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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 with our July PDF Calendar. For the full list of programs July-September 2015, view our Summer 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

Creative expression is often used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center's philosophy, but fear of judgment and "not being an artist" can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so. Our extensive collection of supplies is available for all to use. 

This series will be held the first & third Wednesday of each month.

  • July 1
  • July 15

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.

Outside the Lines
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
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Wednesday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

While most of us don’t think of ourselves as poets, in a safe space and with the guidance of a gifted facilitator, we can unleash the poetry that resides within us. The benefits of creative expression as a path to healing are well known. Join us to experience the powerful, mysterious and often surprising gifts that emerge as you listen to poetry, participate in simple exercises to get the juices flowing, and then begin to write. Come to one session or all three to immerse yourself in poetry this summer.

Session Dates:

  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 3

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.

Suggested donation for one session: $15

Suggested donation for serires: $35

About Elise Wiarda
Elise has been leading the poetry writing sessions, Speaking Our Truth, at Smith Center’s weeklong cancer retreats for many years. You could say that poetry is in her blood. She grew up in the Netherlands. Her mother, who died at the age of 101, knew more than 150 poems by heart in four languages, and read poetry to her children all the time. Elise’s daughter is a published poet and a tenured professor at Barnard. Elise has a long history in the art world, and for the past thirty years has been a mind/body therapist. She has a private practice in her home in Cabin John.

 

Writing Your Truth
 
 
 
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Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupBeing 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.

Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600 or kiersten@smithcenter.org.

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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Chair Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community. You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Sessions:

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

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.

Insight Painting
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
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Wednesday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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Beyond Books
 
 
 
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Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Smith Center Now Hosting Support Groups for the Latino Community in Spanish

Nueva Vida is an independent nonprofit that provides free, comprehensive, culturally competent cancer services to medically unders

erved Latino families in the District of Columbia,Northern Virginia (as far south as Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties), Richmond, and Baltimore. Other services include outreach to the Latino community and Patient Navigation for cancer screenings and treatment. 

At Smith Center, Nueva Vida will be providing support groups that are focused on supporting the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis. These groups provide Latina women the opportunity to experience a catharsis of feelings, where they feel safe to identify, verbalize, empathize, and share their feelings with others who are in similar circumstances. All support group meetings are paired with a stress reduction activity (either Zumba or Yoga).

Nueva Vida offers support groups every Saturday and Smith Center will be hosting the Nueva Vida support group on the

following dates: 

  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 29
  • September 5
  • September 19

To register, call Claudia at Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100. 

Smith Center es ahora el anfitrión de los Grupos de Apoyo para la Comunidad Latina en Español

Estamos muy felices de anunciar que seremos los anfitriones de los grupos de apoyo de Nueva Vida para la comunidad latina. Nueva Vida es una organización independiente, sin fines de lucro, que proporciona servicios integrales de cáncer gratuitos, a las familias latinas en el Distrito de Columbia, Virginia del Norte (hasta el sur de Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Condados de Montgomery y Prince George), Richmond, y Baltimore. Otros servicios incluyen educación y divulgación en la comunidad latina, asi como navegación de pacientes para exámenes de detección y tratamiento de cáncer.

En Smith Center, Nueva Vida tendrá grupos de apoyo que se enfocan en el apoyo al trauma asociado con el diagnóstico de cáncer. Estos grupos proporcionan a las latinas la oportunidad de identificar y expresar sus sentimientos, en un lugar seguro, y lleno de empatía, así como compartir sus sentimientos con otras personas que están o han pasado por similares circunstancias. Las reuniones semanales, se combinan con una actividad de reducción del estrés (Zumba o Yoga).

Nueva Vida ofrecerá grupos de apoyo los sábados y Smith Center alojarå grupos de Apoyo en: 

  • 11 de julio
  • 18 de julio
  • 25 de julio
  • 1 de agosto
  • 8 de agosto
  • 15 de agosto
  • 29 de agosto
  • 5 de septiembre
  • 19 de septiembre


Para registrarse, llame a Claudia a Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100.

