The Foundations of Wellbeing


November 10-12th, 2024

From November 10th through November 12th 2024, special guests Doro Bush Koch and Tricia Reilly Koch of BB&R Wellness join us in inviting you to retreat from the world before the holidays for an immersive wellness gathering, the Annual Foundations of Wellbeing Experience, on the beautiful island of Boca Grande.

Enjoy delicious and nourishing meals, yoga and fitness experiences, candlelit meditation, community gatherings, and inspiring talks by expert speakers where we discuss ways we can extend both “healthspan” and lifespan. Delight in the beauty of The Gasparilla Inn and its luxurious amenities as you take an intentional pause before the start of the holiday season and the end of 2023 to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and develop an outlook of abundance.

Guided by BB&R and their hand-picked guest speakers, deepen your commitment to a more holistic lifestyle in this unique opportunity to align your body, mind and spirit.

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Event Registration

The event fee of $1,050 per person includes all Foundations of Wellbeing special sessions.

To register, please call 866-575-7533.



Meet our Partners from BB&R

Doro Bush Koch and Patricia Reilly Koch are the co-founders of the annual Achieving Optimal Health Conference (AOHC) at Georgetown University, co-creators of the Health Gig podcast, and the co-founders of BB&R Wellness Consulting, a wellness consulting company that leads communities to make lasting transformation.

For nearly two decades, Doro and Tricia have been following innovations and leading audiences to consider new insights, approaches, and methodologies to make a conscious shift and take personal responsibility for their wellbeing. They help audiences access innovation and cutting-edge research in ways that cause practical and profound changes in their lives. Their education, experience, and talents lead people to transformation. 

Trailblazers in the field, Doro and Tricia have led the charge to empower people to move from being passive caretakers to becoming engaged partners in their own journey toward prevention, lifestyle design and healing. They are committed to creating experiences that help wellness seekers realize that health is not segmented into different areas. Only when we consider the broader context and connection between our mind, body, and spirit to tackle root causes do we achieve optimum health. True health depends on meaningful connections and engagement in community.

An integrated approach pays massive dividends across the board. Doro and Tricia lead a new kind of health company that works to break this complexity into simple steps. They know that when people feel inspired and included in the conversation of their own health, they can share simple and powerful strategies to create a real change in their lives. These habits and insights then move outward into their families, networks and communities.

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2023 Speakers

Robert J. Hariri, M.D., PH.D.

Talk: Life Force and Longevity: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love

Dr. Hariri will offer insight into strengthening our life force by describing a wide array of groundbreaking treatments, cutting-edge biotechnologies, innovative medical approaches, and lifestyle changes in order to improve the quality of our physical and mental health and maintain vitality.

Learn about stem cells and CAR T-cells, the ultimate fighters against cancers in highly personalized treatments. Understand focused ultrasound gene therapy, nutraceuticals, PEMF, ultrasound, and custom made drugs. He will also talk about the importance of quality sleep, mindset and how to treat strokes.

Dr. Hariri pioneered the use of stem cells to treat a range of life-threatening human diseases and continues today to make transformative contributions in the fields of immuno-oncology and cell therapeutics along with tissue engineering and functional regeneration. He is widely acknowledged for his discovery of pluripotent stem cells derived from the human placenta, and as a member of the team that discovered the physiological activities of tumor necrosis factor (TNF). He holds over 170 issued and pending patents for discoveries including placenta-derived stem cells, which Nature recognized as one of the ten most important patent estates in the field. He has authored over 150 published chapters, articles, and abstracts.

Dr. Hariri was the founder and CEO of Anthrogenesis Corporation, and after its acquisition by Celgene Corporation, served as CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics which was spun-out in 2017 to form Celularity. Dr. Hariri also co-founded the genomic-based health intelligence company, Human Longevity, Inc. and serves on numerous public boards including Cryoport (NASDAQ:CYRX).

He recently co-authored a new book with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis called Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love


Jennifer Freed, PhD.

Talk: What Psychological Astrology Can Teach Us about Ourselves

Jennifer Freed, PhD. Freed talks about her new book A Map to Your Soul. There are four elements—fire, earth, air, and water—that exist in nature and within us all. Knowing your personal map of these four elements offers a way to personalize your self-care rituals and design your best life: one that fully expresses your special gifts. Why do we generally fear speaking our truth, the journey into self-acceptance, big friendships, and romantic chemistries? Learn how to negotiate the different parts of ourselves so you can live a fully expressed life.

Jennifer Freed PhD is the best selling author of Use Your Planets Wisely and a renowned psychological astrologer and social and emotional education trainer. She has spent over thirty years consulting clients and businesses world wide on psychological, spiritual, and educational topics. She has served as the clinical director of Pacifica Graduate Institute and is national consultant for EMDR (Post Traumatic Growth Therapies).

As a regular contributor to goop, Jennifer has written over 23 articles on wellness and Astrology, and Jennifer has penned ten books relating to personal growth. She has also been interviewed for her expertise by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Vogue.

A Map to Your Soul: Using the Astrology of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water to Live Deeply and Fully
Use Your Planets Wisely: Master Your Ultimate Cosmic Potential with Psychological Astrology
PeaceQ: Increasing the Capacity For Peace Within and Peace Beyond


Matt Dawson

Talk: Optimizing Your Brain and Lifestyle with Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine is a genetics-based approach to personalized care. Informed by biometrics, genomics, and lifestyle factors, lab tests and wearables can bring you incredible recommendations for diet, exercise, sleep, mental health, disease risk reduction, and more.

Dr. Dawson is the Founder/CEO of Wild Health, a genomics based personalized medicine company. He has won national awards for innovation, authored two text books, hundreds of book chapters, and published dozens of studies. He has created both an app and podcast that have each been downloaded millions of times and founded 6 companies or non profits in the last 10 years. Wild Health specializes in providing holistic treatment based on individuals’ DNA and other biometrics. He has dedicated his life to bringing care, attention, and wellness to all.


