The mission of Goat Peak Ranch Retreat is to serve male cancer survivors ages 18 to 98. We serve any man in remission or currently in treatment for any type of cancer. The services we offer male cancer survivors include Retreats for men with their primary caregivers and men with their immediate families. We provide an emotionally safe, secure and compassionate place for men, their caregivers and families to find healing help.
Goat Peak Ranch Retreat provides a place to relax, heal and connect with other cancer survivors and their families on a deeper level., and allow them to take a mental break from condition by providing accommodations and outdoor recreation activities.
Our vision is for Goat Peak Ranch Retreat to have sleeping accommodations for up to 12 male cancer survivors and their caregivers or immediate families. We dream of building three log home duplexes with two bedrooms, a sitting/dining area and a kitchenette. Additionally, we hope to have several tiny houses that would accommodate two guests.
We plan to build a meeting space that reflects the culture and heritage of Northwest Montana. We would use the space for groups, retreats and a personal space for cancer survivors, caregivers and families to gather and talk openly about their cancer experience.
All structures will aesthetically fit in our small ranch with a log home that is over 100 years old. We imagine a rustic setting for guests to relax, take a break from being patient, and work with family members/caregivers to gain support and understanding and develop a healing attitude about cancer.
Restoration is the primary motivator at Goat Peak Ranch Retreat. Our hope is men will come here and realize they are not alone in the battle for their lives. We want to create an atmosphere of trust and compassion toward cancer survivors, for men to know they are not "damaged goods" because they have cancer and to help restore their dignity as men in the midst of cancer treatments.
Men do not deal with cancer in the same manner as women. Men are hardwired to be strong providers for their families. They are taught from a very early age to be tough and not show emotion. These cultural norms lead men with cancer to withdraw emotionally, often physically, from their loved ones. This can have devastating results on relationships, leaving family members feeling disconnected and emotionally withdrawn at a time when openness and vulnerability would better serve the cancer survivor and their families.