T1D Adult Retreat

Season: Summer
Ideal for: Adults
Location: Sequoia National Forest

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T1D Adult Retreat at Bearskin Meadow Camp

Find connection, education, and FUN!

Join us for an ADULTS-ONLY weekend filled with community, support, and diabetes education at Bearskin Meadow Camp. This conference is for you whether you have t1d yourself, you are a support system for a person with type 1, or you simply want to know more. Come enjoy speakers, activities, camaraderie, and the beautiful outdoors with us!

Operated by DYF, Bearskin Meadow Camp has provided diabetes camp programs for over 80 years. We are the premiere provider of diabetes education and we want YOU to join our community.

Check back here for sample schedule of activities and education sessions!

Featured Speakers

Dr. Justin Altschuler

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Dr. Justin’s life has been shaped by Bearskin Meadow Camp since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. He attended Bearskin as a camper, counselor, program coordinator and medical staff for over 20 years. In 2002 he met his wife (Dr. Sarah) at camp and they now attend every summer with their kids Lukas and Aliza.

In his life outside of camp, Dr. Justin runs a private practice called SequoiaMD, caring for patients with type 1 diabetes, substance abuse disorders, and as their primary care doctor. Patients pay a fixed, monthly fee to be a part of the practice (no insurance), allowing for longer office appointments, increased convience, and more availability via phone, text, and email.

Dr. Justin is excited about continuing the “Bearskin Magic,” and leading DYF’s year-round programs. Dr. Justin is passionate about the sense of community and belonging DYF creates for those affected by type 1 diabetes, and working with children and families to build resiliency. He loves the outdoors, whether that is in his front-yard garden or among the sequoias of camp, racing downhill on skis or skipping stones with his kids.

Dr. Justin leads DYF’s medical advisory board, which is comprised of a phenomenal group of health care professionals from UCSF Benioff Hospitals, Stanford Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente. He feels privileged to follow in the footsteps DYF’s pioneering physicians, Doc, Ellen, and Dr. Mary Simon.

Dr. Lisa Norlander


Lisa works at Stanford in the Pediatric Endocrine Department helping with closed-loop and artificial pancreas clinical trials. In addition, she also works as an emergency room physician in a variety of hospitals in California.

Lisa started volunteering at DYF Programs as a member of the Medical Team over 10 years ago. She continues to attend programs and is a member of DYF’s Healthcare Professional Advisory Board.


Marcela Arregui, MS, PMP

Born and raised in Chile, Marcela used to run camps for children with diabetes there before
moving to the US. In 1992 she visited Bearskin Meadow Camp for the first time, and she
still volunteers at Teen Camp every summer. She has her Masters in Science of
Administration in Recreation and Business from San Francisco State University, and her
Project Management Professional degree from University of California Berkeley.

Marcela now works as the Transition Coordinator for UCSF at the Madison Clinic for
Pediatric Diabetes. It has become her passion to coach young adults and support them in
their dreams and aspirations, as well as to help them with the journey of transition from
pediatrics to adulthood when it comes to diabetes management and its logistics.

Lorraine Stiehl

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Lorraine Stiehl has been a diabetes advocate for 33 years, after marrying a man who has now survived type 1 diabetes for nearly six decades. Last fall, Lorraine and co-author, Dr. Nicole Johnson (Miss America 1999), launched their new book, “What To Do When Your Partner Has Diabetes: A Survival Guide.”

Lorraine advocates for diabetes regulatory, reimbursement and access issues, and regularly represents the diabetes community in the U.S. Congress, FDA, CMS, and CDC. She was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) Council.

Sherri Shafer

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Sherri Shafer has been a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in the outpatient diabetes specialty clinics at UCSF Medical Center since 1992.

She has lectured extensively to medical professionals and public audiences; contributed to healthcare websites and professional publications; and developed dozens of diabetes educational materials.

In 2016 Sherri Shafer received the individual PRIDE award for demonstrating professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence in her career at UCSF. In 2005 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award, through the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

She is the author of “Diabetes and Carb Counting For Dummies” (2017).

Susan Guzman

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Susan Guzman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes.  Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming real-life barriers to living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout the lifespan. Dr. Guzman is passionate about helping to change the conversations in diabetes away from shame, blame and judgment to those based on facts, empathy, and encouragement. She has been part of a joint ADA/AADE effort to address problematic language and messages in diabetes.

In 2003, Dr. Guzman co-founded the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), the first non-profit organization devoted to the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with diabetes.  At BDI, she has served as the Director of Clinical/Educational Services developing and led programs for people with diabetes and their families.  Dr. Guzman integrates empathy, acceptance and practical guidance to help people better utilize their strengths in living life with diabetes.

T1D Sugar Mommas

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T1D Sugar Mommas is a group of moms with Type 1 Diabetes that come together for community building, events, and support.

Sugar Mommas is excited to present a panel of moms at the Adult Retreat to answer questions about family planning, pregnancy, and motherhood with T1D. They can be found on online at https://www.facebook.com/T1DSugarMommas/


Dogs4Diabetics – D4D

Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) is an innovative nonprofit organization that trains assistance dogs to recognize and alert rapid blood sugar changes in people with insulin dependent diabetes. With their astonishing sense of smell, D4D dogs can reliably and accurately alert their partners to rapidly dropping blood sugar even faster than most consumer devices on the market. D4D pairs their Medical Alert Service Dogs with children and adults to help improve quality of life and reduce the risks associated with diabetes.


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