A TIME TO REFLECT
& REDEFINE YOUR AFTER-CANCER SELF

Retreats offer the opportunity to reflect on the impact of cancer on your life and redefine your after-cancer self.

Our Retreat Series is Pink Lemonade Project’s original program. Each retreat is led by two licensed oncology social workers to provide guidance and counseling in a relaxing, soothing atmosphere surrounded by nature and overlooking the beautiful Columbia Gorge. We offer retreats for survivors (those how have finished active treatment), couples, long-term survivors, and one for metastatic/advanced cancer.

Our retreats are free, although guests pay a $95 deposit to hold their space for the weekend. The deposit is refunded after the retreat.

As a retreat guest, you will be given time to consider the impact of cancer on your life and to reflect upon both the difficulties and the potentials that exist as a result. Experience renewal, shared journeying, and encouragement among people who understand what you’re going through because they are on the same road. At the end of the retreat, we hope you emerge with renewed perspectives, ready to jump back into your daily life.

Due to the pandemic, our retreats are currently on hiatus. However, as vaccination rates continue to increase and local and state restrictions on gathering are lifted, we hope to resume our retreats soon.

A Survivor’s Retreat

Breast cancer changes everything. Most people who have been through the experience describe two lives: life before cancer and lift after breast cancer.

Even those who have finished treatment with a good prognosis are troubled with a number of thoughts: How can I stay healthy post-cancer? Who am I now? What are my new or renewed priorities? How can I help my loved ones understand how I feel?

During our retreats, survivors explore what it means to have a healthy mind, body and spirit in their new post-cancer life. The experience is designed to foster personal renewal, facilitate a shared journey with other survivors, and forge bonds of encouragement among people traveling the same road. Participants tell us they leave our retreats feeling inspired with a personal self-care plan and new friends for support along the way!

Note: Retreats are designed for those who are out of active treatment, including chemo and radiation therapy. This does not include reconstruction surgery.

This retreat includes:
3 day, 2 night lodging | Private room with ensuite bathroom for each guest
6 specialty meals | Professional retreat facilitators | Small Groups
Massage | Gentle exercise | Opportunities for rest and renewal | Journaling

A Couple’s Retreat

A breast cancer diagnosis can impose significant emotional distress on patients and their partners, posing many challenges for both members of a couple. An ongoing challenge is how to cope with the disease, its treatment, and its long-term sequel within the context of their relationships. Breast cancer introduces individual and relationship challenges for both the patient and her partner. Research has shown that some of these issues can serve to bring a couple closer together (cohesion) while others can disrupt relationship functioning in different ways (e.g., by communication problems, less intimacy, and decreased relationship satisfaction) at different stages of the disease-recovery timeline. .

During the retreat, couples will learn how to move beyond the cancer experience and into their post-cancer lives. They will gain clarity and focus on “next steps” to maintaining healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. Together, you will experience renewal, shared journeying and encouragement among other couples who have shared a path similar to yours.

This retreat includes:
3 day, 2 night lodging | Private room for each couple with ensuite bathroom
6 specialty meals | Professional retreat facilitators | Small Groups
Opportunities for rest and renewal | Journaling

A Long-term Survivor’s Retreat

This retreat is for women breast cancer survivors who are 3 or more years post treatment. The survivorship continuum changes over time and therefore needs are often different for survivors immediate post treatment (0-2 years) than long-term survivors ( 3 + years).

This retreat will focus on common issues faced by long-term survivors such as how to deal with long-term and late effects of treatment, body image changes, cognitive impairment, fatigue, sexual health, mental health, and chronic pain syndromes. This retreat will allow for meaningful discussions, provide opportunities to share experiences, enhance self-care, and build advocacy to help others.

This retreat includes:
3 day, 2 night lodging | Private room with ensuite bathroom for each guest
6 specialty meals | Professional retreat facilitators | Small Groups
2 presentations by medical professionals |Gentle exercise
Opportunities for rest and renewal | Journaling

A Metastatic One-Day Retreat

This retreat is for women breast cancer survivors who are 3 or more years post treatment. The survivorship continuum changes over time and therefore needs are often different for survivors immediate post treatment (0-2 years) than long-term survivors ( 3 + years).

This retreat will focus on common issues faced by long-term survivors such as how to deal with long-term and late effects of treatment, body image changes, cognitive impairment, fatigue, sexual health, mental health, and chronic pain syndromes. This retreat will allow for meaningful discussions, provide opportunities to share experiences, enhance self-care, and build advocacy to help others.

This retreat includes:
1 day informational retreat | Facilitation by licensed clinical social workers
Small breakout groups | 2 presentations by medical professionals
Care giver support information | Gentle exercise & meditation
Opportunities for rest and renewal | Journaling | Lunch & snacks

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