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 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: 12PM EST January 27th 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read an excerpt from the essay “Damage” by Wendell Berry, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about what is enough.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below…

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST January 23rd 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “Lines for Winter ” by Mark Strand, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about the tune your bones play.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote…

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST January 20th 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read an excerpt from the essay “Damage” by Wendell Berry, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about a time you tried to repair something.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share…

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 15 Ιανουαρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EET

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Ζωγραφική: Μαρία Φιλοπούλου, “Κολυμβητές κάτω από το νερό” (2016) Θέμα: “Γράψτε γι’ αυτό που βρίσκεται κάτω από την επιφάνεια” 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…

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST January 13th 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at a performance titled “Celui qui tombe” by Yoann Bourgeois, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about falling down OR  Write about a time you took a stand.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again!…

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST January 9th 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at the painting “The Family, 1988” by  Paula Rego, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about a moment of power or powerlessness.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged…

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST December 16th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade” by Brad Aaron Modlin from Everyone at This Party Has Two Names, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about what you had to learn on your own.” More…

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST December 12th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about happiness.” 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”), to keep…

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 11 Δεκεμβρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EET

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. κείμενο: Μαίρη Όλιβερ, “Ύπνος στο δάσος” (μετάφραση: Κώστας Λιννός) θέμα: Περιγράψτε (με λέξεις ή σχέδιο) το πώς φαντάζεστε την επόμενη μέρα 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…

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST December 9th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at the painting “Room in New York” by Edward Hopper, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about being alone together.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share…

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