Harmony Hill offers the most comprehensive cancer retreat program in the Pacific Northwest. At our retreat center in Union, WA, about two hours southwest of Seattle, 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.

Overlooking the shores of Hood Canal, our 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 yoga, 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 model of medical treatment. Spirituality is often a strong thread of conversation throughout a retreat and is approached in a non-sectarian manner.

Accomodations & Meals:

  • Shared rooms (double occupancy) and baths are the standard accommodation. Some of the rooms have an attached bathroom and some have a bathroom in an adjacent hallway. Participants with a support person will be roomed together.
  • You will enjoy primarily vegetarian meals. Dietary requirements and allergies can be accommodated, but food preferences cannot.

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

IS A 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT FOR YOU? 

We believe that there is definitely 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.

Metastatic Cancer Retreat

All cancer diagnoses are life-altering; for some, that news includes a possible life-threatening or life-long experience. The conversations and community that are built at every cancer retreat are strong enough, and compassionate enough, to hold even the toughest subjects, but some metastatic cancer attendees wish to be in a community of their peers and the companions who support them. For them, we have designated a retreat only for those who are experiencing metastatic cancers and the people who love and support them.

If you have a metastatic cancer diagnosis, we encourage you to come to the earliest available retreat. But if you wish to be among a group of peers, you are welcome to come to the retreat we set aside to create a unique opportunity just for people living with this serious level of illness.

Our Metastatic Cancer Retreat will be held on October 24-26 (Tue-Thu), 2023.

TO APPLY FOR A 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT

The application process for each person – participant or support person:

  • Complete the registration form via the link above. (This will trigger a welcome email with links for the full questionnaire.)
  • Complete the full questionnaire. (This is where you’ll indicate your preferred dates.)
  • Available dates are:

FULL – December 6-8, 2022 (Tue-Thu)

2023 Retreat Schedule
FULL – January 20-22 (Fri-Sun)
FULL – February  24-26 (Fri-Sun)
March 14-16 (Tue-Thu)
April 4-6 (Tue-Thu)
May 2-4 (Tue-Thu)
June 12-14 (Mon-Wed)
July 25-27 (Tue-Thu)
July 31-Aug 2  (Mon-Wed)
September 19-21 (Tue-Thu) 
October 24-26 (Tue-Thu) Metastatic Cancers Only
November 14-16 (Tue-Thu)
December 5-7 (Tue-Thu) 

  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee to apply. This fee can be waived if needed, please request the coupon code from our Program Team by emailing us at programs@harmonyhill.org.
  • It is possible that a retreat that is not listed as FULL may become full before the website is updated. We encourage you to choose more than one date for a retreat.

Participant Eligibility Requirements:

  • You have been diagnosed with cancer and are under a health professional’s care.
  • You are able to 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 3:00 pm on the third day.
  • You are able to walk short distances (or transfer in and out of a golf cart without assistance).
  • You are able to complete all Activities of Daily Living yourself or with the assistance of your support person.
  • You can provide your own transportation to Harmony Hill – in Union, WA, approximately 2 hours from Seattle and SeaTac airport.
  • You have not attended an in-person Harmony Hill 3-Day Cancer Retreat previously.

Agreements you make in deciding to apply 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.
3-Day Cancer Retreat Application