Cancer Support Programs & Classes

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 Click here for printable Calendar of Programs and Events for December through February

 

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

Bodylines Clean Eating Program

For Clients Only

Tuesdays, 11:00–12:00am
Meets: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
Cost: $25 Full cost of series ($150) automatically deducted weekly as $25/class

Bodylines has created an exclusive program for Healing Garden Clients.

Based on our signature Clean Eating Program, we have devised a 6 week program designed to identify and eliminate high inflammatory foods in your diet.  Foods that cause you to:

- hold onto excess fat

- makes you weight loss resistant

- break out in acne or rashes

- feel tired and lethargic

- have headaches or joint aches

- feel bloated

We also introduce you to many nutrient rich foods that support health and vitality for the long term!

Bodylines Nutrition Coach leads you through 6 weeks of making lifestyle and dietary changes that will improve your energy, your skin, the feeling inside your body, how your clothes fit and how you feel about yourself!

This program is held in a supportive small group environment.

Program will be weekly on Tuesdays, 2/10 - 3/17, 11:00-12:00pm. For clients only, $25/class.

 

Mind-Body Sound Therapy

Open to the Community!

Thursday, February 12, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, March 12, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, April 9, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, May 14, 11:00am–12:00pm

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

 

A Morning Retreat of Contemplative Readings, QiGong and Mind-Body Music Therapy

Open to the Community!

Saturday, February 21, 10:00am–12:00pm
$10 suggested donation

Join this two hour mini-retreat of contemplative readings by author of Essays on the Thoughts and Struggles of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Chris Way, followed by a full session of QiGong with Carol Swerzenski. The QiGong will be accompanied with live healing sound music by Bernadette Yao.

 

Therapeutic Art: Life Weavings    

For Clients Only

Thursday, February 26, 5:00–7:00pm
$10/class or donation

Thursday, March 26, 5:00–7:00pm
$10/class or donation

Thursday, April 23, 5:00–7:00pm
$10/class or donation

Thursday, May 28, 5:00–7:00pm
$10/class or donation

This class meets on the 4th Thursdays, 2/26 - 5/28. Participants must attend all sessions.

Fibers, found objects, twigs, and vines will be woven using simple techniques, to create symbols of our lives. Come together with other clients to share the rich strands of our life stories, while creating our individual life weavings.

This class is led by artist, Candace Anderson. Candace is an award-winning artist and teacher who has exhibited her watercolor paintings at national and international exhibitions. She has earned Signature Membership with the New England Watercolor Society. Anderson worked for a decade as director of a grant-funded program using art and education in support of cancer care at hospitals in New England were many of her watercolors are permanently installed. Her paintings reflect her philosophy that being attentive to the design elements in nature, deepens one’s understanding of the intricate interconnectedness of existence. Anderson values the process of painting directly from nature.

 

Core Movement Integration

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 9:45–10:45am
Meets: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

Core Movement Integration is a therapeutic movement technique which can reduce muscle tightness and pain by enhancing the natural flow of connected movement through core bones and muscles. Connected or integrated movement is that which can be freely transmitted from the ground up through the body: for example, from foot to leg to hips to shoulders to neck to head. These movements are believed to communicate with the central nervous system to promote the relaxation of contracted muscles, thereby reducing pain and increasing joint range of motion. The practitioner initiates slow and gentle connected movements, within the client’s comfort range. This is passive at first and then with the client participating. Core Movement Integration can improve posture, body alignment and pain issues as well as decreasing spinal compression and increasing flexibility.

This program is led by Pam Turci, CMT, CLM.

 

Therapeutic Art: Painting Trees

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 5:00–7:00pm
Meets: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
$10/class or donation

An artistic exploration of equanimity – reaching out while remaining grounded.  Watercolor will be the main medium, inspiring participants to learn lessons from the statuesque presence of trees, while interpreting trees through our own creative spirits.

This class is led by artist, Candace Anderson. Candace is an award-winning artist and teacher who has exhibited her watercolor paintings at national and international exhibitions. She has earned Signature Membership with the New England Watercolor Society. Anderson worked for a decade as director of a grant-funded program using art and education in support of cancer care at hospitals in New England were many of her watercolors are permanently installed. Her paintings reflect her philosophy that being attentive to the design elements in nature, deepens one’s understanding of the intricate interconnectedness of existence. Anderson values the process of painting directly from nature.

