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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 May PDF calendar. For the full list of programs April - June 2015, view our Spring 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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Move Learn Create workshops

*No class May 29

Featuring social dance styles, conversation, and hand-to-hand partnering, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for dancers and those newer to dance. All are welcome.

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: $10/class or $25/month

Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 

Join us for the 3rd annual Alchemical Vessels Benefit on Friday, May 1st and add one or more of the vessels to your collection! 

Contribute NOW to secure your vessel-selection number!

Benefit + Vessel Contribution - $150 (Only 125 available):  With each Benefit + Vessel contribution, individuals gain access to the exclusive Benefit event on May 1st and the opportunity to take home one of the 125 vessels.  Vessel selections at the Benefit are made based upon the date and time we receive your contribution online, meaning the first patron to contribute $150 is assigned vessel-selection ticket-number one and so forth.  Once your contribution is processed you will be emailed your unique vessel-selection ticket-number (#1-125) within 2 business days.  All of the works will remain on display until after the closing of the exhibition on May 22nd, and notification regarding art pickup dates will be emailed in advance. A catalog is not included with this contribution.

Benefit-Only Contribution- $50 (Only 60 available): With each Benefit-Only contribution, individuals gain access to the exclusive Benefit on May 1st without the selection of one of the featured 125 vessels.  [If you are attending the Benefit at the "Benefit + Vessel" contribution level, this is a great option to bring a guest & partner to the Benefit.]

Limited-Edition Alchemical Vessels 2015 Catalog - $42.30 ($40 + 5.75% D.C. sales tax): Full-color bound exhibition catalog featuring each of the 125 alchemical vessels, along with the artists' statement detailing their alchemical processes and interpretation of the theme, and curator essays. Catalogs can be picked up after the Benefit on May 1st at the Gallery (Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm, & Sat, 11a-3pm). If you would like your catalog shipped, please contact our Exhibitions Manager at anthony@smithcenter.org to arrange shipment and to provide an additional shipping quote.

$100 Tribute Donation: Each gift of $100 can give a cancer patient a month of therapeutic yoga and help to cover costs for our on-site cancer retreats.

If you have trouble processing online contributions, please call 202.483.8600 or email us at gallery@smithcenter.org.

 

100% of the proceeds will go to support Smith Center’s life-enhancing work and programs for people living with and recovering from cancer.



About the Exhbition 

Alchemical Vessels

March 27 - May 22, 2014

- Opening Reception - March 27, 7-9pm
- Special Benefit (by contribution only) - Friday, May 1, doors open at 7pm

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery are proud to announce the return of Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center's 3rd Annual Benefit and Exhibition. 

(Pictured right: Elizabeth Baldwin, Rising like a phoenix, Nails, beads, shells, hardware, and apoxie sculpt)

Alchemical Vessels brings together 125 local artists and 20 prominent curators for a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist will transform a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, community, sacred space, and the alchemical vessel.

The ceramic bowl was selected as the fundamental element of the exhibition to symbolize creating a space where healing can take place—an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center—the space and the work we do within our walls—resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to us, and in this place of holding, we help transform those toxic elements into hope, light, wisdom and strength.

The Alchemical Vessels Exhibition will be open at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery from March 27th through May 22nd, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 27th from 7-9pm.

Artists:

