Time tested, evidence based support program for mind, body and spirit
Beat the Odds® Retreat Session Join us for a unique 5-day healing experience! Download the Beat the Odds Retreat Flyer here
Sunday, October 20th to Friday, October 25th, 2013
Beat the Odds® – a Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Program is designed to help patients and their loved ones more effectively deal with different aspects of cancer. The program is inspired by the work of Dr. O. Carl Simonton, radiation oncologist and the pioneer of psycho-oncology. The program is based on modern medical and psychological research. Our focus is on practical skills and strategies to improve quality of life and feeling better NOW that include:
Strengthening vitality, joy and healthy hope
Reducing stress and negative emotions
Advancing capacity for relaxation, mindfulness, imagery and unconditioned awareness
Empowering trust and wisdom of the individual
Converting fear into peace of mind
Symptom management: effectively dealing with fatigue, pain, nausea etc
Bringing balance in activities of life including nutrition, exercise, play and purpose
Improving communication skills and enlarging quality support system
All Faculty Members were close co-workers of the late Dr. Simonton for many years:
Mariusz Wirga, M.D., Medical Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center who has over 25 years of experience in working with cancer patients and their families. In 2004, with his wife Aleksandra, they introduced the successful Beat the Odds® program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Aleksandra Wirga, M.D., Board Certified psychiatrist and expert in cognitive-behavior therapy with over 20 year experience in psycho-oncology and mind-body medicine.
Erin Sommerville, Mind-Body Oncology Coach at Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, cancer survivor with over two decades of experience in mind-body medicine.
The benefits of the retreat include:
Dr. Wirga and his staff are available to help all day every day for individual or family meetings
Focus is on the process in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere
Minimal distractions allow to assimilate new knowledge with little effort and enhanced focus on the healing work
Ample time for personal attention to each participant
Condensed learning experience (5 days instead of 10 weeks) allows the brain to form new associations and deepen insights with a profound healing effect
As each participant offers own perspective allowing for enriched understanding of presented concepts
A unique bond among participants results in healing and invigorating experience as well as sense if camaraderie
Beauty and tranquility of surrounding nature promotes healing and peaceful contemplation
We help participants address religious, spiritual, existential or deeply philosophical dimensions of their lives but our approach is non-denominational. We draw from many religious, spiritual and philosophical traditions BUT PREACH NONE.
Schedule: Program starts Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at 1 pm with registration and concludes at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 25th, 2013. We recommend that you arrive at least an hour early to allow yourself plenty of time for check in and registration.
The retreat is hosted at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275, (310) 377-4867 Fax (310) 541-1176. www.maryjoseph.org. While the place is rooted in Catholic faith, they invite people of all religions and traditions. Conscious effort is made to make everybody feel welcome. Please let us know how we could help you feel that way.
Room and Board:
Per Person/Double for 5 nights with 15 meals: $504.00 (2 people per room)
Per Person/Single for 5 nights with 15 meals: $656.00 (1 person per room)
All sessions (most insurance plans accepted) – please call for prior authorization.
We hope to be able to recover most of the therapy costs from your health insurance. Similarly when in 2004 we started the Beat the Odds weekly sessions, at that time it was novel for insurers but now it is reimbursed by most health plans.
To sign up or for info and insurance prior-authorization please call: 562 427 3897
Surviving Cancer One Healthy Thought at a Time!