September 22-24, 2023

Rocky Mountain Coaching Retreat & Symposium

Rocky Mountain Coaching Retreat & Symposium

MoveFuelRest … Connect!

Are you tired of the same old conference? 

Looking to recharge your battery, improve your skills as a wellness coach and earn 14 continuing education credits through the NBHWC, all at the same time?


The Rocky Mountain Coaching Retreat & Symposium has been specifically designed to create a balance between advanced education, small group interactions and guided personal reflection time.

During our instructional time, the focus will be on practical information that you can incorporate into your coaching sessions. You will also have a chance to connect with other health and wellness coaches from around the country in breakout sessions.

The personal reflection time is designed to deepen the experience as you not only hear topics, but have a chance to purposefully reflect on how each topic relates to you.

And of course, we have included an opportunity to coach, be coached and witness coaching in triads. We all recognize the value in working with a coach within a safe environment to clarify our personal visions. Finishing with this dynamic coaching triad will allow everyone to walk away from the weekend with new ideas that are integrated into specific action plans.

The retreat curriculum was designed to enhance your coaching skills, expand your vision and re-energize your life. Our speakers are experienced and engaging, and emphasize evidence-based practices—not just opinions or headlines.

Perhaps most important, the schedule is organized in a way that allows you to adopt this new training in a format that will leave you refreshed and renewed as you continue helping your clients move toward #BetterThanYesterday!

The Retreat is also approved through the NBHWC for 14 continuing education credits for our coaches who are NBC-HWC’s! We are in the process of booking our 2023 line up of amazing speakers! In the meantime, you might want to check out the 2022 schedule and speakers as a sneak peak into what you can expect for 2023!

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Josie Broussard, CSU

The Latest Science of Optimal Sleep

Josie Broussard, PhD
Colorado State University

Dr. Josiane Broussard is a clinical and translational scientist interested in sleep & circadian rhythms and metabolic health. She is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University and the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the director of the Sleep and Metabolism Laboratory where she studies the mechanistic underpinnings of insulin resistance due to insufficient sleep and/or circadian misalignment, as well as potential countermeasures.

Nutritional Psychiatry: The Surprising Connection Between Food and the Brain

Dominique Hodgin, MA, NE, NBC-HWC, MCHC

Dominique Hodgin is a master level educator and coach who has a passion for educating and equipping professionals to help them improve the health of their clientele. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, a Nutrition Certification, a Master Health Coach Certification and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her knowledge and experience in nutrition science, education, pharmaceuticals, and coaching have given her the opportunity to be a leader and innovator in the field of health coaching. She currently holds the position of Executive Director of Education for the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and serves on the Council of Advisors for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Dominique is in the process of completing her Professional Brain Health Certification.

Dr. Bradford Cooper

Write Your Story: Journal-lighting Your Way Into (and Through) What's Next?

Brad Cooper, PhD, MSPT, MBA
CEO - US Corporate Wellness

Dr. Cooper is a human performance junkie, seeking out insights to optimize reality for individuals, teams and organizations at every turn. Career highlights can be summarized by 3 words: Mind…Body…Business. Mind: He holds a PhD in Performance Psychology, has been a national columnist for 20+ years, had his research published in peer reviewed journals internationally, written 5 books, and spoken professionally in all 50 states plus multiple times across Europe. Body: He earned a Masters degree from the nation’s top physical therapy school as well as being a certified athletic trainer, has completed 11 Ironmans (including 4 times at the World Championship in Hawaii) won the Race Across America, and was recognized by multiple publications as “The World’s Fittest CEO” in 2016. Business: He is the CEO of US Corporate Wellness, co-founder of the Catalyst Coaching Institute, holds 2 US Patents, an MBA, and hosts a popular international health & wellness podcast. He’ll be discussing the powerful nature of identifying a clear personal vision, the steps involved, and how to utilize this process in both our own lives and that of our clients to truly optimize our reality.
Lisa Russell

Our Story: How Personal Narratives Filter Our Present-Day Lens

Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell is a trained Storywork Counselor who specializes in narrative focused trauma care. She is also a certified Enneagram Practitioner and a Spiritual Director. Lisa is an experienced speaker, passionate about bringing a message of living into our true selves and breaking free from false narratives. She believes that once we become aware of the narrative of our lives, it shines light on our current lens of how we see ourselves and the world around us. Lisa is a proud mama to 2 boys (ages 14 and 9) and has been a foster mom to many other amazing little humans. Outside of the counseling room, you will find Lisa on the trails on her mountain bike, hiking with her dogs or reading a good book in her hammock by the river.

