Mind, Body & Image Classes

For a full schedule of all patient and family events, see the monthly calendar or event listing. For cooking classes or nutrition seminars, see the Healthy Eating Program.

Gentle Yoga

Date: Mondays
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, Second Floor, Moores Cancer Center
Facilitator: Nan Comstock
Info: 858-822-2168

Drop-in yoga class for cancer patients, survivors, and family members. Adaptive yoga class modified to each participant's ability. Bring a mat, borrow a mat, or sit in a chair.

Look Good, Feel Better Workshop

Dates: Every other month. Call the American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, for specific dates.
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Room 2007
Instructor: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW
Info: 858-822-6201

This hands-on workshop is designed to help female cancer patients learn how to enhance their appearance through the use of wigs, makeup and accessories. All participants receive a complimentary kit of cosmetics. The program is a free, non-medical, product neutral program offered in partnership with the ACS, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.

Reservations are requested, as space is limited to 12 patients per session. To register, call the American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345

Expressive Arts Workshop

Create an expression of your cancer experience using a variety of artistic media. This is an eight-week workshop that meets Mondays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is free for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Call Alessandra Colfi, 858-735-5708, for information or to register. The next series is March 31–May 19, 2014.

Insomnia Treatment Group

This five-week course facilitated by Lavinia Fiorentino, PhD, is offered occasionally. Call Michelle Bell, 858-822-5381, for information on the next session or to register.

Writing Through Cancer

Call to find out the next scheduled course.
Facilitator: Sharon Bray, Ed.D
Info: Michelle Bell, mebell@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5381

An expressive writing program for people living with cancer. Research shows that writing and sharing your stories of the cancer experience will help you make sense of complex emotions, diminish the sense of isolation that sometimes accompanies a cancer diagnosis, and gain insight and perspectives to help cope more effectively. Led by Sharon Bray, Ed.D, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer, you'll write together with other cancer survivors in an environment of safety support.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

An 8-week course designed to cultivate greater attention and awareness, based on the stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.  This class helps you mobilize the inner resources of your mind & body for coping, healing and improved well-being. 

Cost: $495 (or $545 if you sign up fewer than 30 days before class start date). Cost includes the book "Full Catastrophe Living" and audio materials. Scholarships, alternative payment plans, and discounts for UC employees are available.  

See the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness or call 858-334-4633 for more information, including class schedules and registration.