Register now for our 2022 Virtual Fitness Retreat, February 26th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!

This one-day, online event will include a lineup of inspiring speakers, fabulous fitness breakout rooms and opportunities to socialize with fellow survivors — all of the elements that make the annual retreat one of our most popular events!

The theme of this year’s Fitness Retreat is: The Best is Yet to Come. Our members have endured so much, but your strength and resilience pave the way for brighter days ahead. We look forward to celebrating the ways in which this extraordinary group of women has continued to push forward with optimism and courage.

Register before January 28th and get a free 2022 TSNW Fitness Retreat t-shirt to wear during the event!

Read below for details. A big thank you to Swedish Cancer Institute for being our Fitness Retreat Main Sponsor!

What to Expect

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How Our Virtual Retreat Will Work

To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, our Fitness Retreat will be virtual for the second year in a row. After you register, you should receive an automated message that your registration was received. Approximately one week before the event, you will receive a retreat update. A reminder email with one link will go out the day before the retreat.

The day of the event, you will click the link and enjoy as many sessions as you are interested in. Have an appointment in the middle of the day? You can leave and come back with the same link.

How Do I Pick My Break-Out Sessions?

You do not need to select your break-out session in advance. You will select your session during the event with the click of a button.

When is the deadline to register?

Your early registration helps us prepare for a successful experience! To receive a free t-shirt with your registration, register by January 28th.

Do I Need to be a Team Survivor Member to Join?
Yes, current membership with Team Survivor Northwest is required to attend. The good news is that it is FREE and takes less than 5 minutes to fill out the membership form! Click here to become a member or renew your membership.
Will the Sessions Be Recorded?

Yes, we know many of you would like to see multiple break-out sessions at the same time or may have to miss an hour of the event. For this reason, we plan to record the sessions and will email the links out the week following the event. We have also asked presenters to share their PowerPoint presentations with us so that you can have access to those after the event.

Fitness Retreat 2022 Schedule

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH

8:00-8:55 PRE-EVENT: Sunrise Yoga with Kendra Hubbell

This morning yoga class will focus on stretching, regaining, mobility, strength, and supporting a healthy immune system, while protecting and strengthening bones and reducing stress. We offer modifications based on individual needs of the student with safety being our number one priority. All Be Well classes are led by a certified yoga teacher who has also completed a 55-hour Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery Teacher Training Program.

*Please have a yoga block or two, and a blanket ready for the class. A stack of books or water bottles can be alternatives. If you need support getting off the ground, please have a chair handy or be near a wall.

9:00-9:10 Welcome: "the best is yet to come"

Join Executive Director, Jennefer Boyer, as we all start this day together with fun, motivation and prizes!

9:10-9:55 Keynote Speaker

To be announced soon.

10:00-10:50 Break-out Session 1: Fitness and art (Click to view)

Bonnie Walchuk and Katie Kapugi, Art Therapy
Learn about the therapeutic benefits of art making. In this session, you’ll experience mind-body art techniques for increasing relaxation, improving health, and reducing symptoms of stress and pain. Enjoy an intro to art therapy, a brief guided imagery meditation, followed by reflective artmaking, supportive techniques, and group discussion.

No art experience is needed to participate. Please bring your curious and experiential selves along with the art materials of your choice. All that is required is paper, pencil/pen, and a surface to write on. You’re welcome to bring colored pencils, markers, or any other art supplies you’d like to explore.

[Low Intensity] Ann Ford, Yoga Sculpt
Boost your metabolism, gain strength, and build muscle. Yoga Sculpt combines light weight training and short bursts of cardio as you stretch and move through yoga poses. Please bring 1 pair of handweights (1-3 lb. as we will be practicing 12 reps), yoga mat or beach towel, and 2 yoga blocks.

[Moderate Intensity] Kris Rooke, Jazzercise 
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[High Intensity] Bootcamp
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11:00-11:45 Break-out Session 2: Speakers (Click to view)

Dr. Lisa Price, ND,  The Cancer Fighting Pantry
Turn food into one of your weapons against cancer. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Price will help you assess your dietary patterns and learn how to build your pantry to be a cancer fighting pantry, based on known mechanisms of action from hundreds of peer reviewed studies. Learn about the three predominant diet types in this country, take a quiz to know under which category you fall, then gain insight into the macro and micronutrients in specific foods that you’ll want to keep in stock.

Courtney Zier, MA, LMHC. “Exploring Changing Identities”
Description coming soon.

Kelley Covington Wood, PhD, ACSM-CEP, CET. 
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11:55-12:55 Lunch with tara bench, founder and editor, tara teaspoon

More information to come.

1:00-1:45 break-out session 3: speakers (Click to View)

David Richman, Author of Cycle of Lives.  
Description coming soon.

SCCA Lymphedema Physical Therapist. Live Well with Lymphedema
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Jennifer Wulff, ARNP. Sexual Health after a Cancer Diagnosis
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1:55-2:45 Break-out Session 4: Fitness (Click to view)

Geetanjali Athanvale, Meditation
Description coming soon.

[Low Intensity] Denise Geroux
Description coming soon.

