Many of us experience a profound sense of wellbeing when we visit a garden. In fact, connecting visitors to nature in this and many other ways is central to Wave Hill’s mission as a public garden and cultural center. With this in mind, we are evaluating our wellness programs this fall, looking for ways to enrich that feeling of wellbeing. Focusing on the outdoor experience, Yoga sessions will run through September, and Tai Chi Chuan through October, then return in springtime. Meditative Woodland Walks will continue to take place outdoors each spring and fall—September 11, October 2 and November 6. Also continuing is our tradition of offering a free session of Meditation the day after Thanksgiving. Wellness Workshops—making soaps and remedies this summer and honey infusions this fall—will continue to be feature of wellness programming each season.
Registration opens onsite at 9:30AM in the Perkins Visitor Center. Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga: $25/Wave Hill Member $15. Fees include admission to the grounds. Advance registration receives a $2 discount.
Register online and, day of, onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center. (Reservations may not be made by telephone.) Online registration closes at 8AM on the day of the session. Cancellations must be made by 3PM the Friday before; after that, refunds will not be made. Drops-ins for indoor sessions will be accommodated as the limited space permits. Participants must present a Member’s ID card or a printed program registration form at the front gate.
Tai Chi Chuan
Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi Chuan is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts, and promotes awareness of their health benefits. Students split into groups according to their level of expertise, exploring movements at their own pace, whether as beginners or more advanced students of Tai Chi. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings.
Reduce stress, increase energy and bring strength and flexibility to your mind, body and spirit with a yoga practice. Classes are led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji and other certified instructors. Ms. Dewji is certified in Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga from The Yoga for Health Foundation, in Bedfordshire, England, and The Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Classes are held on Sunday mornings. All levels welcome. Participants should bring a mat.
Meditative Woodland Walks
Get grounded, balanced and connected with nature! Walk/hike with artist, yogi and nature-lover Sarah Hart of iHart Lens on a monthly meditative journey through the garden’s trails and paths. Learn to use art, yoga, breathing techniques and writing activities to awaken the senses and open yourself to a deeper consciousness. These events are physical as well as mindful. Meditative activities take place outdoors; in inclement weather, they will be brought indoors.
Support for wellness programs is provided by The William Froelich Foundation.