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A Contemplative Path

to Health & Well-being

Immersion Program

February 9 - April 7, 2018

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 unigue path toward well-being. Our five main principles guide you in recovering the inherent goodness and wisdom of your own body. As you learn to listen to and trust your body wisdom, you will find your own rhythms of how to be alive and well amidst the many changes and challenges of the female life-cycle. 

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 9–Saturday, February 10

  • Friday 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Local, stay-at-home retreat
  • Refreshments and Saturday lunch provided    

Weekly Meetings: Thursday evenings February 15 - April 5, 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 7, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Pasadena location
  • Refreshments and mindful lunch provided 


Weekend retreats will meet at the Neighborhood Church, 301 North Orange Grove, Pasadena, CA, 91103

Thursday evening meetings will take at Young & Healthy, 136 W. Peoria Street, Pasadena, CA, 91103


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 - 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. 

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