Seminar Detail

4-Day: Happiness and Yoga Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
4-Day: Happiness and Yoga Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

Where:   SEDONA, AZ

When:  Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happiness, yoga, and rejuvenation – all in a beautiful setting near the majestic mountains of Sedona, Arizona. Earning 16 CE hours has never been more relaxing or transformative!

Give yourself the gift of this incredible retreat, and spend 4 days immersed in the natural beauty of the Sedona Mago Retreat Center in Sedona, Arizona. Over the course of the retreat, you’ll experience first-hand the life-changing practices of mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, yoga, positive neuroplasticity, and more. You’ll learn research-backed approaches to help relieve depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and trauma in your clients. This is the perfect setting to deepen your understanding of positive psychology and other clinically-proven skills to enhance well-being. All levels are welcome.

Merging positive psychology approaches with yoga, this retreat will offer you a unique perspective in helping to address common mental health problems in a unique way. Over the course of the retreat, you’ll learn science-based practices to promote greater happiness and life satisfaction in both you and your clients, while learning how to tailor these approaches to common mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. We’ll follow a balanced schedule of didactics, group discussion, experiential practices, meditation, and optional yoga twice daily. Opportunities for both practice and reflection will allow you the chance to consolidate the learning into your life.

In addition to planned activities and learning, there will be ample free time for walking, contemplation and resting. The Sedona Mago Retreat Center offers an exquisite landscape, waterfalls, garden walks, and healthful, pesco-vegetarian cuisine and stylish accommodation. By the end of this retreat, you will feel transformed on both a personal and professional level, and will be equipped with new tools and practices to take your clinical work to the next level.

RETREAT SCHEDULE – November 8-11, 2018

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Check In
2:30 – 3:30 pm - Tour
4:00 pm – Orientation & Overview
5:00 pm – Yoga (Optional)
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm – Evening Session
8:00 pm – Break for Night

6:30 am – Morning Gentle Yoga Session (Optional)
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am – Morning Session
12:00 pm – Lunch/Free time
2:00 pm – Afternoon Session
4:00 pm - Break
4:30 pm – Vinyasa Yoga Class (Optional)
5:45 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm – Optional Reflection/Discussion & Meditation
8:00 pm – Break for Night

6:30 am – Gentle Morning Yoga Session (Optional)
7:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am – Morning Session
12:00 pm - Lunch
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.


Frequently Asked Questions


Map and Driving Directions
Sedona Mago Retreat is located 40 miles southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. If this is your first trip driving to Sedona Mago Retreat, arrange your driving schedule so you can arrive during daylight hours because it goes through the National Forest and road signs and lighting are limited.

Shuttle Service
AZ Shuttle provides shuttle service from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport directly to Sedona Mago Retreat Center.

Sedona Mago Retreat Center's Policies and Conditions

Cancellation Policy: Prior to November 1, 2018, you may receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar or a tuition refund less a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after November 1, 2018, you will receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Articulate the benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and job performance.
  2. Employ research-backed approaches to effectively treat common mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, and stress, drawn from positive psychology and other strength-based methods.
  3. Explain how the brain’s negativity bias can lead to suffering, stress, and worry.
  4. Summarize the notion of positive neuroplasticity, and learn specific methods for creating lasting changes in the brain.
  5. Administer specific practices to cultivate gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, and connection – and understand how to integrate these practices effectively into treatment.
  6. Practice specific techniques to regulate the nervous system and stimulate the vagus nerve, to help promote feelings of peace, safety, and calm.
  7. Summarize the efficacy of mindfulness-based approaches, and integrate these methods into treatment.
  8. Apply strength-based approaches to specific patient populations.
  9. Explore specific areas of the brain linked to positive emotional states, and learn techniques to increase neuronal firing to these regions in order to create lasting change.
  10. Implement mindfulness practices to decrease stress and reduce clinical symptoms.
  11. Teach clients how to integrate positive psychological skills into their lives in a practical way.
  12. Teach the components of mindful self-compassion, and discuss its clinical implications with clients.
  13. Apply mindfulness-based approaches to common mental health problems, and understand the benefits of mindfulness to our mental and physical health.
  14. Explain how the practice of savoring can help clients to sustain positive emotions and overcome depression.
  15. Formulate strength-based treatment plans and utilize them to boost resiliency in your patients.
  16. Articulate the concept of the negativity bias in the brain, as it pertains to clients who struggle with depression or anxiety.

