Community Cafés

The virtual community cafés focus on a different wellness-related theme each month. We aim to address issues of social justice, diversity, and equity with regards to personal and community health. These conversations build community and collective wisdom and reinforce relationships developed in the individual residency classes. Residency students are required to attend four cafés. Non-residency students, alumni, and outside guests are invited to attend the cafés. All are welcome!

The cafés are held once a month on Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Please use this link to register for the any of the upcoming dates.

Whole Health Living Planning Committee:

Dr. Debra Kram-Fernandez
David Caso
Stacey Gallagher
Bhuwan Onta
Dr. Anamaria Ross

Spring 2022 Community Cafés:

Monday, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, and April 25. 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Zoom (link will be provided)
To register:

January 24 - Whole Health Living: Needs, Wants, and Changing Priorities  
Happy New Year! Every dimension of the Whole Health Living wellness wheel* offers seeds for reflection about where we have been and where we are heading. The past two years have provided us with obstacles to overcome. The positive aspect, if we can call it positive, is that we have begun to navigate uncharted waters, with increased inclusivity for many, as well as challenges for others who have limited access to resources. While all topics of the wellness wheel interconnect, perhaps financial health most affects our ability to pursue wellbeing. Our finances can impact how we address every aspect of our wellbeing. Please join us for a conversation about cultivating a positive relationship with money and finding a balance among our needs, wants and changing priorities. 

*Dimensions of the WHL Wellness Wheel: intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial, environmental, physical 

February 28 - Whole Health Living: Heartwarming Recipes for Winter Doldrums
Special guest and self-proclaimed Souper-Woman, Rebecca Bonanno, will be leading us off with a demo for soul warming soup-making. You will leave with a recipe and skills for nurturing yourself and others – whether you choose to become a soup-aficionado or simply engage as a grand eater of soups! Let’s think together about the role of culture, geography, family, and self-care in the art of flavoring and seasoning soup. We will discuss challenges and opportunities for self-care in and beyond the kitchen. What are ways to be active and keep our minds, muscles, and hearts warm? Join us for recipes for real soups and other simple strategies for staying warm in the body and spirit during the cold season.

Dimensions of the WHL: physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. 

March 28 - Whole Health Living: Tapping Into Our Creative Potential 
Elizabeth Gilbert says that creative ideas are like fairies, ready to form partnerships with sentient beings. This partnership begins by our recognizing these creative sparks that tickle hearts, minds, or funny bones.

Creativity can be aesthetic and/or healing; it can give voice to a people without a platform or exist solely for its own sake. It can be songwriting, or it can be problem solving. It can be sculpting statues or developing accounting spreadsheets. Creativity might be the most wholesome, agenda-free form of problem solving available to us, and contrary to what we may think, everyone can tap into creativity. Creativity is not only for exceptional artists. Any process of collaborative and open problem-solving taps creativity. Join us with the spirit of curiosity as we try-on creative art techniques to co-create our new realities.

Dimensions of the WHL: intellectual, emotional, vocational, spiritual  

April 25 - Whole Health Living: The Gifts of the Garden: Preparing for a new harvest – literally and figuratively
Spring is the time of rebirth and renewal, and this is most evident observing nature and wildlife. Some know spring is near when they see snowdrops popping up through frozen ground, large geese shepherding their goslings across active roadways, or newborn fawns tenaciously struggling up to stand. This is a time for planting seeds both literally and figuratively. Join us for a special conversation with guest speaker, Mindy Boenig as we learn about local plants and share tips for making the most of the season of renewal. 

Dimensions of WHL: intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, physical 


Fall 2022 Community Cafés:

Monday, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Zoom (link will be provided)
To register:

Cafe topics coming soon.

Previous Cafés:



The Male Archetype


The Female Archetype


From Urban to Rural: Local Planting and Gardening in NYS


Mindful Eating and Listening to our Bodies


Financial Narratives and Financial Security


Looking at Things Anew


Pandemic Preparedness

For Further Information Contact:

Lori McCaffrey
Collegewide Residency Coordinator