Welcome to the Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness…

A Little About Us

Circle of Hope’s, Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide support for cancer patients. Suffering from cancer can be a hard and lonely experience from trying to find manners to deal with the new changes and confusion to finding comforting coping mechanisms. Hope’s Haven provides a place where patients with cancer can seek a loving community filled with similar people struggling with the same issues and caring workers who care about the well being of the patients.
Hope’s Haven arose after the founders were providing social support services at Circle of Hope for over fourteen years, but since the resources were so religiously sought out, the founders created the nonprofit they have today. As a newly founded organization, the founders are excited to watch their patient pool grow and ask all individuals to help spread the word about how Hope’s Haven can help their loved ones move forward.
Hope’s Haven is always seeking individuals with interesting talents and skills who want to lend a helping hand to lead a class for cancer patients and survivors. The classes offered are completely free and consist of a variety of activities including yoga, mindfulness and even drumming. There really are classes for everyone’s interest along with therapeutic classes such as massages. People of all ages and stages of cancer are welcome to join and take advantage of the resources Hope’s Haven offers. The general public is even welcome to join and learn through the lectures and classes offered through the organization. Hope’s Haven even helps to find financial support for those who are uninsured or underinsured, and are suffering from colon, reproductive and melanoma cancer. If you or someone you know may be living with cancer and do not have the financial means for treatment, contact Hope’s Haven to seek the opportunities they have to offer.
Circle of Hope believes it is important to create a sense of community where all are welcome and feel immense inclusion. As the main objective this organization abides to, it shows how genuinely caring those of Hope’s Haven truly are in creating a nondiscriminatory and growing community centered on compassion. As a nonprofit, fully donation based organization, Hope’s Haven is always seeking donations to help keep them running as efficiently as possible.

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Located at:

23033 Lyons Avenue, Suite 3, Newhall, CA 91321

While we didn’t coin the phrase, these words are continually conveyed at Circle of Hope. After 14 years of serving the financial, emotional and educational needs of Santa Clarita’s cancer community, we’ve come to understand that practically no message is more welcomed. And we want more opportunities to say it. Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center will give us those chances.
When it opened its doors in March of 2018, Hope’s Haven began offering many forms of assistance not usually available through the common outlets in the Santa Clarita health arena. All free of charge.
Lectures are available to the public. Group classes, monthly workshops and one-on-one sessions (by appointment) are offered to current cancer patients and survivors. Circle of Hope believes that those who are fighting or have fought this battle are deserving of a time and opportunity to rejuvenate. A place to go without fear or cost, where one can regain a sense of wholeness, make new friends, and become part of a community that doesn’t have to be painful.
Volunteers, donors, sponsors and those wishing more information about Circle of Hope, Inc. or Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center may contact our office at 661-254-5218 or info@circleofhopeinc.org. 501(c)3 Fed ID No. 20-0680327.
Please note, these programs are meant to support the treatment prescribed by a patient’s healthcare team and are not a substitute for conventional medical care.
For more information about Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center give us a call at 661-254-5218 or stop by Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm at 23033 Lyons Avenue, Suite 3, Newhall, CA 91321.

People we love…

Jordana Ruhland

A graduate of Vassar College, Jordana Ruhland began her career as an editor for Bon Appetit magazine. Her life-long love of all things culinary has led her down a path that combines her desire to help other achieve better health and wellness with her foodie background.

Jordana completed a 450-hour Pilates training course in 2006. The following year, she began study with the international STOTT Pilates program and became a STOTT-certified Pilates instructor. She also earned a certification from the Pink Ribbon Program to teach breast cancer clients post-operative workouts, as well as a certification for Mobility and Stability for the Active Aging.

In 2016, Jordana began a year-long course at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Her study included over 100 dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. Her knowledge as a health coach helps her to co-create personalized actions based on her clients’ goals. She moves clients toward their ideal visions of health within unique body, lifestyle, preferences and resources. Jordana helps her health coaching and Pilates clients go from where they are to where they want to be.

