Join us at the beautiful Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO for Dear Jack Foundation’s Breathe Now couple’s wellness retreat. Over the course of the four-day program, you’ll be surrounded by 5 other young adult couples who have gone through similar experiences with cancer as you and your partner. Dear Jack Foundation staff will guide you and your partner through four days of fun, intensive, and thoughtful programming to include yoga, meditation, hiking, a cooking class, and psychosocial breakout sessions. The goal over the course of the four days is to rediscover balance and connection in your relationship with your partner post cancer.
Breathe Now Retreat Participant Requirements:
Survivor and their partner are between the ages 21-39.
Survivor must be one to three years out from their last active cancer treatment. Treatments for chronic issues are ok.
The couple should be in a committed relationship and together throughout (from diagnosis through treatment).
The couple must be able to physically participate in activities (vinaysa yoga and hiking).
The couple should not be in a significant crisis in their partnership.
We ask that both members of the couple are vested in the process and willing to be open to new mindful experiences through yoga, meditation, and retreat breakout sessions.
We ask that participants are willing to share their stories and be respectful of others.
Dear Jack LifeList alumni are not eligible for the program at this time.
A Typical Day May Look Like:
7:00am – Vinyasa Yoga
8:00am – Group breakfast
9:30am – Breakout session
11:00am – Free time
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Group activity (cooking class, hiking, spa experience)
3:00pm – Breakout session
4:00pm – Free time
5:00pm – Restorative yoga/meditation
6:30pm – Group dinner
Free time is integrated throughout the day and evening. Schedules may vary.
Retreat registration for each couple is paid for by the Dear Jack Foundation to include programming, 3 meals per day, and accommodations.
Participants are responsible for airfare, transportation to and from retreat venue, and expenses incurred during travel that are non-retreat related.
All Breathe Now retreat programs have a focus on healthy nutrition. Retreats are suggested alcohol-free experiences.
About the Retreat Location:
At Devil’s Thumb Ranch, experiences are carefully crafted that embrace the pioneering spirit of the early homesteaders while honoring the grand landscape that surrounds it. Of course, such a luxurious escape would be incomplete without refined modern comforts like their renowned spa, acclaimed restaurants, plush accommodations and a unique approach to sustainability that preserves this stunning place for future generations. It is an authentic Colorado ranch experience you simply can’t find anywhere else.
About Andrea Maikovich-Fong – Retreat Psychologist:
Andrea Maikovich-Fong is a board-certified clinical health psychologist at Kaiser Permanente. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked extensively in oncology, and has a passion for supporting patients and loved ones as they work to re-define their identities, relationships, and values during and after cancer treatment. Andrea believes in utilizing evidence-based psychosocial oncology treatment approaches to elevate daily functioning, emotional health, and quality of life.
About Tara Picklo – Retreat Yoga Facilitator and Logistic Coordinator:
Tara truly tapped into a consistent yoga practice in 2009 when she was in the midst of challenging time caregiving for a loved one who was battling cancer. She sensed something special about yoga after the first vinyasa class she took in her hometown, Eagle, Colorado. The connection of movement to breath, feeling the opening of energetic pathways in the body plus the overall strengthening and flexibility she gained became something she craved regularly to help create balance in life. Cultivating a consistent yoga practice during a challenging time in life helped her stay more grounded and at peace through ups, downs, transitions and whirlwinds of emotion. Through the past decade her yoga practice has ebbed and flowed to compliment a busy schedule racing bikes and running a small business while also helping her heal mentally from stress and anxiety, physically from injuries and emotionally from tragic grief.Tara completed a 200hr Teacher Training with Julia Clarke through Colorado School of Yoga in 2016 and now teaches integrated vinyasa and yin yoga. She recently began a Yoga Therapy program through Inner Peace Yoga so she can continue to help others create a yoga practice that fosters healing in the body, mind and soul. It has become a passion for Tara to share her love for yoga with communities of yogis, helping others feel harmony and openings in their own body and practice. Tara likes to create fun flows that balance the body through strategic anatomic and energetic sequencing. She believes in feeling strong but soft both on the mat and in life, growing through what we go through.