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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.

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Altered Book Creativity Workshop
The serenity prayer helps us identify and channel our energy toward the things we can change while acknowledging the powerlessness we may feel about things we cannot. In this workshop we will use writing and imagery to transform pessimistic and discouraging beliefs into more positive and empowering alternatives. We will identify the benefits of taking an optimistic approach to perceiving our lives and learn simple ways to increase optimism. Participants will use altered books to engage in this exploratory process.

An altered book changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. We have so many options to choose from when altering a book, including drawing or painting, collaging, or using stamps or stickers on the pages or the cover of the book.

All materials will be provided. A selection of books to alter will be available. If you have a book that you are already in the process of altering, you are welcome to bring it.

Snacks will be provided. We recommend that you bring your lunch. Lunch can also be purchased nearby from healthy, reasonably priced carry-outs in the neighborhood.

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 altering books can be used to explore therapeutic concerns.
  •  2) Attendees be able to explore three benefits of optimism on wellbeing.
  •  3) Attendees will be able to explore three strategies for increasing optimism.

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early! 
The cost for this program is:

  • $40 if you register by July 30
  • $45 if you register after July 30

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

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

Altered Books for Acceptance & Optimism
 
 
 
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*Please note that this program now begins at 6pm on Wednesdays.

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieftEvening Yoga and Relaxation 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.

About the Instructor:
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 through 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 therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

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

Weekly Gentle Evening Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Mindful 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.

About the Instructor:
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years and has been fortunate to study with dedicated and gifted practitioners who have shared their own evolving philosophies to guide Kiersten to her current understanding of healing within a yoga practice.

Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in communities of underprivileged and special needs children, teens and adults with drug addiction and those struggling with body image. It was five years ago, when Kiersten was introduced to teaching people who are affected by cancer and landed within a community who was looking for meaning and hope in an unfair world. Working with an extraordinary group of people has given Kiersten a new perspective and deep gratitude every day and hope that healing is possible even when the odds feel like they are against you.

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, then you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

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


We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

 

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

Weekly Mindful Yoga
 
 
 
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*Please note that this program now begins at 6pm on Wednesdays.

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieftEvening Yoga and Relaxation 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.

About the Instructor:
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 through 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 therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

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

Weekly Gentle Evening Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Mindful 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.

About the Instructor:
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years and has been fortunate to study with dedicated and gifted practitioners who have shared their own evolving philosophies to guide Kiersten to her current understanding of healing within a yoga practice.

Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in communities of underprivileged and special needs children, teens and adults with drug addiction and those struggling with body image. It was five years ago, when Kiersten was introduced to teaching people who are affected by cancer and landed within a community who was looking for meaning and hope in an unfair world. Working with an extraordinary group of people has given Kiersten a new perspective and deep gratitude every day and hope that healing is possible even when the odds feel like they are against you.

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, then you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

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


We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

 

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

Weekly Mindful Yoga
 
 
 
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FreeFlow Dance-Movement Class Join us at Smith Center to experience the simple pleasure of moving to the sounds of beautiful music in the company of others. Come to one, or better yet, all of our Energy Flow classes. Enjoy the benefits to your body, mind and spirit of gentle, flowing and life-affirming movements. Based on principles of breath, organic movement, and the eternal rhythms of nature, this class offers plenty of opportunity for play, expression, exploration, and stress-release for people of every age and stage of life. The class will be offered every third Saturday this summer.

  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20

About Cynthia Word
Cynthia Word is the Founder and Artistic Director of Word Dance. Cynthia began her Modern Dance training at the University of Illinois and later received her Master in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, where she served on the teaching faculty. Word Dance Theater creates Isadora Duncan-based dance/theater productions, blending compelling story, live music, and the dances of Isadora Duncan to create theatrical productions that are powerfully engaging to audiences. Her most recent creation, co-produced with the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University, is the award-winning Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, which had its world premiere May 2013 at the Davis Performing Arts Center, Washington DC.

Photo Credit: Theo Kossenas/Media4Artists

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

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

Energy Flow
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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July 14, August 18, September 8

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

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

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

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

Meditation & Qigong
 
 
 
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*Please note that this program now begins at 6pm on Wednesdays.

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieftEvening Yoga and Relaxation 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.

About the Instructor:
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 through 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 therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

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

Weekly Gentle Evening Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Mindful 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.

