Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

Wellness House Announces Generous Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz, in Honor of Cherie Loustaunau

With gratitude, Wellness House of Annapolis is pleased to announce a Memorial Donation from Michael Kurtz in memory of his wife, Cherie Loustaunau, and in honor of her commitment to the Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) and its mission.

In partnership with AAWGT, Michael Kurtz has awarded the $20,000 Cherie Loustaunau Memorial Donation to Wellness House of Annapolis to support our ongoing work in providing support, education, and services to help individuals and families who have been touched by cancer. A passionate and active member of AAWGT, Cherie was known for her love and support of nature and our environment, music, and our Annapolis community.

We are incredibly grateful for this gift making it possible for us to continue to serve our community free of charge, especially during these times.

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All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

All About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Seminar

We had the honor of hosting Phebe Duff, certified MBSR instructor, who shared with our community an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is a person-centered educational approach which uses training in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga as the core of a program to teach people howto take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives.

See the 1-hour Facebook Live-streamed recording below, and experience this transformative practice today.

We are excited to announce that MBSR will be offered to our community-at-large as an 8-week series starting on Thursday, August 13, 2020! Click here for more information.

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Camp kicking off summer for children touched by cancer

Camp kicking off summer for children touched by cancer

Annual Camp Kicking Off Summer for
Children Touched by Cancer

This week Wellness House of Annapolis hosted its 8th Annual Paint Your Rainbow Summer Camp for over 30 children affected by cancer in their families, through a loved one with the disease. We were joined by wonderful – and generous – local businesses who gifted their time and resources for activities, including:

  • Therapeutic Song Writing with music therapist Sean Lane, Therapeutic Art with Artworks Studio, and Goat Yoga with Goat to be Zen Yoga
  • Exploring nature and critters with EcoAdventures, and reading stories with therapeutic dogs thanks to Caring Canines
  • Photography Scavenger Hunt with Wendy Preslan of NanaSue Photography, Irish Dancing with Junior LAOH Irish Dancers, and had Family Portraits thanks to Emily Schmitt Photography
  • Frozen treats thanks to Kona Ice, lunches thanks to Galway Bay, Papa John’s Pizza, Naval Bagels, Chick Fil A, Sam’s Club, and desserts thanks to Subway and Uncle Bob’s cookies

Campers learned mindfulness strategies, expressed themselves through art, and found new ways to resiliently cope with cancer in their families through music and friendship. They also identified strengths within themselves and others through photography. Thanks to generous community supporters, this was all at no cost to families at Wellness House of Annapolis.

For more on our camp, visit our Facebook page.

Annapolis third-grader meets challenge to help others

Annapolis third-grader meets challenge to help others

Third-grader Gemma Love has made a big difference at the Wellness House! Her story was featured in Chesapeake Family Life:

Gemma Love is a fairy godmother of sorts. She is raising funds to benefit children affected by cancer and is even teaching them how to make fairy furniture.

The 9-year-old from Annapolis has joined “My Peak Challenge,” a campaign started by the “Outlander” television series star Sam Heughan to raise funds for blood cancers and encourage people to set fitness goals and try new things. As part of the challenge, Gemma has learned to ice skate, has set rock wall climbing goals and set a goal of raising $1,000 for kids affected by cancer in Anne Arundel County.

Wellness House: The First Ten Years

Wellness House: The First Ten Years

Ten years ago, a 40-year-old breast cancer patient and her three young daughters inspired a team of Annapolis professionals to create what some people said couldn’t be created. This story was shared in What's Up? Magazine.

Annapolis-area artist paints over mastectomy scars, bald heads from chemo

Annapolis-area artist paints over mastectomy scars, bald heads from chemo

Artist and Wellness House Therapeutic Art instructor Christalene Karaiskakis shares Healing Body Art with body painting and henna art for cancer patients. This experience was shared in the Capital Gazette:

I adorn or paint women or men who've been through illness, who have scars from their surgeries or lost their hair," Karaiskakis says, "to empower them and make them feel better, even if for two hours."

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It started two years ago when she painted swirls of henna on the bald head of a breast cancer survivor who had lost her hair during chemotherapy sessions. Since then she has practiced her art form on residents at Hospice of the Chesapeake and on cancer patients visiting Wellness House.

Maryland’s First Lady Visits Wellness House of Annapolis

Maryland’s First Lady Visits Wellness House of Annapolis

Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan shared her talents with Wellness House of Annapolis as part of ‪#‎MDUnites, a service day on August 26, 2015.

She taught cancer patients and their families the art of Korean Fan Painting. An artist herself, Mrs. Hogan uses Hanji paper and Sumi ink. Sumi ink and Hanji paper are Korean traditions utilizing layers of translucent ink on the textured Hanji.

Davidsonville musician helps cancer patients cope

Davidsonville musician helps cancer patients cope

Once a month for the past two years, Davidsonville musician Bob Sima has performed concerts for cancer patients.
This story was featured in the Capital Gazette:

Wellness House of Annapolis is normally a very quiet place.

Unless Bob Sima is there.

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"His lyrics are amazing," said Betty Rounsaville, a breast cancer survivor. "I feel peaceful, connected and joyful. This is like musical yoga." Sima, 47, is a self-taught songwriter and guitarist with a growing following.

Wellness House hosts celebrity chef event with Carla Hall of ‘The Chew’

Wellness House hosts celebrity chef event with Carla Hall of ‘The Chew’

Carla Hall Delights to a Sold Out Crowd at Wellness House of Annapolis

On Friday, August 1st Wellness House of Annapolis hosted its inaugural Celebrity Chef Event with cooking demonstrations, a tasting dinner, cheese and charcuterie tastings, delicious desserts and wine, and entertainment by the Rhoades Whiltehill jazz ensemble.

Celebrity Chef, Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew” was the guest host of this inaugural event which sold out several days prior to the function with more than 100 guests and 20 volunteers in attendance.

Though the evening was overcast, the event, held at Wellness House of Annapolis on Mas Que Farm Road, was a tremendous success thanks in part to Carla’s exuberant personality and graciousness. Guests enjoyed Carla’s cooking demonstration which were entertaining and full of unique cooking tips. Capital Teas was also on hand to teach guests about the use of teas in cooking and Miriam’s Kitchen provided delectable desserts.

Gift bags capped off this special evening. They were filled with an autographed copy of “Cooking with Love” by Carla Hall, a gift certificate for a free class at Pure Barre, Burpee seed packets, a sample from Capital Teas, a Wente Vineyards pen, and Carla Hall Petite Cookies.

Carla Hall, the Celebrity Chef and host for the evening is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef where her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love helped her capture the “audience favorite” award.  Hall is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.” Her approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing in a twist on traditional favorites. She is committed to health and balance in everyday living and has published two cookbooks: “Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World” featuring Carla’s favorite international comfort foods and the different spices that differentiate them regionally, and “Cooking with Love:  Comfort Food that Hugs You”.

 

This inaugural event was made possible by the generous support of Tastings Gourmet Market, Kerri-Out Catering, Wegmans. Miriam’s Kitchen – Ann Brown, Carla Hall Petite Cookies, Rentals to Remember, Wente Vineyards, Capital Teas, Hearn Kirkwood, Heineken USA, Diehl’s Produce of Annapolis and the Rhoades Whitehill jazz ensemble. Net proceeds will be used to continue to provide free programs and services to those touched by cancer.