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Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a non-profit health, education and creative arts organisation that serves individuals, families and communities affected by cancer and other serious illness. Their focuses include:

Cancer Programmes: empowering retreats and programmes for adults including yoga and stress reduction, creative expression, nutrition classes, lectures and support.

Patient Navigation: offered through the Institute of Integrative Oncology Navigation, an innovative national and local patient navigation trainings

Arts & Healing: promoting the use of the arts in healing through programmes and exhibitions at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Life-Enhancing Retreats for People with Cancer: empowering participants to make life-affirming changes by providing tools and knowledge in a safe and caring community

Visionary and artist Barbara Smith Coleman founded the organisation in 1996 after a life-transforming experience at a residential program for people living with cancer in Bristol UK. It became Barbara’s life mission to offer similar programs in Washington DC and to offer the healing powers of art and creativity to people facing life-threatening illness, their caregivers and medical professionals.

Michael Lerner of Commonweal and CancerChoices is also the co-founder of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.


Cooking & Nutrition
Educational Talks
Gentle Yoga
Healing Circles
Movement & Meditation
Support Groups
DC Young Adult Cancer Community
Cancer Retreats
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Programmes
Artist-in-Residence Programs
Cancer Retreats

Last Updated:25/02/2024
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Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

+1 202 483 8600
All therapies provided at this location:
Meditation / Creative Visualisation
Meditation is a technique where the attention is focused on a point of reference, such as the breath or an object, in order to help you create a peaceful, quiet state of mind.

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Specialist exercise programmes designed to help support cancer patients during and after treatment.

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Yoga Therapy for Cancer
Yoga Therapy can be used to manage symptoms and side effects and body terrain imbalances common in cancer.

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Nutritional Therapy for Cancer
Nutritional therapists seek to ensure you are well nourished by your diet, and that you are fully absorbing and utilising the nutrients it provides.

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