Casting for Recovery- Fly fishing retreat

The Peter Mac Men's Shed invites women recovering from breast cancer treatment to attend this 2.5 day fly fishing retreat- 'Casting for Recovery'.

There are limited positions available on this retreat so please register your interest as soon as possible to guarantee your place. 

Run by our partner Mending Casts, the Casting for Recovery retreats are fun outdoor/indoor activities that aim to inspire and energize women recovering from breast cancer treatment through the medium of fly casting. The gentle motion of fly casting can be good physical therapy for increasing the mobility in the arm and upper body.

This FREE and FUN retreat will be held at Ballarat, Victoria on Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 of April 2022.

There is no cost to participants. All meals, accommodation and fishing equipment are supplied. Just bring along your sense of adventure, love for learning new things and the ability to enjoy a little pampering. No fishing experience is necessary. Participants will be taught how to fly cast and how to catch fish by highly experienced and patient fly Casting instructors and members of the Ballarat Fly Fishers Club. Pampering activities include an afternoon with Look Good Feel Better and some nail care.

Program highlights

  • The two-and-a-half-day Retreat is offered at no cost to the participants
  • The retreat incorporates both fly fishing instruction and social support ending with a half day of guided catch and release fishing.
  • 10 Participants attend each retreat. Ages can range from 20 to 90+
  • At least one medical professional, one psychosocial counsellor and a fly-casting instructor are present at each retreat
  • The program is appropriate for women at least 4 months post-surgery, chemo or radiation and who have their doctor’s approval


2-3pm Staff arrive to set up
4pm Participants arrive at Mercure Hotel l - 613 Main Rd Ballarat
4.30-6pm Meet and greet – info about weekend including meeting buddies and Icebreaker with Dr Renata - conference room
6-7pm Meal at Azzuri Restaurant
7:05-9pm Fly tying - conference room

8-9am Breakfast
9:30-11:30am Fly fishing practice session at Lake Esmond Botanical Park
11:30-12pm Drive to Ballarat Fly Fishers
12 -12:40pm Lunch
12:40-1pm Participants Circle
1-2:30pm Walk through Fairyland at the Lake to the Begonia House
2:30-4:30pm Look Good Feel Better
4:30-6pm Fishing on Lake Wendouree
6-7pm Meal – BBQ
7-7.30pm Evening Circle
8 pm Head back to Mercure

8-9am Breakfast
9-9:30am Hand in keys & Check out
10am Fishing at Millbrook Lakes
12:30-1pm Participants Circle
1-2pm Lunch and presentation
2-4pm Fishing (participants’ choice)

Please note: speak to the event organisers about transport to the event

Visit Casting for Recovery Victoria website for more information and call Cherrie from Mending Casts to secure your place- 0410511353