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Program Coordinators:

AR: Sherry Barnhart

OK: Kerri Russell

Casting for Recovery Arkansas – Oklahoma hosted its first retreat in September 2015 at the beautiful River Ridge Inn in Norfork, AR.  Our retreats take women out of a clinical setting and into nature, where they can relax, share their cancer experience with other women, and learn the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats empower women with educational resources, a new support group, and fly fishing, which promotes emotional, physical, and spiritual healing – all at no cost to the participants.

Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Women of any age and any stage of breast cancer treatment or recovery are eligible to apply.

If you have questions, would like more information or wish to make a donation to support the CfR AR-OK Program, please contact Kerri Russell or Sherry Barnhart.

Inaugural Retreat for Native American Women
In October 2017, the CfR AR/OK program hosted a pilot retreat to serve Native American women who have experienced breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Native American women and access to resources is often limited. Women who reside in Oklahoma, affiliate with a tribe, and have received a breast cancer diagnosis are eligible to apply. Building on the experiences from this first retreat, CfR hopes to expand this program to serve Native American women in other areas of the country. Click the pink button on the right to apply.

2018 Retreat Calendar 

September 28-30, 2018
*Apply by July 20, 2018
River Ridge Inn, Norfork, AR

October 19-21, 2018
This retreat is open to any woman in OK who has received a breast cancer diagnosis, especially women who affiliate with a Native American tribe.
*Apply by August 10, 2018
Private venue, Tahlequah, OK

Alumnae Reunion

Details coming soon!


River Ridge Inn Hosts Inaugural RetreatAr OK - River Ridge logo
September 25-27, 2015
The first Arkansas – Oklahoma cancer retreat will be held at the River Ridge Inn in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Located in a beautiful valley in north central Arkansas, River Ridge is the only premier fly fishing destination on the North Fork of the White River. The lodge, chalets and cottages are all on the bank of the North Fork which offers amazing views and abundant wildlife. The beauty and serenity of this private location make it the perfect setting for our retreat!


Sisters on the FlySOTF logo
Many thanks to the Oklahoma and Texas Sisters on the Fly for supporting our inaugural Arkansas/Oklahoma retreat!  Sisters on the Fly is a national outdoor adventure group for women whose slogan is “We have more fun than anyone!”  It’s true, and we appreciate their enthusiasm and generosity. Many thanks to the Sisters on the Fly for their support locally and nationwide!

Catch us on NBC Nightly News and The TODAY Show! Casting for Recovery was proud to be featured in these national segments in August and October, 2015.

Casting for Recovery relies on the enthusiasm and support of its loyal volunteers to plan and staff our retreats, as well as conduct fundraising events. Volunteering will enrich your life and the lives of others with new hope, new skills. Click HERE for an application!

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