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Smith Center Announces Early 2012 Programs
Smith Center Announces Early 2012 Programs


From Alaina Sadick:

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts today announced its program offerings for January-March 2012, to be held in its newly expanded U Street community center at 1632 U Street, NW in DC. New programs will include new integrative health and mind-body programs to complement popular staple programs, engaging cancer patients, health care professionals, caregivers, and the community at large and empowering individuals to enhance their overall well-being.


"Our goal is to provide experiential programs that explore dimensions of health and healing taught by gifted health professionals," says Shanti Norris, Executive Director at Smith Center. "In addition to our foundational programs on nutrition and stress reduction, this quarter's programs focus on looking inward and finding balance within ourselves. These include techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shamanism, Reiki, intuition, and meditation. Similarly, a selection of our creativity programs will promote inner reflection in tandem with the seasons. We also continue to offer a selection of cooking and nutrition programs to promote local, seasonal, and healthy eating."


Some highlights of the schedule include; an exploration of Meditation and Intuition withJonathan Foust, Senior Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, on January 18; A core-strengthening Qigong series in late January; A collage workshop, "The Fertile Darkness," exploring the inner seeds we cultivate during the winter months; And an introduction to Reiki and healing touch with Marion Werner in March. Classes in the new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen include Everyday Delicious Vegan Meals on January 14; and an interactive workshop on Nourishing Foods for People With Canceron March 24. Popular continuing programs include writing and creativity workshops, therapeutic yoga, as well as a variety of additional cooking and nutrition classes. Further, Smith Center will continue to offer signature cancer-specific programs remain at the heart of its mission and work, most notably weeklong and one-day retreats for both cancer patients and caregivers.


In expanding its outreach, Norris says that Smith Center is building valuable community connections. "We're pleased to announce a partnership with Whole Foods Market P Street to help make healthy eating information more accessible to everyone." Whole Foods will support a selection of programs in 2012 and also offer a free healthy eating tour at the Whole Foods Market on P St. NW, scheduled for February 28. Guided by the store's own Healthy Eating Specialist, participants will learn insider information and skills to shop for the best products at the best prices.


"We are also excited to collaborate with Albus Cavus for an exhibit and community mural project in the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery," says Norris. This exhibit, which opens January 13, features the work of local graffiti-style artists and addresses how public art can heal struggling communities, especially during this time of economic uncertainty and heightened unemployment. The public will be invited to take part in the project through three workshops that transform the gallery into a working studio to create an on-site mural.


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