[Moderate to High Intensity] Sellyna Ehlers, Happy Time is Zumba Time
Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Add to that a diverse selection of music that makes your heart go boom boom boom. As Beto the founder of Zumba says – “Zumba is perfect for everybody and every body!” Bring water, a small towel and one-pound weights (or two water bottles) if you have them.

2:50-3:20 Dr. Julie Gralow

Hear from concluding speaker, Dr. Julie Gralow, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and co-founder of Team Survivor Northwest.

3:20-3:30 Closing remarks

Speakers

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Julie R. Gralow, MD

Julie R. Gralow, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is Professor Emeritus of Medical Oncology and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, having previously served as Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to caring for patients with breast cancer and conducting clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Exercise has long been a focus of Dr. Gralow’s mission. Dr. Gralow is committed to improving the quality of life for cancer patients through education, exercise and diet, and to promoting cancer awareness. She believes that exercise helps women withstand the rigors of cancer treatment and improves their quality of life during and after treatment. She co-authored the book, “Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer.”

Dr. Gralow is co-Founder and Medical Advisory Committee member of Team Survivor Northwest, and has joined Team Survivor members climbing mountains, running, and hiking. Dr. Gralow also founded the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) to support cancer advocacy and education in low- and middle-income countries. She received the 2018 ASCO Humanitarian Award and the 2021 OncLive Giants of Cancer Care Award for Community Outreach/Policy for her work in empowering women cancer patients globally.

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Dr. Lisa Price, ND
Dr. Lisa Price is a licensed Naturopathic Physician with expertise in complementary cancer care, and culinary nutrition during cancer treatment through survivorship. She guides patients in finding the best foods and supplementation that reduce short and long term side effects, as well as advising on which supplements and foods to avoid.

A National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Fellow (2005-2010), she is also an author, radio host, lecturer, and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She studied microbial biochemistry as an undergraduate and as a Master of Science student in New York, and graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University in 1998, with honors in counseling.

As an adjunct faculty at Bastyr from 2003 to current, she has taught a variety of clinical and academic courses including biochemistry to Master of Science candidates in Nutrition from 2012 to 2015. Her classes focus on the physiological effects of nutrients as well as standard biochemistry concepts as they relate to health. She has served as a mentor to students in both clinical and laboratory settings.

She is the co-author of Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery (Demos Health 2015), which sold over 20,000 copies its first year, with current sales of over 45,000. She is also the author of two books published in 2019.

With an NIH research fellow in immunology and oncology, Dr. Price has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts, written many articles on health and nutrition, and has presented her findings at scientific conferences.

For over a decade, Dr. Price has actively served cancer patients and teamed with oncologists in cancer centers in the Pacific Northwest including Swedish Cancer Center, Multicare Cancer Center, Northwest Specialty Clinics in Hematology and Oncology, to deliver excellent, holistic care.

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Courtney Zier, MA, LMHC

Courtney Zier is a Seattle-based psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in working with cancer caregivers and survivors to address the emotional side of a cancer diagnosis. Her work focuses on the importance of self-care, advocacy, and resilience. Courtney recognizes that survivors face a difficult transition into “the new normal” and believes that the effects of cancer do not end when treatment does.

Alongside her private practice, Courtney works with Cancer Lifeline as a support group facilitator and is a frequent speaker for Cancer Lifeline, Kaiser Permanente, and The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Her presentations address the many impacts of cancer on one’s life including: Self-Care for the Caregiver, Fear of Recurrence, Coping with Cancer: Changing Identities, Coping with Cancer: Asking for Help, Coping with Cancer: Managing Stress and Anxiety, Coping with Cancer: Managing Anger and Resentment, Supporting a Loved one with Cancer, Pandemic Fatigue, and Toxic Positivity.

Courtney received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Seattle University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts. She completed her clinical training as an intern with Sound Mental Health, with a clinical focus on case management, group therapy, and milieu therapy as an intern at an outpatient mental health clinic.

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kelley covington wood, PhD, ACSM-CEP, CET

Dr. Kelley Covington Wood serves as research and education manager for Select Medical’s innovative ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program. In this role, she co-develops and manages all ongoing research projects and contributes to clinical development initiatives with a focus on translational research, including the implementation and effectiveness of models of follow up care in oncology, cancer rehabilitation and exercise oncology.

As a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer, Dr. Covington Wood has worked to support individuals with cancer and other chronic health conditions in various community-based and academic clinical settings. In 2017, she co-founded the Fitness Therapy (Fit) for Cancer Program, an ongoing community-based exercise program for cancer survivors at Colorado State University. 

Dr. Covington Wood was trained in exercise physiology at Appalachian State University and Colorado State University, and completed her Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science in 2021. She is published in the fields of cancer rehabilitation and exercise oncology

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tara bench, founder & editor: tara teaspoon

Tara has created thousands of original recipes that inspire people to spend more time in the kitchen and enjoy food with friends and family. She has over 20 years of experience working as a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines. Tara is the author of Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weeknights and Leisurely Weekends, her debut cookbook, and creates delicious recipes and beautiful food styling for magazines, books, television and food brands.