David Alfuth, Beth Baldwin, Rhoda Baer, Emily Biondo, Ed Bisese, Julia Bloom, Raya Bodnarchuk, Joseph Bradley, Judy Byron, Lenny Campello, Jessica Cebra, Mei Mei Chang, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Patterson Clark, Billy Colbert, Susan Cole, Paula Crawford, Michael Crossett, Sarah Dale, Catherine Day, JD Deardourff, Jennifer DePalma, Robert Devers, Jessica Drenk, Patricia Dubroof, Pam Eichner, Dana Ellyn, Margo Elsayd, Susan Finsen & Michael Holt, Sharon Fishel, Kathryn Freeman, Marcia Fry, Adrienne Gaither, Michael Gessner, Carol Brown Goldberg, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Andrea Haffner, Courtney Hengerer, Jeff Herrity, Maurice "Mo" Higgs, Ryan Hill, Joseph Hoffman, Jeff Huntington, David Ibata, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Njena Surae Jarvis, Rose Jaffe, Mike Johnson, Mariah Anne Johnson, Wayson Jones, Maria Karametou, Sally Kauffman, Elizabeth Kendall, Joanne Kent, Hana Kim, Micheline  Klagsbrun , Kitty Klaidman, PD Klein, George Koch, Yar Koporulin, Peter Krsko, Bridget Sue Lambert, Maria Lanas, Toni Lane, Khanh Le, Jun Lee, Kyujin Lee, Nate Lewis, Mimi Logothetis, Steve Loya, Akemi Maegawa, Alex Mayer, Donna M. McCullough, Kathryn McDonnell, Maggie Michael, Vanessa Monroe, E.J. Montgomery, Lucinda Murphy, Ziad Nagy, Leslie Nolan, Frederick Nunley, Cory Oberndorfer, John Paradiso, Elena Patiño, Miguel Perez Lem, Brian Petro, Thomas Petzwinkler, Jeneen Piccuirro, Michael B. Platt & Carol A. Beane, Pattie Porter Firestone, Tom Raneses, Red Dirt Studios, Ellington Robinson, Carolyn Roth, Bonner Sale, Jean Sausele Knodt, Matt Sesow, Foon Sham, Janathel Shaw, Lillian Shaw, Bernardo Siles, Steve Skowron, Jeffrey Smith, Anna Soevik, Langley Spurlock, Stan Squirewell, Rebecca Stone Gordon, Lynn Sures, Tang, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Valerie Theberge, Michael Torra, Kelly Towles, Dan Treado, Ruth Trevarrow, Tariq Tucker, Pamela Viola, Ellyn Weiss, Lee Wheeler, Catherine White, Sharon Wolpoff, Sue Wrbican, and Jenny Wu

Curators:

Sondra N. Arkin, Artist & Independent Curator | Philip Barlow, Associate Commissioner, DC Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking; Board Member, District of Columbia Arts Center & Millenium Arts Salon | Chuck Baxter, Artist | Robert Devers, Professor of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Corcoran School of the Arts + Design, George Washington University | Thomas Drymon, Curator, doris-mae | Charlie Gaynor, Realtor and Photographer, member of the Mid City Artists | Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Lecturer in Art History, University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institution | George Hemphill, Gallery Director, Hemphill | Francie Hester, Visual Artist | Don Kimes, Professor, Director Studio Art Program, American University Department of Art; Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution | Zofie Lang, Artist | Mary Liniger, Executive Director, Art Enables | Akemi Maegawa, Artist | Jayme McLellan, Director & Founder, Civilian Art Projects | Twig Murray, Gallery Director, Athenaeum Gallery | Victoria Reis, Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer | Nancy Sausser, Curator and Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts | Andy Shallal, Founder, Busboys and Poets | Stan Squirewell, Artist

Images above:

PLEASE NOTE: The images on this page feature Alchemical Vessels from 2014, and will not be on view or available during the 2015 Benefit. Please return to this page soon to see new works from this year's exhibition!

Victor Ekpuk, Incantations, Porcelain paint
Jodi Walsh, Intention, Ceramic
Jessica Hopkins, A New Surface, Acrylic paint, watercolor, and ink

Alchemical Vessels Benefit 2015
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18

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 May:

  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18

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
 
 
 

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.

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

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis. Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease. She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 

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.

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

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis. Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease. She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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 May:

  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19
  • May 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

Chair 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 May:

  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27

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.

  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 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.

Suggested donation: $10

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
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 7
  • May 14
  • May 21
  • May 28

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
 
 
 

Feldenkrais Method Workshop SeriesThe Feldenkrais Method is an exciting approach to fitness and health that is rapidly gaining recognition as a powerful means of rehabilitation for those who are injured or in chronic pain, as well as people who simply want to learn to move better and feel more comfortable in their bodies. During the class, you are guided through a series of deceptively simple floor exercises which have a profound effect on your posture, breathing, and movement capabilities.

