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.

Here is a "sneak peak" at some of the program highlights for the 2016 Weekend of Hope.
Keynote Presentation
Saturday, April 30, 2016
SATURDAY
9:00 am – 10:00 am


Stoweflake Resort
Dr. Ryan Sullivan, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Ryan Sullivan is board certified in Medical Oncology and an Attending Physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He attended Colby College for undergraduate studies and then matriculated to the University of Connecticut Medical School, graduating in 2001. He first trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and then at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Hematology/Oncology. At the MGH, he is a member of the Center for Melanoma in the MGH Cancer Center. Also, he has an active role at the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center (DFHCC), serving on their Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Dr. Sullivan is an active clinical and translational investigator whose main areas of interest are the development of novel molecular and immune targeted agents for malignant melanoma and other solid tumors, the translation of promising preclinical findings into early stage clinical trials, and the development of predictive biomarkers for investigational as well as standard treatment approaches. He has served and is currently serving as the Principal Investigator on multiple clinical trials including combination regimens for the treatment of BRAF-mutant melanoma, and also is leading a number of biomarker studies in patients with melanoma. He has authored more than 50 research articles, abstracts and reviews in the peer-reviewed literature.
"Stories of Hope": An Interactive Workshop
Friday, April 29, 2016
FRIDAY
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Location TBD
(pre-registration and $10 fee to participate)
In this intimate workshop, participants will all get a chance to share stories, help each other draw out the essence of the story, and simply embody the stories so that people can see their stories and feel deeply heard. Any one 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.
About True Story Theater
True Story Theater was launched in 2001 by director Christopher Ellinger. Our ensemble of 19 multi-talented performers include actors, dancers, singers and musicians. In our “day jobs” we are counselors, administrators, nonprofit directors, radio producers, scientists, researchers and more. Last year we offered 75 performances and workshops in New England for community groups, cancer survivors, veterans, universities, private celebrations, and more.

True Story Theater is a nonprofit theater company that offers over 50 improvisational performances and workshops a year for community groups, businesses, and individuals in New England and California. We work with hospitals, universities, corporations, religious communities… for teen leaders, cancer survivors, activists, philanthropists, business leaders… as well as for weddings, birthdays, and other important private events.

Our mission is to promote social healing through theatre. We perform and teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect and creativity. Volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using 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. True Story Theater offers audiences fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.
"Stories of Hope" performed by True Story Theater
Friday, April 29, 2016
FRIDAY
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Location TBD
(pre-registration and $10 fee to participate)
Audience members spontaneously share moments from their lives based on a the evening’s theme. 4-5 actors 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.
About True Story Theater
True Story Theater was launched in 2001 by director Christopher Ellinger. Our ensemble of 19 multi-talented performers include actors, dancers, singers and musicians. In our “day jobs” we are counselors, administrators, nonprofit directors, radio producers, scientists, researchers and more. Last year we offered 75 performances and workshops in New England for community groups, cancer survivors, veterans, universities, private celebrations, and more.

True Story Theater is a nonprofit theater company that offers over 50 improvisational performances and workshops a year for community groups, businesses, and individuals in New England and California. We work with hospitals, universities, corporations, religious communities… for teen leaders, cancer survivors, activists, philanthropists, business leaders… as well as for weddings, birthdays, and other important private events.

Our mission is to promote social healing through theatre. We perform and teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect and creativity. Volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using 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. True Story Theater offers audiences fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.
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
Space is limited! 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.
Dance Party with DJVU
Saturday, April 30, 2016
SATURDAY
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Location TBD
$5.00 cover charge to benefit Stowe Weekend of Hope
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