Sabryna Liddle - Catalyst Coaching Institute

Mastering the Guardrails of Well-being: Integrating Boundaries into a Coaching Session

Sabryna Liddle MS, NBC-HWC, CWWPC

Sabryna is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant. In addition to coaching, Sabryna is an educator and mentor for the Catalyst Coaching Institute and Nebraska Methodist College and coaches on leadership development at the executive level to help businesses thrive in the modern world. With 15+ years of coaching behind her, finding the root of her clients’ challenges and igniting the flames of positive lifestyle change are at the core of her approach. When Sabryna is not coaching or teaching, she is enjoying time cycling, hiking, camping, cooking, or reading. She is thankful for her 2 young adult daughters and her husband of over 30 years.

Integrating Skills of Emotional Intelligence into our Coaching Practice

Ryann Hierholzer NBC-HWC

Ryann Hierholzer is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach with a background in athletic coaching. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Her interest in health and wellness was sparked during her collegiate and professional career as a track and field athlete where she came to realize that holistic health was vital for peak performance. She believes that physical, emotional, and spiritual health are interconnected, and peace is an essential component for living your best life.  Her passion is to help others implement behavioral and mindset changes that align with their personal values. Ryann, a Pennsylvania native, currently lives in Texas with her husband and two young children.  Her favorite activities include playing soccer for FC Austin Elite, listening to podcasts, and running around the backyard with the family.

Suzanna Cooper LPC, NBC-HWC

Suzanna Cooper has a pair of Masters degrees, including one in mental health counseling, and is known nationally for her knowledge of coaching and interpersonal communication. As the Chief Learning Officer for the Catalyst Coaching Institute, she is the driving force behind one of the top wellness coach training programs in the country. She is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and oversees a team of coaches as the Chief Learning Officer of a national employee wellness company. Suzanna is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a life-long learner with experience in a variety of settings with the common thread of coming alongside others to help them be their best selves within their current season of life by focusing on what is important to them.

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As a health and wellness coach, you are constantly giving of yourself to help your clients improve their lives. While this is an incredible opportunity and an amazing way to invest our lives, we also need to take time in our own lives to get refreshed and refocused. This retreat was designed to do exactly that. In addition, we found personally that our most valuable weekend of the entire year in terms of our own business is our retreat. So we decided to bring that experience to others in a way that would make a positive difference in the world.

Estes Park is approximately 1.5 hours from Denver. If flying, please book your flight into Denver International Airport (DIA). The YMCA of the Rockies is approximately 2 hours from DIA if you choose to rent a car and drive to the YMCA. The canyon is a beautiful drive!

YMCA Address: 2515 Tunnel Road. Estes Park, CO 80511. Check in at the administration building (by the flag pole).

Retreat location: Longs Peak Building (Combo East & West Room)

Shuttle service: You can arrange shuttle service from Denver International Airport through either Estes Park Shuttle. Book online or via phone at 970-586-5151.  Or through Colorado Shuttle Service at  Please note that you must make a reservation for the shuttle in advance. Shuttle times are set by the company.

Sorry – no. This retreat is specific to health and wellness coaches.

Conferences can be outstanding events and well worth the time, energy and money to attend as they provide a great opportunity to learn from a wide range of presenters and earn some continuing education credits within a few days. We’re big fans of (and actually speak regularly at) several of them. This retreat will also provide the opportunity for continuing education, but will do so in a setting that will allow time (and an incredible setting) to relax and rejuvenate while also (if desired) providing time to meet with peers and learn from others beyond the actual coursework. You’ll return home with a new skip in your step to accompany the new knowledge in your head!

Weather in Colorado can change quickly. September is historically the most beautiful month of the year. The evenings are cool and the days (typically) filled with sunshine. Pack in layers (ie, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, jeans) so you can adjust with the day. Bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses or a hat if you plan to do some hiking. Of course, it never hurts to check the weather before you head out! 

