Wellness House will close Wednesday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.                                Regular programming resumes Monday, November 26.

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Fall 2018 Programs

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Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Drop-ins Welcome

New to Wellness House? Join us for an orientation that provides an overview of programs, a tour of the facility, and a chance to meet staff.

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Beginning Chair Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.

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Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

This ancient form of movement and exercise leads to harmony of mind and body while decreasing stress.

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn a set of calming movements to enhance strength and circulation.

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Nia®

Staff Registration Required

Nia® is a mind-body movement practice for all ages and levels of fitness using choreography to soul-stirring music.

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Exercise for Getting Well

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by gentle instructor-led exercises for people experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment, with focus on reducing treatment side effects, improving activities of daily living, and maintaining strength and endurance.

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Exercise for Staying Well – Level I & Level II

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by instructor-led exercises for increasing endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

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Exercise for Living Well – Level I & Level II

Staff Registration Required

Aerobic warm-up followed by a new resistance plan each month designed to teach independent exercise.

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Pink Ribbon Fitness

Staff Registration Required

Customized exercises for breast cancer survivors.

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Pilates

Staff Registration Required

Beginner mat Pilates.

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Open Gym

Drop-ins Welcome

Participants may use the exercise facilities for independent exercise.

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Mindfulness for Everyday Living

Drop-ins Welcome

Through practice and discussion, learn the benefits of mindfulness meditation in this group setting.

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Flute Circle

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn to play the Native American flute and how to express yourself through music. No experience necessary.

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Kids Group

Staff Registration Required

A group designed to support kids ages 6-12 in developing coping skills, clarifying misconceptions surrounding cancer, and promoting feelings of normalcy as they meet other children impacted by cancer.

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Turtles

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12.

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Teen Time

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week bereavement support group for teens ages 13-18 who have
experienced the loss of a parent due to cancer.

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Turtles Parents Group

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group that will help connect you with other parents and receive support around your loss, discuss parenting concerns, and find ways to help your family heal.

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Caregiver Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Network with other caregivers in this ongoing 8-week support group meets at the same time as the Cancer Support Group.

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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Join other women facing metastasis of their breast cancer. This weekly group will focus on the ongoing challenges that arise from dealing with treatment, relationships, and facing the future.

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Living with Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This weekly group focuses on issues regarding recurrent and metastatic cancer and welcomes individuals diagnosed as well as family members supporting a loved one with cancer. Caregivers are welcome to attend with or without the individual with cancer.

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Spiritual Side of Cancer

Drop-ins Welcome

The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey.

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Young Adults with Cancer Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides emotional support and an opportunity to meet other young adults receiving treatment.

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Brain Tumor Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

 

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Breast Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

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Carcinoid Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Colon/Rectal Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Gynecologic Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Head & Neck Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for people with head and neck cancers and their caregivers to share their cancer stories, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Lung Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Multiple Myeloma Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Pancreatic Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Prostate Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Bereavement Drop-in

Drop-ins Welcome

For recently bereaved adults who have had a cancer-related loss.

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Transitions for Spouses

Staff Registration Required

This is a committed bereavement support group to help spouses and partners develop coping techniques. The group meets twice every month.

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Transitions Alumni Networking

Alumni Drop-ins Encouraged

Join other adults who have completed the Transitions for Spouses or Turtles bereavement programs at this monthly group to continue
supporting one another.

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Arlington Heights – Mindful Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Chicago – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome
*Holiday schedule: No group in November; December group will meet
with Breast Cancer Support Group

Ongoing support group for women with gynecologic cancers to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Chicago – Breast Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome
*Holiday schedule: No group in November; December group will meet
with Breast Cancer Support Group

Ongoing support group for women with breast cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Palatine – Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing.

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Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing 8-week support group for people with cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills. This group meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

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Arlington Heights – Lung Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing support group for people with lung cancer and their caregivers to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Berwyn – Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement. Classes taught in Spanish and English.

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Palatine – Reiki Clinic

Staff Registration Required

Discover this Japanese form of healing energy that helps reduce stress, promote relaxation, and balance the mind and emotions.

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Tai Chi Fundamentals

Registration Required
No class November 1 and November 22

Tai Chi Fundamentals® offers a simplified introduction to traditional Yang-style Tai Chi.

