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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.

Winter 2023

It's winter and we're wrapping up warm and enjoying being outdoors!
Here is what’s on in the weeks to come.

Please see the gallery's Seasonal Opening Times for 2022 & 2023, for details of our closure days over the festive period.

*Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm
*Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30pm
Location: 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.

*Please note
GROW sessions will finished for the year, on the week commencing 12 December 2022.
Sessions will resume in February 2023, dates and details will be posted here nearer the time.

NCHS: Silent Spaces
Fridays, 10am-12pm, free
Sundays, 10am-12pm, free
Location: Alex Bernstein Garden

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.

Please visit the Silent Spages website for more information about the project.

NCHS: Meditation in Nature
Thursday 1 December, 5.45-6.45pm (arrival by 5.40pm), free
Booking required, free
Location: Alex Bernstein Garden

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 have 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.  

To attend, please arrive no later than 5.40pm.

NCHS: Feel Good Kid’s Art Club
Saturday 3 December, 1-3pm, free
No booking, arrive early to avoid disappointment
Location: Clore Garden Studio

Join us for the last session of the year. Feel Good Kid’s Art Club is 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.

Please note
There is no longer a requirement to book a place via Eventbrite, however, capacity is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

NCHS: Dementia Naturally Active
Tuesday 13 December, 2-3pm
Booking required, free
Location: Whitworth Park 

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 – see details below.

To book or for any queries please contact Katie by email at or phone 0161 872 1660 or 07759 369 220

NCHS: Festive Decorations with City of Trees
Thursday 15 December, 12-2pm, free, drop-in
Location: Whitworth Park Community Garden

Come along and join us at Whitworth park for festive decoration-making! Using a variety of natural materials, we will be making garlands, hanging decorations, and leaf-printed wrapping paper to get you in the festive spirit! 
Meet by our Parkside reception desk accessed via Denmark Road, M15 6FG.

Please click here for more information and to register on Eventbrite


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