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.

Writing for Wellness

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
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.

 

Mind-Body Music and Sound

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
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.

 

Shinrin-Yoku at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Open to the Community!

Saturday, September 10, 9:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $25 for HG members, $35 for non-members

Immerse yourself in "forest bathing" -- a well-known Japanese practice for managing stress and connecting to nature -- during this half-day retreat with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Nadine Mazzola.

Co-sponsored by Tower Hill Botanic Garden with the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard, MA. $5 of your registration fee will be a tax-deductible donation to the Healing Garden.

visit www.towerhillbg.org to register

 

Watercolor Explorations

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26
Cost: $60 For the series
Limited to 9 participants

This six week workshop will encourage us to explore our inner creativity as we ‘invent new scenarios’ that will help us find our own ways to heal. Karen 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. No prior art experience is necessary. Class size limited. Pre-registration required.

 

Meditation with Horses

Open to the Community!

Thursday, September 15, 12:45–2:00pm
FREE

Thursday, October 20, 12:45–2:00pm
Free

Thursday, November 17, 12:45–2:00pm
Free

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

 

Reiki Share

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, September 20, 12:30–1:30pm
Free

Wednesday, November 2, 12:30–1:30pm
Free

Experience a deep sense of calm and wellbeing with our beginning Reiki practitioners that are also clients of the Healing Garden. The practitioners will be providing 20 minute sessions to 4 clients at a time. Jacqueline Sullivan-Wyco will supervise.

Pre-Registration Required

Register with Kelly at kelly@healinggarden.net or at 978-456-3235 ext. 3#

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, August 25, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, September 22, 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.

 

Yoga for Self Care

For Clients Only

Thursdays, 9:30–10:45am
Meets: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
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.

 

Prayer Beads

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, September 27, 10:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $10
Limited to 10 participants

We have trays-full of  beads and pearls that you can select from to create a string of prayer beads. Sue will guide us in creating a specific pattern of beads, and then follow with description of a practical, new form of prayer, based on a modern use of prayer beads. Dana will invite us into Buddhist meditation or prayer.  For those on a quest to deepen your spirituality or develop a sustainable, daily spiritual practice, this workshop may be quite helpful. Pre-registration required.

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW and Sue Dobbie, RN and Beading Artist.

 

Mindful Yoga

Open to the Community!

Saturday, October 1, 10:00–11:30am
Cost: $10

This is a monthly90 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. 

 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 11:30am–12:30pm
Meets: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Cost: $10

Learn mindfulness strategies to quiet your busy mind. Find your inner energy balance and access your potential for joyful living.

Pre-Registration Required

$40/series

 

Chiropractor Q & A

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, October 4, 12:30–1:30pm
Free

Join Chiropractor, Nina Englander for an informational session

 

Sugar: Living With and Without It

Open to the Community!

Thursday, October 6, 12:00–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Facilitator will give you tips and ideas about how to feel your best through nutrition and lifestyle adaptations. The approach she will outline can help you overcome issues of fatigue, appetite control, weight control, and boosting your mood.

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.

Pre-Registration Required

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, October 9, 3:00–5:00pm
Cost: $10

Sunday, November 13, 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

 

Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku: The Medicine of Being in Nature

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, September 7, 2:30–3:40pm
Cost: $10 Pre-registration is required

Wednesday, October 12, 2:30–3:40pm
Cost: $10 Pre-registration is required

Wednesday, November 9, 2:30–3:40pm
Cost: $10 Pre-registration is required

Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Some proven benefits include:    * Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells * Reduced blood pressure * Reduced stress * Improved mood * Increased ability to focus * Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness * Increased energy level * Improved sleep. Join Nadine Mazzola on a restorative Shinrin-yoku experience through The Garden grounds.

 

NeurOptimal

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, October 12, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free

NeurOptimal, by Zengar Institute is a highly evolved form of neurofeedback that safely supports your brain in enhancing performance, healing and transforming. NeurOptimal has been shown to improve cognitive dysfunction from chemotherapy, enhance focus, help anxiety issues and sleep.  When given the right information, the brain can transform effortlessly to be the best brain it can be. Lisa will be bringing the NeurOptimal system to demonstrate on an attendant. Then, she will be providing two free sessions. Pre-Registration required.

