4-day educational retreat

Imagine coming together to enjoy kayaking beautiful Sarasota Bay, beach biking the white sands of Siesta Key, swimming with lovable manatees, exploring the natural beauty of a wild cypress marsh, or meditating with a group of like-minded companions as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.


Every day, your educational staff will provide an easy-to-understand medical science presentation followed by a Q&A session. Here’s a sample of what we’ll cover:

  • review the scientific evidence that correlates investment decision making to emotion control
  • describe intentional cognitive strategies that support a stable and consistent approach to investing
  • introduce the concepts of genetic variation and gut microbial homeostasis as they underpin responses such as loss aversion, anticipatory anxiety, fear conditioning, and reward expectation
  • examine the actions of neuropeptides on brain regions regulating higher cognitive function, emotion regulation, and economic decision making
  • discuss the relationship between stress and the perception of risk, volatility, and uncertainty
  • discover why person-machine investing outperforms pure algorithmic trading in many of today’s markets


A typical day starts with a short walk, some stretching, and meditation. After a healthy breakfast, we set off on a guided adventure. The program uses adventure to bring passion and companionship into being. In the afternoon, we return to base camp, listen to a scientific talk, and then take some time for swimming, massage, or a nap. Following a vegetarian dinner, you are free to rest, relax, or come out for trail biking, a historic tour, or sunset walk.


Experience how self-insight can provide the strongest foundation for change.  We get it; change is not easy.  Feel like you need a structured program, individualized support? Enroll in one of our emotion regulation programs and learn how your genes, gut microbiota, diet and other lifestyle choices can systematically be optimized to improve both your decision making and your quality of life. (1,2,3)

3 Programs II

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  2. Bhasin MK, Dusek JA, Chang BH, Joseph MG, Denninger JW, Fricchione GL, Benson H, Libermann TA. Relaxation response induces temporal transcriptome changes in energy metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways. PLoS One. 2013 May 1;8(5):e62817.
  3. Kuo B, Bhasin M, Jacquart J, Scult MA et al. Genomic and clinical effects associated with a relaxation response mind-body intervention in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 30;10(4):e0123861.