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Community of Practice – November Recap

On Tuesday evening we met at the Lucky Labrador Pub where we thought, talked, and wrote about “Place”. Pamela Pierce, an OHSU librarian, skillfully facilitated our time.

Community of Practice – October Recap

For our October gathering of the NWNMC Community of Practice, Liz Asch Greenhill (acupuncturist, visual artist, and writer) led participants in readings and exercises drawing on concepts from Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory. After a brief but well-rounded introduction to Chinese medicine and theory, we practiced.

September Recap – Creation Myths as Metaphor for Mundane Magic

Katy Liljeholm skillfully led the workshop, Creation Myths as Metaphor for Mundane Magic. Ms. Liljeholm is a former Artistic Director of Well Arts and current oral historian for palliative care patients at Legacy Health Services. She immediately brought the group together and engaged us with her warm presence.

Community of Practice – August Recap

When we go through changes in the external situations of our lives, we also experience a process of internal transition as we come to terms with what change means for who we are and our place in the world.

Reflections on July’s Community of Practice

by Rebecca Harrison How often in our busy lives do we find we are unable to get to the essence of what we really need to ponder and care for in ourselves? With three simple questions “How are you feeling right now?”, “What is that about?” and “What do you want?”,  I found I could…

Community of Practice – June Recap

Northwest Narrative Medicine’s June Community of Practice was led by Cassandra Sagan, a Portland Interplay instructor. This workshop was joy filled and thoughtful. Nine of us “played” with Interplay forms and ex-forms around the theme of Narrative Medicine. Through vocalization, movement and dance we explored a theory about the basic cellular and body movements and then worked together…

Community of Practice – May Recap

Twenty-one people gathered Tuesday at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub for the inaugural Northwest Narrative Medicine Community of Practice. The environment was upbeat and casual and the participants were highly engaged. Gathered around a large table, facilitator Cara Olexa led the group in writing exercises, sharing, discussions and readings exploring the concept of “Fiction as…

Join the Patient Revolution – An Empowering Evening with Victor Montori

Victor Montori, founder of Patient Revolution, led a empowering discussion on Tuesday evening, reading excerpts from him book Why We Revolt: A patient revolution for careful and kind care. Clinicians, physicians and patients enjoyed his various and impassioned readings and discussions around our “industrial medicine” system from chapters titled: Blur, Greed, Elegance, Solidarity and even…

Narrative Medicine Writer’s Retreat

With busy Portland behind them, nine writers gathered in Mt. Hood-Parkdale, Oregon on Sunday, December 10th for a writer’s retreat. With Narrative Medicine as the focus, participants spent the day writing, sharing, and discussing. The day began with a rich discussion after reading a short story and a pair of poems. Participants commented that it…

Guest Blogger: Brianna Barrett

When That Illness From Your 20’s Becomes a Lifelong Artistic Mission Cancer survivor Brianna Barrett writes “After This Episode,” a short play about a young adult cancer survivor, to be played by a fellow cancer survivor at the NW Narrative Medicine Conference. Illness From Your 20’s Becomes a Lifelong Artistic Mission I want to change…

Guest Blogger: StoryCorps + OHSU

StoryCorps Legacy: Through the cancer journey with Josh You’ve likely heard the compelling conversations produced by StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. But did you know that StoryCorps has now partnered with OHSU to bring to life the stories…

Saeeda Wright and Bryce Olson talk about the inspiration behind teaming up together to Fight Against Cancer Through Song

Listen to the full story and the beautiful voice of Saeeda Wright. Bryce Olson is the keynote speaker for the 2017 NWNM Conference. Saeeda Wright and Bryce Olson will perform together at Story Beat LIVE! https://www.kgw.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/facts-the-band-and-narrative-medicine/283-2747906

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