Caring for Cancer: A Wholistic Approach


The Wellspring School for Healing Arts has offered a Caring for Cancer class for more than a decade. The class is a longstanding favorite and the combined teaching experience of Michael and Rylen make this a truly unique and powerful workshop. The class takes a multi-pronged approach in providing support for those caring for and those experiencing cancer. Topics include possible causes & treatment, nutrition, herbs, supplements, qigong, acupressure points and massage techniques for easing and enhancing western treatments, while reducing the side-effects of Chemo and Radiation.


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We recently asked Rylen about her experience teaching this class. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: You have been teaching Caring for Cancer for over 10 years. What prompted you to develop this course and offer it to the public?

A: I had seen really profound results from working with clients and how valuable it was to them to receive support from me as a practitioner leveraging an all encompassing approach that provided relief from chemo and radiation treatments. I also had a number of students requesting a class like this as they were dealing with family members and friends who they felt would benefit from this kind of support.

Q: Has anything changed over the years you’ve been teaching this? 

A: It has been important to stay on top of developments in the supplementation world. Studies have come out over the past decade that have changed some of our recommendations in this area. However, the basic tenets of a combined, complementary approach have remained constant.

Q: Has anything surprised you about this class?

A: I’ve been a little (pleasantly) surprised by the wide variety of people that have been interested in this class. I’ve had practitioners, laypeople, students, etc. take it for their own edification or for someone in their lives they are supporting. I also think that while the bodywork isn’t as relevant (in terms of overall efficacy) compared to other areas that it remains a favorite of students taking this class.

Q: What does the dynamic of co-teaching bring to the class?

A: Mechanically, teaching for 14 hours over two days requires a lot of energy from the instructor. Having a second teacher allows us to relieve the fatigue of being in the classroom for two days by playing off each other’s experience and energizing the class with lots of active dialogue and demonstration. With two instructors, students have the benefit of learning two different and complementary perspectives on care. It keeps us professionally more nimble and on our toes!

Q: Who should take this class?

A: As I mentioned earlier, I have had a wide variety of participants take this class. It is appropriate for all levels, from practitioners to laypeople. Everyone can get something out of this class. What’s important for anyone taking this class to understand, especially any healthcare professionals, is that it isn’t intended to replace existing care. It is intended to complement and provide information on how to best support patients receiving care who might not have a team in place that listens to them or gives them protocols outside of chemo and radiation. Diet, movement, touch, etc. are all powerful tools that can collectively make the situation more comfortable.

Thanks, Rylen!


Caring for Cancer
Saturday & Sunday, April 8th and 9th
9:00am – 5:00pm.
Cost: $350 with discounts available for WSHA alumni, AOBTA members, NCCAOM Members & OCOM Alumni Assoc Members.
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