Love Letters to Our Bodies

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A Contemplative Workshop for African American Women Living with Cancer & Cancer Survivors

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Presented in Collaboration with 

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Made Possible by

Lloyd Symington Foundation


According to the American Cancer Society, the incidence of cancer (those who are diagnosed with the disease) in the United States is highest in African Americans. About 224,080 new cancer cases and 73,680 cancer deaths are expected to occur among Black people in 2022.


African Americans have poorer health outcomes with cancer.  For instance, statistics from the National Cancer Institute’s “Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program” reveal that:

  • Blacks/African Americans have higher death rates than all other racial/ethnic groups for many cancer types.

  • Despite having similar rates of breast cancer, Black/African American women are more likely than White women to die of the disease.

  • Hispanic/Latino and Black/African American women have higher rates of cervical cancer than women of other racial/ethnic groups, with Black/African American women having the highest rates of death from the disease.


The incidence of cancer (those who are diagnosed with the disease) in the United States is highest in African Americans.  We each can make a contribution to improving these statistics from understanding contributing factors, helping loved ones navigate their fears, trauma and suffering, providing comfort, researching and sharing helpful information, encouraging lifestyle changes and early medical care or participation in clinical trials. 


We all have extensive connections with African American women through personal networks. Someone’s mother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, lover, or friend has cancer. Reach out through your personal networks to reach as many women as possible.  

Don't Miss This!  3 Ways to Attend!!!


Refreshments Onsite 

Attend In Person

May 14 &15 - DC

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Eastern

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in  Washington, D.C.


Attend Online

June 11& 12 -  Oakland ONLINE

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Pacific

In Collaboration with Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, CA 


Attend Online

11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Pacific


Advanced Registration and Participation Commitment Required


Treat yourself to this eight-hour workshop offered in two four-hour sessions.  Thanks to the generous support of the LLOYD SYMINGTON FOUNDATION there is no cost to participants. We will explore the stories our bodies hold compassionately through contemplation, meditation & ritual.  These stories will be the impetus for the"Love Letters to our Bodies."

What You Will Receive 

Each participant will craft her Love Letter for inclusion in a booklet. Select letters also will be recorded along with meditations to support you on your journey.   Online participants will receive a pdf  of the booklet. In-person participants will receive a printed booklet. All participants will receive an mp3 file of the recorded Love Letters and specific meditations to support you on your journey.