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Healthy Lifestyle Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops spanning the full spectrum of experience – some focus on the physical being and others on the mental being.

ArtReach Chicago

Create a work of art in clay with help from one of Chicago’s most innovative art centers using ceramic and glassblowing as tools for wellness and healing. Glazed and fired pieces can be picked up the following month. All ages welcome.

Caring Arts - Mixed Media Expression

An exciting program facilitated by the Caring Arts Foundation, each session guides you on a journey to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing. Various theme idea-starters and artistic materials are provided for each session. No prior artistic skills required, just the desire to express yourself.

 

Jewelry

Learn how to create your own accessories such as earrings, necklaces are bracelets in a supportive environment with others who are looking to be creative.

Chair Yoga

Yoga practiced sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. Many of the poses are adapted from mat yoga. A great fit for beginners and those who are unable to take our mat classes. 

Gentle Yoga

This class features gentle stretches and poses using resistance to help develop strength. This class focuses on giving those grieving loss a safe, supportive space to practice yoga techniques to help recapture a sense of well-being. Appropriates for all levels. 

Grief Yoga

Class focuses on giving those grieving loss a safe, supportive space to practice yoga techniques to help recapture a sense of well-being. Appropriate for all levels. 

Laughter Yoga

Laughter wellness (also known as laughter yoga) gets you laughing without even needing to remember that great joke you heard that one time. Please join us to learn a little more about laughter wellness, tap into your inner child and get laughing again! No experience needed and open to all levels. 

Restorative Yoga

A relaxing class using props and chairs as needed for support in comfortable lying an standing positions. Its ideal for beginners and people with limited mobility to refresh the mind and body.

Yoga & Meditation

Explore yoga asana to become aware of the body, the gently shift to guided meditation. This class welcomes all levels to move through yoga poses at their own pace, finding what works best for their body and mind.

Yoga Nidra: Deep Healing Relaxation Method

This healing, active meditation is done lying down on props. It leads to a deep state of relaxation that clams the mind, dispels tension and fatigue and bolsters the body's natural healing capacities to rejuvenate and energize on physical, mental and emotional levels.

Yoga

Mat yoga class including stretching, deep breathing, balancing, functional strength and relaxation. Stretch your body and mind. Develop flexibility and balance. 

Tai Chi

An ancient Chinese exercise combining physical exercise and meditation. No experience required.

T'ai Chi Chih

Based on ancient Chinese wisdom, T'ai Chi Chih is 19 simple, slow, gentle movements that circulate and balance energy. It is a "moving meditation" that brings serenity and greater sense of well-being. Movements can be done standing, seated or through visualization. 

Brain Fitness

Formerly named, Body Awakening, this one-of-a-kind program focused on improving the brain's ability to fuction efficiently and effectively which will help you adapt to constantly changing environment and physical conditions. This class uses rhythm and coordination exercises to bilaterally activate and stimulate the brain's natural ability to form new connections which promote neuroplasicity, creativity, focus and resilience. Additionally, you will learn acupressure protocols for stress management, energy restoration, allergy reduction, etc. as well as relaxation and breathing techiniques. Besdies great results, you will have a ton of fun  through the enjoyment of juggling balls.

Meditation 

Meditation can be a source of energy, wisdom and strength. This class will teach you basic relaxation, breath meditation and visualization. 

Sit in Sound

Re-harmonize your body and release stress with the help of crystal singing bowls. The precise and powerful vibrations of each instrument help bring our cells into harmony. Participants simply sit near the instruments and allow the produced vibrations to bring their body back into a state of harmony. No previous experience necessary.

BeMoved®

BeMoved® shares the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities and believes that movement, expressed through dance and music, has a transformative power that enriches a person's well-being. 

Low-Impact Aerobics

Join Dr. Villaflor for this low-impact aerobics class. The class open to beginners and experts alike. Please wear gym shoes and comfortable clothing.

Boot Camp Booster

This exercise class will boost your Boot Camp exercise practice by teaching you simple exercises to increase your strength and endurance. All experience levels welcome. 

Full Body Workout

In this class we will focus on building your strength and endurance. This will be a full body workout that includes strength training exercises combined with cardio, flexibility and balance. Classes will be tailored to accommodate different activity levels and those undergoing treatment. 

