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 for our global community, 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, which 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

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations for a session, please contact please contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu at least 10 days in advance of the event. We will do our best to arrange accommodations received after this deadline but cannot guarantee them.

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 forward to start Daylight Savings Time on March 13th, so all times for English Sessions after that date are in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). Please be sure to confirm your current time difference when joining the next sessions! Check this time zone converter to confirm any time differences**

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


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


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


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


Polish Language Sessions/Wirtualne Sesje Narracyjne w języku polskim
Kliknij tutaj po więcej informacji


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 28th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at the image “Desert Spirits” by Spencer Tunick, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about being part of a group.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 20 Νοεμβρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EET

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Ζωγραφική: Η μητέρα μου (Ελένη Μιχαλακοπούλου) Θέμα: Γράψτε γι’ αυτό που μας συνδέει. 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 … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 18th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “Remember” by Joy Harjo, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about what you remember.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 14th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “Heart On Fire” by Ada Limón, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about getting in trouble.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 7th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “At Blackwater Pond” by Mary Oliver, posted below.  Our prompt was: “The beautiful thing that just happened is…” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 6 Νοεμβρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EET

Δεκαεπτά συμμετέχουσες/-οντες από διάφορες περιοχές της Ελλάδας και της Κύπρου συναντήθηκαν για να συζητήσουν το διήγημα της Έλενας Πέγκα «Δέρμα» (από τη συλλογή διηγημάτων Σφιχτές ζώνες και άλλα δέρματα — εκδ. Άγρα 2011). Τέσσερις εξ αυτών προσφέρθηκαν να διαβάσουν το κείμενο ανά ζεύγη, κι έτσι να ζωντανέψουν το διάλογο των δύο χαρακτήρων του διηγήματος με … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT November 4th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read an excerpt from “This Here Flesh” by Cole Arthur Riley, posted below.  Our prompt was: Start with “I will not apologize…” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 30 Οκτωβρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EET

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Δεκαέξι συμμετέχουσες και συμμετέχοντες από Αθήνα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Ιωάννινα, Λευκωσία, Ουτρέχτη κ.α. συναντήθηκαν για να συζητήσουν ένα απόσπασμα από το μυθιστόρημα Ο Ανήφορος, του Νίκου Καζαντζάκη, με αφορμή την δημοσίευσή του, για πρώτη φορά, εβδομήντα πέντε χρόνια μετά τη συγγραφή του: ο Κοσμάς συναντά τον γιατρό, ξετυλίγει μπροστά … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT October 28th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at the painting “Strange Shadows (Shadows and Substance)” by Gertrude Abercrombie, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about what’s hidden or revealed in a shadow.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 24th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read the poem An Old Story by Tracy K. Smith, posted below.  Our prompt was: “ Write about a color that has made you weep. ” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged … Read More

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