Programs at The Sajni Center are open to families, regardless of income, who have children from birth to age 21 who have a life-threatening illness or chronic physical health condition not developmental in nature that affects a child's daily life or requires more frequent and intensive medical care than is typically required. Some of these diagnoses include: cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, spina bifida, heart conditions, and severe depression. Siblings and parents/legal guardians are welcome to join programs, and childcare will be available on-site if needed during parent-oriented programs.
Please note: All families must register online in order to participate. To receive the code to register, go to lucyslovebus.org/sajnicode. Program descriptions will list who the class is appropriate for; open to children with cancer or life-threatening illness and their siblings and parents.
There is a fee of $5 per person per program. We have scholarships available if cost is a barrier. Please contact Beecher Grogan, Executive Director for scholarship information: Beecher@LucysLoveBus.org
Love Bus Adventure Gang
The Adventure Gang is a fun, project-based support group for sick children and their siblings to gather and build community while working on a wide variety of projects and activities. This group is co-led by two Child Life Specialists, Kristen Goodhue and Cammy Adler. Children are welcome to attend each month, or to pick and choose the groups that look most fun. Suggested for ages 6 and up; please email firstname.lastname@example.org if younger children are interested in attending.
See below for a sampling of programs:
June: Slime Time: Kids will learn how to make all kinds of slime and make their favorite batch of slime to take home. Have a favorite recipe? Bring it in and we can compile The Best of the Best Slime Cookbook!
September: Kids in the Kitchen! Participants will learn how to make delicious smoothies! Each participant will vote on their favorite smoothie created and the winning recipe will be typed up for each child to take home.
November: Comfort your soul! Kids can come and learn how to make a cozy fleece blanket while discussing what comforts them during difficult times.
April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 11, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15th
Music & Movement
Come explore the healing power of music in a group setting with other children and families who understand. Led by certified music educator, Erin Murphy, this music program will help your child process emotions, explore creative movement, ease stress and anxiety, and engage in joy! Erin creates a safe, playful, nurturing environment where children can let loose and express themselves through music, movement and creative arts. Instruments will be provided. Recommended for all ages.
Meets the following Saturdays, 10:30am to 12pm:
August 4, September 8, October 27, November 10, December 1
Barn Babies Animal Therapy
Barn babies will be bringing 20 baby farm animals for children to snuggle and love. Event will be held outdoors next to The Sajni Center, and will be moved indoors if weather doesn’t cooperate. We are able to accommodate children on restrictions in a separate area.
Sunday, June 10, 1:30 to 3pm (click to register!)
Saturday, October 13, 2 to 3:30pm (click to register!)
Click here to apply for the code to register!
Yoga for the Tender-Hearted: For bereaved parents and siblings 16+
Join us for a 90-minute gentle, soothing yoga session designed specifically for bereaved parents and siblings. No experience is necessary. We will provide yoga blocks, bolsters and blankets. Our instructor will lead us through easeful postures that are gentle and relaxing, inviting a calm mind, and respite from stress, sadness, and tension. The goal of this monthly program is to provide a safe, supportive oasis for families coping with the loss of a child. Participants will be welcome to stay after the class to talk and connect if they so wish.
Meets the following Saturdays, 4:30 to 6pm or 4pm to 5:30pm (time is listed on the calendar):
April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 3, December 15.
It takes a Village: Supporting Caregivers through Childhood Illness
A lively and empowering support group for caregivers to share challenges and concerns within a community of peers who are on the same journey. Come explore family dynamics, healthy communication, self-care, and the creation of new practices to grow your family’s strength and resiliency. This program is open to all caregiving adults who support a child living with a serious illness, including parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and close friends. It Takes a Village is led by Sally McCue, LICSW, an experienced psychotherapist who specializes in building healthy relationships.
Meets the following Saturdays, 3 to 5pm:
April 28, May 26, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22.
Take to the skies with yoga instructor Carrie Schumacher as we explore yoga in the air! Our soft yoga silks and secure rigging system supports your body completely, allowing you to enjoy slow, mindful, deep stretches that you never thought possible! Come open your heart, chest and hips in a safe and supported setting. All yoga props will be provided. Limit: 8 participants per class. Adults and children 8 and up. No yoga experience necessary.
