Team Survivor Northwest’s Fitness Retreat registration is now open! Due to the pandemic, this year’s Fitness Retreat will be online and one day only – February 27th. The good news is that this means many more will be able to participate, even from a distance! 

The theme of this year’s Fitness Retreat is: Strong Women LIFT Each Other Up. We all know how hard this year has been and we want to recognize your strength and ability to support each other during this time. We will hear from speakers who will LIFT our spirits and help us to make it through the coming months. We will also LIFT some weights and strengthen our physical bodies with various fitness break-out sessions. And it wouldn’t be the retreat without a chance to socialize with other survivors and LIFT each other, so we will make that happen in an online format.

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 is virtual for the first time in 25 years! After you register, you should receive an automated message that your registration was received. As the retreat gets closer, you will receive all of the links that you will need for the retreat. A reminder email will go out the day before the retreat. 

How Do I Pick My Break-Out Sessions?

This year, you do not need to select your break-out session in advance. You will receive the links for each one and you can select the session that you are in the mood for at that time.

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 20th
To receive a retreat packet in the mail with perks from our sponsors: Register by February 5th
To be able to log in the day of the retreat: Register by February 20th (or until spots are full)

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 takes less than 5 minutes to fill out the membership form! Click here to become a member or renew your membership.

Fitness Retreat 2021 Schedule

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9:00-9:10 Welcome: "Strong women Lift each other up"
9:10-9:55 Sally Edwards, "When was the last time you did something for the First time?"

Doing things for the first time leads to becoming a stronger woman. Why? In some cultures there are three stages to fulfillment called “watch-do-be”. Watch is a spectator activity. Do is the action of moving. Be is the state of finding oneself, well, and happiness. The reason for transitioning, as in the sport of triathlon, from the spectator person to the doing person is more than burning more energy, it is about living a full, healthy and active lifestyle. This special presentation for the Team Survivor Fitness Retreat is to celebrate strong women supporting and lifting each other through each of these three stages.

10:00-10:40 Break-out Session 1: Fitness (Click to view)

[Low Intensity] Lynn Petzold, Mindfulness: The Power of  Pause
Join others in our community to support and encourage a delightful reflective pause. We’ll explore diaphragmatic breath work, body scanning and visualization while gently and compassionately honoring our body and mind. May we be free from pain and danger. May we be healthy. May we be happy. May we be filled with peace.

[Low to Moderate Intensity] Toshiko Aramaki, Get Ready!
After your cancer treatment, you are so excited to go back to your favorite activities. Do not rush! Make sure your muscles and joints are ready for those exercises that you love. In this low-to-moderate intensity class, you will learn how to get better range of motion, good posture, stronger lower body muscles, and stronger abdominal muscles so that you can participate in many activities and classes without getting injured.

[Moderate Intensity] Strength Training
[Details coming soon.]

[High Intensity]
[Details coming soon.]

10:45-11:45 Break-out Session 2: Speakers (Click to view)

Dr. Lisa Price, “Good, Great and Precise Diets through Cancer Treatment to Recovery”

Jennifer Gryniewicz, “Time For YOU: Living a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle”

Dr. Anna Schwartz, “Exercise to LIFT You Up: Cancer Exercise App”
Get inspired and stronger with Cancer Exercise. Learn how the app was developed from personal experience, as a survivor and athlete, and many years of research. The new app provides free custom exercise programs to challenge and inspire you to live a healthier life.

11:50-11:55 Prize break

Let’s gather for some prizes and quick games before lunch!

11:55-1:00 Lunch with Chef Shawntée Cotright

Prepare your lunch at home along with Chef Shawntée Cotright! You will receive an ingredient list before the event. Chef Shawntée will demonstrate some of the principles that Dr. Lisa Price shares in break-out session 2.

1:05-1:50 break-out session 3: Cancer specialists

Meet with specialists specific to your type of cancer or a specific concern. [These topics are based on your response when you register and will be finalized in the coming weeks.]

2:00-2:40 Break-out Session 4: Writing, Fitness (Click to view)

Mary Gomez Camba Writing Workshop
“Stories are what inspire humans to move outside their comfort zone and accomplish great things.” Mary is a master photographer, business coach, and a youth visual storytelling mentor.  She has given a TED talk on the magic of serendipity and how, ultimately, we have the power to write our stories by getting involved and taking action. In this workshop, Mary will share a sneak peek of her upcoming book describing her life-changing experiences and perhaps inspire us – as she was once inspired, to write our survival stories. She will teach basic techniques to help you get started on your own storytelling journey. We all have a story. What’s yours?

