This winter we will spotlight different tips to support your well-being. This month we are delighted to bring you some ideas from our trauma specialist Becca Odom!
If you want to calm your nervous system, you can try stimulating your vagus nerve. Nourishing our vagus nerve can help us manage stress more efficiently. Some great ways to do this are highlighted in the picture to the left. Or try this short video for fun!
Vagus Nerve Massage Video
For more videos for building resilience and healing, go to Becca Odom's Wellness Youtube channel where she's shares simple tips to help you: Becca Odom Wellness YouTube Channel
This year we want to more formally allow our Wind River friends (that's YOU) to recommend the name of someone you believe would benefit from a dose of holiday cheer from one of our Wind River Angels!
If you have a friend, loved one, or special caregiver/healthcare worker in the cancer community who could benefit from a Wind River Angel, we will match them up to receive a sweet something this holiday!
YES! I wish to RECOMMEND someone to receive some Wind River holiday cheer!
2 more in-person spots available (at Wind River!) and 4 available for virtual!
These workshops are open to survivors AND their caregiver, healthcare partners, and any friend of Wind River that wants to stress less and feel more of the good stuff!
Friday, October 14th - In Person at Wind River
10AM - 3PM (includes lunch by the creek) / Covid testing will be done because we are inside
Monday, October 17th & Wednesday, October 19th
6PM - 8PM
Virtual- 2 sessions, (plan to attend both Zooms)
Using breathwork, bio-feedback and much more, this workshop aligns your heart and body's coherence so you have more energy to do what you want in your life. HeartMath® Certified Facilitator: Lori Ives-Godwin
AND, can't make either of these dates? Please, fill in the registration and check the box that you are interested in future classes.
Always a great day of fun, sweat and laughs! Clearing fallen trees and debris, moving mulch and gravel, burn piles, and more to help the property SPARKLE for our survivors at our FALL Retreats.
We ask for 3 hours of outside property work and then we celebrate with lunch by the creek. Please register in advance. We will be keeping the groups smaller this year than in the past
FRIDAY October 7th
Location: 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782– roughly 90 minutes from Charlotte, NC
Time: 10AM - 1PM property work, 1PM-2PM Lunch, (lunch provided)
We will email you a reminder, directions, what to bring, etc. And all dates are weather dependent.
No seriously! We are so delighted to announce the opening of a new opportunity for our kids in the Charlotte area (Highland Creek location). Bella Ballerina Highland Creek!
Bella Ballerina specializes in storybook and fairy tale themed dance classes for children ages 18mo-10years old. Where dancing through storybooks comes to life. Seriously, kids dress-up professional instructors guide them through wonderlands filled with dance and imagination!
Can you help us spread the word??? Dance classes, recitals, winter dance camps and more!
HIGHLAND CREEK, NC13010 Eastfield Rd Suite C200
Huntersville, NC 28078
Wind River Alum Lauren DiFrank, a 10 year lymphoma survivor, former 3rd grade teacher, cheerleading coach, Mom, wife, and more, opened this kid's dance studio on September 27th and we could not be more excited for her and her dream comes true!
As Lauren now says, "Are you ready to come twirl with us?" ... and yes, my first question was when do the adult classes start. She laughed! One thing at a time!
A friend of ours, Joanna Lindenbaum of Applied Depth Institute, shared this great tip to help us sleep better at night! Give it a try - I did and love it!!! (Shannon)
"My naturopath wanted me to get outside within 15 minutes of waking up every morning for about 15-20 minutes in order to support melatonin production for better sleep.
For the last week, I've been doing this, and it has been magical time for me. I go outside upon waking without any technology, sit outside, take a few minutes to take in the morning...and then take another 20ish minutes to read fiction, just for the fun of it! So instead of starting my days with work, with scrolling through the news...or even with meditation or journaling, I start my days with total and complete PLEASURE. With an activity that seems indulgent and more like a reward for the end of the day instead of something to start the day with.
And it is just incredible. And exactly what I needed without even knowing I needed it. And oddly, not a hard habit to get off the ground.
