YA Cancer Survivors Retreat-Byron, AUS.

******** Hi Everyone, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE DONATIONS... I am touched by this flow of money and giving. Some people have contributed by bank transfer or cash rather than this website, and I show this by reducing the original target amount of $5600 by that amount. Just wanted to let you know and this seems to be the best way. *************

It's time for another Free SURF LIFE Yoga Surf Retreat for Young Adult Cancer Survivors from Jan. 16-21 in Byron Bay, Australia. I ALREADY HAVE EIGHT YOUNG ADULT CANCER SURVIVORS FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA SIGNED UP FOR THIS RETREAT. IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST RETREAT YET, in many ways.

It's been a year since my last cancer survivors retreat which was at Blueys Beach, Australia.

These retreats are transformational experiences that inspire young adults who have gone through cancer to flow forward in their lives and to make the most of the lessons and gifts that come through cancer, so they can live fulfilling lives. 

So here is my offer for contributors, it's the first time I'm doing it this way, and I'm excited to see what happens:

1) Just chuck in whatever you can: $10, $20: everything helps.

2) Donate AUD$100 and get an e-book (for ipad or computer) of photos and words of wisdom from the partipants, recorded during our retreat experience. And you get a thank you mention in the book.

3) Donate AUD$250 and get a printed photo book with photos and words of wisdom from the participants, recorded during our retreat experience. This would make an inspiring gift... and you get a thank you mention in the book.

4) Sponsor a participant for AUD$700 and receive 3 printed photo books. This is a good option for a business, as you get a thank you mention in the book, and you can give the books to your favorite clients :)

Aside from surfing, yoga and spontaneous adventures, we do a lot of question asking, writing, meditating and discussing on some pretty important topics including life purpose and what is truly truly important in life, what do we want our lives to be about? 

If you want to gain some clarity and perspective and gratitude for your own life I suggest talking with someone who has faced their own mortality, especially at a young age. This book/e-book will be a collection of the most real and inspiring insights from each of these young adult cancer survivors. The book will not be about cancer, but about LIFE, and appropriate for anyone who is asking, "how can I live a fulfilling life?"

I will create and finish the book within a month of the retreat, and you should receive your digital or printed copy by March 4.

Here are some web pages for more info:

Eight participants will come along for a life changing journey... This will be the fifth of these retreats that I've run in Australia. 

There is no charge to the participants (they just have to pay to get there).

I am a cancer survivor myself, I had leukemia when I was 21 years old, and here I am 15 years later... I can tell you that there are many blessings within a cancer experience, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I want to help others facing cancer to be able to say the same thing.

Things will never be the same...

We will be camping in Byron Bay, eating healthy delicious meals, doing a surf lesson most days, and a yoga session most days. Participants don't need any prior surfing or yoga experienced.

The donated money will go towards camping costs, camping equipment rental, meals and catering, art supplies, book printing costs, and a wage for myself.

I handle all of the logistics, booking, fundraising, teach yoga, run the SURF LIFE program, take a lot of pictures, and generally be the most inspiring, open, tuned-in, loving guide I can be.

If you're inspired to support this retreat, that's great, thank you. If you know someone else who may feel good about supporting us, please share this page with them. If you know any young adult cancer survivors, please share the retreat page with them.


Rick Cowley
Byron Bay, Australia


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