This program is being offered in a hybrid format. It will be hosted in-person at Medstar Washington Hospital Center’s Siegel Auditorium and will also be live-streamed virtually for those who cannot attend in-person. In order to participate, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing email@example.com. Please indicate in the notes if you plan to attend virtually or in person.
with Julia Rowland, Ph.D
Hearing the words, ‘there is no evidence of disease,’ may not be fully reassuring when cancer treatment ends. Worry that you may still have cancer (or develop it again!) can be overwhelming. Fear of cancer recurrence is the most common long-term effect of living with a history of cancer. If this is true for you, you are not alone. Come learn about the triggers of fear, and simple tools you can use to tame your own worry demon and reclaim your plans for the future. This program is offered in partnership with the Washington Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
About Julia H. Rowland, Ph.D.
Julia Rowland, PhD, who joined Smith Center in October 2017, comes to this position as a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families, and published broadly in psycho-oncology, including co-editing, along with Dr. Jimmie Holland, the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology. She has also been a frequent speaker on cancer survivorship, or life after cancer, for both professional and lay audiences.
Julia received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Julia helped to develop and was the first Director of the Post-Treatment Resource Program, one of the first non-medical survivorship care programs to be offered by a major cancer center in the U.S. In 1990 she moved with her husband and two young children to Washington, DC to become founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center. There she helped expand services to meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and families, launched some of the first quality of life clinical trials, and also introduced a program to enable first year medical students to learn the art of caring for those living through and beyond cancer from survivors themselves and Lombardi faculty. Nine years later, in September of 1999, she was recruited to the National Cancer Institute to become the first, full-time Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, a position in which she served for 18 years, championing the growth of survivorship research and care, before stepping down in September 2017 to assume her new role at Smith Center. Although new to the team, Julia is no stranger to Smith Center. She knew Smith Center’s founder, Barbara Smith Coleman, and has volunteered her expertise across the years as a speaker, group leader and staff member for both the 1-day and weeklong residential retreats. Julia brings to her new role a passion to translate what research has taught us about healing in the context of cancer to the broader community, in essence, taking the science of survivorship from the lab bench to the park bench.
This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.
with Renee Sandell, PhD
Join us for a hands-on, interactive art “workout,” designed to strengthen
your observational skills and endurance. We will use my Balanced Way of
Seeing® method to explore layers of meaning in Frida Kahlo’s 1932
painting, Self-Portrait Between the Borderline of Mexico and the United
States. We will explore the significance of this work and its timely relevance
to our post-Pandemic world. Reflecting on past moments in our lives
requiring our perseverance and bravery, we will rediscover sources of
endurance needed for the challenging issues in times ahead. No previous
art experience needed. Join us and surprise yourself by seeing more in
life through art!
- Open mind
- Sheet of white paper
- Black Sharpie marker
Suggested Donation: $15
About Renee Sandell
Renee Sandell’s art, teaching, and research focus on Visual Fitness 4 All: Engaging Creativity and Insight® for EVERYONE. Renee is founder/director of the expeditionary, museum-based SummerVision DC Program, which she designed and has delivered for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for 10 years since 2010. Previously Professor of Art Education at George Mason University (2004-2014) and at Maryland Institute College of Art (1990-2003), she is co-author of two books on gender issues and has published numerous articles, book chapters and art curricula. Winner of the 2019 Lowenfeld Award, Sandell was recognized as 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer in Art Education at Miami University and 2013 NAEA National Art Educator. Renee has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC)® and her Marking & Mapping®, an accessible form of visual meaning-making. Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All® for Engaging Creativity and Insight® workshops are designed to nurture envisioning skills for individuals within professional development programs, organizations, health spas, businesses, and other venues. She has been offering Art & Virtues workshops since early in the Pandemic. Renee’s Smithsonian Associates studio courses include: “Curating a Life: Art as Memoir,” Seeing More: Art, Virtues, and Our Lives, and Visual Journaling: Creativity Workshop.
Learn more about Renee’s teaching at www.visualfitness4all.com Renee’s artwork includes artistic installations of multi-media markings on paper, board, and silk, to explore the human condition in time, space, and place. To learn more about Renee’s artwork, visit her website www.reneesandellart.com
This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link for the course, please request an application by emailing email@example.com.
You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.
with Phebe Duff
offered in partnership with Wellness House of Annapolis
This program is being offered virtually over 8 weeks from Thursday, January 18th through March 7th from 4:00-6:30pm ET. The program also includes a mini virtual retreat on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00am-12:00pm. We ask that participants commit to attending all sessions including the mini-retreat. Limited space available.
We are asking participants to contribute toward their participation in this program, however, we do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone in accessing this program. As such, we are encouraging each person to choose to contribute a one-time amount between $25 to $150 that feels comfortable for you based on your own personal income circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact us, we are happy to discuss any additional issues privately.
Are you at a tipping point, overwhelmed by the stress of our fast-paced lives?
Are you experiencing life events affecting your physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing?
Are you just looking for a way to get your life back into balance?
The good news is that you already have the resources you need to come back to health and wellbeing. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training can help you reconnect to those inner resources. Even if you’ve never heard of mindfulness or have never meditated, MBSR can teach you these skills.
This interactive, experiential course runs for 8 weeks and includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Small and large group discussions
- Daily home practice assignments
- A three-hour mini-retreat of uninterrupted practice on Saturday, October 28
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. MBSR has over 25 years of peer-reviewed research covering a wide variety of physical and mental health issues. It is the most scientifically researched and validated mindfulness program and is used in clinical and non-clinical settings worldwide.
What are the benefits of MBSR?
Mindfulness is the practice of present moment, non-judgmental awareness of one’s life experience. Through the use of mind/body techniques, one begins to relate to the stress and anxiety in life differently in ways that allow for more creative solutions and possibilities.
It can help you:
- Improve focus and concentration
- Improve mind-body awareness
- Reduce reactivity and increase calm
- Support better behavioral choices and Improve the ability to handle the ups and downs of life
- Feel kinder to yourself and others
- Improve relationships
- Experience more positive emotions
- Start or restart a meditation practice
About Phebe Duff
Phebe Duff is a long-time meditator and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator. She completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA and the Dharmacharya program offered by the Venerable Pannavati at Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC. Phebe has facilitated MBSR courses for a wide variety of populations since 2005. Since retiring after a 30+ year career in human resources and as a professional musician, Phebe has taught meditation and MBSR for Wellness House of Annapolis, a cancer support organization providing various kinds of emotional and other support services to people recently diagnosed with cancer or living
with cancer, family members and caregivers of cancer patients and people who have lost a loved one to cancer. Working with the cancer community and sharing the practices of meditation and mindfulness to support their healing journey has been the best experience of her teaching career.