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:

  • Monday January 11th, 2021 at 6pm EST: Register Here
  • Wednesday January 13th, 2021 at 12pm EST: Register Here
  • Monday January 18th, 2021 at 6pm EST: Register Here
  • **We will not hold a session Wednesday January 20th at 12pm as it directly conflicts with the Presidential Inauguration**
  • Monday January 25th, 2021 at 6pm EST: Register Here
  • Wednesday January 27th, 2021 at 12pm EST: Register Here

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


Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
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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 febrero, 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:

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Τετάρτη 20 Ιανουαρίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία.  Ποίημα: Νίκος Καρούζος, “Διερώτηση για να μην κάθομαι άεργος” (Συλλογή: Δυνατότητες και Χρήση της Ομιλίας, 1979).  Θέμα: “Γράψτε για κάτι που ποτέ στ’ αλήθεια δεν μάθατε”. Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST January 18th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text was the poem “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander, posted below. Our prompt was “Write a praise song for struggle.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back soon! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 16 de Enero, 13:00 EST

El texto que elegimos para esta sesión fue “Proverbios y cantares (XXIX)” por Antonio Machado y “Cantares” por Joan Manuel Serrat. “Escribe acerca de un camino.” Por favor, únase a nosotros para nuestra próxima sesión en español, con fecha por anunciar, con más oportunidades de sesiones en otros idiomas listadas en nuestra página de sesiones … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST January 13th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! We had 24 participants of which 4 were first time attendees. The text was the painting “The Gate” by David Hockney, but the title was not revealed until the end of our close reading session. All participants were asked to spend 2 minutes to slowly … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST January 11th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text was an excerpt from the chapter “Birth” from “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman, posted below. Our prompt was a choice between “Describe a space of new beginnings” or “Write about being at ground level.” More details will … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 10 Ιανουαρίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία.  Ζωγραφική: “Εσωτερικό” (Τάσος Χώνιας) Θέμα: “Γράψτε για τη φορά που μπήκατε σε/βγήκατε από ένα δωμάτιο” ή “Ζωγραφίστε ένα ιδιαίτερο δωμάτιο” 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: 12pm EST December 23rd 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our last workshop of 2020 included a community of 25 new and returning participants from theUS, Canada, the UK, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Portugal, Greece, France, and Turkey. To help immerse themselves in today’s text (“Molly Sweeney” by Irish playwright Brian Friel)the group was invited to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST December 21st 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session, we read an excerpt from Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, posted below. Our prompt was: Write about light and darkness. Twenty-two participants, at least two new people, from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States were joined this evening … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST December 16th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session, we returned to another excerpt from the graphic novel “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan. Our prompt was: Write about a place you’ve left behind. More details about this session will be posted soon, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST December 14th 2020

17 participants from MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, Montreal and United Kingdom joined us today for our Monday session. Today, we welcomed three new participants! All together, we close-looked the painting “Before the Shot” by Norman Rockwell (you can find it at the end of this blog). Our Zoom room filled with many smiles as … Read More

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