Private Individual & Group Retreats

I offer both individual and group retreats. These retreats focus on attunement skills, positive psychology, narrative medicine, meditation and mindfulness, and other integrative healing modalities. An intensive retreat will accelerates stress reduction, align a client’s behavior with their values, and create a vision for a healthier, happier, and more fullfulling future. Issues for which clients to to retreat with me include desire to heal a stress-related illness or work through a life transition, relationship difficulty, grief & loss, and more.

Retreats typically last 3-7 days, but can go longer depending on the specific needs of the client. Frequently, clients travel to Tucson, and stay at a local resort, hotel or retreat center, then work with me from 3-5 hours per day. In special cases, I will travel to work with a client.

Every client and retreat is different. Special care is taken to design an optimal experience for each individual, couple, or group. I also works with a team of eminently skilled colleagues that can be engaged to provide the highest possible level of care. To inquire about setting up a retreat, email me at

Mountain Goats on Pusch Ridge“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.”


Inquire about booking a retreat by filling out the form below. I will happily contact you shortly thereafter so we can begin planning your experience.

Private and Group Retreats