Education and Wellness

We offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.

We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast, ovarian and gynecological cancer.

Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Updates for details.


Tai Chi

WHEN: Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

NOTE: Space is limited. Please call for more information.

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

The basic principle of Tai Chi (TIE-chee) is to cultivate what the Chinese allude to as the 3 treasures: mind, body, spirit. The practice includes a series of exercises called Silk Reeling (slow, repetitive, meditative movements) followed by form practice. Benefits include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a sense of well-being.

In this class, a basic beginner form will be taught. Learn to focus the mind while working on the principles of posture and motion. The goal is to help each student understand the mind-body relationship so they can continue to grow with the forms they have learned long after class ends.

INSTRUCTOR: Alan Bandes. Alan has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.

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Meditation

WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Telephone conference call

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time the day before: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time out of our day to nurture ourselves and find calm and peace. Support Connection invites you to join Alan Bandes, our beloved Tai Chi teacher, as he offers a weekly meditation class via toll free teleconference. Alan will share the basics of meditation and will lead us in a soothing, relaxing 15 minute guided meditation.

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Rosen Movement: A Gentle Wellness Class

WHEN: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:45 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on the day before the session.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Are you are looking for a new way to reduce stress, relax, and connect with your body, in the comfort of your home? Then consider trying Rosen Movement. Developed by physical therapist Marion Rosen, a health and wellness pioneer, Rosen Movement encourages relaxation through range of motion and stretching exercises set to music. The sequence of movements encourages flexibility through joint lubrication, chest and rib expansion, muscle lengthening and ease of body, mind and spirit. The movements are easy and simple.

No experience necessary. All you need are comfortable clothing and a private space to move freely. Attend one or all of the sessions.

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Ross is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Rosen Method Bodyworker. She is also certified in Core Energetic Therapy and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Betty is also a breast cancer survivor.

Comments from some past participants: “This program helped me relax & exercise at the same time.” ~ “I felt like my various joints were put through a full range of motion and I didn’t feel quite as stiff. It was nice to connect with others, even if just virtually.” ~ “Betty was wonderful and her choice of music had a smile on my face throughout the class. I left each class happy and feeling great.”

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Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

WHEN: Saturdays; 10 – 11:30 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.

INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for more than 20 years and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for more than 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing.


Nourish Your Whole Self: A Virtual Cooking Class

WHEN: Monday, May 23, 5:30 – 6:45 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Friday, May 20.

Spring is all about G R E E N S. With the bountiful spring season upon us, our bodies start craving lighter, plant-based meals. To help lighten up your meals, join us for this hands-on cooking class with Susan Chasen, Health and Wellness Coach. We’ll share the recipes with you ahead of time. Register early so you have time to shop for ingredients and cook along with Susan.

There’ll be two items on the menu, both gluten-free and vegetarian friendly:

  • Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with leafy greens and basil pesto
  • A kale salad using antioxidant rich berries.

If zucchini and kale are not your favorite ingredients, no worries; Susan will be able to provide substitutions or alternates to fit your fondness.

Make extra because you (and your family) will be asking for a second helping. No oven required! A question and answer period will follow the cooking segment.

Instructor: Susan Chasen is a professionally trained Health Coach who graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her mission is to share the power your food choices have in improving your overall health and wellness. In 2012 Susan founded The Organic Teaching Kitchen, a “teaching kitchen” and organic garden in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. The kitchen and garden provide sustenance, inspiring the basics of good nutrition. Susan offers private and small group cooking and coaching sessions, as well as on-site school and corporate wellness programs.

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