Cancer Connection offers programs and support free of charge for men, women and children living with a cancer diagnosis, their families and friends. Registration is required, even if you have participated before. You are welcome to attend as many programs as you would like, based on space availability. Priority for our programs is given to those currently in treatment.

Many classes can accept new participants, even if the class has already started. Call today to ask about joining! All programs, unless noted, are held at Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street in Northampton.


Exercise & Physical Activity

Creativity & Healing

Mindfulness and Self Care

Thursday Programs

View our most current program guide by clicking here.

Please note that it is formatted to print on legal-sized paper.


All participants need to provide a note from a doctor every 12 months to participate in vigorous exercise activities, including Rowing & Pilates. Doctor’s notes may be faxed at any time to (413) 280 - 0223.


Exercise and Physical Activity Programs

Music & Movement

with Robin Diamond, MSN

Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16

Drop-ins to this class are welcome!

Improve your well-being and feel connected to others through a combination of balance, stretching, physical movement and creative expression. This class accommodates everyone. No prior dance or yoga experience required.



with Stephanie Moore

Introduction to Rowing

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7 PM, May 13 - June 10

Learn the basics of rowing indoors and then move outside to the Connecticut River. Sweep rowing and sculling will be offered. We will work on strength and conditioning as well as teamwork. Try a new sport and push yourself while having fun! Adapts for all abilities.


Kayak 3/4 Day Trip

Sunday, June 16, starting at 10 AM

We will paddle gently down a local river in recreational and sea kayaks to explore the local landscapes and history. Exact trip will be determined after consulting with participants.


Our Kayak Trips have been so popular we plan to add another during cooler weather. The Fall program guide will be out in early September.


Aqua Aerobics

with Valley Swim School

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 6:45 PM

Monday classes run March 25 - May 20 (no class on April 15)

Wednesday classes run April 10 - May 29

JFK Middle School, Florence

Stretching and low-impact aerobics can be as gentle or as strenuous as you want. Our teacher, Sherry Wingfield, adapts all exercises to your ability and level of comfort. You don't need to get your head wet or know how to swim. Flotation devices and lift into the pool provided.

Pilates: Rebuilding your core strength and balance

with Rosalie Peri, RN, CPT

Saturdays, 9 - 10 AM, March 9 - April 27

Strengthen core muscles in a safe, effective way. Increase joint mobility and the ability to move with less discomfort. Adapts for all abilities.

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Creativity & Healing Programs

NEW Art Program:

Collage Creations

with Valerie Gilman, MFA

Tuesdays, 10 AM - 12:00 PM

March 12, 19 & 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30 and May 7

Wellspring Neurotherapy, Hadley

Surprises happen when you bring a bunch of images or objects together and lay them out just so. They suddenly become playful, meaningful, expressive or funny! This is a class of letting go and following your imagination where it wants to go. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any pictures or objects you would like to incorporate. No art experience needed.


Hands in Clay

with Valerie Gilman, MFA

Mondays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, begins March 4

NEW LOCATION Noho Pottery, Northampton

There is something so grounding and satisfying about crafting a hand made bowl, or pushing the clay around and seeing what sculptural forms are calling to you. Val teaches simple hand building techniques and is flexible and attentive to any technical need so that you can explore at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be kiln firings near the end of the class. 


Spirit of the Written Word

with Pam Roberts

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, begins March 12

Open yourself to the transformational power of writing as a tool for healing and connecting with yourself and others. Pam provides “prompts” (perhaps a word, phrase or object) as inspiration and starting point for writing. Writing within the safe, confidential confines of the group feels therapeutic, but we focus on our writing.


“To Be or Not to Be”

with Bev Boykan

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Greenfield Savings Bank, Northampton

Come join our humble group of people who get together every Thursday to laugh, have fun and enjoy each other’s company through improv. It’s a perfect venue for the non-actor to spend some time letting go to . . . just Be.



with Wendy Sinton

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM through May

Knitting can be meditative, relaxing and a lot of fun. Come learn how to knit and purl at your own pace. This class is appropriate for new or returning knitters. No experience necessary!

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Mindfulness & Self Care Programs

A Mindful Practice for Well Being

with Leslie Smith Frank

Mondays, 4:30 - 6 PM, begins March 25

Cancer Connection, Northampton

This 8-week class is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. The quality and practice of mindfulness can open you to a greater sense of connection to your inner life and the life around you, as well as a calmness that will help you better cope with stress, pain, illness and worry. Yoga exercises, meditation skills and audio recording for home practice included.


