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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

Etang and TammyYour 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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Gentle Yoga :: 1 to 2 PM
With Sarah Elias, Debbie
Gilman, Norma Hoshide,
Suzanne Lingo, Carol Love,
Bonnie Maeda, Sally Maxwell,
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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2nd Thurs. of the month

Expressive Arts (Art Therapy) Workshop
6 to 8 PM

May 8
June 12

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
10:30 AM to noon

With Sarah Puyans and Elizabeth Little

Sarah Puyans Elizabeth Little

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

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

April 19
May 17

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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New Events:

Thursday :: April 24

Paper Beadmaking
6:30 to 8 PM

Carol TanenbaumJeweler Carol Tanenbaum will
show you how to make fun and beautiful paper beads out of recycled calendars and magazines. You will then make a new piece of jewelry to wear home. All materials and equipment will be provided. Everyone welcome.

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Friday :: April 25

The Vibration of Grace, Healing through Sound
6:30 to 8 PM
Gina BreedloveGina Breedlove will demonstrate how to release blocked energy using your voice. Intentional sound reaches inside us to re-harmonize cells, clearing and creating space for ease of being. No singing experience necessary. Everyone welcome.

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Thursday :: May 1

Nutrition Night :: Water :: Why and How It Is Part of an Anti-Cancer Lifestyle
6:30 to 8 PM
Helayne Waldman EdD, MS
Join Helayne Waldman, EdD, MS, for a talk about water quality. We can go for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Learn why proper hydration is critical in maintaining health, and how to find or create water that will enhance your health, not undermine it. Everyone welcome.


Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Friday :: May 2

The Vibration of Grace, Healing through Sound
6:30 to 8 PM
Gina BreedloveGina Breedlove will
demonstrate how
to release blocked
energy using your voice. Intentional sound reaches inside us to re-harmonize cells, clearing and creating space for ease of being. No singing experience necessary. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »


Mondays :: May 5, 12, 19

Qi Gong With Eveline Chang, MSW
10:30 to 11:45 AM
Eveline Chang, MSWThis holistic class offers a combination of light stretching, moving meditations and still meditations with guided imagery. For women with cancer and supporters.

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Mondays :: May 5 - July 7

8-Week Mind-Body Skills Group for women of color who are currently in or who have recently completed cancer treatment With Dolores Moorehead
6:30 to 8 PM

> Group will not meet on
   May 26 and June 9

Dolores MoorheadDolores Moorehead will lead a mind-body skills group offering a combination of research-based healing therapies to help participants deal with life changes, stress, and illness in an intimate and supportive group setting. Topics covered include: Mindfulness and meditation, movement, guided imagery and music, breathing exercises, nutritious eating, and more. The group will conducted with respect and honor of diversity. To register, please call Dolores at 510.350.1312.


Thursdays :: May 15, 22, 29

Creating a Sketchbook
6:30 to 8 PM
Margo Rivera-WeissJoin local artist Margo Rivera-Weiss to explore the exciting ways of keeping a sketchbook. We will experiment with different techniques and media to create a chronicle of your creativity and experiences. Suitable for folks who have always wanted to do this but didn’t know where to start and for people who want to continue their practice in community. Materials provided. Everyone welcome.

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Wednesday :: May 21

Cooking Club :: The Joys of Kale
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Personal Chef Sandy Der will demonstrate numerous ways to prepare the vegetable powerhouse, kale. Recipes covered will include kale chips, kale dips and incorporating kale into smoothies. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Saturday :: May 24

Exploring Monotype Printmaking
1 to 3 PM
Dawline-Jane Oni-EselehCome create unique, artistic prints by applying ink directly onto a smooth plate and printing onto paper. We will explore various ways of creating prints, with a focus on fun and spontaneity. With local artist, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh. Everyone welcome.

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Wednesday :: June 4

Everything You Wanted to Know About Medical Cannabis
6:30 to 8 PM
Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSWCome and learn about the latest science around the use of cannabis to treat disorders such as arthritis, MS and cancer. Basic info about getting a medical cannabis card and methods of use including tinctures and edibles, lotions and vaporizers. Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW, is the Policy Manager for the state of CA for the Drug Policy Alliance and heads up their marijuana reform efforts in the state. Read more at

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Thursday :: June 5

Nutrition Night :: Taming Sugar Cravings
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Are sugar cravings taking over your life? Tips on how to tame those sugar cravings from nutrition consultant Sandy Der. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Wednesday :: June 18

Cooking Club :: Korean Foods
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Join personal chef for a demonstration of delicious Korean dishes, including noodles and pancakes. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Thursday :: June 26

Rubbercut Printmaking — All Levels With Margo Rivera-Weiss
6:00 to 8:30 PM
Margo Rivera-Weiss
Come explore the joys of simple relief printmaking. You can work abstractly, from your own sketch or from a bold photograph. Great for cards, labels or stand-alone pieces of art. Everyone will complete one block and make at least two prints of it, one for WCRC to keep. Everyone welcome.

Registration required »

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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