The OMSA Wellness Committee is excited to announce that our annual Wellness Retreat will take place from Friday, Feb 1, 2019 to Sunday, Feb 3, 2019.

Theme: "Unplugged: Unplug to Recharge"

Attendee Handbook: Click Here

Registration Link: Click Here 

Deadline: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET

Event Description:

Medical School can keep us pretty busy and taking care of ourselves tends to get put to the back burner… this is why, every year, OMSA hosts the Wellness Retreat for medical students looking to relax and learn strategies to maintain wellness. Enjoy workshops such as yoga, mindfulness, massage techniques, music therapy and more at at this year's retreat! For details about the speakers, workshops, and other fun activities that we have planned for you at the retreat, please refer to the Attendee Handbook.

Registration Information:

Click Here to register. Early-bird registration ($90 per person) opens on Monday, Dec 3, 2018 and closes on Sunday, Dec 16, 2018. The cost includes 2 nights of accommodation in a double-occupancy room at the Briars Resort & Spa and all meals throughout the weekend. Normal price registration ($100 per person) opens on Monday, Dec 17, 2018 and closes on Sunday, Jan 13, 2019. Note that once you register and pay, no refunds will be provided. You may be allowed to transfer your ticket to another student in your school in extenuating circumstances.

Additional Details:

In keeping with the tone of the wellness retreat, this is a dry event. Alcohol will not be served or allowed on-site.
We look forward to seeing you at the Wellness Retreat! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

What is the OMSA Wellness Retreat?

The Wellness Retreat is a perfect weekend for medical students looking for the chance to relax and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. This annual three-day event provides a unique opportunity to focus on your own health and wellbeing. The weekend takes place during late Winter or early Spring at the Briars Resort & Spa by Lake Simcoe in Jackson's Point, ON.

As your student representatives, we are committed to your professional and personal development. The OMSA Wellness Committee organizes 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! Our goal is to create a supportive atmosphere where it is appropriate to discuss any stressors and strategies to overcome them.

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 cost includes rooming and food, and we try to keep the cost for the entire weekend as low as possible depending on the amount of sponsorship. Students will be expected to pay for their own transportation.

We are thrilled to be hosting such an exciting event for medical students! If you have any questions, please email our Director of Services at



This year's Wellness Retreat has been made possible from the generous support of our sponsors:

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Wellness Retreat 2015 Highlights: Caring for Oneself

The 3rd Annual Wellness Retreat took place on March 27th - 29th, 2015 at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario. The event had a comprehensive agenda including several workshops geared towards promoting wellness and personal development. These included leadership-building activities, self-reflection, relaxation techniques, physical wellness and coping with stress. The retreat's goal was to educate and motivate the medical students, guiding them in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and a renewed sense of health and well-being.

OMSA has always been committed to the professional and personal development of our membership. Across the province, medical schools are recognizing learner wellness as a growing concern. Medical student wellness involves maintaining physical, mental, emotional and social fitness amidst the many demands of a medical education. OMSA continues to set the bar across the country in the establishment of innovative opportunities and initiatives for medical students. 


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Wellness Retreat 2013 Highlights: Emphasizing Wellness

The 1st Annual Wellness Retreat took place on March 22nd - 24th, 2013 at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario. The event opened the dialogue amongst medical students about all aspects of wellness.  OMA President Dr. Doug Weir came out to the event along with members from the PHP, and MD Financial. Topics such as Depression, Burnout, Financial Wellness, and Nutrition were discussed.  These guests were sandwiched between healthy food, yoga, meditation, wilderness walks, and boardgames. OMSA thanks everyone who participated and made the weekend as memorable as it was!

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