Forge offers a variety of virtual, in-person, and hybrid classes to support the physical and emotional well-being of breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. We find that when our clients come together for fun and educational activities, they not only feel supported and empowered, they also have an opportunity to bond with one another. If you would like more information or would like to suggest a lifestyle class, please contact our Program and Data Coordinator, Alaina Pineda, at (205) 990-5369 or [email protected]. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get a round-up of everything we have going on each month!
Nutrition: Learn more about nutrition from Registered Dietician Nutritionist Laura Rutledge, MA, RDN, CSO, who specializes in oncology nutrition during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment at St. Vincent’s Bruno Cancer Center in Birmingham, AL. Laura shares her recipes and tips with us on our blog and in “Cooking with Laura” episodes. Missed one? You can find previous videos on Forge’s Nutrition Playlist on our YouTube Channel.
Yoga: Forge partner, Ashley Clarke of Earthkeeper Yoga, hosts virtual yoga classes focused on movement and breathing with the intention of bringing together the mind, body, and spirit. Upcoming classes can be found on our calendar and past episodes can be found on Forge’s Yoga Playlist on our YouTube Channel so you can practice yoga anywhere, anytime!
Coffee Conversations: Forge hosts Coffee Conversations twice a month on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. These are conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to breast cancer and caregiving, as well as discussions with survivors and co-survivors about their own cancer experiences. The first 30 minutes of each conversation is recorded and can be accessed on Forge’s Coffee Conversation Playlist on our YouTube Channel. The second 30 minutes are not recorded so participants can feel safe to ask questions of the experts. To see upcoming Coffee Conversations, go to our calendar.
Meditation: Forge’s neighbor and owner of Birmingham Tree House, Renny Ratliff, offers regular meditation practices for us, which are available on our Practicing Mindfulness playlist on our YouTube Channel. Practicing meditation regularly is believed to calm the mind, increase alertness, and bring a person into a state of physical and psychological balance. We may have other Mindfulness programs scheduled in the future, so check out our calendar for upcoming events.
Journaling: Journaling through your breast cancer journey means writing about your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Many people find that writing their thoughts and feelings down in a journal helps them cope with the uncertainty they face and explore the meaning of having breast cancer. Forge offers a weekly journaling class this summer on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. called Morning Pages, hosted by Christina Toney-Schmitt, performance poet, teaching artist, and former Forge team member. Registration is available monthly on Eventbrite. Contact Alaina at [email protected] or call (205) 990-5375 to learn more about how to sign up.
Gardening: Forge partners with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to offer fun and educational classes on gardening, flower arranging, and other nature-based classes. These classes are led by a master gardener and an expert in the cancer field. They are usually in-person, at the Botanical Gardens. You can check our calendar for upcoming events or view our Gardening & the Outdoors playlist 0n our YouTube Channel.
Arts Classes: Forge offers a variety of programs during the year that involve the arts. From Zentangle, an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, to beautiful lettering and cookie decorating, we believe that the arts can provide individuals with ample opportunities to relax, destress, focus, expand their imagination, trust their creativity, and feel gratitude and appreciation for this beautiful world. Check our calendar and Facebook page for upcoming events.
Walk Around Forge’s Neighborhood: Stop the by house on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for a walk around the beautiful Southside neighborhood and a cup of coffee. Our Program and Data Coordinator, Alaina Pineda, would love for you to join her on her walk. It’s a great opportunity to meet others impacted by breast cancer and get some exercise as well! No need to register!
Forge on Demand: Does your schedule make it difficult to attend Forge’s fantastic programming when it’s happening live? That’s okay! We have a YouTube Channel with recordings of many of our previous events and classes, so you can learn how to make a bird feeder or strawberry muffins when it’s convenient for you. Click here to see all of our offering on Forge On Demand.