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Guided Meditation

Registration Required


Learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through guided meditation. No meditation experience required.

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Parenting with Cancer

Staff Registration Required

An 8-week group for parents and care- givers who are navigating their own cancer journey while also raising and caring for their young.

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University of Illinois Chicago – Cancer Connections Group

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for people with cancer to share their cancer stories, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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University of Illinois Chicago – Nutrition Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for patients and caregivers to consult with our dietitian and have their questions about cancer and nutrition answered.

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Exercise for Getting Well Fundamentals

Staff Registration Required

Gentle instructor-led, chair-based exercises for participants experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment.

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Melanoma Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

The purpose of this group is to exchange information and strategies for making decisions and navigating the cancer experience.

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Post-Treatment Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity to connect with other participants who have finished treatment and are navigating the question of “what now?”

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Beginner Mat Yoga Level I

Registration Required

Introduction to gentle, beginner and restorative standing and mat-based yoga postures.

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Beginner Mat Yoga Level II

Drop-ins Welcome


Beginner and restorative mat based and standing yoga postures.

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GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors)

Drop-Ins Welcome

Wellness House is hosting this group, organized by the Chicago-area chapter of the Life Raft Group. This group is for anyone diagnosed with GIST and their caregivers.

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Kids Group for Advanced Illness

Staff Registration Required

A weekly support group for children ages 6-12 with a parent with metastatic
or advanced cancer.

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Teen Group

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week support group for teens ages 13-18 who have a parent with a
current cancer diagnosis.

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Turtles Transitions

Staff Registration Required

A bereavement group for children ages 6-12 who have participated in the Turtles program and/or who are experiencing the later stages of grief due to the loss of a parent.

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Turtles Networking

Staff Registration Required

A monthly opportunity for children ages 6-12 who have gone through the Turtles program to connect with each other, continue to process feelings related to grief, and do creative activities together.

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Bereavement Group for Siblings

Staff Registration Required

A weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12 who have lost a sibling to cancer.

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Oak Park (Rush) – Cancer Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity for people with cancer and their caregivers to share information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve coping skills.

 

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Sarcoma Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

 

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Chicago – Head and Neck Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Staff Registration Required

This 8-week program is designed to teach participants how to integrate and apply mindfulness in their lives and to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions.

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Moving Forward

Staff Registration Required

An 8-week experiential series for those who have completed treatment in the past year. This is a committed series, and participation in all sessions is strongly encouraged.

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Book Club – the Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach us About Living Fully

Registration Required

These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives.

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Macrame

Registration Required

Learn the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles.

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Attend an MCP Group

Staff Registration Required

This is a seven-week, committed group open to anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and/or their caregiver.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Networking Group

Staff Registration Required

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP) course at Wellness House are invited to participate in this monthly peer networking group.

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Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

Learn to appreciate real, fresh foods and simple culinary principles for cancer prevention and survivorship.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation

Registration Required

Come enjoy the beauty and vibration of Crystal Singing Bowls.

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Couples: Taking Time Out Together

Registration Required

Learn how to support each other during challenging times while taking time to reflect together.

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Berwyn – Mindfulness Meditation

Registration Required

Discover ways to live life more effectively in the present moment, even through difficult times. No previous meditation experience required.

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Online Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Staff Registration Required

Join us for an online orientation and tour from the comfort of your own home. After registering, you will be provided with a link via email to join the meeting.

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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This single-session class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment.

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Ostomy Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

In this networking group, we invite participants with all cancer-related ostomy types to share support and information so that you can continue to live life to its fullest.

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Still Life Drawing

Registration Required

Perspective and value drawing using pencil and your eye as the main drawing tool. Train your eye to draw what you see and not what you know.

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Understanding Sleep Disturbance and How to Combat It

Registration Required

This presentation focuses on explaining insomnia and other sleep problems, especially in the context of current or past cancer treatment.

 

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Food for Life with The Cancer Project

Registration Required

Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Each session focuses on a different aspect of scientifically sound basics of a cancer-fighting diet.

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Elmhurst – Self-Care and Nutrition for Cancer Caregivers

Registration Required

This class presents practical ways to manage self-care and nutrition while navigating the complexities of a caregiving experience.

