2022 Retreat


Turning-the-Tide Retreat 2022

A Time for Empowering Survivors

July 13 (1pm) - July 17th (10:30am)

Registration Forms Available May 6, 2022 with confirmation of your spot by May 27, 2022

"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-five women will be accepted 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. 

Essex Woods

What are the facilities like?
This year we will be meeting at Essex Woods Meeting and Retreat Center, in Essex, MA near Gloucester. Each room has two to three twin beds and there are multiple single full bathrooms located in the hallways outside of the bedrooms. Bedrooms are located on several floors of the main building. There are several meeting rooms plus a dining room. Depending on the weather, many activities can be scheduled in a variety of natural settings or in the large common area 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 the retreat 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 a ropes course, hiking, creative projects, yoga, massages, facials, 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 June to confirm any special needs.

"All of you make me stronger."
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. Addison Gilbert Hospital is a 10 minute drive away. There are three pharmacies located nearby in Gloucester. Please return the completed medical information form with your application.

“Everybody worked together to make a good thing happen.”

This year's brochures indicate that the cost of the retreat is $350. However because of generous donations, the cost has been lowered to $250pp. Despite the cost reduction, we want you to know that full scholarships are available. Please contact Anne Tonachel (617-388-1851), or Margaret Mastrangelo (413-896-2895). 
We want you to come!!             



Application Instruction


Health Form

Consent Form


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