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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 is a new programme of outdoor activities that promote good physical and mental wellbeing. From Meditating in Nature, Tai-Chi for Wellbeing to Gardening for good health (GROW), at the Whitworth we have something for everyone, every week.

Events: August and September

Walking for Wellbeing
Tuesdays, 12-1pm
Saturdays, 12-1pm
Free, no need to book

Escape the everyday and explore the art outdoors. Walking for Wellbeing is an excellent way to get active, explore what’s on your doorstep and make new friends.

We meet at the Parkside entrance of the gallery.

Bringing your own water bottle is advised, especially during warm weather.


Tai-Chi for Wellbeing
Wednesdays, 8.30-9.30am,
£6, no need to book.
There will be no sessions running from 14 August.  Sessions will resume on Wednesday 11 September. 

A traditional Chinese internal art for mind and body. Located in the peaceful setting of our Art Garden, Jian Taiji offer 2 qualified instructors at each class, both with knowledge and experience in Chen Tai Chi gained since 1996.  

No need to book. Comfortable, flat footwear is advised.

Please note: participants must enter the gallery via our Parkside entrance. Sessions will take place indoors during bad weather.


Thursdays, 8.30-9.30am
£5, no need to book

No emails, texts, updates or alerts –yoga that takes full advantage of the Whitworth’s peaceful setting.
When the weather is fine, this session will take place in the Art Garden.

'Nature is implicit in Yoga.
Asanas are named after animals, creatures, the natural world.
In yogic physiology we are made from and influenced by the elements.
And it is our disconnection from our 'home' that can cause us to feel alone, unbalanced, and excessive.
The realisation that we are part of nature, and not apart from it is embedded within my own yoga practice and teaching. 
Come and join me to celebrate and honour this fulfilling relationship.'

Karon Mee, Yoga Instructor for sessions at the Whitworth.

Please note: participants must enter the gallery via our Parkside entrance and bring their own yoga mat.


Meditating in Nature
Thursday 29 August, 5.30-6.30pm
Free, please book

Meditating in Nature is an opportunity for you to switch-off after work 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 Claire Morris a qualified mindfulness teacher with a personal mindfulness practice developed over 10 years.   

We meet at the Parkside entrance of the gallery.

Booking required - click here to book your free place.


Minbeast Safari! with City of Trees
Saturday 31 August, 12-2pm
Free, please book

We meet at the Parkside entrance of the gallery. 

Booking required - click here to book your free place. 


Feel Good Kid's Art Club
Saturday 14 September, 1:30-4pm
Free, please book

Join us for a fun and expressive art and mindfulness session for children, set within the beautiful grounds of the Whitworth.
Aimed at ages 8-12, children will explore calming mindfulness techniques all while connecting with nature and creating their own meaningful artwork.
Sessions are created and delivered by Jess Wilkinson, from The Sea Within. Jess has a broad range of experience working with children and young people, in both a creative and academic setting.
Please bring weather appropriate clothing and something to drink.

All art materials are provided.

Booking required - click here to book your free place.


Silent Space
Fridays, 10am-12pm
Sundays, 10am-12pm
Free, find out more

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.
Located in the Alex Bernstein Garden. Read more here.


GROW: Art, Park & Wellbeing
Sessions are delivered every Tuesday, from 10.30am-12.30pm

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

Click here to find out more information.


If you are a GP or Occupational Therapist and would like to find out more about the Natural and Cultural Health Service programme in terms of referrals, then please contact the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795128868


Discover what other events we offer our visitors, or find our what’s on at the Whitworth.