Saturdays, 3 to 4: May 19 (click to register), June 16 (click to register), August 11 (click to register), September 23rd (click to register), October 7th (click to register), November 10th (click to register), December 1st (click to register)
Click here to apply for the code, or click the link to register!
Introductory Mindfulness Meditation
Join meditation instructor, Lisa Dorval, for lessons in freeing the mind from thoughts, worries, and fears through the practice of guided mindfulness meditation. This class is a must for our families who are coping with long-term stress and uncertainty. This program is for all parents and caregivers, bereaved parents, and children/siblings 14 and over. No experience necessary.
Meets the following Saturdays, 11am to 12pm:
April 28, May 12, June 23, July 14, August 25, September 22, October 13, November 24, and December 8
Join us for community acupuncture sessions with Abigail Klerowski, L.Ac. Using Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and her Western medical training, Abbi supports the release and management of both physical and emotional pains. By breaking this cycle, individuals are able to find relief, take control of their lives, and move forward. Acupuncture can decrease pain, increase mobility, reduce stress, improve sleep, help with anxiety management, ease digestion, and decrease dependence on medication. Our group acupuncture program is open to Love Bus children (with medical permission) and their immediate family members, as well as bereaved parents and siblings. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and eat something one hour prior to your arrival. Group Limit: 6 participants.
This monthly program meets on the following Saturdays from 1 to 2:30:
April 28, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 10, Dec 1st
Yoga with Reiki Assists for Families
A gentle, slow-paced, restorative yoga program designed for children and families to support rest, deep relaxation and stress management. Sarah Oleson will lead the group in resting, easeful poses, while a Reiki Master offers Reiki to participants who want it during their restorative yoga practice. No yoga experience necessary. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Meets the following Saturdays:
Saturday, June 2, 4 to 5:30pm
Saturday, September 1, 4 to 5:30pm
Saturday, October 6, 3 to 4:30pm
Essential Oil Workshops: Come explore the wonders of essential oils with Catherine DeBrocke Kulik! Limit: 16 participants.
Meets the following dates:
Saturday, May 5, 3 to 5:
Plant Power Workshop: What are essential oils? Where do they come from and what do they do? In this workshop, we will explore how pure, organic, therapeutic essential oils can be used to support the body, mind and spirit. Each family will have the opportunity to mix up essential oil based products to assist in uplifting mood, alleviating feelings of stress and restlessness and promoting digestive comfort.
Saturday, July 14, 3 to 5:
Lotions and Potions Workshop: This workshop will dig a little deeper into the world of therapeutic essential oils and how they can be used to support the body, mind and spirit. We will roll up our sleeves and mix up lotions and potions for skin and body care. See how simple and effective it can be to make soaps, balms, sprays and bath salts infused with pure organic plant power and gentle ingredients.
Coping with Relapse and Disease Progression
No matter which life-threatening illness we are coping with, we all seem to live with similar fears about relapse and disease progression. We are offering two separate Support Groups for children and parents that run at the same time so that we can offer one another guidance, tips, and support as we summon the strength and courage to cope with relapse, new complications, or disease progression. The children’s group will be led by Child Life Specialist Kristen Goodhue, and the parent’s group will be led by Child Life Specialist Cammy Adler, with support from Beecher Grogan.
Meets the following Saturdays:
Saturday, April 21, 1 to 2pm
Deep Gong Meditation with Romy Valdez
Everything you see around you is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not. Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, and influence how we feel and function. Sound healing practices like deep gong meditation uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health. This program is open to adults and children, 14 and up.
Meets the following dates:
Sunday, May 20, 4 to 5:30pm
Sunday, November 18, 4 to 5:30pm
Day of Beauty for Kids and Caregivers: Hair and Eyebrows and Make-up… oh, my! Come get your gorgeous on with our amazing volunteer team of hair and make-up professionals just in time for Mother’s Day!!!
Program runs on Saturday, May 12 from 4 to 8pm
All programs take place at
The Sajni Center,
21 Water Street, 3rd Floor,
Amesbury, MA 01913
Please contact Program Director, Jackie Walker if you have any questions or need support with online registration:
Jackie@LucysLoveBus.org or 978-764-4300