HARVARD -- Programs and Bodywork offered at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, providing a community of support, therapeutic services and education to facilitate healing for those experiencing cancer.

Call now to register to prevent cancellation: 978-456-3532.

Mindful Movement: Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, this practice incorporates balanced movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture-strengthening.

Mondays, through Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m. Clients: $60, community: $72.

Spiritual Companioning Group

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

Third Thursdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 21, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Clients: free

Mind-Body Music Therapy

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

Third Fridays, through Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Clients/Community: free

Parent-Child Art

This workshop allows school-aged children to identify feelings, engage in playful, descriptive dialogue and build a shared art piece with their parent.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Client/Child: $20 (Additional parent or child, $5)

Journaling: A Self-help Tool For Coping With Cancer

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.


m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 for HG members, $20 for nonmembers; scholarship available

For clients and friends or family

Journaling is the most widely recommended tool by therapists and counselors to supplement therapy. In living with cancer or other health crisis, those who journal report having an enhanced understanding of themselves, are more in touch with their needs and are better able to cope.

Photography Can Be a Healing Art

Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to noon (Oct. 26 is back-up date in case of bad weather)

Cost: $12 for HG members, $15 for nonmembers; scholarship available

Your camera can be a helpful companion on your healing journey. During this workshop, we will explore different ways that photography can lift your spirits and help you connect with the world and with others. We will also discuss specific techniques that can help you improve the images that you create.

Retreat: Feed Your Mind, Body & Soul

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $30 for HG members, $30 for nonmembers.

For clients and their friends or family

Half-day retreat covering exercise, education and expressive arts:

Qi Gong, Nutrition, and SoulCollage.

9:30-11:30 a.m. SoulCollage

SoulCollage is a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards -- each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nutrition Simplified

1-2 p.m. Qi Gong


All Support Groups are free and require registration.

METASTATIC CANCER: meets second and fourth Tuesdays, 3:4:30 p.m.

METASTATIC BREAST CANCER: meets first and third Fridays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

POST TREATMENT: meets second Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m.

IN TREATMENT: meets first and third Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m.

YOUNG WOMEN: meets first Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m.

JOURNALING: meets first Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING: meets third Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.