Retreat Yourself weekends offer an opportunity to get together with other young adults with cancer. Many of them are recently out of treatment and have never attended another Young Adult Cancer Canada program. We share our stories and talk about what’s bothering us about cancer, hang out, let loose, and build relationships you’ll value for a long time.
I would have expected my heart to feel broken after four days facilitating a group of 30 young adults living with cancer. There were many tears, but mostly my heart felt full of love and respect, hope, and inspiration. I learned that cancer cannot touch the spirit, nor take away our innate capacity for happiness even in the midst of life's greatest challenges.
-Janie Brown, RN, MSN, MA (Psych.) Executive Director, Callanish Society, Vancouver
Retreats are especially important for young adult's coping with cancer in rural Canada. In large, urban cancer centres it can be a challenge to find other young adults. Imagine how hard it is to connect with young adults when you live in a small town, on a farm or in a remote, northern community!
-Social Worker and Facilitator for Retreat Yourself
A YACC retreat is a powerful event to be a part of whether you are a facilitator, patient, or supporter. It never ceases to amaze me how people who come in as strangers are able to leave feeling like family. Through the retreat, a sense of safety, trust, and connection is built; difficult topics and feelings are addressed; and new ideas for solutions are generated (and there is time for fun and laughter too). You may leave with more questions and insights into new challenges; but hopefully these will feel less threatening because of the support of the YACC community.
How to get involved
If you are interested in attending Retreat Yourself, send us an application and we will review your eligibility.
Once we determine you meet our eligibility requirements, we will contact you with more information.