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.


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Introduction Programs

Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Mondays, 12:00noon

Wednesdays, 9:30am

Thursdays, 5:30pm

Saturday, August 27 9:30am - 10:30am  

Drop by - No registration necessary

New to Wellness House?  Join us for this informal orientation meeting that provides an overview of programs, a tour of facility and chance to meet staff.  This meeting is an opportunity for newcomers to learn more about the ways to benefit from Wellness House.

Special Events

Day of Remembrance

Saturday, September 17 12:00noon - 2:00pm Registration Required 

This year's annual Day of Remembrance presenter will be Reverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins.  Reverend Jenkins is the Bereavement Services Manager for VITAS Healthcare of Chicagoland Northwest in Lombard, and Chicagoland Central in Chicago.  She is an author and national keynote presenter in universities, health care and social service organizations and various Christian churches.  

When Breath Becomes Air ~ Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, September 22 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

When Breath Becomes Air has rocked both the medical and literary worlds with its honest and heart wrenching exploration of end of life and how, in author Dr. Paul Kalanithi's words, coming face to face with your own mortality changes nothing and everything.  

Please join Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Dr. Paul Kalanithi's widow, an internist at Stanford, speak about her experience standing alongside her husband during the final period of their lives together.   She will speak about the experience of When Breath Becomes Life for her: as newly widowed mother, a medical professional personally awakened to the intimacy of life and death, as shepherds Paul's message of learning to live a life of meaning when faced with death. 

Hot Topics in Prostate Cancer Symposium 2016

Saturday, September 24 8:30am - 12:30pm Registration Required

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or care about someone who has, then please join us for Hot Topics in Prostate Cancer 2016.  This is your opportunity to join many of the top medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest updates in the treatment of prostate cancer.   

Top Doc Lecture Series

Updates in Ovarian Cancer 

Thursday, September 8 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Nita Kamik Lee MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology

University of Chicago 

Information and Education

Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You 

Thursday, September 1, 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required

Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment.  Watch and learn how to tie scarves, quick make-up tips, and how to create eyebrows to improve your appearance and raise your confidence.

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, September 12  2:00-4:00pm Registration Required

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

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

Book Club: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

Tuesdays, July 26 - August 23 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required

Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings.  After being in print for 10 years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Join us for this 3-part documentary based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book that follows the story of cancer from its first documented descriptions to modern medical research.  This powerful documentary combines historical perspectives, intimate personal narratives, and further investigation into the scientific breakthroughs which bring us closer to finding cures.  While each part builds from the previous, it is not a requirement to have viewed a previous part.   

Thursday, August 11 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required  Part 1 - Magic Bullets (to 1970)

Thursday, August 18 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required  Part 2 - The Blind Men and the Elephant (1970-2000)

Thursday, August 25 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required  Part 3 - Finding the Achilles Heel (2000-2015)

How to Give and Get the Information and Response You Want From Your Doctor

Tuesday, August 23 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Over 30 years of experience in healthcare allows Maryellen to share suggestions about how to optimize your interactions with physicians. From the first step of creating quiet time to identify your major concerns before each meeting to sharing specific tools that will streamline effective interactions, this session will focus on developing your confidence in becoming a partner with your physician throughout the course of the cancer journey.  

Lymphedema: What Is It, and What to Do About It

Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required

Many patients experience symptoms of swelling in the extremities following cancer treatment or surgery, often associated with pain or discomfort.  In this presentation, we will learn what lymphedema is, and how we can lessen and manage its symptoms.

Renew Your Reiki

Wednesday, September 7, 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 to a partner.

Oncology Essential Oils 101

Tuesday, September 13, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

This workshop will teach the basic concepts of essential oils such as where they come from and how to purchase authentic quality essential oils.  We will also delve into safety factors and the different ways that essential oils can be used.

Reflexology: What Is It, and How Can I Benefit?

Thursday, September 29, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Lesley Wheeler, RN, Certified Egyptian Reflexologist will discuss the methodology of reflexology, and the potential benefits that reflexology can have in managing stress and symptoms.

Saturday Morning Webinars

Health Insurance Options 2016

Saturday, August 27 11:00am - 12:00pm Registration Required

Presented by Monica Bryant, Cancer Rights Attorney, COO of Triage Cancer, Cancer and Careers

This webinar will provide attendees with information about existing health insurance options and those brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including consumer protections and health insurance options, and how these might affect cancer patients.  This webinar is provided by Cancer + Careers.   

Healthy Living

Cooking Up Wellness

Saturdays, August 13, September 10 10:30am-12:00pm Registration Required

Mondays, August 22, September 26 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required

Learn to appreciate real, fresh foods and simple culinary principles for cancer prevention and survivorship.  This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help participants deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.

Each class features NEW recipes!


Food for Life

Thursdays, September 8 - 29. 12:30-2:00pm Registration Required  

Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition.  Each session focuses on a different aspect of scientifically sound basics of a cancer-fighting diet.  Based on the Cancer Project's book, "The Cancer Survivors Guide: Foods that Help You Fight Back".

Harvest & Simple Preservation Techniques for your Holistic Garden

Thursday, August 25 1:00-2:30pm Registration Required

Whether you have planted your own vegetable garden, shop at your local farmers market, or simply like taking advantage of the lower prices associated with buying in season produce at the grocery store, this workshop is for you.  Certified Health Coach & Organic Gardener Amy Cox of omstead, llc will lead you through a series of fresh, simple ways to extend the life of your produce by utilizing efficient storing, refrigerations & freezing techniques.  You will also receive a kit that contains kitchen items that make it easy to extend the life of your produce.       

Stress Management

Spring Garden Walk

Tuesday, August 23, September 27 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required

Garden Walks are a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature while walking, relaxing and enjoying good company.  Susan Beard guides participants on the garden walks and takes them through many of Hinsdale's finest gardens.

Stress Free Saturday

Saturdays, August 27, September 10, 24 9:30-10:30am Registration Required

Enjoy the benefits of starting your weekend stress free.  Come to this class and experience a variety of stress reduction techniques including several forms of meditation.

Meditation for YOU

Mondays, July 18-August 8 12:00-1:00pm Registration Required

Join Bridget Juister, LAc. of B Holistic and learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through meditation.  You'll learn to tailor meditation to suit your specific needs.  Whether you're looking to manage stress, create self-healing or receive inner guidance for life's challenges, meditation is the way.

Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Saturdays, August 20, September 17 10:00am-12:00pm Registration Required

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing.  Space is limited. 

Healing and the Spirit Connection

Wednesdays, August 24-September 14 5:45-6:45pm Registration Required

This 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.

Community Acupuncture 

Wednesday, September 7 12:30-4:30pm Registration Required

30 minute time slots will be assigned from 12:30-4:30pm

Join Bridget Juister to experience the benefits of acupuncture in a community setting that allows 3 to 5 participants to experience acupuncture at the same time.  Space is limited, and priority will be given to participants in the greatest need.  An updated medical release will be required.


Expressive Arts

Japanese Folk Art Dolls

Wednesdays, August 3-24 6:00-8:00pm Registration Required

These good luck dolls come from a long tradition of toy making, utilizing Zen and Buddhist values.  All materials provided. 

Paint from a Photo

Fridays, September 2-23 12:00-2:00pm Registation Required 

Learn techniques and tricks to recreate your favorite photo in paint.  All materials provided, but bring in your photo. 

Support and Networking

GIST - Chicago Life Raft Group

Sunday, September 11 12:30-3:30pm Registration Required

Wellness House is hosting this group, organized by the Chicago area chapter of the Life Raft Group.  This group is for anyone diagnosed with GIST and their caregivers.