Communitas: Mind-Body and Resilience Group for Youth with Chronic Illness


Video used with permission from Communitas Health

The goal of Communitas is to improve the lives, health, and well-being of young people living with chronic illness and their families by providing integrative medicine education and experiences, mind-body and mindfulness instruction, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills.

Specifically, we teach and practice various mind-body and stress management skills, including meditation, mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, biofeedback, guided imagery, movement, and reflective and creative practices — all within a supportive group setting. We will also explore ways in which illness and adversity can lead to cultivation of resilience and positive transformation if individuals are given the right tools and community.


  • 9 to 21 year-olds living with a chronic physical condition 
  • Parents/guardians group, which meets separately from youth group

To learn more about this program, please visit the Communitas website:

Fee: Communitas is covered by most insurance. Medi-Cal scholarship funds may be available for low-income patients whose insurance doesn’t cover the program. Please call (415) 353-7716 for details.

2019 Dates:

  • 9 to 13 year olds: TBA
  • 14 to 21 year olds: TBA

Location: 1545 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

Contact: Please call (415) 353-7716 for more information or to register.

Should you need accommodation in order to apply to or participate in a program offered by the Osher Center, please contact the Osher Clinic education coordinator at [email protected] or (415) 353-7718.

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