We will be offering a Yoga Flow class so you might want to pack workout clothes. (Yoga mat will be provided). There is also a pool on-site if you would like to swim during our break time.

You might want to bring a light backpack in case you go wandering around the YMCA and some pens for taking notes or journaling.

If you are staying in the lodge, all of your meals are provided, but you might also want to pack some snacks. Bedding, towels and hair dryer are provided in the lodge rooms. Shampoo and Conditioner are NOT provided. If you are staying in a cabin, you will have the opportunity to cook your own meals and will want to plan accordingly!

Most definitely. You’ll be surrounded by experienced health & wellness coaches from a variety of settings, and will actually have the time (if desired) to share notes and ideas between you. Perhaps best of all, you’re likely to recapture that energy that lead you into the wonderful profession of health & wellness coaching years (or decades) ago!

This retreat will be perfect for you! In addition to a tremendous lineup of speakers and training programs, you’ll have the chance to meet coaches from across the globe who are always interested in sharing their experiences. From enhancing your skills as a coach to building  your own practice to heading up your organization’s wellness program, this retreat will provide you the tools and resources you need to move forward—successfully.

We understand life gets in the way of even the best of plans – and sometimes it happens at the worst possible time – like when we were planning to attend an incredible event like the Rocky Mountain Health and Wellness Coaching Retreat and there is no other option but to have to cancel those plans. On the organizational side of the event, there is an immense amount of planning that goes into all of the details, and much of that is based on the specific attendees, their choice of training sessions, etc. Since the Retreat is designed to serve the needs of health and wellness coaches in a smaller, more personalized format than a traditional large conference setting, changes in attendee plans can have a more negative effect than normal. With those two in mind, we have put the following cancellation policy in place in the event that cancellation becomes necessary.

  • Cancellation prior to June 24th: Full refund minus a $150 processing fee OR choose to receive 85% credit toward a future Catalyst event, continuing education course or certification training
  • Cancellation between June 24th – August 7th :  Full refund minus a $250 processing fee OR choose to receive 75% credit toward a future Catalyst event, continuing education course or certification training
  • Cancellation after August 7th : Refund not available after this date, but we will credit your account with Catalyst with 50% of the cost of your registration that can be used toward a future retreat, certification or continuing education credit

We look forward to having you join us – please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the above.  Please note, housing cancellation is specific to the YMCA and not connected to Catalyst – please see those details related to cancellation on their website.

We are pleased to have individuals from a wide variety of different wellness coach certification programs joining us at the retreat. Those who have earned the esteemed NBC-HWC designation will add to your coaching toolbox, new friends to your network, and a new skip in your step as you return back home to continue changing the world for the better – one client at a time! The event is also approved for 14 Continuing Education credits through the NBHWC!

HOWEVER, if you are not currently Nationally Board Certified (whether you’re on a path toward doing so or not), you’ll absolutely find the Retreat to be a great spot to enhance your skills and re-energize your life and career.

While we’re excited to be able to keep the total cost of the retreat quite low compared to the cost of registration, room and board at a more traditional conference, we also fully understand that it can be helpful to the budget to spread out payments. The YMCA has a separate process for the cost of rooms and meals that involves only a partial down payment. For the retreat registration fee, if you would like to spread out your investment, it is available!

You’ll see an option for “PayPal Credit” when you get to the check-out spot in the registration. This is coordinated completely through PayPal (we won’t even know you selected this option), but we’ve found it can be a helpful alternative for many of our attendees.

See highlights from the 2021 Retreat

Registration Information

  • Cost
    • Super Early Registration Rate (until December 31, 2022): $395
    • Standard Registration Rate: $495
  • Group registration: Groups of 3 or more save an additional 10% (except with Super Early Registration Rate due to extreme discount)
  • Total costs: Registration, room, and board for the Rocky Mountain Retreat and Symposium is 30 – 50% less than comparable wellness conferences due to our setting at one of the most beautiful retreat centers in Colorado, the YMCA of the Rockies. The partnership with the YMCA also allows us to arrange room/board costs that are a fraction of what you would pay for a traditional conference. You won’t find a better deal for this level of education with this type of immersive experience anywhere!
  • Financing: “6 Months – No Interest” option through PayPal at checkout for those who would like to spread out the payment process.

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