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.
Kayla joined the Dear Jack team in March 2019 as the Director of Program Delivery. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has devoted her time to working with oncology patients and their families. She comes to Dear Jack with 9+ years of in hospital oncology social work experience and nonprofit program development and evaluation. She has always pursued her passion to improve the quality of life of AYA patients through her clinical role in pediatric oncology, as well as her experience as Co-Chair of an AYA Task Force responsible for assessing and raising awareness about AYA needs through community engagement and increasing funding for AYA-targeted programming. More recently she was the Program Director for a Colorado nonprofit with a focus on youth suicide prevention and support. She is excited to expand her role within Dear Jack and work directly with young adult survivors and their partners by providing psychosocial support and care during our Breathe Now Retreats.
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.