Retreat Activities

Reel Recovery Retreats are conducted over a two-and-a-half day period at a fly-fishing facility/lodge with onsite or nearby fishing access. All meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment are provided at no cost. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Retreat. Men at any stage of treatment, recovery or in full remission from any type of cancer are eligible to attend one Retreat, and no previous fishing experience is necessary. Medical clearance from a physician is required. The Retreats are designed to provide support and information regarding cancer and cancer recovery, and to provide introductory instruction in the sport of fly-fishing.

Activities Include:

  • Fly-Fishing Basics, Casting and Catching Instruction, covered by on-the-water teaching from experienced fly-fishers.
  • “Courageous Conversations” facilitated by a psychosocial professional to enhance communication and sharing of life-stories.
  • Catch-and-Release Fly-Fishing, with one-on-one assistance from experienced “Fishing Buddies”, either on a stream, river or pond.
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to promote camaraderie, communication and lasting friendships.
  • Post-Retreat Communication, to facilitate continued conversations, networking and new fly-fishing opportunities.

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