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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 November PDF calendar and our December PDF calendar. For the full list of programs through December, view our Fall Cancer Support Programs PDF calendar. We invite you to print the calendars to post at home or at work, and to share with others.

Upcoming Programs

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Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

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

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Insight Painting Creativity Workshop

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community.

You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • November 3
  • November 10
  • November 17
  • November 24

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

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

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

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Outside the Lines

Do you want to take a break from the rush of your daily life to explore creative projects in a safe and healing space? Join us bimonthly for Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio, where ample space, light, and our extensive collection of supplies are available for your personal use. Bring your own ideas for visual or written projects, or consult your host for direction and inspiration. However you decide to use the time, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to reflect and nurture your own well-being through creative expression.

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

  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17

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

To sign up for other Outside the Lines sessions, visit the program page for the specific date you are interested in.

Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio
 
 
 

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 November:

  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19

Please note: There will be no class on November 26 due to Thanksgiving.

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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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 November:

  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20

Please note: There will be no class on November 27 due to Thanksgiving.

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested donation option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Dimensions of Healing with Cancer - Art from an early Smith (Farm) Center Cancer Retreat

The work of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is based on a single, profound idea: That each of us has the innate ability to heal, even in the face of life’s most serious challenges. We believe that healing is possible for everyone.

Join Smith Center Executive Director and Co-founder Shanti Norris in an exploration of healing. Discover how integrative cancer care – conventional medical treatments combined with the best complementary therapies – can support healing on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Consider the strengths you’ve drawn on in the past to heal from life’s challenges and how you can apply those same strengths to living with and beyond cancer. Get in touch with the things that make your heart sing and how they can be part of your pathway to healing.

Please RSVP below to help us plan.

Dimensions of Healing with Cancer
 
 
 
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Join us on Friday, November 7th from 7-9pm for the Opening Reception of Urban Bungalow, curated by guest curator Jennifer Lindsay and featuring the works of Shawn Arlauckas, Joseph Corcoran, Art Drauglis, Yoshi Fujii, Sylvia Gottwald, Matthew Hyleck, Gretchen Klimoski, David Knopp, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Peter Malinoski, Yoko Sekino-Bovè, Vicco von Voss, and Caleb Woodard.

From the Arts and Crafts movement to the Bauhaus and beyond, artists, architects, and designers aspired to create living spaces where every element worked together to create a harmonious whole, guided by aesthetics, function, and social purpose. Guest curator Jennifer Lindsay invites a community of new and established artists to transform the gallery into a "home," to challenge our assumptions about what can be locally made and, ultimately, to change our quotidian routines into rituals that are truly worth savoring. Featuring glass, furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments by Shawn Arlauckas, Joseph Corcoran, Art Drauglis, Yoshi Fujii, Sylvia Gottwald, Matthew Hyleck, Gretchen Klimoski, David Knopp, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Peter Malinoski, Yoko Sekino-Bovè, Vicco von Voss, and Caleb Woodard

Urban Bungalow will be open from October 31 - December 20, 2014. There will be a Curator and Artists' Talk on Saturday, November 22 at 3:30pm. This exhibition will also feature two creativity workshops. Put new life into your old clothes at Embellish It! Introduction to the Japanese art of Sashiko Embroidery, on Saturday, December 6 from 11am-3pm. And then join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 6-7:30pm to learn how to make your own yarn at Spin It! Introduction to Hand Spinning.

Please note: The gallery will be closed on 11/27 - 11/29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Images:

(top) Caleb Woodard, Maelstrom cabinet, solid American black walnut

(bottom) Joseph Corcoran, Language, mirrored blown glass

 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The Gallery will be closed on 11/27-11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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 sponsors:

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

Urban Bungalow: Opening Reception
 
 
 
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Do you have the sense that you could or should be taking better care of yourself,
but don't know where to begin?
Do you know what food choices may provide you with optimal vibrant energy?
Do you know the best time of day to eat your heaviest meal?
Do you have chronic digestive problems, such as heartburn, gas, or IBS?
Do you have difficulty summoning enough energy to meet the demands of your daily life?
Do you feel "out-of-sync" with your own sense of inner harmony?

Ayurveda can show you the way!

The Ayurvedic Kitchen: Balance and Bliss

Ayurveda is the traditional Indian “Science of Life.” It offers a means to find balance and healing by discovering our basic constitution, or dosha, and examining our current physical, mental and spiritual condition with tools to support our true measure of vibrant health. The wisdom tradition of Ayurveda prescribes self-care as our most valuable healing tool, with attention to our diet and cooking practices at the top of the list. Ayurvedic cooking emphasizes fresh, whole, local, seasonal foods, prepared in the most conscious and loving way, to nourish us, to keep our digestive fire (agni) strong, and our innate constitution balanced.