In this series of classes, you might explore such common human functions as standing, sitting, turning, bending and reaching, or even recreate movement patterns you learned as an infant, such as crawling or rolling. These gentle and pleasurable movement explorations help you to discover new options for moving and acting with more comfort, precision and power.

These classes are geared towards those in recovery from cancer or other illnesses or injury, including spouses, family, and caregivers.

A wonderful complement to any medical treatment or exercise program, these classes are especially beneficial for anyone experiencing fatigue, pain, or restriction of movement due to injury, surgery, or treatment.

This series of four, one-hour classes will be held on:

  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 14
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, May 28

To learn more about Awareness through Movement, visit the International Feldenkrais Federation online.

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: $10/class or $25/series

Awareness through Movement Series
 
 
 
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Move Learn Create workshops

*No class May 29

Featuring social dance styles, conversation, and hand-to-hand partnering, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for dancers and those newer to dance. All are welcome.

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: $10/class or $25/month

Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Swami Anubhavananda, the "Be Happy" Swami, is a karma yogi of the current information revolution. Suave, witty, and Master of Vedanta, he is a multi-faceted personality. His name echoes his personality; he is the Experience of Happiness. He comes across both as a simple being and an erudite scholar and communicates philosophy in a simple manner while touching the hearts of people around him.

Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go to Swami Anubhavananda so he can continue reaching out to people around the world. 

Visit smithcenter.org for information on parking and for more information about Swami Anubhavananda, please visit:  www.justbehappy.org.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Kiersten at kiersten@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600.


A Balancing Act: Find Peace in the Midst of Life's Challenges
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18

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
 
 
 

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.

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

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis. Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease. She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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 May:

  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19
  • May 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

Chair 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 May:

  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 7
  • May 14
  • May 21
  • May 28

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
 
 
 

Feldenkrais Method Workshop SeriesThe Feldenkrais Method is an exciting approach to fitness and health that is rapidly gaining recognition as a powerful means of rehabilitation for those who are injured or in chronic pain, as well as people who simply want to learn to move better and feel more comfortable in their bodies. During the class, you are guided through a series of deceptively simple floor exercises which have a profound effect on your posture, breathing, and movement capabilities.

In this series of classes, you might explore such common human functions as standing, sitting, turning, bending and reaching, or even recreate movement patterns you learned as an infant, such as crawling or rolling. These gentle and pleasurable movement explorations help you to discover new options for moving and acting with more comfort, precision and power.

These classes are geared towards those in recovery from cancer or other illnesses or injury, including spouses, family, and caregivers.

A wonderful complement to any medical treatment or exercise program, these classes are especially beneficial for anyone experiencing fatigue, pain, or restriction of movement due to injury, surgery, or treatment.

This series of four, one-hour classes will be held on:

  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 14
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, May 28

To learn more about Awareness through Movement, visit the International Feldenkrais Federation online.

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: $10/class or $25/series

Awareness through Movement Series
 
 
 

Book of the Month:

My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging
By Rachel Naomi Remen

 

Beyond Books

In 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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Move Learn Create workshops

*No class May 29

Featuring social dance styles, conversation, and hand-to-hand partnering, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for dancers and those newer to dance. All are welcome.

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: $10/class or $25/month

Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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With Cathryn Gunnerson

Essence of AyurvedaAyurveda’s healing practices for nutrition and self-care aim to cultivate a life in harmony with Nature and our true self and spirit. In this workshop we will work together to identify our own unique “prakruti” (or “dosha”) and how we can best support and balance its equilibrium.

Based on the essential qualities of the Five Elements, we will begin to discern the diet and self-care practices that best support us through the seasons of the year and the seasons of life. To help digest this knowledge, our class will conclude with a light seasonal snack and herbal tea to nourish our vitality and our senses!

*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.

Suggested donation: $20

Essence of Ayurveda
 
 
 
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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
  • Sisters Nework
  • 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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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 May:

  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18

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
 
 
 

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.

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

About Jennifer Bires
Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis. Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease. She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.     

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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 May:

  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19
  • May 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

Chair 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 May:

  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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.

  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 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.