Nueva Vida Cancer Support Group
 
 
 


Guided Visualization for HealingSexual energy is a life affirming embodied force. It is common for people with cancer to lose their sexual identity and desire. How can we reinvent our sexual identity and engage our sexual energy in a way that creates freedom and honest connection?

Come play with dance, breath, and sound as an entry point to exploring your erotic presence and expression. Joint this groundbreaking, safe, and supportive space to explore and share your story. 


An additional workshop, 'Pelvis: Opening the Basin of Power and Receptivity' will be presented on July 12,
1-5pm, in partnership with Body Connect Health and Wellness and EMBODY more LOVE.

For more information and to register please click here. 

 

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.

Reinventing Sexuality: Embodying Wholeness for Women with Cancer
 
 
 
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Guided Visualization for HealingSexual energy is a life affirming embodied force. It is common for people with cancer to lose their sexual identity and desire. How can we reinvent our sexual identity and engage our sexual energy in a way that creates freedom and honest connection?

Come play with dance, breath, and sound as an entry point to exploring your erotic presence and expression. Joint this groundbreaking, safe, and supportive space to explore and share your story. 


An additional workshop, 'Pelvis: Opening the Basin of Power and Receptivity' will be presented on July 12,
1-5pm, in partnership with Body Connect Health and Wellness and EMBODY more LOVE.

For more information and to register please click here. 

 

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.

Pelvis: Opening the Basin of Power and Receptivity
 
 
 
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Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupBeing 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.

Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600 or kiersten@smithcenter.org.

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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Chair Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community. You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Sessions:

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

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.

Insight Painting
 
 
 

How can we access and amplify our innate ability to heal?  In what ways do we work with the mental and emotional aspects of illness as we return to new life?  After taking steps to find the best in advanced medical treatments, what else can we do to promote our health and wellbeing undergoing treatment? Join us to discuss these questions and more.

These discussions will be held in July and September:

  • July 14 - with Carole O'Toole
  • September 15 - with Shanti Norris

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.

Conversations on Healing
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
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Wednesday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Outside the Lines

Creative expression is often used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center's philosophy, but fear of judgment and "not being an artist" can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so. Our extensive collection of supplies is available for all to use. 

This series will be held the first & third Wednesday of each month.

  • July 1
  • July 15

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.

Outside the Lines
 
 
 
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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Smith Center Now Hosting Support Groups for the Latino Community in Spanish

Nueva Vida is an independent nonprofit that provides free, comprehensive, culturally competent cancer services to medically unders

erved Latino families in the District of Columbia,Northern Virginia (as far south as Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties), Richmond, and Baltimore. Other services include outreach to the Latino community and Patient Navigation for cancer screenings and treatment. 

At Smith Center, Nueva Vida will be providing support groups that are focused on supporting the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis. These groups provide Latina women the opportunity to experience a catharsis of feelings, where they feel safe to identify, verbalize, empathize, and share their feelings with others who are in similar circumstances. All support group meetings are paired with a stress reduction activity (either Zumba or Yoga).

Nueva Vida offers support groups every Saturday and Smith Center will be hosting the Nueva Vida support group on the

following dates: 

  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 29
  • September 5
  • September 19

To register, call Claudia at Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100. 

Smith Center es ahora el anfitrión de los Grupos de Apoyo para la Comunidad Latina en Español

Estamos muy felices de anunciar que seremos los anfitriones de los grupos de apoyo de Nueva Vida para la comunidad latina. Nueva Vida es una organización independiente, sin fines de lucro, que proporciona servicios integrales de cáncer gratuitos, a las familias latinas en el Distrito de Columbia, Virginia del Norte (hasta el sur de Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Condados de Montgomery y Prince George), Richmond, y Baltimore. Otros servicios incluyen educación y divulgación en la comunidad latina, asi como navegación de pacientes para exámenes de detección y tratamiento de cáncer.