About the Instructor:
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years and has been fortunate to study with dedicated and gifted practitioners who have shared their own evolving philosophies to guide Kiersten to her current understanding of healing within a yoga practice.

Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in communities of underprivileged and special needs children, teens and adults with drug addiction and those struggling with body image. It was five years ago, when Kiersten was introduced to teaching people who are affected by cancer and landed within a community who was looking for meaning and hope in an unfair world. Working with an extraordinary group of people has given Kiersten a new perspective and deep gratitude every day and hope that healing is possible even when the odds feel like they are against you.

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, then you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

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


We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

 

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

Weekly Mindful Yoga
 
 
 
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Laura Pole

Join Smith Center’s own Laura Pole as she leads us in song on a sultry summer evening. Laura will both entertain and engage us in joining together in song. Some of the songs will make you laugh; others may bring a tear to your eyes as you experience their deep well of meaning. If you’ve been with Laura on retreat, enjoyed her amusing renditions at cooking classes, or this will be your introduction, you can be certain this will be an evening filled with the warmth of the Smith Center community. All voices welcome! Song sheets and snacks will be provided.

About Laura Pole

Laura Pole is a singer-songwriter based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. For more than 20 years, she has been performing across the country with Trifolkal, the “far-sighted folk trio fiercely dedicated to fun!” Her voice is often compared to Judy Collins, who indeed was one of Laura’s early musical influences Her first solo recording, "Born to Sing," features Laura’s beautiful, clear and moving voice. The CD is a blend of original contemporary folk compositions and unique arrangements of folk, soft rock and jazz cover tunes.

Laura is not only a musician; she’s also a hospice and oncology nurse, a health supportive chef and a dance instructor, vocations that have inspired many of the songs she has composed. She travels across the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the United States and into Mexico weaving her music into her nursing care, her cooking, her workshops and her dance. Laura personifies the art of healing through her healing arts.

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

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

Raise Your Voice, Lift Your Spirits
 
 
 
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With Laura Pole, Oncology Nurse, Health Supportive Chef

When you’re living with cancer, what you eat matters. This fun and informative class is a great place to start learning about the role of nutrition in cancer care. Participants will learn the basic principles of healthy and delicious food selection and preparation.

The class will begin with tasty appetizers followed by a lecture on the basic principles of selecting healthy food and a demonstration on how to build flavor in a dish. The class will conclude with participants seeing and tasting a “balanced plate” of colorful, beautiful, nourishing, and delicious foods.  

Laura Pole teaching about Nourishing Foods for People with CancerAt this class you will learn:

  • The Eight Principles of Healthy Eating
  • The known relationships between food and cancer
  • How to create your own balanced plate at home
  • How to choose foods at the grocery store and farmers' market
  • How to build flavor to turn a healthy dish into a delicious dish
  • Laura's secrets as you leave with recipes to make at home
  • Tips to make preparing and eating your meals more enjoyable

Come learn how to make and sample some of Laura’s most delicious seasonal recipes.

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone. 

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early! 
The cost for this program is:

  • $25 if you register by August 20.
  • $30 if you register after August 20.

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

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

Eating for a Lifetime
 
 
 
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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.

Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are acccessible to everyone.

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

Conversations with a Cancer Coach
 
 
 
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*Please note that this program now begins at 6pm on Wednesdays.

Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieftEvening Yoga and Relaxation 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.

About the Instructor:
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 through 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 therapeutic yoga and other stress reducing activities help you through cancer.

We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

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

Weekly Gentle Evening Yoga
 
 
 
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Therapeutic yoga class for cancer recovery and stress relieft

Mindful 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.

About the Instructor:
Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years and has been fortunate to study with dedicated and gifted practitioners who have shared their own evolving philosophies to guide Kiersten to her current understanding of healing within a yoga practice.

Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in communities of underprivileged and special needs children, teens and adults with drug addiction and those struggling with body image. It was five years ago, when Kiersten was introduced to teaching people who are affected by cancer and landed within a community who was looking for meaning and hope in an unfair world. Working with an extraordinary group of people has given Kiersten a new perspective and deep gratitude every day and hope that healing is possible even when the odds feel like they are against you.

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, then you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

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


We welcome newcomers who would like to try the class. Please email programs@smithcenter.org or call 202.483.8600 to schedule a trial class.

 

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

Weekly Mindful Yoga
 
 
 
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