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Overview

Meditation & Relaxation Program

Meditation & Relaxation programs teach techniques proven to reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, and help you feel more in control of your experience, and how you think and feel.

Programs currently offered by Wellspring Edmonton include:

 Mindful Self-Compassion  – Mindful Self Compassion is a helpful tool in developing emotional resilience.

 Relaxation and Visualization – Also known as guided imagery, this relaxing and peaceful experience can improve one’s sense of well-being, reduce stress and provide skills and strategies to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

Music Programs

leaf1 Drum for Joy – Drum Circles have become very popular in a variety of settings including health, wellbeing and promoting social connection.

leaf2 Ukulele ‘Strumming’ Group – The instrument is so easy to get comfortable with. Participants find themselves strumming along and singing a variety of tunes in their first session.

leaf3 Harp Circle – Wellspring Edmonton has 12 beautiful Harps waiting to be played. You will enjoy the beautiful sound of the harp strings as music is made in the group.

leaf2 Wellspring Choir – The power of music is universal. Connect with others in the healing power of song with the Wellspring Singers, a wonderful group that has been together for over 10 years.

Young Adults Programs

Young Adults Cancer Support Group – This program is for Young Adults who have or have had cancer and would like to meet socially for conversation and activities 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  

Energy Service Program

 Reiki –  Certified Reiki practitioners provide one-on-one sample sessions that promote well-being and relaxation.

Exercise Program

Wellspring Edmonton exercise programs have a focus on rehabilitation, with the goal of helping patients restore their health and recover from the various physical, cognitive (thinking) or lifestyle impacts of cancer.

Programs that we currently offer include:

Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) – Wellspring Edmonton is fortunate to be one of the community centres for the Alberta Cancer Exercise program. The ACE program offers a 12-week transition program followed by a 12-week maintenance program.

Urban PolingUrban Poling is the Canadian name for this style of walking which combines an upper body technique similar to cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of regular walking.

Gentle Yoga -Along with the physical poses, the classes include mindful breathing and meditation which can improve clarity, focus, and relaxation. A guided relaxation exercise typically completes the class.

 Restorative Yoga -Calm your mind and connect mind, body, and breath in this practice of active relaxation.  Restorative Yoga is a nurturing practice that puts you in a state of balance and connecting you to your inner resources and wisdom.  In this class, you will learn to rest deeply by supporting your body with props in positions of ease and comfort.

 Qi Gong -The art of Qi Gong entails learning to use meditation, relaxation, intention, simple movement and breathing exercises with the goal of achieving balance in physical, emotional and spiritual energy.

Individual Support Programs

Individual support programs provide opportunities for members and caregivers to meet one-on-one with a program leader or specially trained support volunteer for timely access to help with personal issues.

Programs currently offered by Wellspring Edmonton include:

 Peer Support Specially-trained support volunteers help members select programs that are appropriate to their current needs or interests.

 

Group Support Programs

Facilitated group support programs provide members with a network of peers to talk about their circumstances and concerns in a shared way, and in a caring, safe setting.

Programs that we currently offer right now include:

Caregiver’s Connect – Looking after someone experiencing cancer is an important role. However, it can be lonely and exhausting. We invite you to participate in a Caregivers Chat Group every Monday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Men’s Group – A group of people is getting together to play board games or card games. Please join us every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to play cribbage, cards, checkers, chess, etc.

leaf3 Book Discussion Group -As with any journey through unfamiliar territory, discussing a book in the company of like-minded individuals can often be a more illuminating experience because we feel safe and comfortable enough to examine the ‘landscape’ more closely.

Expressive Arts Programs

Expressive Arts programs offer creative ways of exploring the cancer experience. They provide opportunities to meet with peers for mutual support and conversation, while also gaining personal insight and perspective on the impact of cancer. No previous experience or artistic or musical abilities is required to participate.

Programs that we currently offer include:

Figurative Sculpting Through the process of working with clay, participants quickly see how it can become a vehicle to more fully understand and cope with a change in body image because of cancer surgery or treatment.

Stone Carving – Carving is a slow process – a slowing down a process, and as a result, it is a way to learn to be more ‘in the moment’.

 Writing for the Health of it –Join Pat Richardson, Edmonton writer and expert in children’s literature, as she guides participants through a writing experience exploring new pathways in life after a cancer diagnosis.

