Updated: Nov 23, 2023

In the whirlwind of a cancer diagnosis, the imperative need of embarking on a course of treatment can often overshadow the profound journey towards wellness. Yarra Oncology recently hosted a remarkable event titled “Day Retreat for the Soul”, shifting the focus from the rigors of treatment to the holistic concept of wellbeing. This day became a sanctuary for patients and caregivers alike, offering a unique opportunity to pause, breathe, and explore the dimensions of nurturing ourselves that compliment conventional medical intervention. 

The Journey Towards Wellness: A cancer diagnosis is undeniably a life-altering event, prompting individuals to navigate a complex landscape dominated by treatment plans and medical decisions. Wellness, in its comprehensive sense, encompasses not only the physical treatment of cancer but also the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects that contribute to the overall wellbeing of an individual. 

The Catalyst for Wellbeing: Boldly stated, wellness is an intrinsic part of living itself. However, it frequently takes a life-changing event, whether it be a cancer diagnosis or another significant life occurrence, to initiate the initial step towards being well. Yarra Oncology recognised the need for individuals to step back from the intense focus on treatment and provided a space for patients and caregivers to reflect on what being well truly means in their lives. 

                         

A Day of Opportunity and Positivity: “The Day Retreat for the Soul” was designed to offer patients the opportunity to pause, breathe, and reconnect with their inner selves. Participants were able to explore what wellness might look like in their personal journey with cancer, fostering a sense of empowerment and self-discovery. The feedback received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, emphasising the impact of taking a momentary break from treatment to focus on being well. 

Gratitude to the Experts: The success of the retreat would not have been possible without the invaluable contributions of a team of experts. A heartfelt thank you goes to our wonderful Yoga, Breath, and Meditation teacher, Sacha from State of Shanti, whose guidance facilitated a holistic approach to wellness. Additionally, our gratitude extends to the plant-based caterer, Aliza from Shaktifresh, who nourished participants with delicious and health-conscious meals.                                                                                            

                                               

Conclusion: The Retreat proved to be a beacon of hope and positivity in the journey through cancer. This event serves as a reminder that wellness is not only about medical interventions but also about nurturing the soul and rediscovering inner strength. Yarra Oncology is proud to have facilitated a day where patients and caregivers could take a collective breath, step back, and embrace the full spectrum of wellbeing in the face of cancer.