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.
All participants need to provide a note from a doctor every 12 months to participate in vigorous exercise activities, including Rowing. Doctor’s notes may be faxed at any time to (413) 280 - 0223.
Creativity & Healing Programs
Spirit of the Written Word
Tuesdays, 2 - 4 PM, begins Sept 25
with Pam Roberts
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.
Hands in Clay
with Valerie Gilman, MFA
Mondays, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, begins Sept 24
Wellspring Neurotherapy, Hadley
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 today. Val teaches simple hand building techniques and is flexible and attentive to any technical need so that you can explore your own expression. Participants work at their own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. A full selection of tools is available. There will be kiln firings near the end of the class. There are no potter’s wheels available.
“To Be or Not to Be”
with Bev Boykan
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 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.
Thursday, October 18, 2:30 - 6:00 PM
with Peg Considine
The mandala has appeared in art forms and rituals around the world. In this workshop you will create one or several mandalas, including one with others (optional). No previous art experience is necessary; every mandala unfolds exactly as it needs to for that moment in time.
Singing for Body & Soul
Saturday, November 17, 10 AM - 2 PM
with Anne Louise White
Friends Meetinghouse, Northampton
Experience the physical and emotional release, enhanced health and sheer pleasure that singing offers. Voice specialist and choral director Anne White will focus on songs celebrating courage and hope. Come and enjoy the thrill of harmony singing. No prior choral experience necessary!
Please bring your own lunch. Tea and fruit will be provided.
with Wendy Sinton
Mondays, 2 - 4 PM, begins Sept 24
Greenfield Savings Bank, Northampton
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!
Indoor Container Garden
with Priscilla Touhey
Saturday, September 22, 10 AM - 12 PM
Create a small indoor garden to welcome the change of the season and bring the joy of nature indoors. All supplies and tools provided.
Solstice Wreaths and Holiday Songs
Wednesday, December 6, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
with Katey Grey
Wreath-making represents the hopeful transition from darkness to emerging light. All materials will be provided for each participant to create a small fragrant wreath and decorate it. While making your wreath, you’ll have a chance to sing holiday songs accompanied by Katey on her guitar.
Exercise and Physical Activity Programs
Movement & More (Music & Movement)
with Robin Diamond, MSN
Thursdays, 11 AM - 12 PM, Sept 27, Oct 4 & 18, Nov 8 & 15, Dec 6
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.
* Pilates: Rebuilding your core strength and balance
Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7 PM
with Rosalie Peri, RN
Saturdays, 9 - 10 AM, Sept 22 - Nov 17
Strengthen core muscles in a safe, effective way. Increase joint mobility and the ability to move with less discomfort. Adapts for all abilities.
* Aqua Aerobics
with Valley Swim School
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 6:45 PM
Sept 17 - Nov 14
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
Mindfulness & Self Care Programs
Thursday, November 1, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
with Louise Hurwitz
Oftentimes, we struggle to remember or even know what our strengths are, let alone how to use them during difficult periods in our lives. We will look at the relationship between strengths and resiliency, and more importantly, how you can use your own unique strengths to help you face the challenges of your illness or of caring for your loved one.
Mindful Eating and Cancer Treatment
Tuesday, October 30, 4 - 6 PM
with Fatemeh Giahi, PhD, RD, LDN
Learn eating strategies that can help you through treatment and beyond, from an experienced nutritionist and dietician. Fatemeh brings a comprehensive viewpoint to the challenge of how we address food and nutrition in relation to cancer. Bring your questions!
Sunday, Sept 30, 2 - 4 PM
with Sarah Malzone, Cancer Connection Befriender
Gather with others at Cancer Connection to discuss death in a cheerful, open, non-religious atmosphere. Tea and snacks provided.
Monthly Mindfulness Practice
with Pierre Zimmerman, MS
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 PM, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3
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.
A Mindful Practice for Well Being
with Pierre Zimmerman, MS
Mondays, 4:30 - 6 PM, begins Sept 24
Cancer Connection, Northampton
Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 AM, begins Sept 25
South Congregational Church, Amherst
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.
Self-Care Reiki Level One Training
Saturday, Oct 20, 12 - 4 PM AND Saturdays, Nov 3 and 17, 1 - 4 PM
Must be able to attend all classes.
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.
Please register for Self-Care Reiki training by Tuesday, October 9.
Farm Retreat at High Horse Hill
with Katey Grey
Visit the therapy horses and the organic garden as an individual integrative therapy or with family members or a small group. Requires special doctor’s note; please call for information and to schedule. Please download the required forms here.
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.
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
Major funding of our programs and integrative therapies
is provided by Rays of Hope.