From Sept. 14-16, B4BC hosted the first ever Ocean ReTreat Yourself for 9 breast cancer survivors from the ages of 26-56 in a beautiful, ocean front house in Encinitas, Calif.
Together with B4BC Wellness Ambassador and The North Face sponsored pro snowboarder Megan Pischke Porcheron, we were excited to offer a weekend focused on wellness, meditation, and being active and healthy through yoga, surf, clean organic eating and life skills workshops on achieving balance and staying grounded in our lives. Some survivors were 13 years in remission, others still going through their last rounds of chemotherapy, but all had much to share with each other and B4BC about their experiences.
We were touched by their stories and are so happy that the women felt safe and comfortable about opening up to each other. Many committed to stay in touch and others realized a new passion in their lives – surfing and yoga!
It was truly a weekend of support, reflection, rejuvenation and fun! And we are incredibly humbled, inspired and thankful to have been a part of the journey. A special thank you to Linda Kennoy, Courtney Noble, JP of Surfin Fire and the Flavor Chef Lance for donating your time and talents as well as hellomellow for their all-natural bath and body blend giftbags. The weekend would not have been possible without the support of The North Face, and we are forever grateful.
Wishing much love and light to you ladies - Allison, Amanda, Cindy, Kimberly, Lorraine, Patti, Ruthe, Sharishta and Vero. Your strength and courage are a true inspiration to us all!
Erika, Megs, Crystal & Team B4BC
Congrats to our dear friend Jodie Nelson, who’s non-profit Paddle With Purpose (PWP) is up for a 2012 SUP Award for Top Philanthropic Effort! Jodie founded PWP in 2010 when she embarked on a historic mission to become the first woman to paddle 39.8 miles from Avalon on the island of Catalina to Dana Point, CA. She did this in honor of a dear friend who was battling breast cancer and graciously chose B4BC and the Keep-A-Breast foundation as her beneficiaries. Not only did Jodie successfully complete the paddle, but her efforts fundraised over $120,000 for our and KAB’s programs! Jodie’s been raising funds and awareness for worthy causes ever since. So please take a minute and click on the link below to swing a VOTE for Jodie & PWP!
Many thanks!! Xo
B4BC x NSP // All of this SUP talk has inspired us to get our NSP-New Surf Project stand up paddle boards set-up for an afternoon paddle today! NSP stands behind our mission of leading an active/healthy lifestyle and have co-branded a collection of B4BC stand ups, as well as a line of B4BC surf boards in their Surf Betty line with a portion of the proceeds benefiting B4BC!
Check out these fantastic boards at http://www.newsurfproject.com/
Be Healthy. Get Active. Ride!
It’s the final day of practice!
Come check out the B4BC SUP Team at their first competition this Saturday in Santa Monica, CA as they STAND UP FOR CLEAN WATER at the 1st Annual Earth Day Festival & Paddleboard Race! B4BC Ambassador Sarah Tiefenthaler from YOGAqua will be representing us along with team members Tommy and Mike. Join the festivities and celebrate Earth Day in the sun just north of the Santa Monica Pier from 9:00am-2:00pm!
For more information on how you can join the B4BC BRGDE and represent B4BC at your next event email BRGDE@b4bc.org.
In light of our Yoga Heals event and Earth Week, you get a two-fer today! We’d like to introduce you to YogAqua, Where the Ocean Is Your Yoga Mat. YogAqua brings the practice and art of a vigorous Yoga flow into perfect fusion with the exciting art of Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP). Students experience all the benefits of Yoga and SUP while practicing under the sun in the beautiful ocean waters off of Southern California’s coast.
Check out this video to see our YogAqua friends in action and maybe it’ll inspire you to bring your yoga mat outdoors this Earth Day weekend!