Mind Body Book Discussions

The Zakim Center hosts a Mind Body Book Discussion every month, where participants read a pre-selected book and come together to discuss, led by Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC. Discussions are held "meeting-style" on Zoom in a private and confidential group setting, and participants are encouraged to keep their camera on for the duration of the meeting, to foster dialogue and community. There are two options for meeting times, and books are provided free of charge and mailed to participants ahead of time. 

The selection for February's discussion is Letting Go of Nothing by Peter Russell. Space is limited. Please email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu to register and choose one meeting time:

Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET OR
Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Recorded Meditations

  • Meditation on Letting Go

    15 Dec, 2022
    Meditation is a practice that can help us learn to be present in the moment and navigate life's challenges. The class is led by Patty Arcari, PhD, ...
  • Guided Body Scan Meditation for Sleep & Relaxation

    13 Jun, 2022
    In this 16-minute meditation, Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, guides you through a body scan meditation designed to help release physical tension...

Mind Body Resilience Programs

Mind Body Resilience Online 

Mind Body Resilience Online is an eight-week program designed and led by Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, which teaches Dana-Farber patients and caregivers how to manage stress and nurture resilience. This course is free of charge, but space is limited. This group is for Dana-Farber patients and caregivers.

Email the Zakim Center at Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu to be added to our waitlist and learn more information about the upcoming fall session!

Mind Body Resilience Graduate

This eight-week online program is open to all who have completed the basic Mind Body Resilience group program. Building on skills developed in the basic Mind Body Resilience group, this program will focus on deepening the understanding and practice of meditation in a supportive group environment. This group is for Dana-Farber patients and caregivers.

Email the Zakim Center at Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu to be added to our waitlist and learn more information about the upcoming fall session!

Meet Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Dr. Patricia Arcari is the Program Manager for Meditation and Mindfulness at the Zakim Center and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, where she has created novel meditation, mindfulness, and Mind Body Resilience programming for patients, staff, and students. She is also responsible for the design and implementation of the Reiki Volunteer Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her PhD and undergraduate degrees from the Boston College School of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University. Previously, she was a Program Director at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and a Nurse Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is board certified as an advanced holistic nurse, a clinical nurse specialist in Integrative Nursing, and has been involved in practicing Holistic Nursing for over 20 years in clinical, training, and research capacities. Her areas of research interest include Reiki, mindfulness meditation, and developing resilience.

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