Remote and Virtual Program Offerings

Temporary Virtual Classes and Groups for Remote Access

Gilda’s Club Twin Cities is committed to continuing to serve our community during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19. We know that our community already faces isolation as they live with the impact of cancer, making it even more vital for Gilda’s Club to find ways to create opportunities to gather, connect, and learn…even from the comforts of your own home.

Read more about GCTC offerings on the program flyers!

What’s the difference between Gentle Yoga and Medical Qigong? What can I learn in the Community Conversations: Navigating Cancer While Black panel? Check out our flyers organized by program area to learn more:

SUPPORT

Virtual New Member Meetings Wednesdays, (August 12 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23) from 3:00pm – 4:00pm

New To Gilda’s Club? Step through our welcoming virtual red doors, and learn about the five cornerstones of our program of support and take a video tour of our relaxing, uplifting and comfy clubhouse. Sign up for a Virtual New Member Meeting below.

For more information about New Member Meetings or how to become a member, contact Annie Stone.

Virtual Weekly Support Groups

If you are currently registered for a weekly group, you should have received an email with directions for joining your group via Zoom, a HIPAA-compliant platform that allows group members to meet by video and/or phone. All groups will meet during their regularly scheduled days & times.

*If you did not receive an email, please reach out to Ali@GildasClubTwinCities.org and share your day, time and group name to get details.

Virtual Art Therapy

Virtual Art Therapy Support GroupMondays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm

This group is open to individuals who want to experience group art therapy from their own home. Participants need access to a computer with a camera to have an optimal participation experience. Everyday materials will be used and sent out prior to group. This group is open to individuals who haven’t previously participated. Group size is limited and you must register in advance. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Therapeutic Art Making Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:00pm

This group explores the therapeutic benefits of creativity while engaging in the meaningful art making process. No previous art experience required, just bring an open mind. We will be using simple materials that can be found around the home. In partnership with Adler Graduate School. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Art Therapy: Tesselations Thursdays, (August 6, 13 and 20) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Art Therapy Tesselations is a mindful, focused art play. This series will help you relax by designing repeat patterns popularized by M.C. Escher. Please plan on attending all occurrences of this group. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Monthly Support Groups

Our monthly support groups (Brain Tumor, Moms Living with Metastatic Cancer, Rare Cancer, Moms Supporting a Child with Cancer, Chronic Cancer, etc.) are available for virtual registration.

Virtual Rare Cancer SupportTuesdays, (August 4 and Sept. 1) from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Are you living with cancer but feel like an outsider even within the cancer community because you are living with a rare cancer? Then join us to meet with people who understand what it means to live with a rare cancer. This group will continue meeting monthly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Moms of Children Living with Cancer Wednesdays, (August 5 and Sept. 2) from 10:30am-12:00pm

Moms will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of being a mom of a child who is living with pediatric cancer. This group will continue meeting once a month through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Moms with Metastatic Cancer Support Tuesdays, (July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25 and Sept. 8 & 22) from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Moms will have the space to discuss the challenges of being a mom while living with metastatic cancer. Explore reasoning behind children’s changing behaviors, finding common language to communicate difficult emotions and other topics. This group will continue meeting twice a month through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Chronic Cancer Support Wednesdays, (August 12 and Sept. 9) from 10:30am-12:00pm

There is no set topic for meetings other than to discuss the many ways a chronic cancer diagnosis impacts our lives, and is for individuals living with a diagnosis. This group will continue meeting monthly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Brain Tumor SupportWednesdays, (August 26 and Sept. 23) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

These meetings are for adult patients and caregivers impacted by brain tumors (primary or metastasized) to learn and share together. Learn first hand how others manage side effects, symptoms and the day-to-day of cancer. This program is made possible by the Humor to Fight The Tumor. This group will continue meeting monthly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Young Adult Caregiver SupportWednesdays, (August 26 and Sept. 23) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Are you a young adult (between 18 and 40 years old) who has cared for or helped a parent or partner living with cancer? Have you felt that your challenges don’t match up with the current support group landscape? Come meet others facing similar challenges. This group will continue meeting monthly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Virtual Gentle YogaMondays from 9:30am – 10:30am (No class August 17 and 31)

This gentle, slow-paced, and relaxing practice focuses on stretching all areas of the body while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. This group will continue meeting weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Medical Qigong Mondays, (August 3, 10 and 24, and Sept. 14, 21 and 24) from 5:30pm-6:30pm

This is a self-healing, low-impact and easy to learn exercise practiced to maintain health, relaxation and vitality. It consists of seven integrated movement sets for balancing and clearing your body’s physical and energetic systems. This group will meet weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Advanced Medical Qigong Mondays, (August 31 and Sept. 28) 5:30pm-6:30pm

For those interested in trying, it is strongly advised to have significant experience with the beginner Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong class at Gilda’s and practiced the Circling Hands before attending this class. This class advances from the Circling Hands practice and goes into Dragon & Tiger Qigong, which has been routinely used in China for medical treatment. This group will meet monthly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Singing Bowl Meditation Tuesdays, (Sept. 1 – 29) from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Close your eyes and float in a sound bath of crystal singing bowls as your mind and body enter deep states of relaxation. This group will continue meeting weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Open Art StudioTuesdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

