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 [email protected] or (415) 885-7225.

Due to popular patient demand, many of the Art for Recovery Program workshops have currently reached maximum capacity. The Art for Recovery team continues to explore and enhance the expressive arts program to minimize patient wait time to participate. Those requesting to enroll in a workshop that has reached maximum capacity will be placed on the workshop’s waitlist and so informed.


Open Art Studio - IN PERSON

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Clinical Artist, Manager Art for Recovery
Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Space is limited, reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]

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
Email [email protected]


HeART and Music Workshop

Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Patrice Haan, AFR Harper & 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.


Musical Oasis: Healing Music

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Online Drop-in via Zoom for Patients, Staff & Caregivers

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 spirit. This is a safe space for participants to listen, meditate, write or create art independently. 


Expressive Healing: an Online Music & Creativity Workshop

Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Creative Writer, and Patrice Haan, Harper
This is a 6-week Workshop | Wednesdays, 11:00 - 12:30 pm | Online via Zoom

This 6-week creative workshop offers adult patients who have had cancer, the medicine of music and a chance to articulate their experience through artistic expression, exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. Each session will include time for music, inspiring readings/writing prompts, personal reflection, creative expression with your artistic medium of choice, and group sharing. No artistic experience required.


Healing with Writing: An Online Writing Workshop

Thursdays, 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

Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.


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

Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 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.