A lot has happened since I wrote my last letter. As I reflect back, I realize my last letter was posted just
as we entered 2020. We were full of hope, with many events and programs planned. Then came March,
2020 and the shutdown. We had to reluctantly cancel all our plans for retreats, fundraisers and follow
up support programs. When things started opening up, we were able to host our first virtual weekend
retreat in Oct, 2020! It was so well received we added several Zoom support group sessions throughout
2020 and 2021. We included a virtual wine and comedy night which was very well received and full of
laughter! We found the need to keep in touch even greater as so many of us had been isolated for quite
a while.

In September, 2021, we were finally able to return to an in-person retreat weekend at Pali Retreat
Center in Running Springs, CA! Of course, there were numerous accommodations and modifications
made for COVID compliance, but the overall impact of the program was wonderful and very well
received by both participants and staff. It was so great to be back to personal, face to face
communications, even with our new purple masks!

Our plan for the rest of 2021 is to host a reunion for the last retreat and also plan a holiday party. For
2022 we have 3 retreats planned. Two new and one grad retreat. We are moving forward confidently
and hopeful of less COVID impact so that we may schedule more educational and support programs to
meet the needs of our graduates and current participants.

We are proud of the Healing Odyssey team and grateful we are able to survive and thrive in these
challenging times. The future is bright at this time as we look forward to reaching all women who need
a fun filled and transformational get away with other cancer survivors. We do understand and recognize
that support is needed now more than ever. We are all working hard to meet these needs. We
appreciate all the support given to Healing Odyssey and look forward to a much brighter and more
connected future!

Donna Farris, LCSW

Healing Odyssey President