Program Calendar


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.

Our programs are tailored specifically to support the needs of people affected by cancer: patients, caregivers, and health care professionals; however, many are open to and relevent for the whole community.

Upcoming Programs

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With Laura Pole, Oncology Nurse, Health Supportive Chef

When you’re living with cancer, what you eat matters. This fun and informative class is a great place to start learning about the role of nutrition in cancer care. Participants will learn the basic principles of healthy and delicious food selection and preparation.

The class will begin with tasty appetizers followed by a lecture on the basic principles of selecting healthy food and a demonstration on how to build flavor in a dish. The class will conclude with participants seeing and tasting a “balanced plate” of colorful, beautiful, nourishing, and delicious foods.  

Laura Pole teaching about Nourishing Foods for People with CancerAt this class you will learn:

  • The Eight Principles of Healthy Eating
  • The known relationships between food and cancer
  • How to create your own balanced plate at home
  • How to choose foods at the grocery store and farmers' market
  • How to build flavor to turn a healthy dish into a delicious dish
  • Laura's secrets as you leave with recipes to make at home
  • Tips to make preparing and eating your meals more enjoyable

Come learn how to make and sample some of Laura’s most delicious seasonal recipes.

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone. 

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early! 
The cost for this program is:

  • $25 if you register by April 2.
  • $30 if you register after April 2.
Eating for A Lifetime: Cooking for People With Cancer

April 15, May 20, June 17

Qigong for healing from cancerUsing 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.

Our programs are tailored to the needs of people affected by cancer, but we welcome anyone who would like to attend.  

Meditation and Qigong - April

Zentangle Creativity WorkshopAnything is possible, one stroke at a time!

This is not your typical drawing class – there’s no pressure to make your drawing look like something, no preconceived ideas of a final result, and no fear of your artistic abilities. Become empowered and discover new possibilities by trusting your instincts!

Zentangle is defined as a marriage of “Zen” (meditative relaxation) and “tangle” (beautifully drawn patterned artwork). Using this drawing technique of structured patterns and simple repetitive marks, Chelsea will show you the simple steps of Zentangle that are both easy and fun! The act of putting pen to paper with an unknown outcome deliberately focuses one’s attention on the moment, leading to both mindfulness and relaxation. The process of Zentangle helps your creativity flourish and will result in artistic satisfaction, even if you believe you’re not not an artist.

The paper and pens needed for Zentangle will be provided. This workshop is open to all ranges of artistic experience.

For counselors, art therapists, expressive therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists who wish to receive CECs, the workshop objectives are:

  •  1) Attendees will be able to list three ways that Zentangle is used therapeutically to broaden possibilities and expand creative potential.
  •  2) Attendees will understand how Zentangle can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve mood.
  •  3) Attendees will be able to list three approaches for incorporating Zentangle into art therapy to benefit clients.

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early! 
The cost for this program is:

  • $25 if you register by April 16
  • $30 if you register after April 16

Our programs are tailored to the needs of people affected by cancer, but we welcome anyone who would like to attend.  

Zentangle: Meditation through Art

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. 

DC Young Adult Cancer Community Meet-Up - April

FreeFlow Dance-Movement ClassJoin us at Smith Center this spring to experience the simple joy of moving. Come to one, or better yet, all three classes. Enjoy the benefits of this gentle, flowing and life-affirming approach to your body, mind, and spirit. Based on principles of breath, basic movement, and a connection to nature, this class offers plenty of opportunity for play, expression, exploration, and stress-release for people of every age and stage of life.

  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 28

About Cynthia Word
Cynthia Word is the Founder and Artistic Director of Word Dance. Cynthia began her Modern Dance training at the University of Illinois and later received her Master in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, where she served on the teaching faculty. Word Dance Theater creates Isadora Duncan-based dance/theater productions, blending compelling story, live music, and the dances of Isadora Duncan to create theatrical productions that are powerfully engaging to audiences. Her most recent creation, co-produced with the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University, is the award-winning Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, which had its world premiere May 2013 at the Davis Performing Arts Center, Washington DC.

Our programs are tailored to the needs of people affected by cancer, but we welcome anyone who would like to attend.  

Photo Credit: Theo Kossenas/Media4Artists

Free Flow Movement

In the Western mystery traditions, soul and spirit were distinct entities. Spirit soars upward into the light while the soul mediates between body and spirit. We'll trace these traditions back to the Renaissance and explore their rebirth in the soul-oriented archetypal psychology of James Hillman, Thomas Moore and others.

Michael Lerner - Archetypal Psychology

About Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner is co-founder and board chair of Smith Center. He is also co-founder and president of Commonweal in Bolinas, California. He is author of "Choices in Healing" from MIT Press and co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, filmed by Bill Moyers for "Healing and the Mind."

Please RSVP to help us plan! 

Body, Soul and Spirit in Archetypal Psychology


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