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 Click here for printable Calendar of Programs and Events for December through February

 

All programs require pre-registration. To REGISTER, call 978-456-3532 or email Lana at lana@healinggarden.net.

Coping through the Holidays: A Support Group for Those Grieving the Recent Loss of a Loved One

Open to the Community!

Monday, December 8, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, December 22, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, January 12, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, January 26, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

This group is being offered for those who have had a loss within the past year.  

The format of the group will be one of conversation, with group members sharing their experiences and emotions as they feel comfortable, in a setting of confidentiality and safety guided by the facilitator.  The overall focus will be to share with one another what it is like to live with significant recent loss, including the special challenges of getting through the coming holiday season as a bereaved person.  Participants will offer mutual support, strategies and ideas, and the facilitator will provide education about the grief process and holiday coping tools, woven into the overall conversation.

The group will be facilitated by Eleanor Mathews, LICSW, a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years’ experience working with seriously ill patients and their families in the hospice setting and in private practice, as well as in facilitating bereavement support groups.

 

Mindful Movement — Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

"Meditation in movement is a hundred, a thousand, a million times superior to meditation at rest." Zen

Combining the vehicles of TaiChi and QiGong this practice incorporates ancient healing art practices to promote living mindfully. This is done through movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening. Mindful living promotes contentment, calmness, steadiness and strength.

The exercises are simple and easy to learn. They can be done standing or sitting. Bring an open mind and curiosity to try something new. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and supportive shoes (or you can go barefoot.)

Carol Mielo Swerzenski is the facilitator for this class.

 

Authentic Movement

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, December 17, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Wednesday, January 21, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Wednesday, February 18, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Authentic Movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness.

At its core, Authentic Movement is about trusting the innate wisdom of the body to lead us toward healing and the development of conscious presence.

The Process:

The group is usually divided into movers and witnesses (later swapping roles) working either in pairs or with the witnesses acting as a containing circle for all the movers. There is no music, the mover has to listen to, sense deeply, himself. With eyes closed it is easier to focus inwardly. Moving blindly symbolizes the journey into the unknown. Only if someone is moving very quickly, the eyes may be kept open to make sure everyone is safe. The time for movement may be short - ten to twenty minutes - but the experience can feel very condensed, like a dream.

Afterwards, the movers may draw or talk directly about what occurred for them. The witness may respond in movement, or by drawing, or verbally. The subjectivity of her experience is owned through phrases like "I saw....I imagined....I felt....I heard". The witness does not interpret.

This experience is deep, focuses on the expression of inner life and depends on a safe and trusting environment.

Led by Marcia Lewin Berlin, LICSW.

 

Bodylines Clean Eating Program

For Clients Only

Tuesday, January 20, 11:00am–12:00pm
Free Informational Session

Tuesday, January 27, 11:00am–12:00pm
Free Informational Session

Bodylines has created an exclusive program for Healing Garden Clients.

Based on our signature Clean Eating Program, we have devised a 8 week program designed to identify and eliminate high inflammatory foods in your diet.  Foods that cause you to:

- hold onto excess fat

- makes you weight loss resistant

- break out in acne or rashes

- feel tired and lethargic

- have headaches or joint aches

- feel bloated

We also introduce you to many nutrient rich foods that support health and vitality for the long term!

Bodylines Nutrition Coach leads you through 8 weeks of making lifestyle and dietary changes that will improve your energy, your skin, the feeling inside your body, how your clothes fit and how you feel about yourself!

This program is held in a supportive small group environment.

Free Informational Sessions:

Tuesday Jan 20th   11-12 noon

Tuesday Jan 27th 11-12 noon

Program will be weekly on Tuesdays, 2/3 - 3/3, time tbd. For clients only, $25/class.

 

Wisdom in the Woods Nature Walks

For Clients Only

Wednesday, December 17, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Wednesday, January 28, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Wednesday, February 25, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

This program is a once a month 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. 

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, December 14, 3:00–5:00pm 2nd Sunday of the month
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, January 11, 3:00–5:00pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, February 8, 3:00–5:00pm
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

 

Mind-Body Sound Therapy

Open to the Community!

Thursday, December 11, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, January 22, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, February 12, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

You are invited to lie down on the floor or sit in the cushioned Garden Room chairs as you absorb the healing energy of Bernadette's music. 

Learn about the power of sound for relaxation and self-healing: use music to create relaxation in the body, joy, uplifting energy in the home, grief processing, and meditation.

Learn to listen to your body’s intuitive wisdom through listening to music and feeling how music and tones affect your body, your emotions, your mind.

This program is designed and led by Bernadette Yao

 

Spiritual Companioning Journey

For Clients Only

Thursday, December 18, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Thursday, January 15, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Thursday, February 19, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

The group meeting dates are as follows: 12/18, 1/15, 2/19

This group offers a safe and confidential setting to discover and explore an awareness of one's deepest longings, the chance to learn and engage spiritual practices or resources to support and develop this awareness, and the opportunity to identify the source and foundation of one's own spiritual truth or wisdom.

This group is led by Susie Allen, Rev. and Lisa MacDonnell, M.T.

 

A Morning Retreat of Contemplative Readings, QiGong and Mind-Body Music Therapy

Open to the Community!

Saturday, February 21, 10:00am–12:00pm
$10 suggested donation

Join this two hour mini-retreat of contemplative readings by author of Essays on the Thoughts and Struggles of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Chris Way, followed by a full session of QiGong with Carol Swerzenski. The QiGong will be accompanied with live healing sound music by Bernadette Yao.

