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Mind, Body and Spirit


Mind, Body & Spirit programs are designed to help reduce stress and improve coping in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Mindfulness, meditation, expressive arts, relaxation therapies and the healing garden offer powerful ways to help participants cope, find comfort and heal.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only
Provided by Sandy LaBianco-Brown and Kristi Niedzwiecki, Reiki Masters
Reiki is a complimentary relaxation therapy that has many benefits including stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain and improved sleep. Priority is given to those in active treatment or with a metastatic diagnosis.


By appointment only
Provided by Beverly Garrett, Pam Riley-Valesh and Thecla Rettberg, Reflexologists
Reflexology involves massaging or applying pressure to various acupressure points on the body for the purpose of stress reduction and supporting overall health. Priority is given to those in active treatment or with a metastatic diagnosis.

Mindful Walking

Wednesday, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Sandy Spiegel, LCSW and Sage McDonald
Reconnect with your senses by strolling through nature and taking in the experience of the here and now moment. Join us for this four-week series that will engage you in the sights and smells of your surroundings while interacting with other group members. Each participant will be invited to partake in a post-walk journaling exercise and the opportunity to share with one another.

Just for Fun

Symphony at The TillersLed by Alison Bikus, Director of Community and Healthcare Development Symphony at The Tillers and Orchard Valley
Spend the afternoon in good company while getting crafty! Join fellow Pinterest lover, Alison Bikus and make a new project each month, just because! All materials will be provided.

Wednesday, July 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m. • Garden Flag
Wednesday, August 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. • Statement Necklace
Wednesday, September 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. • Mosaic Piece

Waterford Place Community Vegetable Garden Club

First and Third Tuesdays, July 18, August 1 & 15 and September 5 & 19 • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (There will be no meeting July 4 and the last meeting will be on September 19.)
Led by Chris Weincek

Sow and reap the joys of growing your own vegetables with others. Some of the harvest will be used in upcoming Waterford Place Healing Kitchen cooking demonstrations and the rest will be yours to keep or share.

Guided Meditation

First Fridays, July 7, August 4 and September 1, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by Dr. Kristen Brendel, Ph.D., LCSW, RYT of Per La Vita Wellness Counseling and Sage McDonald
Meditation can reduce stress by increasing feelings of inner peace. Join us for a guided mental imagery experience incorporating cleansing breath work and relaxation techniques designed to balance emotions, decrease physical and psychological distress and promote the practice of living in the moment.

MBSR — Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class

Facilitated by Sage McDonald
This 4-week program focuses on defining your own journey. Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition, but so is resiliency. In this class, you will gain tools for building personal awareness and learn how to use it for the purpose of achieving and maintaining healthy balance. Attendance to all sessions is highly encouraged.

Tuesday, July 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m. • What is Mindfulness?
Tuesday, July 25, 3 to 4:30p.m. • Coping with Kindness
Tuesday, August 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m. • Letting Go: Intentional De-stressing
Tuesday, August 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m. • Making Your Practice a Lifestyle

The Happiness Recipes: Simple Directions for a Happier Life

Led by Peter Stadalsky, Creator of
The Happiness Recipes is a collection of directions to leading a happier life. We all have the right to pursue happiness, we just need to know the necessary ingredients and how to put it all together. Attendance to all sessions is highly encouraged.

Thursday, August 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Finding Peace in a Sea of Thoughts
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Healthy Investments
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. • The Pig, the Witch, and the Moon
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Gratitude and Thankfulness
Thursday, August 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m. • Create Your Own Recipe Box

Mixed Media Art Classes

Join in on this exciting program facilitated by Caring Arts Foundation co-founder, Barbara Weigand, and a variety of the Foundation’s guest artists, to explore and develop your own creative center. A different theme and use of varied artistic materials are provided for each session. No prior artistic skills required and all materials will be provided.

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Summer Solstice Mandalas
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Glorious Gardens
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Natural Dream State
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Good Day Sunshine
Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • In Plain Air
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Accidental Abstracts: Drips, Drabs and Crinkles
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Autumn Equinox Mandalas

Coloring Club

Thursdays, July 20, August 17 and September 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Led by Donna Friel
Come in and get away from it all. Coloring has been shown to have a  powerful therapeutic impact, from decreasing stress to replacing negative thoughts with positive images. Gain the benefits of what used to be thought of as a childhood pastime by choosing from our selection of designs and get lost in the experience of coloring while listening to soothing music.

BEad Inspired

Wednesday, July 19 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Led by Sandy LaBianco-Brown
Attend an afternoon of beading fun and create a beautiful self-expressive work of art in bracelet form. Supplies will be provided but participants are welcome to bring any special beads of their own to include if desired.

Ask, Believe and Receive!

Thursday, September 7 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Ashley Lach, Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society
Attend an evening of positive visualization by creating a vision board using different images and words to collage an inspirational and empowering work of art to use as a tool in living your best life!

The Power of Faith

Tuesday, September 12 • 5 to 6 p.m.
Presented by Joan Aubele, cancer survivor and author of the book: “The Dance: A Story of Love, Faith and Survival”
Experience an evening of divine inspiration with esteemed author and cancer survivor, Joan Aubele. As a twenty-nine year old mother of three, Joan was diagnosed with stage-four Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was told she likely would not live through the end of the week. Relying on her faith in God and the love of her family, she became the unsuspecting recipient of what can only be described as miracles. Over twenty-five years later, she will be
here to share her amazing story and will conclude with a Q & A segment.

Reiki Share

Wednesday, September 13 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master
The Reiki Share is offered for those that have taken the Reiki for You class as well as any other Reiki Practitioners or Reiki Masters. Come share in an afternoon of giving and receiving Reiki energy. Participants are required to be Reiki Practitioners Level 1 and higher. *This program will run if 4 participants have registered.

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280.

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. There are many fundraising, corporate giving, individual donation, wish list and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about ways to give -->