Mind, Body, Spirit

Caring for Your Mind, Body and Spirit

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Caring for Your 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.

Vibrational Sound Therapy 

By appointment only
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist

Vibrational sound therapy is a one-on-one service using Himalayan singing bowls gently placed on the body to promote total relaxation and decrease the effects of stress on the body and mind. The tones and vibrations combine to produce an immediate state of tranquility as sound waves act like a massage for the nervous system.


By appointment only
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master, Karen Jendruczek and Linda Herrick, Reiki Practitioners

This one-on-one service is an energetic relaxation therapy that offers stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain, improved sleep and other benefits.

Guided Meditation

Wednesdays: August 17, September 21 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Audrey Stoppel, RN, BSN, Radiation Oncology, Rush Copley Medical Center 

This guided imagery experience incorporates cleansing breathwork and an array of relaxation techniques designed to balance emotions, decrease physical and psychological distress, and promote the practice of living in the moment. Register online

Mindful Yoga Flow

Tuesdays: August 30, September 27 • 7 to 8 p.m.
Gitanjali Mahanti, MSW, Certified, Yoga Instructor

Learn standing, balance, seated and supine poses to strengthen your muscles and improve balance and endurance. You will also learn pranayama (breathwork) and meditation to master the mind, overcome stress and connect to your inner peace. Props used in this class include blankets, yoga blocks/books, strap/belt and a chair.

Reiki For You

Fridays: September 16 and September 23 • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Reiki is a holistic healing practice that helps to promote relaxation, alleviate stress and enhance your sense of well-being. A life force energy, it brings balance to the body, mind and spirit. Learn how to offer Reiki to yourself and loved ones. Upon completion of both classes, you will receive your Level I Reiki certificate. Please pack a lunch. This program will only be offered if six participants register.

Craft and Chat

Wednesdays: August 10, September 14 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for an informal gathering to chat, drink tea or coffee and work on your crafting project. Bring whatever project you are working on, such as knitting, crochet, needlepoint, coloring or any other project. This is an informal participant gathering and not led by a facilitator. Register online

Giving Back Society

Fridays: August 19, September 16 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Lisa Lapinski

Are you looking for opportunities to pay it forward by helping other cancer patients on their journeys? Join the Waterford Place Giving Back Society to brainstorm ideas and participate in activities that make a difference in the cancer community. Register online

HeartMath Meditation

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology, Rush Copley Medical Center
Thursday, August 18 • 1 to 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 15 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Learn about HeartMath Meditation, a simple, yet powerful, meditative technique that uses heart-focused breathing to help improve clarity, harmony of the mind and body, and balance. It can help you shift your emotional state and calm your mind. The same class is offered each month; choose the date that fits your schedule.

Mixed Media Art Class: Dandelion Joy

Tuesday, August 23 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Barbara Weigand, Caring Arts Foundation

Set aside your worries, and recall the childlike joy of dandelion puffs as you create those images in pastels. Create one puff or a field of them, and learn a few simple techniques to help your visual exploration. Perfect for beginners as well as those more experienced. Materials provided.

Mixed Media Art Class: Floral Contemplation

Tuesday, September 27 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Barbara Weigand, Caring Arts Foundation

Contemplate the austeric beauty and simplicity of a single summer bloom using CRAYONS! No, they aren’t just for kids. With a few simple blending techniques and the power of composition, you can create your own floral work of art Georgia O’Keeffe would love. Guidance and materials provided.

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. Learn more about ways to give.