Social Activities

These events provide members with opportunities to laugh, dance, talk and joke together as a community so that no one has to face cancer alone.  Examples include: newcomers member breakfasts, quarterly social events, cooking demos, improvisational classes, baking club an jewelry making.

Emily Dorfman Resource Center

Find over 1,000 books for all ages, access to computers, community events board, research studies, resources and more! Enjoy a movie or relax and read in the adjacent living room. Free Internet access for all members!

Educational Lectures and Workshops

Educational lectures and workshops provide members with opportunities to acquire new skills, tools, information, and techniques in order to increase understanding about cancer and a sense of control.  Examples include: lectures on cancer diagnoses and treatment, complementary treatments, nutritional workshops

Open to Options®

Open to Options® is a service that can help you prepare for an upcoming doctor’s appointment in which you will be making a treatment decision.  In a brief one-hour session, a Gilda’s Club Chicago staff member can help you create a list of questions and concerns to share with your doctor that will help you explore your situation and develop the best treatment option.  The service can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit by empowering you to talk more openly with your health care team about the things that really matter to you in your cancer treatment.  The program is available for people with any stage of cancer.  Staff will not provide any medical advice or information about cancer and its treatment.  For more information about the program or to schedule a session, please contact Rachel Kennedy, Program Director, at 312-464-9900 extension 130.

Continuing Education

Social Workers and Professional Counselors may obtain free CEUs for attending educational offerings at the downtown Clubhouse on Wells Street.  For additional information or to register for CEUs, please contact Liz Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-C, Clinical Program Manager, at lizsullivan@gildasclubchicago.org.

Support Groups

The following support groups are available to individuals ages 18 and older and require being assigned to a group after completing both and Information Session and a Customized Membership Plan.  Please find an Information Session that works for your schedule on our calendar https://www.gildasclubchicago.org/calendar or call 312-464-9900 to schedule.

Bereavement Group

Weekly support group for those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

Family Group

Weekly support group for those supporting a loved one with cancer.

Wellness Groups

Weekly support groups for men and women living with cancer.

Networking Groups

These are drop-in groups designed for attendees with similar diagnoses or life situations to meaningfully connect with others and share information helpful on the cancer journey.  Family and friends are welcome to attend where indicated.

Bladder Cancer

Providing a forum for discussion and education on sensitive issues associated with lifestyle changes, body image, sleep, post- surgery issues, etc. Family and friends welcome. This group is held in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

Caregiver

This caring, supportive group is open to anyone supporting a loved one living with cancer.  Family and friends welcome.

Grupo de Apoyo Latino

Un grupo de apoyo mensual para pacientes Latinos y sus familiares en el cual pueden obtener información, compartir recursos y recibir apoyo emocional.

Para más información, por favor comuníquese con Jasmine Carrazco, jasminecarrazco@gildasclubchicago.org o llame al 312-464-9900.

Living Beyond Loss

This caring, supportive group is open to anyone experiencing grief due to a cancer-related loss. Family and friends welcome.

Lung Cancer

Provides an opportunity to connect with others and share experiences with lung cancer.  Family and friends welcome.

Metastatic Breast Cancer

A monthly networking group for people to meaningfully connect with others and share helpful information. Family and friends welcome.  This group is held in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition.

Post-Treatment

This group provides an opportunity to connect with others and share experiences, post-treatment.  Family and friends welcome.

Prostate Cancer

An active group with discussions on important topics such as treatment options, quality of life, incontinence, intimacy concerns and fear of recurrence.  Family and friends welcome. This group is part of the UsTOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network.

Young Women With Breast Cancer

Attendees exchange stories, treatment tips, and share concerns re: nutrition, body image, and relationships, etc. This group is held in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition.

Young Adult

Attendees exchange stories, treatment tips, and share concerns re: nutrition, body image, and relationships, etc. This group is held in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition.

Additional Information

Reservations

If you plan to attend any of our activities, it is best to check our calendar for the most updated information and to register. If an event requires a reservation, please complete the online RSVP or call the Clubhouse to sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that if less than 5 people are registered 24 hours in advance, the program may be canceled. 

Supervised Play for Kids

We’re happy to entertain kids during our programs, but we need to know you’re coming. Please call 312-464-9900 or email 48 hours in advance with your children’s names and ages so we can have a Noogieland volunteer available for Supervised Play.

 
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