Winter Weather Information:
Please note - We follow the Northampton School System's snow day schedule. Any time school is cancelled due to snow in Northampton, we will be closed. Please check your local listings before heading out on questionable days, or call the center at 413.586.1642 We will change the message alerting that the center is closed.
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 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
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 March 13
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, 10 AM - 12 PM, begins March 6
*Please note change of time from the fall class: 10 AM - Noon
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.
Outdoor Container Garden
with Priscilla Touhey
Saturday, June 9, 10 AM - 12 PM
Create a beautiful outdoor garden to enjoy the beauty of living plants during the coming summer season. 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, Mar 8 - May 24
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
with Rosalie Peri, RN, CPT
Saturdays, 9 - 10 AM, Mar 10 - May 5
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, Mar 26 - May 21
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.
* ROWING AT HOLYOKE ROWS
* Indoor Rowing
Monday, May 14 & Wednesday, May 16, 5:45 - 7 PM
Learn the basics of rowing indoors where it is warm. We will teach the basic rowing stroke that can transfer to rowing on the water as well as work on fitness and conditioning. A great class to take before signing up for rowing on the river.
* Rowing on the Connecticut River
Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7 PM
May 21 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
with Sarah Malzone, Cancer Connection Befriender
Sunday, April 29, 2 - 4 PM
Gather with others to discuss death in a cheerful, open, non-religious atmosphere. Tea, cake, and other snacks provided. Location to be announced in early Spring 2018.
Monthly Mindfulness Practice
with Pierre Zimmerman, MS
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 PM, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7
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 March 19
Cancer Connection, Northampton
Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 AM, begins March 20
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, Apr 21, 12 - 4 PM AND Saturdays, May 5 and 19, 1 - 4 PM
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, April 9.
Must be able to attend all classes.
NEW - SAVE THE DATE!
Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreat
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10 AM - 4 PM
Spend a restorative day connecting with others who share this diagnosis. A facilitated morning meeting will provide time to talk and listen. After lunch (provided), there will be a choice of several activities including Zentangle, individual chair Reiki, terrarium garden workshop and updates on health and diet for those with advanced breast cancer. Please register by Monday, April 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.
Thursday afternoons in our living room:
March 15 - Skin Care During Cancer Treatment, 4 - 5:30 PM with Rebekah Markham
Are you experiencing thin, dry, fragile skin due to your cancer treatments? Is your skin overly sensitive? Join Rebekah Markham, who provides Therapeutic Facials for Cancer Connection, to learn about appropriate skin care routines, sunscreen and protective care during treatment and after.
March 29 - Star-Making (rescheduled from Fall), 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. Because of Sally, more than 11,000 stars are now traveling the world! No prior sewing or craft experience needed.
April 12 - Collage Journey Books, 2:30 - 5:30 PM with Sus Wilkinson
Using kids’ accordion-style board books, magazine images, and even personal photos, we will create personal collaged journey books from our hearts. Feel free to bring text, paper, photographs or other images that have special meaning for you. No prior art or craft experience needed.
* April 26 - Introduction to Archery, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
One of Amherst Archery’s experienced coaches will help you discover how much fun archery can be. We start by using stretch bands to learn the basic movements and warm up, then graduate to using bows, then shooting arrows—and balloons! Find your center. Workshop will take place indoors at Amherst Archery in Florence. Doctor’s note required.
May 10 - Silk Fairies and Fairy Houses, 2:30 - 5:30 PM with Christine Southworth
Create, play . . . relax. Fairy Houses are bird houses transformed with interesting materials to inspire your creative energy. Whimsical fairies are created from wire, deconstructed silk flowers, beads and more. We provide all materials; no prior art or craft experience needed.
May 17 - Medical Marijuana and How It Can Help You Cope With Cancer
2:30 - 4:00 PM with Beth Marchand and Emily Hoffnagle of Patriot Care, Greenfield
This informative workshop on the Medical Marijuana program will address symptom management, provide an overview of the science and provide information about the Massachusetts program. Bring your questions!
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)
■ Hands in Clay (Tuesdays)
■ Self-Care Skills and Support (Wednesdays)
■ Movement & More (Thursdays)
■ To Be or Not to Be (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
Major funding of our programs and integrative therapies
is provided by Rays of Hope.