Schedule of Events
Each year the Stowe Weekend of Hope schedule includes hands-on workshops, informational and support group gatherings, retail environments supportive of healing and growth, sporting opportunities and time for relaxation. Inspirational musical events, ecumenical services, and motivational talks are designed to heighten the emotional experience of healing and growth.

The following schedule is from the 2016 Weekend of Hope. Please check back in the Winter for a preliminary schedule for the 2017 event.
Friday, April 29, 2016 – Events at various Stowe locations
8:00 am –
8:00 pm
REGISTRATION
Stop here first to pick up your nametag and other registration materials – all attendees, speakers and volunteers.
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    STOWE VISITOR'S CENTER
    51 Main Street, Stowe Village

  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Registration is closed while we move from the Stowe Visitor's Center to the Stoweflake Resort

  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    STOWEFLAKE RESORT - ATRIUM
    1746 Mountain Road, Stowe
8:30 am -
2:30 pm
FULL-DAY SESSION {pre-registration required}
Hope and Wellness Through Movement for the Mind and Body
LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Atrium
David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach, and Other Instructors. All levels and abilities welcome!
  • 8:30 am — Arrive and Pick Up Registration Packet
  • 9:00 am — Full-Day Session Begins with Welcome and Overview
Back by popular demand! Join us for a full day of healing activities including yoga, meditation, biking, and much more! Pick what's right for you and join us for our Weekend of Hope exercise program. All levels and abilities welcome! Detailed schedule and confirmation details will be emailed to all who sign up for this option on the registration form.
10:00 am -
12:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required}
  1. An Interactive Workshop with True Story Theater ”Stories of Hope"
    LOCATION: TOWN HALL THEATER, 67 Main Street, Stowe Village
    {please note: $10.00 tickets available at the door}
    In this intimate workshop, participants will all get a chance to share stories, help each other draw out the essence of these stories, and simply embody the stories so that people can see their stories and feel deeply heard. Anyone is welcome to participate. This is not a performance, but a way for us to support each other and have fun creatively at the same time.
    True Story Theater performs and teaches a style of improvisation theater called Playback in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. By inviting people to share their stories and transforming them spontaneously into theater, True Story Theater mission promotes social healing. Our events create a respectful atmosphere where every voice can be heard and any story told — however ordinary or extraordinary, difficult or joyful. True Story Theater offers audiences fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.
  2. Don’t Let Cancer Steal Your Joy: How to Live Well Each Day with Cancer
    LOCATION: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, Room: Mozart
    Julia A. Wick, MS, LCMHC, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor; and Ted A. James, MD, MS Surgical Oncologist – The University of Vermont Cancer Center
    This workshop will outline approaches for cancer patients and survivors to enhance daily life and live well in the setting of a cancer diagnosis. Participants will be given tools and suggestions to help reduce the stress and worry that can accompany a diagnosis of cancer and persist years after treatment. Ultimately the goal of this session is to support patients and families seeking to optimize their quality of life as cancer survivors.
    Intended Audience: Cancer survivors and their families.
  3. Heal Thyself Through Writing!
    LOCATION: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, Room: St. George
    {space is limited; survivors only}
    Lynn Morgan, Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
    This workshop will explain how and why writing can help, and will feature three experiential writings. There will be discussion and reading aloud of one's writings after each exercise (not mandatory). Lastly, the session will end with an uplifting short essay. Participants should bring their own pen or pencil.
1:00 pm -
3:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required}
  1. Performance by True Story Theater "Stories of Hope"
    LOCATION: TOWN HALL THEATER, 67 Main Street, Stowe Village
    {please note: $10.00 tickets available at the door}
    Audience members spontaneously share moments from their lives based on a theme. Actors will then instantly portray the heart of each story using improvisational music, movement and dialogue. From this simple interaction, people laugh, cry, share fresh insights, and bond. Our events create a respectful atmosphere where every voice can be heard and any story told — however ordinary or extraordinary, difficult or joyful. Anyone is welcome to share a personal story on the theme of hope. It’s also fine to come just to watch the performance.
