Monthly Programs - WINGS Cancer Support
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Monthly Programs

Our programs are free of charge. Our Monthly programs are usually held at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, 07044 but are currently on Zoom because of the pandemic. Please RSVP for programs if possible.

Our programs are led by people who have made the Healing Arts their passion and graciously share their knowledge and inspiration. Each program is unique and will run for about an hour and 15 min. We then have more traditional sharing support for the second half of the evening. The sharing portion is very relaxed and women are welcome to share or just sit back and listen.

Thursday September 9, 2021
Virtual Singing Bowls
Place: Zoom link to be sent
Time: 7pm Start

Sound therapy helps us to shift away from the vibrational frequencies of stress, anger, fear, and negativity. The vibrations of the Himalayan Singing Bowls help to tune us at the cellular level, creating harmony that radiates through our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual layers. Benefits can include deep relaxation, stress reduction, lower blood pressure, improved concentration, increased creativity and heightened intuition. The peace and healing that you look for will be received via the vibration, and positive energy emitted through the bowls. “It is all in the intention” is Sandee’s reply when asked how the singing bowls work.

You will need headphones, a blanket, a favorite pillow, and yoga mat if possible, but not necessary.

Presenter: Sandee Moreta

Sandee’s commitment to compassionate healing on an individual level led her to the singing bowls. She has been practicing sound healing since 2007, and in April 2015 completed the “International Sound Healing with Himalayan Chakra Singing Bowls Teacher Training Course” with Suren Shrestha, Master Teacher at the Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School in Boulder Colorado. Sandee is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor (RYT 500) and certified Reiki II practitioner.

Thursday October 14,2021
The Science of Happiness
Place: Zoom link to be sent
Time: 7:00pm



What is the pursuit of Happiness?  How do we find it?  How do we hold on to it?  What does it mean to us professionally or personally?
We’ve been taught that if we work hard, we will be successful, and then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, get a raise, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
When we are positive our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient and productive.  While happiness can seem ephemeral and a “soft” topic, there are numerous studies using scientific data studying neural brain science that proves happier people are more productive, healthier, and have greater well-being in their lives.  Even when we are going through a rough time, a cancer diagnosis or loss of someone we love, this framework can help us in our grief. In this workshop, we’ll use a framework to define what happiness means to each of us and create our own well-being formula.

Presenter: Wendy Van Besien

Wendy Van Besien has a 25+ year proven track record in consumer product marketing, strategy, and organizational behavior. Her many top Fortune 50 clients have benefitted from her solution oriented results that synergistically build team dynamics.

She transitioned this success to a more personal passion and purpose. As a 3-time cancer survivor Wendy intimately understands the process for treatment and importance of transitioning, thereafter to a balanced life. But change and transition are an inevitable life process. Other events like job loss, career change, and divorce are struggles that create stress and imbalance that can paralyze us into inaction. The collateral damage of any of these events on a person’s life — such as, depression, stress, fear, fatigue, relationship struggles, body image issues, post-traumatic stress, and loss of control are just some of the potential effects.

Wendy plans to tackle the social and emotional impacts of these stresses by supporting; inspiring and providing an empowering path for her clients to create the life they choose to lead. She works with clients to help identify and strengthen coping mechanisms to deal with day-to-day challenges, create the motivation to thrive and lead the way to a happier, more balanced life.

Coaching is a unique profession because clients invest a substantial amount of time and money into the coaching process and agree to be accountable for action. It’s about creating and experiencing the life of their choosing,

Wendy is an IPEC Certified Coach, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Julie Maloney
Saturday November 6, 2021
Writing Workshop
Place: Zoom link to be sent
Time: 10:00-12:00pm

“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 for a two-hour workshop. Pre-registration is recommended.

Presenter: Julie Maloney

Julie Maloney is Founder/Director of Women Reading Aloud which is an international organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice. WRA believes in providing space for artistic growth.

Founded in New Jersey in 2003, it offers writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, the Author Series, and Work-in-Progress Series, Writing and Yoga Program, conferences and retreats where women writers can explore their “authentic” voices. WRA provides a warm atmosphere conducive to exploration and discovery. Our goals are for participants to learn something new, to affirm their own writing lives.

Terry Hart
Thursday January 20, 2022
NIA Dancing
Place: Verona Community Center
Time: 7:00pm

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. Nia is about moving in YOUR body’s way.
“My mission is to inspire people at any age to move, express, and feel better.”

Teresa D’Angelo

Teresa D’Angelo helps people mindfully connect with their bodies and express themselves through movement that is therapeutic and engaging. She found healing movement to be vital for her own journey with autoimmune illness and has been practicing and teaching Nia® for 13 years. Known for her ability to connect with people where they are, she created Live Love Move, LLC to offer movement education programs and private sessions. Teresa also is an Ageless Grace Brain & Body Health Educator/Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Therapy Bodywork Practitioner, and is currently continuing her education in a multi-year Dance/Movement Therapy program through the American Dance Therapy Association.

