Health & Healing

Offering integrative healing programs for people with cancer, health professionals, and the rest of us.

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Education & the Arts

Building learning communities based in creative dialogue to deepen our vision and help resolve our differences.
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Environment & Justice

Helping to build a just, peaceful, and resilient world where our children may grow free and strong.
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  • Summer Arts Camp Empowers Youth July 29, 2015 For the first time in July, Commonweal hosted a week-long youth arts camp on our Bolinas site, bringing together 30 youth of diverse backgrounds to delve deeply into self-knowledge, self-expression, group bonding, and community activism.
  • Cancer Help Program Celebrates 30 Years June 1, 2015 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Read more about the program here and in our June 2015 newsletter— many stories by staff and alumni of pain and grief, hope and healing, and sitting with uncertainty.
  • Cultivating Sacred Ground for the Next Generation April 1, 2015 Welcome to Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE), new partners with Commonweal’s EDGE program. Find out more about Summer Camp at Commonweal in July for 50 Bay Area youth.

Commonweal Events

  • Healing Circles
Dec 04, 2015 , 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • The New School Event
Dec 06, 2015 , 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Quartet San Francisco

  • The New School Event
Dec 18, 2015 , 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rabbi Rachel Cowan

  • Gallery Event
Jan 11, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016

Jessica Dunne

Commonweal Gallery

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From our staff meeting today, written by long-time staffer Waz Thomas:


Let go your ego
send it soaring over higher mountains
for it was born to fly and die.

Keep in you heart only enough to be kind.

Tell me this darling ~
If you were certain that all of creation loves you
would even that be enough?

--waz 1995

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From our staff meeting today:


The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning "no."

And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.

We're all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It's in them all.

And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, are holding up all this falling.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke (Translated by Robert Bly)

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