En Smith Center, Nueva Vida tendrá grupos de apoyo que se enfocan en el apoyo al trauma asociado con el diagnóstico de cáncer. Estos grupos proporcionan a las latinas la oportunidad de identificar y expresar sus sentimientos, en un lugar seguro, y lleno de empatía, así como compartir sus sentimientos con otras personas que están o han pasado por similares circunstancias. Las reuniones semanales, se combinan con una actividad de reducción del estrés (Zumba o Yoga).

Nueva Vida ofrecerá grupos de apoyo los sábados y Smith Center alojarå grupos de Apoyo en: 

  • 11 de julio
  • 18 de julio
  • 25 de julio
  • 1 de agosto
  • 8 de agosto
  • 15 de agosto
  • 29 de agosto
  • 5 de septiembre
  • 19 de septiembre


Para registrarse, llame a Claudia a Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100.

Nueva Vida Cancer Support Group
 
 
 

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Curator & Artists' Talk
 
 
 
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DC Young Adult Cancer Community
 
 
 
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Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupBeing 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.

Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600 or kiersten@smithcenter.org.

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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Chair Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community. You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Sessions:

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

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.

Insight Painting
 
 
 

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Easy Self-Care for the Caregiver
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
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Wednesday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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Why is She Acting So Weird?
 
 
 
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Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Smith Center Now Hosting Support Groups for the Latino Community in Spanish

Nueva Vida is an independent nonprofit that provides free, comprehensive, culturally competent cancer services to medically unders

erved Latino families in the District of Columbia,Northern Virginia (as far south as Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties), Richmond, and Baltimore. Other services include outreach to the Latino community and Patient Navigation for cancer screenings and treatment. 

At Smith Center, Nueva Vida will be providing support groups that are focused on supporting the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis. These groups provide Latina women the opportunity to experience a catharsis of feelings, where they feel safe to identify, verbalize, empathize, and share their feelings with others who are in similar circumstances. All support group meetings are paired with a stress reduction activity (either Zumba or Yoga).

Nueva Vida offers support groups every Saturday and Smith Center will be hosting the Nueva Vida support group on the

following dates: 

  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 29
  • September 5
  • September 19

To register, call Claudia at Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100. 

Smith Center es ahora el anfitrión de los Grupos de Apoyo para la Comunidad Latina en Español

Estamos muy felices de anunciar que seremos los anfitriones de los grupos de apoyo de Nueva Vida para la comunidad latina. Nueva Vida es una organización independiente, sin fines de lucro, que proporciona servicios integrales de cáncer gratuitos, a las familias latinas en el Distrito de Columbia, Virginia del Norte (hasta el sur de Prince William County), Suburban Maryland (Condados de Montgomery y Prince George), Richmond, y Baltimore. Otros servicios incluyen educación y divulgación en la comunidad latina, asi como navegación de pacientes para exámenes de detección y tratamiento de cáncer.

En Smith Center, Nueva Vida tendrá grupos de apoyo que se enfocan en el apoyo al trauma asociado con el diagnóstico de cáncer. Estos grupos proporcionan a las latinas la oportunidad de identificar y expresar sus sentimientos, en un lugar seguro, y lleno de empatía, así como compartir sus sentimientos con otras personas que están o han pasado por similares circunstancias. Las reuniones semanales, se combinan con una actividad de reducción del estrés (Zumba o Yoga).

Nueva Vida ofrecerá grupos de apoyo los sábados y Smith Center alojarå grupos de Apoyo en: 

  • 11 de julio
  • 18 de julio
  • 25 de julio
  • 1 de agosto
  • 8 de agosto
  • 15 de agosto
  • 29 de agosto
  • 5 de septiembre
  • 19 de septiembre


Para registrarse, llame a Claudia a Nueva Vida: 202.223.9100.

Nueva Vida Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Support GroupBeing 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.

Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600 or kiersten@smithcenter.org.

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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Chair Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community. You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Sessions:

  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

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.

Insight Painting
 
 
 
29
[!IncludePage? &pageID=`1901`!]
Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
[!IncludePage? &pageID=`1872`!]
Wednesday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
30
[!IncludePage? &pageID=`1875`!]
Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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[!IncludePage? &pageID=`1885`!]
Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 

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