EXPEDITIONS, TREKS & RETREATS
Each pathway to health and wellness is meant to help prepare participants for a life changing journey. Each year iRise Above will select small groups of candidates to participate in one of our three health and wellness journeys, each culminating in a unique outdoor expedition, trek, or retreat based on the mind, body, or spirit.
In 2018 we will venture to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
THE PHYSICAL EXPEDITION
Regular physical activity can help maintain and even improve one’s health during and after treatment. Reducing fatigue, improving long-term health, enhancing psychological well-being, and preventing muscle loss will be the primary focus of this journey. This celebratory outdoor expedition is driven by physical purpose.
THE MINDFUL TREK
Emotional balance is the ability of the mind and body to maintain equilibrium and flexibility in the face of challenge and change. This celebratory outdoor trek is well-suited for those who are challenged by mindful meditation. The journey will focus on letting go of the thoughts that are stress-inducing, enabling participants to achieve objectivity, distance and perspective - a prerequisite for personal well-being and growth.
THE SPIRITUAL/YOGA RETREAT
Spirituality is a broad concept and open to interpretation. In general terms, spirituality is the force behind our ability to be present, to think and plan for the future, and develop a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. As a mind–body discipline, yoga is claimed to offer physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, including improved physical functioning, reduced fatigue, stress and joint pain, as well as improved sleep. Those who practice yoga are better able to manage the physiological and psychosocial side effects often resulting from a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. For those who wish to challenge themselves spiritually, this celebratory outdoor expedition will require participants to develop a deep sense of connectedness to oneself and her surroundings.
Each iJourney will be named after a young woman affected by breast cancer. The first iJourney will be named Laykelyn. Laykelyn is the daughter of Gillian Lichota, the Founder and Executive Director of iRise Above. Though Laykelyn is not yet a woman, one day she will be, and will be impacted by breast cancer. Gillian hopes that Laykelyn will follow in her footsteps, and overcome obstacles she thinks are insurmountable. Gillian challenges Laykelyn to do the thing she thinks she cannot do and dedicates the iRise Above Foundation to her.
In an effort to honor the battles that were fought before ours, all subsequent iJournneys will be named after young women who have been affected by breast cancer. iRise Above will feature their stories and commemorate their contributions to increasing breast cancer awareness.