23 Commerce Park, PO Box 322, Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Save the Date:
"Fostering Resilience in Healthcare: From Neuroscience to Daily Practice" - Friday, June 7, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • For doctors, nurses and healthcare administrators to help in maintaining wellness as a medical staff.

"Skills for Healing" Cancer Healing Retreat - Friday, Sat. & Sunday, June 7 - 9, 2019
  • Open to anyone who has been given a cancer diagnosis and a loved one caregiver. See below for details.

In Focus Article: What is Reiki and How Does it Work
by Nancye Files

Mark Your Calendars: To find out more, visit our website or call the Center 207-664-0339.

New - Multiple-Week Sessions:
For Healthcare Providers
For Survivors and their caregiver
Gentle Reminder that REIKI will resume its regular schedule on April 1, 2019.
If you'd like to register, form a team or donate online,
you can at 19th Annual Walk For Life. Or call the Center at 207-664-0339.
   What is Reiki and How Does it Work
By Nancye Files

Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing technique, developed by Dr. Mikio Usui, for stress reduction and relaxation that triggers the body’s natural healing ability to improve and maintain health. The word Reiki means "universal life energy” and is administered by a practitioner by placing their hands on or near the recipient. Reiki is non-invasive and addresses imbalances in the flow of energy throughout the body. Used by a growing number of hospitals, it helps to alleviate pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation, supporting the body’s natural ability to heal. Reiki treatments may help reduce side effects from radiation or chemotherapy, such as fatigue and nausea. There is a Reiki Healing Circle at the BWCRC every Monday afternoon which starts with a guided meditation, followed by seated Reiki sessions given by trained Reiki Masters.
 What is Reiki and How it Works and is Used 
  • Reiki is a Japanese hands-on healing technique developed by Dr. Mikio Usui in Japan in the early 1900s. Its origins date back to Tibetan Buddhism. “Reiki” means the life force energy that exist in all living things.
  •  What is the universal life force energy? It is the electromagnetic fields that are generated by all living things. These currents flow through all systems of the body (circulatory, nervous, etc.), the organs, tissues, cells, interstitial tissues and spaces. These electric currents generate biomagnetic fields that penetrate and surround the human body. Different parts of the body vibrate at different frequencies. When a person is sick the biomagnetic frequencies of the body are not in a healthy range. When a sufficient number of cells become out of range, the collective vibrations can decrease to the point where stability is lost. This loss of coherence can lead to pain, disease or disorder.
  • What does Reiki do? Reiki balances the blocked energy in the body’s energy systems. When a Reiki practitioner places their hands near a sick organ, the biomagnetic field emitted from the healer becomes much stronger than that of the compromised organ. Because the practitioner's biomagnetic field is much stronger, it raises the frequency of the organ in question, to restore it to a healthy frequency range.
  • What does a Reiki treatment feel like? It is different for everyone. Some people feel warmth like a hot water bottle on various parts of the body, some feel tingling, sometimes one might feel the hands on a particular area, but the healer has moved on to another area of the body. Most people feel very relaxed.
  • Reiki in Hospitals. Reiki is becoming available in many hospitals for people who request it. Nurses and doctors who use it in the clinical setting consistently say that it makes a patient relaxed and calm; relieves acute and chronic pain; boosts the immune system; reduces stress; decreases the need for pain medication; improves sleep and appetite; accelerates the healing process; and has no negative side effects.

  • How does one become a Reiki Healer? The foundation for becoming a Reiki practitioner is the attunement process from a qualified Master Teacher. The attunements create the connection between the Reiki energy and your own energy and allows the Reiki energy to pass through your hands to the client’s body. The attunement into Reiki is a physical and energetic transmission from teacher to student. There are three levels of Reiki training, Reiki 1, Reiki 2, and Reiki 3, (3a Master Practitioner, and 3b Master Teacher).
  Professional Organizations :
April and May Events!
Cooking with Eggs
with Cas Dowden

Wed., April 17 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Beth Wright Center

To many, eggs are considered one of the most versatile and nutritious foods available. These tasty and nutritious gems will be the feature of the next cooking demonstration offered at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Just in time for Easter and Spring, where eggs are symbolic of new life, Chef Cas Dowden will prepare deviled eggs, frittata and tips on cooking with eggs. Participants will be encouraged help in the kitchen and sample the dishes afterward.

