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Journey into Healing | Mind-Body Wellness Workshop

June 1–5, 2011 | Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa | Asheville, North Carolina

“The best use of a physician's knowledge is to teach patients how to heal themselves.” ~ David Simon, M.D.

Many of us dream about having more balance, well-being, and joy in our lives. At the Journey into Healing workshop, Chopra Center co-founders Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D., and a team of guest experts will guide you on a powerful exploration of mind-body medicine and teach you timeless tools for creating the health and inner calm you’ve been seeking.

We’re very excited to be offering Journey into Healing in the breathtaking setting of Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For many centuries, the Asheville area has been known as a destination for wellness and holistic healing. We have chosen one of the most famous and historic grand resorts in the American South – the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa – to host Journey into Healing. Built in 1913, the Grove Park Inn combines old-world charm, luxurious amenities, and a long tradition of exceptional hospitality.

Journey into Healing guests can nourish their senses in the natural elements of Grove Park’s magnificent spa – rated as one of the best in the world. In this 40,000 square-foot retreat of inviting blue pools, stone caverns, and light-splashed interiors, you will feel your tension melt away as you luxuriate in a mineral bath and heal in the abundant flow of the myriad indoor waterfalls. Choose from a full menu of signature massages, facials, and body treatments for men and women.

Grove Park is offering guests an easy way to save money when visiting the spa: inaugural pricing. Beginning March 31, 2011, when you book a spa treatment on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you can receive a special mid-week discount, with signature massages starting at $109 and full 80-minutes facials starting at $139. It doesn't matter when the appointment was booked – your discount will still apply.

Extend Your Journey into Healing with a complete vacation experience

Give yourself the time to truly experience all the beauty, fun, and attractions that Asheville has to offer. Here are just a few of the experiences you can choose:

  • Shop in the area’s unique boutiques and antique treasure troves.

  • Tour the famous Biltmore estate, stroll in its lush gardens, and enjoy a wine tasting at its award-winning winery.

  • Get inspired: Take an Asheville artist studio tour, visit the acclaimed Folk Art Center, or visit one of the many local galleries, pottery shops, and museums.

  • Enjoy an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting on the Chattooga, Pigeon, Cheoah, or one of the other nine different rivers in this rafting mecca. You can also try canoeing, kayaking, and gently tubing downstream.

  • Go fly fishing on the waters of Western North Carolina.

  • Savor the rich array of restaurants, which range from four-star cuisine to down-home Southern cooking. Ashville’s chefs are renowned for creating delicious dishes using fresh, local food.

  • Enjoy nighttime entertainment and live music, including jazz, bluegrass, drum circles, lyric opera, and more!

  • Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Play the Grove Park’s 18-hole par-70 championship golf course designed by the legendary Donald Ross.

  • Take a guided waterfall hike through the lush 10,000-acre Dupont State Forest.

The Chopra Center has reserved extended discounted rates of $189/night (single and double occupancy) at the Grove Park Inn for those who want to come early and stay on after the completion of Journey into Healing for a few days or even longer.  Reserve your spot now by calling the (800) 438-5800. Please be sure to mention that you will be a Chopra Center guest.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the regional airport of Asheville, with daily nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, and other major international airports. *Please note that accommodation pricing is subject to change.

Join us in Asheville for an unforgettable immersion in mind-body healing!

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Please note, transportation & accommodations are not included.

Featured Faculty

Deepak Chopra, M.D. | David Simon, M.D. | Valencia Porter, M.D.

Special Guests

Nathan Daley, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Nathan Daley is a leading visionary in preventive health care, mind-body medicine, and environmental health. As Director of Medical Programs at the Leonardi Institute in Lakewood, Colorado, he has an integrative healing approach that he describes as combining “the best of all things that work,” including the most cutting-edge medical innovations and the most ancient healing traditions.

In his pursuit to understand the true meaning of health, Dr. Daley has acquired an impressive background in emerging areas of medicine. After receiving an undergraduate degree in microbiology and his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma, he completed a clinical internship and diagnostic radiology training at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He then completed a residency in preventive medicine at U.C. San Diego and a Masters of Public Health (focusing on environmental health) at San Diego State University. In addition, he was selected by the Bravewell Collaborative in 2008 as an integrative medicine fellow. This honor provided him the opportunity to receive training at the University of Arizona’s renowned Program in Integrative Medicine. 

His training at the University of Arizona, and additional work at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California, has given Dr. Daley the privilege of learning from several pioneers in the field, including Drs. Andrew Weil, Tierona Low Dog, Victoria Maizes, and Mimi Guarneri.

He is currently writing two books − one on the definition and origin of human health and another on the science and ecology of peak athletic performance. He also recently co-authored a book (in press) detailing a natural approach to treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Valencia Porter, M.D.

Patients and guests who visit the Chopra Center have the opportunity to receive a mind-body medical consultation with holistic health expert Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H. Board-certified in both General Preventive Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine, Dr. Porter has an integrative approach that incorporates many areas of health and healing, including ayurveda, biofield (energy) therapies, and functional medicine.

As a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, she began to explore complementary and alternative medicine. After training in Pediatrics and Child Neurology, she completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at U.C. San Diego – as well as a master’s degree in public health focusing on Environmental Health at San Diego State University.

Before coming to the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter served as a physician and researcher at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego, where she provided integrative care to children and adults coping with ADD/ADHD, stress and anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and weight management. Dr. Porter completed a fellowship as a Bravewell Collaborative scholar at the renowned Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. In addition to serving as the Chopra Center's Medical Director, she is a volunteer faculty member of U.C. San Diego's department of family and preventive medicine.

Dr. Porter has a caring, individualized approach that encompasses all aspects of her patients’ lives. During your consultation, she will work with you to explore the mind-body connection behind your current symptoms and develop practical behaviors that will set you on a course of wellness..

Dr. David Frawley "Vamadeva Shastri"

Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a recognized Vedacharya or teacher of the Vedic knowledge in India. He is the author of more than twenty books published worldwide over the past thirty years. His work addresses Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga psychology and Vedic astrology, along with their interrelationships and practical applications as tools of both personal and collective transformation.

Vamadeva is currently the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which offers various courses, training programs and retreats. His relevant titles for the upcoming training include Yoga and Ayurveda, Ayurveda and the Mind, Yoga, Inner Tantric Yoga and Ayurvedic Astrology. His approach to Ayurvedic psychology includes the use of sensory therapies, pranayama, mantra and meditation.

Dr. Daniel Vicario

Dr. Vicario grew up in Argentina, where he attended the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. After graduating with honors in 1983, he returned to his native California and trained as Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Vicario completed his Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, followed by a three-year fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Diego. He was then appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine, where he focused on clinical research, as well as ways to improve the quality of life for patients with cancer.

In 1994 Dr. Vicario went into private practice at the San Diego Cancer Center in North County, where he is a senior partner, Medical Director and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program. He has also continued his work at UCSD as a voluntary professor of medicine, teaching medical students, residents, and other physicians.

Dr. Vicario is co-founder and president of the San Diego Cancer Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the care and quality of life of cancer patients. He has served the San Diego community in a wide variety of non-profit health care related functions and has been recipient of several honors and awards .

Dr. Vicario has also spent the last 30 years studying and training in various integrative mind-body healing traditions, including ayurveda. He and his wife have been married for 25 years, and they enjoy spending time with their four children and traveling.