Janus Project Summer 2017

Janus Project Summer 2017

The Cedar Tree Institute in cooperation with Bell Hospital presents:

Janus Project Summer Seminar

August 25-28, 2017

The Dark Dance

A colloquium for Medical Professionals Working with Palliative Care

Living with Pain: Pharmaceutical and Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

  • A three-day kayak trip along 20 miles of picturesque Lake Superior shoreline. All equipment and instruction in kayak use provided. No previous experience necessary.
  • Two nights at Bay Cliff Health Camp and one evening at a remote Lake Superior cabin.
  • Hearty meals, including smoked fish and homemade bread
  • Approved for 10 CMEs with the American Medical Association. Limited to 12 participants.

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FRIDAY: August 25

  • 4-5:30 p.m. – Registration (Bay Cliff Health Camp)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. – Orientation
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Presentation #1 (Magnuson) “Dimensions of Pain and Suffering: Clinical and Personal Perspectives”

SATURDAY: August 26

  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Tai Chi: Clinical Perspectives I
  • 8-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m. – Presentation #2 (Skendzel) “Opiate Prescribing in Palliative Care Settings”
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Brunch
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Kayak instruction, lunch, reflection time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7-9 p.m. – Presentation #3 (Johnson) “On the Ground: Interventions for Pain Management from a Nurse’s Perspective”

SUNDAY: August 27

  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Tai Chi: Clinical Perspectives II
  • 8-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:45-10 a.m. – Presentation #4 (Grossman) “Opiate Use Disorders in Palliative Care”
  • 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. – Kayaking, lunch, reflective time”
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7-8:30 p.m. – Presentation #5 “A Clinical Report: Living with ALS, a patients perspective”
  • 8:30 p.m. – Group Reflections

MONDAY: August 28 (Granite Point Cabin)

  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Tai Chi: Clinical Perspectives II
  • 8-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9-10 a.m. – Presentation #6 (Grossman & Magnuson) “An Overview of Practical and Clinical Research”
  • 10 a.m. – Closing Evaluation
  • 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Kayaking, lunch, reflective time”
  • 4:30 p.m. – Return to and depart from Bay Cliff Health Camp

Seminar Focus:

    • Communicating with Patients Regarding Pain Management
    • Problems with Overmedication and Alternatives
    • Integrating Mindfulness into Patient Care
    • An Overview of Opiate Use in Pain Management
    • Psychological, Emotional, and Spiritual Dimensions of Hope and Meaning for those Facing Serious, Long-term Illness

Facilitators and Presenters:

      • Michael Grossman, MD – U.P. Home Health & Hospice – Marquette County, MI
      • Larry Skendzel, MD – Gundersen Health System – La Crosse, WI Hospice
      • Tina Johnson, RN – Director of Nursing, Marquette County Medical Care
      • Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW – The Cedar Tree Institute


Register by contacting Tracy LaPlante at Bell Hospital (906) 485-2619, or tracy.laplante@bellmi.org.

Confirm registration by 8/10/17.

Workshop includes three nights of lodging, nine meals, kayak equipment, training, and 10 CMEs with the American Medical Association.

Workshop Cost:

Physicians: $595
Other medical professional: $495


In 1999-2000 a group of physician, medical specialists, clergy and social workers met together for a training program sharing their experiences providing medical care for end-of-life patients.

Initially funded by a grant from the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation and coordinated by the Cedar Tree Institute, this project set into motion a framework for 14 ensuing summer seminars and 13 winter symposiums. More than 150 physicians, nurses and hospice workers from across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have participated.

These training programs are intentionally shaped by Mind/Body experiences of hiking, Taiji, kayaking, cross-country skiing and small-group dialogue.

Guest presenters have joined us from Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts.

Drs. Mike Grossman and Larry Skendzel, medical directors for Marquette County’s two hospices, work alongside Jon Magnuson, a social worker and clergyman, shaping the Janus Project’s unfolding vision.

Janus refers to the Greek god of thresholds, gates & doorways.

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