Live Virtual Group Sessions

In attempt to foster social connections and offer space for engagement and reflection during these uncertain times, we are offering virtual versions of traditional narrative medicine group work, live via Zoom.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Register using the links below. You will receive confirmation at the time of your registration with the information and link to join. Please be sure to save this information for access at the time of the meeting. You will be able to register up to 15 minutes before the start of the session, after which registrations may not be approved for security reasons. Please join sessions promptly by the start time, as we will be locking each session after a 5-minute grace period to make the space as secure as possible. We are using a tool called Zoom for Healthcare, rolled out recently at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Zoom for Healthcare is a HIPAA, PIPEDA & PHIPA compliant video conferencing software with secure, real-time encrypted messaging.

Also, to be sure you are able to participate fully and with ease, it is helpful to ensure you have the latest version of Zoom installed, which you can access here: https://zoom.us/download

The next live virtual sessions are scheduled for the following times (with more to be added, so check back for updates). All are welcome to any of the language sessions.

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
κάντε κλικ εδώ για περισσότερες πληροφορίες


Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
Kliknij tutaj po więcej informacji


Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
Cliccare qui per più informazione

Da febbraio in poi, i laboratori avranno luogo il primo sabato del mese:


Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
Haga clic aquí para más información

  • Nuestra próxima sesión es el sábado 6 marzo, 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC): inscríbete aqui

As always, each session will be led by trained narrative medicine facilitators and will offer group connection and reflection through a text, image, or music for up to 100 participants. Groups will read and examine the work closely and discuss what we see, with the facilitators offering guidance and background. There will be opportunities for reflective writing and sharing what is written. We continue to hope these hour-long sessions might offer a moment of solace and space, along with an opportunity for reflection and connection with others. 

We also encourage you to check back here following sessions, as we will post a follow-up to each live session with the materials and prompts used, and you will have the opportunity to post your writing and respond to others there.

We would love to learn more about your experience of these sessions, so if you’re able, please take the time to fill out a follow-up survey of two quick questions!

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a personalized narrative medicine session for your organization or team, email us at narrativemedicine@cumc.columbia.edu.


Be sure to follow our social media pages for updates as well, and check back here frequently for updates!


See posts from previous sessions below:

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST march 1st 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we watched a performance of “Found/Tonight” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about your part in the fight.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Πέμπτη 25 Φεβρουαρίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Κείμενο: Κατερίνα Γώγου, «σημείωμα της άλλης μέρας» (από τη συλλογή Ιδιώνυμο, 1980) Θέμα: “Γράψτε ένα σημείωμα που θα θέλατε να είχατε στείλει” Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας παρακάτω. Καλούμε … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST February 24th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was the poem Pink Hydrangea by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Walter Arndt, paired with the painting “Pink Hydrangea” by Ephraim Rubenstein. Both posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about a color-filled moment.” More details on this session will be posted, … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST February 22nd 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was “The Mississippi River Empties Into the Gulf” by Lucille Clifton, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about standing on the edge.“ More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST February 17th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we watched a performance of “Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy, posted below. Our prompt was to begin your writing with the word: “Somewhere…“ More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST February 10th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text was an excerpt from The Overstory by Richard Powers, posted below. Our prompt was: Describe a time you traveled everywhere, just by holding still. More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST February 8th 2021

27 participants, at least 3 new, Zoomed in from snow country: IL, ME, MI, NJ, NY, PA, and Canada. We are not sure how it was in Ireland and the UK but know it was warmer in TX. All gathered around the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, a poem of waking on cold … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή, 7 Φεβρουαρίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Κείμενο: Λούλα Αναγνωστάκη, Η Διανυκτέρευση (1965) Θέμα: “Γράψτε για ένα χτύπημα στην πόρτα”. Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας παρακάτω. Καλούμε όλες και όλους που συμμετείχατε να μοιραστείτε όσα γράψατε κατά τη … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 6 de febrero, 13:00 EST

REUNIÓN DEL  06/FEBRERO/2021 Nos reunimos 18 participantes de ambos lados del Atlántico: EE. UU., Chile y España. Hicimos una lectura atenta de la obra de Frida Kahlo, “El venado herido”, de 1946. La riqueza de la pintura despertó múltiples lecturas en los participantes. Hablamos del dolor físico, de la elección de un animal que no … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 6 febbraio dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi qui con noi! Abbiamo letto insieme la poesia “Io è tanti” di Chandra Livia Candiani (allegato al termine di questa pagina)   In seguito, abbiamo usato il prompt “Io è…”. Condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della sessione nei prossimi giorni; vi invitiamo a rivisitare questa pagina nei prossimi giorni! Invitiamo i partecipanti … Read More

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