Complementary Therapy Resources in North Carolina
All you need is deep within
you waiting to unfold and reveal itself.
All you have to do is be still and take time
to seek for what is within, and you will
surely find it.
Caring House (Charlotte, NC)
Provides home-like environment for emotional support away from the hospital
setting. All services are free and available to anyone. Offers Camp Phoenix
(annual camping retreat for adults with cancer and their families), support
groups, programs on meditation, relaxation, imagery, massage therapy and more.
Services, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)
In addition to financial assistance, wigs and prostheses, and transportation
assistance, this organization offers support groups and wellness programs such
as journal writing, nutrition talks and art therapy.
Health & Humor Association (Durham,
Carolina Ha Ha is an educational service organization dedicated to promoting
humor for a healthy lifestyle and enhanced communication skills. Offers programs
including “The Healing Potential of Humor,” seminars, retreats
and bimonthly newsletter. Founded the Laugh Mobile, therapeutic humor program
for cancer patients at Duke Medical Center.
House Cancer Support Center (Chapel Hill,
Offers a variety of services, including Sharings, a quarterly newsletter, resource
library, support groups, Compassionate Touch, yoga, visualization/relaxation
and educational programs on a variety of complementary therapies. All services
are free of charge, open to cancer patients, family members and friends.
and HEEL Exercise Program (Chapel Hill,
919.962.2021 or 919.843.6045
A free exercise program, offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, that allows breast cancer patients to work with a personal trainer. Available
to 42 women in 2006 from anywhere in North Carolina. Must be able to travel
to Chapel Hill three times a week. (2006 Komen NC Triangle Affiliate Grantee)
Center for Art & Healing (Cary, NC)
Offers several art “playshops,” retreats and programs. Workshops
for breast cancer, including body sculpting, dance, photography and Hands of
Pathways – Life
After Cancer (Asheville, NC)
Counseling center for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Offers “healing pathway” groups, individual counseling, support
groups, and educational programs on a variety of complementary therapies.
Retreats, Camps & Workshops
(North Carolina and Beyond)
for Recovery (CFR)
A non-profit organization that runs fly fishing retreats for women recovering
from breast cancer. CFR two-day retreats encourage social support with lessons
on fly fishing and include forum for participants to explore cancer-related
issues and feelings while lending one another support. Free to participants
and offered in North Carolina since 2002.
(Flat Rock, NC)
Contact: Leslie Verner, Director at 828.213.4656
The camp is held annually in October (2-night, 3-day retreat) for cancer patients & survivors
age 18 or older. Registration fee is minimal. Recreation, education, crafts,
artwork, music therapy, educational sessions, healthy eating & camp support
(Pine Knoll Shores, NC)
Contact: Chaplain Ken Turner at 252.816.4790
An annual 3-day, 2-night retreat, sponsored by Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center,
for cancer survivors (age 18 or older, plus a family member) held each September
at Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Registration fee is minimal. Encourages
listening, learning, family support, educational sessions, side effects management,
healthy eating & creative outlets through use of arts & crafts.
(Lake Wylie, NC)
Contact: Buddy Kemp Caring House at 704.384.5223 or 800.998.HOPE (4673)
Annual 3-day, 2-night retreat for cancer patients, survivors & their family—held
4th weekend of each September at Camp Thunderbird on Lake Wylie. Registration
fee is minimal. The camp offers recreational and social activities, arts & crafts,
yoga, massage, children’s activities, supportive & encouraging interaction
with other cancer survivors.
See this web site for spas across the country that have programs or services
for breast cancer patients and survivors. Other healing spas of note include
Miraval and Sunstone in Arizona, Red Mountain in Utah, and Calluna in Washington.
Dreams & Warrior Women
“Hanging Out” (breastplate) workshops
Works with women with current or past history of breast cancer through collaborative
arts projects, educational programs for healthcare professionals & medical
research. Demonstrates a model for integrating the arts with medicine to promote