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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 December PDF calendar. For the full list of programs January - March 2015, view our Winter 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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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
 
 
 

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 December:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22

Please note: There will be no class on December 29 due to the holidays.

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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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.

  • 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.

Meditation and Qigong
 
 
 
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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.

  • 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 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 December:

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Please note: There will be no class on December 24 and 31 due to the holidays.

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 acccessible 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 December:

  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

Please note: There will be no class on December 25 due to the holidays.

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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Image Source: SpoonflowerTry out this relaxing and meditative form of embroidery in a beginner workshop taught by Jennifer Lindsay, fiber artist, arts educator, and curator of the Urban Bungalow exhibition. Sashiko, which originated in Japan for patching, mending, and re-purposing old garments and household textiles, has become a decorative art form in its own right, and is experiencing a huge revival in fashion and home decor.

Use stencils and traditional Sashiko threads to make an old garment look exciting and wearable again.

Bring your own garment (woven fabrics, such as denim and wool, make the best canvas for Sashiko; no knits, T-shirts, gym wear, or other stretchy fabrics). All other materials will be provided.

Registration is required to attend this event.

 

Embellish It! Introduction to Sashiko Embroidery
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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 December:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22

Please note: There will be no class on December 29 due to the holidays.

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.

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


Creative Movement and Expression
 
 
 
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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 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 December:

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Please note: There will be no class on December 24 and 31 due to the holidays.

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 acccessible 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
 
 
 

Get in on the newest DIY trend - make your own drop spindle and learn how to hand spin your own yarn with Jennifer Lindsay, fiber artist, arts educator, and guest curator of the Urban Bungalow exhibition.

Choose from an assortment of fibers provided and learn to spin. You may not be able to learn to make yarn in just one session, but you'll get everything you need to get started.

Registration is required to attend this event.

 

Spin It! Introduction to Hand Spinning Yarn
 
 
 
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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 December:

  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

Please note: There will be no class on December 25 due to the holidays.

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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with Laura Pole, RN, MSN, OCNS

Laura Pole - DC Young Adult Cancer Community Educational Series - Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Treatments and Side EffectsPresented in partnership with the Cancer Support Community, this is a two-hour free workshop designed to help people living with cancer to better manage physical and psychological side effects of treatment. We will discuss strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection and pain and we will learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Treatments & Side Effects is part of a Frankly Speaking About Cancer series, a collection of cancer-related education programs created by Cancer Support Community.

Please RSVP below to help us plan.

Young Adult Cancer Community Educational Series - Frankly Speaking About Cancer
 
 
 
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With Laura Pole, RN, MSN, PCNS

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. 

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.

Eating for a Lifetime
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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 December:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22

Please note: There will be no class on December 29 due to the holidays.

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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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.

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.

Meditation and Qigong
 
 
 
17

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 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 December:

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Please note: There will be no class on December 24 and 31 due to the holidays.

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 acccessible 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.

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
 
 
 
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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 December:

  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

Please note: There will be no class on December 25 due to the holidays.

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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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 December:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22

Please note: There will be no class on December 29 due to the holidays.

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

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