Tracy Freeman, MD

Talk: Are You Tired? The Root Cause & Remedies for Fatigue

BB&R’s Chief Medical Officer peals back the onion on the question she gets asked most in 2022. Fatigue can really take away our ability to enjoy our lives. It can be caused by our adrenals, hydration issues, gut health, caffeine and foods high in refined sugars and highly processed grains. Fatigue can also be rooted in thyroid issues, anemia, mold, sleep patterns and toxins. Learn how to boost your iron, B12 and D, ramp up your sleep cycles and keep depression, stress and anxiety at bay.

Dr. Freeman Integrates the most effective treatments from holistic and conventional medicine to bring her patients the most innovative approach to true healing. Dr. Freeman’s progressive methodology is grounded in decades of experience searching out the root cause of disease. As a mother of a child with autism she has a personal understanding of the challenges patients face. Doctor Freeman breaks down the most important topics in wellness today bringing the insights of a physician and the compassion of a mother.


Jim Dethmer & Deborah J. Burditt

Talk: How to Develop Your Strengths Using the Enneagram System

Jim Dethmer and Deborah J. Burditt will take you on an interactive journey through the wisdom of the famous Enneagram personality system. Prior to the session you will learn which one of the 9 personality types you embody. This fascinating session will not only shed light on your motivations, behaviors and fears, it will help you make the most of your strengths to achieve your full potential. After this experience you will also gain deep empathy for yourself and the loved ones in your life. This incredible team from the Conscious Leadership Group has worked with well over 1000 leaders across all industries, including CEOs and top leaders of Fortune 200 companies.

Jim Dethmer
Jim Dethmer is a coach, speaker, author, and founding partner at The Conscious Leadership Group. He has personally worked with over 150 CEOs and their teams to integrate conscious leadership into their organizations. Jim also leads monthly Forums for select leaders in Chicago and New York, and trains coaches through The Conscious Leadership Group. He has spoken at Conscious Capitalism, Wisdom 2.0, Mindful Leadership Summit, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and USC School of Medicine Greenville (where conscious leadership is part of the curriculum).

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
High Performing Investment Teams: How to Achieve Best Practices of Top Firms

Deborah J. Burditt
Debbie Burditt, founder of the Enneagram Group, is an Enneagram expert who teaches leaders how to effectively use the wisdom of the Enneagram in their lives and in their organizations. Debbie has studied with the world’s leading Enneagram experts over the past 25 years, and her professional experience includes working with leaders in business across all industries, not-for profits, and spiritual communities. Before dedicating herself to teaching the Enneagram, Debbie received a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and practiced law in Chicago for over twenty years. She currently lives in Chicago and in northern Michigan with her husband, Jim Dethmer, and she loves spending time with her 8 grandchildren.


David Starbuck Smith

Talk: How Stress Plays Out in Our Bodies & What To Do About It

David is a national expert in pain and posture and its roots within the mind and body connection. In this talk he will share the details about the two things that cause pain in your body – posture and emotional stress. Are your shoulders rolled forward, is one higher than another? What about your feet and hips? He will explain, that when the mechanics of your joints are off – you may experience neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and also be prone to many types of injuries. David’s core message: pain can act as a messenger. Find out about where worry, anxiety, hurt, resentment and rage typically show up in your physical body and what do to about it. Learn why anything is possible to heal.

David is student of all things body and mind including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology and metaphysics. David is one of the best in the business at identifying postural and mechanical imbalances anywhere in the body. He is an expert in anatomy and body mechanics and has been helping people cure their chronic muscle and joint pain for over 20 years. He started one of the first Egoscue Method™ franchised clinics in the United States in 2004 and regularly consults with top college and professional athletes in all sports including the NFL, WTA and the ATP. David was also a highly nationally ranked junior tennis player earning him an athletic scholarship on the UC Berkeley tennis team. He continues to compete in USTA league and national tournaments in his age group and has become an established speaker for conventions, sports teams and successful companies around the country.

Bjoern Woltermann

Talk: Win the longevity game. How to use personalized fitness to build lasting strength and resilience.

Bjoern Woltermann emphasizes the significance of the “longevity game” mindset in health, wellness, and relationships. Highlighting the importance of seeking sustainable solutions for long-term well-being rather than short-term fixes, comparing it to an infinite game where the goal is to keep playing. He discourages time-bound quick fixes and encourages finding practices that can be maintained for the long haul. Improving our physical strength is one of the most critical factors for healthy aging. We’ll dive deep into the importance of strength and muscle mass, why traditional fitness modalities fall short as we age, and how full-body EMS training can help increase strength, stability, and range of motion.

Bjoern Woltermann is the Founder & CEO of Katalyst, which utilizes full-body Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology to make working out easier, faster, safer and more effective than ever before. A startup and tech veteran with a master’s degree in international economics, Bjoern became acutely aware of the challenges with traditional fitness when he took 150 flights per year while suffering from chronic back pain. Bjoern’s physician introduced him to EMS training and, after training once per week for six weeks, he was pain free and in noticeably better shape. This began a ten-year journey to introduce full-body EMS to the US market and help all people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Prior to founding Katalyst, Bjoern led product management teams at ImmobilienScout24 (the Zillow of Europe) and, following the acquisition by Deutsche Telekom, served as VP of Emerging Technologies for the telco conglomerate, leading teams in 15 countries. Bjoern is passionate about helping people, learning and problem solving, leading to 11 patents to date. Now based in Las Vegas, NV, he is a devoted husband and uncle who loves to explore the world off the beaten paths, enjoy great food, and pursue a healthy lifestyle.




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