Live Virtual Group Sessions in English, Italian, Greek, Spanish, & Polish

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. **Please note: The United States moves clocks one hour later to end Daylight Savings Time on November 7th, so all times for English Sessions after that date are in EST. Please be sure to confirm your current time difference when joining the next sessions!**

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


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


Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
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Polish Language Sessions/Wirtualne Sesje Narracyjne w języku polskim
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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 EST November 22nd 2021 

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close-read the poem A Map to the Next World by Joy Harjo, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Draw (with words) a map to a next world.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 20 de Noviembre, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Hicimos una lectura atenta de Trailer para los juegos paralímpicos 2024, un video con el título, “Athletes of the Gesture”: coreografía de Sadeck Berrabah (Sadeck Waff) con música de Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid). La propuesta de escritura fue “Soy único pero con otros…”  Aquí, ahora alentamos a los participantes que si así lo desean, compartan lo … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 19th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we listened to the spoken word performance of the poem Forsaken Sea by Sekou Sundiata, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “We do not believe…” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 17th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close-read the poem Study the Masters by Lucille Clifton, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about dreams.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), to keep … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 15th 2021 

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read an excerpt from the novel Bewilderment by Richard Powers, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about what was enough because you saw it.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 12th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close-read the poem Deer Dance Exhibition by Ofelia Zepeda, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Question…” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), to keep the conversation … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 5PM EST November 10th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we closely looked at two photos Knowing the Way to Tomorrow and Who Knows Tomorrow by Aida Muluneh, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about the possibility of tomorrow.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 8th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close-read the poem Baruch Spinoza by Jorge Luis Borges, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “In the margins of the manuscript, leave a message for the philosopher.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 6 de noviembre, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Asistieron 8 participantes desde Argentina, Chile, España, y Estados Unidos. Tuvimos una sesión muy divertida en español. Hicimos una lectura atenta de una fotografía con el título, “Dos Dimensiones”, de Andi Halil, Indonesia. El carácter multifacético de la fotografía despertó múltiples lecturas en los participantes. Lo primero que notamos fue que era en blanco y … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT November 5th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close-read the poem  “For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet” by Joy Harjo, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about wandering in your human feet.” More details on this session will be posted, … Read More

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