University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Fall 2020 Online Programs

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

To register or for more information, please contact ArtforRecovery@ucsf.edu or (415) 885-7225.


Art for Musical Meditation Group

Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Patrice Haan, AFR Harpist & Amy Van Cleve Program Manager

Join healing harpist, Patrice Haan, for a musical journey of art and meditation. 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 and group sharing. 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. Let the music be your guide to recharge your body, mind and spirit.

HeART & Soul: Expressive Arts Group

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Online via Zoom 
Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, AFR Program Manager & Mary Watson, AFR Harpist

In this online art studio, we’ll gather weekly in a supportive community to explore art-making, writing and creative strategies for living with cancer. Each session will include a time for personal reflection, expressive art-making and group sharing. This group is for anyone interested in exploring creative expression for healing, peer support and self care. There will be lots of freedom to experiment with artful projects while working with whatever art materials you have available in your home – even if it’s just a pen and paper. No artistic or writing experience necessary – just an open heart to create and connect.

Healing with Writing: An Online Writing Workshop

Thursdays, Monthly Series, 10:00 - 11:30 am | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, 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.

Wild Writing

Session 1: Tuesdays, September 22 – October 13, 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Online via Zoom
Session 2: Tuesdays, November 3 – December 1, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Facilitated by Laurie Wagner, Writer, Art for Recovery 

Write authentically and freely in this supportive online 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.

Musical Meditation

(Drop In – Patients, Staff & Caregivers)
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Online via Zoom

Join healing harpist, Patrice Haan, for a musical journey of rest and rejuvenation. Let the music be your guide to recharge your body, mind and spirt. Patients and staff are welcome to drop in at any time during the hour to enjoy this musical oasis of self care.

Serenade Series

(Drop In – Patients, Staff & Caregivers)
Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Enjoy musical storytelling with Jim Murdoch. With 20+ years of playing music for patients at UCSF, Jim’s Serenade Series is an invitation to connect with others through music. We welcome you to sing along, bring your own instrument to play, or simply to tune in and listen at your leisure.

Writing w/ Music Workshop for Men: Creative Community Connection & Support

Tuesdays, Monthly Series, 3:00 - 4:30 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, MA, Creative Writer & Jim Murdoch, Musician

This workshop offers men a chance to creatively connect with others affected by cancer in mutual emotional support and encouragement. At the intersection of music and writing, in community, we explore themes like hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. It offers a weekly reminder that we’re not alone, and communal support to help us tap into our innate wisdom, knowing, and understanding to creatively face our unique experiences of life. No writing or musical experience required Our team of artists, writers and musicians invite you to join us online for inspiration and connection

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.

Individual Expressive Arts Sessions

Scheduled by Appointment | Online via Zoom