|2019 Nelson retreat
At Owen River Lodge in the Owen Valley near
26 - 28 April 2019
|2019 Southern retreat
At Lime Tree Lodge Lodge, Wanaka
26 - 28 April 2019
for the 2019 retreats are now open.
Download the brochure for the 2019 Nelson retreat.
Download the brochure for the 2019 Southland retreat.
Phone 03 528 6289
Phone 021 994 711
|Eligibility and selection
The Casting for Recovery
retreat accommodates 10 participants who have or have had breast
cancer. You need not ever have picked up a rod in your life and
only need to get to the location. Once there, you will be outfitted
with fly fishing gear from head to toe for use for the duration
of the retreat.
The selection of the 10 participants from all
those applying is through a random lottery. The only condition is
that you provide a medical certificate that confirms you are fit
||Retreats are staffed by trained men and women
volunteers. Our fly fishing instructors, medical and hospitality team
are all here to make your weekend one of fun, empowerment and achievement.
You will be immersed in the
world of fly fishing, learning to cast, tie the basic knots and
all about the bugs - what fish eat. On the last day of the retreat,
you'll be in the water practicing catch and release fishing assisted
by our CFR volunteers, whom are passionate fly fishing anglers with
years of experience to share with you.
Note that you are free to participate at whatever
level you feel comfortable and are free to break from any activity.
here to view sample schedule
In addition to your fly
fishing experts, some of whom represent NZ on our National Fly Fishing
team the Silver Flies, you will have a pampering session. This includes:
- Prosthetic advice
- Compression garment fitting
- A resource table that includes lymphoedema
||We provide you with comfortable shared lodgings.
In our gathering area you will find all day refreshments with seasonal
fruit and snacks. Our CFR volunteers will be sharing meal times with
you, taking care of your needs and sharing in your daily recollections.
short video clip and listen to women talk about what the American
programme of Casting for Recovery has meant for them and their families.
See what is involved and hear how this progamme, made possible by
many volunteers and sponsors, has had a profound effect on women
recovering from breast cancer.
||For information about the 2014 retreat read the Nelson Mail article.
|Sponsorship and support
|| As the program is non-profit and offered at no
cost to the participants, CFR relies on the generosity of individual
donors, foundation grants, companies and organizations. If there is
any way you can help with loans or gifts of fishing gear, outdoor
clothing, or any other good or services, please contact Sherrie at
|Become a "River Helper"
Casting for Recovery relies on the generous donation
of goods and services as well as the time and expertise of anglers.
If you would like to be part of this fun and important programme please
check that you are able to fulfill the requirements as laid down in
the "job description"
|Tie some flies
Next time you're at your
fly-tying bench, how about tying some flies that work in your region and send them through to CFR.
All donations will be gratefully received and
Please send flies to:
Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand
63 Kerei St
CFR globally practises compulsory
catch and release and the education of humanely releasing trout
with soft nets and barbless hooks.
CFR also teaches the concept of leaving no footprint
on our pristine waterways and so has been awarded the sustainable
tourism tick of approval.
|Endorsement for CFR NZ
"I heartily support
Casting for Recovery as one of the best programs for breast cancer
survivors that I know."
Susan Love, MD
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
Casting for Recovery was
founded in the USA in 1996 and has its headquarters in Manchester
Vermont. See www.castingforrecovery.org
for more details.
Class of 2015
The Casting For Recovery Class of 2014
The Casting For Recovery Class of 2013
The Casting for Recovery team thank all those
who gave their time and expenses to assist participants
during the retreat weekend.