2017 Caregivers Retreat


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Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Unfortunately this event is sold out. To be added to the waitlist or to be notified of next year's retreat, please email learning@planinstitutute.ca or call 604-439-9566.

Single Occupancy: $300
(Private room)

Double Occupancy: $450
(For a couple or two individuals wishing to stay together, be that friends or family, with the option of one shared bed or two separate beds.)

Reclaiming Ourselves: A Journey Inwards for Caregivers

This special weekend retreat is designed to support and nourish family caregivers. It offers an opportunity to feel rejuvenated and renewed with a gentle schedule of activities including nature walks, painting and collaging, sharing stories, guided meditation, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. All delicious meals will be included.

Being the primary support for a loved one who is vulnerable or who has a disability can be an all consuming and sometimes overwhelming experience. Some of us feel isolated, exhausted and disconnected from ourselves outside of our caregiving role.

“When I’m not caring for others, who am I?”

Plan Institute invites you to join with other caregiving individuals and couples who are looking for a renewed sense of self and deeper intimacy with their partners, friends and community.

We hope this will be a wonderful break in your busy lives to share rest and rejuvenation with others.


"As Caregivers, we put out so much, and sometimes we need to nurture ourselves before we bottom out.  At the time I went to the Caregiver's Retreat I was hanging on by a thread, and it was absolutely revitalizing.  I would so recommend this retreat to other Caregivers!"

- Carolyn Main, Caregivers Retreat 2014


Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10, 2017


The Bowen Island Lodge www.bowenislandlodge.ca

(Guest shuttle from the Bowen Ferry Terminal available)

    • Single Occupancy $300 
    • Double Occupancy $450 

*Space is limited to 18 participants

Rates are subsidized and include all meals, two nights accommodation, as well as any activities. We are extremely grateful for the generous donations that make this retreat so affordable!

We hope that this opportunity will give you a chance to take a much deserved break from your busy lives, to relax and share the experience with other caregivers. There will be no expectation of you other than to enjoy yourself.


Cathy Anthony is a proud parent of two wonderful adult children.  Her family joined PLAN as young parents, and she truly feels blessed for the journey over the last 32 years which her son Josh has lead her on. What has enriched her has been the connection to families, who have been her mentors, guides and supporters. Cathy has over 25 years of experience supporting and advocating with families who have a family member with disabilities, including facilitating workshops and group discussions. 







Pat Tesan has years of experience supporting and advocating for and with families. Her warm manner and strong listening skills are greatly appreciated by all who know her. Now retired, Pat has provided family support, conducted PLAN orientations, facilitated will and estate workshops and trained PLAN facilitators. Pat and her family are Lifetime Members of PLAN who support their daughter Erin, now a young woman, to live a meaningful life, with a personal support network and individualized staffing through a “Microboard”.

If you have any questions, please contact learning@planinstitute.ca or call the Plan Institute office at 604.439.9566