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All programs require pre-registration. To REGISTER, call 978-456-3532.

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, April 27, 1:30–5:30pm Note: Change of Location and Time
Free, For Clients and the Community

Sunday, May 18, 3:00–5:00pm 3rd Sunday of the month
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, April 27, 1:30 - 5:30pm
Held at: United Church of Christ in Boxboro (723 Mass Ave./Rte 111 - in building behind the church)
This special Oneness event will focus on health called Arogya or Health Deeksha. (Arogya means health in sanskrit)). In this half day course you will experience an ancient Indian ritual that will support you in restoring your body, mind and spirit to it's hihest possible states. The ritual involves some teachings, padukah archana puja, (ceremony) chanting, dancing, contemplation and the receiving of Grace.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket. To learn more about Oneness go to
Pre-registration not necessary.
Regular Oneness Blessing Event at The Garden

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


Journaling: A Self-help Tool For Finding Peace Within

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, April 30, 11:00–12:30pm
Cost: $15 for HG members, $20 for non-members Scholarship Available

For Clients and Friends or Family

Journaling is the most widely recommended tool by therapists and counselors to supplement therapy.  It is the ultimate self-help tool - accessible and cost efficient!  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.  Learn to take control of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls the "monkey mind" - the constant, incessant fluctuation of emotions and thoughts - and develop a new practice of positive, productive thinking.  Join others in developing this simple skill and learn its profound healing power.

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW will be the facilitator for this class.


Eden Energy Medicine

Open to the Community!

Monday, May 5, 11:00am–1:30pm
Members $10-$25, Nonmembers $25

Intro to Eden Energy Medicine and The Daily Energy Routine

prerequisite: none

In this class, we learn about Eden Energy Medicine and practice the Daily Energy Routine to restore our bodies’ energy flows to a healthy state. In an effort to help us survive in the crazy world in which we live, our bodies’ energies often become imbalanced.  According to Donna, doing the Daily Energy Routine is like hitting the reset button.  It will help you feel better instantly!  It can keep you healthy and improve your health, making you more resilient to stress and illness in less than 10 minutes a day.

*  Reduce the side effects of cancer treatments

*  Leave you feeling more joyful and energetic

* Bolster your immune system

* Reduce and manage pain

* Increase your energy levels and natural vitality

* Improve your focus and concentration

* Promote deep restful sleep

* Develop healthy energy habits and patterns for your energetic body

* Provide protection from and clear environmental toxins and pollutants


This Series is provided by the generosity of skilled practitioner, Julie FowlerJulie is a Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine and she has additional Advanced Energy Medicine training in working with cancer and other immune system issues. Julie is also trained in, and uses other energy healing modalities including ART (Allergy Release Technique), Homeopathic First Aid and Reiki Jin Kei Do. Julie has a private practice in Medway, MA.

She offers free, private sessions for clients on Mondays following her workshops and regularly on Tuesdays as a volunteer at The Healing Garden. 


The Nature Cure

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, April 30, 10:00–11:00am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30–10:30am
Free, For Clients and the Community

This program offers nature-based therapeutic activities including: 

April 2: Let's create "Ikebana from Nature". Please bring a bowl to carry your arrangement home. Let's enjoy a cup of pine needle tea together and talk a little about its healing properties.
April 16: An element of nature, what is FIRE and it's place in the balance of life? What does it represent, and how is it expressed in our bodies? Come with an idea of what you may like to let go of with ritual to lighten your life. Let's talk about horsetail and enjoy a cup of tea by the fire.
April 30: Meet at The Fruitlands Museum. Come walk a labyrinth in nature as meditation. We will discuss a few emerging spring edibles and how we might prepare them. 
May 7: Make a small terrarium from woodland floor plants. Bring a small spoon and gloves if you don't want your hands to be dirty. Let's talk about the dandelion and enjoy some of its tea.

The following objectives/goals of the series are: 1) increased social support and reduced feelings of isolation; 2) reduction of stress and anxiety; 3) increased sense of control; 4) reduction in pain through exposure to nature; 5) improved strength, endurance and conditioning; 6) increased sense of optimism.

Led by Marilyn Strong, a Holistic Nurse Practitioner, Reiki Master, and member of The Nature Connection.  


Mind-Body Sound Therapy

Open to the Community!

Thursday, May 8, 11:00am–12:00pm
Free, For Clients and the Community

You are invited to lie down on the floor or sit in the cushioned Garden Room chairs as you absorb the healing energy of Bernadette's music. 

Learn about the power of sound for relaxation and self-healing: use music to create relaxation in the body, joy, uplifting energy in the home, grief processing, and meditation.

Learn to listen to your body’s intuitive wisdom through listening to music and feeling how music and tones affect your body, your emotions, your mind.

This program is designed and led by Bernadette Yao


Meet Denise DeSimone, Author of From Stage IV to Center Stage

Open to the Community!

Thursday, May 15, 5:30–7:30pm
Free, For Clients and the Community

“This woman is living the sermon”~ Dr. Bernie Siegel

Relying on integrative medicine as a part of her medical treatment, Denise moved from Stage IV throat cancer to singing the National Anthem at Fenway. Blending love, humor and song, Denise will share insights and instruction for what she has found to be the most powerful healer of all… self love. 

