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Smith Center's U Street location in NW Washington DC - Near Dupont CircleSmith Center programs focus on the concept of healing at its broadest level: as an integrative process that encompasses the entire spectrum of our existence—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Healing evokes our potential for wholeness, making our perspectives larger and wiser. It helps us to find meaning and explores our most fulfilling ways of being, relating and creating in the world.

See what is coming up this month with our September PDF calendar. For programs in October through December, view our Fall Cancer Support Programs PDF calendar. We invite you to print the calendars to post at home or at work, and to share with others.

Upcoming Programs

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Outside the Lines

Do you want to take a break from the rush of your daily life to explore creative projects in a safe and healing space? Join us bimonthly for Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio, where ample space, light, and our extensive collection of supplies are available for your personal use. Bring your own ideas for visual or written projects, or consult your host for direction and inspiration. However you decide to use the time, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to reflect and nurture your own well-being through creative expression.

This new series will be held the First & Third Wednesday of each month.

  • October 1
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

To sign up for other Outside the Lines sessions, visit the program page for the specific date you are interested in.

Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio
 
 
 

Knitting in the NookJoin us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality starter kit in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Special instruction for those brand new to knitting will be available during the first two weeks and will include guidance for starting a project. We invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 towards your starter kit.

  • October 1
  • October 8

Experienced knitters are welcome to attend during the first two weeks. Please know that we will be focusing on instruction for beginners.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • October 27

Please note: There will be no class on October 13 due to Columbus Day.

About Leslie Rice
Leslie Rice, RYT-200 strongly believes in the life changing and healing aspects of Yoga. She took her first 200 hour teacher training in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga from Tina Lanzoni in Annapolis, Maryland. Leslie’s desire to deepen her practice lead to taking her second 200 hour teacher training in Rishikesh India for traditional Hatha style Yoga. While living in India for two months surrounded by the Himalayas and the Ganga, Leslie studied asana, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga Nidra extensively, deepening her practice and driving her life’s passion to return to the states and pass on these healing, transformative practices.

Leslie enjoys teaching the meditative practice of yoga encouraging her students to go inward, facilitating stillness while making that beautiful connection with one’s innermost self.  She also enjoys teaching  Vinyasa flow, moving rhythmically with the breath. Her students have said her classes feel like a dance with one’s breath.  Leslie has studied with numerous international teachers whom she is devotedly grateful to.  Leslie has one grown daughter and resides in Deale Maryland.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, practicing yoga, volunteering and traveling.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

with Cynthia Word

FreeFlow Dance-Movement ClassExperience the simple pleasure of moving to the sounds of beautiful music in the company of others. Through gentle, flowing and life-affirming movements, people of every age and stage of life will enjoy the opportunity for play, expression, exploration, and stress-release.

The class will be offered monthly on Monday evenings.

  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 8

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Photo Credit: Theo Kossenas/Media4Artists

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Creative Movement and Expression
 
 
 
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Meditation and QigongUsing Taoist meditation and visualization, learn to release negative sensations often associated with a cancer diagnosis, including fear, pain and despair, from our body, mind and spirit. The evening features a guided meditation and simple, flowing Qigong exercises, which use movement, breath and intention to further help the movement of Qi (energy) through the entire energy body. The benefits include increased vitality, an enhanced immune system, and a greater sense of well-being.

The sessions are based on both Vipassana and Taoist meditation practices.

New time! This class will be offered twice a month on Tuesday evenings.

  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Meditation and Qigong
 
 
 
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Knitting in the NookJoin us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality starter kit in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Special instruction for those brand new to knitting will be available during the first two weeks and will include guidance for starting a project. We invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 towards your starter kit.

  • October 1
  • October 8

Experienced knitters are welcome to attend during the first two weeks. Please know that we will be focusing on instruction for beginners.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Beyond BooksIn this monthly book club, participants will select the overall themes and books that they are most interested in: whether it's a book on living with cancer, a poet's exploration of life, a guide to integrating the arts and healing, or a novel with themes of strength and survival. We will share opinions, experiences, and hope in a supportive, facilitated environment that encourages input from all. Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our lively conversations.

