Retreat FAQ

How much does it cost?

Our family retreats are offered at no cost to participants.   Travel to and from the retreat is the participant’s responsibility.  This is possible thanks to the generosity of individual, business, and Little Pink Houses of Hope supporters. You can support Little Pink Houses of Hope Retreats by:

  • Supporting our corporate sponsors
  • Cash or in-kind donations
  • Facilitating a corporate sponsorship
  • Introducing others to Little Pink Houses of Hope’s website

What if I am single, can I still apply?


Are we required to participate in all the activities and meals LPHOH provides?

No. The only required events are the opening and closing dinner.

When will we hear if we have been selected?

Rolling applications will be accepted in 2017 until June 13, 2017.  Notification for families who have been accepted will be given 2-3 months prior to their retreat acceptance.  Due to the large volume of applications, we cannot respond to each application.

Where are the retreats being held?

The retreats are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Arizona, USVI, Florida, and California.  We use donations of beach houses from generous donors who believe in our mission.  When necessary, we rent houses to ensure adequate housing for participants and staff.  While the retreats are held throughout the country, our main office is in Burlington, North Carolina.  Click here for 2017 retreat dates.

What services are provided?

Each family is housed in their own housing** and has a refrigerator stocked with all of their breakfast and drink needs.  Common meals are held for lunch and dinner, allowing families to meet and enjoy getting to know other families on the same journey.  During the week, a schedule of daily activities is put together based on local community donations secured.  In the past, activities have included, kayaking, hang gliding, stand up paddle boarding, golf, jewelry making classes, massage, fishing, sailing, concerts, carnivals, etc.  Activities vary at each retreat based on donated services.

** The spring couples retreat will be held in St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  All couples will be housed at the Grand Bay Resort.  Couples will be sharing a unit with one or two other couples.  Each couple will have a private master suite and bathroom.  To view the resort, visit

** The fall couples retreat will be held in a beautiful soundside palatial house in Buxton, NC.  All couples will be housed in the same house with the volunteer couples. Each couple will have a private master suite and bathroom.   To view the house and location for the couples retreat, click here.

What is your criteria for selecting families?

To attend a retreat, families submit an application and medical clearance from their oncology health care team.  The following prioritization is given during the application process:

  • Tier 1:  Applicants who are currently undergoing treatment
  • Tier 2:  Applicants who have finished treatment within the past 6 months
  • Tier 3:  Applicants who have finished treatment within the past 12 months.

What are the requirements for cancer retreat attendance?

  • You are ambulatory
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You are currently a patient who has undergone treatment for breast cancer within the past 12 months under the care of a licensed physician

What does a week at a retreat look like?

A typical week includes:

  • Individual Housing – Each family will have private housing to create an environment that focuses on spending quality time together.
  • Common Dining– Three meals are served each day in a common space. This will allow families a way to meet and build relationships with other families and remove the burden of meal preparation.
  • Morning Programs– Each day, activities are planned for the morning in which individual family members or whole families can participate. Activities are determined by location, available resources and personnel, and participant interest. (Examples of programs: fishing expedition, paddle boarding, arts and crafts, yoga, meditation, fitness class, golf, spa services, beach Olympics, para-sailing, etc).
  • Optional Participation – Families can choose to participate in the morning program on any given day or may choose to reconnect on their own. Participation at Little Pink Houses of Hope is always optional, never mandatory. Our goal is to assist survivors in creating the week that families need to rejuvenate as a unit.
  • Afternoon Enjoyment– Little Pink Houses will not have any programs or activities planned in the afternoon. This is a time to rest, relax on the beach, go on a private outing, meet with new friends – just about anything.
  • Evening Fun– Each night, we will host one activity in which families can participate (examples: date night for mom and dad with babysitting provided, movie night, talent night, bonfire night, etc) Activities are determined by location, available resources and personnel, and participant interest.

I want to come to a retreat, but don’t know if my family can attend for the whole week.  Should I apply?

No.  The week is designed to maximize the ability to use donated properties and services and it would not be fair for you to take the slot of a family that could attend for an entire week.  Please do not apply if your family cannot attend for the entire week.

Who can attend?  Can I bring my in-laws, grandchildren, etc.?

Little Pink retreats can be attended by anyone currently living in the home with the cancer survivor.   Understanding that all families look different and that the cancer journey can change those roles by having a mother or caregiver move in, we want to accommodate those needs.  In special circumstances, we have evaluated individual requests, especially by our single survivors.  The purpose of our retreats is not to serve as a family reunion for extended family.  Please do not apply if this is your expectation.

How much does it cost for a family to attend?  A volunteer?
Retreat families attend at no cost.  They are only responsible for their transportation to and from the retreat. Volunteers not only give a week of their vacation to serve our families, they also have a goal to raise $300 to attend.

What type of donations do you need?
We are looking for family and volunteer sponsors, donations of retreat housing and supplies, auction items, and fundraising event support. Every financial donation is important to us and makes a difference in fulfilling our mission. Please see our Hope Collections Brochure for more details on supply drives!

What is the long term goal for Little Pink Houses of Hope?
Our hope for the future is to have retreat venues that can maximize the number of families who can experience a retreat week.

Is my gift tax-deductible? How do you get your funding?
Yes all financial donations are tax deductible.  Little Pink Houses of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We receive our funding from fundraising events, volunteers, and donations from the public.  The federal tax ID number is 27-3365488.