This event is FREE through the great generosity of Denise DeSimone. 

Please register for this event as space will be limited. 


Mindful Movement — Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 3/31 – 5/19, 10:00-11:00am (No class 4/7, 4/21)
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

"Meditation in movement is a hundred, a thousand, a million times superior to meditation at rest." Zen

Combining the vehicles of TaiChi and QiGong this practice incorporates ancient healing art practices to promote living mindfully. This is done through movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening. Mindful living promotes contentment, calmness, steadiness and strength.

The exercises are simple and easy to learn. They can be done standing or sitting. Bring an open mind and curiosity to try something new. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and supportive shoes (or you can go barefoot.)

Carol Mielo Swerzenski is the facilitator for this class.


Morning Yoga

For Clients Only

Thursdays, 3/6-5/29, 9:30-10:45am
Cost: $10

The goal of each class is to find ways to neutralize physical and emotional stress. The tools we use include postural alignment, breathing, and yoga poses to strengthen and lengthen weak areas. With consistent practice, your body awareness will improve, leading to an increased sense of well-being, relaxation, and health. No prior yoga experience is necessary and all postures can be modified to accommodate individual needs. Drop-ins welcome. Pre-registration not required. 

 Katherine Lee, LMT, RPP, facilitates this class.


Expressive Arts Series

For Clients Only

Ongoing, Wednesdays 1/29-5/28, 1:00-3:00pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

This series includes a number of arts-based therapeutic groups facilitated by special visiting artists. Sessions will focus on visual arts, but also include movement, music, drama, writing, and other creative forms of expression in a group setting designed to reduce the stress of experiencing cancer.

In addition to providing a relaxing escape against the backdrop of treatment anxiety and fear for the future, expressive art therapy may help you understand the myriad of emotions that can go along with a diagnosis of cancer. Emotions that are often difficult to express in words. You don’t have to be an artist, or even like art to benefit. 

This Series will meet on Wednesdays with visiting Artists on these dates:

3/19 – Mosaics, Sarah Maker

3/26 – Prayer Beads, Sue Dobbie

4/2 and 4/9 - Tears of the World Pottery, Maria Loring and Sarah Maker

4/16 – Mosaics, Sarah Maker

4/23 - Create Your Own Sanctuary, Elisa Sweig

4/30– Clay Vessels, Gayle Joseph

5/7 - Zentangle, Nancy Banker

5/14 - Plant Impressions in Clay Pottery, Gayle Joseph


Joyful Expressions Yoga

For Clients Only

Mondays, 11:30-12:30pm 4/7, 4/21, 5/19 (No class on 5/5)
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Barbara Ishikura is passionate about yoga and has been practicing for over 15 years. She completed her training for Yoga Alliance RYT200 registration in September 2012. She is currently enrolled in the RYT500 at Kripalu Yoga Center. Barbara has studied with a variety of teachers, including Karin Stephan, Larissa Carlson, Baron Baptiste, Jonathan Foust, David Magone and many more. She teaches Hatha yoga, and her training is primarily in the Iyengar and Kripalu styles.

Appropriate for all levels, her classes are gentle and compassionate but still challenging for each student. She encourages modifications to accommodate various limitations and offers extra variations for those who are further along in their yoga practice. Her goal is to meet each student where they are and help them move toward calmness and balance in their mind and body.


Transitioning to Health and Well-Being

For Clients Only

Monday, April 14, 1:00–3:00pm
Cost: $10

A Second Session was requested. Date/Time tbd. 

With the intention being to address the way in which we see ourselves from cancer patient actively involved in cancer treatments to minimal or no active treatments, how do we care for ourselves?

This transition from cancer patient to non cancer patient... what does this mean?

How do we connect with new state of being?

What are my health care needs?

They are not the same as before the cancer treatments, my body, mind and spirit is different. Where/How do I begin to address my individual needs?

In this workshop you will experience awareness practices and use specific assessment tools to identify your health care needs. With the understanding that health is an ever changing continuum, you will set self-care goals for yourself that are attainable.

Please, let me know if there are specific things that you would like me to address... there is much to discuss but where do we begin the conversation?

This workshop is led by Holistic RN, Joan Scialo-Rubin


Authentic Movement

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, April 16, 10:00–11:00am
Free, For Clients and the Community

This program will be FREE. 

Authentic Movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness.

At its core, Authentic Movement is about trusting the innate wisdom of the body to lead us toward healing and the development of conscious presence.

The Process:

The group is usually divided into movers and witnesses (later swapping roles) working either in pairs or with the witnesses acting as a containing circle for all the movers. There is no music, the mover has to listen to, sense deeply, himself. With eyes closed it is easier to focus inwardly. Moving blindly symbolizes the journey into the unknown. Only if someone is moving very quickly, the eyes may be kept open to make sure everyone is safe. The time for movement may be short - ten to twenty minutes - but the experience can feel very condensed, like a dream.

Afterwards, the movers may draw or talk directly about what occurred for them. The witness may respond in movement, or by drawing, or verbally. The subjectivity of her experience is owned through phrases like "I saw....I imagined....I felt....I heard". The witness does not interpret.

This experience is deep, focuses on the expression of inner life and depends on a safe and trusting environment.

Led by Marcia Lewin Berlin, LICSW.


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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