  2. The New Norm: After the Buzz
    LOCATION: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, Room: Mozart
    Cindy Sheridan Murphy, Thrive With Cancer Academy, Women’s Empowerment Coach and Cancer Survivor; Debra Lynn Alt, Songstress and Writer
    Our workshop is designed to ease the transition from treatments, to more than just a life of remission and survival, but one of thriving. We offer experiential tools and resources to facilitate an increased sense of purpose and desire for growth and reaching out to others. We engage groups on the emotional, physical, spiritual and financial levels of experience. Music and writing are used to provide personal tools for self-actualization. We guide survivors to create their own vision for the future, inviting attendees to explore levels of awareness about aspects of their disease that can serve as tools for learning and growth. The workshop includes audio visual presentations as well as live music and guided journaling and meditation.
    Intended Audience: Breast cancer is focused, however the principles of the workshop can apply to any type of cancer survivor, particularly with, but not limited to, women.
  3. Writing Your Personal Mission Statement
    LOCATION: TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, Room: St. George
    {space is limited; survivors only}
    Leora Dowling, Lee.Speak LLC, Professor at Community College of Vermont, Cancer Survivor
    Everything changes with a cancer diagnosis; what used to matter or what we thought we had time for may no longer be relevant or possible. Reassessment is an important--and scary—part of the cancer experience. In this workshop we'll discuss why a personal mission statement is so valuable and how to use one to clarify and prioritize the way we spend our time, money and talent during and after treatment. We’ll explore the step-by-step process of creating a document that is unique, useful and inspiring. (The instructions will be based on the ideas and techniques delineated by Stephen Covey in his books.) We’ll also begin the process of thinking, planning and writing a first draft.
4:00 pm –
5:00 pm
OPENING CEREMONY
The official kick-off of the Stowe Weekend of Hope festivities.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Courtyard
6:45 pm -
7:25 pm
“Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show, Presented by the Green Ribbon Retailers
The Green Ribbon Retailers are proud to present the “Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show, beginning promptly at 6:45 p.m. at the STOWEFLAKE RESORT – Pinnacle Ballroom. All are welcome to attend! Come see some beautiful Cancer Survivors model the latest fashion trends from participating Green Ribbon Retailers. The Roundtable Discussions scheduled for Friday evening will begin immediately after.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Pinnacle Ballroom
7:30 pm -
9:00 pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Roundtable and panel discussions will be offered on a variety of topics from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend, and advance registration is NOT required. Survivors, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Join us after you’ve dined in Stowe for informal and informative discussions on your topic of choice. These events will take place at the Stoweflake Resort.
  1. Understanding Your Body After Cancer Treatment: Learning to Read our New “Owner’s Manual”
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Stowe North/South
    Patricia O’Brien, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician, The University of Vermont Medical Center
    Cancer treatments can cause a variety of changes in our bodies, and it takes time to learn to understand our new bodies. Dr. O’Brien will review all the various new things you may feel but not understand after or during cancer treatments. Topics such as “chemobrain”, lymphedema, anxiety, fatigue and the importance of exercise as an important part of healing will all be discussed.
  2. Living With Blood Cancers: Talking With Your Health Care Team
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Green Mountain
    Hosted by David Cranmer, Patient Advocate with the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network
    Learn about and share sources of support for blood cancer survivors. In addition, we will have an interactive discussion about “Talking With Your Health Care Team” with Amy Fox, PA, with Champlain Valley Hematology Oncology.
  3. Young Survivors Panel Discussion
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Beatrice
    Facilitated by Kathleen McBeth, M.A., University of Vermont Cancer Center; Stephanie Spiller, Breast Cancer Survivor; and Sara McHugh, Melanoma Survivor
    At a time in a your life when your friends are talking about college, starting a career or a family, you are dealing with cancer!! This Young Survivor's Group has been supporting one another and would like to reach out and support you. Please join us for a panel discussion with two young women who have been in your shoes and will talk about their experiences with treatment, concerns for the future and how to move forward after cancer.
  4. Updates in Melanoma Therapy
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Executive Boardroom
    Ryan Sullivan, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
    During this presentation, we will review recent advances in the treatment of patients with melanoma. Dr. Sullivan is a clinical and translational researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. He is a member of the Center for Melanoma, Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy, and Center for Immunotherapy. His research focuses on developing novel combinations of targeted and immunotherapies for patients with cancer and to develop blood-based biomarkers to help predict which patients will benefit these therapies.
