Private Individual & Group Retreats
Dr. Pirtle offers both private individual and group retreats. These retreats focus on positive psychology and meditation and mindfulness to reduce stress. Issues for which clients seek help include the full range of stress-related illnesses as well as life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief & loss, and more.
Retreats often last 3-7 days but can go longer depending on the specific needs of the client. Typically, clients travel to Tucson, stay at Canyon Ranch resort and work with Dr. Pirtle from 3-5 hours per day. In special cases, Dr. Pirtle will travel to work with a client. Private groups larger than eight participants receive a discount on their accommodations at Canyon Ranch.
Every client and retreat is different. Special care is taken to design an optimal experience for each individual, couple, or group. Dr. Pirtle also works with a team of eminently skilled colleagues that can be engaged to provide the highest level of care.
“We started with a hike in the desert. And for me, going out during the hottest part of the day seemed preferable to sitting still and learning to meditate. I’ll do almost anything to keep from facing myself. But I take my agitation with me wherever I go. Even with Dr. Pirtle, I felt driven to talk. I don’t know why. I just did. I do. He politely encouraged me to “start sensing instead of thinking.” At first, I didn’t know what he meant. But as we walked, he guided me, like we were doing a walking meditation. The next thing I knew my mind was quite. Surrendering and dissolving, I became the desert: the heat, the wind, the fragrance, and the sounds. I felt empty. The agitation was gone. And it took him only 10 minutes to get me there.
On that first hike Dr. Pirtle asked if he could be totally honest with me. Always with kindness, he showed me where I was resisting change. We spent considerable time holding my old patterns of thinking up to the light of awareness.
I retreated with Dr. Pirtle in Tucson for three days. Our primary form of therapy was hiking and talking. We drove to nearby wilderness areas, which were the perfect settings for me to slow down, open up, learn, and practice new skills.
I’m grateful for the time I spent with Dr. Pirtle. If you’d like to make changes in your life too, and you’re looking for the support of a wise and kind person, you can do no better than to work with Dr. Pirtle personally.”GC