Three-Day Cancer Retreat


Led by Charles Leighton

- May 29-31, 2015

Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.


To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.