November and December Programs

We encourage you to participate in any group or class that fits your needs. If you would like to learn more about our groups and classes, please call 630-323-5150 and ask to speak to an Oncology Support Counselor.


If you are already a participant at Wellness House, follow these easy instructions to register for programs online. 

To begin, go to the home page of the Wellness House website and follow these easy steps. 

  • Click on Login Here at the top right corner of the page.
  • Click Create your account Now
  • Complete the necessary personal information
  • Create your password and login
  • Register for programs  

Wellness House will close Wednesday, November 26 at 3:00PM and will be closed Thursday, November 27 in observance 
                               of Thanksgiving


Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Saturday, December 20   9:30-11:00AM Registration Required  

Join us for a light breakfast and meet other new participants.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions, give you a tour of the facility and help you register for any program.  This is an open house so feel free to come and go as fits your schedule.


Information and Education

Book Club: True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Thursdays, October 16 - November 20 1:00-2:00PM Drop-Ins Welcome

True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening.  The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives.  A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing Val Piazza at or call 630-654-5118.

Friday Flicks - Bucket List

Friday, December 5 12:30-3:30PM Drop-Ins Welcome

Funny People -  Starring Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler and Leslie Mann.  When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Renew Your Reiki 

Wednesday, December 3 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Join us to renew your Reiki practice.  This program is for students of Reiki who have taken a class at Wellness House or with other teachers.  Master Teacher, Jane Van De Velde will review basic concepts, answer questions, encourage storytelling, and guide you in offering Reiki both to yourself and a partner. 

This program is sponsored by the Reiki Share Project

End of Life Discussion: Panel Presentation

Thursday, December 4 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Amarylis Gil, MD, Medical Director for Hospice 

Mary Belville, RN Radiation Oncology Nurse

Don Dalhiemer, M.Div., LCSW, Psychosocial Navigator-Oncology

Kathy Rossi, MSW, Hospital Social Worker

Jeromy Guthrie, M.Div. Hospice Chaplain

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare

Wellness House invites you to attend a presentation and panel discussion about this important yet sometimes difficult topic to discuss.  You will have the opportunity to hear experts from Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare talk about such issues as: difficult discussions with your doctor, nutrition, managing the symptoms at end of life, advance directives, spiritual needs of the dying, the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice and more.

Holiday Open House

Friday, December 12 4:30-6:30PM Registration Required *PLEASE NOTE THE OPEN HOUSE TIME HAS CHANGED*   

You and your family are invited to share the holiday spirit at Wellness House.  Stop by for entertainment, food and fun!   


Look Good Feel Better

Tuesday, December 9    2:00-4:00PM

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

Spend some time with others in active treatment learning how to manage hair, nail and skin changes due to cancer treatment. 


Healthy Living

Sidelining Side Effects

Monday, December 8      6:00-7:00PM       Registration Required

Designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment.  This class will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize and prevent side effects.

  • Low Appetite or Excessive Weight Loss
  • Taste Changes or Lack of Taste
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Diarrhea & Constipation
  • Dry/Sore Mouth or Throat & Thick Saliva    


Family Matters

Holiday Tree Decorating at Brookfield Zoo

Saturday, November 22 TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED Registration Required

Celebrate the season and help us decorate the Wellness House tree at Brookfield Zoo.  Be sure to come to Family Traditions to make your ornament and get your family zoo pass.  


Stress Management  

Guided Meditation for Healing

Mondays, October 27-December 1  6:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Bridget Juster, Lac., B Holistic

This 4-week series will teach specific meditations to support the healing process. Whether you're undergoing cancer treatment, currently in remission, or want to support your loved ones - meditation can empower your healing potential. In this class, you'll learn how to apply four healing powers (images, words, feelings, and beliefs) along with healing energies such as light, movement, and sound, to promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being. 

Painting Our Cosmos

Saturday, November 22 10:30AM-12:30PM Registration Required

We'll paint extraordinary, cosmic swirls working from small to large.  Join in the fun and gain new perspectives as the process takes on a whole new wonderment.

Seasonal Art: Centerpieces for the Table

Tuesday, November 25 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Create a centerpiece to complete your holiday decorating.

Creating in Circle - Mandalas

Tuesday, November 25-December 16 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required

Mandala means circle.  Join us to learn about and create Friendship, Luminous, Gifting and Unity mandalas.

Seasonal Art: Snowflakes by Hand

Wednesday, December 10, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Celebrate the winter by creating snowflakes to decorate your home.

Whimsical Portraits

Monday, December 15, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required

Pair up for playful portrait painting to experience the roles of painter and subject.  Everyone leaves with a print to take home.  Sign up as a twosome or come individually.  Registration is limited to 8 participants. 


Support and Networking

Couples Saturday Retreat

Saturday, December 6 9:00am - 1:00pm* -Registration Required  *Please note time change

Join us for a couple's retreat to deepen your friendship, reconnect and learn skills to improve communication with your partner all of which is grounded, evidence-based research.  Retreat will include lecture and hands-on activities.


Off Site Programs

DuPage Medical Group

Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Rd. Lisle IL

Watercolor 101

Lower Level Cancer Resource Center

Friday, October 31 - November 21 11:00-1:00PM Registration Required

Learn the basic techniques and tricks to paint with beautiful, colorful watercolors.  Watch as water helps the artist, and bring home finished paintings at the end of each class.  All skill levels are welcome.  This class is available to cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

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