Sometimes it takes a wake-up call like cancer to bring us back to ourselves. The crisis of illness may shake us free of the life that we have created and allow us to begin a return to the life that is our own.Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Founder, Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, and Medical Director, Commonweal Cancer Help Program
Commonweal Cancer Help Program retreats
CancerChoices is just one of the cancer-focused programs of Commonweal. The Commonweal’s Cancer Help Program has been holding retreats for people with cancer for more than 40 years. Retreats can offer powerful experiences for deep healing.
The original Commonweal Cancer Help Program was highlighted by Bill Moyer’s PBS Documentary and subsequent book, Healing and the Mind. This inspired the creation of similar programs in Callanish in Vancouver, Harmony Hill in Washington State, Revadim in Jerusalem and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC.
During these multiday retreats, participants explore the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of living with cancer. The key elements in the Cancer Help Program have been carefully selected and tested for decades to support the search for deep healing.
Commonweal has welcomed intimate groups of people with cancer and their loved ones to Bolinas, California, to its Cancer Help Program 7-day retreat, to its Bay Area Young Survivors 3-day retreat, and more recently to its month-long online Sanctuary program.
Learn more about the Commonweal cancer retreats
Commonweal Cancer Help Program › Bolinas, California. An intensive week-long residential retreat for people with cancer and their significant others
SANCTUARY › Online. Creating a deeply healing experience, this program meets online several times during the course of a month.
Bay Area Young Survivors › Bay area, California. Two retreats, offered alternately:
- BAYS for women without metastases
- Mets-in-the-City (MITC) women with metastatic cancer
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