From 1997 to 2000, staff at the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation established a retreat program for breast cancer survivors and conducted a pilot study of the retreat's effectiveness.
From September 1997 through October 1998, project staff conducted 10 five-day retreats, which:
- Engaged nearly 200 breast cancer survivors in challenging activities.
- Taught participants techniques for achieving health and wellness.
- Helped participants develop spiritual awareness.
Study participants reported significant improvement in overall adjustments to cancer, body image and overall mental health.