The Lavender Inn has created a program called InnCourage, a 3-day and 2-night retreat for under-served women undergoing treatment for cancer, mostly referred from various local hospitals/oncology departments across the county. These 3 days are a respite for them from their everyday issues they are dealing which are compounded by the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of having cancer. They are treated to facials, massages, a healthy cooking class, an easy hike, and a session with a make-up specialist or American Cancer Look Good Feel Better make-up instruction program. We have an experienced counselor onsite for the 3 days for one-on-one counseling and group counseling, all optional. Topics covered include self-care, accepting help from others and allowing others to care of you, stress reduction, how to advocate for yourself with medical staff, and relationships with family members. Most importantly, the women identify and support each other for what they are going through. The retreat has proven that the women form a bond, and their testimonies affirm that the retreat is “transformational” in their lives.
The innovative and effective cancer retreat will explore healthy lifestyles with a holistic approach while giving women a time for relaxation, rejuvenation and renewal. On the last day, the family and friends are invited to join them at the Lavender Inn for a reception.
InnCourage – The Ladies of Lavender By Maxine Hurt
Cancer doesn’t take holidays. But for eight survivors, the tranquility of a local inn is just what the doctor ordered.
Talking about life, cancer, and life with cancer. These are not light topics. But when eight women battling the disease spent a few days together at Ojai’s Lavender Inn, a welcome weightlessness checked in. Perhaps their proximity to a flower known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and stress helped. Or maybe it was the opportunity for the ladies to lounge around in their pajamas, like they did back when their worries were much smaller.