  5. Breast Cancer Roundtable Discussion
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle A
    Ed Ziedins, M.D. and Daniel Fram, M.D. – Central Vermont Medical Center; Mary D. Chamberlin, MD, Breast Cancer Program, Cancer / Oncology, Hematology, Hematology / Oncology – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

  6. Ovarian Cancer Survivors: Panel Discussion
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle C
    Moderated by Ann Tonachel, long-time Stowe Weekend of Hope participant and ovarian cancer survivor.
7:30 pm –
8:30 pm
NEW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT! (MOVED FROM SATURDAY):
Stowe at Night Guided Lantern Tour: Ghost Stories And History Too!

Carry our candle-lit lantern as you hear entertaining stories of the resident ghosts of Stowe. Hear compelling stories of early settlers and view Stowe’s historic buildings.
OFFSITE: Meet at Stowe Visitor's Center, 51 Main Street, Stowe Village
8:30 pm Evening Social
Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. Live music by Sean “Mad Dog” Madden and Brett “SouthPaw” Sears, a rare mix of folk, rock and alternative sounds.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Charlie B's
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – All daytime events will take place at The Stoweflake Resort (unless otherwise noted). All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required.
7:00 am -
8:00 am
Yoga by Instructors from bodhi & mind yoga
All levels of experience and ability are welcome. bodhi & mind yoga offers physical, mental and emotional support to women in every stage of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The physical practice of yoga is used to maintain energy, strength, and flexibility throughout treatment.
OFFSITE: Trapp Family Lodge Yoga Studio (located on lower level of the fitness center)
7:30 am -
8:30 am
Breast Cancer Survivors Meet & Greet
Hosted by Theresa Lever and Robin Voitle - Kindred Connections Volunteers; and Terry Farkas, Susan G. Komen VT-NH
{pre-registration requested}
Connect with other breast cancer survivors to share coffee and conversation. A healthy and hearty buffet breakfast will be available for a fee of $13.50 (includes tax and gratuity/pay at door).
OFFSITE: Town & Country Resort (876 Mountain Rd)
8:00 am -
4:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk Open STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Atrium
9:00 am -
10:00 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DR. RYAN SULLIVAN, MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
The Dawn of the Immunotherapy Era: The Beginning of the End for Cancer?
Dr. Ryan Sullivan is a board certified in Medical Oncology and an Attending Physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). {more information}
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Pinnacle Ballroom
9:00 am –
4:00 pm
Health Fair & Wellness Expo
Visit with numerous organizations for valuable resources and information.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Atrium & Stowe North & South
10:00 am –
3:00 pm
Reiki Sessions
Ongoing throughout the day on a first-come, first served basis. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Green Mountain Ballroom B.
The Vermont Reiki Association is offering 15 minute complimentary sessions. Reiki helps reduce stress and increase energy. Many cancer patients and others use it as part of their wellness program.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Green Mountain B
10:30 am -
12:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS I
  1. The Three Dragons - The Biology of Change and How your Fear Can Inspire You!
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle A
    George P. Kansas - Author and Survivor
    In this special extended session, survivor, author and coach, George P. Kansas will share insights gleaned from 20 years as a single father, 11 years as a Leukemia survivor and nearly 30 years as a coach to thousands. George's books have been sold around the world. The results of decades of research boiled down into a collection of fundamental principles that have the power to change the way you see everything! Patients, caregivers and survivors all invited to this transformational experience!
  2. How to Keep Your Sex Life: During and After Cancer Treatment
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle B
    David Deciucies, R.N., Copley Hospital
    Discussion of the reasons why sex is difficult for men, women and their partners during cancer treatment. Specifically, prostate cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer, and bladder cancer. The discussion will be lively, somewhat blunt (some people might find it rude). The discussion focuses on men and women's issues.
    Intended audience: All cancer patients and their partners. No children please.
