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Journey to Wellness Cancer Survivorship Workshop

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Sun Mountain Lodge

604 Patterson Lake Road

Winthrop, WA 98862

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Join our annual transformative workshop for educational and experiential opportunities promoting well-being and optimal physical function!

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Journey to Wellness Cancer Survivorship Workshop is a dynamic educational opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, and families. We are excited to have 12 amazing speakers who will be covering a broad range of topics, from breakthroughs in cancer treatment to educational strategies promoting optimum physical functioning and cancer risk reduction through healthier lifestyles. We combine group presentations with smaller break-out sessions, culminating in the creation of your own personal wellness plan. Participants receive a detailed syllabus with delicious whole-food recipes, cutting-edge information, and realistic strategies to thrive as a cancer survivor. All of our programs are personalized to meet each and every attendee's needs and physical capabilities; anyone of any ability can participate in the breakout sessions that we offer. EASE Cancer Foundation faculty are experts in their fields, specializing in the unique healthcare needs of cancer survivors.

Topics Covered

Symptom management
Anti-inflammatory diets, whole-food nutrition, and cancer-fighting foods
Sleep, stress, fatigue, and immune response with strategies to improve sleep habits
The cognitive benefits of exercise, plus personalized exercise prescriptions
Chemo brain and cognitive games to support memory
Therapeutic yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra
Music therapy
Humor and coping through creative writing and journaling
Environmental toxicity awareness, including hormone and immune disruptors
Lymphedema risk reduction and massage techniques
Personalized wellness plans

Our thirteenth annual Journey to Wellness workshop will be held at Sun Mountain Lodge in the beautiful Methow Valley. Please join us! Space is limited and this event will sell out, so we encourage you to register soon. We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Details

Your registration fee includes admission to the workshop, Friday night buffet dinner, Saturday buffet breakfast and Mexican buffet lunch, syllabus, and all supplies for the workshop. Our price includes all processing fees, so you pay a flat $80.

Dressing for the event

Please dress in layers for indoor and optional outdoor activities, and bring loose, comfortable clothing if you are planning on participating in our yoga sessions.

Lodging Reservations

Please note that lodging is not included in event registration; call Sun Mountain Lodge at 800-572-0493 and mention that you are with the EASE Cancer Foundation to receive exclusive discounted rates: $119 per room per night, single or double occupancy; additional occupants add $30 each and children under 12 are free. Taxes apply; rate subject to change without notice.

Workshop Highlights

New Frontiers in Cancer Treatment: The Era of Personalized Medicine Comes of Age discusses targeted therapies, how treatment is tailored to the specifics of a patient’s individual cancer, and how this is changing the landscape of cancer treatment and outcomes.
Stressed Out! explores the science and practice of stress management for cancer survivors.
Health Promotion: Sleep and Stress looks at the relationships between sleep, stress, and fatigue and provides strategies for practicing good sleep hygiene and stress management.
Physical Wellbeing and Symptom Management explores strategies to manage fatigue, hormonal disturbances, neuropathy, osteoporosis, body image, and sexual health.
Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga targets joints to relieve stiffness, enhance mobility, reduce the physical effects of stress on your body and mind, and improve sense of well-being.
Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a form of guided relaxation, which offers the benefits of deep sleep without the dullness of being unconscious. A deeply relaxing class.
Nutrition for Life will look at phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains that may reduce carcinogens and block the development of new cancers.
Chemo Brain and Cognitive Games provides tips to improve memory and promote neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s way of reorganizing itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
Humor, Coping, and the Creative Experience are themes in a creative writing experience within a fun, inspirational, and healing environment. No writing experience required.
Neuroscience: Resilience & Positivity Pearls applies tools to counter adversity, loss, and negativity, cultivate gratitude, perspective, reframing, and mindfulness habits of joyful people.
Environmental Toxicity Awareness discusses hormone & immune disruptors, carcinogens, and toxins/chemicals in our environment and offers lifestyle changes to decrease exposure/risk.
Music Therapy employs an evidence-based approach of applying music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs in many aspects of our lives.
Lymphedema Risk Reduction Practices includes learning signs and symptoms of lymphedema and manual lymphatic massage and exercises to facilitate lymphatic function.
Plan for the Future, Live Now! addresses a palliative care approach to focus on the whole person, communicating physical, emotional, spiritual, and advanced planning concerns and preferences, enabling you to live for today.
Relaxation Practices - Reset & Reboot provides experiential participation to sample numerous clinically proven techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, and promoting calm.
Putting It All Together incorporates lymphatic support, core strengthening, and exercise prescription while hiking in the Methow Valley. Calculate target heart rate reserve parameters.
Creating a Personal Wellness Plan provides an intentional, summarizing checklist plan, individualized by each participant, to prioritize the key skills and concepts learned during the workshop, to immediately integrate into everyday life for optimal wellness.

Group Presentations

New Frontiers in Cancer Treatment: The Era of Personalized Medicine Comes of Age with Julie Smith, MD
Stressed Out: The Science and Practice of Stress Management for Cancer Survivors with Bonnie McGregor, PhD
Environmental Toxicity Awareness with Chandra Villano, ND
Creating a Personal Wellness Plan with EASE Faculty

Breakout Sessions

In addition to group presentations, Journey to Wellness also features five breakout sessions in which an array of smaller-group classes are taught concurrently. When you sign up for the event, you'll get to choose which class you attend for each session. Space is limited to ensure optimum learning and hands-on participation, and select classes are available during multiple sessions.

