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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.

The Whitworth is open again and we're very happy to welcome you back to the gallery and park.

We're aiming to run most of our regular NCHS sessions, outdoors, in the gallery's Art Garden, Alex Bernstein Garden, and Whitworth Park. While we make the transition, from online to real-life events, a few of our sessions will continue to take place, via zoom, online. See below for further details. Please note that all NCHS sessions must be booked in advance and that capacity is now reduced for the time being.

Here is what’s on in the weeks to come. #whitworthoutdoors

Part of the Natural and Cultural Service programme from The Whitworth.


Tuesdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
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 contact our Cultural Park Keeper, Francine Hayfron 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, 09:00 – 10:00am, £7

Pilates is an exercise system developed in the 1930's 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, correct and improve wrong posture, whilst it restores health and vitality in 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.

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

Twitter: @WhitworthCPK

Instagram: @whitworthcpk1


Please note:
All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.


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