Escape to THRIVE, January 26-30, 2020

The application period for 2020 is now closed.

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What makes Escape to THRIVE different from other conferences?  EVERYTHING!

Escape to THRIVE offers:

  • A small leadership conference in an intimate setting that allows you to naturally connect and collaborate with fellow advocates;
  • Exploration of learning professionally and thriving personally in one experience;
  • Interactive sessions with experts sharing their insights on current and upcoming policies and practices affecting oncology, cancer care, and survivorship;
  • Half days of conference programming, leaving the other half of each day so you can fully experience and build your sense of balance at Miraval

Tentative Agenda for Escape to THRIVE 2020

Please note that the *items have mandatory attendance.


Sunday, January 26

4:00 pm – *Meet the 2020 Escape to THRIVE Advocates

5:00 pm – *Welcome Reception with Sponsors/Partners

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – *Group Dinner with Fellow Advocates

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Alumni Meeting


Monday, January 27

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 8:50 am – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

9:00 am – 11:30 am – Wellness Activities/Classes

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch with Table Discussion Topics chosen by participants

1:00 pm – 4:45 pm – *Survivorship across the Cancer Continuum

  • The history and evolution of survivorship
  • Open discussion and forum on current issues, challenges and support of meaningful survivorship for all
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan and collaboration opportunities?

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner with Networking


7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – *A Fireside Chat on Survivorship


Tuesday, January 28

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 12:15 pm – *Equity and Inclusion in Cancer Care

  • Presentations/Open Discussions
  • Identifying groups that are challenged with equity in cancer care
  • What are the effects of exclusion and benefits of inclusion
  • What can advocates do to increase inclusion in their own organization/efforts
  • Taking the issues home to my organization/community. What is my plan and collaboration opportunities?

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch with Table Discussion Topics chosen by participants

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – *Focus Group Sessions with Sponsors/Partners

2:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Wellness Activities/Classes

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Dinner with Networking/Optional Evening Group Activity

Wednesday, January 29

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 11:30 am – Wellness Activities/Classes

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch with Networking

12:45 pm – 5:00 pm – *Advocacy: Putting Down the Mask

  • An opportunity to explore why you were drawn to advocacy work, your personal experience, and the challenges and rewards
  • Defining a “healthy” advocate. What are my goals?
  • Taking the issues home with me. What is my personal/professional plan?

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – *Final Group Activity and Dinner with Networking


Thursday, January 30

6:30 am – 8:00 am – Breakfast with Networking

8:00 am – 10:00 am – *Reactions and Reflections: Tying It All Together


Wellness Activities/Classes

Learn mindful “life in balance” techniques for combating compassion fatigue and burnout in advocacy work and how to incorporate them into your personal and professional lives. CHALLENGE, IMPROVE AND RENEW with more than 120 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly.

Take a peek at the Miraval offerings here:



  • Full days of talking head lectures;
  • Feeling rushed, with no time to reflect on the material;
  • Having to choose between sessions and missing important information.


  • Half-day workshops that delve deep on critical topics;
  • A small, intimate group of cancer advocates;
  • A setting that naturally lends itself to informal opportunities where genuine connections with those doing the same work come with ease.

Conference Details

Escape to THRIVE 2020 is made possible by our generous sponsors for an all-inclusive fee of just $569*.  An application must be completed and accepted.

Your all-inclusive fee of $569* includes:

  • All 5 days of conference program;
  • 4 nights accommodations (SHARED ROOM*) at Miraval Arizona;
  • ALL MEALS, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day;
  • $200 resort credit (compliments of Miraval) to use toward spa services, private consultations, equine experiences, desert zipline and culinary experiences;
  • 120+ COMPLIMENTARY wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly;
  • Roundtrip transportation from/to Tucson Airport on Miraval scheduled shuttle.

*We will pair you with another advocate in a shared room for the $569 fee.  For a single room, the all-inclusive fee increases to $1,093 and rooms are subject to availability.

Your guest is welcome to join you AFTER (not during) the conference if you elect to extend your stay after January 30. Based on availability, extended stays at Miraval will be accommodated at the group rate (at your own expense). (Makes a great holiday gift!) For more information about extending your stay, email your request to:   Please do not contact Miraval.

Contact for information about group package rates to extend your stay or any questions you have.

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Paying your all-inclusive conference fee:

  • Once you receive an email with acceptance to Escape to THRIVE, your payment of a $100 non-refundable deposit (or $200 for single room) will be due within two weeks of acceptance. You may also elect to pay your fee in full at this time.
  • Payment of the $469 balance (or $893 balance for single room) is due by September 15, 2019, installments are accepted prior to final deadline.
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Should it become necessary for you to cancel your space at Escape to THRIVE, we will refund your payments (less $100 non-refundable fee) if we are able to fill your space with another advocate.

How Escape to THRIVE Compares:


Now in its ninth year, Escape to Thrive was designed by and for cancer advocates. It combines features of a national leadership conference and a restorative retreat where advocates support advocates to continue their work effectively – all with the ultimate goal of improving cancer patient education and outreach. No other conference offers this balance of learning and skills to embrace the WHOLE advocate – professionally and personally.

Advocates representing more than 105 organizations from around the country have attended, and many have participated more than once.

Sponsorship benefits to your company:

  • Time to network with key advocate leaders from organizations representing a variety of cancers. Advocates represent not just a single viewpoint but many voices, issues, and stories;
  • Informal opportunities to discuss issues and topics your company is interested in. Learn the advocates’ perspective through insights, comments, and discussions. Glean much information in a short period of time;
  • Build your company’s network of reliable and capable advocates for the future;
  • Excellent opportunity for key or new company employees to learn about cancer patients and their issues from the “inside” by attending workshops alongside advocates. (Available for select sponsorship levels);
  • Ensure attendance by your selected key advocate or company representative. (Available for select sponsorship levels)

For more information about sponsoring Escape to THRIVE, contact