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A Contemplative Path

to Health & Well-being

February 22- April 27, 2019

Pasadena, California

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Contemplation is ancient medicine for what ails us. Join us in discovering the power of taking a loving look at your health challenges and finding your own unique path toward well-being. Our foundational principle is that God’s love is the essential ingredient for good health. A solid spiritual center in God’s love supports being “Alive and Well” through all the expected challenges of moving through the lifecycle.  We focus on helping you deepen your experiential connection to your body within the context of God’s love.

For a more in-depth description of the program, click here.

Program Details

Program begins with an "in town" retreat followed by eight weeks of evening gatherings. We wrap-up the program with a Saturday retreat. 

In addition to large and small group teaching and conversations covering the five main principles, activities include a variety of self-assessment/reflection exercises, mindful movement and eating, a variety of contemplative practices, self-compassion and mindfulness excercises, and personal reflection through art and wild-mind writing. 


  • A Contemplative Path to Health and Well-being Guidebook
  • Optional participation in confidential on-line discussion forum
  • Optional mid-week contemplative practice conference calls
  • Connections and conversations with a community of women seeking an alternative way to love and enjoy living in our bodies just as we are!


Opening Retreat: Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23

  • Friday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Local, stay-at-home retreat
  • Refreshments and Saturday lunch provided    

Weekly Meetings: Thursday evenings February 28 - April 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

  • Teaching and application of the Alive and Well principles and practices to your daily life.
  • Faciliated small group support with an Alive and Well trained guide.

Closing Retreat: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Pasadena location
  • Refreshments and mindful lunch provided 


Evenings (Friday of opening retreat and Thursdays) : Rose City Church, 1801 E. Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91106 

Opening retreat Saturday: The Audubon Center at Debs Park (off 110 Fwy), 4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Closing retreat Saturday: The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, 91007


Cissy Brady-Rogers, Alive and Well Women Executive Director & Founder - Cissy's 25 years of experience as a marital and family therapist specializing in eating disorders and women’s health, along with certification as a health coach from Duke University’s Integrative Medicine program, and training as both a yoga teacher and spiritual director, make Cissy uniquely suited to guide other women in creating sustainable rhythms of self-care.  Her passion for women’s wellness springs from her own story of growing through self-care and health related challenges, including treatment for breast cancer at age 30. 

Lauren Furutani, Alive and Well Women Director of Community Development - A Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Lauren brings a passion for the powerful role of community support in the journey to mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. 

Stephanie Jenkins, Alive and Well Women Program Content Curator - Stephanie is an educator and creative contemplative with an MA in Family Studies. 


$650.00 - payment plans available ($600 if paid in full at registration)

Our Compassionate Community Scholarship fund supports women with financial constraints to participate in programs. We've added an option to contribute $200 toward scholarships. 


Partial scholarships may be available. Please contact us at: to request an application.



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