Young Colon Survivors - Tonight!
Join us for a one-of-a-kind Wind River Virtual Lung Cancer Wellness Retreat this fall!
You and your fellow survivor participants will get to know one another better and explore creative ways to feel more peaceful and rejuvenated, and HAVE FUN! Includes drumming workshops, Healing Touch (covid-safe!), Tai Chi instruction, Nutrition Tips, Forest Bathing and LOTS of meaningful connections with other lung cancer survivors!
Click Here to: APPLY NOW
Activities will take place from October 16 through October 25.
In partnership with the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, this year our retreat is offered virtually with lots of live interactions and at NO COST TO YOU!
Tuesday Morning Flashback to this Summer!
24 Hours of Booty (the 24 hour cycling event that raises funds for various survivorship programs) was certainly different this year! With no way to gather in person Booty went "unlooped" and we are proud to say our Wind River team came in 9th place raising a total of $14,355 raised for 24 Foundation! Our team was 33 people strong with 23 of them being SURVIVORS and many of those in treatment!
Each team member choose their own "24 themed" activity and were very creative since many were survivors and not able to do some of the more traditional forms of exercise:
- 24 laps around a labyrinth in the woods
- 24 consecutive times jumping rope (in treatments - stage IV breast cancer)
- 2 hours and 4 minutes of hiking with a 24 pound backpack
- 24 laps in a neighbor's pool
- 24 minute meditation
- made 24 masks to give to survivors
- 24 original Art Work
- 2 hours and 4 minutes of a VR game
- sang star-spangled banner for opening ceremony
- push-ups, biking, walking running,
..... You get the picture!!!
We couldn't be prouder of our entire 2020 team including Rob & Lauren & James, our first Wind River/24 couple with the first Wind River baby!
WHAT IS FOREST BATHING?
WIND RIVER is a huge believer in spending time in Nature but it has a more formal name and great healing background. Shinrin-Yoku, translated into English as ‘forest bathing', means taking in the forest atmosphere during a leisurely walk. It is a therapy that was developed in Japan during the 1980s, becoming a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have conducted studies on the health benefits of spending time amongst the trees, demonstrating that forest bathing positively creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system, reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the immune system.
Every study conducted so far has demonstrated reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness amongst the participants. In fact after just 15 minutes of forest bathing blood pressure drops, stress levels are reduced and concentration and mental clarity improve.
Here's the blog with more information and 5 simple steps to Forest Bathing:
5 Simple Steps to Forest Bathing
And here is a link to sign up for our Forest bathing onsite opportunities over the next month: FOREST BATHING opportunities for survivors and loved ones to come and enjoy the property.
Click here for Forest Bathing Sign-Up at Wind River this fall.
TAKE AN ENERGY BATH!
BY BECCA ODOM
I had an old professor in graduate school talk about times we might “get slimed”. Getting slimed is anytime you leave an interaction with someone and even though they might feel great but you just feel...slimed. As a highly sensitive and empathetic person, I have spent my entire life trying to navigate what to do when I feel like I have been slimed. My absolute favorite tool to use for these moments is an Energy Bath.
An Energy Bath comes from a Qi Gong technique that can be used to move and discharge energy from the body. This can be practiced in between sessions, after a stressful meeting or exchange with someone.
To me, if I am sensitive enough to pick up on something, I am sensitive enough to release it. This reframe has been incredibly empowering for me on my own healing journey and I hope you find it supportive. To practice this tool with me, please check out this video of an Energy Bath practice.
... And if you like this video, check out Becca's excellent new online Self-Care Course to help you increase resilience, decrease secondary trauma, sleep better and prevent burnout! CLICK HERE
COLON SURVIVOR RETREAT!
JOIN US to REKINDLE, RECLAIM AND RESTORE THE MAGIC IN YOU!
Join us for our first virtual Wind River Colon Cancer Wellness Retreat this fall!
Over 7 days, you and your fellow survivor participants will get to know one another better and explore creative ways to feel more peaceful and rejuvenated, and HAVE FUN!
This Retreat is offered virtually with lots of live interactions including a Drum Circle, Restorative Yoga and Meditation, Healthy Cooking Class, Forest Bathing and meaningful connections with other colorectal cancer survivors!
APPLY NOW - Click here
Activities will take place from November 6th - 12th. This retreat is open to Carolina Residents and is designed by survivors, for survivors! Internet will be necessary, and a Wellness Goody Package with everything you will need for the retreat will be mailed to your home in advance! Many of the activities are self-paced. And the schedule will allow for survivors who are working to still participate!
* NO charge to survivors thanks to the Colon Cancer Coalition and the Charlotte Get Your Rear in Gear team!
The Mighty Almond
Kitchen Time with Cheryl via ZOOM
Wind River invites you into Cheryl's home kitchen for an interactive cooking experience. Cheryl will demonstrate how to make homemade almond milk and explore ways to use the left-over pulp of the almonds in healthy plant-based recipes. And while you may not be able to smell the aromas or sample the goodies, you are guaranteed to have lots of giggles and fun.......Connecting & Learning through Laughter!
The Mighty Almond
Friday, September 25th
6:30pm - 7:45pm (join us via a Zoom Video Call - link to be sent closer to the class date)
We invite you to cook along with Cheryl in your kitchen, or watch, listen and learn. Everyone can ask questions along the way! Upon signing up, Cheryl will email you the recipes & shopping list if you opt to cook together.
Virtual Hugs soon!