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.

Yoga for Wellness 

Date: Every Monday
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Location: Foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, second floor, Moores Cancer Center
Facilitator: Nan Comstock
Call: 858-531-7234

Drop-in "gentle yoga" class for cancer patients, survivors, and family members. This adaptive yoga class modified to each participant's ability (use a yoga mat or sit in a chair) and appropriate for beginners. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat if you are able to use one. 

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
Call: 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

Next Series: 8 week series begins Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Dates and Time: Mondays, 4– 6 p.m.
Facilitator: Alessandra Colfi
Contact: Alessandra Colfi, 858-735-5708 or email

Create an expression of your cancer experience using a variety of artistic media. It is free for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, but registration is required.

The next series will be Aug. 11 to October 6, 2014, and focuses self-exploration and self-expression in a safe and non-judgmental, communal environment while creating mixed-media cards and decorating a box as a symbolic container with personal expressions of your cancer experience.  Registration is required. Contact Alessandra Colfi at 858-735-5708 or by email.   

Writing Through Cancer

Next Course: 10-week series begins Friday, September 19, 2014
Dates and Times: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sharon Bray, Ed.D
Registration: 858-246-0223 or spilgrim@ucsd.edu 

An expressive writing program for people living with cancer. Join us to write together in a safe and supportive community of other cancer patients and survivors. We meet each week to explore and share our stories of the cancer experience. But why write? Research shows it’s good for you — it improves coping ability, helps you make sense of complex emotions, gain perspective and overcome the sense of isolation that sometimes accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

The course is led by Sharon Bray, Ed.D, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer and the blog http://writingthroughcancer.com

Insomnia Treatment Group

Next Course: 5-week series begins Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Dates and Times: Mondays, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Lavinia Fiorentino, PhD
Registration: 858-222-5381

This group is led by a clinical psychologist who specializes in non-medication treatment for sleep issues. It may be appropriate if you have any of these issues: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; waking up in the mornings not feeling refreshed; poor sleep impacting how you feel and function during the day; want to avoid or minimize medication for sleep.

Couples Workshop

Next date: Aug. 1, 2014, noon to 5 p.m.
Facilitator: Wanda Garner, marriage and family therapist
Call: 858-822-5381 (Patient & Family Support Services)

"Cancer, Couples and Communication" is a free seminar for cancer patients and their spouses or partners. Offered twice per year, it is intended to benefit relationships and decrease depression, anxiety, pain, and the need for hospitalization.  To register, call 858-822-5381.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

An eight-week course designed to cultivate greater attention and awareness, based on the stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. 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.