  3. Progress in Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle C
    Cheung Wong, M.D., Director, Gynecologic Oncology; Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine
    This presentation will be co-presented by a clinical oncologist and a basic cancer researcher who collaborate together on research to define new therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer. The topics presented will include information regarding the current clinical treatments for ovarian cancer and the use of genetic testing that has led to new potential treatments for ovarian cancer. Information will be provided about ongoing and new clinical trials for ovarian cancer that are related to these new treatments.
  4. Understanding Your Blood Count
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Beatrice
    David Ospina, The University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center
    Have you ever wondered what a CBC is and what your blood count means? What white cells, red cells, and platelets are? What it means when counts are high or low? Dr. Ospina will explain how to make sense of your blood count. Bring your blood test reports if you have them.
  5. Does No Cure = No Options? No Way!
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Mansfield
    Jonna Goulding, M.D., Director of Palliative and Spiritual Care, The Unviersity of Vermont Health Network – CVMC; Richard Lovett, M.D., Foley Cancer Center, Rutland; Anne Berkowitz, Nurse Practitioner, Hematology Clinic, The University of Vermont Health Network
    Even when there is no cure for your cancer, there are many options for treatment and care. Learn about goals of care conversations, symptom management, palliative radiation, maintenance chemotherapy, clinical trials and more. Discuss these forms of care and your concerns with a palliative care physician, radiation oncologist, and oncology and palliative care certified advance practice nurse.
  6. NEW SESSION! Important Updates in Surveillance of Thyroid Cancer
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Stuart
    Beatriz Tendler, M.D., Associate Professor, Endocrine Neoplasia Clinic, UCONN Heath

  7. Creating a Legacy from Our Everyday Lives
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Green Mountain A
    Claire Willis, LICSW, Co-Founder Facing Cancer Together
    All of us have a need to be remembered, to feel known, to feel that we belonged, that our lives have made a difference and to express our values and love to family and friends. Many of us have prepared legal wills for distribution of our belongings, but what about leaving a record of who we are for our loved ones. Sickness and old age can surface a deep need for making meaning of our lives. Come and explore some creative ways that you can begin to create a legacy for children, grandchildren, friends and colleagues.
  8. Men and Cancer: How Cancer Affects Men Physically and Emotionally
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Winfield's
    Kevin L. Murphy and Jeff Gallahue
    This session will address what cancer does to men physically and emotionally. We will discuss the need for men to seek help, and how to do that in a way that is comfortable and at the same time “manly.” We will exchange our stories, both good and bad.
  9. The Joys and Benefits of Hula Hooping
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Aerobics Studio (Outside, weather-permitting)
    Carol Becker, Physical Therapist and Fitness Hula Hooping Instructor
    Hula Hooping is not only fun but it is a low impact cardiovascular form of fitness with many physical and emotional benefits. Hula Hooping is rejuvenating. It will stimulate all your sensory organs. Carol Becker will teach the basic mechanics of Hula Hooping. You will explore many creative movements with the hoop. You will exercise your core, legs and arms. You should walk out of this class feeling refreshed and with a smile on your face after this fun workout to uplifting music. Hoops will be provided to use in class for all ages and body types. Intended audience: This is primarily an adult focused class. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.
  10. Come Play with On Belay!
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Collins Reception Area (Lower Level near Pinnacle Ballroom)
    Stephanie Beck, Executive Director, On Belay; Kyle Jacoby, Program Director, On Belay
    This session is for kids and families who want to have some fun and take a break from their everyday experience. Join us for fun and games and learn about how On Belay is helping families from all over New England. On Belay provides adventure programs for kids who have or have had a family member with cancer. Come see how spending time laughing and playing can help to ease the tension at home and create opportunities for kids to manage their stress and create resiliency through being part of a community of peers who understand what they are experiencing.
    Intended audience: Parents and kids 8 – 18
  11. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one:one sessions; first-come, first-serve
    {repeated during 1:30 - 2:30 pm; and 3:00 - 4:00 pm session timeslots}
12:00 pm –
1:30 pm
Lunch Break - On Your Own
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS II
  1. The Benefits of Therapeutic Harp Music and Healing Sound During Cancer Treatment and Recovery
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle A
    Margie Bekoff, Self-employed, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner (CTHP)
    As a therapeutic harpist, Margie uses the healing power of music (melody, rhythm, tones, harmony, vibration), to meet the immediate needs of a person on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Music can hold one's attention and alter one's perception of time. Music can unlock tightly held emotions. Expression of emotions relieves anxiety, and enhances the ability to face the stresses of medical treatment. Margie's goal is to create a Cradle of Sound to support the listener in his or her journey of healing (wholeness) and growth.
