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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.

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy) Customized Comfort Session NEW!

By appointment only, provided by Pam Riley-Valesh R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy utilizes a variety of complementary therapy modalities that include breathwork, body awareness meditation, restorative poses, Reiki and essential oils to help ease discomfort. Schedule your own individualized appointment to learn how small things can help you to feel better in a big way!

Creative Expression for the Soul NEW!

Mondays, August 13, 20, 27 and September 10, 17 & 24 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Led by Kathy Jarman, Avalon Hospice Chaplain
Calling all cancer survivors who are NOT feeling very creative! Join this six-week series to reawaken your passion using art materials, music and writing to cultivate healing, balance and wholeness while exploring what spirituality means for you. Connect with others while you find new and exciting ways to tap into sources of comfort and joy. This group is specifically designed for those who have or have had a cancer diagnosis only.

Giving Back Society

Fridays, July 13, August 10 and September 14 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Chaired by Lisa Lapinski
Are you looking for opportunities to pay it forward by helping other cancer patients on the journey? Join the Waterford Place Giving Back Society where each month you and other members of the club will brainstorm and participate in ways that make a difference in the cancer community.

Guided Meditation

Fridays, July 6, August 3 and September 7 • 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by Dr. Kristen Brendel Ph.D., LCSW, RYT, Per La Vita Wellness Counseling  and Jill Setork, MS, LCPC
Meditation can reduce stress by increasing feelings of inner peace. Join us for a guided mental imagery experience incorporating cleansing breath work and an array of relaxation techniques designed to balance emotions, decrease physical and psychological distress and promote the practice of living in the moment.

Guided Visualization for Cell Health

Wednesdays, July 11, August 8 and September 12 • 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by Jill Setork MS, LCPC
Research shows that purposeful and intentional visualization of strengthening the immune system can lead to improved physical and emotional health. Experience this cancer-specific visualization session that can help you to embrace wellness on every level.

Walking Meditation

Wednesdays, July 18, August 22 and September 26 • 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Led by Jill Setork, MS, LCPC
Bring your meditation to the next level by connecting with nature though a guided walking meditation along a stroll on the Waterford Place walking path. Take this time to practice the art of stopping to smell the roses both figuratively and literally! Participants are invited to process their experience afterward  through journaling, sketching or meditating.

Make a Chakra Bracelet

Tuesday, July 31 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Sandy LaBianco-Brown, RMT
Learn how to make a Chakra bracelet to enjoy as a symbol of balance and selfcare. You will also learn what colors are associated with each chakra and what they represent. The class will end with a stress reduction guided meditation.

“Survival Lessons” Book Club

Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Registration deadline is July 30
Facilitated by Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW
Using the book, Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman, this 4-week group will take  the lessons the author learned from her cancer experience and integrate the concepts in individualized ways using art, journaling, discussion and more. This group is designed for both those in active treatment as well as those who are post treatment for cancer. Books will be available for each registered participant to use during the class. It is recommended that participants read or begin reading the book before the first meeting but not required.

Meaning-Making Workshop

Friday, August 31 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Led by Jill Setork, MS, LCPC
Often times a cancer diagnosis can conjure up existential questions that include the concepts of purpose and meaning. Join this workshop to process some of these questions with a series of prompted self-reflections, interactive exercises and a guided meditation focused on intentions for the future. The purpose of this session is not to fix but rather “to be with” and accept our present realities while inviting new perspectives for moving forward.

Group Sound Healing

Tuesday, September 11 • 7 to 8 p.m.
Led by Sandy LaBianco-Brown Reiki, Master and Certified Vibrational Sound
Immerse yourself in healing sounds designed to promote relaxation and balance for both your body and mind. Enjoy the unique sounds of the gong as  well as crystal and Tibetan singing bowls as they raise the vibration of the body. This experience encourages restoration to the central nervous system bringing about deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga mats will be provided, but participants are invited to bring their own pillow and blanket for enhanced comfort.

Craft and Chat

Second Thursdays, July 12, August 9 and September 13 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for an informal gathering to chat, drink some tea or coffee and work on your crafting project. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever project  they are working on such as a knitting, crochet, needlepoint, coloring or any other project. This is an informal participant gathering and not led by a facilitator.

Coloring Club

Third Tuesdays, July 17, August 21 and September 18 • 1 to 2 p.m.
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. Reap 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. This is an informal participant gathering and not led by a facilitator.

Vibrational Sound Therapy

Tuesdays by appointment only. Provided by Sandy LaBianco-Brown, certified Vibrational Sound Therapist
Vibrational Sound Therapy is a process that decreases the effects of stress on the body and mind by promoting total relaxation. The combination of the different tones and vibrations produce an immediate state of tranquility by sound waves directly absorbing into the body, acting as a massage for the nervous system. Priority in scheduling is given to those with in active treatment or who have an advanced or metastatic diagnosis.


Tuesdays and Thursday, 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 in scheduling is given to those who are in active treatment or who have an advanced or metastatic diagnosis.

Reiki Share

Tuesday, August 7 • 3 to 4:30 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 or higher. This program will run if at least four participants have registered.

Caring Arts FoundationMixed 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 for the purpose of healing. A different theme and use of varied artistic materials will guide each session. No prior artistic skills are required and all materials are provided.

Sun Inspired

Tuesday, July 10 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
From the Egyptians and Mayans to the Impressionists and contemporary artists, the sun in art represents happiness, life & spirituality. The rising sun is a symbol of hope. Create your own version of the sun in the medium of your own choice: paint, pastel or colored pencil. Just look up for inspiration.

In Plain Air

Tuesday, July 24 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Once again we’ll take our art materials outside to the Meditation Garden, choose a spot and we’ll let the open air and the landscape be our muse as we listen to the peaceful sounds of the fountain and birds chirping. Chairs and blankets are provided.

Monet’s Garden

Tuesday, August 14 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Claude Monet helped to found the Impressionist movement and a method to capture the changing light of each season. He used elements of his own garden as inspiration: ponds, fish, water lilies, flowers and the beautiful dappled light of the sun shining through the plants. We’ll study a few examples before trying our own.

Sketching Ordinary Objects

Tuesday, August 28 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
A Still Life is a work of art which depicts commonplace items, either natural (fruit, flowers, shells, etc) or man-made. There is beauty all around us, even in the most ordinary things. Traditionally, most paintings start with a pencil or charcoal sketch. Bring an ordinary item (or a few) that mean something to you, or take a photo and we’ll explore the art of simple black & white sketching. We’ll also provide some items and photos to choose from as well as samples by famous artists.

Pastel Art

Tuesday, September 11 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Chalk isn’t just for kids! Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance. Let’s explore the various techniques and use of pastels to create your own “chalk art.” Be realistic or abstract, it’s all about expression and experimentation.


Tuesday, September 25 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Artist George Seurat developed this technique of using dots to create a painting. His most famous works are hanging in Chicago's Art institute. Andy Warhol later
used the technique in his pop art paintings. Explore your own use of dots and spots to create a painting of your own (or choose colored pencil if preferred.) Examples, materials and guidance provided. Dots are fun!

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 -->