Planning is underway for another amazing TSNW Fitness Retreat. Details are being worked out and will be posted as they develop. Check back here often for more information. In the meantime, register soon as this event sold out quickly last year!

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Join us February 2-3, 2019 for the annual Team Survivor Northwest Retreat for Female Cancer Survivors at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island. This year we have many new exciting things in store for you… new classes and fun entertainment.  Spend a fun-filled day and evening on the breathtaking Islandwood campus catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Be prepared to create, explore, learn, move and get motivated.

 We do have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. If you are experiencing financial hardship that would make it difficult or impossible to pay the $150 registration fee, email Dora Lipper at and include the reason(s) for your financial hardship.

Instructor & Speaker Bios


Dr. Steven A. Pergam


Dr. Pergam is an Associate Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Divisions of Clinical Research and Vaccine and Infectious Disease, and an Associate Professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  He serves as the Director of Infection Prevention at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and his research interests involve hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, and infection prevention in immunosuppressed hosts. His group focuses on infection prevention, resistant pathogens, antimicrobial stewardship, and on the development of novel prevention strategies for community and healthcare-associated infections in cancer and hematopoietic cell transplant patients. He has active research projects that evaluate vaccinations, water-borne pathogens, resistant bacteria, respiratory virus transmission, and fungal infections among immunocompromised hosts. Dr Pergam is also a cancer survivor with a strong interest in community engagement and education regarding medical research and science.


Stacey Lei Krauss


Stacey Lei Krauss is the president of willPower productions, llc., and the creator of The willPower Method®. She is an international fitness educator accredited with ACSM, ACE, AFAA, 10 years of dance training and over 20 years in the fitness industry.   A native New Yorker, she built her career in the heart of NYC through the education, prestige, and talent of Equinox and then followed the brand to San Francisco to grow through a broader industry. She’s now based in Denver, CO enjoying the benefits of training in altitude and balanced, holistic living.


Denise Geroux


Denise Geroux is a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach who has helped hundreds of novice & experienced athletes train and prepare for triathlons for over 8 years. Denise Geroux is a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach who has helped hundreds of novice & experienced athletes train and prepare for triathlons for over 8 years. Coach Denise is a HeartZones(tm) Certified Triathlon Coach and trained by Sally Edwards in HeartZones Methods of training with a heart rate monitor and even more importantly how to train her athletes with a compassionate heart. She enjoys bringing innovative methods and humor into her coaching and loves being “in the trenches” with the athletes. When leading a group of athletes, Coach Denise knows how to guide each athlete to improve and strengthen their skills.


Monica Ramey


Monica Ramey is Team Survivor Northwest’s Program and Office Manager. Returning to TSNW this year after having been the Program Director from 2006 through 2012, Monica has 26 years of experience as a personal trainer with certification in cancer and exercise.

Abbe Jacobson

Abbe is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA) and Columbia University (MPA). She is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach, a Certified Brooke Castillo Master Life Coach and Weight Coach, a Certified Body Image and Eating Psychology Coach through the Institute of the Psychology of Eating, a Certified Nutritional Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and and a former ACE-Certified Personal Trainer.

In Abbe’s words, “For the last decade I have dedicated myself as a Health and Life Coach to helping women get fit  – both in body and mind. I also worked hard in my spare time to earn relevant certifications and build a tool set to be a better coach and trainer.I am a health evangelist. There was a point in my life when I would have never uttered those words. I lived on junk food as a kid and my favorite food group was McDonalds. But nothing like a little wake-up call called cancer to help with a healthy makeover. I was diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer shortly after my 35th birthday. That was 16 years ago. I am lucky to be here today.”


Kim Brasfield


Kim Brasfield grew up in a very small town in Iowa. She graduated from a Catholic high school and then went off to college in Missouri for a teaching degree in Physical Education. After graduation, she decided to pursue a personal training certification. In 2001, she moved from California to the beautiful Northwest, at which time she became a personal trainer.  Kim started working for Team Survivor Northwest in 2007 at which time she was a Triathlon Coach. After 5 years of coaching these inspiring women, she resigned my position and pursued my own dreams of doing 3 half ironmans. She has also completed many half marathons, 10 and 5 K’s. In 2015, Kim returned to TSNW and is currently teaching the AWHW class at the Swedish Hospital in Issaquah.