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Mind Science Yoga Workshop

Registration Required

This workshop highlights the benefits of Mind Science Yoga.

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Community Acupuncture

Staff Registration Required

Join Bridget to experience the benefits of acupuncture in a community setting that allows 3 participants to experience acupuncture at the same time.

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Heart Disease Associated with Cancer and Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

This presentation will discuss the new research that is uncovering
the impact of cancer treatment and ones cardiovascular health.

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Elmhurst – Wellness in Season

Registration Required

We’ll focus on preparing for the winter holidays as we learn new
recipes that contribute to the fun as well as your health.

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Restorative Yoga

Registration Required

Gentle, floor-based yoga postures that utilize props for slow, passive stretching. Registration is required and space is limited to 6 participants.

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REROUTING: Choosing Your Course After Cancer, Abbreviated Session

Registration Required

If you are unable to attend the five-week series, we welcome you to attend an abbreviated session.

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Renew Your Reiki

Registration Required

Join us to renew your Reiki practice. This program is for Reiki practitioners of any level who have taken a Reiki class at Wellness House or with other teachers.

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WEBINARS – Breast Cancer Webinars Rebroadcast

Registration Required

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will be rebroadcasting the
presentations from our June 23rd Hot Topics in Breast Cancer symposium.

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Arlington Heights – Self-Care and Nutrition for Cancer Caregivers

Registration Required

Come together with others who are caring for their loved ones during a cancer diagnosis. This class presents practical ways to manage self-care and nutrition while navigating the complexities of a caregiving experience.

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Drawing with Pastels

Registration Required

Attendance at the first session is required to continue with the series
Create colorful drawings with the portable medium of pastels.

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Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Registration Required

Join us for a very special evening to share the Holiday spirit at Wellness House. Come enjoy light refreshments, hot cocoa, music and fun.

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Stress Free Saturday

Registration Required

Enjoy the benefits of starting your weekend stress-free. Come to this class and experience a variety of stress reduction techniques, including several forms of meditation.

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Online Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This program will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize or even prevent side effects of treatment.

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Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You

Registration Required

Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment.

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Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Registration Required

In this presentation you will learn how peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed and managed.

 

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The Next Course: Hands-On Cooking for Bereaved Spouses and Partners

Registration Required

Join other bereaved adults who are also navigating the loss of their spouse or partner in creating and sharing a meal together.

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Berwyn – Paper Ornament Making

Registration Required

We’ll take paper to another level to create lovely holiday ornaments.

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Monthly Meditation

Registration Required

Experience peace and serenity in the stillness of meditation and facilitate healing of mind, body, and spirit.

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Vintage Book Club

Registration Required

Through the reading of classic passages and books, this club will address questions and thoughts such as, how do we reconfigure a purpose for ourselves as we age and deal with cancer at the same time?

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Mindful Journaling

Registration Required

Learn to inhabit present moments, attend to senses, learn to shift awareness and decrease anxiety.

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Chicago – Paper Ornament Making

Drop-ins Welcome

We’ll take paper to another level to create lovely holiday ornaments.

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Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing.

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Mind, Body, and Soul Retreat: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Registration Required

Join Iliyana and Tabitha 200 RYT’s for one hour of Restorative Yoga where poses are healing and therapeutic.

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Polar Express Pajama Party

Registration Required

Join us for our annual Polar Express Pajama Party! We will have crafts, delicious treats, entertainment, and tons of fun! Families with kids of all ages are welcome.

 

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Wellness in Action: Hands-on Cooking Class

Registration Required

Join Angela for this hands-on learning experience in cooking your basic, but at times tricky, health-promoting foods.

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Mixed Media Art

Registration Required
Please register for each class separately.

Join Caring Arts Foundation to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing.

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Stress Free Saturday for Kids

Registration Required

Join us as we embark on a journey of relaxation!
*Note that this program is scheduled during Stress-Free Saturdays for adults. Come together as a family; no need for childcare!

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The Importance of Connection: Introduction to Imerman Angels

Registration Required

Come learn more about the steps involved in this connection process and hear the true impact of one-on-one support.

 

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