Native American Healthcare Solution


Nurse Self-care Gathering: Honor Your Wellbeing, Confidence, and Vitality


“Nursing should not be a sacrifice, but one of the highest delights in life.”
– Florence Nightingale – 

Celebrate spring equinox, a time of rebirth and renewal, and a fantastic time for personal growth and intention setting. A time for a fresh start to feel your best in body, brain, spirit, and
career – Invest in You! You invest in nice stethoscopes, work shoes, cute scrubs, eat out, continuing education, and stuff for everyone else, but you! Invest in yourself by joining us for
an empowering program that teaches you essential self-care techniques for managing stress, restoring your wellbeing, and reconnecting to your passion as a Nurse. Self-care builds
confidence, reduces errors, and replenishes a nurse’s capacity to provide compassion and empathy, and helps to improve quality of care. Practicing self-care is a pillar of preventive care.

April 24 to 26, 2024

This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites at Talking Stick 

    9550 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, Az

April 24 13:00 to 17.15

April 25 : 08:15 to 17.00

April 26 : 08:00 t0 12.00

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites at Talking Stick 

Address : 9550 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, Az



Registration Fee : 179$
Lodging Price : $149/Night

Must make reservations by March 24, 2024 to qualify for special rate.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds for registration cancellations will be processed until April 1st, less a $35 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after April 15th, 2024

Note: January to April 15th is high season in Scottsdale & Phoenix Metro.

To book lodging click link directly at,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Guests making such reservations must identify themselves as members of Native American Healthcare Nurses Event.  All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. If a guest does not cancel a reservation within twenty-four (24) hours before the guest’s check-in date, then Hotel may charge the credit card one night’s room fee plus any applicable taxes.

PHOTOS: from previous retreat



Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00PM - 1:30PM
Welcome & Introductions
1:30PM - 1:45PM
1:45PM - 4:45PM
You Deserve a Vital & Powerful Body – Take action to Protect Your Body-Brain-Spirit from Burnout
Description: Emotional burden impacts Nurses intimately. Helping Nurses reconnect to their innate emotions through soul and self-care practices enhances Nurse wellbeing, builds confidence, reduces errors and improves self-efficacy helping Nurses bring more joy and satisfaction in their work. Exploring these practical actions gives Nurses tangible tools to regain connections to their innate emotions and authenticity so they feel their best at work, at home and at play. Contemplate how emotional burden impacts work and home life of the nurse Understand the difference between self-care and soul care Consider the personal distinction between self-care and soul care and how it might apply to one's life. Experience varied forms of self-care through self-love, allow, integrate and sooth and connect the feelings within self to access soul care Discuss where and how one could imagine using these easy self-care forms in day-to-day life, and how it could support authentic, soul care and personal wellbeing Explore a heart opening practice to tap into inner wisdom and joy-filled feelings
3:15PM - 3:30PM
Nourishment Break
4:45PM - 5:15PM
To Walk in Beauty - Gentle Body movement for Better Balance, Energy & Wellbeing
Celebrating the Spring equinox is the perfect time to get moving. The lymph system requires physical movement to move itself, as it has no pump, apart from our breath and our muscles. Practices like walking, gentle body movement and deep breathing are perfect habits to begin building on the spring equinox and carry throughout the year. During this session participants will participate in a gentle form, slow motion body movement that can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for Walking in Beauty the rest of your life.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

8:15am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 11:45 am
Be Empowered - Cultivating Resilience through Boundaries and Breathwork
Many nurses have trouble making time for self-care. Some nurses even feel guilty for it, but you don’t have to. This interactive presentation blends boundaries with breathwork. Boundaries are “the secret” in supporting self-care and protecting your resilience. Breathwork is a powerful yet gentle practice to feel rejuvenated, decrease stress, anxiety, release stored trauma the body can hold, and much more! Breathwork is even described as food for the soul. During the presentation you’ll experience: a guided visualization to re-connect with the dynamic person you really are, practical ways to implement boundaries that are best for you, breathwork in a safe and uplifting small group setting Please bring: Yoga mat, pillow, light blanket This presentation is perfect for nurses at any level of practice!
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Nourishment Break
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Mask Making - The Expressive Power of Masks for Self-care
Masks have a long tradition in many cultures around the world. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. In Native American culture they are primarily associated with ceremonies that are religious or of social significance, such as Hopi kachinas or the Navajo Yeibichei ceremony. Our mask making project will be fun, no skills or background are needed to do this activity - you just have to want to let go and create. When you create your mask, you’ll be tasked with “how others see you” on the outside of the mask and “how you feel inside” on the reverse side of the mask. This creative process helps us to understand ourselves more and express those underlying feelings and help us explore who you are on the inside and outside and be more self-aware of our different sides even more. There will a variety of art supplies to create and decorate your masks. At the end of the activity, everyone will share what they have made and what they have learned.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Building Pelvic Floor Strength
Every woman can benefit from a pelvic floor workout and during this session we’ll learn to show these overlooked muscles more love. The pelvic floor muscles may be the most important muscles you never target with a workout. A brief overview of what the pelvic floor is, what it does and how vital the pelvic muscles are will be presented. Participants will learn 5 simple exercises that can strengthen these muscles that can be started right away.

