Breast Cancer Awareness Day Retreat

about this event

A retreat for those touched by breast cancer: survivors, previvors, and caregivers alike.

Get ready for a day full of yoga, meditation, journaling, and discussions with the experts to inspire a sense of community. This is a path best walked with those who understand and can support wherever you are on this journey. The programming is designed to be suited for all levels. We’ll create an authentic space to find peace amid the chaos that accompanies all that the word cancer implies. The retreat’s yoga practice is specifically designed for breast cancer patients and can be modified to meet individual needs. We will create a safe space for reflection, self-discovery, connection, introspection and sharing.

A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support their efforts and mission to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The NBCF provides early detection screenings, including mammograms, breast health education, and a supportive community.

Package #1: includes all-of-the above + Thermal Hydrotherapy Circuit including a Finnish Sauna, Crystal Steam Room, Vitality Pool, Miami’s only Igloo and more + Beach Access with an umbrella and lounge chair

Package #2: includes all-of-the-above + Thermal Hydrotherapy Circuit including a Finnish Sauna, Crystal Steam Room, Vitality Pool, Miami’s only Igloo and more + Beach Access with an umbrella and lounge chair + a 50-minute massage, facial or body treatment.

Make it a staycation! Use promo code PINK and receive up to 30% off the Carillon Daily Rate for our luxury apartment accommodations through that weekend. Book your weekend stay by clicking here.


Saturday, October 12th 

8:30AM – 9AM Welcome! Juice & Morning Snacks

9AM – 9:10AM Journal Exercise “Why are you here?”

9:10AM – 9:40AM Begin with a Guided meditation: Gentleness

Followed by a special 75-minute Yoga practice led by Lizzy Chiappy, Co-Owner of Casa Vinyasa Miami and Rachel Sanders, Positive Previvor and Certified Yoga Instructor

“Your body hasn’t failed you, but it has changed. Our bodies are constantly changing, with or without cancer. Yoga will help you understand how your body works, what’s new about it, and you to feel good about it. Let’s use every breath and every pose as an opportunity to turn what may seem impossible into a new normal.”

11:05AM Stream of Consciousness Journaling

Pause and begin the change with affirmations. Overcome challenges, obstacles and love yourself with the power of positive reminders. (Ex. If I wasn’t fearful, I would… / I would feel lighter if… / I deserve a medal for….)

11:15AM Non-Reactive Listening One-on-One with Your Neighbor

3 minutes of uninterrupted, non-reactive speaking and listening exchange with silence between. We will have time to connect once you are finished.

12PM –1PM Lunch by The Strand at Carillon Miami’s Executive Chef, Simon Apollonio

1:10PM – 3PM Wellness Your Way – Talk w/ Carillon’s Team of Experts

  • James Stern M.D., F.A.C.S, Cosmetic Surgeon. Chief Plastic Surgeon of Memorial Hospital & Carillon Miami Medical Director
  • Dr. Vladimir Turovskiy, AP, Doctor of Oriental Medicine
  • Edileidis Tarrio, APRN-BC Oncology Nurse Practitioner

“We MUST advocate for ourselves. Self-Advocacy is Self-Love.”

3PM – 4PM Gather Together for A Closing Circle

4:15PM – 4:30PM “Capture Your Essence” Group Photo by Darcy Graf

4:30PM Rest and Revitalize at Carillon Miami

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon by relaxing with a spa treatment, experiencing the thermal hydrotherapy circuit, schedule your complimentary photo portrait, unwind at the beach or any of the four resort pools, refuel with dinner at The Strand.



Rachel Sanders is a BRCA1 positive previvor and a giver of good vibes. She’s Midwest-raised, Miami-based, RYT 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, a world traveler, a senior media sales professional, crazy dog mom and she wants to raise up the community affected by cancer through healing practices.  

As a self-proclaimed ‘Type A’ person, she likes to be in control. At the age of 32 she learned that she was BRCA 1 positive. In September 2018, four years after being diagnosed with this genetic mutation (putting her at heightened risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer), Rachel underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. She also had a preventative salpingectomy to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancers. Both the breast cancer and yoga communities helped in her recovery, emotionally, spiritually and physically. After her surgeries, she realized just how much her body and mind had changed. She continues to emerge as a leader in self-love, encouraging others to accept where they are on their own journey. She feels called to hold space for those affected by breast cancer and to create meaningful connections in the community. 


Lizzy Chiappy is a Miami native who grew up in motion and movement and Co-Owner of Casa Vinyasa Miami. Throughout her years, she moved through dance, cheerleading, and tennis. Her active lifestyle led her to a career in the health and fitness industry in 2010. Lizzy is certified as an E-RYT 500-hour yoga instructor and Pilates instructor through Polestar Pilates and The Pilates Method Alliance. Lizzy also founded Yogalete, a prescriptive yoga program for athletes. Her passion for incorporating yoga into athletes’ trainings, led her into the university classroom, as an adjunct professor teaching an accredited course for the University of Miami. She served as a lululemon athletica ambassador for the Coral Gables, FL community from April 2016 – August 2018. She is dedicated to guiding and growing teachers and students on their journey.