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 & Gentle Yoga
Saturday, July 14 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
with Pam Roberts
This workshop will be held at Shelburne Falls Yoga
Promote your healing and experience the therapeutic benefits of group writing and gentle adaptive yoga. No writing or yoga experience required. All mats and props provided. Bring a bag lunch. Young adults and caregivers are strongly encouraged to participate. Facilitator Pam Roberts is a breast cancer survivor, a certified yoga teacher, and a longtime workshop leader.
Hands in Clay
with Valerie Gilman, MFA
Tuesdays, July 10, July 17 and August 7
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
*Please note change of time for the summer sessions.
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.
Exercise and Physical Activity Programs
Music & Movement
with Robin Diamond, MSN
Thursdays, 11 AM - 12 PM, June 7 and 21, July 19 and August 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.
* ROWING AT HOLYOKE ROWS
* Rowing on the Connecticut River
Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7 PM
Now through June 27
Experience the power and grace of rowing on the river in a four- or eight-person shell or rowing barge. Learn with each other to use your body and leverage to propel a shell safely and effectively across the water. We will review basic rowing technique and work on strength and conditioning for rowing. Teamwork will help you try a new sport and push yourself further than you thought you could. Adapts for all abilities.
* Kayak 3/4 Day Trip
Sunday, June 24, starting at 10 AM
We will paddle gently down the Connecticut River in a combination of recreational and sea kayaks, exploring local flora, fauna and history along the way. The exact length of the trip will be determined once we speak to each participant prior to the trip. Bring your own lunch. While super strength is not required, people whose strength is limited by treatment should not participate.
Mindfulness & Self Care Programs
Mindful Walking and Breathing in Childs Park
with Alisa Wright Tanny, MA
Tuesdays 11 AM to 12 PM
June 12, 19 & 26
Support for those coping with anxiety & stress associated with cancer treatment and/or recovery. Explore beautiful Childs Park in a one hour walk incorporating Mindfulness & Movement Meditation. We will practice grounding our energy with the plants and flower roots, balancing our stillness with gentle yoga stretching and guided breathing to increase our essential life force energy and functional core strength. Meet at the main entrance to Cancer Connection and we will walk to the park together.
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.