Suggested donation: $10

Outside the Lines
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 7
  • May 14
  • May 21
  • May 28

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
 
 
 

Feldenkrais Method Workshop SeriesThe Feldenkrais Method is an exciting approach to fitness and health that is rapidly gaining recognition as a powerful means of rehabilitation for those who are injured or in chronic pain, as well as people who simply want to learn to move better and feel more comfortable in their bodies. During the class, you are guided through a series of deceptively simple floor exercises which have a profound effect on your posture, breathing, and movement capabilities.

In this series of classes, you might explore such common human functions as standing, sitting, turning, bending and reaching, or even recreate movement patterns you learned as an infant, such as crawling or rolling. These gentle and pleasurable movement explorations help you to discover new options for moving and acting with more comfort, precision and power.

These classes are geared towards those in recovery from cancer or other illnesses or injury, including spouses, family, and caregivers.

A wonderful complement to any medical treatment or exercise program, these classes are especially beneficial for anyone experiencing fatigue, pain, or restriction of movement due to injury, surgery, or treatment.

This series of four, one-hour classes will be held on:

  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 14
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, May 28

To learn more about Awareness through Movement, visit the International Feldenkrais Federation online.

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: $10/class or $25/series

Awareness through Movement Series
 
 
 
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Move Learn Create workshops

*No class May 29

Featuring social dance styles, conversation, and hand-to-hand partnering, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for dancers and those newer to dance. All are welcome.

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: $10/class or $25/month

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

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

Our programs are open to the community and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

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 May:

  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19
  • May 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

Chair 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 May:

  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
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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 May:

  • May 7
  • May 14
  • May 21
  • May 28

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
 
 
 

Feldenkrais Method Workshop SeriesThe Feldenkrais Method is an exciting approach to fitness and health that is rapidly gaining recognition as a powerful means of rehabilitation for those who are injured or in chronic pain, as well as people who simply want to learn to move better and feel more comfortable in their bodies. During the class, you are guided through a series of deceptively simple floor exercises which have a profound effect on your posture, breathing, and movement capabilities.

In this series of classes, you might explore such common human functions as standing, sitting, turning, bending and reaching, or even recreate movement patterns you learned as an infant, such as crawling or rolling. These gentle and pleasurable movement explorations help you to discover new options for moving and acting with more comfort, precision and power.

These classes are geared towards those in recovery from cancer or other illnesses or injury, including spouses, family, and caregivers.

A wonderful complement to any medical treatment or exercise program, these classes are especially beneficial for anyone experiencing fatigue, pain, or restriction of movement due to injury, surgery, or treatment.

This series of four, one-hour classes will be held on:

  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 14
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, May 28

To learn more about Awareness through Movement, visit the International Feldenkrais Federation online.

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: $10/class or $25/series

Awareness through Movement Series
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

Three-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

Three-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Three Day Retreat

Smith Center’s Three-Day Retreat for people with cancer and their caregivers promises to be a rich and rewarding experience, offering the opportunity to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. Together with the highest quality small-group support program, you will learn about and experience healing options in a warm and nurturing environment. Our three-day retreat is based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for 18 years. It will be held in our beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Washington, DC, with an option to stay at a nearby hotel for those from out-of-town or locals who wish to enhance the retreat-like feeling of their experience.

Our Three-Day Retreats offer the following and more:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • Gentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Seven delicious, whole food, health-supportive meals and invaluable information about the connection between diet and health
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. Retreats are not a substitute for cancer therapy or treatment.

LEARN MORE

To receive an application, call 202.483.8600 or email retreats@smithcenter.org. There is often a waiting list, so please apply as early as possible. When a space is available, we will call you to discuss your application. Please feel free to call us with questions.

Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, is founder and director of the Princeton Group Support Center in Princeton NJ which provides counselng, mindfulness and stress management training and lifestyle coaching to people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer and other diagnoses. He is also the founder and director of The Heart Group at Beth Israel Medical Center, a lifestyle modification program which, since 1996 has provided psychotherapy, stress management, nutritional and exercise counseling for people with heart disease and other chronic illness. His innovative approach to working with people with heart disease was featured in the PBS Documentary The Mysterious Human Heart. Leighton was director of group support for The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Beth Israel from 1995-1998. He was a group therapist for Gilda’s Club from 1996-2002. He currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Princeton.

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