Bluebird Cancer Retreats

Retreat program overview

2017 Retreat Schedule

  • Newcomers Retreat, April 21 – 23, 2017
  • Couples Retreat, May 5 – 7, 2017
  • Newcomers Retreat September 15-17, 2017
  • Couples Retreat, October 6-8, 2017
  • Reunion Retreat, October 28-29, 2017
Through the unique experience of weekend programs, Bluebird Cancer Retreats participants have a very special opportunity for listening and learning, not only about their disease, but insights from others like themselves who live with cancer.  Participants will find time to reflect, share, and learn about coping with cancer while participating in a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.
Bluebird’s weekend retreats are held on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Camp Geneva Conference Center.  Located just 5 miles north of Holland, Michigan, Camp Geneva’s beautiful facilities and breathtaking natural surroundings provide the ideal setting to experience hope and renewal for those on the cancer journey.
Newcomers Retreats are for those who have not yet participated in a Bluebird program.  Couples Retreats have been created for survivors accompanied by a spouse, sibling, caregiver, or other support person.  The Couples Retreat includes joint programming as well as separate programming for those who find themselves in a support role.   Reunion Retreats are for all past retreat participants to reconnect with Bluebird friends and to meet others that have shared in the Bluebird experience.
Bluebird Cancer Retreats are staffed by medical, spiritual, and social work professionals and other caring volunteers. Retreats are carefully constructed to ensure a dynamic healing journey toward emotional well-being.  Our retreat staff and volunteers – many of whom are cancer survivors themselves – have a deep commitment to the health of the human mind, body and spirit.

General Retreat Program Schedule

Friday
2:00 p.m. – Registration

2:30 p.m. – Welcome & Opening Session
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Evening Session

Saturday
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Morning Sessions
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Holistic Therapies & Afternoon Activities
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Evening Session

Sunday
7:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Morning Reflection
9:00 a.m. – Morning Session
11:00 a.m. – Closing Circle
12:00 p.m. – Group Picture & Evaluations

*Every retreat is different, so times & programs will vary slightly. This gives you a general idea of what to expect on retreat.