Plus, I am sleeping better.
I highly recommend!"
And if you want a little extra in the sleep ideas, check out our short experiential Sleep Support videos by Becca Odom Wellness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1AQmov7KZ8 - Part 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz_yQmyOJ4k - Part 2
New Wind River program with Co-Founder Dave called “Pub Chat”
As many of you know Shannon spends a lot of her day working on new programs and chatting with survivors on the phone. I, on the other hand, spend most of my day happily fixing things and doing physical labor on the property. But I always stop for the day around 4:30 so I’ve decided to make myself available from 4:30-6:00 (M-F) for Chat Time with you!
We already have a “Tea Time” (click here), but this new program is an opportunity to chat with a guy and get a different perspective – imagine a conversation over a pint at the local pub. I expect our Chats to last about 20-30 minutes and we can talk about ANYTHING you like: treatments, being a caregiver, self care, mindfulness or topics unrelated to cancer (work, travel, music, biking or literally anything at all)!
To make it super easy, just drop me an email at email@example.com to set a time and day, and I’ll send you my cell #. After that we can do any future scheduling via text for simplicity. Here’s a toast to our first chat!
Here are some great September education classes (via Zoom) being offered by the Integrative Oncology Team at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. These are available to survivors and/or caregivers of LCI.
Hot Topic: The Not So Sweet Truth About Sugar & Cancer - Tues. Sept. 13 at 10:30-12pm
Lymphedema Education - Weds. September 14 at 4:15 pm
Sleep 101 - Thurs. September 15 at 3:00 pm
The MIND-BODY-SPIRIT Connection: An approach to boost the healing process. Find out about the evidence on how this approach influences the brain. body, and emotions. Learn ways to use this connection to reduce stress, improve sleep and fatigue, help with feelings of depression and anxiety, boost immune system and healing. Dr. Hariharan will share all of this and teach you about the LCI resources available to you. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 12 pm
Talking with Kids about Cancer - Tues. September 27 at 3 pm
To register: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include
Information needed to register:
Teri Barron is being added officially as one of our wonderful Wind River Wellness Practitioners! Please welcome her as she brings us guided meditations (especially in Nature), survivor mentoring and much more!
Teri is a Wind River alum and lung cancer survivor. She is a North Carolina native and lives in the country outside of Raleigh at Camp La TeDa, with her husband David and their two cats, Atti and Ace (short for attitude and action).
"Being a part of the Wind River family is a wonderful privilege." Teri’s husband says, as a survivor, she is part of an exclusive club that no one voluntarily joins. Now that she is a member of “the club” she couldn’t be more grateful for Wind River and all the love and support she has received throughout her journey.
Out in nature is where you can usually find Teri. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, bicycling, camping, walking the trails around her house, listening to live music, traveling and spending time with her grandkids.
Above all, Teri considers herself a healing artist. Former massage therapist, yoga teacher, birthing doula, office manager and more. Presently, she is working on her Reiki Master Level Certification. “I am passionate about helping others find their own healing- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually”.
Wind River brings together cancer survivors who want to further explore living more fully and authentically - mind, body & spirit. Join us for an in-person Wind River Lung Cancer Wellness Retreat in partnership with the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI).
September 23, 24, and 25, 2022
Friday 11am through Sunday 3pm.
- participation across all three days is required
- lodging is provided
Includes lots of healthy outside activity (Drumming, Tai Chi, Nature Walks), healing plant-based foods, lots of survivor connections and more! And there is no charge thanks to the Lung Cancer Initiative!
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
You don't want to miss this week's Lung Cancer Initiative Advocacy Summit. Cheryl Lecroy will be one of the amazing speakers!
Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley where we will discuss topics including:
-Research and treatment updates,
-How your story may be someone else's lifeline,
-Making informed decisions after a lung cancer diagnosis,
-Taking care of your mental health, and more!
Also, join us for a special networking reception on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
This event is for anyone who has been impacted by lung cancer and who wants to advocate for change.
Register today: https://bit.ly/2022AdvocacySummit.