 

Celebrating the Spring Equinox – A Spiritual Retreat

Open to the Community!

Thursday, March 19, 11:00am–1:30pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

Join Lisa MacDonnell and Susie Allen for a time set apart to honor the rhythm of the Earth, and our connection to it. At this time of the vernal equinox, we will spend time in experience and reflection on the balance of light and dark, and how we prepare to move toward the light. We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks are included.

 

Writing Your Way Towards Wholeness

For Clients Only

Wednesday, February 25, 11:30am–12:45pm
Cost: $5

Wednesday, March 11, 11:30am–12:45pm
Cost: $5

Wednesday, March 25, 11:30am–12:45pm
Cost: $5

Wednesday, April 8, 11:30am–12:45pm
Cost: $5

Wednesday, April 22, 11:30am–12:45pm
Cost: $5

Bi-Weekly Wednesdays, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 11:30-12:45pm

$5/class ($25 total)

This series will be a process of self-discovery through writing on topics such as the cancer journey, beginning anew, identity, spirituality, and questions about our lives. Each session will include an interplay between meditation and writing practices. The first session of the series will be co-lead with artist Candace Anderson who will guide participants through the creation of their own unique journal to be used throughout the series.

This series will be led by Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW and co-facilitated by Lesley University Intern, Rev. Sarah Maker.

 

Healthy Eating for Successful Living

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 10:00am–12:30pm
Meets: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Free, For Clients and the Community

This program is for people who want to learn more about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health. The program stresses goal setting, problem solving, group support, nutrition education, self assessment and management of dietary patterns.

Designed for anyone over the age of 18 with a chronic illness and run by Minuteman Senior Services in conjunction with a coalition of organizations including Hebrew Senior Life and Lahey Clinic.

This series will be led by Peg Mikkola, Registered Dietician, Nutrition Specialist and Healthy Living Master Trainer. 

 

Mindful Movement — Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Open to the Community!

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12
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.

 

Therapeutic Art: Exploring Our Creative Spirits

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30pm
Meets: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
$10/class or donation

Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30 pm
Meets: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27
$10/class or donation

Maya Angelou’s philosophies encourage us to use our innate creativity to help us move through life’s challenges.  She said, “We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”

These six classes will encourage us to explore our inner creativity as we “invent new scenarios” that will help us find our own ways to heal.

Candace Anderson will guide participants through 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.  All projects will be process-oriented, with gentle, non-threatening guidance that will encourage individual exploration.

Projects will include a delightful array of offerings, such as windblessings, colorful “self-portrait” mandalas, water exploration to uncover our personal healing mantras, card-making, and other surprises.

No prior art experience is necessary.  (Remember: we are all created creative).

This class is led by artist, Candace Anderson and co-facilitated by Lesley University Intern, Rev. Sarah Maker.


 

Wisdom in the Woods Nature Walks

For Clients Only

Wednesday, February 25, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00–11:30am

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00–11:30am

Wednesday, May 27, 10:00–11:30am

This program is a once a month 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. 

 

Therapeutic Art: Painting From Nature

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 5:00–7:00pm
Meets: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27
$10/class or donation

An artistic exploration of motifs that inspire us in the world around us. Using watercolors, along with other art mediums, we will learn to see, understand, and interpret design concepts in nature. In the supportive context of our group, we will deepen our own creative energies to empower our personal healing pathways.

This class is led by artist, Candace Anderson. Candace is an award-winning artist and teacher who has exhibited her watercolor paintings at national and international exhibitions. She has earned Signature Membership with the New England Watercolor Society. Anderson worked for a decade as director of a grant-funded program using art and education in support of cancer care at hospitals in New England were many of her watercolors are permanently installed. Her paintings reflect her philosophy that being attentive to the design elements in nature, deepens one’s understanding of the intricate interconnectedness of existence. Anderson values the process of painting directly from nature.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, February 8, 3:00–5:00pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, March 8, 3:00–5:00pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

, 3:00–5:00pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, May 3, 3:00–5:00pm (Substituting for Mother's Day on 5/10)
This event requests a $10 donation.

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

 

Morning Yoga

For Clients Only

Ongoing, Thursdays, 2/5 through 5/28, 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.

 

Mindful Movement — Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Open to the Community!

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12
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.

 

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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