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Awake & Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer
May 22, 2014
May 26, 2014
Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHCA
November 20, 2013
Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA, 98236, United States

This Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat, with Erica Rayner-Horn and Diana and Kelly Lindsay, offers anyone with a cancer diagnosis the opportunity to explore what it means to be fully awake and alive—even while facing serious illness.

Cancer can be one of the greatest challenges in life, it can be a stressful, lonely and overwhelming for everyone it touches. This retreat is designed to help you to navigate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the journey with cancer with more ease, courage and acceptance.

We bring together powerful researched-based healing modalities that have a significant effect on physical health, emotional stability and improved resilience to cope with the stress of serious illness. You will be introduced to the transformative healing practices of mindfulness and stress reduction; the ancient discipline of Qigong; and the expressive arts as a vehicle for deeper exploration and self-reflection. You will learn tools that help transform fear and anxiety. Both body and soul will be rejuvenated with delicious, locally sourced organic food; acres of unspoiled peaceful forest; and the gift of the nurturing, supportive community we create together.

You are warmly invited to gift yourself with this unique opportunity for deep reflection, healing and transformation. You will leave with practical tools and living practices that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty.

Cost of Registration

Registration is on a sliding scale, $750–$1050 including all retreat tuition, meals, and lodging. In order to make this retreat affordable for as many people as possible we are offering a sliding scale with as broad a range as we can.

Who Will Benefit?

  1. Anyone with any type of cancer, at any stage, including remission. Living well with illness is a life-long endeavor, and regardless of when you were diagnosed, there are ongoing concerns and challenges those with cancer have in common.
  2. We welcome a limited number of partners, caregivers or significant others who feel they too will benefit from this program.

What to Expect

What to Expect! Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat from Erica Rayner-Horn on Vimeo.

Expect a small intimate group of up to 10 participants in a safe and nurturing environment that honors and supports each person’s unique journey with cancer, and a balanced program of activities designed to support deep healing and transformation of every aspect of being- mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and meditations
  • Quigong for energizing and balancing the body
  • Sharing circles
  • Empowering inquiry
  •  Time together – time alone
  •  Expressive arts
  • Deep relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Delicious gourmet meals

Past Participants said . . .

“This is my first time in a group with other people living with cancer, it has been so healing. I feel somehow heard and understood at such a deeper level. Folks were able to share without judgement and without trying to fix each other. There was humor, love, humility and poetry. The Whidbey Institute is beautiful, calm and the food is incredible.”-Robin B.

“This retreat really helps one deal with the pain and uncertainty of living with cancer. Helps one live a “healed” life, regardless of diagnosis and prognosis. I loved council and having people feel safe to share. Really love meditation and instructions/guidance for mindful practices.” -Betsy D.


Erica Rayner-Horn M.A., L.M.H.C.A.——is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and an instructor of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.  Learn more online.  She leads workshops and retreats on mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction, and has taught for CancerLifeline and local hospitals and presented at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington

Erica is passionate about teaching mindfulness as an effective way to cope better and to live well through the challenging experience of cancer. With than 30 years of meditation training and practice, she is the author of the CD “Finding Tranquility-Guided Mindfulness Meditations for Stressful Times,” and an upcoming book on cancer and mindfulness.

Diana and Kelly Lindsay—authors, speakers, workshop facilitators, and coaches for those in a health crisis and their caregivers—bring their skills as instructors of accessing embodied knowledge and energy work to the retreat. Diana is a trained Yi Ren Quigong instructor and Kelly is a Reiki Master. They teach body/mind healing for Antioch University and are the authors of Something More than Hope: Surviving Despite the Odds, Thriving Because of Them, based on their own adventure through cancer as patient and caregiver.

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