[Low Intensity.] Katherine Boury, Yoga
This is a nurturing practice with movement focusing on poses and sequences designed to decrease anxiety and increase lymph node flow. The yoga in this class is gentle and participants can put as much or as little energy into it as they desire. If you have a yoga mat, please have it ready for this class.

[Moderate Intensity.] Denise Geroux
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[High Intensity.] Sellyna Ehlers, Zumba

2:45-3:15 Justice Faith Ireland, "Power Lift your 2021 Life"
3:15-3:30 Closing remarks to Lift you up


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Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN

Dr. Anna Schwartz is world-renowned for her research on the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors. Her research has been funded by National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, and Oncology Nursing Society and industry. She has published over a hundred research publications and books. Her research is a blend of her life experiences and passions: bicycle racing, health promotion and cancer care. She worked collaboratively with YMCA-USA and Livestrong to develop Livestrong at the YMCA, a cancer survivor exercise program. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine Moving Through Cancer taskforce and on the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board. A mentor, educator, survivor: Anna is eager to share her knowledge and experience at this year’s Fitness Retreat, Strong Women LIFT Each Other Up. Her discussion will feature the importance of exercise during and after cancer and how to use the free app, Cancer Exercise.

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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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Sally Edwards, MA, MBA

Sally Edwards is one of America ‘s leading experts in business, exercise science, and lifestyle living. She is a serial entrepreneur, prolific author, professional runner and triathlete. Her passion is to get America healthy and moving. To that goal, she has created two different patented and branded physical activity programs: ZONING™, Fitness in a Blink and HZT, the Heart Zones Training™ system. Her company, Heart Zones USA is a fitness and health technology and wearable devices company.

Sally is a best-selling author with 24 books and 500 articles on health and fitness including the popular books Be a Better Runner and ZONING, Fitness in a Blink. This professional triathlete is a 16-time Ironman finisher, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, and ultra marathoner winning the hundred mile Western States Endurance Run. In 1997, she was a member of the women’s winning RAAM, Race Across America team finishing the race in 7 days.

Today, Sally uses her passion for getting America fit to lead Heart Zones, Inc. She is an example of what she teaches – living an active healthy lifestyle in Sacramento, California with her partner, Estelle Gray and her three dogs – Humor, Lucy, and Jerry.

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Justice Faith Ireland

Justice Faith Ireland is a retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice, a JAMS mediator, and a life empowerment coach. She competed as a powerlifter worldwide for 15 years winning six world championships, seven national championships, and setting 15 world records and 28 American records.

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Chef Shawntée Cotright

Hello, my name is Shawntée (Shawn-tay). I found my love for cooking at an early age with my aunty Annie B. (who was a private home cook and a train cook during the great migration from the South). I began learning traditional southern soul food cooking techniques at the age of 14 years old. Taking care of my family and myself for decades using heritage cooking skills passed down from my aunty until I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the of age 39. Believing that real health does not lie in a pill bottle but starts with the food on your plate I started taking Holistic Health education courses and there I began understanding the food system (how food affects blood pressure, treating hypertension naturally and how to use food as medicine). I also added in nature walks/hikes, mediation, gardening, and spiritual development. After making these lifestyle changes, I was able to be taken off the high blood pressure medication and I have been completely vegan for four years.

Trained in classical culinary and professional plant-based cooking, I am the owner of a vegan pop-up shop and catering company, Food Protection Manager Certified and a State of Washington certified business enterprise. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business.

My intention is to increase awareness of alternatives to meat and dairy products and to equip participants/customers with the knowledge about lifesaving effects of healthful eating.

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Jennifer Gryniewicz

Jennifer Gryniewicz is a Cancer Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer and Health Coach. She is the owner and founder of Time For You Fitness, specializing in supporting Cancer Survivors and their families on their journeys towards health and wellness. She’s a wife and mother of three young adults and has worked in the fitness industry for 11 years. She’s a dedicated community volunteer, inspired by her faith and love of people.

