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."
A Few Words from Anne Tonachel
You are reading this now as you may have our 2020 retreat brochure in hand or be looking at the Turning the Tide website.
Our retreat IS happening this fall but it will be a virtual retreat instead of us all being together at Camp Kieve in Maine. We are keeping the brochure available so that you can read a bit more about us and, for others who saw our brochure in hospitals and clinics and contacted me, you will be looking forward to it.
You might be asking how in the world will that work? Believe me, that was my first reaction but, as we all know, when a group of determined women (and some good men, too) put their heads together,there are no limits to what they can accomplish. This virtual retreat will be on the same dates as we originally planned to be together but a day shorter, and will start Thursday afternoon, October 1st and end Saturday evening, October 3rd.
We will have a group of people helping us, including a social worker to lead group discussions in large and small groups on topics you request, facials under the direction of the fine ladies at the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, yoga, meditations,
art projects, music, dance, instructions on self-massage and body care and other activities with plenty of time to share in small and large groups. We will have our annual memorial service to remember our dear friends. You will each receive a box the week before the retreat that will contain all you need to participate in the activities planned, with a few surprises as well.
There will be a registration form to fill out so that you can attend. If you do not have access to a computer please tell us;maybe we can help arrange that for you. There will be a small fee for the retreat but again, please know there is scholarship money so do not let that stop you from registering. We really do want you to be with us! You may be just the woman another woman needs to meet!
When registration opens on July 15th, you can request an application from Margaret Mastrangelo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 413-896-2895
I look forward to meeting you and sharing this unique time together. Meanwhile, please stay well and safe.