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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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First Wednesdays

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

Sept 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

September 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 Puyans


Elizabeth LittleElizabeth Little


Patricia Antolino

Tobia Minckler, MFT, RYTTobia Minckler


10:30 AM to noon

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

September 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

September 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 :: August 28

Paper Beadmaking
6:00 to 8:30 PM
Carol Tenenbaum
Jeweler Carol Tanenbaum will show you how to make fun and beautiful paper beads out of recycled calendars and magazines. You will make a new piece of jewelry to wear home. All materials and equipment provided. Everyone welcome.

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Wednesdays :: September

Making Friends with Ourselves
Open to WCRC clients, volunteers & staff
Weds :: Sept. 3 - Oct. 29 (no class Oct. 1) :: 3 to 5 PM
Jane Baraz
Few of us would talk to our friends the way we talk to ourselves. Learn to respect, nourish and care for yourself in more loving, supportive ways. Jane Baraz has been practicing meditation since 1976 and served on the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock for eight years. She currently leads Awakening Joy workshops internationally and teaches MBSR.

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Thursdays :: September

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) With Tobia Minckler, MFT, RYT
Informational Session Thursday :: September 4
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thurs :: Sept. 11 - Oct. 30
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Sat. :: Oct. 18 :: 10 to 3PM
Tobia Minckler, MFT, RYT
MBSR is an active 8-week course that blends guided meditation, body awareness, gentle yoga, and group discussion to reduce physical and psychological distress. Research shows that MBSR significantly improved participants’ quality of life and reduced perceived stress, pain, depression, and anxiety.

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Thursday :: September 4

Nutrition Night :: Non-Toxic Cleaning and Personal Products With Helayne Waldman, EdD, MS
6:30 to 8 PM
Helayne Waldman, EdD, MS
The products you use on your skin, your laundry, your dishes, your furniture and your car all have an impact on your health. Come learn which ones are safe, and how to avoid those that are toxic and even carcinogenic. Everyone welcome.

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Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Wednesday :: September 17

Cooking Club :: Greek Cooking
6:30 to 8 PM
Sandy Der
Join personal chef for a demonstration of flavorful Mediterranean dishes from Greece including: tomato cucumber salad and vegetarian moussaka. Everyone welcome.

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Sponsored by
The Safeway Foundation


Thursdays :: Sept. 18 & 25

The Vibration of Grace, Healing through Sound With Gina Breedlove
6:30 to 8 PM
Gina Breedlove
We release blocked energy using our 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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Saturday :: September 27

Making Watercolor Sing
With Ruth Block
1 to 3 PM
Ruth Block
Further explorations in watercolor – learn about mixing watercolor with other mediums for different effects. Materials provided. No experience needed other than a willingness to open up to your unique potential. Everyone welcome.

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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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