Casting for Recovery is a national non-profit that provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. 99% of alumnae recommend this worthwhile experience. Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that breast cancer survivors deserve one weekend – free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace – to experience something new and challenging in a beautiful, safe environment.
The mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.
The concept of Casting for Recovery is unique. On a physical level, the gentle, rhythmic motion of fly casting is similar to exercises often prescribed after surgery or radiation to promote soft tissue stretching. On an emotional level, women are given the opportunity to experience a new activity in a safe environment amongst a supportive group of peers. The retreats provide resources to help address quality of life issues after a breast cancer diagnosis, and a new outlet – fly fishing – as a reprieve from the everyday stresses and challenges of their cancer.
Casting for Recovery’s Goals:
-To give each participate a respite from familiar surrounding and routines in a natural setting where-well being can flourish.
-To provide a fun experience that helps lessen isolation and promote problem-solving and coping skills.
-To help women network, make new friends, gain self-esteem, learn a new skill, improve their quality of life.
You may apply for a retreat by visiting www.castingforrecovery.org or call 1-888-553-3500.