Cancer Support Programs & Classes

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All programs require pre-registration. To REGISTER, call 978-456-3532 or email Kelly at

If we do not have enough registrants to run a class, it will be cancelled. Please register in advance and you will be notified of any cancellations.

These are listed in order of start date.

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, August 7, 3:00–5:00pm

At this Oneness Blessing event you will receive a transformative blessing proceeded by a meditation. Also known as Deeksha, a transformative blessing is a direct transfer of energy “which causes the heart to flower and the mind to quiet.” This brings a shift in perception and the realization that the sense of separate self is an illusion bringing the experience of oneness. The blessing initiates neuro-biological changes in the brain, freeing the senses from the constant chatter of the mind, bringing clarity and spontaneous feelings of love, joy, peace and inner silence. It dissolves negative patterns, releases traumas stored at the cellular and energetic levels and facilitates deep emotional physical healing. Facilitated by Lisa MacDonnell, LMT, who is certified in oncology bodywork, reflexology, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Psychology.

The Blessing will be accompanied by the healing music of Bernadette Yao, a Mind-Body Music & Reiki Therapist, who trained for four years at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. As a musician for over 30 years, Bernadette combines her unique blend of energy healing through music (vocals, crystal singing bowls, guitar, harmonium, keyboards, percussion) to create a soothing sound healing


Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku: The Medicine of Being in Nature

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, August 10, 2:30–3:30pm
Cost: $10 Pre-registration is required

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Some proven benefits include:    * Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells * Reduced blood pressure * Reduced stress * Improved mood * Increased ability to focus * Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness * Increased energy level * Improved sleep. Join Nadine Mazzola on a restorative Shinrin-yoku experience through The Garden grounds.


Mindfulness for Daily Living

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, August 16, 12:30–1:30pm

Learn how to practice and integrate mindfulness into your daily life and help you live with greater ease, joy and health.

Kathy Parliment Benson, LICSW is a clinical social worker with over 20 years experience working with children, adults and families. She has completed training at the Center fo Mindfulness at UMASS along with multiple trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.


Musically Inspired Mandalas

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, August 17, 1:00–4:00pm
$10 pre-registration is required

Mandals are an ancient, meditative art form used today to reach the inner self and create balance in our contemporary and often hectic world. During this relaxing three hour workshop, participants will use simple techniques and interesting mediums to complete a unique and personal mandala while listening to meditative music.

Karen Farr Arsenault is an artist with a keen interest in self-expression through watercolor painting. As a cancer survivor and long-time Healing Garden client, she has used artistic expression to find new meaning in a life forever changed by cancer

This program is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxboro, Sudbury, Harvard, Groton, Hudson, Concord, Littleton, Bolton and Stow Cultural Councils; local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, August 25, 5:15–6:00pm

Raise your voice in community singing every fourth Thursday evening. Join the Threshold Choir to sing, just listen and receive the power of song. All are welcome.


Open Art Making Studio: Summer Dates TBA

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

Come enjoy an open space to make art with the Healing Garden Community. Some supplies will be provided and you are welcome to bring any projects that you are working on. Bring your friends and family.


Community Picnics

Open to the Community!

FREE on any day

Meet your friends at the Healing Garden and bring a picnic lunch. There are shady outdoor places to sit and air conditioning inside. 

Come any day to visit our outdoor gardens, Monday through Thursday to cool off in the Garden Room.


Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24
Cost: $10

Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strngth and flexibility improves posture and reduces stress.

Karen is a Physical Therapist and an avid cyclist. A cancer survivor herself, she believes that the practice of Pilates is instrumental in her ability to recover her energy and strength.


Writing for Wellness in Nature

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 6/2, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25

For those on a healing or spiritual path, writing can be soul soothing, especially when sitting in nature. In this workshop we will sit in the garden and write in response to inspirational prompts. Bring a notebook and pen.

Michele Order Litant BFA is a certified writing instructor. In addition to teaching writing workshops, she is a published writer who has worked as an editor for major publishers and organized and led a writers' critique group.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxboro, Sudbury, Harvard, Groton, Hudson, Concord, Littleton, Bolton and Stow Cultural Councils; local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Knitting and Needle Arts; Come every Thursday!

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 2:00pm–4:00pam
Meets: 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25

Join the Healing Garden community and friends in an open knitting circle. Enjoy snacking and chatting with your yarn project! Snacks will be provided.


Join our Walking Group!

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 9:00am
Meets: 6/7, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31

Meet at the Healing Garden at 9:00am on Wednesdays through the fall and come for a walk. Walk with company for exercise and gather for snacks in the Garden. Walk around the Gardens or into Harvard. You decide!


Qigong: Finding the Force Within

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 1:30–2:30pm
Meets: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and Qigong, this practice incorporates ancient healing art practices to promote living mindfully. This is done through balanced movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening.

Offered by Jeff Cote'. Jeff has been a student, practitioner and a teacher of Martial Arts for over 20 years.


Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29
FREE: Drop in

Sit in the beautiful Garden Room and practice Mindful Mondays. A twenty-minute meditation CD will be provided. 


Farm Share and Recipes

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 11:00am–12:30pm
Meets: 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/12, 9/26
FREE pre-registration is required

Starting on July 11, we will be providing FREE FARM SHARES every two weeks. In each session we will focus on the foods in the deliveries, provide recipes, food preparation ideas and activities to include kids. 

The Healing Garden is collaborating with the COmmunity Harvest Project to provide our clinets and families with a regular farm share through this summer and fall. Clients will pick up their food at The Garden where we will gather for our food activities. 

Our session on August 8th includes Potato Stamping for parents and children!


All programs require pre-registration: Scholarship opportunities are available for clients. Please call 978-456-3532

Please know that community participation helps to underwrite services for clients facing cancer.

Inclement Weather Policy: If the Harvard School District cancels or delays classes, we will apply the same rule to our offerings. If there is a delay, we will open the same time as the schools. If the school system closes for the day, we will also close for the day and/or evening.

You are a person, not a disease, and you can live well with cancer, and beyond. We are here to help you.

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