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Stoop Storytelling: Everybody Has a Story. Tell Yours.

  • Storytelling is a powerful way to process our experiences and find meaning in them. Attend a virtual two-day Stoop Storytelling workshop and learn how to take a pandemic event, or other life occurrence, and turn it into a memorable oral story. No experience is necessary.

  • This is a two day virtual Stoop Storytelling workshop on Sep 20 and Sep 22 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The program is open to all employees as part of the H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences) initiative.  Register here

    This is a virtual Stoop Storytelling workshop on Tuesday Oct 4th from 3:30pm-5pm. The program is open to all employees as part of the H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences) initiative.            Register here 

    This is a virtual Stoop Storytelling workshop on Tuesday Oct 25th from 7pm-8:30pm. The program is open to all employees as part of the H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences) initiative.                         Register here 



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Visual Arts and Photography

  • At Johns Hopkins, we know from research that the arts are essential to our health and well-being. Engaging in the arts in any form — drawing, writing, singing, dancing, baking, crafting and more — can help sustain us during these unprecedented times. Creating or beholding art can help address loneliness, boost confidence, and make us feel more engaged and resilient. It can also help alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. Results from over 3,000 studies identified a major role for the arts in promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan.

    These resources from the International Arts + Mind Lab share the science behind why and how the arts support our collective health and well-being. You'll find simple art ideas to help you and your family discover new and joyful ways to cope and feel better:

    COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide
    PTSD and the Arts: A Path to Healing Our Healers
    Can the Arts Help Us Heal Our Grief?
  • Grab a healthy snack and a H.O.P.E. gift. Carts will be stocked with self-care items for all to enjoy. As part of the H.O.P.E. launch, the International Arts + Mind Lab donated additional art supplies. Contact your hospital’s wellness cart organizer to request a visit.

  • Winners of the H.O.P.E. Photo Contest were represented from across the health system. Winning photos documented staff, clinicians and students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighteen winning photos were selected, including three grand prize winners. View the photo contest gallery for the winning entries.


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Music, Dance and Theater

  • Take a break from your workday to enjoy music that is sure to soothe your soul. A talented group of musicians from Peabody Institute recorded a live concert in support of the Office of Well-Being’s H.O.P.E. initiative. You don’t want to miss it.

  • Enjoy the H.O.P.E. pandemic playlist, a collection of more than 300 encouraging and empowering songs submitted by Johns Hopkins Medicine employees. The songs are compiled by themes with a tune for every mood, across all genres. View the playlist and get insight into others’ experiences and the songs that sustained them during the pandemic.

  • Live musical performances are back in three public spaces at Johns Hopkins Hospital beginning in September. Enjoy informal, live musical performances that are sure to lift spirits and bring hope. Peabody musicians will be joined by special musical guests. Whether passing through, pausing for a moment, or settling in for the hour, time spent with music provides the opportunity for self-care and hope. Learn more and view the fall schedule

  • Take a break with a live musician! Join Peabody musicians for an informal and relaxing musical interlude in the comfort of your own space. The program will pause for the summer and resume in September.

  • Enjoy an hour of hopeful music from Baltimore area musicians, Dan and Claudia Zanes, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and the Creative Alliance Racial Justice Concert Series. Dan and Claudia Zanes performed a creative blend of folk, rock and jazz during a livestreamed free YouTube performance.

    Listen to a recording of the concert.


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Conversational and Spiritual Reflection

  • Some people compare a labyrinth to a maze, but they are very different. A maze is designed to cause a person to get lost, to follow false paths and to become confused. A labyrinth has one way in and one way out. The path is clearly marked. Following the path is a form of meditation. Entering the labyrinth and moving to the center is seen as letting go or releasing apprehensions and daily stress. The center is a place to pause, reflect and receive insight. Moving out is a time for action and renewal. The labyrinth is a place to open the mind, listen to the heart and heal the spirit.

    Experience the labyrinth’s healing qualities when a portable replica labyrinth tours Johns Hopkins Medicine entities this fall. View the schedule below.*

    • Suburban Hospital – Sept. 29
    • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center – Oct 4 (rain date: Oct. 11)
    • Howard County General Hospital – Oct 5 (rain date: Oct. 6)
    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Oct 17 (rain date: Oct. 24)
    • Sibley Memorial Hospital – Oct 26 (rain date: Oct. 29)
    • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – Oct. 26 (rain date: Oct. 27)

    *Contact your entity’s Spiritual Care Team or email for locations and times. 

  • All Johns Hopkins employees are encouraged to join the Healthy at Hopkins team on Mondays for a web-based mindfulness meditation session for the H.O.P.E. initiative. The guided session includes techniques to lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension. Join us.
  • All were invited to participate in A Time of Remembrance and Hope, the virtual service to honor lives lost during the pandemic. See recording.

  • Is there an activity that helped you find meaning during the pandemic? The Office of Well-Being’s Honoring Our Pandemic Experiences (H.O.P.E.) initiative is one way JHM supports the well-being of our workforce. Learn more through the inspiring stories of employees who found creative ways to cope and heal. Read the H.O.P.E. Employee Spotlights to learn how employees around the health system found healing. 

  • MESH support chaplains video screenshotOur work is hard. There is help available. Watch a five-minute video to learn how chaplains at Johns Hopkins Medicine support staff, patients and families in times of stress.

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