Cancer Support Programs & Classes

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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.

10 Steps to Nutritional Healing;  

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, July 15, 12:30–1:30pm
Cost: $10

Jocelyn 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 fatique, appetite control, weight control and boosting your mood. 

Jocelyn Kasper PhD, MPH is a certifed Health Coach. She runs Your Nourishing Life, a Health Coaching Practice and also works at Dana Farber Cancer Center in the Adult Survivorship Program.

 

Journaling: Writing your Way Toward Wholeness

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, July 22, 11:00am–1:00pm
Cost: $10

Journaling, the practice of keeping a journal to explore thoughts and feelings, is a mindful tool for self discovery and healing. In living with cancer or other health crisis, those who journal report having an anhanced understanding of themselves, are more in touch with their needs and are better able to cope. Dana will provide handouts and journaling prompts and techniques.

 

Yoga Nidra: Divine Sleep Yoga

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that anyone can do, even if you have never meditated before. In this class, we will use body and breathe awareness and visualizations to attain amazingly deep levels of relaxation. Make yourself comfortable and listen as you are guided step by step.

Julie Viggh is a Yoga teacher and practitioner in Boxborough, MA. She is an experienced and gentle guide.

 

Create Miniature Garden Worlds!

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

We will plant beautiful herbs and mosses and create small worlds in the sensory planters. We will use rocks and shells and other significant objects to create beauty and whimsy!

Susie Phoenix is an ordained chaplain and a professionalo gardener.

 

Morning Yoga: Ongoing

For Clients Only

Ongoing, Thursdays through June 18, 9:30am to 10:45 am
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.

 

QiGong: Finding the Life Within with Jeff Cote'

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 12–1:00pm
Meets: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27
Cost: $10 for HG members, $10 for non-members $10 a class

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and QiGong, this practice incorporates balanced movement, breathing exercises and posture strengthening.

Jeff Cote' has been a student, practitioner and a teacher of Martial Arts, QiGong, Tuina, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Taoism for over 20 years.

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sundays, 3:00–5:00pm
Meets: 6/14, 7/12
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

 

Photography is a Healing Art with Liz West

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:00–5:00pm
Meets: 6/17, 6/24
Cost: $10 for HG members, $10 for non-members

Photography can be a healing activity, encouraging cancer patients and caretakers to pay special attention to the people, places and events they locve. In this two session class, we will discuss the healing benefits of photography, as well as general tips that will help you improve your images almost immediately.

Please bring a camera that you know how to use. If you cannot use it, please bring the manual.

Liz West has been a client at the Healing Garden for years. She was a writer in her professional life and now she focus on photography. She shoots or processes images every day.

 

Wisdom in the Woods Nature Walks

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 6/24, 7/22
Free

This program is an 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. 

 

Restorative Yoga

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00pm
Meets: 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29
Cost: $10 $10 a class

In Restorative Yoga props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowiThese class are relaxing and are a good complement to more active practices.

 

Creating Your Personal Mandala with Karen Farr Arsenault

For Clients Only

Thursdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 6/25, 7/9
Cost: $10 for HG members, $10 for non-members $10/class or donation

Mandalas are an ancient art form used by many cultures to reach the inner self. Using watercolors and other mediums, we'll explore this art form as a way to find our center and create balance in our contemporary and often hectic world. 

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 expressionto find new meaning in a life forever changed by cancer.

 

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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