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.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Self Management Program

Open to the Community!

Tuesdays, 1:00am–3:30pm
Meets: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
FREE

This is a six week evidence based program that promotes the empowerment of people impacted by cancer to take control of their health and to improve the quality of their lives. Clients, family members, friend and caregivers are ideal participants.

 

Watercolor Explorations

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 5/4, 5/11, 5/18
Cost: $10 open to clients and community

In this workshop you will explore your inner creativity as you 'invent new 'senarios' that will help you find your own unique ways to heal. Karen will guide you utilizing free flowing watercolors, tactile fiber papers and rich colors to stimulate the senses and deepen your connections to your own creativity.

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.

 

HENNA!

Open to the Community!

Saturday, May 7, 1:00–4:00pm
Cost: $25 for clients and community

Come and receive a Henna Tattoo. It can be on your hand, feet or on your head. Create spring and healing on your body! The tatoo is temporary and lasts up to three weeks.

 

Mindful Yoga

Open to the Community!

Saturday, April 9, 10:00am–12:00pm

Tuesday, May 10, 5:00–7:00pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

This is a monthly two hour 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. 

The 3/10/16 class has been cancelled.

 

Open Art Making Studio

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, April 26, 1:30–3:00pm
FREE

Thursday, May 12, 2:00–4:00pm
FREE

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.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, April 10, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Sunday, May 15, 3:00–5:00pm Hosted by Andy Migner
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Receive a transformational blessing: a direct transfer of energy 'which causes the heart to flower and the mind to quiet'. Proceeded by a meditation and accompanied by live healing music with Bernadette Yao.

 

Understanding Sugar

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, May 18, 9:45–10:45am
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Back by popular demand! Incorporate healthy sugars into a balanced diet. Learn how sugar acts in your body.

Jocelyn is a Certified Health Coach. She runs Your Nourishing Life, a Health Coaching practice and also works at Dana Farber Cancer Center in the Adult Survivorship Program.

 

Monthly Mindful Lunches

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, March 23, 11:45am–12:45pm
FREE

Wednesday, April 27, 11:45am–12:45pm
FREE

Wednesday, May 25, 11:45am–12:45pm

Come join the Healing Garden community and staff for a healthy lunch. Bring your own and a bite to share!

 

Forest Bathing: CANCELLED, will be rescheduled for June

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00–3:00pm More dates TBD
Cost: $10

Go to a forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoki Forest bathing Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Nadine will lead you through our gardens to engage your senses and deepen your connection to nature.

Nadine is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku, "Forest Bathing," Walks and the body of scientific knowledge demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress.

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, March 24, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, April 28, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, May 26, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

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

 

Knitting and Needle Arts; Come every Thursday!

Open to the Community!

every 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoon
Thursdays, 1:30–3:00pm
Meets: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
FREE

Thursdays, 2:30pm–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
FREE

Join the Healing Garden community and friends in an open knitting circle. Enjoy sitting in front of the fire with your yarn project! Snacks will be provided.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, July 10, 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

 

Qigong: Finding the Force Within

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 1:30–2:30pm
Meets: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
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: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Cost: $10 for clients and community

For those on a healing or spiritual path, writing can be soul soothing. In each workshop series, we'll explore and express our emotions by writing 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.

 

Artmaking with Music-Cancelled 4/28/16

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 12:00–1:00pm
Meets: 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
$40 for each series of four classes

Come find relaxation, peace and connection by immersing yourself in music and art. Kara is an expressive arts therapist who will lead the group through a musical experience and into an organic artmaking activity.

Kara Wetzel BMed, MA, MT-BC,NT is a certified Educator, Expressive Arts Therapist and Nutritional Therapist with experience with clients of all ages. 

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.

 

Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays with Marcia

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30
FREE: Drop in

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.

 

Mind-Body Music and Sound: Create an Oasis of Calm and Healing

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 11:15am–12:15pm
Meets: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Cost: $10 for clients and community

This weekly 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. 

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!

every 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoon
Thursdays, 1:30–3:00pm
Meets: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
FREE

Thursdays, 2:30pm–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
FREE

Join the Healing Garden community and friends in an open knitting circle. Enjoy sitting in front of the fire with your yarn project! Snacks will be provided.

 

Monthly Mindful Lunches

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, March 23, 11:45am–12:45pm
FREE

Wednesday, April 27, 11:45am–12:45pm
FREE

Wednesday, May 25, 11:45am–12:45pm

Come join the Healing Garden community and staff for a healthy lunch. Bring your own and a bite to share!

