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Programs in Monthly Calendar Format

On-going Events:

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

Bellydance for Wellness
With Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson
6 to 7 PM

October and November only.
No classes in December.

Etang and Tammy

Etang and Tammy
Tammy Johnson


Etang Inyang

Your Body Raks! Yes, your body rocks! Come have some body-positive fun as you learn the beautiful art of bellydance! Dance experience is not necessary; this is a gentle, low-impact, body-affirming dance form. All women welcome.

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3rd Tuesdays

Moving Forward with Cancer: Healing with Creative Arts
6 to 8 PM

November 18
December 16

Elizabeth LittleThis course emphasizes the use of a cancer diagnosis as a new starting point, rather than an ending point. We will explore art, writing, movement, and storytelling in a safe and supportive environment. Participants will be able to embark on a journey of growth and freedom in their lives. For women with cancer.

Lacey Morris is currently completing a master’s degree in counseling emphasizing Expressive Arts therapy. She has facilitated cancer support groups with creative arts at UCSF and Cedars Sinai hospitals.

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Gentle Yoga :: 1 to 2 PM
With Debbie Gilman, Norma Hoshide, Suzanne Lingo, Carol Love, Bonnie Maeda, Barbara Papini and Kathy Yoshida

This class includes a gentle asana practice as well as restorative poses. No previous
experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing. Especially for women with cancer. Supporters may attend as space allows.

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First Wednesdays

Drum Your Soul Free with Afia Walking Tree
Open to All Levels
6:30 to 7:30 PM

November 5
December 3

Afia Walking TreeSacred Community Play, Songs, Movement, intentionally held circle, conscious communication. Learn drum-specific techniques, rhythms, songs and dances for the Djembe, Dunun, Conga, Shekere, Bell, Cajun, Ashiko, and any other drums you desire to bring into the circle. Everyone welcome.

Afia Walking Tree, MEd uses drumming, rhythm, song, movement, storytelling, ritual, and affirmative communication as vibrational vehicles for co-creating with nature a hearth for our bio-dynamic renewal.

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2nd Thurs. of the month

Expressive Arts (Art Therapy) Workshop
6 to 8 PM

November 13
December 11

Merideth Bowen ShamszadAn Expressive Arts Group Facilitated by Merideth Bowen Shamszad, MFT.

The diagnosis of cancer takes one on a complex journey that's often beyond words. Guided imagery and expressive arts therapy can offer a supportive space for exploring emotions, reconnecting to intuition and imagination, and creating symbols and objects that hold personal meaning. Join us for an evening of relaxation, creativity and community during which we will enjoy a variety of expressive arts activities. No art experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.

Facilitator: Merideth Bowen Shamszad, MFT (MFC51830) is an expressive arts therapist with an MA in Counseling from the CIIS and a Certificate in Complementary Medicine from the Institute for Health and Healing. She has provided expressive arts and guided imagery to a wide variety of patients and groups with chronic and acute medical and psychological conditions. She is currently seeing clients at the Living Arts Counseling Center.

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Chair Yoga :: 5 to 6 PM
Vicky GriffinWith Vicky Griffin

This class offers a gentle sequence of seated poses, guided relaxation, breathing practices and meditation. For women with cancer and supporters.

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Mindfulness and Opening the Heart Meditation Group

Sarah PuyansSarah


Elizabeth LittleElizabeth


Elizabeth LittlePatricia

10:30 AM to noon

On-going meditation group for women with cancer and others wanting to open their hearts/minds.

Sarah has many years of meditation experience in various traditions and is a Rosen Work practitioner.

Elizabeth is the Program Director of

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3rd Saturdays

Writing for Wellness
1 to 3 PM
With by Elana Dykewomon

November 15
December 20

Elana DykewomanWe will focus on using all of our senses for healing, community-building and creativity. We’ll go deep and wide, explore and share, in safe space. For women with cancer and other chronic/acute illnesses. All experience levels welcome!

Elana Dykewomon has published seven books of fiction and poetry, taught writing at SF State, and gives private memoir and fiction classes.

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3rd Sundays

Knitting Circle
With Caroline Anderson
2 to 4 PM

November 16
December 21

Whether you want to learn to knit or are a seasoned veteran, all are welcome to our knitting circle. We will have some knitting needles and yarn available for beginners. Bring your projects and questions. Everyone Welcome.

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New Events:

Thursday :: October 30

Medical Cannabis Discussion


Ruth BlockAmanda Reiman will facilitate a discussion with local MDs about using medical cannabis most effectively for your concerns. Everyone welcome. Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW, is the Manager of the Marijuana Law and Policy Unit for the Drug Policy Alliance and heads up their marijuana reform efforts.


Weds. :: Nov. 5 to Dec. 10

Mindfulness Through Creativity
3 to 5 PM
Margo Rivera Weiss
WCRC staff member Margo Rivera-Weiss will facilitate this group in exploring and deepening mindfulness through creative practices like drawing, mark-making, and interesting writing exercises. For women with cancer.

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Thursday :: November 6

Rubber Stamp Making
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Margo Rivera Weiss
Join local artist Margo Rivera-Weiss to learn how to carve your own rubber stamps. Come with ideas or sketches of what you’d like to make. Simple, bold designs work best. Materials provided. Everyone welcome.

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Wednesday :: November 19

Cooking Club :: Healthy Holiday Side Dishes
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Personal Chef Sandy Der will demonstrate how to turn Classic Holiday favorites into healthy and delicious dishes. Recipes to feature winter squashes, greens and more. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Thursday :: November 20

Menopause and Sex: Can they really go together?
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Sandy DerA frank discussion on the issues raised by life changes and cancer. Everyone welcome. Isadora Alman, MFT, wrote the syndicated advice column 'Ask Isadora' for many years. Her private psychotherapy practice in Alameda specializes in communications with one’s self and with others.

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Saturday :: November 22

Creating a Personal Mandala
1 to 3 PM
Ruth Block
Create a personally relevant mandala for healing or just for the pure joy of deepening your creative process. Materials provided, no previous art experience needed. Everyone welcome Ruth Block, author of A Year of Sundays: The Mandala as an Artist’s Portal, will be facilitating.

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Thursday :: December 4

Art Reception and Benefit for WCRC :: 6 to 8 PM

"Cast Myself a Spell: the art of
Carol Doyle"

Sandy DerLive music and a talk about Carol’s work with her husband, Eric Doyle.

Eric is graciously donating 100%
of all the sales of Carol’s felted vessels,
paintings and linoleum cut prints from the show.


Wednesday :: December 18

Cooking Club :: Healthy Treats & Desserts
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Join personal chef Sandy Der for a demonstration on making healthy treats & desserts. Learn a few healthy alternatives that can satisfy your sweet tooth during the holidays. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation

Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Policy for Participation in Programs

WCRC commits to provide a safe and welcoming environment. To this end, program staff/facilitators will provide screening, assessment, ground rules and feedback for participants. If necessary, program staff/facilitators may decide to limit an individual’s participation or ask an individual to leave if they feel it is in the best interest of the other program participants.

WCRC has a fragrance free policy. For everyone's comfort please refrain from wearing scents, perfume and products with fragrance when visiting WCRC.


Fundraising and Benefits:

Community Thrift Store


Clean out your garage and help WCRC! Donate your items to Community Thrift Store and designate the Women's Cancer Resource Center as your beneficiary.

Visit the Community Thrift Store at 625 Valencia Street, San Francisco, or call them at 415-861-4910 for more information. You can also find them on the web at

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