Healing ourselves and healing the earth is Commonweal’s mission—and has been so for four decades. We care about at-risk children, people with cancer, health professionals, and the healing that comes from caring for the earth. We care equally about healing for the rest of us, and about what each of us needs to heal.

Our programs in the field of health and healing are deep and diverse. The Commonweal Cancer Help Program, featured by Bill Moyers in his award-winning series Healing and the Mind, is among the foremost residential support programs for people with cancer. And the Collaborative on Health and the Environment is the premier global network for environmental health science dialogue. We encourage you to browse through the full list of our powerful health and healing programs, below.

Healing Circles

What is healing? We have explored this question throughout 30 years of facilitating the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, decades of work in The Institute for Health and Illness, and in the Healing Kitchens Institute and the Healing Yoga Foundation—all Commonweal programs.

Healing Circles was born out of the desire to expand the circle of conversation to a larger group of patients and caregivers, serving more people and empowering others to serve as well.

QuickStart Community Based Participatory Research Training

QuickStart Training Program from digitalnative on Vimeo. Community based participatory research is more than simply asking community members to help researchers gather data. It is a true partnership between researchers and the people affected by the issue to be researched. It honors different ways of understanding and solving problems. Instead of asking the questions as […]

Commonweal Cancer Help Program

The Commonweal Cancer Help Program (CCHP) is a week-long retreat for people with cancer. Our goal is to help participants live better and, where possible, longer lives. CCHP addresses the unmet needs of people with cancer. These include finding balanced information on choices in healing, mainstream and complementary therapies; exploring emotional and spiritual dimensions of cancer; discovering that illness can sometimes lead to a richer and fuller life; and experiencing genuine community with others facing a cancer diagnosis.

Healing Kitchens Institute

Our Vision: Promoting health through culinary medicine Health begins with what you eat — with the foods you choose and the way you prepare them. The mission of Healing Kitchens Institute is to train healthcare practitioners and patients in culinary medicine — using food and culinary tradition to reduce chronic diseases and promote health. Our approach blends the expertise of chefs with […]

Healing Yoga Foundation

Founded in 2006, the Healing Yoga Foundation is committed to serving all who wish to benefit from yoga by respecting and meeting the needs of the individual regardless of physical capability, health, background, age, experience, or financial means.

Health & the Environment

QuickStart Community Based Participatory Research Training

QuickStart Training Program from digitalnative on Vimeo. Community based participatory research is more than simply asking community members to help researchers gather data. It is a true partnership between researchers and the people affected by the issue to be researched. It honors different ways of understanding and solving problems. Instead of asking the questions as […]

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is an international partnership, founded in 2002 at Commonweal, committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. CHE acts as a catalyst for civil discourse and collaborative initiatives among researchers, health professionals, health-affected groups and others concerned with […]

Biomonitoring Resource Center

The Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center (CBRC) is an international resource seeking to promote individual and community resilience through the collaborative use of knowledge about the hundreds of environmental chemicals that people all over the world carry in their bodies.