Past selections have included:

  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo
  • The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman
  • Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
  • No Death/No Fear, poetry by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Stranger in the Village of the Sick: A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing by Paul Stoller

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Please RSVP to help us plan.

Beyond Books
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

Three-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

Three-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

Three-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Knitting in the NookJoin us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality starter kit in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Special instruction for those brand new to knitting will be available during the first two weeks and will include guidance for starting a project. We invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 towards your starter kit.

  • October 1
  • October 8

Experienced knitters are welcome to attend during the first two weeks. Please know that we will be focusing on instruction for beginners.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Outside the Lines

Do you want to take a break from the rush of your daily life to explore creative projects in a safe and healing space? Join us bimonthly for Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio, where ample space, light, and our extensive collection of supplies are available for your personal use. Bring your own ideas for visual or written projects, or consult your host for direction and inspiration. However you decide to use the time, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to reflect and nurture your own well-being through creative expression.

This new series will be held the First & Third Wednesday of each month.

  • October 15
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

To sign up for other Outside the Lines sessions, visit the program page for the specific date you are interested in.

Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Doll-Making Workshop

“Life is nothing until you make something of it…when one is right inside the work…it’s very stimulating and exciting, because that’s when you bring things closest to the nervous system.”

These are the words of Francis Bacon, once named Britain’s greatest living artist, whose paintings depict emotions of deep intensity.

It is easy to go about our lives and not notice the richness of what’s inside us, until something comes along, whether illness, a move, a job change, or just a nagging feeling that something in our life isn’t what it should be. That is when, almost without realizing it, we begin to tap into inner resources that we hadn’t known were available. We get inside the work of our own lives where it is possible to reimagine our perspective and take a closer look at who we are.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself inside the work of your own life using the medium of needle felting. Needle felting is wonderful for this purpose because it is accessible and physically soothing to engage in. With a short introduction to the technique, and demonstrations throughout, you will be surprised how quickly you can begin to feel a sense of mastery.

You will create a needle felted doll that represents your inner guardian. You will be supported in this process by journaling, brief guided meditations, and the chance to view dolls created by the facilitator.

The workshop unfolds gradually over a period of two sessions in order to allow you, within an intimate group, to contemplate, experiment with, and create your doll. Your doll will be a mirror, offering insights into your current life situation, and also a guide that you can take with you into your next steps.

No previous doll-making or art experience necessary, just a willingness to be open to whatever emerges. Materials will be provided. Please plan to bring a bag lunch.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Doll-Making from the Inside Out
 
 
 
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Facilitated by Jennifer Bires, LICSW & Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

DC Young Adult Cancer Community

Join us at this month’s meeting of the DC Young Adult Cancer Community! Enjoy a light dinner, a facilitated group support session, and a chance to meet other young adult cancer survivors.

This group is designed for participants from ages 19-39 at any point in the cancer journey. Significant others are welcome! Please RSVP below to help us plan.

The DC Young Adult Cancer Suport Community is an initiative of:

  • Cancer Support Community
  • George Washington University Hospital/Medical Faculty Associates
  • First Descents
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society
  • Life with Cancer
  • Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nueva Vida
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition (DC Chapter)

Smith Center is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC. Both the Dupont Circle (red) and U Street (green) metro stops are an easy walk (about 1/2 mile) and street parking is also available on Saturdays. 

Young Adult Cancer Community Meet-Up and Support Group
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • October 27

Please note: There will be no class on October 13 due to Columbus Day.

About Leslie Rice
Leslie Rice, RYT-200 strongly believes in the life changing and healing aspects of Yoga. She took her first 200 hour teacher training in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga from Tina Lanzoni in Annapolis, Maryland. Leslie’s desire to deepen her practice lead to taking her second 200 hour teacher training in Rishikesh India for traditional Hatha style Yoga. While living in India for two months surrounded by the Himalayas and the Ganga, Leslie studied asana, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga Nidra extensively, deepening her practice and driving her life’s passion to return to the states and pass on these healing, transformative practices.

