Mind, Body, Spirit

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.

All classes are being held virtually.

Sound Healing Therapy

Tuesdays by appointment only
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist
Sound healing is a virtual one-on-one service using Himalayan singing bowls to promote total relaxation and decrease the effects of stress on the body and mind. The combination of the different tones produces an immediate state of tranquility as the sound waves encourage restoration to the central nervous system to bring about deep relaxation and meditation. To schedule an appointment, please email omar.ramos@waterfordcrc.com or call (331) 301-5280.

Virtual Reiki

By appointment only
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master, Karen Jendruczek and Danae Iacovella, Reiki Practitioners
This virtual one-on-one Reiki service is an energetic relaxation therapy that offers many benefits, including stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain and improved sleep. Reiki connects the mind, body and spirit as a whole. A Reiki practitioner can direct the Reiki energy by using hands-on contact, placing the hand slightly above the body or distantly. During your virtual Reiki session, you will be guided through self-Reiki hand placements while the provider sends Reiki to you distantly. To schedule an appointment, please email omar.ramos@waterfordcrc.com or call (331) 301-5280.

UZIT Customized Comfort Session

By appointment only
Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT)utilizes a variety of complementary therapy modalities that include breathwork, body awareness meditation, restorative poses, Reiki and essential oils to help ease discomfort. Schedule a virtual individualized appointment to learn how small things can help you to feel better in a big way! To schedule an appointment, please email omar.ramos@waterfordcrc.com or call (331) 301-5280.

Unplug and Unwind: Lunch Hour Guided Meditation

Thursdays • 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Michelle Zepeda, MPH

Take a break from your work or daily chores and join us for a virtual guided 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. You will feel energized, focused and ready for the rest of your day. Register Online

Craft and Chat

Wednesdays: May 12 and June 9 • 11 a.m. to Noon
Join us virtually to chat and work on your favorite crafting projects, whether you enjoy knitting, crochet, needlepoint, coloring or something else. Drop in any time! Register Online

Giving Back Society

Fridays: May 21, June 18 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
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 to brainstorm ideas and participate in activities that make a difference in the cancer community. Register online or call (331) 301-5280.

Expressive Writing Group

Wednesdays: April 21, May 19 and June 16 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fermina Ponce, Author, City of Aurora, Poet Laureate, NAMI Kane-South, DeKalb and Kendall Counties

This drop-in group provides a safe space for you to develop your own unique voice and express yourself without reservation. You will write in response to poetic prompts, then share to heal and empower mental well-being. No prior writing or poetry experience is required. Register Online

Reiki Share

Tuesday, April 20 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Level 1 reiki practitioners are invited to share in an evening of giving and receiving reiki energy. You will be guided through self-reiki, which will be offered to the others in the share. Must be reiki level 1 to attend. Register Online

Mindful Yoga Flow

Thursdays: April 22 and May 27 • 6 to 7 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 inner peace. Props used in this class include blankets, yoga blocks or books, strap or belt and a chair. Register Online

Found Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, May 5 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Michelle Zepeda, MPH

A “found poem” is one that is created out of texts that already exist — such as a page in a book, newspaper or article — by rearranging, deleting or adding words to create a new poem. This workshop will explore the concept of found poetry and teach a new and imaginative way of expressing yourself. No prior poetry or writing experience required. Register Online

Beaded Suncatcher

Tuesday, May 18 • 1 to 2 p.m.
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Create a mobile suncatcher. All materials will be provided via curbside pickup. Beading boards are available to check out upon request. Register Online

Restorative Yoga with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Wednesday, June 2 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist; Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor

Join us for a relaxing evening that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed! You will be gently guided through supported poses to relax the body, while a sound meditation enhances the experience. Each pose will be held for a few minutes. Props needed for this class include bolster or blankets, yoga blocks or books and a strap or belt. Register Online

Mindfulness 101: The Art and Science of Well-Being

Mondays: June 7, 14, 21 and 28 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Angela Lorbeck, DACM, MSTOM, MPH, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

This four-week series empowers cancer patients and their caregivers to take an active role in achieving optimal health and well-being. Join us to learn and practice a series of mindfulness skills (breathing, self-compassion, body scan and more) known to improve self-awareness, focus and resilience. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged. Register Online

Mixed Media Art

Spring Pastel Landscape

Tuesday, April 27 • 3 to 4 p.m.
Barbara Weigand, Caring Arts Foundation

Create a simple spring landscape using pastels. Materials needed include blue or gray construction paper, soft pastels, cotton swabs, kneaded eraser and wipes or paper towels. Register Online

LOVE Collage

Tuesday, May 25 • 3 to 4 p.m.
Barbara Weigand, Caring Arts Foundation

Taking a cue from pop artists from the 1960s, you will create a bright fun collage perfect for framing! Materials needed include scrapbook paper, bright colored cardstock or construction paper, pencil, markers or acrylic paint, and glue sticks. Register Online

Mixed Media Flowers

Tuesday, June 22 • 3 to 4 p.m.
Barbara Weigand, Caring Arts Foundation

Celebrate the blooming season by creating fun, easy flowers using a mixture of media. Materials needed include watercolor or acrylic paint, mixed media paper, black fine point sharpie, bright colored paper, bubble or plastic wrap, glue and buttons, ribbon or sequins. Register Online

UZIT Body Awareness Meditation

UZIT, or Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, uses a variety of contemporary modalities – including breathwork, body awareness meditation, restorative poses, reiki and essential oils – to help ease discomfort. Enjoy a taste of UZIT with this 25-minute meditation from Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, certified clinical aromatherapist, and experience peace and inner calmness.

Healing Meditation: Relax with Sandy

Relax with Sandy LaBianco-Brown as she guides you through this healing sound meditation – made especially for you to listen to in your own home.

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.