Thursday February 17, 2022
All You Ever Wanted To Know About Medicinal Marijuana
Place: Verona Community Center
Time: 7:00pm
Presenter: Vinny Mazzeo

Dispelling the myths and misinformation about marijuana and learning about the practical and possible medicinal applications of cannabis in oncology, neurology and pain management.

Thursday April 21, 2022
Qigong and Meditation for Energy and Inner Balance
Place: Verona Community Center
Time: 7:00pm

This program will be filled with practical techniques to enhance balance during challenging times. Using breath, movement, intention, energy awareness and relaxed focus we can drastically change our state of being powerful and simple Qigong exercises plus targeted meditation techniques are some of the invaluable resources you will gain. Effective stress reduction methods are included. 

Presenter: Gary McCabe

Gary T. McCabe, the founder of relaxrenew.com, has been studying cross-cultural human development and healing since the mid-1970’s.

He is certified in Qigong bodywork (tuina) and Qigong. Gary has been authorized to teach Yiquan for Health by Dr. James Kan, 4th generation Yiquan teacher. Mr.McCabe has taught at major Corporations, Hospitals, Health and Community Centers for over 25 years.

www.relaxrenew.com

Thursday May 19, 2022
Forks over Knives
Verona Community Center
Time: 7:00pm

This program will play off the truths explained in the famous documentary focusing on a plant-based diet and how this is the best prevention against heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Presenter: Chrissy Davenport

Chrissy’s mission as a Holistic Health Coach is to partner with her clients to achieve personal health and wellness goals by making gradual and effective changes to diet and lifestyle. Each client is unique in his or her health challenge and so individualized nutrition plans and weekly accountabilities are created together with her clients to ensure lasting change and continued success.

Chrissy holds a BA in Psychology from Brown University and a Masters in Business Administration from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition © in New York City and is Board Certified and an Accredited Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Thursday June 16, 2022
Chat ‘n Paint
Place: Verona Community Center
Time: 7:00pm

What is Therapeutic Painting? With the use of guided painting instructor these types of activities have shown to improve one’s mental health. Creating or viewing art is used to help with exploring emotions, coping with stress, and helping one to learn about self- awareness and self- esteem and also add social skills. Therapeutic painting gives you the ability to learn something new or revive one’s artist talents or just have a mini escape from everything happening around you. Therapeutic painting focuses more on the product itself, with the overall goal to create a specific piece of pleasing artwork. The goal is to create something that is interesting, beautiful, or just visually appealing while enjoying the absence of stress and negative energy that surrounds us.

Supplies Needed:

Acrylic paint colors Yellow, Blue, Brown, Black and White.
Plain White Paper or Standard Canvas (Standard Canvas is 16X20).
Round tip paint brush sizes: One 12 big and six small (Any brushes for the large brush can be from numbers 10-12 and Small 5-7).

Please Note: If you do not want to purchase any supplies you can use whatever you may have at home such as pens, crayons, colored pencils, markers, watercolor paints with plain white paper.

You can find all these products at stores such as Michael’s, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Target, etc.

Here is an Amazon Kit that contains all that is needed for this program:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CRN1JDF/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_fabt1_ZEGSFb3D9VYCA

Presenter: Krista Scott

Krista Scott is a graduate of SUNY Purchase Art school in New York. Krista earned a 4-year degree in Fine Arts. Her passion teaching art started in 1998 to all ages. As a Camp Art teacher, she landed an art teaching position in Bedford, New York. After working there for a few years, she worked with many private schools as After school art teacher. Becoming a mother of two boys she started a party business with art classes and party favors incorporated. Since art has always been her first love and passion a new chapter has started. In 2018 she followed her dream to write a book. She became a self-published author and illustrator to her first children’s book series Ollie, The many adventures of Ollie and friends. Since then, she has continued her series with a new book in 2019 Ollie the Sand Artist. You can find her books online and on her website at KreativeBooksbyKrista.com. She has developed a passion to excite young readers by providing colorful pages and playful characters that engage children in the reading experience.

In 2019, Krista had been faced with Breast Cancer and soon became a patient at Joy’s Angels Healing Center. The love and support that she found from all the amazing people who work there, inspired her to become a member and volunteer for “Joy’s Angels, in Mountain Lakes, NJ. She has been doing Art classes for schools, after school programs and now as therapy for patients at centers for young and old, which gives them something to focus on and to help their healing process. Painting classes like this and other great activities your center provides are some of the many reasons why she loves being a part of patient’s journeys.

If you would like to contact Krista for additional therapeutic painting programs please email her at kreativebooksbykrista@gmail.com

KreativeBooksbyKrista.com

Testimonial

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.
-P.

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