    Intended audience: helpful for patients and caregivers
  2. Risk and Lymphedema Management for Cancer Survivors
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle B
    Julie Rossignol, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, The University of Health Network Central Vermont Medical Center
    Identify who is at risk for lymphedema, how to help prevent it and how to help manage it at any time during cancer survivorship.
    Intended audience: Any cancer survivor and caregiver
  3. Let Science Guide Your Grocery List
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle C
    Sue Johansen, RD, CD, Dietician at the National Life Cancer Treatment Center Radiology Clinic at Central Vermont Medical Center
    Foods that boost the immune system, the cancer-sugar connection, alternative diets and more - we'll review the science and talk about nutrition that reduces your risk of cancer and cancer recurrence.
  4. Be Alive with Song! Central Vermont's Chorus of Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Beatrice
    Learn songs to be part of the chorus for Sunday’s closing ceremony. Singers of all talent levels are welcome. Singing these easy, upbeat songs will lift your spirits! Led by Theresa Lever, director of Alive! With Song, central Vermont’s chorus of cancer survivors and caregivers, and David Cranmer, guitar accompanist.
  5. Lung Cancer 101: From the Basics to New Ideas
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Mansfield
    Garth Garrison, M.D., Pulmonary Disease Specialist, The Univeristy of Vermont Cancer Center
    This presentation will discuss a wide breath of lung cancer topics targeted to a non-medical audience. There will be an initial discussion on the basics of lung cancer including risks, types of lung cancer, and what the staging system means. A brief discussion on current lung cancer treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy will follow. Last, there will be discussion of new ideas in lung cancer including screening, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.
  6. Supporting Cancer Treatment with Acupuncture
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Stuart
    Joshua Singer, Licensed Acupuncturist, Integrative Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is being seen more commonly throughout our country alongside cancer treatment. This form of medicine can help minimize the potential side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, help recovery from surgery, and manage anxiety during the treatment process. By minimizing the side effects and maintaining appropriate dosing, we can help maximize cancer treatment effects.
  7. Using the Mind to Heal the Body
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Green Mountain A
    Claire Willis, Facing Cancer Together
    Hippocrates wrote: “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This is the essence of mind body medicine. It is an approach to healing that uses the power of thoughts and emotions to positively influence physical health. A diagnosis of cancer will cause the mind to run away into the future with thoughts and fears that often never materialize. It has been said that 50% of the time our minds are in the future, 40% of the time in the past and on a very good day, l0% of the time our mind is where our body actually is. How can we harness the energy of those thoughts, and train our mind to focus on what we need and want it to focus on in the service of our health? Come learn some simple techniques for bringing the mind back to the present, strengthening our capacity for focused concentration, and strategies for reducing our stress.
  8. When Your Spouse Has Cancer: How to Be a Loving Partner and Caregiver During Treatment and Thereafter
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Winfield's
    Kevin L. Murphy
    Kevin Murphy, author of "Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer," chronicles the story of his wife’s cancer, and how they both went down two dark roads and headed towards divorce. This presentation is important for couples, and particularly men, about how to avoid divorce, which occurs at a very high rate among cancer couples. Based on his own experience, Kevin offers tips to couples on how to stay close during this cancer crisis. His talk involves faith, strength, and the absolute miracles that are his two daughters, Elizabeth and Kathleen. Join Kevin for laughter, tears, but most importantly, a message of hope."
  9. The Joys and Benefits of Hula Hooping
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Aerobics Studio (Outside, weather-permitting)
    Carol Becker, Physical Therapist and Fitness Hula Hooping Instructor
    Hula Hooping is not only fun but it is a low impact cardiovascular form of fitness with many physical and emotional benefits. Hula Hooping is rejuvenating. It will stimulate all your sensory organs. Carol Becker will teach the basic mechanics of Hula Hooping. You will explore many creative movements with the hoop. You will exercise your core, legs and arms. You should walk out of this class feeling refreshed and with a smile on your face after this fun workout to uplifting music. Hoops will be provided to use in class for all ages and body types. Intended audience: This is primarily an adult focused class. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.
