Don’t let the abundance of foliage and the ever-present scent of fir trees fool you—this isn’t camping.
Menucha Retreat Center is a beautiful environment to reflect in, surrounded by views of the Columbia River, scenic trails and green trees in practically every direction. Dating back to the 1920s, the Menucha facility boasts a wide range of lodging options—from dormitory style buildings to semi-private and private rooms, many of which are wheelchair accessible.
Each residential facility has its own personality, with unique amenities that may include views of the Columbia River Gorge, a fireplace, a wood stove, possibly even a piano! Wireless internet access is widely available. There are recreational facilities as well as a number of outdoor meeting spaces. For coffee lovers, Menucha even has its own espresso bar, Just Wright Java, located in the basement of Wright Hall in what used to be a speakeasy during prohibition.
"The facility was beautiful, comfortable and in so many ways magical. We went through the labyrinth at 9:00pm by candlelight. It was one of the most powerful and wonderful experiences I have ever had. The program was so well organized by the facilitator with everyday becoming a new awakening in my recovery. The events were all perfectly planned with each and every one of us in mind. We were fed gourmet meals by Menucha, pampered with massage therapy and were made to feel like we were the most important strongest, healthiest Women in the world for three days! This retreat has helped me make leaps and bounds in my cancer recovery. What was particularly helpful for me was the written plan we developed as a “take away” with measurable criteria for a full and healthy recovery. I feel like attendance is a “must” for cancer recovery and ongoing self-care."
"I am truly grateful to have been able to come to this retreat. I feel refreshed and renewed. The love and energy I felt here was amazing and I want to share it with the world! Thank you Pink Lemonade Project for making this possible for all of us! Blessings and peace."
"Menucha was lovely. The grounds even in the fall are beautiful. The lodging was great, lots of room to move around. Our facilitator has the most loving voice, soft spoken, caring, and calming. It was so wonderful meeting other women that were going through what I went through. During treatments you meet other women but don’t get that much time together to compare notes. This retreat was so special – it made me really think about what’s important in my life. I could use this weekly. I made so many new friends at Menucha – my life is filled."
"I haven’t exhaled in the last year with my fight against breast cancer and it was a reconnection of spirit to stand next to the pool enjoying the Columbia Gorge in all it’s glory and exhaling and inhaling the pure air of renewal. I think it’s important for people to know that this is not a place of judgment. It is a place of peace and serenity."
"This retreat brought some wounds of mine that were buried deep to the surface so I could honor them, acknowledge them, deal with them and then let them go."
"Being an R.N. for 40 yrs and having an incredible support group, I felt that I had a handle on my breast cancer diagnosis and didn’t need to go to a Pink Lemonade Project retreat. Going to that retreat was one of the most wonderful, incredible experiences I have ever had! Meeting other breast cancer patients/survivors, sharing our experiences and having a professional facilitator to guide us, I felt we all learned from each other how to cope with our diagnoses, became stronger individuals and bonded as only women in our position can. After going to the Pink Lemonade Retreat, I now feel as though I can make that journey with physical and emotional strength, optimism, grace and dignity. It was truly a gift to have the opportunity to participate in the retreat."
Susan Hedlund, LCSW, has been a social worker in the healthcare field for more than 30 years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life-threatening illness and loss. She is currently Director of Patient and Family Support Services at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University and is on the faculty for the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University.
Keren McCord, LCSW, OSW-C, has been a social worker at Oregon Health and Science University for ten years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life threatening illness and loss. Before attending Graduate School, Keren spent the first part of her social work career running Special Needs Summer camps for children – a camp for children for hemophilia and related bleeding disorders and a camp for children with HIV/AIDS. Upon graduating from Portland State University in 2000, she spent several years working in Community Mental Health as a child and family therapist. Currently, Keren works primarily with adult oncology patients who are experiencing treatment for hematologic malignancies. In addition, Keren has participated in a two-year Fellowship in Bioethics at OHSU, and takes part in activities through the Ethics Department. She also serves on the hospital’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team. In addition to being a medical social worker, Keren is currently working on community-based Advanced Care planning activities to encourage more people to think about their values around quality of life before they are confronted with a life-threatening illness.
Nora Larson, MSW, CSWA, LICSWA, is currently an oncology social worker at Compass Oncology. She has worked within oncology care for over four years. She earned her masters degree in social work from Portland State University, where her training focused on medical social work, specifically within oncology and palliative care. Nora provides counseling and community resource assistance to patients, families and caregivers, with the intention to offer ease and support to those navigating challenges related to illness.
General retreat Policies
- Revive Survivor’s retreats are designed for those who are out of active treatment including chemo and radiation therapy. This does not include reconstruction surgery.
- If you have previously attended a retreat, you must wait 24 months before attending the same retreat again.
- Pink Lemonade Project is unable to cover any travel expenses to get to and from the retreat facility.
- Our retreat facilitator will contact you within 2 weeks of your registration to ask a little about your cancer journey (how long since your diagnosis, current and past treatments, etc.) and answer any questions you may have about the retreat. If you and the facilitator agree this is a good fit, Pink Lemonade Project will e-mail you all of the details regarding your retreat.
- Until your registration and $100 deposit has been received by Pink Lemonade Project, we cannot place you on our guest list.
- Pink Lemonade Project must be notified of your cancellation at least 14 days in advance of the first day of the retreat you are registered for in order for your $100 deposit to be refunded.
- If you cancel within 14 days of the start of the retreat, your $100 deposit is non-refundable.
- Pink Lemonade Project reserves the right to cancel a retreat if we are unable to reach the minimum number of participants required. If this occurs, your deposit will be refunded.