Therapeutic Touch Healees

Week One: Mentorship,  June 11-16 (Saturday dinner-Friday breakfast)

Week Two:Therapeutic Touch as a Path of Consciousness, Healing & Service,  June 19-25 (Monday dinner-Sunday breakfast)

Healees/Patients are invited to apply to either week.  Please note that Healees are not eligible to help on daily staff.

Therapeutic Touch (TT) ,a gentle, evidence based healing modality, was first offered at Camp Indralaya in 1977. Since that time, this healing technique has become increasingly accepted in hospitals and clinics throughout North America and around the world, and a substantial base of formal and clinical research has been developed documenting its efficacy. TT has proven to be effective in a variety of applications and, perhaps more importantly, has played a significant role in broadening the array of acceptable healing modalities available to healthcare professionals as well as to anyone having the desire to help another. The intention of these Therapeutic Touch programs  is to create an opportunity for transformative in-depth healing for the participants as well as to deepen the skill of the TT practitioners.

For over 36 years, healees/patients have been an integral part of the Therapeutic Touch programs at Indralaya. Without their contributions and trust these programs could not succeed. In light of this, a supportive and educational group process is designed specifically for those attending either of the June TT programs as healees/patients. The healee treatment schedule for the first week’s program “Mentorship” is during the afternoon (meditation starts at 1:30 pm). The treatment schedule for the second week’s program “Path of Consciousness, Healing and Service” takes place during the morning after a group meditation at 9:30 am. Lunch ($10) is available for Island participants at either program.

Activities and Experiences for Healees: Healees can apply for either Therapeutic Touch program, benefiting equally from either program and often reporting an increased sense of relaxation and well-being. We recommend participating in our daily comprehensive healee program to promote and deepen your healing process.
The daily program sequence consists of: 1) Group meditation (optional but encouraged) as a way to relax, which can increase the benefits from the TT treatments; 2) Daily Therapeutic Touch treatments from experienced therapists who are furthering their own study and skills; 3) Rest or nap which is highly recommended to deepen the treatment process; 4) A support group to discuss the TT treatment and illness-related experiences; and 5) Optional group experiences that may include: yoga, qigong, relaxation/breath training, stress reduction education, music and art activities and exercises exploring illness and health in creating a more integrated sense of self.

Depending on how much you want to participate, the healee program is about 3-4 hours each day.

Patient Support Facilitators: Facilitators for patient groups have both Therapeutic Touch and qualified counseling experience. They are very familiar with camp life and will be on site during the programs.

Mentorship Facilitator:

mary new web site pictures 008Mary Leslie lives in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada on Vancouver Island. She is a clinical social worker, currently in private practice and has worked in health care for many years. She has been a keen student of TT, mentor and teacher since 1995. She has spent some time every summer at Indralaya since 1997, and has coordinated the Mentorship patient group for several years in the past. She incorporates holistic healing into her clinical practice.



Therapeutic Touch as a Path of Consciousness, Healing & Service Facilitators:

Sally Blumenthal, RN, MFT, first discovered Therapeutic Touch in 1976 with Dolores Krieger and the following summer at Pumpkin Hollow with Dora Kunz. She has been practicing, teaching and integrating TT into her life ever since. She continues to use these TT principles as a therapist in private practice working with people who want to live life with more joy, living with illness, loss, grief and other challenges. Sally also thanks the principles of TT that allow her to be a volunteer with Jacob’s Heart, a local organization for children living with cancer, the chief facilitator for facilitators at the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz and her ability to follow her dreams, searching for and creating more light in the world, having just returned from Lapland and the northern lights.


anne walkerAnne Walker has been a student of therapeutic touch at Indralaya since the mid 1990’s. A social worker in health care for over 20 years, Anne has worked with people who are experiencing life-threatening and chronic illness, grief, pain, stress, loss and anxiety. Anne is committed to bringing humor and compassion to the healing journey and the adventure of life. She is especially interested in Therapeutic Touch, the use of sound in healing and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as ways to empower one’s own healing and the healing of others.



Please complete the online registration form for the week (or weeks) you prefer. Once your registration has been received, you will be sent a confirmation and application form. You will be notified of your final acceptance into the program after this application has been completed.

For additional information or assistance, please call Cordy Anderson RN at 541-870-5627 or email:

Program Fee for either week: $175 

Information on Housing & Meal fees is available here.

Please note: Healees are usually assigned to the Roundhouse and  are not eligible to help on daily staff, with the rate reduced to $75 per night.