This class, The Ayurvedic Kitchen: Balance and Bliss will offer:

  • How to determine your individual dosha;
  • How to choose and prepare the foods for your dosha that nurture you best;
  • Seasonings that can bring us digestive strength and balance;
  • The Six Tastes of Ayurveda, and how they affect us;
  • Seasonal foods and cooking practices for optimal vibrant health!

This class is intended to be as hands-on as possible, so if you have a favorite kitchen knife and apron, please bring them! Class will finish with a lovely Ayurvedic seasonal meal and a discussion. Recipes will be provided.

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

The Ayurvedic Kitchen: Balance and Bliss
 
 
 
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Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

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

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Insight Painting Creativity Workshop

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community.

You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • November 10
  • November 17
  • November 24

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

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

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

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in November:

  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19

Please note: There will be no class on November 26 due to Thanksgiving.

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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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 November:

  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20

Please note: There will be no class on November 27 due to Thanksgiving.

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested donation option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

Beyond BooksIn this monthly book club, participants will select the overall themes and books that they are most interested in: whether it's a book on living with cancer, a poet's exploration of life, a guide to integrating the arts and healing, or a novel with themes of strength and survival. We will share opinions, experiences, and hope in a supportive, facilitated environment that encourages input from all. Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our lively conversations.

Past selections have included:

  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo
  • The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman
  • Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
  • No Death/No Fear, poetry by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Stranger in the Village of the Sick: A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing by Paul Stoller

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

Please RSVP to help us plan.

Beyond Books
 
 
 
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Miniature Shrines to Blessings and Thansgiving

Although most of us can identify what is working and good in our lives, we frequently focus and dwell on what interrupts that field of positivity. In other words, most of our experience is uneventfully positive (we are able to walk, talk, eat, work, play), but when something disrupts this baseline, it naturally gets our attention. To use a visual metaphor, you could say that our attention is like a photograph. The “good” forms the background, it frames the picture but it is less distinct, may even go unnoticed; whereas the “bad” appears sharply clear in the foreground, and commands our focus. This is understandable, and actually helpful to us, because it identifies that something needs to be dealt with. However, if we only notice problems, we do not have the opportunity to enjoy what is positive and good.

In this workshop, we will create shrines to identify and honor the little blessings and big blessings in our lives.  This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience— you need not consider yourself an artist to attend.  Materials will be provided but attendees are also invited to bring any personally meaningful objects that they might want to include in their shrine.

For counselors, art therapists, expressive therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists who wish to receive 4.5 CECs, the workshop objectives are:

  • 1) Attendees will be able to list three ways that focusing on blessings and gratitude help us manage and recover from adversity.
  • 2) Attendees will be able to list three ways strategies for incorporating gratitude and attending to the good into our personal and professional lives.
  • 3) Attendees will be able to list three strategies for using found objects and boxes as tools in art therapy for identifying and meeting therapeutic goals.

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.

Miniature Shrines to Blessings and Thanksgiving
 
 
 
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Facilitated by Jennifer Bires, LICSW & Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

DC Young Adult Cancer Community

Join us at this month’s meeting of the DC Young Adult Cancer Community! Enjoy a light dinner, a facilitated group support session, and a chance to meet other young adult cancer survivors.

This group is designed for participants from ages 19-39 at any point in the cancer journey. Significant others are welcome! Please RSVP below to help us plan.

The DC Young Adult Cancer Suport Community is an initiative of:

  • Cancer Support Community
  • George Washington University Hospital/Medical Faculty Associates
  • First Descents
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society
  • Life with Cancer
  • Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nueva Vida
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition (DC Chapter)

Smith Center is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC. Both the Dupont Circle (red) and U Street (green) metro stops are an easy walk (about 1/2 mile) and street parking is also available on Saturdays. 

Young Adult Cancer Community Meet-Up and Support Group
 
 
 
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Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

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

Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Insight Painting Creativity Workshop

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community.

You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • November 17
  • November 24

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

Insight Painting
 
 
 
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Conversations with a Cancer CoachJoin Carole O’Toole, Smith Center’s Director of Integrative Navigation, for an informal conversation about how to take the best possible care of yourself when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer.Each month, Carole will share her practical wisdom and answer your questions about selecting your medical and complementary practitioners, understanding and choosing complementary therapies, how to advocate for yourself, and how to access your own healing process. Come early or stay late and relax in our comfortable “nook” area, where you can enjoy a cup of tea, browse our library books, and connect with others.