Tara has appeared on the Today Show, the Martha Stewart show, Fox and Friends, KSL Studio 5, the Food Network and other video series, and loves sharing recipes and cooking tips with others on her blog TaraTeaspoon.com. Follow Tara on Instagram @tarateaspoon.

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David richman, Author: cycle of lives

David Richman is a businessman, public speaker, philanthropist, and the author of Cycle of Lives: 15 People’s Stories, 5000 miles, and a Journey Through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer, the proceeds of which are donated to partnered charities. A transformational expert, David has organized a yearly cancer fundraiser since losing his sister to the disease, and today he is passionate about connecting with those who have been affected by cancer.  

Over the last 10 years, David has completed over 50 triathlons, including 15 Ironman-distance triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run), more than 50 runs longer than marathon distance, including several 24-hour runs, running 85 miles in Mexico in the heat of the summer, running 104 miles straight from Santa Barbara to Manhattan Beach, In the process of writing Cycle of Lives, David rode 4,700-miles in just six weeks as he met with and interviewed the participants of the book.

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Jennifer R. Wulff, ARNP

Jennifer R. Wulff is a nurse practitioner in Edmonds, WA with over 13 years of experience. She is affiliated with Swedish Health Services in Seattle. Jennifer Wulff graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine in 2005.

Instructors

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Kendra Hubbell

Kendra first experienced yoga in her early years at various hot yoga studios. She later discovered other styles, particularly enjoying the fusion of vinyasa and hatha she discovered at her home studio, Yoga Bliss, on Mercer Island, WA. Originally from Northern California, Kendra moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington State in the 90’s where she resides today with her husband, daughter, son, and Shitzu-Bichon.

Kendra is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2017 after her first mammogram. A melanoma on her arm was also discovered during this time. She turned to her yoga practice to help her mentally and physically through seven months of chemo and eight surgeries. During that time, she attended regular yoga classes, where she had to figure out how to modify poses around surgeries and treatment. This experience inspired her to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training in October 2019 with the intention to find a way to teach Cancer Survivors like herself. She was so excited to find the Be Well Virtual Teacher Training on social media and completed the program in September 2020.

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Bonnie walchuk, MA, LMFT, ATR

Bonnie is a nationally registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist and who specializes in cancer care, medical trauma, grief, loss, and bereavement, adjustment and transition, and globally mobile populations. Bonnie has over 6 years of oncology experience facilitating therapeutic groups, and individual and family sessions for adults experiencing cancer. Bonnie is a holistic therapist who uses a combination of professional art therapy, psychotherapy, and nature-based modalities to support clients in their healing process. 

Bonnie’s practice is collaborative, supportive, and creative. She values the connectedness between mind-body-spirit and human experiences. Bonnie sees herself a guide living in a philosophy of human kindness and integrity; meeting people where they are at with a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach. Bonnie designs individualized interventions weaving in metaphor, imagery, and artmaking to gently deepen the therapeutic process and meet the needs of each client. 

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kris rooke

I have been a fitness professional for more than half of my life. During my two cancer diagnoses, I found Yoga and incorporated it into my instructor fitness programming. I own a Fitness Franchise in Bellevue, WA, and I’m the Director of Fitness for a National Professional Fitness Coaching Company based out of Seattle. My view on fitness has always been to live my life as an active participant that makes healthy choices keeping my focus on others and being of service. 

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Ann Ford

I am a former personal trainer, current certified group aerobics instructor (AFAA), Registered Yoga Teacher (200 Hours, Yoga Alliance), certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Hakomi Practitioner. I have been teaching yoga since 2001 and have trained with different yoga instructors over the past 20+ years. I am trained in the Viniyoga lineage with additional training in Yogafit, Phoenix Rising Yoga, Senior’s Yoga, Pre/Post Natal Yoga and Power Yoga, Functional Synergy ( Therapeutic Yoga).

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Sellyna Ehlers
Sellyna is an avid dancer and has been dancing all her life. With the introduction of Zumba in the 1990’s, Sellyna found an outlet for her energy and she is passionate about teaching Zumba because it provides people with one hour where they can lose themselves and still get all the benefits of exercise. To Sellyna, Zumba is much more than an exercise class. It provides students with a way to relieve stress, meet new friends and form new communities. Sellyna’s choice of music reflects this too. Sellyna’s journey to teaching Zumba started in Riverside, California and she is certified to teach Zumba and Zumba Gold.

Sellyna has a bachelor’s degree in Women Studies and has a full-time job at the University of Washington as the Director of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion. Before COVID-19, she also taught Zumba at the YMCA, Greenlake Fitness and University Heights Community Center and loves the students and the Zumba community.

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Denise Geroux
Coach Denise is a master personal trainer & owner of Full Spectrum Training Studio, martial arts school owner & instructor, massage therapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner ™ and is the TSNW Triathlon Training Head Coach! She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to clients and students helping them develop greater fitness & self protection skills. Denise uses humor and precise cueing to help each student increase their self mastery by increasing body awareness and understanding optimal body mechanics. Denise teaches with heart and compassion for every student and client.

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