T1D Adult Retreat


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 83 years. We are the premiere provider of diabetes education and we want YOU to join our community.

We can’t wait to bring this program back in person in 2022! Until then, the Adult Retreat will likely remain virtual in 2021.

2020 T1D VIRTUAL Adult Retreat

Our 2020 T1D Virtual Adult Retreat was a huge success!

Adult Retreat

Adults ages 18+ were invited to join for a weekend filled with resources, activities and community. Participants picked and chose which activities they wanted to participate in and had access to the recording library to revisit sessions they missed.

Check out our 2020 program.

Check out our YouTube playlist so you can see all the recordings of our 2020 T1D Virtual Adult Retreat now!
T1D Virtual Adult Retreat Playlist

Past Speakers Include:

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 convenience, 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.

Dana Arnold, MS, RD, CDE
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Dana Arnold has been a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in the Bay Area since 1996. She is the Sr. Clinical District Manager for Medtronic Diabetes covering the Northern California area.  In this role she manages a team of 12 clinical representatives and partners with the sales team to train and support patients, educators and physicians on Medtronic devices and the management of these devices.  Prior to joining Medtronic, Dana worked in the Bay Area in both in-patient and out-patient diabetes education roles at Good Samaritan Hospital, Obstetrix Medical Group and Seton Medical Center.

Dana is a therapy expert on the MM670G and hybrid closed loop pump management.  She is a passionate advocate for persons with diabetes and is inspired to help patients live their best life.  She has volunteered with various local and national organizations and served on the leadership board at the local/regional level for ADA and AADE.

Dana is from New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. She earned her BS degree in Nutrition from Louisiana State University and her MS degree in Nutrition from San Jose State University.  Dana is married to Ken Arnold and they have 3 college age kids, Brendan, Kyle and Megan.

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).

Sarah Hanes
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Sarah works in clinical research at Stanford University and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1988. She attended Camp de los Niños throughout her childhood and has volunteered at various DYF programs since. She started Looping in February 2017 and is active in the T1D DIY space.

Jeannie Hickey, RN, BS, CDE
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Assistant Medical Director for DYF since 2006, Nurse Jeannie first attended BMC as a camper in 1965 just one month after her diagnosis at age 12. Jeannie loves teaching, sharing and encouraging others with T1D so that they can live their lives to the fullest.

Sarah Altschuler, MD

Sarah Altschuler is a Psychiatrist whose work in the community specializes in caring for people living with chronic and persistent mental illness. She first came to Bearskin 16 years ago as a medical student to learn more about the challenges of living with chronic illness and to finally get to go to summer camp. At camp, she met Dr. Justin, then a counselor, and has been coming back to Bearskin ever since. At BMC, she works to help support people living with TID who are also struggling with mental health issues and to build resiliency in the community so everyone can live well no matter what life throws them.

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 their Instagram, @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.