  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one: one sessions; first-come, first-serve
    {repeated during 3:00 pm-4:00 PM session timeslot}
2:30 pm –
3:00 pm
Break
3:00 pm –
4:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS III
  1. Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancer
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle A
    Laura Colello, The University of Vermont Cancer Center
    Explain the process of genetic counseling, how we look at your family history, and what information we need from you. Describe the indications for genetic counseling and consideration of genetic testing, and describe the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes.
  2. Quality of Life Workshop
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle B
    David Cranmer, Co-founder and President of the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network; and Kathleen McBeth, Clinical Psychologist, University of Vermont Cancer Center
    An exploration of what “quality of life” means during and after cancer treatment. Please join us for an open discussion to further the understanding of, and provide guidance for this important subject. The goal of this session is to learn what quality of life means to you and to help us as we create a document that we can provide to oncology centers as part of the Vermont State Cancer Plan.
  3. PSA: To Screen or Not to Screen
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Pinnacle C
    J. Andrew Dreslin, M.D., Central Vermont Medical Center
    There are professional differences of opinion about the use of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) to screen for prostate cancer. Dr. Dreslin will address this issue and other prostate cancer screening recommendations. He will also educate about prostate anatomy and physiology and speak broadly about prostate cancer and the options for cancer management.
  4. Fertility, Family Building, and Hope
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Beatrice
    Jennifer Brown, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist, Northeastern Reproductive Medicine
    Cancer therapies may include medications that are toxic to the reproductive cells: sperm and eggs. Options for individuals with a new diagnosis of cancer, and options for those who have undergone past therapy may not be commonly understood. Join me for a "101" discussion of fertility and family building opportunities- we will review the procedures, costs, and programs available to support you through the process!
    Intended audience: Any individual of child bearing age/ desire to build their family
  5. What About My Kids?
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Mansfield
    Stephanie Beck, On Belay Inc
    We all know that while one person may be in treatment, it is the whole family that experiences cancer. Without a community of support, our children can flounder. Please join us for a workshop that will access the collective knowledge of the community to explore how we can support our kids through this journey.
    Intended audience: People who have children under 18.
  6. Life Beyond the Cancer Experience: Meaning and Purpose for Survivors/Thrivers and Caregivers
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Stuart
    Sid Falthzik, New Beginnings Beyond Cancer
    Every cancer experience changes the people it touches. For all, it means a new perspective on living life - mentally, emotionally and physically. Some people change careers out of choice or necessity. Some rededicate themselves to their life purposes. However, now you are a new person! Integrating your new perspective and creating a plan based on the new you and your new circumstance takes knowledge and a different process. This workshop is where you get the basics and begin your successful transition. Whether you are a cancer survivor/thriver, caregiver or an after cancer support professional, in this interactive workshop you will learn the basic method for creating your new Life.
  7. Take a Moment for Yourself: Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Green Mountain A
    Roz Grossman MA, The Neshamah Center; Yujing Sun Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The University of Vermont Cancer Center
    Discover the benefits of mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis and promote health and wellness. In this session, participants will engage in several guided mindfulness practices. The workshop will help participants cope with the difficulties of a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone with cancer and be more present in their lives. Current research being done about the benefits of mindfulness for cancer patients will be included.
    Intended audience: All cancer patients/survivors, caregivers and health care providers are welcome.
  8. CANCELLED: Everyday Courage
    Karen Carey, Ruby Red Road

  9. Dance Fusion
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Aerobics Studio
    Vanessa Underwood, Survivor, Cancer Exercise Specialist, CSCS,CPT , Fitness Trainer, Wellness Consultant
    Get Fit, Get Tone, Get Happy! Add a few weights, sing a few songs, add a little Zumba, twist and shout, and have yourself a great fun time, all while getting a good effective work out. No rhythm? No worries, JUST MOVE!"