Friday, April 26, 2024

08.00 am - 08.15 am
08.15 am - 09.15 am
Unimaginable Loss: To Speak of Grief and Finding Hope and Purpose
In this workshop, we will discuss the unimaginable death of a child which is often referred to as the worst experience a parent can endure. The overwhelming suffering and intense emotions that flood the days, weeks, months, and years following the loss is called grief. The pain of grief is extremely intense as parents grasp never seeing their child again and the loss of future hopes and plans. Discussion and consideration of Navajo traditional beliefs on death & rituals in working through profound loss. We will explore various actions and ways to express grief that serves as a path to finding joy in life once again. Actions such as celebration of life, mourning rituals, journaling, getting through the holidays, self-care, and finding a therapist or grief counselor. In summary, Nurses gain insight into the grieving process whether it’s a parent, spouse, or sibling. Understanding the traditional beliefs & ways to express grief, Nurses can provide information that will support the family during the grieving process that will offer comfort, guidance and hope after the death of a loved one.
09.30 am - 11:30 AM
Aromatherapy for Self-care
Day to day, nurses and caregivers are faced with many challenges that require completing multiple tasks during long hours, leaving little room for self-care. Aromatherapy is the use of pure premium essential oils derived from plant parts such as flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, woods, resins and more. The practice of aromatherapy can be a convenient and effective way to bring our bodies into balance and care for ourselves in times of high-stress as it directly affects the limbic system, the processing center of memory and emotion. The unique phytochemistry of each essential oil communicates with our systems to bring about gentle (and sometimes powerful) shifts in the body from calming the nervous system, to boosting immunity, reducing tension and inflammation, and toning and tightening soft tissues as well as helping to draw out excess fluids (edema). During the workshop, participants will create their own Aromatherapy Roll-on.
11.30 am - 11:45 am
11:45 pm - 12:00 pm
Burning Bowl Ceremony
12:00 pm


  • Amy Horn
    Amy Horn
    LMT + Aromatherapy Practitioner

    Amy Horn is an educator at heart and enjoys teaching massage, aromatherapy and various other healing modalities at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. As an instructor, Amy supports holding a safe and rewarding space for all students, while engaging in learning new ways to support wellness for the individual and community as a whole. In her spare time, Amy can be found gathering with loved ones, spending time with nature, or engaging in artistic endeavors.

  • Christen Rodriguez
    Christen Rodriguez
    Master Empowerment Coach and Trained Breathworker

    Christen Rodriguez is a Master Empowerment Coach and Trained Breathworker specializing in working with nurses. With over 2 decades of nursing experience, Christen understands the unique needs of nurses, and how to move from surviving to thriving. Christen believes you don’t have to leave nursing to be happy!

  • Nicole Vienneau
    Nicole Vienneau
    a board certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching™ and is Lecture Faculty with the Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy

    Nicole Vienneau, MSN, RN, NC-BC achieved a master’s in nursing science from the University of Arizona, a board certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching™ and is Lecture Faculty with the Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy.
    Nurse Coach Nicole combines 20+ years of Nursing with 30+ years of lifestyle medicine as the Founder of Blue Monarch Health, PLLC and Restoration Room, PLLC where she is devoted to Nurse Wellbeing, and mid-life women’s wellness. As a board-certified Integrative Nurse Coach, a Menopause Fitness Specialist, Functional Aging Specialist, yoga teacher, Reiki and sound healing practitioner, group fitness instructor and retired Reebok sponsored Fitness Athlete, she creates unique, holistic programming to help Nurses and healthcare workers mitigate and heal from burnout and restore their joy and passion for Nursing!
    When she’s not coaching Nurses or hosting the Integrative Nurse Coaches in ACTION! Podcast, you can find her volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, TMC for Seniors, and the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation. She loves lounging in the sun with her cat babies or hiking with her awesome husband.
    Check out Nicole’s book collaboration, Letters to a Future Nurse on Amazon.
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  • Vida.Khow
    Founder & Managing Director of Native American Healthcare Solutions

    Vida combines 40 plus years of healthcare experience in underserved and underfunded ncommunities as the Founder & Managing Director of Native American Healthcare Solutions and President of Native Arc, LLC, where she is devoted to holding space by hosting retreats for Nurses to reflect, feel restored, and re-energized learning self-care modalities that are rooted in science.

    As an expert in women’s workplace dynamics, organizational transitions, and visionary leadership, Vida has addressed conferences, associations, and government agencies across the country and Germany. Being a successful Navajo woman, she naturally combines the wisdom of her native roots with her vast leadership experience. She holds a master’s degree in health services administration, Bachelor of Science Nursing, and certification as an Art Therapy Practitioner.

    As President of NativeArc, she is dedicated to supporting our values that quality healthcare for all is a basic human right and uncompromised patient health outcomes. Our focus is exclusively on providing the best healthcare to the most underserved by recruiting and retaining highly skilled and socially committed providers.