Coming July 5th, we will bring our 8 part summertime series on Wind River's Pearls of Wisdom featuring nuggets of gold from fellow survivors! Join us for short inspirational weekly messages with suggested fun action items from others facing similar life challenges!
Share your contact information below if you are interested in receiving weekly pearls of wisdom from fellow survivors to inspire you in your daily choices of finding more happiness, peace and vitality in all things.
REGISTER HERE: Wind River's Pearls of Wisdom - Summer Series
24 Hours of Booty
Cancer Support Fundraising event - bike or walk with Wind River Team. OR join us at our table as a volunteer in the Survivor Tent!
This will be Shannon and Dave's 20TH BOOTY ANNIVERSARY! JOIN US
July 29 and July 30th, 2022: We will be onsite starting at 4PM on Friday July 7th. The Survivor's bike lap lines up at 6:15PM and the event officially kicks off at 7PM July 29th and goes until 7PM July 30th!!!
Details and Registration for the Team Here
And interested in volunteering with our table, or have questions, email us for details!
HeartMath with Lori Ives-Godwin
In-Person event (with covid test) at Wind River, Tryon, NC
Date: June 25th - WAIT LIST
Time: 10am - 3pm
Details and REGISTER HERE
Is Healing Touch something new to you?
Did you know it can help with deep relaxation. lowering both pain and anxiety and even factor wound healing!
We at Wind River have been offering "Healing Touch" sessions to survivors through our retreats for over 15 years. Last week were able to even offer an advanced 16 hour workshop to 6 survivors who are also healthcare practitioners thanks to our certified instructor and friend Shirley Ballantyne, BSN, RN, HTC1-2. And over the last 2 years, we have been offering remote "Healing Touch" sessions with the same successes! Tell Me More! click here
We'd love to share more with you! Again, sign up below to receive a phone call to answer your questions and see if a "Healing Touch" session is right for you.
Tell Me More! click here
Wind River is hosting a special virtual retreat June 16th - June 18th for survivors currently in treatment (or recently completed).
This Wind River retreat is about heart-connections, letting your creativity flow and of course, laughter!
JOIN US - CLICK HERE
Participation in ALL events is important (via Zoom).
We invite you to carve out time for self-compassion, harmony and healing with us.
Smoothie Bowls and Cool Treats
Friday, June 24th
6:30PM-8:00PM EST - VIA ZOOM
SIGN UP HERE: Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie Bowls bring The Big Chill for Hot Summer months. This customizable Whole-Food treat is actually GOOD for you and SO very Delish!!!
Join Cheryl and special guest (& smoothie specialist and Wind River Survivor Alum), Jennifer Spragins to learn to make this amazing summer treat. Mangos Strawberries Blueberries Cherries OH MY!!! (and even zucchini)...you may never go back to ice cream again. (A high powered blender will be needed to create your smoothie bowl)
Cook along with Cheryl & Jennifer in your kitchen, or watch, listen and learn. Everyone can ask questions along the way! Upon signing up, Cheryl will email you the shopping list if you opt to cook together.
SIGN UP HERE: Smoothie Bowls with Special Guest Jen Jen
Super excited to share our mushroom log making workshop again at Wind River. The air was crisp and filled with survivor laughter and giggles as we talked about impregnating log with mushroom spores! Cheryl Lecroy and Dave Pschirer explained about the mighty mushrooms power on our bodies for healing, the resiliency of the mushroom itself and much more. Then folks got to work on their logs. Wood ships flying everywhere!!!
We had first-timers to Wind River and "old" timers to show them the ropes! Lunch and time by the creek and fire, were, yep, a dash of Wind River magic.
Thank you all for sharing your hearts!
... couldn't make it? We cannot inoculate logs all year-round (it is a seasonal thing) but Forest Bathing (aka personal time by the creek) is available now. Register Here - Forest Bathing. And if you cannot make those date, no problem, we will gladly work with you on a more convenient date! We believe in flexibility and spontaneous living! April and May is the best time to get away and just be!