Alongside’s MedRetreat Program


Alongside’s MedRetreat is an eleven-day program designed specifically for healthcare professionals and their families who serve cross-culturally. In addition to daily plenary sessions on critical topics, process groups, and personal counseling sessions, MedRetreats offer plenty of opportunity to unplug, relax, and enjoy a beautiful environment.

Why Do I Need a Retreat?

Our counseling-centered retreat offers you a place to refocus, recharge, and be renewed. If you are a medical professional in a taxing cross-cultural working environment, MedRetreat will equip you with practices and skills that help you restore and maintain resilience. If you feel fatigued and unmotivated, you will find a restorative environment among people who really get you and will walk with you toward more joy and energy. If you feel stressed by the pressure of caring for unrelenting need, MedRetreat will help you discover what your body and soul need to rebound. If healthcare work is affecting your closest relationships and you find yourself reactive or numb, MedRetreat will help you find strategies to restore connections.

Who is Running the Retreat?

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

MedRetreats are led by Stan Haegert, M.D. (Family Medicine), who has more than 30 years practice experience in both the U.S. and in The Gambia, West Africa. Stan is a burnout survivor who is passionate about helping people thrive in challenging healthcare environments. Stan and his wife Deb are frequently asked to conduct training that promotes wellness among healthcare professionals.

Charlie (Ph.D. psychologist) and Frauke (M.D.) Schaefer complete the MedRetreat leadership team. They have served many years overseas and have worked extensively with cross-cultural workers, including healthcare professionals.

Cost, Dates and Locations

Cost: $3,900 for a couple, $2,750 for a single, $500 per child (children included in the Richland program only – see below).

March 6-17, 2022 – Fairhaven Ministries, Roan Mountain, TN

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of east Tennessee, Fairhaven has 15 chalets and cottages in secluded settings that provide opportunity for rest and renewal. Note: this retreat does not include a children’s program.

July 24-August 4, 2022 – Richland, MI.

Alongside’s 125-acre campus, one of the most beautiful and relaxing pieces of property in Southwest Michigan, offers extensive forested hiking and biking trails. This retreat includes a full children’s program led by trained children’s staff that parallels what adults are learning.

Typical Daily Retreat Schedule

Day 1

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Registration
Group Meal (provided by Alongside)
Welcome and Orientation Meeting

Days 2-10

8:45 – 11:15 a.m. Plenary Sessions
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Process Groups
Afternoons: one-hour Counseling Session
Evenings: Free

Day 11

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Process Groups
11:15 a.m. Check-out and Departure