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Natural Cultural Health Service

Exposure to nature can significantly reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Natural Cultural Health Service

The Natural and Cultural Health Service (NCHS) is a programme of outdoor activities that promote good physical and mental wellbeing. From Meditating in Nature, Iyengar Yoga
 for Wellbeing to Gardening for good health (GROW), at the Whitworth we have something for everyone, every week.

May 2022

Summer is on the horizon and we're enjoying being outdoors!
Here is what’s on in the weeks to come.

Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: The Whitworth

GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual.

To join GROW or to make a referral please email or contact the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795 128868.

NCHS: Iyengar Yoga
Thursdays, 9-10am, £5

Yoga practice aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and wellbeing.  The Iyengar method of yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar.  His teachings focus on the correct alignment and precision of the poses to ensure you are working safely and gaining maximum benefits to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.

Ellen Cooper who leads this class has been teaching Iyengar yoga for over 15 years.

Entry via our Parkside reception. Participants are required to bring their own exercise mat and water bottle.

NCHS: Pilates
Sundays, 9-10am, £7

Pilates is an exercise system developed in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates. Pilates believed in striving for a strong healthy body and pushing the mind to the limit of its ability. Through regular practice, Pilates helps to protect the spine, and correct and improve the wrong posture, whilst it restores health and vitality in the mind and body.

Suitable for all levels of fitness; beginners are welcome. Exercises are adaptable and participants are to encouraged to progress at their own pace.

Entry via our Parkside reception. Participants are required to bring their own exercise mat and water bottle.

NCHS: Feel Good Kid’s Art Club
Saturday 7 May, 1-3pm
Art Garden & Clore Garden Studio, FREE, booking essential see link below

Join us for a fun and expressive art and mindfulness session. Aimed at ages 6 -12, children will explore calming mindfulness techniques all while connecting with nature and creating their own meaningful artwork.

Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and something to drink.
All art materials are provided.

For more information and to register click here on Eventbrite

NCHS: Dementia Naturally Active
Tuesday 10 May, 2-4pm
Whitworth Park, FREE, booking essential see details below

Come and join City of Trees and The Whitworth for our Dementia Friendly walk on the second Tuesday of every month.
We will be gently strolling around Whitworth Park, having a chat and connecting with nature.
Booking for the walk is essential. To book or for any queries please do contact Katie on or ring 0161 872 1660 or 07759 369 220.

Silent Spaces
Fridays, 10am-12pm
Sundays, 10am-12pm

Take time out and enjoy the restorative benefits of being peaceful in a green space.  All we ask is: No phones, no talking and no cameras.  Thank you.

Visit the Silent Spaces website

NCHS: Meditation in Nature
Wednesday 4 May, 2-3pm
Alex Bernstein Garden, FREE, booking essential see link below

Meditation in Nature is an opportunity for you to switch off and experience a deep sense of calm whilst enjoying the beauty of the grounds at The Whitworth. When we are mindful in nature we are able to be in the present moment much quicker than if we were indoors, this is because nature offers us an abundance of beauty, and our natural curiosity is heightened by the sights, sounds, and smells. At the end of the session, you will experience feeling lighter, less stressed, and having a sense that you have connected to something bigger than yourself.

The session is being led by Lilasuri (Claire) Morris a qualified mindfulness teacher with a personal mindfulness practice developed over 10 years.  
Register here on our Eventbrite page

NCHS: Bird ID Walk - Listen & Look with City of Trees
Thursday 26 May, 12pm-2pm
Whitworth Park, FREE, booking essential see link below

Join us and the City of Trees team on a venturesome birdwatch walk through Whitworth Park. Listen and look out for the variety of birds in and around the many different trees present in the park. You will also be provided with Identification Guides.

Meet by our Parkside reception desk accessed via Denmark Road, M15 6FG.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. Register here on our Eventbrite page


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