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 and ovarian 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.

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Young Survivors Open Discussion

WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 7 – 8 pm NY time
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to women nationwide, ages 20 – 40 years old, 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 Wednesday, January 19.

There is no age discrimination for cancer. Support Connection understands the unique challenges faced by those diagnosed at a young age. Join us for this open discussion where you’ll have a chance to connect with other young women coping with similar issues. Share your experiences and hear from others at this same stage of life. See that you’re not alone.

The discussion will be led by one of our Support Connection Peer Counselors who herself was diagnosed at a young age. The focus will be how being diagnosed at a young age can impact different areas of your life. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Fertility issues
  • Being a caregiver
  • Parenting
  • Dealing with medically/surgically induced menopause

This is not an educational program; there will be no professionals speaking about the medical or psychosocial aspects of cancer. Our Open Discussions present a valuable opportunity to connect with others with similar concerns who understand what you’re going through, and a chance to help one another by sharing information, resources, and coping strategies.

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It’s Okay to Grieve, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion for Men Living With Loss

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 7 – 8 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to men nationwide who have lost a spouse or partner to 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 Mon., January 31.

It is never possible to prepare yourself for the loss of a spouse or partner. Learning how to cope with the grief and the impact on your life is hard to do alone. Speaking with others who’ve also been through it is an excellent way to learn and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have experienced loss, regardless of how much time has gone by. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • There is no one way to grieve: no right way, and no wrong way.
  • Dealing with unexpected “trigger points” and reminders.
  • Coping with loneliness.
  • Giving yourself permission to move forward.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes is a volunteer facilitator who has personally experienced the loss of his beloved wife to breast cancer.

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For Men Only, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion For Men With A Spouse Or Partner Going Through Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, March 15, 7-8 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to men nationwide who have a spouse or partner living with 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 Mon., March 14.

It may be your spouse or partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but it also affects you, as well as your family. You want to help and be supportive, but it’s not always easy to know how. Speaking with others who are in the same situation is an excellent way to learn, get ideas, and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have a spouse or partner dealing with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • What it’s like to see your spouse or partner go through cancer, and how it affects you.
  • How cancer can impact you and your spouse or partner, your relationship and your family.
  • Coping strategies for you, your spouse or partner, and your family.
  • Giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs at the same time as you support your loved one.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: David Tartaglia is a volunteer facilitator who has personally experienced coping with his own wife’s breast cancer journey.