Stretch Heal Grow

Stretch Heal Grow Retreat Rethink Breast Cancer

A yoga and wellness retreat for young women with breast cancer founded by Jasmin Fiore Dodge and hosted by a dedicated team of volunteers.

2019 Retreat

Rethink is excited to be hosting young women with breast cancer from coast to coast at two  Stretch Heal Grow retreats this year!

Retreat One: Wednesday July 17th – Friday July 19th 2019

BobCaygeon, ON

Eganridge Resort and Spa

Summer offerings

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Spa treatments available onsite
  • Onsite swimming, kayaking, canoeing
  • Community building activities
  • Healthy meals prepared on site by a chef
  • Educational Workshops
Retreat Two: Monday October 21st – Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

Emerald Lake, BC

Emerald Lake Lodge

Fall Offerings

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Salt water hot tub and sauna
  • Mountains and hiking
  • Community building activities
  • Healthy meals prepared on site by a chef
  • Educational Workshops

The Details

Who Can Apply?

The Stretch Heal Grow retreat is open to young women (45 and under) who have recently completed treatment for breast cancer and women living with breast cancer in ongoing treatment who feel well enough to attend.

Application forms will be available starting February 2020. Once we receive your application we review it to make sure you are eligible to attend the retreat.  We ask that all participants be diagnosed with breast cancer, feel well enough to attend and be 45 and under. Please consider if you will be comfortable in a group that incorporates women with all diagnoses from Stage 0 to Stage 4.

Can I attend the retreat more than once?

We give priority to women who have not attended a SHG retreat before. Once the retreat is full, we will start a waitlist for women who are alumni and if a spot opens up we will let you know. Once your application is approved we will ask for a phone interview before final confirmation.

Unfortunately, we have limited spaces available and applications are processed on a first come, first served basis in conjunction with the above criteria and answers on the application form. Accommodation is shared and transportation costs are currently the responsibility of the attendee.

How can I help support future retreats?

If you would like to make a donation in honour of Jasmin’s legacy for future Stretch Heal Grow retreats, please click HERE.

Jasmin’s Story

Stretch Heal Grow was the brain child of Jasmin Fiore Dodge, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. At the time, her youngest daughter was only 7 months old. She found a lump while was breastfeeding and went to get it checked out. Jasmin seriously thought it was just a blocked milk duct, turns out it wasn’t.

She went through several months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation and reconstruction surgery. During treatment, she lost her mother who had been fighting cancer herself for over a decade. It was the most difficult, heart breaking year of her life, but also a time of so much support, love and personal growth.

Then in November 2013, she was put to the test again as the cancer metastasized to her bones and caused problems with her spine. She had emergency spinal surgery and radiation to try and stabilize her body. Cancer had messed with the wrong girl!

Jasmin wanted to share with others how she remained positive and vibrant despite her challenges.  She decided she could help others through this difficult and life changing journey. It was important to her to be of service and truly make a difference – and that is how STRETCH HEAL GROW came to be.

Living with breast cancer is unique to each individual and Jasmin believed self-care was a key aspect of navigating through it all.

In February 2017, Jasmin passed away of metastatic breast cancer but not without leaving behind her legacy of Stretch Heal Grow. The retreat will continue to create a community for women coping with cancer that will nurture their soul and heal their spirit, and Jasmin’s memory will continue to light the way.

* Photos courtesy of Catherine Hudon/5Mphotographie

Our Partners

This year the retreat was made possible through the generous donations in memory of Jasmin and our incredible partners

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