Cancer Support Programs & Classes

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

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.

Mindfulness With Nature

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, September 2, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Saturday, September 26, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Wednesday, October 7, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Wednesday, November 4, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Experience relaxing mindfulness exercises in the beautiful gardens of the Healing Garden. Engage all your senses using inspiration from nature to bring you to the present moment. We'll finish with a tea ceremony and snacks in the gardens gazebo.

Led by Nadine Mazzola, Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

 

Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays with Marcia

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30
FREE

Sit in the beautiful Garden Room and practice Mindful Mondays with Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW. She will provide guidance with a twenty-minute meditation CD. Note there will be no session on Columbus Day, 10/12.

 

Mindful Movement: Qi Gong & Tai Chi

Open to the Community!

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20
Cost: $10 per class

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, this practice incorporates balanced movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening.

Carol Swerzenski teaches this class.

 

Watercolor Portfolio Workshops

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 5:30–7:30pm
Meets: 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Cost: $10 per class, or donations

Explore your creative spirit through developing a step-by-step understanding of the colorful and fluid possibilities of watercolor explorations. The classes will be process-oriented; individual exploration will be encouraged. NOTE no class on 9/23.

Taught by Candace Anderson, an award-winning artist and teacher.

 

Healing Tapestry Workshops

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30pm
Meets: 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Cost: $10 per class, or donations

Move toward wellness through the creative process of designing your own healing tapestry. The classes are process-oriented. Each step will nurture creative exploration, encouraging participants to engage their creative spirits to promote wellness. NOTE no class on 9/23.

Taught by Candace Anderson, an award-winning artist and teacher.

 

Exploring Our Creative Spirits

For Clients Only

Thursdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
$10 per class

These four classes will encourage us to explore our inner creativity as we "invent new scenarios" that will help us find our own ways to heal. Karen will guide participants trhough a relaxing series of projects, utilizing free-flowing watercolors, tactile fiber papers and rich colors to stimulate the senses and deepen our connections to our own creativity.

Led by Karen Farr Arsenault, an artist, cancer survivor, and long-time Healing Garden client who now shares her artistic interests and passion with others who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

 

Yoga for Self Healing 

For Clients Only

Ongoing, Thursdays through November 19, 9:30am to 10:45 am
Thursdays, 9:30–10:45am
Meets: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Cost: $10 per class

This series of yoga classes is designed to help you increase your body and breath awareness through the practice of traditional Hatha Yoga postures as well as supportive, Restorative Yoga.

If you are an absolute beginner or have studied yoga in the past, you are welcome!

Katherine Lee, LMT, RPP, facilitates this class.

 

Wisdom in the Woods: Nature Walks With a Theme

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00–11:30am A Ritual of Letting Go and Forgiveness
Cost: $10

Wednesday, October 21, 9:30–11:00am Labyrinth Walking
Cost: $10

Tuesday, November 10, 10:00–11:30am Getting Ready for Hibernation

Healing Garden nature walks designed to integrate mindfulness with a nature immersion. Led by Penny Dickson.

 

Life-Weaving

For Clients Only

Thursday, September 24, 5:30–7:30pm
Cost: $10

Thursday, October 22, 5:30–7:30pm
Cost: $10

Thursday, November 19, 5:30–7:30pm
Cost: $10

Thursday, December 10, 5:30–7:30pm
Cost: $10

These four workshops will be the final ones in a series led by Candace Anderson that began in the spring. When these workshops are completed, a new series will be offered and open to any participants.

Taught by Candace Anderson, an award-winning artist and teacher.

 

Mindful Eating

Open to the Community!

Thursday, September 24, 3:30–4:15pm
Cost: $10

This class is an introduction to developing a healthy relationship with food. Mindful Eating encourages deeper listening to the body's wisdom and building a healthier and happier body. Taught by Katherine Benson.

 

Understanding Palliative Care

For Clients Only

Monday, September 28, 6:00–7:00pm
FREE

Open to all clients and their caregivers, this workshop will demystify palliative care and help you understand how to effectively manage your symptoms to provide best quality of life.

Taught by Ina Fitch, DO, MPH, DTM and H, Assistant Professor, Palliative Medicine, UMass Medical Center.

 

Skin Care and Cancer

For Clients Only

Tuesday, September 29, 1:00–2:30pm
Cost: $10

Learn how to help your skin survive and thrive through cancer treatment. Learn preventative skin care post treatment. There will be sample skin products!

Taught by  Holly Brown, LE, COE, MLD.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, October 4, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10

Sunday, November 8, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10

At this Oneness Blessing event you will receive a transformative blessing preceded 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 experience.www.bernadetteyao.com

 

Scar Tissue Self Care

For Clients Only

Monday, October 5, 3:00–4:00pm
Cost: $10

Learn how you can effectively improve how you feel in your body after surgery and radiation treatments.

Taught by Pam Turci, CMT, CLM massage therapist.

 

Reiki for Self Care

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00–2:00pm
Cost: $10

Saturday, October 17, 10:00am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

This two-session workshop will teach you to use the ancient art of Reiki on yourself. Reiki is an energy healing treatment that provides relief from anxiety, and a general sense of well-being, as well as relief from pain and discomfort associated with cancer treatments.

Taught by Jacqueline Sullivan Wyco, LMT, Reiki Master Teacher.

 

Creating Your Personal Mandala

For Clients Only

Thursdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
Cost: $10 per class

Mandalas are an ancient art form used by many cultures to reach the inner self. Using watercolors and other mediums, we'll explore this art form as a way to find our center and create balance in our contemporary and often hectic world.

