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Rejuvenate Your Mind: Where to Seek Wellness in America’s Garden Capital

In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, the simple act of stepping outside and immersing ourselves in nature can feel like a revolutionary act. Yet, this connection with the natural world is more than just a pleasant escape; it is a vital component of our well-being. From mental health benefits to physical health improvements, spending time in nature offers a holistic approach to enhancing our lives. Attending a wellness class at a garden or arboretum offers a unique opportunity to enhance your mental health amidst nature’s beauty. We’re happy to share several ways you can seek a wellness escape in America’s Garden Capital.

Outdoor Yoga

Taking a yoga class at a public garden merges physical exercise with the calming presence of nature. Surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flowers, the natural setting makes each session a holistic retreat from daily stresses, leaving you refreshed and energized. The following gardens offer outdoor yoga classes:

Tai Chi in the Garden

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art known for its slow, flowing movements and focus on breath control, balance, and inner peace. Whether your a tai chi master or novice, enhance your experience by practicing outdoors. The following gardens offer outdoor tai chi classes:

Wellness Walks

Wellness walks in a woodlands setting fosters inner contemplation by providing a a quiet and serene environment that encourages mindfulness and self-reflection. The tranquil surroundings help clear the mind, allowing for deeper personal insights and emotional balance. Join a wellness walk at one of these gardens:

Mindfulness & Meditation

Summer Sound Bath at Grounds for Sculpture
July 20, 2024 • Registration Required

During this sunset program, you will find sensory relaxation, focus, clarity of mind, and an elevation of awareness as the sound bath experience eliminates disorder in the mind and body.

Nurture with Nature: Grounding Wisdom Workshop at Laurel Hill
August 24, 2024 • Registration Required

Working with the healing power of plants can help to decrease stress and anxiety, process grief, and improve overall well-being. Through activities that combine plant materials with eco-mindfulness and creative tools, this therapeutic horticulture workshop explores the five senses to support connection with ourselves, one another, and the natural environment.

Nature Rx at Ambler Arboretum 

NatureRx is a grassroots movement focused on the idea that going outside to play and relax is good for you. Take a walk through the woodlands. Travel the Temple Ambler campus trails. Wander through the Ambler Arboretum gardens. Stroll to the center of the Healing Garden labyrinth. The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and the Ambler Campus are an excellent resource to reconnect with the world around you and reap the healing benefits of reacquainting yourself with the natural world.