"Doctors and hospitals focus on your physical ailments. They are quick to dispense medicine to cure your mental anguish, but I’ve found on this cancer journey that there’s very little to help cure one’s spirit.” – Joshua, Cancer Program Alumni.

Extended Cancer Retreat

We consider our Extended Cancer Retreats our flagship offering. These three-day retreats allow in-depth, high-quality support and focus on individual needs. Through stress reduction skills, guided imagery, daily support groups for learning and sharing, drumming, Yoga and other activities, participants facilitate their own healing and restore quality of life. 

 For many retreats, a loved one or caregiver may also attend. A majority of our Extended Retreats are open to both men and women, although there are several retreats which are specialized for specific challenges or populations. We place approximately 20 people at each retreat, and that group of 20 participates in many activities together. For daily support groups, participants will be divided into two smaller groups to create a more intimate space for sharing. Participants and companions participate together in the majority of activities. 

 Participants stay on site in one of Harmony Hill’s fully furnished rooms.  If you attend with a companion, you will share a room.  You will be treated to delicious, whole-foods meals, and opportunities for relaxation and renewal in a tranquil retreat environment of gardens, trails and spectacular views. This program (including food and lodging) is offered at no cost to participants.

     This is our full list of cancer retreats in 2014.  In addition to our general retreats, we are offering several specialized retreats with content customized for specific needs:

2014 EXTENDED CANCER RETREATS:

Jan. 10-12: General Retreat:    Open to men, women and companions  (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion). 

Feb. 21-23: Women Only:   Provides an opportunity for women to come together to support each other’s cancer journey and experience the sisterhood only an all-women retreat can offer. Open to women only; women companions are welcome for the women only retreat.

 March 24-26: General RetreatOpen to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion).   

April 25-27: Couples Retreat: This retreat is for couples where one or both spouses have been affected by a cancer diagnosis and contains components similar to those in our general cancer retreats.  There will be a  focus on helping couples to understand and support each other through the challenges they are facing, while strengthening and deepening their connection. 

May 5-7: General Retreat:  Open to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion). 

 May M  May 16-18: Lymphedema Retreat for Women:  Open to any woman affected by lymphedema, related or unrelated to a cancer diagnosis.  This retreat is sponsored by the Northwest Lymphedema Center, and will include specific information, support and techniques related to creating a better quality of life for those affected by this condition. Contact programs@harmonyhill.org for more information about this special retreat. Download Lymphedema Application 

June 6-8: Family RetreatWe are presenting two family retreats in 2014. This retreat will allow in-depth, high-quality support and focus on individuals and family as they relate to the parents with a cancer diagnosis, and their children (ages 6-18).  

July 25-27: General Retreat: Open to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion).  

 August 6-8: Family Retreat:.  We are presenting two family retreats in 2014.  This retreat will allow in-depth, high-quality support and focus on individuals and family as they relate to the parents with a cancer diagnosis, and their children (ages 6-18).  

Sept. 12-14: Grief & Loss: Open to anyone who feels they would benefit from sharing with others who have dealt with the loss of a loved one to cancer. This workshop is designed to help participants cope with the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that come with that loss. Open to men and women. 

Oct. 3-5: General Retreat: Open to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion). 

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: General Retreat: Open to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion). 

Nov. 21-23: Native American Retreat:    This retreat, which is being presented in partnership with SPIPA (South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency) contains similar components that our other extended retreats offer, with information offered in a way that is relevant to the culture of our local Native American communities. 

December 5-7: General Retreat: Open to men, women and companions (Participants can bring one caregiver/companion). 

To submit an interest form for an upcoming Extended Cancer Retreat click here.