From childhood through young adulthood, Jennifer was an avid runner, biker and swimmer, realizing the positive impact physical activity had on her emotional and physical wellbeing. When her children were very young, she experienced a debilitating benign brain tumor requiring surgery and a long rehabilitation. This experience caused her to reassess how she approached fitness and she learned the importance of asking for help. She also eased up on the unrealistic expectations she had of herself as a wife, mother and athlete, and gave herself permission to take time to focus on her own health and wellness goals. In the process, she became even more passionate about helping others. Today, Jennifer works with Cancer Survivors, empowering them to focus holistically on their own health, regaining physical strength and endurance, improving emotional wellbeing, and creating balanced lifestyles.

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Mary Gomez Camba

“Stories are what inspire humans to move outside their comfort zone and accomplish great things”. Driven by a zeal to merge her passions, visual storytelling and business strategy, Mary founded ‘The Think Visual Project’ to teach founders of small and micro businesses how to bring an idea to life in a more thoughtful and purpose-driven way.

While following her dreams, a serendipitous event persuaded her to redirect her efforts in a wholly unexpected direction. Mary will share a sneak peek of her upcoming book describing her life-changing experiences and perhaps inspire us – as she was once inspired, to write our survival stories.

Mary is a master photographer, business coach, and a youth visual storytelling mentor.  She has given a TED talk on the magic of serendipity and how, ultimately, we have the power to write our stories by getting involved and taking action. Her talk, “You Decide What Happens Next” can be found on YouTube.

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Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO

Ginger Hultin is a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. A nutrition and health writer, she owns Seattle-based concierge nutrition practices, Champagne Nutrition® PLLC and Seattle Cancer Nutritionist where she helps clients optimize their health and wellness with an integrative approach as they navigate their cancer journey. She specializes in vegetarian and plant-based diets, ketogenic diets, integrative/holistic nutrition, oncology nutrition, supplements, nutrition for physical activity and nutrigenomics. Ginger is a graduate of the University of Washington and Bastyr University. She currently serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health teaching master’s level nutrition students and serves as the President for the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. 


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TOshiko Aramaki

Toshiko has been teaching fitness for 16 years. Her experience with being diagnosed with cancer made her realize that there should be more trainers who can understand their clients’ physical challenges and give them appropriate exercises to continue their activities safely and effectively.

Toshiko is a NCSF certified Personal and ACSM/ACS certified Cancer Exercise Trainer®. She has been leading the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA for 11 years and Active Women / Healthy Women classes for TSNW since 2014. She has given lectures about how to regain strength after cancer treatment at various events (Cancer Lifeline, Lymphedema Support Group, Fred Hutchinson’s survivor program and Swedish survivorship program). She understand the physical limitations of a survivor and provides interesting, fun, effective, and safe exercises. As an NPI Certified Posture Specialist, her sessions also focus on the importance of good posture and exercises for posture correction.

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Kim Brasfield

Hello! My name is Kim Brasfield. I have been with Team Survivor Northwest for 15 years. I started with TSNW in 2006 as a Triathlon Coach. I coached and trained the best group of women for four years while helping them accomplish their dreams to do a triathlon. Then in 2015, I was asked to come back to TSNW and be an instructor for AWHW class in Issaquah. I have been with these marvelous and strong women for five years now. They are also the best group of women I have ever coached because of their resilience and determination to move past whatever life throws at them. I absolutely love them as my family.

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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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Katherine Boury

Yoga came into Katherine Boury’s world almost 20 years ago help heal the injuries from a car accident and she has been a regular practitioner ever since. Katherine completed her yoga training and registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200 in 2016. She has done additional training in Yin and Restorative Yoga along with yoga4cancer. She teaches Yin, Restorative, Flow, yoga4cancer and sometimes yoga with puppies.

Katherine believes it is an honor to be teaching yoga and values of the benefit of yoga to strengthen both the body and the mind. She believes that with the continued practice of yoga that which no longer serves us begins to fall away and allows us to live more authentically. Professionally, she has worked in nonprofit communications for the last fifteen years, including ten years of public affairs in disaster response. She is a also a cancer survivor and teaches yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors.

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Lynn Petzold

Lynn Petzold is Leadership Consultant, Sea Kayak/Backpack Expedition Leader, Hatha Yoga Instructor and a member of Team Survivor Northwest. She enjoys mentoring lifelong learners on courageous journeys of self-discovery, especially while in wild spaces.

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