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.

These are listed in order of start date.

Client & Caregiver Retreat

For Clients Only

Sunday, December 4, 9:00am–3:30pm
Free

This important retreat will give clients and their loved ones the opportunity to experience recovery and rehabilitation together. It will include: Crafting an Art Journal, a Delicious Winter Lunch, and Writing for Wellness Workshop. Pre-registration required.

 

Expressive Arts Support Group 

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30pm
Meets: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
Free

This support group will meet weekly offering a range of expressive arts activities from Mosaics in December, Handmade Books in January and Paper Mache Sculpting in February. Pre-registration required.

Free

Led by Maria LaCreta, Lesley University Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies Intern

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, December 11, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10

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

Sunday, February 12, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10

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 experience.www.bernadetteyao.com

 

Henna Tattoo

For Clients Only

Monday, December 19, 11:00am–1:00pm
Free

Monday, February 13, 11:00am–1:00pm
Free

Come receive a free Henna Tattoo by artist Mandy Roberge. Tattoo should last 1-3 weeks. 

 

Eating with Self-Compassion: A New Approach to Food and Your Body

For Clients Only

Monday, January 9, 11:00am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

Usually when we overeat or emotionally eat it is because we are using food to comfort ourselves. Come learn how the practice of Self-Compassion can allow you to feel uncomfortable feelings and comfort yourself without food. At the same time when we are physically hungry let’s eat and enjoy the pleasure of food. Pre-registration required.

As Founder of Elkind Nourishment, Kathy Elkind is an Eating Psychology Coach who specializes in Mindful Self-Compassion. She works with men and women who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating, weight loss, and body image while guiding them to heal their relationship with food. As a speaker and facilitator, Kathy hosts live events, workshops, and is a frequent featured speaker at community events. As a coach, she works with people individually as well as in groups.

 

Mindful Yoga

Open to the Community!

Saturday, January 14, 11:00am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

This is a 90 minute class that integrates mindfulness techniques with yoga healing practices. Benefits include: improved circulation, calm and balance your nervous system, relax your mind, improve your stamina and support your immune system.

Kathie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic massage to deepen relaxation and expand inner awareness and harmony. 

 

Medical Marijuana Discussion Group 

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, January 17, 1:00–2:30pm
Cost: $10

This group is designed to answer your questions about the benefits and risks of & access to the use of medical marijuana to alleviate cancer symptoms.

Provided by Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MRO. 

http://www.totalhealthcarethc.com/

 

Mind-Body Music and Sound

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, December 21, 10:00–11:00am
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Wednesday, January 18, 10:00–11:00am
Cost: $10

Wednesday, February 15, 10:00–11:00am
Cost: $10

Join us for this monthly workshop is designed to help you relax, unwind and bring your attention to the music as a meditative tool.  As a musician for over 30 years and a certified energy practitioner, Bernadette intuitively blends the fusion of music, group singing, chanting, with sound and energy medicine techniques to create a musically calming oasis that relaxes the mind and helps promote the body’s own natural ability to balance itself.  When the mind relaxes, the body follows. As an energy therapist for over 15 years, Bernadette translates the ambiance of energy transmission through her music CDs, performances, and sound healing workshops for meditation which may release stuck energy, inspire creativity, and uplift the spirit!

Bernadette Yao is a Mind-Body Music and Reiki Therapist. 

 

Eating Soups and Other Immune Boosting Deliciousness

Open to the Community!

Monday, February 27, 11:30am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Get yourself through the Winter Season with warm, healthy soups! Pre-Registration Required.

Taught by Robyn Kievit Kirkman, Nurse Pracitioner and Registered Dietician. 

 

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.

 

BEMER Mat   

Open to the Community!

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm
Free

BEMER stands for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation. BEMER applied by laying on a mat which provides specifically designed electromagnetic impulses to correct any lack of energy within each cell of the body, improving circulation and the oxygenation of tissues.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm

Free

with Lindsey Hurley and Emilie Coolidge

 

Meditative Drumming 

Open to the Community!

4th Tuesdays, 2:30-3:00pm

Use soft drumming techniques to induce a meditative state. Drop-in.

4th Tuesdays, 2:30-3:00 pm

Free

 

Restorative Yoga

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, November 22, 5:00–6:30pm
Cost: $10

Restorative Yoga is a practice that uses a quiet meditative environment with the supports of bolsters, mats and blankets to srestore mental, emotional and physical energies. All levels welcome. Yoga mat provided.  Pre-registration required.

Katherine W. Lee, LMT, RPP facilitates this class. 

 

Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 11/28, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
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.

 

Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20
FREE: Drop in

Sit in the beautiful Garden Room and try out different meditation practices ranging from Meditation for Anxiety and Depression to Radical Self-Acceptance. There will be a twenty minute meditation activity and a brief discussion. Drop-in. 

Through the Winter, Drop-In Meditation will be the start of a series entitled Awakening Your Heart, Creativity & Wisdom by Tara Brach—it will be a full multi-part series of meditations on self-acceptance. 

 

Pelvic Floor, Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, November 30, 11:00am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

Pelvic floor/sexual dysfunction and sexuality is often a missing topic in the treatment of cancer. Led by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, this workshop will cover:  issues of sexual dysfunction during or post-treatment (i.e., sexual pain/dryness due to tissue damage from chemotherapy, radiation and/or menopause), the benefit of pelvic floor physical therapy in repairing the tissue and improving female sexual function and enjoyment, tip/products that are both natural and effective in improving sexual experiences and the emotional component of intimacy during/after cancer (i.e., self image, libido, fertility and confidence)

This workshop is for women only.

Pre-Registration Required

 

Join our Walking Group!

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 9:00am
Meets: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
FREE

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!

New Time!!
Thursdays, 2:00–3:00pm
Meets: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
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.

 

Writing for Wellness

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
Cost: $10

For those on a healing or spiritual path, writing can be soul soothing. This workshop is designed to inspire and support you on your individual writing journey. Each week we write in response to a new prompt. Then, those who wish to share read aloud their writing (optional). By reading aloud, our emotions are given a voice. Participants respond to each other’s writing as respectful listeners offering positive feedback about what is interesting and memorable about the writing. Because the writing is brand new, no criticism is given. In this way, we acknowledge our pain, have it witnessed, and are able to let it go, which leads to healing. Come and experience the healing power of writing and sharing in a trusted, supportive circle of writers. A writer is someone who writes! All levels of writers are welcome. Bring a notebook and a pen.

Michele Order Litant has a BFA in Creative Writing and is a certified writing workshop 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, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
FREE

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

 

Yoga for Self Care

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 9:30–10:45am
Meets: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
Cost: $10

This series of yoga classes is designed to help you increase your awareness of your body, breath and energy flow. Each class includes warm-ups, traditional yoga postures, yoga breathing techniques, restorative poses, guided relaxation and meditation.

All postures can be modified to give you maximum benefit and to meet your level of ability. All levels of experience are welcome.

Katherine Lee, LMT, RPP, is a certified Yoga Instructor since 1977. Kathie studies many forms of movement and is a perptual yoga student herself.

 

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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