Cancer and wellness programming

Integrative Cancer Care  *  Rest & Renewal   *  Healing Power of Community

  On-line programs

With limits on our activities during the time of COVID risk, we are shifting many of our cancer support resources to online programs, including Expressive Arts, Yoga, and Healing Circles (group conversation guided by a therapist).  We hope to soon post an invitation to a complete online 3 day retreat.

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  4-Day RETREATS (currently on hold)

ARC offers a sanctuary experience based on an integrative, whole person approach to healing and wellness. The purpose of the retreat format is to transport people living with cancer (as well as their support person) out of their day to day lives – to focus on life enhancing choices for their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being.

In designing our retreats, we have researched the most effective modalities in addressing the common side effects of cancer – depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, nausea and loss of appetite, loss of meaning, isolation.

Our programs are well-informed, expertly delivered, and focus on a multi-disciplinary approach. Retreats are 4-day long experiences that include discussion groups, yoga and meditation, nutritional learning, creative expression, connection with nature, and rest time – all in a supportive, caring community atmosphere.  Ours is a whole-person approach.

ARC fully endorses conventional medical treatment for cancer.  We offer complementary, integrative approaches providing opportunities for skill development in coping with stress, anxiety, depression or any of the other feelings associated with a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone who has a cancer diagnosis. The retreats are designed not only for the person with a cancer diagnosis, but also for their primary support person, who has a difficult journey of their own to navigate that includes physical, financial, emotional, and mental complexities.

An ARC retreat experience is a time to re-centre, to reflect on life, and to learn practices that promote health and well-being.

Disclaimer: Abbey Retreat Centre is a non-medical retreat center. No medical assessment or treatment is provided by Abbey Retreat Centre staff, faculty or volunteers during any of our retreats or programs.


Abbey Retreat Centre offers day programs that highlight ARC’s focus on whole person care. This complementary programming is offered based on local interests, such as horticulture, meditation, yoga, art, cooking, etc.  These programs may be offered in partnership with Abbey Gardens and/or other local businesses/groups. If you would like to partner with ARC in offering Wellness or other programming, please contact us.



Past Retreat Sessions

Discussion groups, yoga and meditation, nutritional learning, creative expression, connection with nature, and rest time.

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