Guest Article: Reeling & Healing
Fly Fishing Retreats in Michigan for Women Diagnosed With or Surviving Cancer
by Dianne Taylor-Chandler
Celebrating our 20th year and over 110 retreats, Reeling & Healing Midwest provides unique fly-fishing wellness retreats for women 18 years or older diagnosed with or surviving ANY type of cancer. Women in all stages are welcome, from active treatment to 20+ years in remission.
Our mission is to provide participants with a one-of-a-kind experience, on and off the river, which renews their spirit, joy and hope through the combined elements of fly fishing, nature, peer coaching, camaraderie and FUN.
This is a retreat AWAY from cancer! We focus on taking a break from that word and as much of what it entails as possible, by replacing it with fly fishing -- something most likely new, adventurous, challenging and fun. Add in time for yourself, being catered to for 2 ½ days, laughter, and the healing power of nature and water.
Each participant and volunteer who joins in a Reeling & Healing retreat is touched in a way that is truly magic. It happens … every single time, and as a 6-year retreat volunteer/river guide, I’ll vouch for it.
New Participant Retreats for 2017 are scheduled for:
Arrival at Gates Lodge, just outside of Grayling, Michigan on the beautiful and gentle Au Sable River, is between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday; departure is around 1pm on Tuesday.
The cost to attend is only $30 and includes riverside lodging (2 per room), all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, quality fly fishing equipment including waders, hands-on instruction, up to 8 hours of in-stream fishing and support from trained river guides, and more. You will need to purchase a 24-hour fishing license for $10 prior to or upon arrival.
No prior fishing experience is required or expected (really)!! Approximately 95% of the women who participate at our retreats have never fly fished.
We do our best to accommodate dietary requests and physical limitations. You will be expected to participate in learning about fly fishing and trying it out, even if that means you fish from a resin chair placed in the river. So your health status does matter and you’ll want to assess your current physical abilities and stamina, perhaps discussing it with your doctor and our retreat coordinator.
For more retreat information, see Frequently Asked Questions or register to participate or volunteer, visit FishOn.org. Still have questions, email Info@FishOn.org or leave a voice mail at 616-855-4017.
Reeling & Healing Midwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is 100% donor supported and 100% volunteer staffed. It is headed by a former Orvis fly fishing instructor who grew up on the Pere Marquette River.
Come join us! Renew Spirit. Renew Hope. Fish On!