The benefits of fly fishing for trout could help women who are recovering from breast cancer, according to a report on the BBC TV's 'Breakfast' programme.
The programme featured the first retreat organised by 'Casting for Recovery', a non-profit support and educational programme for women who have or have had breast cancer.
Casting for Recovery says it provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in an attractive, natural setting and learn to fly-fish. It also offers an opportunity to meet new friends and have fun.
Weekend retreats incorporate counselling, educational services and fly-fishing to promote mental and physical healing.
Founded in the US in 1996, Casting for Recovery came to UK and Ireland in 2006 and immediately started planning the first retreat, which took place in mid-September 2007 at the Duncton Mill Fishery in West Sussex (left).
The retreats provide an avenue for social support and group interactions, reducing the feeling of isolation many survivors might have.
According to Casting for Recovery, which relies on local volunteers and organisations to support community based retreats, the dynamics of fly fishing provide a healing connection to the natural world, relieving everyday stress and promoting a sense of calm. Fly fishing techniques also provide a gentle exercise for joint and soft tissue mobility.
The retreats offer a forum for women with similar experiences to meet, learn a new skill and gain a respite from their everyday concerns.
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