Retreat Yourself weekends offer an opportunity to get together with other young adults* with cancer. Many of them are recently out of treatment and have never attended another Young Adult Cancer Canada program. We share our stories and talk about what’s bothering us about cancer, hang out, let loose, and build relationships you’ll value for a long time.
The 2016 Retreat Yourself schedule
How do I get there!?
When you are interested in attending Retreat Yourself, you will submit a registration form and we will review your eligibility. Once we determine you meet our eligibility requirements, we will contact you with more information.
What’s the cost?
There isn’t one, really! We cover the food, activities, and rooms; you just have to get yourself there. If you’re concerned about travel costs, head over here to see how we can help.
The main purpose of Retreat Yourself is to meet people who understand what you’re going through and to connect with them. Retreats offer an opportunity to talk about your experiences, relax, have fun, and share stories with your peers who get it.
Retreats have four stages:
1. Welcoming and introduction: We take some time to get to know one another from the start so we’re comfortable and open for the rest of the weekend.
2. Small group discussions: We discuss topics that are relevant and chosen by you from relationships, family and friends, sexuality and intimacy, fear of recurrence, the future, and more.
The entire group decides on four main topics and we discuss each one throughout the weekend. Of course, you’re not limited to the topics you choose and you’ll have many other discussions happen spontaneously throughout the weekend.
3. Information and tools: We try and give you an update on the situation of young adult cancer survivors in Canada and also give you some tools to help you in your daily life.
4. Free time: The free time is a mix of structured and non-structured activities. Depending on the weather and the location, some people will just go out for a walk, swim in the pool, play basketball or volleyball, or just take a little afternoon nap. We also have a game night where we get together and play.
This is a rough outline of what a retreat looks like but we try to be flexible with our schedule and each group gets to choose what their program is like.
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