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February 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast with Hope: Readings on Well-Being


February 25
8:00 am - 9:00 am


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Wake up to BREAKFAST WITH HOPE, a monthly reading & discussion group hosted by Hope Torrents and sponsored by Sylvester Cancer Center!

Tickets: $5 per person and include breakfast, generously sponsored by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center!

Please Note: There is a limit of 30 people per session. First to register, first-served. Breakfast and discussion will begin at 8am sharp and will wrap up by 9am so that you still have time to get to the office, or wherever you’re going.  


A new book every month

THIS MONTH’S BOOK: Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being (Anchor, $16.95).


Attendees can take 20% off their purchase of ” Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being ” as well as any of Hope’s upcoming picks! (See below for complete list.)


About the Book:

A unique book about aging that draws on the science of biogerontology as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity, from the renowned Dr. Andrew Weil.

In each of his widely acclaimed, best-selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative and companionable guide through a uniquely effective combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and healthy living. Dr. Weil explains that there are a myriad of things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in good working order through all phases of life. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, Healthy Aging is infused with the engaging candor and common sense that have made Dr. Weil our most trusted source on healthy living.




Featuring Special Guest Speaker:

Dr. Karen Koffler

Dr. Karen Koffler is Medical Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami. She completed her medical training at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and the University of Colorado. Initial positions out of training included working in the emergency room on Indian reservations, where she was often the only physician for hundreds of miles, as well as in an inner-city hospital. After a few years, she joined the staff of Kaiser Permanente and helped create the first hospitalist system in Denver.” I loved the work and loved my team. But I began to seriously question how we were doing things.”

Call it kismet, synchronicity, or just plain good fortune but a chance meeting with Dr. Andrew Weil led her to being admitted into the first class of physicians in the United States trained directly by Dr. Weil at the University of Arizona in the new specialty of Integrative Medicine.

From there, learning has never stopped: She was one of the first physicians certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine, trained in acupuncture, and in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She has studied nutrition, herbs, genomics, guided imagery, chi gong, yoga and more.

Her positions have included creating and acting as Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Chicago, Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, and Director of Functional Medicine at Rezilir Health.



Click the link below to purchase your next read!

March 31stLove’s Executioner by Irvin Yalom

April 28thHappiness is a Choice by John Leland

May 26thMan’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

June 30thLate-Life Love by Susan Grubar

August 25thAlternate Side by Anna Quindlin

September 29thEverything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

October 27thThe Soul of Care by Arthur Kleinman

November 17thGratitude by Oliver Sacks


Who is Hope? 

Hope Torrents is the Museum Educator and Director of the Fine Art of Healthcare program at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami where she’s worked since 1999. In 2010 her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Over a six-year period Jordi was in and out of the hospital 45-50 times.

Hope’s own work with The Lowe Art Museum’s Fine Art of Healthcare is one step in preparing future healthcare providers to be better observers and communicators. The goal is for them to have a more holistic view of their patients and families. Hope’s interest in creating a book club on health and well-being was in part propelled by her conviction that, with the right training, those in the medical system can improve – especially in the fields of compassion, visual acuity, de-biasing, and collaboration.

What is Hope’s Book Club? 

Hope has been facilitating discussions for the last 20 years. Now, she joins us to kick off a series of monthly discussions about her passion: health and well-being. After years of research and attending workshops at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Florida, Hope aims to tap into the interest that many of us have about our own health and well-being, and share her knowledge with our community.

Sponsored by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center