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Mojo On! Retreat Into Your WHOLE Health

Mojo On! Retreat Into Your WHOLE Health

I’m so excited to be leading a workshop at Kripalu, a gorgeous retreat center in the Berkshires in Massachusetts in June, and for those who are considering signing up — or even for those who will miss it, I wanted to share with you some snippets of what I’ll be teaching.

Do you need a jump start in your life? Are you feeling disconnected, both spiritually and from other people? Are you ready to ramp up your mojo, find your life purpose, get healthy, light your creative spark, and hang with me in the flesh?

If so, GOOD NEWS! You can unite with other vital women, speak your truth, be UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU, get personal coaching, and light your Inner Pilot Light in the gorgeous setting of Kripalu.

You could say that my workshop is a “health” workshop, but if you said that, you’d be putting this workshop in a box and making it way too small — although I’m a physician, I don’t think of health the way most doctors do. Which is exactly why I started, because my definition of health includes not just the body, but also mental/emotional health, work/life purpose, relationships, creativity, spirituality, sexuality, and a whole lot more! I call it “whole health,” aka “mojo.” As in GET YOUR MOJO ON, baby!

So what are we going to be doing?

We’re gonna rock it, darling.

It’s only natural that you nurture the parts of yourself that come easily to you and neglect the parts you find challenging. We figure we can yank out some vital part of what makes us whole and still manage to be “healthy.”

And then you wonder why you don’t feel vital.

I met a fitness buff who eats an exclusively organic, raw vegan diet, trains for triathlons, sleeps eight hours a night, takes her vitamins, follows her doctor’s orders, and has six-pack abs. But she lives alone, doesn’t speak to anyone in her family, and isolates herself from all other people.

And she feels like crap.

I’ve met a spiritual seeker who meditates for six hours a day, gathers with her spiritual community, follows a guru, and prays for peace. But she’s diabetic, hypertensive, obese, and smoking cigarettes.

And she wonders why she doesn’t feel enlightened.

I know someone who writes books, speaks to audiences of 10,000 people, delivers a transformative message, and earns boatloads of money. But he hasn’t had sex with his wife or anyone else for over four years.

And he wonders why he doesn’t feel juiced up.

You simply must nourish the whole. What does it mean to be whole? What is whole health, exactly?

In my opinion, under the umbrella of wholeness lies:

  • Authenticity (aka, your “Inner Pilot Light”)
  • Work/Life Purpose (how you earn your living, give back to the world, and leave your mark, whether you’re employed, volunteering, or raising a family)
  • Relationships (how you interact with others, not just those whom you know personally, but your brothers and sisters across the planet)
  • Creativity (how you express yourself in ideas, vision, products, and services)
  • Spirituality (how you connect to the Divine within you and/or God/The Universe)
  • Sexuality (how you express your sensual self, not just in relationship to another person, but in how you tap into your essentially masculine or feminine power)
  • Money (how you pay not just for your survival needs but for the processes that contribute to your whole health)
  • Your Environment (where you live and how you respond to your local and global place in the world)
  • Mental/Intellectual Health (how your brain processes stimuli to energize, connect, and respond to neurotransmitters)
  • The Body/Physical Health (the physical state of your body, where your intuition, mind, physical sensations, and spirit are blessed to live)

Your Inner Pilot Light as the foundation of Whole Health

I used to think the body was the foundation upon which everything else builds. After all, it’s hard to focus on doing work that serves your life purpose or expressing yourself creatively or getting it on sexually if your body is sick. And certainly, a physically healthy body is key in the quest for wholeness.

But after many years of working as a physician, witnessing how people who are ill live their lives, I’ve realized that the relationship between SICK and WHOLE is complex.

The way I see it, there’s a spectrum of health that looks something like this:


SICK                                       WELL                                               WHOLE

Instead of the body being the foundation upon which everything else is built (the way I was taught), I’d argue that your authentic self is the foundation. This 100% authentic core of who you are — which I call your Inner Pilot Light — must be the foundation stone in order to keep your whole health balanced. Without it, you’re building your whole health on shifting sands.

Does your Whole Health need a makeover?

The workshop I’m leading at Kripalu is for anyone who needs help bolstering their whole health. I’ll be playing doctor/life coach/art teacher/career counselor/spiritual leader/BFF, and we’ll be counting on our sisters to lift us all higher so each of us can skyrocket to the stratosphere. We’ll be doing guided meditations, creating art, talking about our girly parts, getting in touch with our life purpose, and most importantly — healing, connecting, and thriving.

As my friend Tama Kieves says, “It takes an intermission to find your mission.” Are you ready to find yours?

Do you need a boost? Are you ready to get your mojo rocking? Will you give yourself the gift of YOU?

Come! Join me! Read more about the workshop here. And sign up here before space runs out. You deserve this, love. You know you do. And I can’t wait to meet you in person so I can blow pixie dust beneath your mighty wings!

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Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of, Pink Medicine Woman coach, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about Lissa Rankin here.

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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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11:04AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011


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9:59PM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

This is such a cool way of looking at things. I must admit I feel overwhelmed reading all of that though. It is so hard to balance everything! Reading about that trainer who is still miserable kind of drives the point home how hard it is to get things "right" / to be "balanced."

6:50AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

I completely agree, I hope the workshop goes really well :D

8:33AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

thanks for the interesting article.

2:05PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Very interesting article! It really opened my mind to a different way of thinking. Thanks so much! :)

6:51PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

you speaketh truth Lissa! Come to australia!!!!

5:55PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that doesn't need to spend a fortune on a retreat and can feel whole right here where I am...wherever that might be! Sorry to rain on the parade but....

I have a friend who has done the Kripalu retreats (and others) constantly for the last 2 decades, and she still doesn't 'get it' and still can't 'find herself'...but is easily parted from her money.
She's almost 65 and I would have thought she'd have pulled herself together by now.
Some people never do....because they keep looking OUTWARD and not INWARD.
The truth lies within and so does the peace and everything else you're looking to get from a retreat.

2:01PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Wish I could attend. I could really use this.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

In other words, Living is not just Being Not Dead Yet. It is being ALIVE! Good luck with your workshop.

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