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.

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. We have an advanced registration process for these sessions. We regret that this adds a few steps and a little advanced planning to participating, but preserving the safety of the communal space is our top priority.

*UPDATE TO REGISTRATION PROCESS* 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. We are able to offer this change due to the latest Zoom updates, and we are hoping this slightly streamlines the process to register and join.

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.

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:
κάντε κλικ εδώ για περισσότερες πληροφορίες


Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
Kliknij tutaj po więcej informacji


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


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


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:

Wirtualne Grupy Narracyjne: Wtorek 7 lipca, 18:00 CET

Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy wzięli udział w dzisiejszej grupie narracyjnej! Wspólnie uważnie wsłuchaliśmy się w utwór Stephane’a Wrembela zatytułowany „Nympheas (Lilie wodne), pochodzący z płyty „The Django Experiment V” – dostępny tutaj. Inspiracja do kreatywnego pisania brzmiała: „Napisz o czymś, co chciałbyś/abyś usłyszeć lub o czymś, czego nie chciałbyś/abyś usłyszeć.”. Dzisiejsza praca odbywała się pod hasłem … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT July 8th 2020

Today’s session welcomed 31 participants from around the United States and around the world, but most of us were sharing the experience of muggy air and, in Bristol, UK, even heavy rain – with the exception of Palo Alto, California, where sunshine abounded. Lucky Palo Alto!  After our usual 10-second centering exercise, we read silently the … Read More

Wirtualne Grupy Narracyjne: Czwartek 2 lipca, 18:00 CET

Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy wzięli udział w dzisiejszej grupie narracyjnej!Wspólnie uważnie przyjrzeliśmy się zdjęciu Umbo (Otto Umbehra) „Tajemnica ulicy (Mysterium der Straße)”, którego reprodukcję zamieszczamy poniżej. Inspiracja do kreatywnego pisania brzmiała: „Odpowiedz na pytanie ulicy”. Wypowiedziana w tytule fotografii tajemnica wydawała się być w czasie dzisiejszej sesji silną motywacją do odkrycia niewiadomego. Praca była wymagająca, a … Read More

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

On Monday July 6, 2020 28 participants, including a handful of newcomers, came together from all across  the USA, as well as Canada, New Zealand, UK, and India. The text we read together was “Bring Me the Sunflower So I Can Transplant It” by Eugenio Montale. After listening to two different voices read the poem … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 4 luglio dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi qui con noi! Abbiamo letto insieme il testo “Con gli occhi del nemico” di David Grossman (allegato al termine di questa pagina)   In seguito, abbiamo usato il prompt “Caro nemico, ti scrivo…” Condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della sessione nei prossimi giorni; vi invitiamo a rivisitare questa pagina nei prossimi giorni! … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT July 1st 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Together we closely looked at the painting Historias de Nuestros Condominios (Stories of our Condos) by Ignacio Iturria, posted below. After a brief moment of silence, during which we centered ourselves in preparation for our close viewing exercise, we all turned our focus to the painting. … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT June 29th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text was the poem “Heroes” by Rita Dove, posted below. Our prompt was to begin your writing with the line “it’s too late for apologies…” More details on this session will be posted soon, so please check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 28 Ιουνίου, 6 m.m. EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Το κείμενό μας για σήμερα ήταν: «Η παλιά αβρότητα» (Ουίλιαμ Κάρλος Ουίλιαμς, Ιστορίες Ενός Γιατρού. 1984. Μτφρ. Ειρήνη Παπαθανασίου. Εκδ. Αρμός, 2020) Θέμα: Γράψτε για ένα σκίρτημα Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: sábado 27 junio, 14:00 EST

Tuvimos nuestra segunda sesión en español resultó muy enriquecedora! Atendieron 20 participantes en total, representando a estados locales (incluyendo NJ y NY) y otros países (incluyendo Chile, España, Argentina, Uruguay, Reino Unido y República Dominicana). Para varios de los participantes éste era su primer acercamiento a la Medicina Narrativa. Nuestro texto fue “Alma Ausente” de … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 27 giugno dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi qui con noi! Abbiamo studiato insieme il quadro di Pablo Picasso, “Joie di Vivre” (1946) e un estratto dal libro di Francesco Piccolo, “Momenti di trascurabile felicità”  (entrambi allegati al termine di questa pagina).   In seguito, abbiamo usato il prompt “Racconta un momento di trascurabile felicità”. Condivideremo ulteriori dettagli … Read More

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