Stephen’s Sanctuary: February 2024

Hey friends!


If you reside in the states that may or may not feel very united these days, these last few months have had some literal stormy weather. Whether you were checking your phone for Nor’easter, atmospheric river, cold wave or blizzard updates – we found ourselves indoors yet again relying on some creature comforts. Here’s a few that helped get me through the rain:


  • Blue – Joni Mitchell 

This album isn’t on Spotify anymore. Selfishly, that’s a shame because it means that “River” isn’t on my December holiday playlist anymore, but I don’t begrudge Joni that decision. Hey, we’ll always have YouTube. If you have a turntable handy, you have the warmth of a vinyl copy as an option. Her performance at the Grammys making me well up probably spurred my brain to move this one up on the Rainy Day Rotation recently, but it’s always a good one to come back to. 


  • The Goonies

Something else I found myself coming back to and enjoying yet again recently. Putting the childhood nostalgia aside, the filming locations for this being (mostly) in the Pacific Northwest really give this movie such a  rainy day feeling. It’s cinematic petrichor for me. Have you ever seen the deleted scene where Data fends off a giant octopus by playing some ’80s jam on a walkman? Here’s a fun detail if you don’t already know it: you can hear the director laugh/wheeze off-camera after Chunk’s “I told ya so! You never believe me!”  Just a helpful reminder that even some of the best movies and songs of all-time left some mistakes in there. 


  • Hot toddies
Years ago, a friend and I hit up a bar trivia night in December and he differed from his usual order to ask for a hot toddy. It suddenly sounded like the best idea ever. Since then, whenever those winter nights and sicknesses encroach (and boy were those encroaching more than ever this winter) I find myself wanting to make a hot toddy. If you’re a non-drinker – honestly – just the combination of hot water, lemon and honey is soothing and seems to help if your throat is struggling to make it through the day. 
I hope you had plenty of things to help you stay cozy and safe throughout whatever storms, literal and figurative, you had to endure this winter.  
Peace, love, empathy,



February 2024 Programs



To sign up and to learn more, visit our Upcoming Programs page.

Begin Again

Start each month with intention setting, journaling, and breathwork with Tara O’Donoghue from Lov Yoga in this monthly drop-in program! This hour-long program will fill you with everything you need to help create a positive mindset for the month!

Tuesday, February 5 @ 10:00-11:00am PT / 12:00-1:00pm CT / 1:00-2:00pm ET

Coffee and Oodles

Need a break, but don’t have a lot of time? Join us for Coffee and Oodles! This short, refreshing drop-in program combines our fun art workshop environment with our popular journaling techniques as participants respond to a prompt in whichever medium speaks to them most: drawing or writing. 

Wednesday, February 7 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30am-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Wednesday, February 14 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30am-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Wednesday, February 21 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30am-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Wednesday, February 28 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30am-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm 

Unspoken Whispers

Our new drop-in program, Unspoken Whispers: Creative Writing Drop-In is designed to create a little space for connection, community, and creativity during your busy week. Bring your lunch, bring your coffee, and write with us!

Thursday, February 8 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Thursday, February 15 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Thursday, February 22 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ET

Thursday, February 29 @ 9:30-10:00am PT / 11:30-12:00pm CT / 12:30-1:00pm ETFeb

Meditation with Mamma G: Spring 2024

 Join Mamma G, Cactus Cancer Society, and Elephants and Tea for Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation!  Each season, we hold four sessions, each with a different theme.  Come to one or come to all, it’s up to you! This month’s theme is: Connecting to the Energy Within!

Monday, February 19 @ 5:00-6:00pm PT / 7:00-8:00pm CT / 8:00-9:00pm ET

Guys Discussion Group

Led by LCSW Dennis Heffern, in this guys-only program, shoot the breeze with fellow cancer patients and survivors. Nothing is off the table. You won’t want to miss it!

Monday, February 26 @ 5:00-6:30pm PT / 7:00-8:30pm CT / 8:00-9:30pm ET

You’ve got a wishlist?!

Ever find yourself thinking…goodness, what’s an easy way for me to give back? Well, we have an easy answer for you! We have a wishlist where you can buy tangible supplies for upcoming programs!

On the wishlist, you can see supplies that will be used in future programs and how many of each of those supplies we’ll need. Then, you take it from there! Able to buy a single item, awesome, THANK YOU! Able to buy several things, awesome, THANK YOU! Everything purchased from the wishlist will be sent to a young adult facing cancer while they take part in a program. You’ll have supplied everything they need for the craft, art, or activity while they experience a supportive community and learn to thrive through cancer.