June 23-July 3, 2019

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ALONGSIDE’S MEDRETREAT is a ten-day program designed specifically for healthcare professionals serving cross-culturally. In addition to daily plenary sessions on critical topics, group debriefing/counseling, and personal counseling sessions, there will be plenty of opportunity to unplug, relax, and enjoy ALONGSIDE’s beautiful campus. We encourage spouses to come as well!

We have been caring for medical cross-cultural workers at ALONGSIDE for years. Our counseling-centered retreat offers you a place to refocus, recharge, and be renewed. Reasons for coming to MedRetreat often include problems like burnout, relational problems, trauma, and compassion fatigue.

The unique stresses that healthcare professionals face in mission settings such as frequent exposure to death, secondary trauma, moral injury and unrelenting workload compound the risk for emotional and relational difficulty. MedRetreat addresses the specific challenges you face with understanding, compassion, and practical resources for vocational thriving.

A Sampling of Plenary Sessions:

  • Compassion fatigue: Burnout and secondary trauma

  • Medical and missionary cultural values that put you at risk

  • Pursuing a resilient, shalom-filled life

  • Countering the lies that keep you from taking care of yourself

  • Managing medicine's challenges for relationships

  • Negotiating personal and group boundaries

  • Navigating conflict and negotiation effectively


Investing in your well-being, your marriage, and your sanity simply makes sense and…you are worth it! MedRetreat offers a tranquil, peaceful setting that complements our program. Our 125 acre campus is one of the most beautiful and relaxing pieces of property in Southwest Michigan.

The cost is $2750 per couple or $2050 per individual, which includes at least 12 plenary sessions, 7 group sessions, 6 individual counseling sessions per person, and accommodations.


All of ALONGSIDE’s qualified staff are fully licensed, professionally trained, and have many years of experience. They understand the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in cross-cultural settings and they are prepared to help.

The 2019 MedRetreat will be headed up by Stan Haegert, M.D., who has been in practice for 30 years in both the U.S. and in The Gambia (family medicine). Stan currently serves as Associate Director of CMDA’s Center for Well-Being.

Stan is a burnout survivor who has a surplus of knowledge to share. Stan and his wife Deb, who will also be leading training seminars, are frequently asked to conduct training for promoting wellness among healthcare professionals.

Stan and Deb Haegert Frauke and Charlie Schaefer

Stan and Deb will be joined by Charlie (Ph.D., clinical psychologist) and Frauke Schaefer, (M.D., psychiatrist and counselor). They served many years overseas (Frauke in family medicine in Nepal; Charlie in Togo as a computer center director and short-term in various places as a psychologist). They have worked extensively with cross-cultural personnel including healthcare professionals. The Schaefers serve as Barnabas International staff members.