restore balance and harmony
We offer educational programs in the healing arts and group support to help regain physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
To provide a positive environment for women affected by cancer
—before, during, and after treatment—
to alleviate stress and anxiety through the healing arts.
This session will focus on being mindful and intentional in our daily lives both relating to our food intake and our daily demands. I will provide my process of taking everyday stressors and turning them into actionable steps for an intentional, organized purpose filled plan. Workshop will also focus on finding a balance of macronutrients on a daily basis to ensure our bodies and minds have all the carbohydrates, fats and proteins we need to function optimally.
Nia® Dancing is a specialty class designed for people with short- and long-term illness and those with pain due to injury. We move in a gentle way, tuning into body awareness and expression, to self-heal and feel better. Wear comfortable clothing and bring socks if you prefer not to be barefoot. We will be on our feet, but feel free to sit if needed. […]
“Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.” Brenda Ueland "For our writing to be a healing experience, we honor our pain, loss, and grief.” Louise de Salvo Come tap into the voice and language that is uniquely yours. Honor the story that only you can tell. Discover how writing can be a life tool. Come write about what you carry…..Join us […]
WHAT OUR GROUP MEMBERS ARE SAYING
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” – Luciano De Crescenzo
WINGS has been a blessing to me. I am so very grateful to the wonderful women who work arduously to put these programs together. Each month I leave inspired not just from what I learned but also from hearing the stories of other survivors who share their strength and hope. I strongly suggest that if cancer has affected your life or you are currently being treated that you attend this program and feel the love and energy in the room. Thank you WINGS and friends who laugh and cry with me each month.Thriving and surviving,
While I was undergoing my first set of treatments in March of 2013, I was introduced to a nurse by the name of Lynn Ferrer at Saint Barnabas, who practiced holistic therapy and medicine. She invited me to attend a “WINGS” meeting. I was unsure if this was something I would be comfortable doing. I, like many others, was scared what the future had in store for me. I was diagnosed when I was 33 years old. More or less, I was afraid to live but afraid to die… But then I met the women of WINGS, and my perspective on this group—and life—changed. At first glance I thought, “What could I possibly have in common with these women?” But this group of ladies—some young, some old; some black, some white; some single, some married and some widowed; and some heterosexual, some homosexual—all had one thing in common: they were united by cancer. This ugly monster had allowed something beautiful to evolve from its evil existence: a friendship—a bond that no other person could break or understand unless she was part of this unique group. These women and their stories not only inspired me, but healed me on so many levels. And for that, I am eternally grateful to WINGS.
No matter what age, what stage or what type, a cancer diagnosis is truly the “emperor of all maladies”… for women, typically caretakers, it is that much more complicated… Out of the common pain WINGS was born and for me it was one of the cancer takeaways… A room full of different women joined not by a disease but a journey of survival. WINGS calendar of programs and activities that tend to the mind, body, and soul was something I needed as much as Tamoxifen! Julie Maloney’s Writing Workshop, a powerhouse and my personal favorite, helped me address and process both the terribly traumatic and profoundly wonderful life lessons from my cancer journey.These holistic programs, coupled with the supportive life energy of an inspirational group of women, became a vital part of my education on how to be a cancer THRIVER. For me, that was less about medicine than about harnessing the strategies and energy to cope and heal, which can be discovered at each and every WINGS gathering. No one would choose cancer, but in its wake can be found great gifts… Said best by comedic legend Gilda Radner, “if it wasn’t for the downside… everyone would want it.” My participation in WINGS reminds me of the beauty and purpose which trumps the cancer card, and for that, I will always be grateful.
After going through chemo, surgery & radiation, I was referred to this group by the sweetest holistic nurse, Lynn Ferrer. At my first meeting, I felt like I had walked into a room full of old friends. Never having met before, I was welcomed into the group with open arms. This wonderful group makes me feel comforted, loved, and understood. This group is appropriately named “Wings” because they are indeed angels on earth.
Our programs are free of charge. With the support of our donors, we can continue our mission. Feel free to donate directly or buy our new book. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.