Women LISTEN holds annual nurturing retreats where participants spend time sharing, laughing, playing, enjoying healthy food, learning and more. In the past, we have had summer fly-fishing retreats in the Mat-Su Valley and fall Soothe Your Soul, Nourish Your Body retreats in Girdwood.
Women LISTEN will be offering a fly-fishing retreat the weekend of August 14-16, 2020. It will be held at Kalmbach Lake, approximately 10 miles west of Wasilla.
This retreat is available free of charge to women who have had a diagnosis of any cancer. Join us for an uplifting retreat in a lovely setting.
Participant Comments and Pictures
- There was such warmth and kindness in the room.
- I was overwhelmed with love and generosity from total strangers.
- Women LISTEN and the retreat gave me hope and to keep moving forward.
- Sharing our stories and being open about our personal lives helped to make connections with each other.
- I never could see myself fly-fishing and now I sure can.
- I found a new way to get outside.
- I found I can walk more and I was complimented a lot on my learning. I was afraid it would be too much.
- I learned the zen of fly-fishing.
- This is the first time in my life I’ve been called a “dollie”. (type of fish)
- Good thing about the retreat? Getting to hang out with girls.
- The only “have to” was to show up. That was so cool.
- It’s so nice to feel taken care of – the surroundings, the food and the people.
- I was overwhelmed (positively) by everything.
- It was a luxury to be taken care of.
- Good thing about the retreat? I learned a totally new skill and had everything taken care of!
- It was great to have so many instructors with such enthusiasm, patience and passion.
- I learned about these people and what a wonderful group they are.
- I gained hope, inspiration and the ability to forgive.
- It lifts you up.
- I got in the float tube and actually did it! I can’t swim a lick and I did it and it was the best day of my life.
- I hadn’t been in a canoe for a bazillion years and we did it. Paddling in the canoe was lots of fun and it was great to know I could do it again.
- I really enjoyed the people I met. There’s not one person here that I haven’t enjoyed visiting with, gotten something from and I would enjoy seeing again.
- The most memorable moment included sharing and storytelling that brought us closer together. I especially enjoyed the relaxation exercise on the dock.
- The experience of being on the water was restorative.
- I loved being able to share my condition with people who understood and didn’t back off.
- I’m starting to understand my new normal and it is OK to be me.
- It was a peaceful space and I was able to relax and connect. The experience was powerful because it allowed connections on many levels. We cried and laughed and learned a lot about fly fishing and even more about life.
- I loved all aspects of the retreat including casting, knot tying, and crazy game last night.
- I liked meeting new people and learning how to float tube.
- It was a time to relax and recharge the life batteries for my new normal.