments & Take-aways with TRUST leadership

To receive a registration refund, less a $50 processing fee, all cancellations must be received online at by September 26, 2019 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time. No refunds will be granted thereafter. No-shows will not be refunded. Registrations can be transferred to another person within your organization with the same membership status by contacting

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