This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our upcoming sessions, we will read “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness” by Mark Nepo, revered teacher and poet. Please read below for an overview of his work.


Read with Smith Center will meet Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • September 15
  • October 6 & 20
  • November 3 & 17
  • December 1 & 15

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain, and the insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there. The lessons and stories here are for
all of us, ill or not, when the inevitable question arises: How do we move through an overwhelming crisis―whether from physical illness, grief, or a major life change―into the rest of our lives?

“To live in wonder on the other side of suffering and disappointment,” reflects Mark Nepo, “is to know how magnificent and fragile it is to be here at all.” Inside the Miracle calls us to leap into our lives with tenderness and courage, so we can fully inhabit the miraculous moments that await us.

Get Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness here: https://smile.amazon.com/Inside-Miracle-Suffering-Approaching-Wholeness/dp/1622034910/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=inside+the+miracle&qid=1594833752&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our upcoming sessions, we will read “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness” by Mark Nepo, revered teacher and poet. Please read below for an overview of his work.


Read with Smith Center will meet Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • September 1 & 15
  • October 6 & 20
  • November 3 & 17
  • December 1 & 15

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain, and the insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there. The lessons and stories here are for
all of us, ill or not, when the inevitable question arises: How do we move through an overwhelming crisis―whether from physical illness, grief, or a major life change―into the rest of our lives?

“To live in wonder on the other side of suffering and disappointment,” reflects Mark Nepo, “is to know how magnificent and fragile it is to be here at all.” Inside the Miracle calls us to leap into our lives with tenderness and courage, so we can fully inhabit the miraculous moments that await us.

Get Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness here: https://smile.amazon.com/Inside-Miracle-Suffering-Approaching-Wholeness/dp/1622034910/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=inside+the+miracle&qid=1594833752&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our upcoming sessions, we will read “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness” by Mark Nepo, revered teacher and poet. Please read below for an overview of his work.


Read with Smith Center will meet Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • August 18
  • September 1 & 15
  • October 6 & 20
  • November 3 & 17
  • December 1 & 15

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain, and the insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there. The lessons and stories here are for
all of us, ill or not, when the inevitable question arises: How do we move through an overwhelming crisis―whether from physical illness, grief, or a major life change―into the rest of our lives?

“To live in wonder on the other side of suffering and disappointment,” reflects Mark Nepo, “is to know how magnificent and fragile it is to be here at all.” Inside the Miracle calls us to leap into our lives with tenderness and courage, so we can fully inhabit the miraculous moments that await us.

Get Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness here: https://smile.amazon.com/Inside-Miracle-Suffering-Approaching-Wholeness/dp/1622034910/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=inside+the+miracle&qid=1594833752&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

Register for 4-session series here: https://smithcenter.org/programs-retreat/pop-up-book-club-6-9/

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Welcome to “Pop-Up Book Club,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our first sessions, we will read Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown, a dear friend of Smith Center. Please read below for an overview of her powerful work on hope and dying.

Pop-Up Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays in June and July, from 12:00-1:00pm.

  • Part 1: June 9
  • Part 2: June 23
  • Part 3: July 7
  • Part 4: July 21

Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities.

As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

Get Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life here: https://smile.amazon.com/Radical-Acts-Love-Find-Hope-ebook/dp/B07XFFK9XB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=radical+acts+of+love&qid=1589894908&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

with Kiersten Gallagher and special guest Denise Feldman

Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, it’s believed that the prayers and mantras are blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion to everyone the wind may reach. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. The prayers or a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements.

In this workshop we’ll learn how to make multi-layer prayer flags to send our hopes and dreams out into the world. Each one will be unique – a personal reflection or wish for ourselves and our collective community/world.

