Free program offers retreat for those with cancer diagnosis

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Space is still available for Survivor’s Outdoor Experience’s sixth Healing Adventure, a retreat for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, set for May 19-21.

The free program will be at the Olympic NatureBridge campus at 111 Barnes Point Road on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.

Space is limited, and participants can reserve space now.

“We would like you to be our guest for this retreat created as a Family &Friends program,” said Jack Ganster, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Survivor’s Outdoor Experience.

“Participants will include individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer and a companion if they choose to be accompanied. “

Ganster, a mountaineer, founded the weekend after surviving brain cancer. He was diagnosed 12 years ago.

Ganster describes the weekend as a “healing adventure” in a setting that “allows survivors to relax in this natural location while enjoying and learning from the speakers.”

The retreat features presentations, indoor and outdoor activities, good food and, “most of all, good times and memories.”

Presentations and activities will include:

• “Who is a Survivor?” by Ganster.

• “Relating to Nature” with John Gussman.

• “Poetry in the Wild” with Tim McNulty.

• “From Surviving to Thriving” by Dr. Heath Foxlee.

• “Now What? Navigating Forward” by Dr. Stephen Parker.

• Healthy cooking with Julie Jacobson

• “The Companion’s Story” with Kornelia Grabinska.

• “Exercise is Good Medicine.”

• Hiking and canoeing with NatureBridge staff.

“I am pleased and honored to have such a great list of presenters for our flagship program,” Ganster said.

“We have planned an informative and relaxing weekend for survivors and their loved ones. We hope this will be a meaningful experience for everyone.”

The program was developed to provide cancer survivors of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the benefits of living a healthful and active lifestyle.

“The goal is to assist participants in gaining strength, hope and a sense of the future,” Ganster said.

For more information, see www.survivorsoutdoor experience.org.

To sign up, contact Ganster at 360-477-1619 or jhgisjack@yahoo.com.

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