Lisa has been a licensed body and energy worker, and has had a private practice in Concord for over 25 years. She has been a practitioner with the Healing Garden since 2002. Today, she offers a unique blend of traditional and body centered therapies that support you in opening to your innate ability to heal and grow.

 

More Skin Care Essentials: Before, During and After Treatment

For Clients Only

Monday, October 17, 11:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

Monday, November 7, 11:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

General overview of skin care basics and side effects expected with a cancer diagnosis. Taught by a certified Oncology Aesthetician. Free samples available to all participants. BEFORE: Learn how to prepare the skin for treatment and reduce skin reactions. DURING: Learn how to protect your skin while undergoing treatment. AFTER: Learn how to combat lasting side effects and preserve your skin into the future.

Pre-Registration Required

Facilitator: Holly Brown, Certified Onc. Esthetician, MLD.

 

Becoming Whole: Journaling on Forgiveness and Compassion

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, October 25, 10:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

In living with cancer or other health crises, those who journal report having an enhanced understanding of themselves, are more in touch with their needs and are better able to cope. This session will explore themes of compassion and forgiveness through the practice of journal writing. Attendees are invited to bring in an object from their lives that represents compassion an/or forgiveness, an a mug of their choice.

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW and Susie Allen, Rev. will led the group.

Pre-Registration Required

 

Remembrance Ceremony with the Threshold Choir

Open to the Community!

Thursday, October 27, 5:15–6:00pm

All are invited to join with us for a gathering of readings and music that commemorate and honor those we have loved and lost.

 

Snowflake Beading

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, November 1, 1:00–3:00pm
Cost: $15
Limited to 10 participants

Come create a Beaded Snowflake Decoration! Lori will have lots of beads and designs to choose from. A great way to get your gift-giving done for the Holidays.

Lori Burton will facilitate the class.

Pre-Registration required

 

Creating Your Personal Mandala- One Day Workshop

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, November 16, 1:00–3:00pm
Cost: $10
Limited to 9 participants

Mandalas are an ancient, meditative art form used by many cultures to reach the inner self and create balance in our contemporary and often hectic world. During this one hour session we'll explore several ways to harness the energy of mandalas to help slow us down, release tension, and nurture our body’s innate healing powers.

Led by Karen Farr Arsenault. Karen 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. Coming full circle, Karen now shares her artistic interests and passion with others, conducting expressive arts workshops and paintinfg with those who seek to connect with their own creative spirit.

Pre-Registration Required

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.

Contact Kelly to register. Kelly@HealingGarden.net or 978-456-3532 ext. 103

 

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. 

 

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

 

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.

 

Farm Share and Recipes

Open to the Community!

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

Starting on July 11, we will be providing FREE FARM SHARES. In each session we will focus on the foods in the deliveries, provide recipes, food preparation ideas, and a nutritional lecture. 

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. 

August 8 - Robyn Kievit Kirkman, Nurse Practitioner and Registered Dietician, Myths/Truths about Cancer Nutrition

August 22- Kathy Elkind, Eating with Self-Compassion

Sep 12 - Jacqueline Sullivan-Wyco, Grilling Veggies!!

Sep 26 - Robyn Kievit Kirkman, NP and RD, Myths/Truths about Cancer Nutrition Part II

 

Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
FREE: Drop in

Sit in the beautiful Garden Room and practice Mindful Mondays. A twenty-minute meditation CD will be provided. 

 

Join our Walking Group!

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 9:00am
Meets: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
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!

Thursdays, 1:30–2:30pm
Meets: 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10
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.

 

Knitting and Needle Arts; Come every Thursday!

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 2:00–4:00pm
Meets: 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10
FREE

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

 

Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
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.

 

Writing for Wellness in Nature

Open to the Community!

Thursday, August 25, 10:00–11:30am

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.

 

An Open Circle of Healing and Song

Open to the Community!

Thursday, August 25, 5:15–6:00pm
FREE

Thursday, September 22, 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.

 

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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