Please join us on:
Sunday, April 19 1:30pm-2:30pm
Unity, 1925 W. Thome, Chicago, IL

Heartwood Foundation Women and Cancer Program is delighted to have Marsha Smith, LCSW, Counselor, and Mindfulness and Focusing trainer for 25 years, present this:

Free Mindfulness and Focusing Seminar

“The marriage of physical, emotional
and spiritual health is not only the
foundation of cancer prevention, but
also the key to achieving optimal wellness
and vitality.”

This workshop is provided by a grant from the IDPH Office of Women’s Health

A fundraiser and dance performance entitled “Happiness Is…” by Reveries In Motion

April 25 and April 26
Beginning at 7:00pm both evenings
Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202, in The Skylight Room

The performance will benefit the Heartwood Foundation Women and Cancer Program. 519093-250Heartwood encourages the community of Evanston and surrounding areas to attend and invite their family and friends for two evenings of entertainment and fundraising.

Reveries In Motion, based in Chicago, is a group of dancers, specializing in modern and contemporary jazz dance performances. This unique group of dancers refers to themselves as “activist dancers” in that they dance for a cause. Their goal is to always donate a portion of their proceeds to a charitable cause. At their “Happiness Is…” concerts at Heartwood on April 25 and 26, they plan on donating a portion of their profits to the Heartwood Foundation Women and Cancer Program. Tickets for the performances are $20.00 general admission and $15.00 for students, dancers, and seniors.

To register for the event, click here.

Join us for a breast cancer education seminar hosted by Heartwood Practitioners for the Heartwood Foundation: Women & Cancer Program.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202, in The Skylight Room

Heartwood Cancer Event Flyer

Collaboraction QA


Mary Pat Finley, L. Ac. and Dr. Connie Catellani and Dickelle Fonda, Board Members – led a Q & A at the after production of “This is not a Cure for Cancer” at the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park.

Marsha Smith
Reflecting on inner experience, in an empathic relationship, not only allows you to understand yourself better, it helps you to feel better and naturally leads to new insights and steps forward to make the changes that you want.  I’m committed to helping people to enhance their strengths and develop new skills, using therapy and education, for emotional healing and lifelong positive change.
I’ve been helping people for over 25 years to strengthen their mental health to deal better with life issues and live more fully. The purpose of my work is to provide support to enhance your natural abilities and resilience to deal well with challenges in any area of your life. My training and experience in therapy and healing practices and my own personal growth have led me to understand the steps in therapy that lead to effective growth and change. With experiential therapies, education, and skills of listening and empathy, I help you to explore changes and find answers within to resolve problems and find more happiness and wellbeing in your life.
I welcome you to read more about my counseling services and mindfulness and focusing workshops. Feel free to contact me to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Visit my website at:  Marsha Smith



Pink firemen
Heartwood Participates in Evanstons Pink Heals Tour.
The Pink Heals Tour is an inspirational organization made up of Firemen from all around our country supporting people battling cancer with a focus on women and what they mean to the firefighters in their daily lives. They drive pink fire trucks and pink police cars across America bringing the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” and Pink Heals Movement to our city’s. They simply provide a program for our community leaders to adopt, helping us fund raise for people rather than causes. They focus their love on the women of this community and wage war on anything that may harm them starting with cancer! These firemen have extremely big hearts and commitment to bring awareness to the entire country, they give up their sick and vacation days be a part of this tour.
It was very exciting for Heartwood to be represented at this event; Massage Therapist Rebecca Sturgeon, LMTCMLDT gave free chair massages throughout the event, and brought awareness of the importance of how massage helps support overall wellness and mitigates side effects for those with cancer.  Lori Aitken, MA, LCPC  shared about Heartwood and her “Overcoming Anxiety Group” which teaches clients skills to cope with the anxiety and stress that cancer diagnosis and treatment often brings. Lauren Wismer CHC also shared about the wide array of holistic health-care services and alternative cancer treatments available through the practitioners at Heartwood, as well as her own practice as a Health Coach which provides support for cancer patients and their family along with tips for cancer prevention and dietary/lifestyle changes to alter their outcome.

medical acupuncture

The Healing House

Kathy Broderick, RN, L.Ac owns and operates The Healing House located at 11840 S. Western.  She not only provides acupuncture services for participants of the Women & Cancer Program but Little Company of Mary’s Integrative Medicine program. 

Kim Duignan, LMT offers massage therapy for the WCP at The Healing House.

The Healing House provides a warm, welcoming space and compassionate, competent practitioners…the Women & Cancer Program is proud to have over one third of our city wide participants served at The Healing House.

Thank you Kathy and Kim.

faulk tai chiFaulk Tai Chi

Arlene Faulk inspires people to embrace change. She teaches gentle, energizing Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Chicago and Evanston.  Arlene has been providing invaluable services and classes to the Women & Cancer Program for 10 years.

Arlene’s philosophy is to help tai chi students learn what they are doing and why they are doing it. Focusing on both the actual moves and principles underlying them, helps students incorporate them into daily life.


Develop a calm mind and a healthy body through low-impact Tai Chi and QiGong exercises using breathing, slow movement, stretching and concentration.

Arlene Faulk offers gentle, energizing Tai Chi and QiGong classes for individuals wanting to improve overall health and for those facing challenges such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety and back pain. Learn effective ways to focus your mind and move your body to reduce stress, increase energy and improve balance.

Thanks to Lela and Nick Beem of Grateful Yoga who have been providing services to the Women & Cancer Program for many years.  Their yoga program helps participants obtain a state of relaxation, reduce levels of stress,  increase lung capacity, and enhance feelings of well-being.

We are very grateful for Grateful Yoga!

  Grateful Yoga

“We’ve been in business since 2005, supported by students who value a mindful practice that’s a balance of effort and ease in a peaceful, non-competitive environment.  Our teaching is informed by the full breadth of the yoga tradition, as well as the modern insights of growth psychology, kinesiology and neuroscience.  Come try one of our weekly classes. We also offer private instruction, yoga therapy, prenatal and postnatal, and kids yoga.”

Visit Grateful Yoga’s Website Here 

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