Weekend retreats are free of charge to all women living life after cancer who are attending for the first time.
Our Three Day Retreat Weekends offer a full schedule of activities that includes basic fly fishing instruction, health and wellness education and F.L.O.W. groups that provide skills for living life after cancer diagnosis and treatment and opportunities for support and connection with other women surviving cancer.
Retreats begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Sunday after lunch. Most women who attend have never held a fly rod… and many have never fished. Fly fishing instruction is simple and fun!!
Fly fishing instructors and river guides are always present to teach and assist. All meals are included and volunteer staff are onsite for the entire weekend. While the retreat schedule has a variety of activities, we encourage women to participate at their own level.
There is plenty of free time built into the schedule. All participants and volunteers will receive a detailed retreat schedule prior to the weekend.
All “graduates” of Casting Carolinas retreats are welcomed into our Alumnae Program that offers on-going opportunities for connection and support!
This amazing short documentary by UNC CH Film Student Sophie Hughett describes Casting Carolinas F.L.O.W. retreats beautifully!
South Carolina Spring:
March 10-12, St. Christophers Retreat Center, Johns Island, SC.
We will begin accepting applications for this retreat January 6, 2023!
North Carolina Spring:
April 14-16, Lake Logan Center, NC.
We will begin accepting applications for this retreat February 10, 2023!
North Carolina Fall:
October 6-8, Lake Logan Center, NC.
We will begin accepting applications for this retreat August 11, 2023!
For more info contact Retreats Coordinator Pat Lautner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Alumnae Retreat weekends are for those who have already attended a regular retreat. Alum weekends feature a more casual schedule, with more time for fly fishing, hiking or just sitting on the porch relaxing! We offer a schedule of optional activities: FLOW Fly Casting, Fly Tying, FLOW groups, etc.
The 2023 Alum retreat at Lake Logan www.lakelogan.org will be limited to 12 participants and 5 staff members. CDC recommendations for COVID safety will be followed. Cost for the 2023 retreat is $190/participant which includes single occupancy lodging and meals. For more info: Jen Alphin, Alum Coordinator: email@example.com or Pat Lautner, Retreats Coordinator: pat @castingcarolinas.com.
2023 Alumnae Retreat: May 19-21, 2023, Wild Acres, NC. Registration opens March 17th.
In May of 2020, we offered our first Virtual Retreat via Zoom. Retreat participants were treated to a full range of our usual retreat activities including: “Find your F.L.O.W. in the Water,” Fly casting instruction via video and live on Zoom, Knot tying, Tying your own flies (participants successfully tied 2 flies with instruction via Zoom), “Fly Fishing all over the World,” F.L.O.W. Skills group.. simple skills to help make life more manageable, a special guest Zoom in, a F.L.O.W. Writing Group and more! Retreat participants receive a special box prior to the retreat containing complete fly tying kit, Casting Carolinas cap and t shirt, knot tying kit, and information about how to “Find your F.L.O.W.” Participants gave the virtual retreat excellent ratings: 100% said the instructors and activities were fun, interesting and informative!
“Learned a lot from the FF all over the world; As a result of attending VR I will: Purchase FF book, plan redfish trip, practice casting and knots, thing more about journaling, apply F.L.O.W. to all parts of my life – it goes with my life verse “Be Still and Know I am God.” ___R. B.
“FLOW writing was fun and worked well virtually and I think it will work great at live retreats; Seeing fishing from so many beautiful places was very enjoyable and Jean Bruun was so interesting; Being new to fishing I learned a lot.