Medical School can keep us pretty busy and taking care of ourselves tends to get put to the back burner… this is why we are hosting a perfect weekend for medical students looking for the chance to relax and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle!

When: March 24 ~4pm to March 26 ~2pm, 2017

     Friday, March 24
          04:00 pm:
 Registration & Arrival
          05:00 pm: Opening Meditation
          06:00 pm: Dinner
          08:00 pm: Drama Workshop
     Saturday, March 25
:00 am: Yoga or Morning Run
          09:00 am: Breakfast
          09:45 am: Keynote Speaker
          10:45 am: Coffee Break
          11:00 am: Workshop #1
          12:00 pm: Coffee Break
          12:15 pm: Workshop #2
          01:15 pm: Lunch
          03:00 pm: Activity
          05:00 pm: Unscheduled Time
          06:00 pm: Dinner
          08:30 pm: Coffeehouse & Campfire
     Sunday, March 26
:00 am: Yoga or Morning Run
          09:00 am: Breakfast
          10:00 am: Scavenger Hunt
          11:00 am: Scavenger Hunt Results
          12:00 pm: Group Reflection & Closing Meditation
          12:30 pm: Lunch 

Where: The Briars Spa and Resort, Jackson's Point, ON (One Hour North of Toronto)

What: The Fifth Annual OMSA Wellness Retreat! This is a three day event to focus on your own well-being. As your student representatives, we are committed to the professional and personal development of our members. The OMSA Wellness Committee has been busy organizing a series of interactive workshops and activities to provide students with the tools in order to maintain physical, emotional, mental and social health amidst the many demands of a medical education. These workshops will focus on areas such as mindfulness, support systems, nutrition, exercise and more! Activities include art therapy, yoga, snow-shoeing and interactive group activities. Our goal is to create a supportive atmosphere where it is appropriate to discuss any stressors and strategies to overcome them. We also want students to reflect on any ideas they learn so they can share them with their colleagues.

The weekend will start late on the Friday afternoon with dinner and a group workshop. Saturday/Sunday will have a mix of speakers and various activities. The entire cost for the weekend will be approximately $80, depending on the amount of sponsors received this year. Students will be expected to pay for their own transportation.

Registration Info: We are hoping to have over 120 students to attend this year's retreat!

Because we often have more interest than spots available, selection will be done by random draw, giving preference to students who have not attended in the past. An equally distributed number of clerks and pre-clerks from each school will be drawn. Once selected, your credit card will be charged. If you are not selected, your credit card will NOT be charged and you will be kept on a waiting list. If a spot becomes available for you, you will be asked to re-enter your payment information.
If you are no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible, so we may give the opportunity to another student. Please note that no refunds will be issued after February 28, 2017, although you may still sell your spot to another student of the same gender (to ensure rooms are not mixed).

We are thrilled to be hosting such an exciting event for medical students! If you have ANY questions, please email our Director of Services, Christine Prudhoe (services@omsa.ca).


The 4th Annual Wellness Retreat 2016 which took place on March 4th-6th at The Briars Resort in Jackson Point, Ontario. Over 100 medical students from Ontario's six medical schools participated in festivities.

2016 wellness retreat photo gallery