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Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Art Therapy

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy offer patients an opportunity to express their emotions while reducing stress, anxiety, and fear. For some the creative process is a form of communication and self expression while for others it is a chance to relax and leave cancer behind. Art therapy can include painting, dance, sculpting, photography, writing, music, collage, knitting, anything that allows for creative expression.

Wellness Classes

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of Wellness programs to support patients from diagnosis, through treatment and life after treatment. Most programs are offered free-of-charge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wellness classes are currently being offered online via Zoom. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness programs & classes and how to register, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678. To view the full, up to date schedule of programs, see the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center calendar.

Finding Joy Through Painting

Learn how the creative process can develop joy by exploring self-expression through painting.   Please let us know if you need painting supplies and we will send you paint, paper and brushes.

Schedule: Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Knitting Together

This online knitting circle is intended to bring us together to enjoy the creative process as well as the each other’s company. No experience or supplies necessary.

Schedule: Wednesdays 11:00am - 12:00 noon

Books at the Resource Library

These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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