Cecilia Wong

My name is Cecilia Wong. I am an attuned and trained Level II Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki practitioner. I will be getting my Reiki Master in September 2018. I also completed the Spiritual Healer Certification Program with The James Van Praggh School of Mystical Arts. Cecilia is a certified Reiki Master and Sound (Singing Bowls) Practitioner.
I am located in Santa Clarita. I have a full-time job as a Controller at a Construction company in Santa Clarita. Reiki healing is my “hobby”, something that I truly enjoy doing. I stumbled upon Reiki for self-healing purpose. After I completed my training, I started practicing on friends and family, they strongly encourage me to extend my service to others. I often receive healing messages and guidance for the person I am channeling the energy to. It’s been a humbling and healing experience for me.
I strongly feel that it’s my calling to share my healing experience with others; to help others go through their healing journeys. Healing takes many forms, mediation is one of them.
I have been practicing meditation for about 10 years. I had stayed at the Japanese monastery for days and experienced their disciplined way of meditation; I meditated with the Nepalese monks in their temples sitting in the Himalayas. I had also meditated with the Hindus. There are many different styles and techniques to learn from different cultures. I practice Mindfulness meditation. Be present, focus on now, and think about nothing. It’s simple but yet difficult to master. Humbly, I am devoting my practice to help others.

Gentle Yoga By Kumari

Yoga for Cancer Patience
Are you currently in treatment? Radiation, chemotherapy, alternate medicine or just plain not treating? This yoga is for you! Learn yoga targeted for the unique needs of those of us with a Cancer diagnosis. This class will cover three basic yogas:
1. The Yoga of Mediation (dhyana)
Cancer is overwhelming. Meditation can help. Have you thought to yourself meditation is too hard? Too boring? Sounds interesting but I don’t know how to start? Or have you, like me, mistaken daydreaming for meditation? Learn in a few minutes a tool you can use for the rest of your life.
2. The Yoga of Simple movement (kriya)
A few weeks after surgery I felt healed enough to start exercising, but nowhere near my former self. Yoga for Cancer patience are simple movements designed to reclaim mobility and soothe lymphedema.
3. The Yoga of Standing poses (asana)
Estrogen blockers giving you osteopenia? Use standing poses to build bone density as part of your healing modality.
Disclaimer: yoga is neither a cure nor preventative for Cancer. This workshop is designed to teach palliative self-care, i.e. patience for ourselves, with our treatment and for our disease
This class is appropriate for anyone at any stage who would like to learn. Although my own Cancer was located in my torso, feel free to come no matter where your Cancer was/is. No experience necessary.

Sara R. Fogan

The mission of Sara Fogan and Calminsense Hypnotherapy® is to help you achieve your self-improvement goals.

“Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht., is a certified hypnotherapist and Master in Therapeutic Guided Imagery based in Santa Clarita, California. She is an honors graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the first nationally accredited college of hypnosis. She began working with clients at HMI during and as part of her hypnotherapy training in 2004-2005. She now sees clients at her private hypnotherapy practice, Calminsense Hypnotherapy®.”

During hypnotherapy, Sara uses your own words/sentiments /expressions to create a customized hypnotic script that focuses on the positive life change you want to achieve. Through hypnosis and therapeutic guided imagery, she can help you reject and rewrite your negative self-talk and transform that chatter into positive beliefs and behaviors that enable you to live the life you want and are meant to enjoy. Free to Hope’s Haven guests. Bring a friend!

Questions about Calminsense Hypnotherapy? Visit: www.calminsensehypnotherapy.com/faq

Arlene Valenzuela

Arlene Valenzuela  is a Certified Massage Therapist. She is trained in several massage modalities, but specializes in Relaxation Massage. Her goal is to provide a peaceful and relaxing experience.

Arlene is a colon cancer survivor. In addition, she is a 20-year member of the National Marrow Donor Program. Twice during that time, she was deemed a “match,” successfully donating bone marrow to people who were each battling Leukemia.

