Hunt/Fish- The Healing Powers of the Outdoors

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 9.56.50 AMThe Reel Recovery retreat consists of an average of 32 men: 13 men with cancer and 19 volunteers and staff. “The program for Reel Recovery is simple,” explained Robert Bernard, coordinator of the event. “We take men with cancer out fly fishing. They (the participants) get their hotel and meals paid for. We (the program) provide them with all the fishing gear necessary, some fly casting lessons, and a fishing buddy to help them along the way.”

The two-and-a-half day event consists of workshops called courageous conversations where the participants are encouraged to talk about their experiences with the disease, opening and closing ceremonies, fly casting lessons, and three fishing trips: two three-hour trips and one six-hour trip, each time paired with a different fishing buddy.

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