University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Art Support Groups

Art Support Groups are funded in part by The Auxiliary at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center and the many generous friends of Art For Recovery.


Creative Wellbeing: Expressive Arts & Mindfulness Group

Facilitated by Jena Leake, PhD, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist

Explore creative ways to cultivate wellbeing, self-care and resilience. We will engage in simple art-making, writing and mindfulness practices to help us navigate the challenges and uncertainties we are living. Each session will include a time for personal reflection, creative expression, group sharing, and mindful practices to support wellbeing in everyday life. No previous art experience necessary. We encourage you to work with simple materials, such as pen and paper or a small selection of your favorite art mediums.

Healing with Writing: An Online Writing Workshop

Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, MA, Writer, Art for Recovery

This writing workshop offers adult cancer survivors a chance to express themselves through writing, exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, & peace. It's a chance to connect to community, to remember we’re not alone, and to tap into our innate wisdom, knowing, and understanding to creatively face our unique experiences of life. No writing experience required.

Open Art Studio

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Clinical Artist, Manager Art for Recovery

This group is an opportunity to explore deep feelings of anger, loss, pain and hope through music, creativity and peer support. No artistic skill is required. This group is an opportunity for you to share your story. Experience the lives and stories of others as well as to support each other creatively.

Wild Writing

Facilitated by Laurie Wagner, Writer, Art for Recovery

Write authentically and freely in this supportive on-line community. We’ll explore the stories we are living as we write in response to poetic prompts, discovering how to let go of our inner critic and write from the heart of our daily experiences. No writing experience necessary.

Individual Expressive Arts Sessions

Scheduled by Appointment - Online via Zoom