 Create a Book a Month -Participants will design and learn how to bind their own journal using simple techniques.

 “Felt” Images -This is a 4-week program which you get to create an image with beautiful colored natural fibers.

 Stitching a Life Together -All of us encounter circumstances in our lives that are challenging and at times may have us feeling that the very fiber of our being is ‘stretched to the limit”. Gathering with friends in a supportive place like Wellspring Edmonton and working together on personal stitchery projects can make a difference.

Collage and Story -This program focuses on the healing power of poetry and story as a guide to provide the opportunity of creating collages as well as exploring various themes.

My Journey Bowl -Local Ceramic Artists from the Edmonton Potter’s Guild lead this workshop to hand build a special bowl that symbolizes your cancer journey.

 Colour Your World – The act of drawing with coloured pencils is relaxing and generates a sense of calm and quiet. This drop-in program allows adults to express feelings and ideas beyond words while allowing time for quiet reflection.

 Open Studio –  In this 6-week class, we explore the art of animal portraits.

 Tile Tales – A Paint Night – This special event invites patients, families and/or caregivers to come together and create an image and story on an 8” x 8” ceramic tile. In addition to finding the program relaxing and fun, many of previous participants across Canada have said it helped them gain important insights into their own life experiences.

Nutrition Programs

Nutrition is important at any stage of the cancer journey. Wellspring Edmonton’s Nutrition programs provide many different sessions on cancer and nutrition using the latest research to teach the fundamentals of good nutritional practices for cancer patients. Many of these sessions include cooking demonstrations, food sampling and take home recipes.

Nourish Core – Program presented by oncology dietitian.

Nourish Cooking – Program presented by a dietitian.

 

Well Talk Program

The Well Talks: Professional Speaker Series provides access to local experts on a wide range of topics related to the experience of cancer. This is a year-round series of special presentations and/or workshops that includes a presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the guest expert.

 

Community Support Programs Offered At Wellspring Edmonton

These are programs that are hosted on site by various community cancer support groups. Registration for these is through the link or contact provided.

Look Good Feel Better Program –  offers cosmetic workshops, seminars on skin care, wigs and hairstyles for women

Bladder Cancer Canada Support Group – 4th Tuesday each month/ 7:00 to 8:30 pm                      Contact: Bette Thom @ 780-242-6017

Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Support Group – 3rd Monday each month/7:00 to 9:00 pm    Contact: Cheryl Bauer @ 1-800-265-5106 ext 400

Neuroendocrine Cancer Support Group – 3rd Thursday each month/7:00 to 9:00 pm/                    Contact: Gary Sorge @ 780-569-5409

Ovarian Cancer Canada Support Group – 3rd Wednesday each month/6:00 to 8:00 pm       Contact: Elisha Andrews @ 780-233-8253

 Prostate Cancer Canada Network-Women’s Support Group – 3rd Thursday each month/7:00 to 9:00 pm/ Contact: Sue Sohnle > H: 780-902-9832 Cell: 780-459-9830

Workplace Program

Most cancer patients who are working at the time of diagnosis take a leave of absence for some of their cancer journey. Wellspring Edmonton has programs to help patients achieve a successful and sustained work experience after cancer.

Programs that we currently offer include:

leaf3 Return to Work – Resumes and Interviews – Professional career advisers assist individuals in managing their careers through various challenges during after cancer treatment.

 

Special Services Program

 Child minding –  To support program participation, supervised child minding is provided with 5 days’ notice.  This support program is dependent on the availability of a child minding volunteer at the time.

 

Over Time

We are delighted that you have chosen Wellspring to help you through your cancer journey.

Although we understand that cancer treatment or recovery can take some time, we hope that a day will come when you have regained your health and no longer require the programs and services that Wellspring offers. At that point, Wellspring has recommendations for long-term health and wellness programs available in your community. These programs can help you stay well and retain the recovery you achieved.

Or, when you are ready, you might also consider offering your wisdom and experience through one of Wellspring’s many volunteer roles, such as Peer Support Volunteer, Front Desk Volunteer, Community Outreach or Fundraising Volunteer. Each role helps Wellspring help others, and full training is provided.

Peer Support Volunteers are available to help you select the programs that will best meet your needs. In selecting programs, we suggest that you think about your particular needs, interests, time and energy.