 

Exploring Our Creative Spirits

For Clients Only

Wednesdays, 1:30–3:30pm
Meets: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
$10/class or donation

Maya Angelou’s philosophies encourage us to use our innate creativity to help us move through life’s challenges.  She said, “We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”

These six classes will encourage us to explore our inner creativity as we “invent new scenarios” that will help us find our own ways to heal.

Candace Anderson 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.

Projects will include a delightful array of offerings, such as windblessings, colorful “self-portrait” mandalas, water exploration to uncover our personal healing mantras, card-making, and other surprises.

No prior art experience is necessary.  (Remember: we are all created creative).

This class is led by artist, Candace Anderson and co-facilitated by Lesley University Intern, Rev. Sarah Maker.


 

Morning Yoga

For Clients Only

Ongoing, Thursdays, (No Class on 11/27) 12/4-3/26, 9:30-10:45am
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.

 

Writing Your Way Towards Wholeness

For Clients Only

Bi-Weekly Wednesdays, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 11:30-12:45pm
Cost: $25

This series will be a process of self-discovery through writing on topics such as the cancer journey, beginning anew, identity, spirituality, and questions about our lives. Each session will include an interplay between meditation and writing practices. The first session of the series will be co-lead with artist Candace Anderson who will guide participants through the creation of their own unique journal to be used throughout the series.

This series will be led by Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW and co-facilitated by Lesley University Intern, Rev. Sarah Maker.

 

Mindful Movement — Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Open to the Community!

Mondays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00am
Meets: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Cost: $60 for HG members, $72 for non-members

"Meditation in movement is a hundred, a thousand, a million times superior to meditation at rest." Zen

Combining the vehicles of TaiChi and QiGong this practice incorporates ancient healing art practices to promote living mindfully. This is done through movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening. Mindful living promotes contentment, calmness, steadiness and strength.

The exercises are simple and easy to learn. They can be done standing or sitting. Bring an open mind and curiosity to try something new. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and supportive shoes (or you can go barefoot.)

Carol Mielo Swerzenski is the facilitator for this class.

 

Coping through the Holidays: A Support Group for Those Grieving the Recent Loss of a Loved One

Open to the Community!

Monday, December 8, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, December 22, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, January 12, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

Monday, January 26, 5:30–7:00pm
Free

This group is being offered for those who have had a loss within the past year.  

The format of the group will be one of conversation, with group members sharing their experiences and emotions as they feel comfortable, in a setting of confidentiality and safety guided by the facilitator.  The overall focus will be to share with one another what it is like to live with significant recent loss, including the special challenges of getting through the coming holiday season as a bereaved person.  Participants will offer mutual support, strategies and ideas, and the facilitator will provide education about the grief process and holiday coping tools, woven into the overall conversation.

The group will be facilitated by Eleanor Mathews, LICSW, a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years’ experience working with seriously ill patients and their families in the hospice setting and in private practice, as well as in facilitating bereavement support groups.

 

Mind-Body Sound Therapy

Open to the Community!

Thursday, December 11, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, January 22, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

Thursday, February 12, 11:00am–12:00pm
Cost: $5 for HG members, $5 for non-members

You are invited to lie down on the floor or sit in the cushioned Garden Room chairs as you absorb the healing energy of Bernadette's music. 

Learn about the power of sound for relaxation and self-healing: use music to create relaxation in the body, joy, uplifting energy in the home, grief processing, and meditation.

Learn to listen to your body’s intuitive wisdom through listening to music and feeling how music and tones affect your body, your emotions, your mind.

This program is designed and led by Bernadette Yao

 

Oneness Blessing

Open to the Community!

Sunday, December 14, 3:00–5:00pm 2nd Sunday of the month
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, January 11, 3:00–5:00pm
This event requests a $10 donation.

Sunday, February 8, 3:00–5:00pm
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

 

Wisdom in the Woods Nature Walks

For Clients Only

Wednesday, December 17, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Wednesday, January 28, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Wednesday, February 25, 10:00–11:30am
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

This program is a once a month 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. 

 

Authentic Movement

Open to the Community!

Wednesday, December 17, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Wednesday, January 21, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Wednesday, February 18, 9:45–10:45am
Free, For Clients and the Community

Authentic Movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness.

At its core, Authentic Movement is about trusting the innate wisdom of the body to lead us toward healing and the development of conscious presence.

The Process:

The group is usually divided into movers and witnesses (later swapping roles) working either in pairs or with the witnesses acting as a containing circle for all the movers. There is no music, the mover has to listen to, sense deeply, himself. With eyes closed it is easier to focus inwardly. Moving blindly symbolizes the journey into the unknown. Only if someone is moving very quickly, the eyes may be kept open to make sure everyone is safe. The time for movement may be short - ten to twenty minutes - but the experience can feel very condensed, like a dream.

Afterwards, the movers may draw or talk directly about what occurred for them. The witness may respond in movement, or by drawing, or verbally. The subjectivity of her experience is owned through phrases like "I saw....I imagined....I felt....I heard". The witness does not interpret.

This experience is deep, focuses on the expression of inner life and depends on a safe and trusting environment.

Led by Marcia Lewin Berlin, LICSW.

 

Spiritual Companioning Journey

For Clients Only

Thursday, December 18, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Thursday, January 15, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

Thursday, February 19, 11:00am–12:30pm
Free, For Clients and their Friends or Family

The group meeting dates are as follows: 12/18, 1/15, 2/19

This group offers a safe and confidential setting to discover and explore an awareness of one's deepest longings, the chance to learn and engage spiritual practices or resources to support and develop this awareness, and the opportunity to identify the source and foundation of one's own spiritual truth or wisdom.

This group is led by Susie Allen, Rev. and Lisa MacDonnell, M.T.

 

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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