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.

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, July 10, 3:00–5:00pm
$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

 

Farm Share and Recipes

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 11:00am–12:30pm
Meets: 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19, 9/26
FREE pre-registration is required

Starting on July 11, we will be providing FREE FARM SHARES every two weeks. In each session we will focus on the foods in the deliveries, provide recipes, food preparation ideas and activities to include kids. 

The Healing Garden is collaborating with the COmmunity Harvest Project to provide our clinets and families with a regular farm share through this summer and fall. Clients will pick up their food at The Garden where we will gather for our food activities. 

Our session on August 8th includes Potato Stamping for parents and children!

 

Forest Bathing with Art Invitations-CANCELLED 6/27/16

Open to the Community!

Monday, June 27, 1:00–3:00pm
$10 pre-registration is required

Monday, July 11, 1:00–3:00pm
$10

Forest bathing led by Nadine Mazzola combined with invitations to make ART With and In Nature with opening guidance from Jennifer Rosselli Cornetta. We will begin in the art room to introduce the topic and then proceed mindfully onto the grounds, opening to the organic art amterials found in the natural world.

This first session is drawn from The Inspirational World of Andy Goldsworthy and his use of patterns in nature. He is a world renouned artis who only uses materials that he finds from nature to make art. Come search for patterns in nature, repeating the patterns in art like a nonverbal conversation between you and nature.

The second session is a Collaborative Art Piece in the Woods. Take the time to explore the grounds and find objects in nature that you are drawn to. We will then use those objects to create a group art piece.

Nadine Mazzola 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. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Healing Garden client herself, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with other Healing Garden clients and the community

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.

 

Watercolor Impressions from the Garden

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 7/13, 7/20
$20 for the series, preregistration is required

During this two session workshop, we will let the wonders of The Healing Garden's beautiful surroundings inspire us as we explore some ways to capture our impressions of the garden using watercolor paints and fiber papers. 

Please plan to attend both sessions. Class size is limited.

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.

 

Meditation with Horses

Open to the Community!

Thursday, July 14, 12:15–1:15pm
$10

Learn a visualization meditation to practice with animals or on your own. We will practice the meditation in a circle and then walk next door to practice with the horses at Sheriffmuir Farm. After we meditate, my hourse, Ka.Wa, will give you a chance to say hello!

led by Linda Crabtree, Reiki Teacher of CIrcle of Peace

 

Mindfulness for Daily Living

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, June 21, 12:30–1:30pm
Cost: $10

Tuesday, July 26, 2:30–3:30pm
$10

Tuesday, August 16, 12:30–1:30pm
$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.

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, June 23, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, July 28, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, August 25, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

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

 

Musically Inspired Mandalas

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, August 17, 1:00–4:00pm
$10 pre-registration is required

Mandals 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 three hour workshop, participants will use simple techniques and interesting mediums to complete a unique and personal mandala while listening to meditative music.

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.

 

Open Art Making Studio: Summer Dates TBA

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Artmaking with Music

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

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. A twenty-minute meditation CD will be provided. 

 

Mind-Body Music and Sound: Bernadette will be back in the fall!

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.

 

Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 4/6, 4/13, 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.

 

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, 5/25
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.

 

Writing for Wellness in Nature

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 6/2, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25

For those on a healing or spiritual path, writing can be soul soothing, especially when sitting in nature. In this workshop we will sit in the garden and write 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.

 

Knitting and Needle Arts; Come every Thursday!

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 2:00pm–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 snacking and chatting with your yarn project! Snacks will be provided.

 

Join our Walking Group!

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 9:00am
Meets: 6/7, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
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!

 

Creating your Personal Summer Mandala

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22
$30 for the series pre-registration is required

Mandalas are an ancient, meditative form used today to reach the inner self and create balance in our contemporary and often hectic world. During this relaxing three session workshop, we'll explore several ways to harness the energy of mandalas to help us slow down, release tension, and nuture our body's inate healing powers.

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.

 

Mindfulness for Daily Living

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, June 21, 12:30–1:30pm
Cost: $10

Tuesday, July 26, 2:30–3:30pm
$10

Tuesday, August 16, 12:30–1:30pm
$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.

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, June 23, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, July 28, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, August 25, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

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

 

Forest Bathing with Art Invitations-CANCELLED 6/27/16

Open to the Community!

Monday, June 27, 1:00–3:00pm
$10 pre-registration is required

Monday, July 11, 1:00–3:00pm
$10

Forest bathing led by Nadine Mazzola combined with invitations to make ART With and In Nature with opening guidance from Jennifer Rosselli Cornetta. We will begin in the art room to introduce the topic and then proceed mindfully onto the grounds, opening to the organic art amterials found in the natural world.

This first session is drawn from The Inspirational World of Andy Goldsworthy and his use of patterns in nature. He is a world renouned artis who only uses materials that he finds from nature to make art. Come search for patterns in nature, repeating the patterns in art like a nonverbal conversation between you and nature.

The second session is a Collaborative Art Piece in the Woods. Take the time to explore the grounds and find objects in nature that you are drawn to. We will then use those objects to create a group art piece.

Nadine Mazzola 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. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Healing Garden client herself, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with other Healing Garden clients and the community

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.

 

Smoothies!!

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, June 28, 2:00–3:30pm
$10

Jocelyn will give you tips and ideas about how to feel your best through healthy, nutritious and delicious smoothies. The approach she will outline can help you overcome issues of fatigue, appetite control, weight control and boosting your mood.

 

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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