Charlene Wee


Charlene Wee has been practicing yoga since 2004, and teaching alignment-based yoga since 2007.  She has studied extensively under Aadil Palkhivala, and is currently in the 500-hour and 2000-hour yoga teacher training at Purna Yoga College. Charlene has completed Yoga Works’ 200-hour teacher training, and had studied with Erich Schiffmann, Judith Lasater, and Donna Farhi. She has coached dragon boat paddling since 2000, and has worked with a wide range of ages, body types, and abilities, including cancer survivors.


Dora Lipper


Dora Lipper is the Executive Director of Team Survivor Northwest. After completing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, Dora was fortunate to learn about TSNW when a friend invited her to the retreat. This fortuitous introduction gave Dora exactly what she was looking for to reclaim herself. Dora joined the 2017 Fundraising Mountain Climb Team, though she’d never hiked much. The support of the team members gave her the confidence to push through as she learned a new sport and set out for new heights. That involvement led to Dora joining the Dragon Boat Team this year, which cemented her passion for this organization. Her hope is to be able to have as many women as possible experience the recovery of their strength and confidence after cancer.


Terri Morin-Dilts


Terri Morin-Dilts is an 18 year breast cancer survivor. Terri is passionate about educating people on the topic of metastatic breast cancer, the only fatal form of breast cancer, with which she has lived for years. Terri’s positive attitude and proactive approach to her health care serves as a model for anyone fighting a life threatening disease. She lives every day to its fullest and is thriving while surviving. 

Workshop Descriptions

Denise Geroux


Stretch, Flex & Flow – Saturday 1:45pm-2:45pm

Learn & explore fun ways to improve flexibility, balance, shoulder/hip mobility, strengthening with resistance tubing exercises and finish class learning a stress relieving breathing & movement sequence inspired by Chi Gung. All levels welcome! Resistance tubing will be available to borrow.



Stick Fighting from – Saturday 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Experience the dynamic practice of 

Filipino Kali Stick Fighting and learn about the History and culture as you learn immediately interesting and useful self defense with a system that teaches using anything as weapon! All levels welcome! Sticks will be available to borrow.



Kim Brasfield:



High Intensity Interval Training Bootcamp – Sunday 9:30 – 11:00 am


This hour and a half class is fun and great for all levels of fitness. It’s a class that will bring your heart rate up slowly, keep it high for short bursts, then bring it down. We will warm up with some interval cardio exercises, then do some body weight exercises and band work.  After all that heart pumping hard work, we’ll cool down with some core work on the mat and some well needed stretching. 

PLEASE NOTE: Please bring water and a mat if you have one. Hope to see everyone there!!!!



Monica Ramey:


Low intensity:   Origami –  Saturday 1:45 – 2:45 pm


We will start with easy steps and by the time you are done, you will have mastered origami!  I will provide paper and instructions.


Medium intensity:  How to Modify Exercises – Saturday 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Everyone has basic issues, either related to cancer or other issues that are not related to cancer.   We will go over how you can modify exercises to suit your needs and not get hurt. 


Stacey Lei Krauss:


Willpower and Grace – Saturday 1:45 – 2:45 pm


A fusion of postures and drills, this workout is as philosophical is it is physical; a full-body functional workout meets sports psychology. We integrate the smartest and safest Foot Fitness exercises to strengthen your feet and enhance your balance while simultaneously conditioning the entire body and yielding a high caloric burn. This unique workout is fun and interesting for students of all levels. willPower & grace® is an equipment-free group exercise workout created by International Fitness Presenter and Foot Fitness Expert,Stacey Lei Krauss



Sole Training – Saturday 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Over the past three decades, fitness shoe manufacturers have developed technology to provide shock absorption and support for our feet and ankles. We must stop and ask ourselves: how does this technology alter the natural function of the foot?

Unfortunately, advanced support does not allow articulation of our joints and soft tissue. As a shod society, we’ve adapted to less mobility, strength and agility in our our feet and lower legs. We’ve disconnected with our feet!

Dora Lipper:

What is your word? – Sunday  9:30 – 11:30 am

What is your word? The MyIntent Projectis a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive action. MyIntent believes there is purpose inside each of us and they want their efforts to encourage people to share more truth and inspiration. MyIntent is not a jewelry company – it’s a service project focused on meaningful conversations and a community where people support each other living with purpose and passion.


Charlene Wee:

Relax and Renew


Slow down and take the time out to take care of yourself.

This is a gentle, slower paced restorative class.

My intention for this class is to guide you:

Through a gentle, restorative sequence that will allow your body, breath

and mind to relax.

At the end of the practice you will learn an easy meditation technique that you can use

on your own daily.

Bring:  a Yoga mat and a Beach towel

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