Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat Pictures & Quotes
We came as strangers and left as FAMILY ...
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Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats 2007 - 2012
One of the most life changing things I did was to go to Wind Rivers Cancer Retreat in Tryon, NC. What a wonderful experience!!!! I am forever thankful for the healing that this place offers. I met some of the most amazing people there and unfortunately, a couple of them have already passed away. The amazing souls that I met there touched my heart and I will forever treasure those four days that I was lucky enough to a part of it.
- Jennie Sass, 39 years old, Lymphoma, Spring 2012
My time at the retreat had meaningful impact on how I will manage my life day to day and into the future. It was great doing new things – drumming, tai chi, guided imagery, eating healthier. I need to try more new things. Most importantly, I came home and got rid of some baggage. ... I have a better perspective now on what the really important things are. (I thought I had a handle somewhat on that before, but I didn’t.) You would think at my age I should understand it all – doesn’t quite work that way!
- David, Spring 2012
I feel so blessed to have been at Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats ... when I step onto the property something magical happens ... the love flows. . I feel safe and secure, and you all meet me where I am, with no pressure to be somewhere else. The manner in which you share important information, whether it be nutritional, prevention, exercise, spiritual wellness, communication, or many others is so approachable. Every conversation you have with every attendee, honors them where they are, and provides information into how to grow toward what they want.
- 2009 and 2012 alum, Barbara
"After my Wind River Retreat was over, I left feeling more restored, encouraged, transformed, inspired, compassionate, empowered, determined, challenged, motivated, hopeful and most of all LOVED!!!" Vinita, Fall, 2011
"I found freedom of expression, freedom of exploration, and most importantly, freedom of emotion without first thinking of what others would think. I've never experienced the kinds of emotions I felt while in the drum circle at Wind River (thank you special guest Greg Whitt!). This is a gift I will cherish and share with my husband and three sons." Cheryl (breast cancer survivor)
"I am about to go to bed but was thinking about of you and how just last week we were all relaxed and having a wonderful time. I am going to Dana Farber (cancer center) tomorrow and am a little scared, but I have faith that all will be well. EACH OF YOU are an inspiration to me. The strength and wisdom each of you have shown me last week shows me that even with cancer, all is possible." Melissa (leukemia survivor) Sept. 2011
Thank you thank you thank you!!! simply put, beyond awesome! Kerry, (colon survivor)
"The thing that resonates with me the most from my experience is when you said, "they took out the part of your brain that was holding you back." I just love that! I do take more naps than I would like to be. But, I also play more. Did you know you can play during the week? I think I was living for the weekend before. I feel such gratitude toward you. The beauty that you bring to people and the joyful energy you project is unreal. Can’t wait to connect again soon!" Jen, May 2010
"Freedom is perhaps one of the most important pieces I gained from my Wind River Retreat experience ..." Karson, age 34, Stage IV Breast Cancer Survivor
"A few things I (re-)learned about myself last week at Wind River were that Breathing/Meditation are so important. I did not realize how much I need this practice to feel grounded. ... Shannon talked about listening to one's body when making decisions,etc. I think that is so important! It is much easier to do this when we take the time to listen by unplugging from TV, phone, computer, etc. This was one of many wonderful gifts that we all received last weekend @ Wind River. Thank you!"
Lots of love, Cindy, April 2010
"Thank you for giving me a new perspective on taking care of myself ...
and taking time for myself to heal in mind, body and spirit!" Your always, Lisa, April 2010
Doug Message: "Two weekends ago I was privileged to go to a Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat out in the foothills of NC. In a single hyphenated word... life-changing! You could also use words like 'amazing' and 'relaxing' and 'therapeutic' and 'needed' if you would like as well. Doug, Thyroid Cancer Survivor
“This Retreat was the best 4 days of my life! I have not smiled that much in the 2 years put together since my diagnosis.”
Meg, May 2010, Dance with Me was written by Megan Worley, a beautiful 21 year old in her 2nd year battling advanced, stage IV breast cancer.
She wrote this poem as a thank you following her May 2010 Wind River Retreat experience and is lovingly re-printed with her permission.
"What a gift! We arrived at Wind River, eight women from four states with the bond of cancer, and we left with a sense of peace and renewed strength to get us through whatever parts of the journey lie ahead." - Stephanie, September 2009
"I AM so grateful to have had the privilege to meet and bond with my new friends and share the love that so obviously knits us together … the love was truly contagious. " Cinda, May 2009
"These last couple of weeks I have been trying to find the best words to use when trying to describe my time at Wind River and it is so hard to find the right words. I was telling my husband and he was surprised for once I was speechless. ... I get in a quiet place at home and I can still hear the creek and the birds. I will never forget my time at Wind River." - Denise, April 2009
Latina Cancer Wellness Retreat of 2008: "This is Anabel I hope you understand my English. I want to say thank you of both of you for everything you did for us this weekend and I hope every smile we left here can be a prayer for you and I wish health for both of you. We have to leave but we are leaving loving you. Again, thanks for this wonderful heaven and paradise!" Anabel, October 2008
I CELEBRATE my recovery but fear a re-occurrence … I now understand that I have a lot to look forward to as I continue my journey. I better understand that I am not alone and don’t have to be the strong one. I can invite and accept love and support from family in friends." April 2008
"It is with heartfelt thanks that I leave Wind River Retreat this afternoon. Thankful for compassion that you show to all of us on this strange journey we have found ourselves traveling; for your resolution to make your lifestyle change that make this time away possible; and for freedom - the freedom to make choices of how to spend our time with you and the freedom to feel like myself again! To be Laurelynn again and not "the cancer patient", or the old bald pale woman. There is a new lightness in my step and joy in my soul that I will continue to nourish. ... "
Love Laurelynn, October 2008
Amazing!! One that I will always take with me throughout life. It was about developing developing a circle of friendship and the bonfire warmth of laughter, the best medicine yet!!! It was about eating an abundance of the various colors of nutrition and health. It was about expanding opportunities in yoga each morning and about creating calmness by the creek ... It was about sleeping in the moonlight of enlightenment with the Buddha each night and ultimately it was about hiking the beautiful trails of inner Annabelle and finding my Annabellenss! Thank you for helping. - Annabelle, March 2008
__________________2007 Inaugural Retreat________________________________
“Dearest Shannon & Dave - your retreat facilitates immense feelings of joy, love and connection. I connected with ‘like-others’, an invaluable gift, and I connected with myself, the ultimate spiritual experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” - Kelly
“Words cannot begin to describe the feelings of this weekend. What you two bring to the earth is incredible. Your simplicity, love and kindness wash over your home. You inspire me to be my best, most authentic self.”
- Jamie, September 2007
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