Leslie enjoys teaching the meditative practice of yoga encouraging her students to go inward, facilitating stillness while making that beautiful connection with one’s innermost self.  She also enjoys teaching  Vinyasa flow, moving rhythmically with the breath. Her students have said her classes feel like a dance with one’s breath.  Leslie has studied with numerous international teachers whom she is devotedly grateful to.  Leslie has one grown daughter and resides in Deale Maryland.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, practicing yoga, volunteering and traveling.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease.  She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Conversations with a Cancer CoachJoin Carole O’Toole, Smith Center’s Director of Integrative Navigation, for an informal conversation about how to take the best possible care of yourself when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Each month, Carole will share her practical wisdom and answer your questions about selecting your medical and complementary practitioners, understanding and choosing complementary therapies, how to advocate for yourself, and how to access your own healing process. Come early or stay late and relax in our comfortable “nook” area, where you can enjoy a cup of tea, browse our library books, and connect with others.

Please RSVP to help us plan.

Conversations with a Cancer Coach
 
 
 

Meditation and QigongUsing Taoist meditation and visualization, learn to release negative sensations often associated with a cancer diagnosis, including fear, pain and despair, from our body, mind and spirit. The evening features a guided meditation and simple, flowing Qigong exercises, which use movement, breath and intention to further help the movement of Qi (energy) through the entire energy body. The benefits include increased vitality, an enhanced immune system, and a greater sense of well-being.

The sessions are based on both Vipassana and Taoist meditation practices.

New time! This class will be offered twice a month on Tuesday evenings.

  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Meditation and Qigong
 
 
 
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Knitting in the NookJoin us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality starter kit in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Special instruction for those brand new to knitting will be available during the first two weeks and will include guidance for starting a project. We invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 towards your starter kit.

  • October 1
  • October 8

Experienced knitters are welcome to attend during the first two weeks. Please know that we will be focusing on instruction for beginners.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Redefining Breath with Bob SimaThe majority of us navigate through life in a constant state of low-grade stress. We are tapped out, stressed out, and poorly equipped to deal with the frenetic pace of the world. As a result we are overwhelmed. Redefining Breath examines and experiments with both ancient and modern philosophies of breath work. It combines an enticing blend of discussion, practical exercises, active participation, and live devotional music. These sessions will inspire a foundation for profoundly life-changing practices that will reduce your stress level and enliven your divine energy.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.



Redefining Breath
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Movement and StorytellingSometimes the best way to say how we feel is with a look or a gesture, a hand squeeze, a nod, or a smile. We communicate so much in those moments, because the body holds feeling and understanding. It has a story to tell. In this movement and storytelling workshop we invite you to tap into your wellspring of wisdom and creative expression.

We will explore joyful movement designed to build community and bridge solitude, including synchronous and rhythmic movements that are rooted in ancient healing rituals. These and other forms of life-affirming, gentle, expressive movement, coupled with free writing, will guide us in sharing our stories.

We invite you to find stress release, pleasure, connection, integration, and support in this workshop. No dance, storytelling, or writing experience is necessary. People with physical limitations are welcome to attend and will be accommodated.

The workshop is from 10am to 1pm with a fifteen minute break for refreshments.

“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile I keep dancing.” Rabbi Hillel

“Play is the free spirit of exploration, doing and being for its own pure joy.” Stephen Nachamanovitch in Free Play, Improvisation in Life and Art, 1990, p. 43.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Therapeutic Movement and Storytelling
 
 
 
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Doll-Making Workshop

“Life is nothing until you make something of it…when one is right inside the work…it’s very stimulating and exciting, because that’s when you bring things closest to the nervous system.”

These are the words of Francis Bacon, once named Britain’s greatest living artist, whose paintings depict emotions of deep intensity.

It is easy to go about our lives and not notice the richness of what’s inside us, until something comes along, whether illness, a move, a job change, or just a nagging feeling that something in our life isn’t what it should be. That is when, almost without realizing it, we begin to tap into inner resources that we hadn’t known were available. We get inside the work of our own lives where it is possible to reimagine our perspective and take a closer look at who we are.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself inside the work of your own life using the medium of needle felting. Needle felting is wonderful for this purpose because it is accessible and physically soothing to engage in. With a short introduction to the technique, and demonstrations throughout, you will be surprised how quickly you can begin to feel a sense of mastery.

