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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 January 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.

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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 January:

  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 26

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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 January:

  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 26

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Please note that due to the weather advisory in effect for Monday, January 26, this week's group has been canceled.

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 is a closed group, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month.

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
 
 
 

Please note that due to the weather advisory in effect for Monday, January 26, this week's group has been canceled.

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 is a closed group, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month.

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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Gentle Chair YogaOur chair yoga practice will connect body and mind. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels welcome.

Sessions in January:

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Chair Yoga
 
 
 

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.

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

  • January 6
  • January 20
  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 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.

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

  • January 7
  • January 21
  • February 4
  • February 18
  • March 4
  • March 18

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
 
 
 

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.

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 January:

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Wednesday 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 January:

  • January 8
  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Thursday 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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This January, in collaboration with ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the power of art in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, we present Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking, featuring photography by Kay Chernush and an installation by Barbara Liotta. In this eye-opening exhibition we hope to transform public attitudes, inspire anti-trafficking action, and give voice to survivors. The aesthetic allure of Chernush's striking images draws the viewer in; each layered, constructed image reveals the story of a survivor of human trafficking.

Buy Art, Not People.

Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking will be open from January 9 - March 7, 2015. Join us at the Opening Reception on Friday, January 9th from 7-9pm. There will also be an Artists' Talk on Saturday, February 7 at 3:30pm. And on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm, join us as we welcome actress, writer, Butoh dancer, and choreographer Dawn Saito as she performs an excerpt from "Suns are Suns," her multidisciplinary theatre piece about a trafficked woman.

All artwork will be available for sale during the exhibition, with proceeds supporting the artists, ArtWorks for Freedom, and Smith Center's cancer support programs.

 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.

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 wine sponsors:

 

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

Exhibition: Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking
 
 
 

Join us on Friday, January 9th from 7-9pm for the Opening Reception of Bought and Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking, that features photography from Kay Chernush, and an installation piece by Barbara Liotta that helps to shed light on the dark world of human trafficking.

This January, in collaboration with ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the power of art in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, we present Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking. In this eye-opening exhibition we hope to transform public attitudes, inspire anti-trafficking action, and give voice to survivors. The aesthetic allure of Kay Chernush's striking images draws the viewer in; each layered, constructed image reveals the story of a survivor of human trafficking.

Buy Art, Not People.

Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking will be open from January 9 - March 7, 2015. There will be an Artists' Talk on Saturday, February 7 at 3:30pm. On Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm, join us as we welcome actress, writer, Butoh dancer, and choreographer Dawn Saito as she performs an excerpt from "Suns are Suns," her multidisciplinary theatre piece about a trafficked woman.

All artwork will be available for sale during the exhibition, with proceeds supporting the artists, ArtWorks for Freedom, and Smith Center's cancer support programs.

 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.

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 wine sponsors:

 

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

Opening Reception: Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking
 
 
 
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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 January:

  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 26

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Please note that due to the weather advisory in effect for Monday, January 26, this week's group has been canceled.

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 is a closed group, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month.

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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Gentle Chair YogaOur chair yoga practice will connect body and mind. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels welcome.

Sessions in January:

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Chair 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.

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 January:

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Wednesday 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 January:

  • January 8
  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Thursday 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. 

DC Young Adult Cancer Community
 
 
 
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Gentle Chair YogaOur chair yoga practice will connect body and mind. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels welcome.

Sessions in January:

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Chair Yoga
 
 
 

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.

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

  • January 20
  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 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.

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

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.

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 January:

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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

  • January 21
  • February 4
  • February 18
  • March 4
  • March 18

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.

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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 January:

  • January 8
  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Music for the Soul with Bob SimaCome on a deeply personal exploration in this multi-dimensional experience of inspiring live music, conscious breathwork, silence, and guided meditation – all interwoven to take you on a beautiful inward journey. Bob is a true master at holding a peaceful space as he performs songs with a contemplative and meditative feel for both singers and active listeners.

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.



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Please note that due to the weather advisory in effect for Monday, January 26, this week's group has been canceled.

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 is a closed group, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month.

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.     

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Gentle Chair YogaOur chair yoga practice will connect body and mind. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels welcome.

Sessions in January:

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27

About Beth Lawrence
Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the 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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Chair Yoga
 
 
 

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.

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Young Adults with cancer, regardless of stage of diagnosis or current phase of treatment, are invited to participate in a focus group and dinner.

Smith Center and Hospice Caring, Inc. are seeking volunteers to provide valuable input for a potential new initiative to strengthen peer support networks for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with a terminal illness, from diagnosis to survivorship through end-of-life.

Why we hope you'll join us in exploring this issue:

  • Research highlights the positive role peers can have in supporting the social and emotional needs of those facing a life threatening illnesses.
  • There are few – if any – programs in the DC region that tailor peer support services to the 15-39 age group.
  • The first step in addressing this gap is to increase our understanding of the loss and grief process from the survivor (your) perspective; including anticipatory grief.
  • The expected outcome is to train/support friends and other young adult volunteers to “be there” when and how they are needed at diagnosis, during treatment, into survivorship or to end of life.

Please RSVP below to help us plan. For more information, please contact Kiersten Gallagher at 202.483.8600 or via email at kiersten@smithcenter.org.

Hospice Caring, Inc.

Young Adult Cancer Survivors Focus Group & Dinner
 
 
 

Patient Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer CareJoin us for an open house to learn more about Smith Center's Institute for Integrative Oncology Navigation (IION) and our National Patient Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care.

Meet Carole O'Toole, Director of IION, and learn more about:

  • patient navigation
  • the benefits of our training
  • the growing field of integrative oncology

Our staff will be available to answer questions about the training and to discuss how the program can enhance your ability to provide excellent oncology care, whether you are a seasoned healthcare professional or new to cancer care and looking to make a career transition. 

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP below if you plan to attend. For more information, please contact Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 or via email at ali@smithcenter.org.

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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.

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 January:

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Wednesday 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 January:

  • January 8
  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29

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.

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 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Thursday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Untold StoriesIn this monthly series, we will explore creative writing and simple movements designed to build community and activate self expression in a safe space where your authenticity can unfold among others. Let frustration, isolation, and inhibition melt away in this workshop series designed to free often unused channels for communication.

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.

Naomi NimAbout Naomi Nim
Naomi Nim, EdD, MS, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, has worked with groups of all ages and diverse backgrounds to develop communities of healing, understanding, and creative self-expression. Her approach is joyful, playful, and compassionate, drawing on her background in dance, yoga, arts education, dance/movement therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Naomi is a licensed professional counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist in private practice. She supports caregivers through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and serves on the Board of the American Dance Therapy Association.

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