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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.

Autumn Events

Sessions are delivered every Tuesday
10.30am-12.30pm, free
Booking required, see details below

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

Working within our beautifully designed Art Garden by landscape garden designer Sarah Price and within Whitworth Park, participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of horticultural techniques and engage with our collections.

The aim of this project is to help individuals to acquire new skills, rebuild confidence and to provide opportunities to engage with others socially in a safe and culturally inspiring environment.

To join GROW or to make a referral please contact our Cultural Park Keeper, Francine Hayfron, on 07795 128868.

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 per session, no need to book

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.
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
There will be no Yoga session on Thursday 17 October.

No emails, texts, updates or alerts –yoga that takes full advantage of the Whitworth’s peaceful setting.

'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
Thursdays: 10 October, 14 November and 12 December
Free, please book via this link

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


Feel Good Kid's Art Club
Saturdays: 12 October, 9 November and 14 December
Free, please book via this link

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 about Silent Space here

Nature and Culture with Recovery Pathways
Fridays 13 September to Friday 1 November, 10am-12pm
Free, please see booking details below
Eight week course: Arts for Good Health
Drawing | Painting | Photography | Textiles | Collage

Enhance your wellbeing through creativity
Connect with others and inspire your creativity
Practice noticing the detail around you to boost wellbeing
Sample a variety of artistic techniques
All materials provided and no experience necessary.

Please email to be referred, or phone 07436 560 917 for more information.


Apple Pressing and Leaf Art with City of Trees
Saturday 26 October
12-2pm, free, please book

Come and learn how to make some delicious apple juice and make some leaf art.
With 'Apple Day' on the 21 October, City of Trees will be bringing an apple press to Whitworth Park to show you how to make tasty apple juice. There will also be a chance to get creative and make some nature themed art with leaves.

Booking required - please book your free place here

Apple Pressing with City of Trees
Thursday 31 October
12-2pm, free, please book

Come and join City of Trees and learn how make some apple juice.
We’ll be picking some apples from the orchard, showing you how to forage them. You will then get a chance to have a go at pressing your own apples and taste the delicious apple juice from them.
Materials and apples will be provided.

Booking required - please book your free place here


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.