(SGR) Latinas con Cáncer (AHA!) /Latinas with Cancer (AHA!) Para latinas hispanohablantes/For Spanish-speaking Latinas
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(SGR) Mindful Tapping Meditation with Melbra Watts
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you trying to reduce your stress? Consider tapping it out! Participants will learn an easy tapping sequence of acupressure points and be guided in tapping through layers of stress and into greater health and wellbeing. For women who have/had cancer and those women who are cancer care supporters!

Melbra Watts is an energy medicine health coach she provides coaching and training in wellness and holistic development to individuals and groups to help reduce stress, improve performance and lower healthcare costs. Everyone welcome. Registration is required for each individual class date.

(MPR) Board Meeting
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(MPR) Gentle Hatha Yoga with Vanessa Doherty
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Hatha Yoga is a gentle, traditional practice that encompasses breathing techniques, meditation and mindful movement. While stretching and strengthening the body, it can reduce stress and increase energy flow.

A yogi since 1994, Vanessa Doherty began teaching yoga in 2010. Certified in the traditional practice of Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Reiki.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(MPR) Weekly Women’s Writing Group
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us for a peer-led cancer writing group. Research has shown that writing is therapeutic during cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Writing improves immune system function, reduces inflammation, and can potentially mitigate some of the stress and depression that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

Best of all, in a kind and non-judgmental group, we can write together, clarifying and/or organizing the thoughts that go with feeling overwhelmed, and then share them, so that the feelings are no longer just inside us. We will write for 20 minutes or so, and then anyone who would like to, can read and get supportive feedback.

Registration required.

(SGR) Women with Metastatic Cancer Daytime Support Group
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
(SGR) 8 Week Class: Mindful Self-Compassion
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Lynne Henderson HeadshotLimited to 12 Participants – Reserve a spot

Tuesdays, January 14 to March 10, 2020

2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(retreat on February 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, which opens our hearts to suffering so we can give ourselves what we need, a sense of common humanity, which opens us to our essential inter-relatedness so we know we are not alone, and balanced mindful awareness, which opens us to the present moment, which helps us accept our experience with greater ease.

Rapidly expanding research reveals that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying interpersonal relationships.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or have difficulty and feel uncomfortable when treating themselves with kindness. It provides emotional strength and resilience, reduces self-criticism and isolation, and allows us all to be more authentically ourselves.

This class will be taught by Lynne Henderson, PhD.

Lynne Henderson, PhD., Lynne was trained to teach Mindful Self Compassion by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer, and trained to teach MBSR by Bob Stahl. She also incorporates Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy in her clinical work. She is founder of the Shyness Institute and was director of the Stanford Shyness Clinic for 25 years. She authored the book, The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Social Confidence in 2011. She has been a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Psychology Department at Stanford University.

All classes will be held at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center at 2908 Ellsworth Street, Berkeley, CA 94705. We ask that you commit to attend all sessions. This course is offered free of charge. The class is limited to twelve participants. Please register online at the link above. If you have questions please call Lynne at 650-814-9210 or email

(SGR) Women with Metastatic Cancer Support Group
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
(MPR) Gentle Yoga Wednesdays with Rotating Instructors
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This class includes a gentle asana practice as well as restorative poses. No previous experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing. Especially for women who have/had cancer. Women supporters may attend as space allows.

Class instruction by Bonnie Maeda, Katherine McStravick,  Lee Mitchell, Debbie Gilman, Vanessa Doherty and Susana Renaud

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

Shamanic Journey Drumming Circle with Claudia Mar Ruiz
Jan 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Shamanic Journey Drumming Circle with Claudia Mar Ruiz

Are you feeling lonely, disconnected or dispirited? Shamanism can help you build a foundation upon which you can regain your energy and focus your life force. It is an ancient and non-religious practice that utilizes journeying with the drum to invite supporting spirit guides or ancestors.

Please join us for eight 90-minute consecutive weekly classes. During these 90 minutes, we will create a sacred circle in order to receive and experience loving, healing guidance. This is an opportunity to practice and use the tools of each important step toward obtaining effective ways to communicate, connect, collaborate, coordinate and make changes for a more wholesome and joyous life journey.

For your visit:

Wear comfortable clothing

Bring a drum or rattle

A bandanna or scarf

A yoga mat if you prefer your own

A journal and pen

It is of utmost importance to attend the first class, the foundation for further teachings. Completing all classes in the series will help you with complete integration of shamanistic healing practices. Please arrive on time, try not to miss any classes, but do not be discouraged if you miss a class.

Claudia, your shamanic instructor, has been practicing and studying shamanism since 2004. Through her journey as a breast cancer patient, in 2014 she committed to share this ancient path with others. Spiritual and healing support received from her spirit guides gave her tools for a deeper understanding of healing through honoring women in our lives and recognizing trauma that has been passed on. She recently co-founded Our Red Road, a non-profit organization committed to support tribe family lives and to preserve their ancient healing work in the Valley of Sibundoy, Putumayo, Colombia. More information at

Please register as space is limited