Havens of Healing

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Yoga-for-cancer retreats offer patients, survivors and their close family a chance to relax and heal in a peaceful environment. Many retreats are free or offer partial funding and all offer a venue for healing and finding support and connection with a group of other people with cancer. A retreat is a way to break through the isolation and fear the disease can create, says yoga teacher and cancer survivor Tari Prinster who leads several retreats each year. "Retreats change lives," says Prinster. "The yoga brings everyone together and the experience of being in these beautiful places is often transformative. They help you feel hopeful again."

The East Coast

Yoga and Nutrition Retreat

Women Beyond Cancer

East Orland, Maine

    About: Learn about nutrition for cancer while practicing yoga in a supportive group setting.

    Dates: September 16-18, 2012

    Cost: Free

    Learn More:www.womenbeyondcancer.org

    Yoga Retreat for Women Cancer Survivors

    The Retreat Project

    New Paltz, New York

      About: Practice yoga with yoga teacher and cancer survivor Tari Prinster and learn about healthy eating, Chinese medicine and other healing techniques.

      Dates: September 28-30, 2012

      Cost: Payment by donation; scholarships available

      Learn More:tariprinster.com

      Reclaiming Wholeness After Cancer: A Women's Wellness Retreat

      Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

      Kripalu, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

        About: Enjoy yoga, healthy food, massage, hiking in the Berkshires and relaxing by a lake.

        Dates: September 30 - October 5, 2012

        Cost: $375, plus room and board

        Learn More:www.kripalu.org

        The South

        Weeklong Cancer Retreats

        Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

        Hallowood, Maryland

          About: Work closely with a yoga teacher, a psychologist and oncology nurses during a week of yoga, stress reduction, creative activities, group discussions, and nutrition lectures.

          Dates: October 8-14, 2012

          Cost: $2,150. Free and low-cost scholarships available

          Learn More:www.smithcenter.org

          Yoga Retreat for Women Cancer Survivors

          The Retreat Project, With Tari Prinster

          South Carolina

            About: Practice yoga with yoga teacher and cancer survivor Tari Prinster and learn about healthy eating, Chinese medicine and other healing techniques.

            Dates: March 8-10, 2013

            Cost: Payment by donation; scholarships available

            Learn More:tariprinster.com

            Retreat for People in Cancer Treatment, with yoga teacher Jnani Chapman

            Yoga For People With Cancer

            Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia

              About: Learn yoga asana, breathing and relaxation practices, meditation and philosophy with Jnani Chapman who is a pioneer in teaching yoga to those with cancer.

              Dates: November 15-18, 2012, and April 11-15, 2013

              Cost: $380

              Learn More:yogaforpeoplewithcancer.com

              The Midwest

              Moving on From Cancer Retreat

              Yoga on High Foundation

              Cincinnati, Ohio

                About: The retreat offers restorative yoga, holistic treatments, and vegetarian meals at the Hope Springs Retreat Center.

                Dates: October 10-12, 2012

                Cost: $100; full scholarships available

                Learn More:www.yogaonhigh.com

                Cowgirls vs. Cancer

                Big Sky Yoga Retreats

                Bozeman, Montana

                  About: The retreat is for women who had or have breast cancer and includes yoga and horseback riding for all levels.

                  Cost: Free; apply for scholarship by November 15

                  Learn More:www.bigskyyogaretreats.com

                  The West Coast

                  Harmony Hill Cancer Programs

                  Harmony Hill Retreat Center

                  Union, Washington

                    About: Retreats for those affected by cancer, including spouses, caregivers, health professionals. Retreats include yoga and mediation, stress reduction practices, and quiet time in the gardens with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal.

                    Dates: Various dates, from September to December 2012

                    Cost: Free

                    Learn More:www.harmonyhill.org

                    Commonweal Cancer Help Program

                    Commonweal Foundation

                    Bolinas, California

                      About: Explore the mental and spiritual dimensions of living with cancer with this week of training, which includes daily group support led by a psychotherapist, yoga, meditation, massage and education about integrative cancer care.

                      Dates: October 22-28 and December 3-9, 2012, and February 11-17, 2013

                      Cost: $2,460

                      Learn More:www.commonweal.org

                      Hawaii and Beyond

                      Women and Cancer Retreat

                      Ala Kakui Healing Retreat Center

                      Maui, Hawaii

                        About: Practice Anusara-inspired yoga, participate in group discussions, hike, swim in the ocean, and explore nearby caves and waterfalls.

                        Dates: January 26 - February 2, 2013

                        Cost: $2,600 (excluding airfare)

                        Learn More:namastehealthcenter.com

                        Surf Yoga Retreats for Young Adult Cancer Survivors

                        Surf Life

                        Australia and Hawaii

                          About: Learn to surf, practice yoga with cancer survivor and yoga teacher Rick Cowley, and enjoy a week at the beach.

                          Dates: To be determined

                          Cost: Retreat is free but participants pay transportation costs

                          Learn More:www.surflifewith.us