 

Restorative Yoga

Open to the Community!

two Thursdays
Thursdays, 3:30–5:00pm
Meets: 3/24, 4/28
Cost: $10

Restorative Yoga is a practice that uses a quiet meditatice environment with the support of bolsters and blankets and mats to restore mental, emotional and physical energies.

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. 

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, March 24, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, April 28, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, May 26, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

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

 

Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 4/6, 4/13, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
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.

 

Opening Through Expressive Arts Therapy

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, April 6, 1:00–3:00pm
FREE

Jen will lead participants through a creative process using different artistic mediums to work towards a deeper understanding of the self. Participants are encouraged to consider what kind of opening they need at this point in life. It could be opening to support, self-love, or the acceptance of change. This goal will vary from person to person. Jen uses different artistic mediums including movement, music, visual art, and free writing to facilitate this experience.

The process Jen will be using is part of the training of expressive arts therapists at Lesley University. It does not require any previous knowledge of the arts and focuses on using art as a personal language to communicate with one’s inner states.

Jennifer Rosselli Cornetta is an expressive arts therapy intern from Lesley University. She has a master's degree in fine arts and is currently training in using all artistic modalities within her therapeutic work. Her therapeutic process incorporates visual art, music, movement, and poetry through the philosophy that use of the arts in therapy allows for a more holistic healing of the body, mind, heart, and soul.

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.

 

Mindful Yoga

Open to the Community!

Saturday, April 9, 10:00am–12:00pm

Tuesday, May 10, 5:00–7:00pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

This is a monthly two hour 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. 

The 3/10/16 class has been cancelled.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, April 10, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Sunday, May 15, 3:00–5:00pm Hosted by Andy Migner
Cost: $10 for clients and community

Receive a transformational blessing: a direct transfer of energy 'which causes the heart to flower and the mind to quiet'. Proceeded by a meditation and accompanied by live healing music with Bernadette Yao.

 

Drop-In Expressive Stamping

Open to the Community!

Monday, April 11, 3:00–5:00pm Free
Clients and community invited!

Drop-In Stamping -Drop in to make your own stamps. Give yourself the gift of finding calm and balance through art. All materials are provided.

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.

 

Tapping: Emotional Freedom Technique

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, April 12, 1:00–2:30pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

In this workshop you will learn and be able to practice simple EFT techniques to calm anxiety and stress. The goal is to have you experience the incredible benefits of "tapping away" anything and everything that has you in a state of overwhelm. You will leave feeling calmer, more able to enjoy your busy, crazy life and the ability to apply EFT to yourself during times of feeling overwhelmed.  Tapping scripts will be provided.

Facilitator: Tina Marian, RN EFT Practitioner

3/15/16 Workshop has been cancelled

 

Introduction to Mindfulness

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00–1:00pm
Cost: $10

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.

 

Therapeutic Drumming for Everyone

Open to the Community!

Two Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 4/20, 4/27
FREE

Use all kinds of percussion instruments for therapeutic expression. Bang on a drum, softly shake the cowrie shells, use a vibraphone. No experience necessary.

Jennifer Rosselli Cornetta is an expressive arts therapy intern from Lesley University. She has a master's degree in fine arts and is currently training in using all artistic modalities within her therapeutic work. Her therapeutic process incorporates visual art, music, movement, and poetry through the philosophy that use of the arts in therapy allows for a more holistic healing of the body, mind, heart, and soul.

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.

 

Polarity: Unblock Energy and Release Tension to Promote Healing

Open to the Community!

Thursday, April 21, 2:00–3:00pm
Cost: $10 for clients and community

The term "polarity" refers to the poles of electromagnetic currents which flow continuously through your body.

Polarity energy balancing is a healing touch technique which enables you to release deep levels of long-held tension which may be blocking your path to well-being.

While you lie fully clothed and comfortable on a massage table, the therapist gently contacts specific areas of your bodyto facilitate deep relaxation, breathing and body awareness.  This relaxation allows for the restoration of blood circulationand energy flow to any areas that have become blocked because of unwise postural habits, injury, trauma or surgery.

The resulting release of physical, mental and emotional stress clears the way for the action of your body's own innatehealing ability, bringing all of your bodily systems closer to true balance and harmony.

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. 

 

Open Art Making Studio

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, April 26, 1:30–3:00pm
FREE

Thursday, May 12, 2:00–4:00pm
FREE

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.

 

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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