Led by Karen Farr Arsenault, an artist, cancer survivor, and long-time Healing Garden client who now shares her artistic interests and passion with others who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

 

The Emotional Side of Eating

Open to the Community!

Thursday, October 15, 1:00–2:30pm
Cost: $10

Eating the right foods is important for healing to take place. Facilitator will present ways to become aware of when you are using food to comfort and help you find other ways to comfort.

Taught by Kathy Elkind, Certified Psychological Eating Coach.

 

Smoothies!!

For Clients Only

Monday, October 19, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Prepare healthy, delicious smoothies. Facilitator Jocelyn Kasper, PhD, MPH will introduce you to new healthy additions to your diet.

 

Tapping (EFT)

Open to the Community!

Monday, October 26, 3:00–4:30pm
Cost: $10

EFT or emotional freedom technique is a powerful self-help application based on traditional Chinese Medicine. These techniques are used to release negative emotions, eliminating negative beliefs and managing daily stress.

Taught by Tina Marian, RN, EFT Practitioner, Certified Life Coach.

 

Journaling: Writing your Way Toward Wholeness

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, October 27, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Journaling, the practice of keeping a journal to explore thoughts and feelings, is a mindful tool for self discovery and healing. In living with cancer or other health crisis, those who journal report having an enhanced understanding of themselves, are more in touch with their needs and are better able to cope. Dana will provide handouts and journaling prompts and techniques.

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW is an author and therapist.

 

Eden Energy Medicine

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, November 3, 10:00–11:00am
Cost: $10

Energy medicine uses techniques from acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and qi gong. Flow, balance and harmony are non-invasively restored by tapping, massaging or connecting specific energy points.

Led by Julie Fowler, EEM-CP, Reiki Jin Kei Do.

 

Vitamin M: Mindfulness (2-Part Workshop to Build Strategies of Everyday Mindfulness)

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 1:00–2:30pm
Meets: 11/5, 11/12
Cost: $10 per class

Mindfulness strategies are powerful and evidence-based practices that can support your immune system, help with sleep, decrease anxiety, and increase your sense of well-being and resilience.

Pamela Ressler, MS, RN leads this workshop.

 

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Open to the Community!

Monday, November 16, 2:30–3:30pm
Cost: $10

Develop simple strategies to immediately reduce the effects of anxiety. Learn to respond to your body's signals of anxiety. Use the techniques of Jin Shin Jyutsu to promote calm and wellness.

Taught by Kate Smyers, RN, a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner.

 

Sugar: Living With and Without

For Clients Only

Wednesday, November 18, 9:30–11:00am
Cost: $10

Facilitator Jocelyn Kasper, PhD, MPH will give you tips and ideas about how to feel your best through nutrition and lifestyle adaptations. The approach she will outline can help you overcome issues of fatigue, appetite control, weight control, and boosting your mood.

 

Recapturing the Lost Art of Greeting Cards

For Clients Only

Thursday, November 19, 1:00–3:00pm
Cost: $10

Homemade cards are a personal, meaningful expression and in today's electronic age they are more rare and precious than ever. Using a variety of interesting materials, we will tap into our creative energies to make handmade cards that can be used to convey greetings to family and friends.

Led by Karen Farr Arsenault, an artist, cancer survivor, and long-time Healing Garden client who now shares her artistic interests and passion with others who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

 

Yoga Nidra: Divine Sleep Yoga

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that anyone can do, even if you have never meditated before. In this class, we will use body and breathe awareness and visualizations to attain amazingly deep levels of relaxation. Make yourself comfortable and listen as you are guided step by step.

Julie Viggh is a Yoga teacher and practitioner in Boxborough, MA. She is an experienced and gentle guide.

 

QiGong: Finding the Life Within with Jeff Coté

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 12–1:00pm
Meets: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27
Cost: $10 for HG members, $10 for non-members $10 a class

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and QiGong, this practice incorporates balanced movement, breathing exercises and posture strengthening.

Jeff Coté has been a student, practitioner and a teacher of Martial Arts, QiGong, Tuina, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Taoism for over 20 years.

 

Wisdom in the Woods Nature Walks

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 6/24, 7/22
Cost: $10 per class

This program is an easy local nature walks designed to integrate mindfulness with a nature immersion.

We shall connect to the deeper parts of ourselves through the simple gifts found in nature through nature play, visual exploration, mindfulness and breathwork.

Nature Play- simple little games that invite us to engage our senses with our surroundings

Visual exploration- techniques that heighten what we see, allowing awareness without labeling.

Mindfulness- a practice that allows for self observation, stillness and peace.

Breathwork- focusing on our breath is the easiest way to be  “present” and allows being “in the body”.

We’ll share our knowledge and discoveries, learning about the local flora and fauna.

Location: Local conservation trails in and around the Healing Garden and Harvard.

Led by Penny Dickson, Women's Wilderness Retreat Leader. 

 

Mandalas & Music

For Clients Only

Wednesday, August 26, 1:00–4:00pm Pre-registration required.
Cost: $10

Mandalas 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 3-hour workshop, participants will use simple watercolor techniques and other mediums to complete a unique and personal mandala of their choice while listening to meditative music.

Karen Farr Arsenault leads this workshop. She is an artist, a cancer survivor, and a long-time Healing Garden client who now shares her artistic interests and passion with others who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

 

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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