Chef Dowden is a personal chef from Bar Harbor well known for her down-home cooking and is popular for her fun and inclusive cooking presentations.

This event is free and open to all. The Center is located at 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. Please call the Beth Wright Center to register at 207-664-0339 or you can register online at Beth Wright Cancer Center website .
Safe Solutions for Garden Pest and Disease Problems
with Marjorie Peronto of the
University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Wed, May 1, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Beth Wright Center

With the growing season right around the corner, preparing for an abundant and healthy garden is on our minds. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 10 am to 11 am, Marjorie Peronto, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service will lead a healthy gardening program at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth.

She will demonstrate ways to grow a robust vegetable and flower garden without using pesticides. She will share ways to protect your health and the environment with garden management practices such as building healthy soil, rotating your crops, identifying insects, learning their life cycles, and encouraging biodiversity in your garden.

Peronto, a professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, teaches classes in fruit and vegetable gardening, ecological landscaping, and pruning. She is a resource among her colleagues on native and invasive plants of the Northeast and oversees the area’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. She and her partner, Dr. Reeser Manley have published two gardening books: The Life in Your Garden: Gardening for Biodiversity and The New England Gardener’s Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Upstate New York.

The workshop is free and open to all. Please call 207-664-0339 with questions or to register. If you’d like to register online, you can do so by visiting our website at www.bethwrightcancercenter.org and click on the Safe Solutions slide.

Moderator, Georgia Zildjian with panelists Jody Wolford-Tucker, Margery Irvine, Cora Fahy and Lea C. Graham
Special Thanks to The Grand and the Lunafest 2019 Film Festival

We want to thank The Grand in Ellsworth for choosing the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds of the Lunafest 2019 Film Festival which took place on Weds., April 10 at the Grand.

Attendees were treated with a social hour complete with hors d’oeuvres provided by Provender of Ellsworth, reception music by Juliane Gardner, a reading by author, Deborah Joy Cory with excerpts from her book, The Skating Pond, Settling Twice, and a panel discussion by locally prominent women about what caregiving means to them and women who have influenced them. The reception was followed by a viewing of eight independent films made by talented, courageous women from around the world. A very nice evening was had by all!
SaltyGirl Beauty Presents
“Survivorship and Beyond Warrior Revolution Workshop”

Saturday, May 4, 10 - 11:30 am
Beth Wright Center

Feeling a sense of beauty while going through cancer treatment and beyond can be an empowering experience. While most changes in appearance are temporary, founders of SaltyGirl Beauty are dedicated to helping women look and feel their best during cancer treatment. Leah Roberts and Sarah Kelly, owners of SaltyGirl Beauty in Biddeford and creators of the “Survivorship and Beyond Warrior Revolution Workshop” have set a goal to help educate, empower and pamper women during and post-cancer treatment.

SaltyGirl Beauty was born, when sisters, Sarah Kelly-a cancer survivor and Leah Roberts-an oncology nurse started their own line of beauty products. After Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and Leah became passionate about researching and understanding the ingredients our bodies consume daily. Sarah discovered the power that beautiful scarves and lipsticks had in helping her rediscover her confidence, while enduring the emotional and physical hardships she had experienced during cancer treatment. Using their own experiences as their guide, their goal for SaltyGirl Beauty was to create an all-natural, organic cosmetic line that stood for something bigger than beauty: feeling beautiful and confident.

The workshop will include a journaling exercise, a beauty demonstration, beauty consultations, exploration of green beauty products and feeling beautiful and confident and will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. The workshop is free and open to all women living with cancer. Please call the Center to register 207-664-0339 or register online at www.bethwrightcancercenter.org and click on the SaltyGirl slide.
Our Wellness Offerings

The following are the different free offerings that we provide in Hancock and Washington Counties to cancer patients, their caregivers, family, friends and interested community members:
Reiki | Chi Gong | Massage | Healing Touch Sessions | Yoga | Reflexology
Cancer Exercise Programs | Support Groups | Mindfulness Practice

Please see specific locations, dates, and times here
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Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center
Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center

23 Commerce Park
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 664-0339