Join us at the beautiful L’Auberge in Sedona, AZ for Dear Jack Foundation’s Breathe Now couples 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 within 1-3 years out from their last active cancer treatment. Treatments for chronic issues are ok.
We ask that the couple 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.
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 financially responsible for airfare, transportation to and from retreat venue, and expenses incurred during travel that are non-retreat related.
If your application is accepted and you have confirmed your participation in the retreat, there is a mandatory $250.00 cancellation fee for any couple that forfeits their retreat spot within 30 days of the retreat date start date.
All Breathe Now retreat programs have a focus on healthy nutrition, yoga, meditation, nature, and psychosocial programming. Retreats are drug and alcohol-free experiences.
About the Retreat Location:
Situated on the banks of Oak Creek in the heart of Sedona’s famed Red Rock country, L’Auberge de Sedona is a place where guests celebrate, connect, heal, and relax. More than a hotel, a restaurant and a spa, L’Auberge is a place where extraordinary memories are created and where unplugging results in true connection.
About Samantha Hulett – Retreat Licensed Clinical Social Worker:
Samantha, LISW, OSW-C earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. She has a passion for cancer care services and has worked as a medical social worker in oncology for the past 6 years. Samantha holds the oncology social worker certification and is trained in From Cancer to Health (C2H), the first evidence-based biobehavioral intervention designed for people newly diagnosed with cancer. She is honored to collaborate with the Dear Jack Foundation to bring specialized psychosocial support services to the adolescent and young adult (AYA) patient population. Currently, Samantha is the Social Worker for the Adolescent and Young Adult Program at The James Cancer Hospital in Ohio.
About Tara Picklo – Retreat Yoga Facilitator:
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.