Materials needed:

  • 5-8’ of strong string, ribbon or yarn
  • Old papers, children’s artwork, coloring pages, journal pages, etc. (note that these will be cut and ripped, so nothing that is ‘precious’ to you)
  • Scraps of ‘stuff’ that would otherwise be thrown away
  • Magazines for cutting out words or phrases (optional)
  • Stapler and staples

Optional materials:

  • Watercolor and paper, paint brushes
  • Scraps of fabric, yarn, string, felt, ribbon, etc.
  • Beads, charms, or other add-ons
  • Permanent marker, any color
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss
  • Hole punch

Suggested Donation: $15


This series is held twice each month on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • July 8
  • July 22
  • August 5
  • August 19
  • September 2
  • September 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.


Wellness in the Time of COVID

The Washington Home

This 6-month integrative wellness series, sponsored by The Washington Home, will be offered to caregivers, those who are critically ill, and those facing cancer-related challenges during this especially difficult time.


About Denise Feldman

Denise Feldman is a local mixed media artist who discovered the power of creativity as a healing practice after her treatment for breast cancer in 2014. As a creative ‘dabbler’ who loves working with various materials and surfaces, Denise shares her altered book processes and soulful perspective with the hope of inspiring others to tell their stories ‘on the page’ and clear space for life’s chapters yet to come.

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

Register for 4-session series here: https://smithcenter.org/programs-retreat/pop-up-book-club-6-9/

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Welcome to “Pop-Up Book Club,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our first sessions, we will read Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown, a dear friend of Smith Center. Please read below for an overview of her powerful work on hope and dying.

Pop-Up Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays in June and July, from 12:00-1:00pm.

  • Part 1: June 9
  • Part 2: June 23
  • Part 3: July 7
  • Part 4: July 21

Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities.

As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

Get Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life here: https://smile.amazon.com/Radical-Acts-Love-Find-Hope-ebook/dp/B07XFFK9XB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=radical+acts+of+love&qid=1589894908&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

Register for 4-session series here: https://smithcenter.org/programs-retreat/pop-up-book-club-6-9/

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Welcome to “Pop-Up Book Club,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our first sessions, we will read Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown, a dear friend of Smith Center. Please read below for an overview of her powerful work on hope and dying.

Pop-Up Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays in June and July, from 12:00-1:00pm.

  • Part 1: June 9
  • Part 2: June 23
  • Part 3: July 7
  • Part 4: July 21

Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities.

As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

Get Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life here: https://smile.amazon.com/Radical-Acts-Love-Find-Hope-ebook/dp/B07XFFK9XB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=radical+acts+of+love&qid=1589894908&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Welcome to “Pop-Up Book Club,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our first sessions, we will read Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown, a dear friend of Smith Center. Please read below for an overview of her powerful work on hope and dying.

Pop-Up Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays in June and July, from 12:00-1:00pm.

  • Part 1: June 9
  • Part 2: June 23
  • Part 3: July 7
  • Part 4: July 21

Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities.

As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

Get Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life here: https://smile.amazon.com/Radical-Acts-Love-Find-Hope-ebook/dp/B07XFFK9XB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=radical+acts+of+love&qid=1589894908&sr=8-1

And, choose “Smith Center for Healing and the Arts” as your nonprofit of choice when you shop through Amazon Smile!


About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Debra Diamond, Ph.D.

In “Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife,” psychic medium, and near-death experience researcher Dr. Debra Diamond presents the story of life as a hospice ‘Death Doula’, revealing 25 critical life lessons from those at the threshold of the afterlife, and those who have already crossed over, ultimately revealing a new way of understanding death.
Dr. Diamond will present for ~45 minutes, followed by a question & answer portion.
About Debra Diamond, Ph.D.

Debra Diamond, Ph.D. is a former Wall Street money manager, regular CNBC commentator and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University who left a high profile life to pursue a life of purpose and spirituality. She earned an MBA from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. from the Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of the Holistic Studies Institute of New York, has completed mediumship training at the Arthur Findlay College in the UK and trained at the Carl Jung Institute in Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland. Debra is the author of “Life after Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People with Newfound Powers” and “Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife.” Debra is dedicated to the empowerment of her clients.