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Deep Practices Summit 2020

September 14-16

Colorado Springs, CO

creating conditions for renewal and inspiration in the helping professions

Keynote: dr. Paul Michalec on deep practices

With Guest speakers:

Dr. Maggie Lopez on Leadership in the Helping Professions

Dr. John Polikandriotis on deep practices in Healthcare

Dr. Franita Ware on Radical Self Care

Special offerings include

Yoga and guided meditations by Kelsey Bednar of Rooted Heart Yoga

sound healing by sylvia salcedo

Workshops, unconferences, integration tools

And much more!

Tickets go on sale in April of 2020. Meanwhile, give us your info and we will be in touch:

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Summit created by Deep Practices Consulting, L3C: a social enterprise dedicated to creating conditions for equity, renewal, and inspiration in the workplace.


Summit Mission

To kindle on-the-job inspiration and renewal in the helping professions.

What is the Deep practices summit?

Live your life. Love your work.

Our goal is to give you a unique, life-changing experience that connects you back to your calling, rekindles your inspiration, and gives you practical tools and resources for infusing passion in your work.

Part conference, part retreat, our summit will expose you to new ideas and practices while also giving you the space and time to integrate all that you learn. We’ve reserved all 365 acres of the beautiful La Foret Retreat Center to give you the space you need to explore, unwind, and reconnect.

We have a dynamite lineup of brilliant speakers, sessions, and workshops that will spark changes in the way you approach your work.

We also know that your whole self needs to be nurtured for real change to occur. That’s why we offer yoga, guided meditations, group hikes, unconferences, delicious, wholesome food and snacks, sound healing ceremonies, and intentional integration workshops so you can bring it all back with you.

Why this summit?

serving those who serve others

We enter helping professions for reasons of the heart, but too often the heart becomes an afterthought and not a priority in our jobs.

This is why burnout rates are astronomical in the helping professions we rely on to heal, nurture and educate our society.

Despite this, no large-scale movement exists to combat burnout at both individual and systemic levels. We’re here to change that.

Who is it for?


This summit is for any person or organization seeking practical tools and ideas to rekindle their inspiration at work. We have speakers, presenters, and workshop offerings from a wide variety of industries including: education, healthcare, higher ed, non-profits, alternative medicine, the ministry, public defense, and more!

Whether you’re interested in individual growth or team and organizational transformation, we have what you’re looking for.

We of course welcome all people who are interested in staying inspired at work, so if you’re not “technically” in a helping profession but would like to be involved please join us!

The vibe

Come as you are

Our goal is to create a casual, caring, and communal atmosphere for for you to unwind and be your most authentic self. We’ve reserved the entire 365 acres of La Foret’s trails and woods for your enjoyment. Bring yoga clothes and hiking boots for the group hikes, yoga classes, meditations, and workshops, and bring lots of layers for the outdoor fire pit. Dress comfortably, relax, and let your true self shine through!

Deep practices are choices or actions that originate from the heart.
— Dr. Paul Michalec and Dr. Kate Newburgh

Rekindle your inspiration

We are gearing up for the next year. Meanwhile, keep in touch for updates and opportunities!

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Summit Details


The beautiful setting of La Foret Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

6145 Shoup Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908


September 14-16, 2020 


Monday, Sept. 14

9-10: Register and settle in

10:30-11: Welcome and overview

11-11:45: Free time

11:45-1: Lunch

1:15-2: 30: Dr. Franita Ware on Radical Self Care

2:30-4: Free time

4-5: Happy hour meet and greet

5-6:30: Dinner

6:45-7:45: Dr. Maggie Lopez on Leadership in Helping Professions

8:15-9:15: Candlelight yoga by Kelsey Bednar of Rooted Heart Yoga

Tuesday, Sept. 15

6:15-7:30: Sunrise Yoga and Meditation with Kelsey Bednar of Rooted Heart Yoga

7:45-9: Breakfast

9:15-10:15: Dr. John Polikandriotis on Deep Practices in Healthcare.

10:30-12: Workshop offerings on summit themes

12-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2:30: Workshop offerings on summit themes

2:30-5: Free time

5-6:15: Dinner

6:45-7:45: Keynote Dr. Paul Michalec on Deep Practices

8:15-9:30: Sound Healing by Sylvia Salcedo

Wednesday, Sept. 16

6:15-7:30: Sunrise Yoga and Meditation

7:45-9: Breakfast

9:15-11:30: Integration ceremony and panel discussion with speakers

11:30-12: Closing

12 onward: free time to enjoy the grounds, integrate, and explore.

*Agenda subject to revision

Summit Themes

  • Deep practices in helping professions (choosing to act from the heart)

  • Moral dilemmas in helping professions

  • Leadership in helping professions

  • Burnout and Boundaries

  • radical self care

Is there a theme you’d like to suggest? Don’t hesitate to reach out!


Cabin: $415

Yurt: $385

Price includes:

  • Accommodation for two nights (yurt or cabin).

  • All meals and snacks.

  • Happy hour meet and greet

  • Open access to all speakers, workshops, and sessions.

  • Open access to all yoga, guided meditations, and sound healing.

  • Full access to the 365 acres of grounds and trails of La Foret, which is entirely reserved for us.

  • Life-changing ideas and experiences.

    Interested in sending a team? Contact us for package discounts!



In order to facilitate authentic interactions between attendees, La Foret offers cabins and yurts, which invite communal sleeping arrangements. We will offer separate men’s and women’s cabins and yurts to facilitate your comfort.

  • Cabins sleep 2-4 to a room. All have bathrooms, showers, communal spaces, and fully-stocked wood-burning fireplaces.

  • Yurts sleep up to six and are steps away from a bathhouse that features showers and bathrooms.

We strongly encourage you to stay in community with us at the retreat center if possible. However, we understand that cabins and yurts aren’t for everyone! If you would like to attend the summit but would rather stay in a hotel, please contact us with your request and we will work with your needs.

Other questions about the retreat space? You can reach out to La Foret at:




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Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us for our sponsorship package options!


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