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Registration Closed. 
Check back in July for our Summer retreat. 

Join our LACNETS Health & Wellness Virtual Retreat on Saturday, February 17th from 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM PST. The theme of the retreat is The Power of Play. Coping with cancer may affect the emotional, physical and mental health of patients and caregivers. We will create a safe space, time for a respite and an occasion to rejuvenate. 


Play is proven to reduce stress levels and promote an overall sense of well-being. It stimulates your brain and can make you more productive. Play also helps to ward off depression and may even improve relationships. Having fun with others can foster empathy, compassion and connection.  


Together we will take a moment to embrace play and the joy and benefits that come with it. This is an interactive wellness meeting tailored for those living with neuroendocrine cancer and/or their loved ones. 


The retreat will take place on Zoom (a two-way stream), meaning everyone will be able to see and interact with one another during the activities. All sessions are designed with a holistic approach addressing all aspects of your well-being. 

Retreat sessions include:


This special biannual event* is offered at no charge to neuroendocrine cancer patients and caregivers.  *Limited spots are available. First come, first served.


Register below by Feb 8th, 2024.


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Frame Drum Specialist

Marla Leigh Goldstein is one of the few female professional frame drummers in the world today. She is a Grammy-nominated percussionist and flautist, and an internationally-recognized educator, performer and composer.  

As a classically trained-musician, Marla began playing at the age of three and never stopped. With a BFA and MFA in Percussion from California Institute of Arts, she studied under the great percussion masters Glen Velez, John Bergamo, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss and Layne Redmond.

Marla is passionate about exploring rhythm from different cultures around the world. She loves bringing people together and sharing through the universal language of rhythm. Marla is CEO of Frame Drum Academy, a global community that currently hosts two signature programs, Frame Drum 101 (Beginner) and Frame Drum 202 (Intermediate) – and is enjoyed by frame drum students from around the world.  She also created her own line of signature frame drums with the Cooperman Company. Marla also serves as an artist and advisor for the #hitlikeagirl Drum Summit. In 2020, Marla released her debut album, Rhythms of Tof Miriam’, featuring exceptional artists, including acclaimed Israeli oudist, Yair Dalal. Timeless but fresh, spicy but rich, mellow but uplifting, comforting but mysterious: That is the Tof Miriam experience! 

Following on from the positive response to this debut, in the winter of 2022, Marla recorded her second album at Onyxstudio, Israel. This new album is crafted with mesmerizing Middle Eastern and Persian soundscapes, infusing flute, strings and hand percussion together and inviting the listener to travel to other worlds. (*release date Winter 2022)

Marla also offers Rhythm & Rejuvenation Retreats”, drumming & wellness retreats at beautiful places around the world. As well as frame drum-focused educational workshops & residency programs for conventions, Yoga Studios, Universities, and Synagogues.  

Marla has offered clinics at events such as Tambouri Mundi Festival in Germany, Zurich Arts Festival NAFDA Festivals in Vermont and New Jersey and California PAS Day of Percussion, Bali Festival for the Arts and Asheville Percussion Festival. 

Marla has shared the stage with incredible artist such as Grammy Winner Percussionist, Glen Velez, John BergamoPandit Swapan ChaudhuriTrichy Sankaran, Poovalar Srinivasaan, Alfred Ladzekpo Nyomen Wenten, Craig Taubman, Josh Nelson, Hand’s Onsemble, Jai Uttal, and Donna Delory.

Marla passionately believes in the power of music to help transform consciousness. As a composer, her music has been featured on Hala Khouri’s yoga DVD, “Yoga for Stress Release”, Janet Stone’s iphone Yoga application, the movie “Bold Native” and “The Cellist.” She was also commissioned to compose music for the University of Kentucky and Brooklyn Middle School.

Marla received a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Flute, Percussion and Composition from California Institute of the Arts, and has also studied at Ali Akbar College in San Rafael and at the Bhavan Center in London, England.



Art Therapist

Angie Ladabouche was inspired to form "Reach heART" in March 2020, went the pandemic began, to offer art lessons for kids through Zoom that combine her passion for the arts and mindfulness (she prefers to call it "presentfulness"). It was her intention to provide a safe space to create, physically and emotionally, in addition to supporting an outlet for social engagement, as well as to encourage a sense of connectedness--to think of and support others in our community through our art.


Her background stems from a degree in technical Theatre (Costume and Scene Design), the entertainment industry, her love for the arts, yoga, sports (both playing and coaching), and being a parent herself. She has a constant thirst for creativity and learning, particularly in the field of social and emotional development, neuroscience, and the various ways we all can cultivate a practice of BEING present. She is now teaching both kids and adults in one-on-one lessons, camps, after-school art classes, adult art classes, and events that include birthdays, team building, friends and family gatherings, and scout meetings. 




Guided Meditation Facilitator

Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC serves as Interim Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and the Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching. She is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Meharry Medical College. Ruth is the Chief Science Officer for eMindful, Inc., is a founding member and was the inaugural President of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. A clinical health psychologist and nationally-board certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), Ruth has over 25 years of experience training and mentoring medical and allied health professionals in behavioral medicine, emotional health and coaching. She also has over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs for medical patients and those at risk for chronic disease.

Internationally recognized for her expertise on mindfulness and health coaching, Ruth studies mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCCAM – now NCCIH, Office of Women’s Health, NHLBI, NIDCD, and NIDDK), the United States Air Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, industry, and philanthropy. Ruth is particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness, behavior change, and inter-professional training.

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Director of Programs & Outreach, LACNETS

Lisa Yen was a nurse practitioner hospitalist for over 12 years prior to her husband’s diagnosis with advanced, metastatic pancreatic NET in January 2015. As a medical professional, a caregiver, and a health coach to NET patients, she brings a unique perspective to LACNETS. 

In her role as Director of Programs & Outreach, she works with the team to plan content for the monthly educational meetings and annual patient educational conference as well as developing programs such as NETCONNECT, the LACNETS Health Coaching Program, the weekly virtual NET support group, and the monthly virtual NET caregiver support group. Lisa also co-created NET VITALS with LACNETS founder Giovanna Joyce Imbesi and City of Hope NET expert Dr. Dan Li. Lisa was the recipient of the 2020 Monica Warner Award. Her passion is to help improve the quality of life for those who have been touched by NET.

Lisa earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1997, a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago in 1998, a master of science in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 2003, and a post-graduate certification in Health Coaching from Vanderbilt University in 2018. She is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), a credential offered in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has been active in community service and has served in medical missions in Kenya and Haiti. Other than her passion for helping people, she also enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and attending theater.

Retreat Registration

By registering, you agree to let LACNETS know at least 72 hours in advance of the retreat

if you are unable to attend. 

Contact us at if you have any questions. 


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