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.

Tapping/EFT

Open to the Community!

Tuesday, February 16, 1:00–2:30pm
Cost: $10

In this 90 minute class you will learn and practice EFT. 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

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, February 21, 3:00p–5:00pm

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

 

Express Yourself Through Stamping

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 3:30–5:30pm
Meets: 2/1
Cost: $20 sign up for the series of two classes

Monday, February 22, 3:30–5:30pm
Cost: $10 Clients and community invited!

During this two session workshop you will learn how to make your own unique stamps and explore the creative possibilities of designing your own handmade prints, notecards and more. All materials are provided.

Led by Debra Cooper Solomon MFA with Karen Arsenault.

Debra has been teaching and making art for most of her life. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013 left her feeling alone and scared, she began attending art classes at the Healing Garden. Immersion in art gaveher the strength necessary to live with her cancer diagnosis. Debra now shares her creative energies with others whose lives have been touched by cancer.

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.

 

Healing With Nature: Forest Bathing

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, February 24, 10:30am–12:30pm
Cost: $10

Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and cortisol levels, it can improve immune function and improve psychological disorders. During this workshop you will review scientific research on the benefits of nature immersion, enjoy a guided sensory awareness experience, which helps reconnect to the body and awaken the senses and experience invitations to deepen your Nature connection. You will take home a list of nature connections and mindfulness practices you can try on your own.    


 

Evening Restorative Yoga

Open to the Community!

Date and time to be announced.

Restorative Yoga centers on your breath and body-alligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. Props are used to help you to hold certain poses and postures longer without effort or straining. Restorative Yoga calms and heals the body and mind.

Annie Gray began as a Yoga teacher after her own experience with breast cancer. Annie loves bringing Restorative Yoga to others, especially in the dark part of winter in a candlelit atmosphere of serenity and peace.

 

Mat Pilates for Building Strength

Open to the Community!

Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45pm
Meets: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
A six week class for $60

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.

 

Music, Imagery and Art

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 11:15am–12:15pm
Meets: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
$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 guided relaxation and into a programmed music listening experience coupled with an organic art 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.

 

Qigong: Finding the Force Within

Open to the Community!

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am
Meets: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
Cost: $10 $40 for each series of four classes

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.

 

Yoga for Self Care

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 9:30–10:45am
Meets: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
open to clients and community, please pay for a series of 3 for $30

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.

 

Drop-In Meditation: Mindful Mondays with Marcia

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 12:30–1:00pm
Meets: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29
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: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22
Cost: $10

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.

 

Sexuality and Cancer: -CANCELLED

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, January 27, 5:30–6:30pm
FREE, Donations are accepted to benefit the Healing Garden

Hester Hill Schnipper has over 25 years experience in the field of oncology social work. She has a daily blog "Living with Cancer" where she blogs about the emotional and physical world of cancer treatment. She will present some of the common issues related to intimacy during and after cancer. She will bring in exercises and activities that will nelp reestablish intimacy between couples who are living with cancer and it's aftermath. If you can, please email marcia@healinggarden.net with your questions and concers so Hester can be prepared to address them.

 

Express Yourself Through Stamping

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 3:30–5:30pm
Meets: 2/1
Cost: $20 sign up for the series of two classes

Monday, February 22, 3:30–5:30pm
Cost: $10 Clients and community invited!

During this two session workshop you will learn how to make your own unique stamps and explore the creative possibilities of designing your own handmade prints, notecards and more. All materials are provided.

Led by Debra Cooper Solomon MFA with Karen Arsenault.

Debra has been teaching and making art for most of her life. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013 left her feeling alone and scared, she began attending art classes at the Healing Garden. Immersion in art gaveher the strength necessary to live with her cancer diagnosis. Debra now shares her creative energies with others whose lives have been touched by cancer.

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.

 

Felting: Using Felting as a Path to Self 

Open to the Community!

Cancelled 2/3/16
Wednesdays, 1:00–3:00pm
Meets: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Please sign up for the series of three classes

Drawing is a path, a collection of wandering lines. In this series we will be giving color and life to different kinds of paths, structures, chaotic and familiar through the art of felting.

Feb 3: The Wandering Line

Feb 10: The Golden Ratio

Feb 17th Exploring sexuality through felting

Led by Jennifer Rosselli Cornetta BFA, MFA is an expressive arts intern from Lesley University. She previously graduated with a master's degree in fine arts and is currently training in using all artistic modalities within her therapeutic work.

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

Open to the Community!

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am
Meets: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Cost: $40 sign up for a series of four

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.

 

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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