Sometimes it takes a wake-up call like cancer to bring us back to ourselves. The crisis of illness may shake us free of the life that we have created and allow us to begin a return to the life that is our own.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

If you’ve been newly diagnosed, are at the beginning, in the middle of, or beyond treatment, or if you’ve lived with cancer for a while, we invite you to join a healing circle. Within a circle, you might find meaning in the challenge of cancer, bear witness to your own or others’ suffering and loss, and explore your choices and capacity for healing.

Healing circles are a safe and supportive space in which you can walk with others through these times. Each circle is a blend of sharing and silence, compassion and curiosity. Agreements ensure acceptance and confidentiality. We honor our own unique paths to healing and respect the choices of others.

Healing circles are offered at no charge. If you’re able, we invite you to make a gift to help cover the cost of participating.
  • $12 covers the cost of your participation in one circle
  • $24 covers your participation in one circle and pays it forward for another participant

Living with cancer

We invite you to join a Living with Cancer circle. These circles are ongoing and limited to 10 participants. Although circles are free, donations are gratefully accepted.


Living with Cancer in Europe

Second and fourth Mondays beginning May 22
6:00PM to 7:30PM Central European Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 16

Every Wednesday
5:00PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing Together 17

Every Thursday
4:30PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 1

Every Monday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 2

Every Thursday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 3

Every Monday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 4

Second and fourth Wednesday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 6

Second and fourth Saturday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 7

Every Monday
11:00AM to 12:30PM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 8

Every Tuesday
5:00PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 9

Every Tuesday (except the fifth Tuesday of the month)
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 10

Every Tuesday
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time

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Living with Cancer: Healing together 15

Every Monday
12:00PM to 1:30PM Pacific Time

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Reflections from our community

Please note

Healing circles are groups of peers who support one another through deep listening and compassion. Circle participants abide by agreements, including agreements around confidentiality. The volunteers who host healing circles do not provide medical or psychotherapeutic advice or treatment. Participation in a healing circle does not replace the care provided by a qualified healthcare professional.

Spotlight

Caring for a loved one who is living with cancer

This ongoing healing circle is for those who are caring for a loved ones who has cancer. Together, we create a safe community drawing upon the power of partnership and compassion, where each of us listens and is listened to deeply and generously. We cultivate an environment of safety, sanctuary, and trust; give ourselves space to embrace our common paths; and allow the gates to open to profound learning and healing.


Caring for a loved one with cancer

First and Third Thursday
7:00PM to 8:30PM Pacific Time

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Leben mit Krebs

Wenn Sie erst kürzlich eine Krebsdiagnose erhalten haben, wenn Sie mitten in einer Krebsbehandlung sind oder diese bereits abgeschlossen haben, oder wenn Sie schon eine Weile mit einer Krebserkrankung leben, laden wir Sie ein an unserem Healing Circle (Gesprächskreis) teilzunehmen. Oft nehmen Betroffene sich in Anwesenheit von Partnern, Familienmitgliedern, Freunden, Ärzten, und anderen unbewusst zurück weil sie niemanden mit ihren Ängsten und Gefühlen belasten oder keinen falschen Eindruck erwecken wollen. Viele Menschen, die an Krebs erkrankt sind, wünschen sich einen Ort der Ruhe in diesem plötzlichen Sturm der Emotionen, der Entscheidungen, und Veränderungen—eine kleine Insel zum Auftanken, eine Atempause um wieder zu sich selbst zu finden. Ziel des Healing Circle ist, dass Sie sich durch Gemeinschaft mit anderen Betroffenen und deren Erleben verstanden, angenommen, und gestärkt fühlen. Der Gesprächskreis dauert 90 Minuten, und wir sprechen deutsch.


Leben mit Krebs: Zusammen Heilen

Jeden 1. und 3. Montag
6:00PM to 7:30PM Central European Time

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The healing power of community

In this video, members and hosts of Living with Cancer circles describe the impact that healing circles have on their lives.

Resources

Here are some resources offered by other Commonweal programs that you might find helpful: