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.


Exercise & Physical Activity

Creativity & Healing

Mindfulness and Self Care

View our most current program guide by clicking here.

Please note that it is formatted to print on legal-sized paper.


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


Exercise and Physical Activity Programs

Music & Movement

with Robin Diamond, MSN

Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

June 13, June 27, July 18, August 15 & September 12

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.



with Stephanie Moore

Introduction to Rowing

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7 PM, May 13 - June 10

Learn the basics of rowing indoors and then move outside to the Connecticut River. Sweep rowing and sculling will be offered. We will work on strength and conditioning as well as teamwork. Try a new sport and push yourself while having fun! Adapts for all abilities.


Kayak 3/4 Day Trip

Sunday, June 16, starting at 10 AM

We will paddle gently down a local river in recreational and sea kayaks to explore the local landscapes and history. Exact trip will be determined after consulting with participants.


Our Kayak Trips have been so popular we plan to add another during cooler weather. The Fall program guide will be out in early September.


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Creativity & Healing Programs

NEW Art Program:

Collage Creations

with Valerie Gilman, MFA

Tuesdays, 10 AM - 12:00 PM

July, 9, 16 & 23

Wellspring Neurotherapy, Hadley (enter from the parking lot in the rear of the building)

Surprises happen when you bring a bunch of images or objects together and lay them out just so. They suddenly become playful, meaningful, expressive or funny! This is a class of letting go and following your imagination where it wants to go. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any pictures or objects you would like to incorporate. No art experience needed.


Hands in Clay

with Valerie Gilman, MFA

Mondays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July 8, 15 & 22

NEW LOCATION Noho Pottery, Northampton

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. Val teaches simple hand building techniques and is flexible and attentive to any technical need so that you can explore at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be kiln firings near the end of the class. 


Spirit of the Written Word & Yoga

with Pam Roberts and Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski

Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am - 4:30 PM

This workshop will be held at Shelburne Falls Yoga

Pam Roberts is a published writer, artist and certified yoga teacher. A breast cancer survivor, she has been leading writing, art and yoga programs for people affected by cancer and loss since 2003. Pam will be joined by her daughter Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski, a dance and movement teacher in NYC.


“To Be or Not to Be”

with Bev Boykan

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 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

Late June or July - Date TBD by mid-June. If interested, please check back soon!

Create a beautiful outdoor garden to enjoy the beauty of living plants during the coming summer season. All supplies and tools provided.




with Wendy Sinton

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM through June 10

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!

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Mindfulness & Self Care Programs


Monthly Mindfulness Practice

with Leslie Smith Frank

Mondays, 6:30 - 8 PM

June 3 and July 1, (NO MEETING IN AUGUST) 

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.


Farm Retreat at High Horse Hill

with Katey Grey

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Rain Date is Sunday, June 23)

Visit the therapy horses and the organic garden at this magical hilltop farm. Bring your own lunch. There is no riding in this program. This program requires a special doctor’s note; please call for information on this.  


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.

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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.



Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223