In October 2012, a dream was realized for two dynamic ovarian cancer survivors: Anne Tonachel and Robin Bray. Their dream was to provide a restorative retreat for other ovarian cancer survivors in the northeast. When the amazing Kennedy family of Camp Kieve and The Kennedy Learning Center provided the retreat space (in honor of a family member with ovarian cancer), this restorative retreat was born.
"I anticipated that the retreat would provide a respite from the day-to-day hardships of ovarian cancer. What I found was a community of courageous and understanding women whose extraordinary support of each other continues throughout the year."
Who is the Retreat for?
For women currently undergoing or having completed treatment for ovarian cancer. Thirty women will be accepted, with registration priority given to women from New England.
“People have been healing each other since the beginning. Long before there were surgeons, psychologists, oncologists, and internists, we were there for each other … After all these years I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.” Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
What are the facilities like?
Most attendees will stay at the Kennedy Learning Center building at Camp Kieve. You will share a room with one other woman. Each room has two twin beds and a bathroom and has direct access to the outdoors and interior hallway. The Kennedy Center also has outdoor deck seating and an enclosed porch. Meals and most activities take place in the large common rooms of the Center.
"I am now a part of a community of wise and compassionate women."
"I got an injection of courage."
What will we be doing?
The Retreat will combine recreation and relaxation through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, art projects, entertainment and free time. Many wonderful things are offered throughout the time, and participants are encouraged to take part in as many of them as they are up to - but everything at camp is optional. You are free to rest in your room or chat with a new friend anytime. There will be a variety of activities to choose from each day. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, rock wall climbing, hiking, creative projects, yoga, cooking classes, dancing and singing. There will be a licensed social worker for private and group discussion.
"I feel like the cowardly lion who had courage but did not know it. You all made me see I can do this.”
"(TTT is a) community that offers hope. Community is part of hope."
What about meals?
Meals will be nutritious, delicious and as much as possible, organic, served in a family atmosphere. A variety of snacks and beverages are also available twenty-four hours a day. For those who require vegetarian or other dietary alternative, we ask you to outline those needs in detail on your registration form. We will do our best to accommodate specific dietary needs. Anne will contact you in early August to confirm any special needs.
"All of you make me stronger."
Attendees must be able to care for their own medical needs while at the retreat. A nurse will be available for minor first aid and supportive consultation if emergency assistance is required. Miles Memorial Hospital and Rite-Aid Pharmacy are located in Damariscotta, 15 minutes from Camp Kieve. Please return the completed medical information form with your application.
“Everybody worked together to make a good thing happen.”
2021 REGISTRATION DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS