Q: Where are the retreats held?
A: The location of our weekend retreats varies every month. Many of the retreats are held at private homes in Park City, Utah (mostly second homes), loaned to us by very generous owners. Others are held in luxury hotel suites. One day retreats are typically held at a hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
Q: What should I expect at the retreats?
A: Every retreat is different, and has a different line-up of speakers and activities. In general, we will have a combination of medical discussions or presentations; spa treatments such as massages or facials; and classes or demonstrations on nutrition, health, or various other topics. The detailed schedule of each retreat will be sent out to participants as we finalize our providers, usually one-two weeks prior to the retreat.
Q: Should I attend a weekend retreat or a one day retreat?
A: This depends entirely on you and your schedule. Weekend retreats allow you the opportunity to get away and relax for a couple of nights, which is exactly what some women need. Especially for women who are traveling a long distance to get to Utah, staying for an entire weekend makes sense. However, going away for an entire weekend can be difficult for many women, especially those who work full time, have young children, or are dealing with side effects of treatment. Our one day retreats have many of the same activities, speakers, and information that you would get at a weekend retreat, but are much easier to fit into your schedule.
Q: I’m not sure I’m comfortable getting a massage.
A: That’s perfectly fine! A lot of women who come to our retreats have never had a massage before, or are worried that it will be an issue because of recent surgeries or treatments. We’ve put together a detailed Massage FAQ to thoroughly address your concerns, but the short answer is that we will work within your comfort level to make a massage a comfortable and relaxing experience for you.
Q: How much does the retreat cost?
A: The retreats are offered at no cost to any woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Although there is no fee for the retreats, those flying in are responsible for airfare to Salt Lake City; those driving in are responsible for transportation to the retreat location.
Q: Why do I have to make a $100 deposit?
A: We are glad to be able to offer our retreats to you free of cost; however, because there is often a high demand and spots fill up quickly, we ask for a deposit to reserve and confirm your spot. This helps us prevent no-shows and ensures that as many women as possible can benefit from our retreats. Your deposit will be refunded to your card within 7-14 business days of the retreat.
Q: What if I can’t make it to the retreat after I have paid my deposit?
A: We understand that there are many unforeseen circumstances that can cause you to change your plans. If you let us know of changes within 48 hours of the retreat, we will be happy to reschedule you or refund your deposit. It can be difficult to fill spots at the last minute, so we ask for 48 hours notice if you are unable to attend a retreat that you are registered for.
Q: What city should I fly into?
A: Fly into Salt Lake City, which is served by most major airlines.
Q: How will I get from the retreat house to the airport?
A: A car and driver will pick you up at the airport, right outside of security. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it. He/she will help you with your luggage and bring you straight to the retreat house.
Q: What should I pack?
A: You will need to bring comfortable clothes (our retreats are very casual), any toiletries that you need, and a swim suit for the hot tub if you choose. Many women like to dress up for dinner; however, it is by no means required. We will send out more detailed packing/retreat preparation info to participants a few weeks before each retreat.
Q: Do I need to bring any money?
A: You will not need to bring any money with you. Everything is taken care of for you
Q: How many other women will be there?
A: The group usually consists of 8–10 women for weekend retreats, and up to 14 women for one day retreats.
Q: What are sleeping arrangements like?
A: Each woman at the retreat will have her own bed. Depending on the number of rooms and women, you may be asked to share a room with another attendee. If you need a single room, please let us know as soon as possible; we can usually accommodate requests for private rooms.
Q: What if I am vegetarian/gluten free/have a food allergy?
A: We are able to accommodate most diets or allergies. Our private chef will prepare the meals with special consideration for your dietary restrictions. Let us know of your dietary needs as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
Q: I didn’t have a mastectomy, lose my hair, or have any major side effects of treatment. Is this retreat for me?
A: Absolutely! A breast cancer diagnosis, whatever the stage or outcome of treatment, is a major, life-altering event. A lot of women express concern that, because their treatment went relatively smoothly, because they didn’t have to have major surgeries, or because they didn’t lose their hair, they don’t really belong at one of our retreats. This is absolutely not the case, and we welcome any woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Q: I attended a retreat years ago; can I attend another one?
A: Unfortunately, we are only able to offer our retreats to each woman once.
However, returning as a volunteer is a great way for retreat alumni to stay involved and share in the experience with a new group of women. To find out more about volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org