with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • January 18th
  • January 25th

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • January 18th
  • January 25th

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • December 14
  • December 21

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • December 14
  • December 21

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

Experience the transformative power of a Smith Center Retreat. We are pleased to announce our June Retreat will be held at Dayspring Retreat Center, set on over 200 acres in Germantown, Maryland. 

We accept applications on an ongoing basis. Please contact us if you are interested in attending, at retreats@smithcenter.org or 202.483.8600.

Our upcoming Three Day Retreats are scheduled for:

December 8-10, 2017

 Life-Enhancing Three-Day Retreats for People with Cancer

The goal of all Smith Center retreats is to empower participants to make life-affirming changes by providing tools and knowledge in a safe and caring community of others facing a cancer diagnosis.

Our three-day retreats are based on our renowned weeklong model, which we have been offering for over 20 years. They offer an opportunity for those who can’t spare significant time away from work, family or other obligations but who wish to become fully immersed in their healing.

      “I feel wiser, stronger, with more tools for my own inner healing. I am less scared
-Retreat Participant

What is a retreat like?

Smith Center retreats offer a place to explore the issues and choices that people with life-threatening illness encounter. We aim to provide a nurturing environment and experiential healing options paired with the highest quality small-group support program.

Our Three-day Retreats offer:

  • A respite from the stresses of daily life with a cancer diagnosis in a nurturing environment for mind, body, and spirit
  • An opportunity to learn about and personally explore choices in healing
  • Laura Pole teaching about cooking for people with cancerGentle, therapeutic yoga and meditation
  • Delicious, whole foods, health-supportive meals and valuable information about the connection between diet and good health
  • Group sessions with a licensed psychotherapist
  • A creativity session offering another pathway to greater self-understanding in the face of cancer
  • Skills and tools for your continuing journey

Cancer retreats provide a non-medical, educational, hands-on experience for patients and sometimes their primary caregivers. They are not a cancer therapy or treatment program.

      “It means so much to be able to stop for a moment and be heard as an individual instead of a patient.
To be heard as someone who’s going through a difficult life challenge instead of a victim.” 

Who should attend?

Our retreats are for adults with any type of cancer at any stage in the cancer journey, including remission. Spouses, significant others, and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

Over the years we have observed that Smith Center retreats are most beneficial for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and who are receptive to the work of personal transformation.

Participants must be under the care of a physician, able to care for themselves and participate in the daily program, and well enough to devote two-and-a-half concentrated days to the program.

How do I sign up?

Smith Center strives to ensure that all retreat participants are prepared to benefit from the retreat experience. To begin the process, please request an application by emailing retreats@smithcenter.org or by calling 202.483.8600. Our retreats are intimate and limited to 10 participants, so please apply as early as possible.

What is the Three-Day retreat Schedule like?

  • Three-day retreats begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday.
  • Arrive at noon on Friday for a light lunch and the start of the day’s activities. The day concludes at 8:30 pm following dinner and a presentation.
  • Arrive at 9 am on Saturday for yoga and depart at 7:30 pm following dinner and a day-closing activity.
  • Arrive at 9 am on Sunday for yoga and depart at 3 pm following the closing of the retreat.
  • Daily schedules will include gentle morning yoga, training in meditation, creativity workshops, group sessions, facilitated discussions about the practical and profound choices in healing, and time to relax and enjoy delicious, whole-foods meals.

Who staffs the retreats?

Smith Center retreats are staffed by highly skilled professionals including a licensed psychotherapist, a yoga master, an oncology nursing specialist, a health-supportive chef, an art therapist, wellness educators, and bodyworkers. There is a one-to-one participant to staff ratio. 

Where are Three-Day Retreats held?

dayspring

We are pleased to announce our June Retreat will be held at Dayspring Retreat Center, set on over 200 acres in Germantown, Maryland.

Driving directions to Dayspring Retreat Center

What is the cost of the three-day Retreat?

The cost for this three-day program is $850 per person, which includies individual accommodations and all meals. Please note that participants’ fees cover just a portion of the cost to Smith Center to offer this retreat. The fee is generously supplemented by contributions from past participants and other friends who help us keep the price as reasonable as possible.

Partial scholarship assistance is available on a limited basis to those for whom the full fee is a barrier to participation.

Spouses and other close support people are welcome to enroll at the same fee and with full participation in the retreat program.

For more information
Email: retreats@smithcenter.org
Call: 202.483.8600

Laughing Yoga Smith Center Healing Arts Diane Cohen

with Diane Cohen

Laughing Yoga exercises (breathing, clapping, and movement) are designed to relax us and to boost our creativity. With intentional laughter, we tap into a joy that brings feelings of health and well-being. Join us for this wacky, silly and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a brief silent meditation.

Classes 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Suggested Donation: $10

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.

About Diane:

Diane Cohen is an Executive and Career/Life Transition Holistic Certified Coach, Certified Laughing Yoga Leader, and facilitator. She started practicing traditional yoga and meditation in the 70s and was certified as a laughing yoga leader in 2012. She has led laughing yoga sessions for breast cancer patients and their caretakers, hospital staff members, government agencies, international organizations, and the general public. Her laughing yoga sessions were featured in a Voice of America video, the City Paper, the Arlington and Washingtonian 10magazines, and on WTOP’s website.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

With Kiersten Gallagher & Rex Delafkaran

Join our Program Director Kiersten Gallagher & Program Assistant Rex Delafkaran for an afternoon meditation and painting workshop where you will learn techniques that will help you to allow your own creativity to flow. You will work collaboratively with others, and explore how color, creativity, and the act of art making can be healing. Beginners welcome.

Thursdays November 2nd & 16th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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.

About Kiersten

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 art 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.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.

with Kiersten Gallagher

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

Classes 10:15am – 11:30am

  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

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.

About Kiersten:

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.