Archive for October, 2012

In September, we hosted the LIVESTRONG Wellness Retreat. This was the third LIVESTRONG weekend retreat to be held at YMCA Blue Ridge as part of the collaboration between the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the YMCA of the USA. You can read about our successful springtime event here!


This fall we welcomed 20 cancer survivors to experience relaxation and renewal in our peaceful mountain setting. Participants were able to share and reflect with other survivors on their personal experiences in battling the disease. The retreat offered spiritual encouragement in the form of art, laughter, and prayer, as well as educational opportunities, including guest speakers and workshops.  The weekend emphasized a holistic approach to wellness, addressing the spirit, mind, and body.  Crafts encouraged self expression and reflection, while hiking allowed guests to be active and experience the inspirational beauty of God’s creation. There was also plenty of time to celebrate life and laughter with fun icebreakers, healing massages, and delicious refreshments.

THANK YOU to all of the participants, staff, and guest speakers who made this event possible!  YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is thankful to be part of this nationwide movement that helps cancer survivors reach their health and well-being goals. For more information on the life-changing impact of “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA”, check out this  video.

Want to join us next year? Contact YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Campus Life Director, Owen Lovejoy, at olovejoy@ymcabra.org to register.

SPRING 2013: Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7, 2013
FALL 2013: Saturday, September 14 – Sunday, September 15, 2013


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