2019 Retreat Info

Turning-the-Tide 2019

Wednesday, November 6 - Sunday, November 10

arrivals begin at 1 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 6th
closing will be on Sunday, November 10th at 9:30 a.m.

The Kennedy Learning Center
at Camp Kieve on Damariscotta Lake
Nobleboro, Maine

"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. 

How do I register?

Register by August 31st for a discounted rate of $150

  • Registration opens August 1, 2019
  • Registration after August 31, 2019 will be $250 
  • Deadline for applications is October 1, 2019 
  • To register, contact susan.joanis394@gmail.com, OR rbarilone@hotmail.com OR annert@gmail.com
  • Women who live in New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) will be given preference 
  • Women living outside the area may be accepted if spaces do not otherwise fill.
Can You Help Us Help Others?

For many of us, a cancer diagnosis is financially devastating and we want everyone to come regardless of ability to pay.

Any extra amount that you can give will help us fund scholarships so that any woman who wishes, can attend. 

No participant pays the full cost of the retreat ($475.00 pp). Turning-the-Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreats, Inc.  heavily subsidizes each woman.

Full scholarships are available for those who need them. Please contact Anne Tonachel at annert@gmail.com or 617-388-1851 or Sue Joanis at susan.joanis394@gmail.com or at 508-596-4349 for further information about scholarships. We want you to come!

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, an enclosed porch, and an outdoor hot tub nearby. Meals and most activities take place in the large common rooms of the Center. The lakefront and its activities are also conveniently near.

For more information and photos of the facilities, you can look at www.kieve.org/KLC. 

Please: Refer any questions about the retreat to Anne Tonachel at annert@gmail.com; do not attempt to contact Camp Kieve about the retreat.

What will we be doing?
Turning-the-Tide 2019 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 activity sessions with a variety of options offered at each session. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, zipline, creative projects, yoga, Qigong, zumba, cooking classes, singing and dancing. There will be a licensed social worker available for private and group discussion.

"The love and support surrounding those four days in Maine were truly             unconditional."

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 alternatives, 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  to confirm any special needs.

Medical needs
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.

If your plans change after you are registered, please contact us as soon as possible so that someone else may be able to attend.

"The best thing I have done for myself, ever!"

The Turning-the-Tide Retreats are made possible through the generous contributions from
Patricia Cronin Foundation
Chrystine M. Sullivan Foundation
and many generous friends of Turning-the-Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreats, Inc.

"Since attending this wonderful retreat, I believe that I am no longer alone."

From the SouthTake I95 north to Exit 44 (formerly 6A) where you enter I295 north. Continue on I295 to Exit #28 (formerly exit 22) this will take you to Brunswick/Coastal Route 1). Follow Route 1 north through Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, and past Damariscotta. Once past Damariscotta, take left turn 1/4 mile past NC Hunt Lumber ‐ Reunion Station Restaurant (built from old train cars) will be on your right after turning off Rt. 1. Follow signs to Kieve.

East of DamariscottaFrom Eastern Maine Take Route 1 south past Camden. Turn right onto route 90 and follow this until it rejoins Route 1 south of Thomaston. Follow Route 1 past Waldoboro. Approximately 1 mile past the Minnehata Fire Station (on left), bear right onto Center Street Nobleboro. Follow signs to Kieve.

From Interior MaineTake I95 to I295 then Exit 51 (formerly exit 28) Gardiner. Take Route 126 east through Gardiner and across the Kennebec River. Take Route 27 south through Dresden Mills and into Wiscasset to its merge with Route 1. (see above if you want to avoid Wiscasset and stay on Rt 126) Follow Route 1 north past Damariscotta. Once past Damariscotta, take left turn 1/4 mile past NC Hunt Lumber ‐ Reunion Station Restaurant (built from old train cars) will be on your right after turning off Rt. 1. Follow signs to Kieve.

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