Relaxation massage, commonly known as Swedish massage, is aimed at relaxing the body and mind. This is achieved by smooth, gliding strokes, which are performed at a slow pace, with light to medium pressure, and gentle “kneading” of muscle.

Some of the benefits massage can provide include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Release of endorphins (“feel-good” hormones)
  • Boost in immunity

Come experience the feeling of overall wellness of mind, body and spirt.

*Swedish massage is not appropriate for individuals currently undergoing treatment

Zelena Garcia Kundalini Yoga

Zelena Garcia has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and through her years of practice she has seen incredible transformation in her life. Kundalini Yoga is a complete workout for the body mind and spirit. The primary objective when teaching Kundalini yoga is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual. Kundalini Yoga combines movement, breath, chants & mantras to awaken the spirit, energize the body & relax the mind. Finding the balance within.

Bob Pacheco

Bob Pacheco, a business man with a creative side of being a storyteller, had a vision–that of a central hub from which one could discover ways to learn about and implement holistic and spiritual practices. Upon retiring from 35 years as a CPA, Bob opened the CENTER FOR SACRED TRADITIONS INC., a nonprofit organization, and began using his retirement time to take his storytelling to a higher level by developing it, along with drumming, as a therapy. He works primarily with ancient folklore and fairy tales. Since September 2018, Bob has shared his drum therapy with guests at Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center.
Bob lives and works in the Santa Clarita Valley, is the President of the Santa Clarita Valley Holistic Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce. Since retiring in 2017, Bob has focused on learning group drumming techniques for health and wellness. Wellness drumming has proven effective for stress-reduction, healing, boosting the immune system, reducing student drop-out rates and inspiring creativity and bonding. All that and lots of fun!
Bob will be providing a group drumming experience monthly at Hope’s Haven. All drums will be provided; no experience necessary. Check our calendar for upcoming dates!

Kristen DeBenedetto

Kristen DeBenedetto, director of The Mindful Movement Center for Dance, began her formal dance training at the age of five with her focus on classical ballet. She is versed in multiple styles of classical ballet, including studying the Cecchetti method under Julie Carson, the Vaganova technique under the tutelage of Joyce Lang and Andrew Pap, and the Balanchine technique with Barbara Sandonato. Kristen was awarded various scholarships and awards throughout her pre-professional career, including summer intensive grants for the Homer Bryant School of Ballet in Chicago, and a scholarship to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she earned her bachelor’s degree in dance education and a focus on dance and movement therapy. Having performed in sporting events ranging from the opening ceremony of the World Cup Soccer Games to performing at the Chicago Bulls basketball games and in multiple dance productions Kristen empowers her students with the knowledge of how to combine both performance and technique.
At age 14, she began her teaching career as an assistant in the dance company classes and children’s classes, which sparked her love of giving back to the next generation. Having taught in both the Mid-West, Philadelphia, and working with The Atlanta Ballet and the Columbia City Ballet, Kristen relocated to Los Angeles in the fall of 2001 where she continued to teach ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and lyrical. After taking graduate courses in inclusive dance she received her certification in Autism Movement Therapy in the spring of 2017. This refocus led her to create her own program of inclusive dance and dance for healing. Using dance as a tool for healing and self-expression as her passion. She looks forward to where the future takes her on this journey.

Christine Kent

Christine Kent is a mom of seven who found yoga almost by accident in attempt to find a class w childcare. Having been involved in fitness her whole life, she enjoys marathons, triathlons, and teaching cycle and aqua classes. Her first class of yoga made her realize the unique benefits to the mind and body that yoga provided. She fell in love w it and soon trained then started teaching. She practices daily and lives in Castaic with her three girls, four boys, and various pets.
Peaceful, restorative yoga focuses on relaxing the mind and body using purposeful yoga positions. Senses are relieved as the body is allowed to move freely and slowly and at times, not at all. Music that soothes the progression of the postures aids in letting the body release tension and aid calm.