  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    LOCATION: STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one: one sessions; first-come, first-serve
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
Spreading Hope Through Humor with the Boobie Sisters
The Boobie Sisters have been performing since 2003 at many cancer and women related events. The program will use a combination of songs and stories using laughter as a tool in the healing process. Boobie Sisters are all breast cancer survivors. The goal of the group is to spread hope to those impacted by this disease using songs that bring laughter and inspiration.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Pinnacle A
7:30 pm –
8:30 pm
Interfaith Candlelight Service for Remembrance and Hope
This interfaith service is one of the most poignant elements of the weekend. Through singing, dancing, sharing, and memorial candle lighting, those gathered will honor and remember cancer survivors.
OFFSITE: Stowe Community Church
7:30 pm –
8:30 pm
CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY (MOVED TO FRIDAY):
Stowe at Night Guided Lantern Tour: Ghost Stories And History Too!
8:00 pm -
11:00 pm
DJ Dance Party with Travis Spaulding
$5.00 cover charge to benefit Stowe Weekend of Hope
OFFSITE: Town & Country Lodge, 876 Mountain Road
Sunday, May 1, 2016
7:30 am –
10:30 am
Breakfast Buffet - $20 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
First come, first served; reservations not accepted.
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE
8:00 am Special Mass and Blessing for Cancer Survivors BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH, 728 Mountain Road, Stowe Village
8:00 am -
9:00 am
Yoga by Instructors from bodhi & mind yoga
All levels of experience and ability are welcome. bodhi & mind yoga offers physical, mental and emotional support to women in every stage of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The physical practice of yoga is used to maintain energy, strength, and flexibility throughout treatment.
OFFSITE: Trapp Family Lodge Yoga Studio
9:30 am –
10:30 am
Survivor’s Peace Hike with Prayer Flags!
Led by George P. Kansas and David Dorfman
Join George and Dave, both survivor athletes, for an inspirational and reflective journey as they take a brief hike ending at closing ceremonies. A fitting finish to a great weekend and inspiring beginning to your new life!
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Meet in the main lobby
11:00 am –
12:30 pm
Closing Ceremony & Dedication of Flags of Hope & Healing
Join us and be entertained, inspired and uplifted by world-class performances. The ceremonies will conclude with the remembrance of those we have lost to cancer and with the reading the Lakota Prayer of Healing as we dedicate the Flags of Hope.
STOWEFLAKE RESORT - Pinnacle Ballroom
Horses Healing Hearts and Minds of Cancer
Thursday, April 28, 2016 or Monday, May 2, 2016
THURSDAY
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

MONDAY
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Waitsfield, VT
Thursday is SOLD OUT but limited space is available on Monday. Sign up at: www.eqnimity.com/events.

Horses are exquisite and powerful teachers of healing with an instinctive ability to help you tap into the emotions, feelings, and belief systems that are likely driving your behaviors and steering your life. Through the process of self-discovery, horses can offer you amazing gifts in your healing journey from cancer – ones that can complement and contribute to the physical healing already underway.
  • Learn to listen to your body while accessing the conscious and sub-conscious thoughts and beliefs that influence your decisions
  • Learn how non-verbal communication can help or hinder your relationships
  • Gain a perspective of what’s dominating your decisions – your heart or your mind
  • Receive real-time feedback from a horse on whether you’re in alignment with what you’re thinking, saying, and doing; practice them on the spot
  • Begin to break down old barriers that may block you from living the life you desire
Come participate in the “magic” of horses in this hands-on-learning experience that will begin to transform you from the inside out. Located in an idyllic setting in scenic Waitsfield, VT, just 25 minutes from Waterbury and 40 minutes from downtown Stowe.

EQnimity is pleased to offer complimentary tickets made possible through a grant from the Lloyd Symington Foundation whose focus is on people facing cancer and their loved ones. The foundation provides funding for programs which relieve physical and emotional suffering, enhance overall quality of life, and encourage a deeper connection to each person’s essential nature.

Janis Cooper is a certified Equine-Learning Facilitator who specializes in strengthening leadership skills along with team and individual development for optimum success. Her dynamic programs partner people with horses in an experiential model which increases self-awareness, choice, thought and action. Through unique and powerful equine encounters, she challenges assumptions, changes beliefs, and incorporates mindfulness – ultimately empowering people to live and work with purpose, connection, clarity and IMPACT.
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