Monthly Mindfulness Practice

with Leslie Smith Frank

Mondays, 6:30 - 8 PM

March 4, April 1, May 6

This group is for those who have completed a mindfulness class at Cancer Connection - or elsewhere - and wish to refresh their skills and practice mindful meditation with others.


Farm Retreat at High Horse Hill

with Katey Grey

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Rain Date is Sunday, June 23)

Visit the therapy horses and the organic garden at this magical hilltop farm. Bring your own lunch. There is no riding in this program. This program requires a special doctor’s note; please call for information on this.  


Self-Care Reiki Level One Training

Saturday, April 13, 12 - 4 PM AND Saturdays, April 27 and May 11, 1 - 4 PM

*Must be able to attend all classes. *Please register by Monday, April 1.

with Nancy Carter-Price, Usui/Tibetan & Karuan Reiki Master/Teacher and

Kyle Ricci, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master/Teacher

Learn how to give Reiki to yourself. Reiki is an amazing tool for the overall health benefits it has to offer the patient and the caregiver. Reiki can reduce stress, anxiety and the negative effects of treatments. Caregivers/support people can replenish their vitality, allowing for more clear focus and more energy for their caregiving role.


Listening Skills

Saturday, March 23 & Saturday, April 6,  1:00 - 3:30 PM

*Please register by March 15 and plan to attend both sessions.

with Cancer Connection staff

Learn what is involved in providing informed and empathetic support for people affected by cancer. We will teach you basic listening skills and provide opportunities to practice with other participants. A packet of readings will be provided.


Death Cafe

Sunday, May 5, 2 - 4 PM

with Sarah Malzone

Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst

For our third Death Cafe, we will meet in the Wildwood Cemetery farmhouse to discuss death in an open, non-religious atmosphere. Tea and snacks provided.


Self-Care Skills and Support

*Now on Wednesdays

with Linda Tumbarello, LMHC

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Linda provides guidance to kindly reconnect and care for yourself during and after treatment. Each meeting includes a guided relaxation to regain comfort and ease in your body and time to share mutual support and helpful resources. Suitable for those in treatment as well as those who have completed treatment.

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Thursday Programs

March 14 - Introduction to Harmonica, 3 - 4 PM

with Steve Retchin

Learn the basics of blues harmonica with our local expert, Steve Retchin, who will display his collection, demonstrate some world-class blues harmonica playing, and teach you how to breathe, make sounds, read simple music, and play as a group. Harmonicas will be provided for each participant.


March 28 - Self-Advocacy Roundtable, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

with Cancer Connection staff and experienced participants

Advocating for yourself or a loved one during cancer treatment is a skill you can learn. Those who have been through it will provide guidance and inspiration on figuring out what you want, asking for information and assistance, and making good decisions for yourself or your loved one. Bring your questions as well as examples of challenging situations and what has worked for you.


April 4 - What’s in a Name? 2:30 - 4:00 PM

with Anna Symington

She will discuss chemicals used in personal care products, why they’re in these products, the concern regarding them as endocrine disruptors, and a summary of current research. This will include a hands-on activity, where everyone will examine various personal care product labels (magnifying glasses provided in order to read the fine print) to become familiar with what to look for and where these chemicals are found.


April 18 - Strategies to Use AFTER Treatment to Regain and Optimize Health

12:30 - 2:00 PM

with Amy Rothenberg, ND, a local, licensed naturopathic doctor.

She will share experiences, information, and research on exercise, diet, mindfulness, and other strategies to optimize regaining and maintaining health during and after conventional cancer treatment. Dr Rothenberg is a cancer survivor/thriver and appreciates the value of both conventional and natural medicine. Bring your lunch if you would like.


May 9 - Intention Sticks, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

with Christine Southworth

Discover the power of intention by creating an embellished intention stick. By writing down wishes, dreams or inspiring words or quotes for yourself or others you align your wishes with the universe and amplify your intentions. Embellish a meaningful stick by wrapping the words in yarns, wire, shells, feathers, beads  and other interesting natural and upcycled materials sure to inspire your creative side. All materials provided, but feel free to bring any items you’d especially like to use. Come relax, create and connect with others.


Registration is required for all programs, even if you have signed up before. When you register for a program, please make a note on your calendar and let us know if your plans change. There may be others waiting who could join. Call to Register: (413) 586-1642


New 2015 Rays logo

Major funding of our programs and integrative therapies

is provided by Rays of Hope.



Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223