 

Please RSVP to help us plan.

Conversations with a Cancer Coach
 
 
 

Meditation and QigongUsing Taoist meditation and visualization, learn to release negative sensations often associated with a cancer diagnosis, including fear, pain and despair, from our body, mind and spirit. The evening features a guided meditation and simple, flowing Qigong exercises, which use movement, breath and intention to further help the movement of Qi (energy) through the entire energy body. The benefits include increased vitality, an enhanced immune system, and a greater sense of well-being.

The sessions are based on both Vipassana and Taoist meditation practices.

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

  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

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

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

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

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Therapeutic Yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. Participants will learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Each class is formatted to include gentle postures (asanas), progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and an introduction to meditation. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Sessions in November:

  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19

Please note: There will be no class on November 26 due to Thanksgiving.

About Alaina Sadick
Alaina Sadick, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested cost option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600 to pay a different amount of your choosing.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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Outside the Lines

Do you want to take a break from the rush of your daily life to explore creative projects in a safe and healing space? Join us bimonthly for Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio, where ample space, light, and our extensive collection of supplies are available for your personal use. Bring your own ideas for visual or written projects, or consult your host for direction and inspiration. However you decide to use the time, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to reflect and nurture your own well-being through creative expression.

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

  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 17

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

To sign up for other Outside the Lines sessions, visit the program page for the specific date you are interested in.

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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 November:

  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20

Please note: There will be no class on November 27 due to Thanksgiving.

About Kiersten Gallagher
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years.
Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. 

Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

Learn more about how therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

See a Smith Center yoga class here and learn about how cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600, or email programs@smithcenter.org, to schedule a trial class.

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

To register, please select the suggested donation option below, or call Kiersten Gallagher or Ali Decker at 202.483.8600.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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Join us on Saturday, November 22nd at 3:30pm as we welcome guest curator Jennifer Lindsay and the featured artists for the Urban Bungalow Curator and Artists' Talk. Stop in for a festive gathering as the artists and curator share details on their creative process and inspiration, followed by a holiday gift sale featuring handmade items from the show's artists, including jewelry, tea sets, cutting boards, skateboards, and clothing. Please register below to attend this event.

About the Exhibition:

From the Arts and Crafts movement to the Bauhaus and beyond, artists, architects, and designers aspired to create living spaces where every element worked together to create a harmonious whole, guided by aesthetics, function, and social purpose. Guest curator Jennifer Lindsay invites a community of new and established artists to transform the gallery into a "home," to challenge our assumptions about what can be locally made and, ultimately, to change our quotidian routines into rituals that are truly worth savoring. Featuring glass, furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments by Shawn Arlauckas, Joseph Corcoran, Art Drauglis, Yoshi Fujii, Sylvia Gottwald, Matthew Hyleck, Gretchen Klimoski, David Knopp, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Peter Malinoski, Yoko Sekino-Bovè, Vicco von Voss, and Caleb Woodard

Urban Bungalow will be open from October 31 - December 20, 2014. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, November 7 at 7-9pm. This exhibition will also feature two creativity workshops. Put new life into your old clothes at Embellish It! Introduction to the Japanese art of Sashiko Embroidery, on Saturday, December 6 from 11am-3pm. And then join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 6-7:30pm to learn how to make your own yarn at Spin It! Introduction to Hand Spinning.

Please note: The gallery will be closed on 11/27 - 11/29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Images:

(top) Caleb Woodard, Maelstrom cabinet, solid American black walnut

(bottom) Joseph Corcoran, Language, mirrored blown glass

 

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Cancer Patient Support GroupThis weekly support group is for people who are being treated for cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult, and sometimes it is hard for family and friends to understand exactly what you’re going through. We hope this support group will help you feel less isolated and allow you to make connections with others facing a similar challenge. This group is designed so that you can share common concerns, fears and coping strategies with other people who have been in similar shoes. Participants will explore their experience with cancer and other matters of importance in their lives in a group setting, with a trained social worker, and work towards improving their lives. The group will be a closed group, welcoming new members at either one of the dates in October and at the first meeting of each month thereafter.

Please RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at 202.483.8600.

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

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"Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness."

Insight Painting Creativity Workshop

Over a four-week period, Smith Center Executive Director Shanti Norris will lead you through simple but profound exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or collage your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun in the company of a lively community.

You don't need to be an artist or consider yourself artistically gifted to reap the benefits of discovering your creative self in a safe and nurturing environment. This class will focus on the journey (the process) over the destination (the output). Supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to take part in all 4 classes, but you may attend individual sessions, if desired.

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.

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