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.

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:
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Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
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  • Polish language sessions will resume in October, after summer break! / Polskie wirtualne grupy narracyjne wracają po przerwie wakacyjnej już w październiku!

Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
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  • Il prossimo laboratorio è previsto per il 5 settembre. A settembre!

Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
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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 EDT August 10th 2020

Thirty people Zoom-gathered this evening from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, India and several states in the USA. Today, we “close looked” at a new kind of text: a mural found in the city of Philadelphia titled “Everything the Light Touches,” designed by Brad Carney with The U School students, and painted with Asociacion Puertorriquenos en … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT August 5th 2020

Our text was a top-view photograph of  Placebo VIII (2018) by Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant. It is described as a “custom display cabinet with custom printed paper, metal and plastic containers,”  33 x 45.5 x 4 inch. For two minutes we gazed in silence at the art, then opened a dialogue with “What do we … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT August 3rd 2020

Twenty people from around the globe: Canada, Chile, India, and the northeast USA: MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA gathered in our narrative Clearing to piece together possible meanings in a nineteen-line poem by Mary Oliver. “The Summer Day” slowed us, focused us into moments of deep awareness in the presence of the speaker–someone heard as … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 1 agosto dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi avuti con noi! Abbiamo esaminato insieme la fotografia “«MiRelLa»” di Fausto Podavini, che trovate alla fine della pagina.   Poi, abbiamo scritto al prompt: “Specchio, specchio delle mie brame…”(continua tu) Al più presto, condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della sessione. Vi invitiamo a visitare di nuovo questa pagina nei prossimi giorni. Se avete … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: sábado 1 agosto, 14:00 EST

¡Tuvimos otra sesión en español y nos fue muy bien. Atendieron 16 participantes en total representando Chile, España, Estados Unidos, y Argentina. Varios asistían a estas sesiones por primera vez. Nuestro texto fue “Entre ir y quedarse” de Octavio Paz, publicado a continuación. Dos voluntarios leyeron el poema en voz alta. Desde el principio, los … Read More

Wirtualna Grupa Narracyjna: Czwartek 30 lipca, 18:00 CET

{English Below} Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy wzięli udział w dzisiejszej, ostatniej w te wakacje, grupie narracyjnej! Wspólnie uważnie przyjrzeliśmy się jednemu z kolaży Herty Müller o incipicie „[na granicy spytał mnie ten]” ze zbioru „Ojciec rozmawia telefonicznie z muchami”. Inspiracja do kreatywnego pisania brzmiała: „Niedopasowane części”. Praca dzisiejszej grupy wyraźnie odwzorowywała formę zaproponowanego tekstu – była … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT July 29th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for the session was “Instructions on Not Giving Up” by Ada Limón. Our prompt was: “Write your own instructions for not giving up.” More details will be posted on this session soon, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Τρίτη 28 Ιουλίου, 7 m.m. EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Το κείμενό μας για σήμερα ήταν: Ρούλη Μπούα, «Γυρίζοντας την πλάτη στο μέλλον» Θέμα: Γράψτε για τη φορά που είδατε το μέλλον 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 … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT July 27th 2020

Twenty-three people gathered together via Zoom to close-read Charles Simic’s 1938 poem “In the Library” and, after discussing the text, write to a prompt. 96% of participants revealed, via the NM survey, that they have participated in four or more of these NM live, virtual sessions, which, again tonight, brought together people from three continents. … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 25 luglio dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi avuti con noi! Abbiamo letto insieme la poesia “Monet rifiuta l’operazione” di Lisel Mueller, che trovate alla fine della pagina. Abbiamo analizzato anche i quadri di Monet della Cattedrale Rouen. Poi, abbiamo scritto al prompt: “Dipingi un mondo in flusso”. Al più presto, condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della sessione. Vi … Read More

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