Retreats for cancer patients are emerging across the country in many forms. CURE magazine presented this list of what is available.
A New Beginning Cancer Retreat holds free retreats year-round in Ellston, Iowa, for cancer survivors of all ages. Family members and friends are also welcome with a charitable contribution requested. For more information, go to http://www.cancer-retreat.org/ or call 641-772-4276.
ACS Adventure Weekends offers two retreats per year at the Sargent Center for Outdoor Education near Peterborough, New Hampshire for women with breast cancer. $15. 800-ACS-2345, http://www.cancer.gov/
Camp Mak-A-Dream is a free camp located near Missoula, Montana, for children age 6-17 and young adults age 18-25 with cancer. Camps are held in January and each summer with adult retreats held in the fall. There is a cost for adult retreats. For more information, go to http://www.campdream.org/ or call 406-549-5987.
Camp Sunshine summer camp in Decatur, Georgia, for children with cancer is complemented by year-round programs for the rest of the family. For more information, call 404-325-7979 or go to http://www.mycampsunshine.com/
Cancer as a Turning Point. 5 day residential workshops for people dealing with cancer, and those closest to them. Madison, CT. Contact Ruth Bolletino, 212-496-9136, email@example.com
Casting For Recovery has 20 locations around the country, with 30 FREE retreats for breast cancer survivors. 802-362-9181, http://www.castingforrecovery.org/
Commonweal Cancer Help Program retreats are held throughout the year near Bolinas, California. Some scholarships are available. For more information, contact Waz Thomas, program coordinator, at 415-868-0970 or go to http://www.commonweal.org/
First Descents is a motivational kayaking camp for young adult cancer survivors in Vail, Colorado. http://www.firstdescents.com/
Harmony Hill offers 3 day retreats for women survivors, caregivers, lesbians, minority women and men in Olympic Peninsula, Washington. FREE. 360-898-2363, http://www.harmonyhill.org/
Healing Odyssey offers four weekends a year in the Malibu Mountains of California for women survivors. $125. 949-951-3930, http://www.healingodyssey.org/
Hilltop Retreat – 2 day spiritual weekend of renewal sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Contact Mary Riley at 507-288-8354, $25.
Image Reborn – renewal retreats for women with breast cancer. Park City, Utah, 435-658-1715, www.imagerebornfoundation.org
Life Beyond Cancer Participants will be selected based on their willingness to take what they have learned back to their communities and become involved in efforts to help others dealing with cancer. Scholarships are available. For more information, go to http://www.usoncology.com/
Made for More Ministries, Telluride, Colorado. To foster and encourage reconnection as “husband and wife” after couples have been through a season often defined as more of a “patient and caregiver” relationship.Led by Amy and Tom Hauser, Breast Cancer Co-Survivors, and authors of In His Grip, A Walk Through Breast Cancer, this is a 4 day, 3 night retreat. 281.740.8424. www.madeformore.com
Mending in the Mountains retreat for women survivors at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. To assist survivors in rediscovering joy and hope in life; to offer tools for empowering survivors to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of cancer recovery; and to provide nurturing support from others dealing with similar life challenges. For further information please call The Big Sky Cancer Recovery and Resource Center at (406)388-4988
Planet Cancer provides free weekend retreats for young adult cancer patients and survivors. The retreats are developed locally with the goal of growing a nationwide support network of young adults with cancer. For more information, call 512-481-9010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Wind Retreat located 2 hours north of Atlanta, GA. Rent-free use of cottage to those in cancer treatment. Medical referral needed. 404-348-4986 or www.secondwindretreat.org
Ski to Live - a 3-day mindset-only Alta, Utah skiing retreat that welcomes survivors and their families who love to ski. Intermediate ability and up. Partial scholarships available for the camp, amenities and travel not included in the scholarship. Kristen Ulmer, 801-733-5003, http://www.kristenulmer.com/
Smith Farm Cancer Help Program Retreat is a week-long retreat in Comus, Maryland, for cancer survivors (spouses are welcome) held throughout the year. Scholarships are available. For more information, go to www.smithfarm.com or call 202-483-8600.
Stowe Weekend of Hope – One weekend each spring, the town of Stowe, Vermont opens its 55 hotels and lodges to cancer survivors and their families at no charge. AMTRAK provides a limited number of free seats for survivors to get to Stowe from Washington, DC. 1-800-GO-STOWE, http://www.stowehope.org/
Strength For Life – Weekend retreats, four times a year, in a New York hotel. Free. www.strengthforlifeny.org
Sunstone Cancer Support Foundation offers numerous cancer retreats in Tucson, Arizona, year-round for cancer survivors and their families. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, go to www.sunstonehealing.net or contact Nan Rubin at 520-749-1928.
Windriver Cancer WellnessRetreats & Programs Provides cancer survivors a tranquil place to slow down, spend time in nature, meet other survivors and learn ways to reduce stress and live happier, healthier lives. Emphasis is on emotional healing and “what’s next?”. Free of charge to survivors in treatment, recently out of treatment or dealing with a reccurance. Contact Shannon & Dave at www.WindRiverServices.org
Yoga Retreat & Workshops for Breast Cancer Survivors in East Hampton, NY. Throughout the year. FREE. 212-831-9592, www.thelibbyrossfoundation.com/events.asp
Survivors’ Retreats lists retreats that may not be listed here.