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Organization: Dragonfly Wellness for Women  
Phone Numbers: 905-506-5440
Newmarket, ON
Location: Newmarket
Hours: Offers several retreats per year, call for information
Executives: Manon Labrecque - Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Contacts: Laura Stornelli - Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Service Description: About
A not-for-profit community-based organization devoted to support women affected by cancer on their journey to wellness. Dragonfly provides unique programs that foster self-care and a community of support

Wellness Retreat

Offers wellness weekend retreats four times per year * Three retreats are specifically tailored to the needs of women affected by breast cancer and one retreat is for younger women affected by breast or gynecological cancer * Each of the retreats take place in a beautiful natural setting and provides holistic education through an interactive program that promote self-care * Supports women on their journey by fostering health and well-being through a mixture of nourishing approaches such as hands-on yoga and meditation practices (no experience required); educational workshops on healthy living; facilitated group discussions about body image and sexuality after cancer; a workshop on self-care, and creative arts and outdoor adventures * Weekend offerings include:
  • An intimate setting with skilled professional staff
  • An opportunity to explore unique choices in healing
  • A nurturing environment for mind, body, and spirit
  • Skills and tools for your continuing journey
  • A community of unique supportive women who are going through a similar experience

All women affected by cancer who have completed their treatment in York Region and surrounding area are welcome

S.H.A.P.E is an 8-week exercise program designed for women affected by breast cancer who have completed treatment * Using light weights, participants will safely and gradually build up their strength, energy and stamina as well as improve their range of motion after surgery * This program is offered by Rebecca Wilkinson, a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist with 7 years experience treating lymphedema, and Laura Stornelli, a Breast Cancer Thriver and Certified Fitness Instructor with training on Pilates & Yoga for breast cancer survivors * The team developed this exercise program after the evidence-based model of Strength After Breast Cancer * This intervention has shown to decrease lymphedema exacerbations by 50%; decreases the onset of lymphedema by 70% (among women with 5+ nodes removed); improves body composition, body image, and upper body symptoms; and prevents the decline in physical function that occurs in women affected by breast cancer

S.H.A.P.E Yoga is an 8-week yoga program designed for women affected by breast cancer * The focus is on shoulder function, range of motion and addresses mobility issues caused by scar tissue

Meeting: Women in Strength
Women in Strength is a peer support group for women affected by breast cancer led by a trained facilitator * This program provides a safe place where women can explore the many emotional, social and practical challenges of coping with a breast cancer diagnosis * Members give and receive support and discover strength, hope and comfort in the company of those who share a similar journey * This group is open and meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at 110 Pony Drive, Unit 13a (The Heart Collective) in Newmarket * Participation is free of charge * For more information or to register please contact Lee Lawson at
Fees: Fees vary for the different servies, please visit
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Post treatment breast cancer and gynecological cancer survivors
Languages: English
Area(s) Served:
York Region  
See Also: Cancer and Tumour Support Groups and Organizations

This information was last completely updated on July 20, 2018

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Updated July 20, 2018
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About Us
Dragonfly is a not-for-profit community based organization devoted to inspire, empower and support women affected by breast cancer and gynecological cancer on their survivorship journey through our unique wellness retreats