The studio doors are open and you are welcome to come and create using the various art materials that we have available. This is an unstructured time to express yourself creatively. Kids 10+, accompanied with a parent, and adults of all ages are welcome to come and explore the studio and art materials. A helping hand will be in the studio to assist if you have questions or if you need support or creative guidance. In partnership with Adler Graduate School. This group will continue meeting weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Mindful Dance Stretch & Be – Tuesdays, (July 28, August 11 and 25 and Sept. 8 and 22) from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Join Liz and learn easy to follow dance movements combined with a sense of joy and gentleness with your body. Guided stretches and breathwork will be infused in this hour of practice. This group will begin meeting bi-weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Please plan on attend ALL sessions of this group. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Evening Gentle Yoga Tuesdays, (Sept. 1 and 15) from 5:30pm-6:30pm

A soothing blend of slowly flowing deep stretches, mindful connection to the breath, and restorative postures followed by a guided meditation. Show yourself a little loving kindness by joining us for this special practice. This group will continue meeting bi-weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your MindBody account or with the button below.

Virtual Improv for Life! Wednesdays from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Come for the fun, stay for the laughter! Join us for a dip into the art form of comedy improvisation, the very art form of our namesake, Gilda Radner. She considered Improv a part of her own healing journey. Each week includes easy improvisation warm‐ups and games, discussion about how the mindset of improvisation can contribute to wellness and of course, some laughter. No experience necessary and all are welcome! In partnership with Brave New Workshop. This group will continue meeting weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

Virtual Meditative Movements Thursdays from 9:30am – 10:30am

Bring your fear, anxieties and worries to our upcoming online classes. We will explore the Meditative Movement™ technique which has been found to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being per a 2017 University of Minnesota research study. The movements can be integrated into your daily routine and are adaptable to anyone’s physical ability. This group will continue meeting weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

Virtual Mindfulness and Healing Thursdays from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

In this practice, you will experience and learn tools to bring you deep peace, acceptance, and resilience. Healing modalities will include gentle movement, breathwork, visualization, healing touch, and mudras. No prior experience necessary. Most movements can be done either seated or lying down. This group will meet weekly through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

Virtual Food for Life Thursdays, (July 23 – August 13) from 10:00am-12:00pm

This class provides information on how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with demonstrations of simple recipes that can be easily recreated at home. Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives. In this four-class series, you will learn about the food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as manage the disease after it has been diagnosed. These classes are ideal for individuals in post-treatment, their family and friends, as well as those looking to prevent the disease. Individuals in treatment are welcome to attend but encouraged to follow their healthcare team’s diet recommendations. This series is offered in four classes. Attendees should plan on attending and registering for all four classes. This group will meet through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

EDUCATION

Virtual Stress, Food and You – Wednesday, August 12 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

In this workshop, you will learn which foods support brain health and which minerals and nutrients are depleted during times of stress. You will develop a personal stress-reduction plan to gain the upper hand on stress using real food. In partnership with Nutritional Weight and Wellness. This workshop will meet through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

Virtual Job Search with Chronic Illness – Monday, August 24 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

A chronic illness or disability adds unique challenges to the already formidable task of job seeking. This class will present strategies to navigate the job search process while managing the special demands of a chronic illness, offer an opportunity for open discussion, and sharing of ideas. In partnership with DEED. This workshop will meet through Zoom. Registration is required. Register through class registration on the top of our website, directly through your Mind Body account or with the button below.

CHILDREN, TEEN AND FAMILY

Virtual Teens Living with Cancer Chat Group – Mondays, (August 10 and Sept. 14) from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

This group will meet through Zoom. Registration is required. Are you a teen (age 12-18) who is currently dealing with a cancer diagnosis? Have you been diagnosed? Do you have a loved one who is in treatment? Has life at home and in the community changed because of cancer? Come meet with other teens who also are dealing with life changes, mood changes, and life
choices because of a cancer diagnosis.

Virtual Parents of Children Living with Cancer Support – Mondays, (August 10, & Sept. 14) from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of being a parent of a child who is living with pediatric cancer. This group will meet through Zoom. Registration is required. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of being a parent of a child who is living with pediatric cancer.

Virtual Family Cooking Night – Mondays, (August 10 & Sept. 14) from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Prepare dinner from scratch over Zoom with other young adults and adolescents living with cancer. Parents are welcome to attend. We will all sit down together at the end and enjoy what we have created. This activity is good for your creative juices – and your stomach! Recipe lists will be provided ahead of time. In partnership with Brighter Tomorrows.

If you are a Gilda’s Club family and have any questions, concerns or need support, please reach out to Annie Stone at Annie.Stone@GildasClubTwinCities.org.

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Coffee Talk Fridays from 9:00am-10:00am

Looking for a chance to informally connect with others during this time? Join us for an online social with program director, Ali DeCamillis. There will be no agenda, simply open conversation and a chance to connect with others in the community. If you feel inspired, you are welcome to share a poem, a quote, a joke, a song, or anything else that inspires you. All are welcome…new members, too! So grab your cup o’ joe (or tea and a tasty treat) and let’s connect!

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL

Please see our Resources webpage for reliable resources. You can also utilize our parent organization’s Cancer Support Helpline Monday-Friday at 888-793-9355 for additional support. Also, check out this flyer for a quick reminder about all the amazing local cancer community organizations serving adults with cancer. We collaborated to put this resource together.