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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 October PDF calendar and what is coming up in November with our November PDF calendar. For programs 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 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.

Beginners, we invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 toward a starter kit. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects.

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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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.

Beginners, we invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 toward a starter kit. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects.

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
 
 
 
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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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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.

Beginners, we invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 toward a starter kit. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects.

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
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Join us at the gallery at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 16th as we welcome guest curator Martha Jackson Jarvis and Divergence artists, Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis for the Divergence Curator and Artists' Talk.

Guest curator and renowned artist Martha Jackson Jarvis unites the provocative works of emerging artists Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis as they explore the body as metaphor, challenging the torpid qualities of painting and sculpture with a sense of didactic theater and enigmatic forms. Their works command and redefine space with mysterious pairings of disparate forms and malign compositions. There is a non-static reconfiguration, reconstruction, and reinvention that occur simultaneously that both disturbs and stimulates. Viewers are made a part of this ever-changing matrix that remains haunting, unknowable, and in a state of flux.

Both artists in their practice engage multiple forms of media - performance, video, and numerous materials - to create socio-dynamic environments frozen in time and space. Each artist evokes the feeling and connotation of a sagacious still from a futuristic movie set or film clip. We, as viewers, are never given entirety. We are asked to discern, to distill, and to somehow complete for ourselves the imaginative narrative unfolding before us. These young, energetic artists, Njena Surae Jarvis and Shaunté Gates, provide us a non-linear transfixing glimpse of immortality and intrinsic momento mori.

Divergence presents a complex forum and exacting commentary on contemporary life, challenging us to perceive and experience more than disjointed parts. The show invites us to walk life's knife-edge to explore that which makes us sentient beings and connected.

Divergence will be open from September 6 - October 25th, 2014.

Please note: The gallery will be closed on 10/10 and 10/11 for an on-site cancer retreat.

Special thanks to John Paradiso at 39th Street Gallery for the creative incubation of this artistic pairing and ongoing support of our work. Check out their September exhibition at http://www.39thStreetGallery.com.

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(above) Shaunté Gates, Puppet Test
(below) Njena Surae Jarvis, Head and Arm
 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The Gallery will be closed on 10/10 and 10/11 for an on-site cancer retreat.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
Learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Special thanks to our sponsors:

All of our specially featured Jackson Family Wines & Monument Fine Wines are available for purchase at Calvert Woodley!

Curator and Artists' Talk: Divergence
 
 
 
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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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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
 
 
 
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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.

Beginners, we invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 toward a starter kit. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects.

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
 
 
 
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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.

Beginners, we invite you to attend free of charge, and If you can, we invite you to contribute $15 toward a starter kit. Experienced knitters may bring their own projects.

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
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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This November, Decorative Arts curator and recognized fiber artist, Jennifer Lindsay, invites emerging and established local artists to envision the gallery as a home (and as a work of art). Taking inspiration from a continuum of modern movements in art and architecture, Lindsay revives the spirit of early twentieth-century artists, architects, and designers who believed that the artful home – a balancing of aesthetics, function, and social purpose – could transform the individual, the community, and ultimately, the city itself. 

Urban Bungalow features new work, one-of-a-kind objects, site-specific installations, and limited productions by Shawn Arlauckas, Joseph Corcoran, Art Drauglis, Yoshi Fujii, Sylvia Gottwald, Matthew Hyleck, Gretchen Klimoski, David Knopp, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Peter Malinoski, Yoko Sekino-Bovè, Vicco von Voss, and Caleb Woodard.  Furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, electric guitars, and skateboards handmade for the twenty-first century showcase diverse and individual approaches to working with both traditional and new materials.

In line with the art historical concept of a “total work of art,,” Lindsay thoughtfully selects works that seamlessly relate to, and engage viewers with the gallery’s contemporary architectural and design details.  The collection intermixes lively, organic forms, with natural and richly decorative surfaces to echo the space’s biomorphic ceiling ‘clouds,’ undulating, mirrored mosaic, and cascades of handmade paper cranes.  Elemental form language, freshly imagined and interpreted for our time by a new generation of artists, recalls the more radical movements in art and architecture – Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Surrealism – and references the durable influence of global cultures and traditions that continue to shape American modernism and contemporary art and craft today.

Above all, the works in Urban Bungalow are extensions of the taste, skill, personality, aesthetic interests, questions and problems, and the humor and insight of the artists who make them. They work with various natural materials – reclaimed, repurposed and selected out of concern for the environment or for their historical or cultural significance. The artists use new or compound materials for their tensile strength and sculptural properties. Whether with wood grain, hot glass, wet clay, or even hand-built electronics layered to produce a custom sound, these artists work at the very limits of what is possible to achieve a synergy of form, function, and expressive power in each object on view.

Urban Bungalow challenges our assumptions about the art we use and live with and where and how it is made. It initiates us into the privilege of experiencing exceptional objects created by local artists whom we can also come to know.  The art and functional objects – sensuous, sculptural, tactile, imaginative – are pleasurable to have, hold, use, and pass on to future generations; they promise to alter our quotidian routines into rituals we anticipate and savor, and to connect us to the continuum of human creativity.

“It is not in the monumental buildings, but in the home, in the living and working place, and in [our] contact with even the smallest objects [we] use and with which [we] live, that a valid art form is created.” − Eliel Saarinen, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1932

Urban Bungalow will be open from October 31 - December 20, 2014. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, November 7th, 7-9pm, as well as the Curator and Artists' Talk & Holiday Gift Sale on Saturday, November 22 at 3:30pm.

And don't forget to join Urban Bungalow's curator and recognized fiber artist, Jennifer Lindsay, in two hands-on fiber workshops open to all levels. Put new life into your old clothes at Embellish It! Introduction to the Japanese art of Sashiko Embroidery, on Saturday, December 6 from 11am-3pm. Then join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 6-7:30pm to learn how to make your own yarn at Spin It! Introduction to Hand Spinning.

Please note: The gallery will be closed on 11/27 - 11/29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Images:

(top) Caleb Woodard, Maelstrom cabinet, solid American black walnut

(bottom) Joseph Corcoran, Language, mirrored blown glass

 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The Gallery will be closed on 11/27-11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
Learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Special thanks to our sponsors:

All of our specially featured Jackson Family Wines & Monument Fine Wines are available for purchase at Calvert Woodley!

Exhibition: Urban Bungalow
 
 
 

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.

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