Partnering with Center for Colon Cancer Research of USC

Healing Icons® is partnering with Dr. Frank Berger and The Center for Colon Cancer Research of USC to provide a series of arts and healing workshops for colon cancer survivors this fall. There will be no cost for participants to take part in these workshops due to the generous underwriting of CCCR!


A Holistic Approach to Healing

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a deeply jarring experience that ushers the cancer patient into a world of overwhelming psycho-social and spiritual issues. In this summer’s CURE magazine, the article “Vital Signs: Recognizing and Managing Distress” speaks to the importance of healing the whole person, not just the body:

Most of the time, negative emotional responses to cancer, such as vulnerability and sadness, are normal, manageable and temporary. But for more than one-third of patients, cancer instills an avalanche of fear, anger and anxiety that takes over and doesn’t go away, intensifying the experience. Experts call this response “distress,” and it is an increasing focus of comprehensive cancer care.


Many doctors have come to accept that treating distress will not only improve the quality of life for people living with cancer but will also enhance treatment adherence, hasten recovery times and even lower healthcare costs. In fact, so much support has coalesced around the value of recognizing distress that, starting in 2015, more than 1,500 cancer centers in the nation will need to screen patients for distress to maintain their accreditation with the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Art Therapy for Colon Cancer Survivors

We need more than medicine to heal. The creative act ushers us past verbal expression into a silent realm full of color, shape, texture and image. Within this world, a different kind of strength and healing is accessed where anxiety and distress loosens its hold. Absolutely no experience is needed to participate in Healing Icons® offerings!



Who: Adult colon cancer survivors


What: A series of art & healing workshops


When: You may register for one or all three! Absolutely no experience is required!

Thursday, September 26th from 1pm – 5pm

Mandalas for Centering Strength

Thursday, October 10th from 1pm – 5pm

Mandalas for Harvesting Gratitude

Thursday, October 24th from 1pm – 5pm

Mandalas for Restoring Balance

Where: The Lourie Center

1650 Park Circle   Columbia, SC   29201

Located near the intersection of Blossom and Pickens in Five Points, next to Maxcy Gregg Pool, adjacent to the beautiful University of South Carolina campus

Why: We need more than medicine to heal.

How: Register by email – [email protected] — or call Kendra at 777-1231

More information

About your instructors:

Heidi Darr-Hope, founder of Healing Icons®, has been a visual artist for over 40 years and has ushered thousands of cancer patients through the Art of Survival.

Christy Clonts, of Wisdom Scout Coaching and Ceremonies, is a holistic life coach, life cycle celebrant®, writer and teacher.

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