Harmony Hill offers the most comprehensive cancer retreat program in the Pacific Northwest. Our signature 3-day cancer retreats are provided at no cost to participants and their companions. Having a cancer diagnosis is often an isolating and frightening experience. By joining in a cancer retreat with us, we hope to help you redefine your experience of cancer.

This retreat offers you a sacred space to heal, connect with others, and access your own inner wisdom.  We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and ensuring finances are never a barrier to participation.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A RETREAT

Harmony Hill retreats offer individuals a respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis in a nurturing environment for the mind, body, and spirit. Through small group sharing sessions and other activities such as gentle movement, meditation, poetry, and art, our compassionate faculty, staff, and volunteers provide tools, activities, and practical resources to help facilitate healing and well-being. Harmony Hill promotes healthy self-care but does not advocate or promote any medical treatment model. Spirituality is often a strong thread of conversation throughout a retreat and is approached in a non-sectarian manner.

Accommodations & Meals:

  • Shared rooms (double occupancy) and baths are the standard accommodation. Some rooms have an attached bathroom, and some have a bathroom in an adjacent hallway. Participants with a support person will be roomed together.
  • All meals are included.  Limited accommodations can be made for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian only. Other food preferences or specialized diets cannot be accommodated; however, a fridge is available for your use.
  • Meals at our Union, WA, location are primarily vegetarian. Other locations will include animal proteins in the meal service, with limited options for vegans.

Disclaimer: Harmony Hill is a non-medical retreat center. Harmony Hill staff, faculty, or volunteers provide no medical assessment or treatment during any of our retreats or programs.

IS A 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT FOR YOU? 

We believe that there is a time when it’s right for people to come. Some of the most common reasons people want to come are:

  • Cancer is hard, and we all need a community that understands what we are going through.
  • You want to learn ways to live more fully in the life that you have.
  • You long to just pause, take stock, and breathe.
  • Because if you have a caregiver, they need support too.

TO APPLY FOR A 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT

Please read this section carefully. This describes the application process for each person – participant or companion:

  • A person with a cancer diagnosis submits a Cancer Retreat Participant Questionnaire. This questionnaire provides the information we need to determine eligibility and which retreat(s) the person is available for.
  • A person who wishes to attend with a Cancer Retreat Participant submits the Companion Questionnaire. If applicable.

Once your questionnaires have been received, your eligibility will be confirmed, and you will receive one of two emails from our staff indicating:

  • Space is available in a retreat you picked, and a spot(s) is held for you. The email will include a link to pay the non-refundable administrative fee of $25 per person. If the fee is not paid and we cannot contact you, your space will be released to the next person.
  • Space is unavailable in the retreat(s) of your choice, and you have been added to the waitlist of the retreats you have indicated an interest in. No administrative fees are paid for being on a waitlist.

To confirm your acceptance of the space(s) being held for you, you will pay your $25 Administrative Fee per person, and your spots will be secured.

Please Note:

  • Add harmonyhill.org to your safe sender list to improve email deliverability!
  • The non-refundable $25 Administrative Fee for a participant and companion can be waived if requested. To request the coupon code, reply to your cancer retreat invitation, and our Program Team will send you the code.
  • Do not be discouraged if you are on a wait list or you see that our retreats are marked as full. Our experience has shown that approximately 50% of the enrolled participants must change their attendance within the 30 days preceding a retreat. We encourage you to hold the dates if you are on the waitlist.

2024 Retreat Schedule & Locations:

January 26-28 (Fri-Sun), at Harmony Hill in Union, WA
February 9-11 (Fri-Sun), at Harmony Hill in Union, WA
March 12-14 (Tue-Thu), at Harmony Hill in Union, WA
April 2-4 (Tue-Thu), at Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades in Federal Way, WA

At this time, all retreats are waitlisted. While this may make you wonder if you should go through the process to apply please consider these things:

  • Cancer and life are complicated; cancelations are common and often happen in the days preceding a retreat. If you can hold the date, almost anything is possible.
  • Starting the process now gets you ahead of the game when new dates are released because you get the first right of refusal.
  • Reaching out gets you onto our email list, which will give you announcements for new programs and opportunities you might otherwise miss.

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You have been diagnosed with cancer and are under a health professional’s care.
  • You are still in treatment, or you are less than 5 years out from completing your cancer treatment.
  • You and your companion are 18 years old or over.
  • You can attend all three days of the retreat. Partial attendance is not permitted. Retreats start at 11:00 am on the first day and are complete at 3:15 pm on the third day.
  • You can walk or have a mobility assistance device.
  • You can complete all Activities of Daily Living yourself.
  • You can provide your own transportation to the retreat location (see date for location).
  • You have not attended an in-person Harmony Hill 3-Day Cancer Retreat previously.

If you have questions about the above, please call us at 360.898.2363

 

AGREEMENTS YOU MAKE WHEN DECIDING TO ATTEND A RETREAT:

  • Participants and support persons should participate as fully as their health allows in the various retreat offerings.
  • Recognize that each person’s choices around treatment, wellness, spirituality, and healing are unique and diverse.
  • Everyone attends with a respectful acceptance of the spiritual beliefs of others without any attempt to proselytize others.
  • Everyone attends with a supportive heart and mind, but not trying to fix others or promote a particular treatment modality.