  • Understanding the nature of happiness – what it is, and what it isn’t
  • The Benefits of Happiness – learn specific health benefits and outcomes linked to happiness
  • Roadblocks to well-being – hedonic adaptation, the impact bias, brain-based barriers, and genetics
  • The Negativity Bias – good for survival, but not for happiness
  • Happiness – how much can we really increase it?

  • How gratitude can improve mental and physical health
  • Experiential Practices: 3 Good Things, Gratitude Letter, George Bailey Technique, and more
Compassion & Kindness
  • How compassion-based approaches can relieve depression and improve health outcomes
  • Experiential Practices: Acts of Kindness, Recalling Compassion, Giving vs. Receiving, and more
  • The power of the present moment, and its impact on stress, depression, and health
  • Experiential Practices: Mindfulness of the Breath, Mindfulness of Emotions, Everyday Mindfulness, and more
  • How self-directed kindness can relieve suffering, decrease stress, and reduce depression and anxiety
  • Experiential Practices: Self-Compassion Break, Self-Compassion Letter
  • How our brains are wired for connection, and how close relationships are linked to better health, longer lives, and improved mental health
  • Experiential Practices: Active-Constructive Responding, Gratitude Visit, and more
  • How fostering hope and optimism can breed success and positive outcomes
  • Experiential Practices: Reflecting on Success, Silver Linings, A Positive Future, and more
Acceptance & Forgiveness
  • How acceptance frees us from suffering, and how forgiveness is linked to specific health outcomes and brain changes
  • Experiential Practices: Forgiveness Meditation, Recalling Forgiveness, Forgiveness Letter, and more
  • How maximizing positive experiences can help change our brain and create lasting well-being
  • Experiential Practices: Taking in the Good, Savoring Walk, Savoring Across Time, and more
  • How the science of awe can transform our relationships, health, and well-being
  • Experiential Practices: Awe walk, Awe story, and more
Cultivating Strengths
  • Harnessing our strengths to increase flow experiences
  • Experiential Practices: Identifying Strengths, Using Strengths to Create Flow, and more
Positive Neuroplasticity
  • How conscious changes to our mind and behaviors create lasting brain changes
  • Learning to use our mind to change our brain
Healthy Habits
  • How improving sleep, exercise, and nutrition can create a foundation for lasting well-being
  • Experiential Practices: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Breathing Retraining
  • How to teach meditation and mindfulness to clients
  • Mindfulness as both a skill and a way of life
  • The impact of mindfulness-based practice on the mind, body, and brain
  • Understanding the benefits of yoga for common mental health problems
  • Apply pranayama techniques to help regulate the nervous system
  • Learn to apply yoga-based practices to target depression, anxiety, and stress


Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI, 2018), offers readers an array of easy-to-use handouts and exercises designed to enhance happiness in a lasting way. Dr. Paquette is a psychologist and Clinical Training Director for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he oversees the mental health training programs across four medical centers.

In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and regularly conducts professional workshops around the country. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured in print, online and radio outlets. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and wellbeing with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jonah Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jonah Paquette is a member of the; American Psychological Association; and the California Psychological Association.


Kelly Paquette, PsyD, RYT 200, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor. She is a staff psychologist for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she specializes in both the treatment of trauma as well as the integration of mind-body practices in mental health treatment. A gifted presenter, Dr. Paquette regularly provides trainings to both professional and public audiences on a variety of topics, and is the creator of a popular “Yoga for Emotional Wellness” class for patients in her outpatient clinic. Dr. Paquette’s past clinical experiences have included Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, and her current work at Kaiser Permanente.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kelly Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kelly Paquette has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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