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.


Creativity & Healing

Exercise & Physical Activity

Mindfulness and Self Care

Thursdays at Cancer Connection



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



Creativity & Healing Programs



with Wendy Sinton

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, begins Sept 25

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!


Spirit of the Written Word

with Pam Roberts

Tuesdays, 2 - 4 PM, begins Sept 26

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

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, begins Sept 19

Wellspring Neurotherapy, Hadley

Wellspring Neurotherapy, Hadley, MA

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.


NEW - Zentangle Workshop

with Amy Hermans, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Oct 25 - Nov 15

The Zentangle Method® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction, and calms the soul. No artistic background required.


“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.


NEW - Healing & Song

with Beverly L. Herbert and Roberta Morkin

Wednesdays, 4 - 5 PM, Oct 4 - Nov 8

United Congregational Church of Holyoke

Music touches our soul and provides an outlet that strengthens, supports, and invigorates. We will use our voices together to create vibrations of sound that will give us strength in unity and help each person in healing. Join us in song!


Indoor Container Garden

with Priscilla Touhey

Saturday, October 14, 10 AM - 12 PM

Create a beautiful indoor garden to remind you of the beauty of living plants during the coming fall and winter holidays. All supplies and tools provided.


Exercise and Physical Activity Programs


Movement & More

with Robin Diamond, MSN, and Alisa Wright Tanny, MA

Thursdays, 11 AM - 12 PM, Sept 21 - Dec 14

Improve your well-being 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

with Rosalie Peri, RN, CPT

Saturdays, 9 AM - 10 AM, Sept 30 - Nov 18

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


* Aqua Aerobics

with Valley Swim School

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 6:45 PM, Sept 18 - Nov 8

JFK Middle School, Florence

Stretching and low-impact aerobics can be as gentle or as strenuous as you want. 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


A Mindful Practice for Well Being

with Pierre Zimmerman, MS

Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM, begins begins October 16

Cancer Connection, Northampton


Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, begins Oct 17

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.


Monthly Mindfulness Practice

with Pierre Zimmerman, MS

Mondays, 6:30 - 8 PM, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4

Pierre facilitates a monthly group for those who have completed a mindfulness class at Cancer Connection, or elsewhere, who wish to refresh their skills and practice mindful meditation with others.


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 Reiki Level One Training

Saturday, Sept 30, 12 - 4 PM AND Saturdays, Oct 14 and 28, 1 - 4 PM

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 by Monday, Sept 18. Must be able to attend all classes.


Health & Vitality Group

with Linda Tumbarello, LMHC

2nd & 4th Mondays, 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.


Thursdays at Cancer Connection

Thursday afternoons in our living room.


October 12 - Nutrition and Cancer: What Works, What Doesn’t

4 - 5:30 PM with JoAnna Hazard, MS, RD, CSO

Oncology dietician JoAnna Hazard will discuss some well-known cancer-fighting diets (veganism, the alkaline diet, and the Budwid diet) and their relevance for those affected by cancer, as well as provide recommendations on healthy food and nutritional choices. Bring your questions!


October 19 - Introduction to Harmonica

2:30 - 3:30 PM with Stephen Retchin

Learn the basics of blues harmonica playing with our local expert, Steve Retchin. If you have a standard harmonica, you may bring it. If not, please register by Oct 1 so we can make arrangements to get harps for everyone.


October 26 - Rattling the Wishes

2:30 - 4:30 PM with Val Gilman

Play with clay as we create sculptural rattles that contain wishes, prayers, or ideas that we want to burn into symbolic form. Discover the expressive potential in clay construction. No art or clay experience needed.


November 16 - Star-Making

2:30 - 5 PM with Sally O’Shea

We will provide all the materials for you to learn how to make the wonderful fabric stars that Sally has been creating and sharing with the Cancer Connection community for many years. No prior sewing or craft experience needed.


December 7 - Solstice Wreath-Making and Holiday Songs

2:30 - 5:30 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.


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If you are out of treatment, but are still looking for some emotional support or a reason to get up and move, consider the following programs:


 ■ Knitting (Mondays)

 ■ Monthly Mindfulness Practice (Mondays)

 ■ Health & Vitality Group (Mondays)

 ■ Movement & More (Thursdays)

 ■ Improvisational Acting (Thursdays)



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.