Breathe Now

Programs /

Breathe Now Wellness Retreats

Programs /

The Breathe Series

Breathe Now Wellness Retreats
  • Breathe Now Wellness Retreats
  • The Breathe Series

Breathe Now Wellness Retreats

Open to young adult survivors (age 21-39 years old) and their partners who are one to three years removed from their last day of treatment, Dear Jack Foundation’s Breathe Now Wellness Retreats harness the transformational powers of yoga, meditation, and psychosocial breakout sessions to help couples renew, learn, and grow as they live their lives together post cancer. 

These four-day retreats are professionally guided and thoughtfully designed to foster community and connection, both individually and as a group, through daily yoga and mindfulness practices, psychosocial sessions, and nutritional support, with an emphasis on healing the mind and body.

Breathe Now Wellness Retreats will return this fall with a full schedule in 2022. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more or becoming notified of future retreat dates and locations. 

Upcoming Retreat Schedule

The following is our upcoming Breathe Now Wellness Retreat schedule. Additional 2022 retreat dates and locations will be released in fall 2021. Please check back then!

Schedule

All Months
  • All Months
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
March 3rd, 2022 Breathe Now Retreat: Sedona, AZ

L'Auberge de Sedona: March 3-8, 2022

April 29th, 2022 Breathe Now Retreat: San Diego, CA

Inn at Rancho Sante Fe: April 29 - May 3, 2022

October 7th, 2022 Breathe Now Retreat: San Diego, CA

Inn at Rancho Sante Fe: October 7-11, 2022

Breathe Now Retreat FAQs

What are the qualifications to apply to attend a the Breathe Now retreat?

To qualify to attend a Breathe Now retreat, we require:

  • Survivor and their partner are between the ages 21-39.
  • Survivor should be 1-3 three 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.
What is the schedule for a typical day at a Breathe Now retreat?

Below is a sample schedule of what a typical day may look like at a Breathe Now retreat:

  • 7:00am –  Yoga
  • 8:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:30am – Psychosocial group breakout session
  • 11:00am – Free time
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Group outdoor activity
  • 3:00pm – Small group breakout session
  • 4:00pm – Free time
  • 5:00pm – Meditation
  • 6:30pm – Group dinner

*This is a sample schedule only and is subject to change.

How do I apply for a Breathe Now retreat?

We will announce 2022 retreat dates and locations in late fall 2021. Please complete the interest form to be notified of future retreat opportunities.

At what locations do you host Breathe Now retreats?

Locations for our Breathe Now retreats change from year-to-year. Typically we focus on Colorado, Arizona and California. We are always working to identify additional locations.

How are couples supported during the retreat by our licensed psychosocial clinicians?

During the retreat, couples will participate in group sessions facilitated by our skilled clinicians to support them as they grow through survivorship together. Our Breathe Now Retreats utilize perspectives and theories supported by acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, group therapy techniques, and targeted couples-based interventions. Couples are encouraged to acknowledge the challenges they’ve encountered, their values as a couple, and the strength they have shown during their cancer journey.

Do my partner and I need to have previous yoga experience to attend the retreat?

No, absolutely not. We just ask that each participant is physically able (and willing) to participate in yoga as well as the other activities, like moderate hiking.

What if I have a dietary restriction or requirement?

Dear Jack will work with the retreat venue to meet each participant’s dietary requirement to the best of our ability. If accepted to attend a retreat, you will have the opportunity to submit your menu selections prior to arriving at the retreat.

How much is the cost to attend a Breathe Now retreat?

Dear Jack Foundation covers all costs for the retreat with the exception of travel to and from the resort destination, rental cars, and hotel incidentals (snacks and drinks that are not part of the provided breakfast, lunch and dinner each day).

The Breathe Series

The Breathe Series is a year-long virtual wellness program utilizing yoga, meditation, and breath work to engage and empower young adults and their partners throughout their cancer journey, from diagnosis through survivorship.

This unique program combines live virtual yoga classes and on-demand courses on meditation, breathing strategies, and yoga therapy.

Each month, The Breathe Series centers around a specific theme and supports participants as they engage with facilitators and others within the young adult cancer community.

Participants of The Breathe Series may join at any point in the curriculum. Join for the whole series or pick and choose courses that would be of interest to you!

Register Now

Start Participating Today!

All registrants will be notified and provided additional program details about upcoming on demand class availability and live class schedules.

Register Now

Breathe Series Classes

Each month, The Breathe Series will release either on-demand or live classes. The on-demand classes are self-paced and provide an opportunity to learn basic skills and strategies that can be used throughout the entire series. Alternate months will have live classes that will occur once a week. Upon registering for The Breathe Series, you will receive program details, schedules, and support each month to help navigate the program and community.

Schedule

Module Two: Yoga for Peace & Presence

Live ZOOM classes, April 2021

Module Seven: Color “Journaling”

Live ZOOM Class, October 2021

Module Nine: Healthy Holiday Treats

Live ZOOM class, December 2021 - more information coming soon!

Module Ten: Yoga for Strength Building

Live ZOOM classes, January 2022 - more information coming soon!

Module Eleven: Yoga for Emotional Support

Live ZOOM classes, February 2022 - more information coming soon!

Breathe Series Facilitators

Tara Picklo

/ Breathe Now Retreat & The Breathe Series Yoga Instructor
Tara truly tapped into a consistent yoga practice in 2009 when she was in the midst of a challenging time caregiving for a loved one who was battling cancer. Cultivating a consistent yoga practice during a challenging time in life helped her stay more grounded and at peace through ups,...
Read More
View Bio

Kayla Fulginiti

/ Director of Programs She/Her/Hers
Kayla joined the Dear Jack team in March 2019 as the Director of Program Delivery. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and devoted her time to working with oncology patients and their families. She comes to Dear Jack with 9+ years of hospital oncology social work experience and nonprofit...
Read More
View Bio

Questions? Please email Director of Programs, Kayla Fulginiti:

kayla@dearjackfoundation.org

Subscribe Today

Stay up to date on news and events.