T1D Adult Retreat


2021 T1D VIRTUAL Adult Retreat

Join us Nov. 12 – 14, 2021 for our Virtual Adult Retreat!

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Adults ages 18+ are invited to join us November 12 – 14 for a weekend of community, engaging dialogue, and diabetes education sessions. This retreat is for those who:

  • Have type I diabetes and/or know someone who has type I diabetes (T1D)
  • Are adults ages 18 and over
  • Want to gain connection, community, and knowledge about T1D

Retreat sessions will begin in the afternoon on Friday, November 12th and continue through the afternoon of Sunday, November 14th; most sessions will take place between 8am PST and 6pm PST to accommodate other US time zones. A full schedule will be released ahead of time on our website (www.dyf.org) and you can attend as many or as few sessions as you’d like.

Given the virtual format of this program this year, we’re offering this program free of charge. A $50 donation is suggested to support DYF so we may continue offering year-round virtual programs such as this. Donations can be made at www.DYF.org/donate or you can text DYFT1D to 44-321 to donate.

Click here to register today!

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Kaylor Glassman at glassman@dyf.org.


Curious what this year’s retreat might be like? Check out our YouTube playlist to view 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.