Breakout Session 1

Health Promotion: Sleep and Stress with Katie Kemble, DNP
Chemo Brain & Cognitive Games with Tim Burnham, PhD
Humor, Coping, and the Creative Experience with Alison Osius, MA
Lymphedema Risk Reduction Practices with Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT
Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga with Mary Gunkel, BAE RN RYT200

Breakout Session 2

Health Promotion: Sleep and Stress with Katie Kemble, DNP
Plan Your Future, Live Now! with Ginny Heinitz, BSN, RN, CHPN
Music Therapy with Connie Celustka, ThM
Neuroscience: Reslience and Positivity Pearls with Chandra Villano, ND
Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga with Mary Gunkel, BAE RN RYT200

Breakout Session 3

Physical Wellbeing and Symptom Management with Maggie Ellings, DNP
Plan Your Future, Live Now! with Ginny Heinitz, BSN, RN, CHPN
Humor, Coping, and the Creative Experience with Alison Osius, MA
Nutrition for Life with Samantha Belanger, RD
Putting It All Together with Tim Burnham, PhD and Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT

Breakout Session 4

Health Promotion: Sleep and Stress with Katie Kemble, DNP
Chemo Brain & Cognitive Games with Tim Burnham, PhD
Music Therapy with Connie Celustka, ThM
Lymphedema Risk Reduction Practices with Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT
Yoga Nidra with Mary Gunkel, BAE RN RYT200

Breakout Session 5

Physical Wellbeing and Symptom Management with Maggie Ellings, DNP
Relaxation Practices with Chandra Villano, ND
Humor, Coping, and the Creative Experience with Alison Osius, MA
Nutrition for Life with Samantha Belanger, RD
Putting It All Together with Tim Burnham, PhD and Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT

Itinerary

Friday, October 4th

5:00 - Registration
6:00 - Dinner
6:45 - Welcome and Introductions with EASE Faculty
7:00 - Keynote Address with Julie Smith, MD
8:00 - Calm Collaborative Closing with Chandra Villano, ND

Saturday, October 5th

7:30 - Breakfast and Announcements with EASE Faculty
8:00 - Stressed Out! with Bonnie McGregor, PhD
9:00 - Breakout Session 1
10:15 - Breakout Session 2
11:30 - Breakout Session 3
12:30 - Lunch
1:15 - Environmental Toxicity Awareness with Chandra Villano, ND
2:30 - Breakout Session 4
3:45 - Breakout Session 5
5:00 - Creating a Personal Wellness Plan with EASE Faculty
5:30 - Adjournment
7:00 - Live music celebration with The LakeBoys!

About Our Faculty

Samantha Belanger, RD, CD

Samantha is a Registered Dietitian in Oncology at Confluence Health. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family, dog and using yoga to center and refocus herself. Her greatest passion with nutrition is educating and empowering patients to use diet as a means to prevent and treat illness.

Tim Burnham, Ph.D.

Dr. Burnham is a Professor of Exercise Science at Central Washington University. His research interests include cancer survivorship issues and developing cancer survivorship rehabilitation programs. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal publications, which look at the interaction between physical activity and physical and psychosocial function.

Connie Celustka, ThM

Connie plays in "All Strings Considered" and teaches music at Columbia River Music Conservatory and Valley Academy. She has a Masters in Theology and has performed at Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival, with a repertoire of Celtic, Classical, Scandinavian, American Traditional, and original music.

Maggie Ellings, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, RN

Dr. Ellings received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. She is an oncology nurse practitioner with a special interest in cancer survivorship. Her doctoral research focused on sexual health and intimacy discussions for those with cancer.

Mary Gunkel, BAE, RN, RYT200

Mary has been an oncology nurse for 20+ years and has a teaching degree. She is the director of Confluence Health’s oncology program, which spans four rural counties in Eastern Washington. Mary is a certified yoga teacher in the Viniyoga tradition and teaches Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.

Ginny Heinitz, BSN, RN, CHPN

Ginny has 35-years of experience and a certificate in Palliative Care from University of Washington. She’s a national instructor for Vital Talks & Respecting Choices and serves on two state steering committees. She believes patients are experts of themselves and need to be listened to for providing the best possible care as they define “living well."

Katie Kemble, DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP, ARNP

Dr. Kemble received her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington and FNP/PA certificate from Stanford University. She is an oncology nurse practitioner at Confluence Health and a Clinical Professor at the UW. Katie has a special interest in translational research and research investigating quality of life in cancer survivors.

Jill LaRue, FNP, MSN

Jill is a retired family nurse practitioner of 30 years. She believes that healthy lifestyles are crucial to our sense of wellbeing. She loves spending time outdoors biking, hiking, Nordic skiing, gardening, or birdwatching.

Bonnie McGregor, PhD

Dr. McGregor is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. She is the Executive Director and founder of The Orion Center for Integrated Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in helping people cope with cancer and chronic illness, depression, anxiety and stress, utilizing mindfulness practices and cognitive and behavioral techniques.

Alison Osius, MA

Alison is an author, writer and columnist who has published in over 50 newspapers, magazines and websites. She is the executive editor of Rock and Ice magazine and a recipient of the American Alpine Club Literary Award. She received a Master’s Degree in journalism from Columbia University and has taught writing classes at Colorado Mountain College.

Julie Smith, MD

Dr. Smith practices Hematology/Oncology at Confluence Health, where she is the Medical Director of the Cancer Service Line. She is a Clinical Assistant Instructor for the University of Washington School of Medicine and enjoys teaching medical students and residents.

Chandra Villano, ND

Dr. Villano has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has a naturopathic consulting practice, leads corporate and community preventive wellness education classes, and has a clinical specialty in whole foods nutrition, mindfulness, and environmental/personal detox.

Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT

Tamara is an Occupational Therapist. She is certified both as a manual Lymphedema Therapist and Neurodevelopmental Therapist and specializes in lymphedema and rehabilitation. Tamara has extensive training and experience working with cancer survivors and is a frequent lecturer.
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