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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 August PDF Calendar. For the full list of programs July-September 2015, view our Summer 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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Chair Yoga
 
 
 
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Outside the Lines
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

While most of us don’t think of ourselves as poets, in a safe space and with the guidance of a gifted facilitator, we can unleash the poetry that resides within us. The benefits of creative expression as a path to healing are well known. Join us to experience the powerful, mysterious and often surprising gifts that emerge as you listen to poetry, participate in simple exercises to get the juices flowing, and then begin to write. Come to one session or all three to immerse yourself in poetry this summer.

Session Dates:

  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 3

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 one session: $15

Suggested donation for serires: $35

About Elise Wiarda
Elise has been leading the poetry writing sessions, Speaking Our Truth, at Smith Center’s weeklong cancer retreats for many years. You could say that poetry is in her blood. She grew up in the Netherlands. Her mother, who died at the age of 101, knew more than 150 poems by heart in four languages, and read poetry to her children all the time. Elise’s daughter is a published poet and a tenured professor at Barnard. Elise has a long history in the art world, and for the past thirty years has been a mind/body therapist. She has a private practice in her home in Cabin John.

 

Writing Your Truth
 
 
 
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Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Chair Yoga
 
 
 
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Awareness through Movement
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Beyond Books
 
 
 

Dr. Paul Steinberg will be speaking about his thirty-plus years of dealing with prostate cancer, including 25 years of facing metastatic disease; and he will also be referring to his work of “creative non-fiction":

A Salamander’s Tale: My Story of Regeneration – Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer. 

A Salamander’s Tale is not a how-to book.  It is one man’s story of dealing with aggressive, ultimately metastatic prostate cancer – with many aspects of the story resonating with any family that is dealing with a potentially deadly illness.  Dr. Steinberg’s talk (and the book itself) will essentially be a detective story – an investigation of strategies to not just deal with the disease but also with the destructive consequences of the treatments for the disease.  Indeed Dr. Steinberg has been fortunate to have found a way to make a life-threatening illness into a chronic illness. In the process Dr. Steinberg has questioned conventional wisdom, conventional medical approaches.  And likewise in the process he looks at our conventional wisdom not just in regards to medical care, but also in regards to sex and lust and even the gods.  Indeed a remarkable, rather unique regeneration and transformation physically and emotionally and spiritually.

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.

A Salamander's Tale
 
 
 
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Mandala

The Mandala serves to move us towards psychological growth,
expressing the idea of a safe refuge, inner reconciliation and wholeness.

-Carl G. Jung, Mandala Symbolism

Mandalas, a Sanskrit word meaning "containers of essence," can serve as vessels into which we project our psyche and a visual reflection of our experience. It is then returned to us as a way of restoration. Mandalas can also be a means to set and focus an intention - in this case our focus wil be on managing stress. We will outline elements of stress and explore what it means not only to reduce stress but to increase wellbeing for ourselves and others. 

Let’s reduce our stress and feel more joy, peace, energy, clarity and motivation! This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience; you need not consider yourself an artist to attend.  All materials will be provided. Snacks will also be provided.  Bring a box lunch or lunch can also be gotten from healthy, reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

  • Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify 3-5 signs of stress and 3-5 indicators of wellbeing.
  • Objective 2: Attendees will be able to 3-5 strategies for reducing stress and increasing wellbeing.
  • Objective 3: Attendees will be able to list 3 therapeutic benefits around using mandalas in art therapy as a stress reduction tool. 

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: $45
Suggested donation for Continuing Education Credits: $55

Mandalas for Managing Stress and Increasing Wellbeing
 
 
 
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Monday Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Chair Yoga
 
 
 
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Awareness through Movement
 
 
 

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Conversations on Healing
 
 
 
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Knitting in the Nook
 
 
 

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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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Outside the Lines
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 
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Move, Learn, Create
 
 
 
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Nueva Vida Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Archetypes of Healing
 
 
 
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Eating for a Lifetime
 
 
 
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One-Day Cancer Retreat
 
 
 
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Cancer Support Group
 
 
 
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Therapeutic Yoga
 
 
 

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