You will create a needle felted doll that represents your inner guardian. You will be supported in this process by journaling, brief guided meditations, and the chance to view dolls created by the facilitator.

The workshop unfolds gradually over a period of two sessions in order to allow you, within an intimate group, to contemplate, experiment with, and create your doll. Your doll will be a mirror, offering insights into your current life situation, and also a guide that you can take with you into your next steps.

No previous doll-making or art experience necessary, just a willingness to be open to whatever emerges. Materials will be provided. Please plan to bring a bag lunch.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Doll-Making from the Inside Out
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • October 27

Please note: There will be no class on October 13 due to Columbus Day.

About Leslie Rice
Leslie Rice, RYT-200 strongly believes in the life changing and healing aspects of Yoga. She took her first 200 hour teacher training in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga from Tina Lanzoni in Annapolis, Maryland. Leslie’s desire to deepen her practice lead to taking her second 200 hour teacher training in Rishikesh India for traditional Hatha style Yoga. While living in India for two months surrounded by the Himalayas and the Ganga, Leslie studied asana, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga Nidra extensively, deepening her practice and driving her life’s passion to return to the states and pass on these healing, transformative practices.

Leslie enjoys teaching the meditative practice of yoga encouraging her students to go inward, facilitating stillness while making that beautiful connection with one’s innermost self.  She also enjoys teaching  Vinyasa flow, moving rhythmically with the breath. Her students have said her classes feel like a dance with one’s breath.  Leslie has studied with numerous international teachers whom she is devotedly grateful to.  Leslie has one grown daughter and resides in Deale Maryland.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, practicing yoga, volunteering and traveling.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease.  She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Knitting in the NookJoin us weekly to enjoy knitting in a safe and welcoming environment. Knitting can provide a respite from one’s immediate situation, serve as a way to productively pass the time, and have a positive effect on reducing stress symptoms. It is relatively easy to learn, requires no artistic talent or prior experience, is portable, and results in a useful product. Sometimes referred to as the “new yoga” — plain and simple — knitting is good for you. In this program, trained volunteers will provide knitting instruction and a quality starter kit in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among participants. Beginner and experienced knitters are welcome.

Special instruction for those brand new to knitting will be available during the first two weeks and will include guidance for starting a project. We invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 towards your starter kit.

  • October 1
  • October 8

Experienced knitters are welcome to attend during the first two weeks. Please know that we will be focusing on instruction for beginners.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in October:

  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Thank you for your interest. This workshop is now filled. Please call 202.483.8600 if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Culinary Translation Workshop

This one and a half day workshop is designed to train Registered Dietitians and Culinary Professionals in the basic art and science of Oncology Culinary Translation. Participants will learn food preparation techniques for creating therapeutic meals that appeal to an individual’s taste preferences. Through creative didactic, hands-on, and eating experiences, the group will learn to:

  • Define culinary translation and its role in integrative nourishment for cancer care.
  • Describe metabolic conditions that influence cancer risk, such as inflammation and insulin resistance.
  • Describe the current evidence for commonly recommended anti-cancer diets.
  • Identify key concepts for including food as an element in the treatment plan for a person with cancer.
  • Describe eight principles of health supportive food selection.
  • Define flavor-building and describe the potential for this technique to provide culinary and physiological benefits.
  • Develop eating plans to improve quality of nutritional intake by patients facing eating and dietary challenges.

Our Faculty

Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, Nutrition Advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

Ruth Fehr, MBA, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Health Supportive Chef, Founder and President of Culinary Solutions

Laura Pole, RN, MSN, OCNS, Chef, Director of Nourishment Programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Continuing Education

Credit approval for this activity is being sought from the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Registration

The registration fee includes all materials, CE credits, dinner on Friday, breakfast, mid-morning snacks, and lunch on Saturday. Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014

Click here to download the Culinary Translation in Cancer Care Flyer.

Culinary Translation in Action

Students at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, are donning their new, crisp white uniforms and learning how to treat hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease using nontraditional tools of the trade: spatulas, knives, and saucepans.
Read more: Physicians and Chefs Cook Up Healthy Med School Curriculum. Medscape. Jul 17, 2014.

Culinary Translation in Cancer Care
 
 
 

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