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Melodie's Program

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Serving Cancer Survivors and their Families

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Melodie’s Program was created in honor of the late Melodie Lewis, a past president of the Desert Botanical Garden. Her passion for the Garden and The Wellness Community led us to offer wellness classes at the Garden to bring cancer survivors here to enjoy this healing and nurturing environment. Together we seek to expand the supportive community for cancer patients, their family and friends.

Upcoming Programs


Gentle Yoga

Wednesday / December 3 / 9 - 10 a.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602 712.1006

This class incorporates gentle movement and deep stretching postures. The gentle flow is designed to move joints and muscles to free them from limitations caused by stress, fatigue, surgery or just lack of movement. This is complemented by a practice of deep stretching, done to release long held tensions and bring about a deeper experience of calm and relaxation. Program is open to practitioners of all levels. Limit 12.

Eating Well

Thursday / January 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602 712.1006

Preparing a meal can sometimes feel like too much work.  Join Chef Madelyn Pryor as she demonstrates easy and nutritious meals that you can prepare in less time. Recipes will be included. Program is open to cancer survivors, family and friends. Limit 15.

Day of Mindfulness

Saturday / February 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602 712.1006

Join us for a day of mindful attention and self-care. Use this day to develop your ability to be present and aware in each moment through meditation, gentle yoga, tai chi, deep relaxation and journaling. Dress comfortably. Limit 35.

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