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.

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 different tones combine to produce an immediate state of tranquility as the sound waves encourage restoration to the central nervous system to bring about deep relaxation and meditation.


By appointment only
Sandy LaBianco-Brown and Karen Jendruczek, Reiki Masters

This one-on-one service is an energetic relaxation therapy that offers stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain, improved sleep and other benefits. Reiki energy can be directed by using hands-on contact, placing the hand slightly above the body or at a distance. Virtual or in person.

Guided Meditation

Wednesdays: August 4 and September 1 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Audrey Stoppel, RN, 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

Giving Back Society

Fridays: August 20 and September 17 • 10 to 11 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 cancercommunity. Register Online

Expressive Writing Group

Wednesdays: August 18 and September 15 • 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, thenshare to heal and empower mental well-being. No prior writing or poetry experience is required. Register Online

Firefly Garden Stake

Tuesday, August 17 • 1 to 2 p.m.
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Create an easy and fun garden stake to enjoy for the summer! All materials will be provided. Register Online

Group Sound Healing

Tuesday, September 21 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibration Sound Therapist

Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls designed to promote relaxation and balance for both your body and mind. This experience brings about deep relaxation and meditation. Use a pillow, blanket and eye mask for enhanced comfort. Register Online

Mixed Media Art Class: Pastel Fireflies

Tuesday, July 27 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Barbara Weigand
Celebrate summer by creating a lovely pastel drawing of fireflies. No drawing experience needed. Materials needed include black pastel or construction paper, set of pastels, kneaded erasers, white tempera paint, small brush and wipes or paper towels. Register Online

Mixed Media Art Class: Pastel Dandelion Puffs

Tuesday, August 24 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Barbara Weigand

Nothing says summer more than puffs of dandelions. Capture that remembrance in pastel. Materials needed include dark colored pastel or construction paper, set of pastels, kneaded erasers, white tempera paint, small brush and wipes or paper towels. Register Online

Mixed Media Art Class: Autumn Trees Contemporary Paper Collage

Tuesday, September 28 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Barbara Weigand
This relaxing and simple project creates a very sophisticated result, especially when framed. Materials needed include 8.5 x 11 or 9x12 paper (dark blue, black or dark brown),paper in various fall colors, sharpie markers, scissors, glue sticks or craft glue. Register Online

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.