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WEEKEND OF WELLNESS

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

FOR YOUR HEART, MIND, BODY & SOUL

 

Two health-full days of workshops and activities designed to harness the healing power of art and nature for the heart, mind, body and soul. Join us as we collectively take time to breathe, immersing ourselves in a broad-ranging slate of programs that will promote stress relief, inspire self-care and restore well-being for people of all ages, experiences, and abilities.

Programs take advantage of the rich and unique resources of the 145-acre museum campus which includes formal and native plant gardens, hiking trails, outdoor sculpture, art studios and galleries full of fine art. This program is offered in partnership with Northwell Health, The Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine with workshops offered by Lisa Bondy E-RYT500, Director of Yoga.

DONATE A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM

Donations will be shared with The Food Pantry at Shelter Rock Church in Old Westbury. On the weekend of the event, participants are invited to bring non – perishable food items to The Manes Center. 

FIRST RESPONDERS ARE FREE

The Museum is grateful for all of the hard work and sacrifices of Long Island’s First Responders during the Covid-19 crisis. To show our thanks, this program is offered free for nurses, doctors, and EMTs. Space is limited. To reserve your spot please email nfletcher@nassaumuseum.org.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Programs for adults and teens 16 +

Feed your heart, mind, body and soul with a selection of programs including yoga, art making, journaling and more. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm

FOR FAMILIES

Programs for families

Enjoy a day of self-care with your whole family. Practice family yoga, go on a mindful sculpture adventure and join in for some relaxing art making fun! Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 12 pm

ACCESS PROGRAM

For people with Autism and their care partners

Join us on Saturday morning for our weekly class with early morning access for adults and teens with Autism and their care partners. Travel through the galleries and engage in art making with an art therapist.

SEE OUR LIST OF PROGRAMS AND CLASSES

SATURDAY

MORNING

9am – 12pm

 FAMILY PROGRAMS

Family Yoga, Singing Bowls and Calling in the Directions

Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am     11-11:50 am
Location: Formal Garden

There are almost as many ways to create a sacred space as there are indigenous people on this planet. Join Lisa Bondy as she leads us through an earth-centered ritual to invite spirits to kick off this amazing event. Yoga is a wonderful way for families to move and breathe and bliss out together. Add to that the healing benefits of sound vibration singing bowl meditation. Come, connect and have fun.

 

Forest Walk

Times: Ongoing
Location: The Manes Center

Take a walk through our forest in this self-guided exploration which invites families to enjoy traveling together on one of the Museum’s trails and learn to “read” nature. A sequence of pages you’ll discover along the way will share some mindful activities to try out in nature, as well as information about our natural environments. Forest Walk will be installed on our grounds and ongoing throughout the weekend.

 

Family Art Making

Family Art Making

Dreamworld Boxes
Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am    11-11:50 am
Location: The Mansion

Create a dream world of your very own! Using a variety of materials, transform a box into a three-dimensional scene that shows us your dream, favorite memory, or imaginary world. Explore limitless possibilities in building, experimenting, and dreaming.

 

Sculpture Adventure

Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am    11-11:50 am
Location: The Mansion

Join our educator to explore the different sculptures outside! Together we’ll discover how artists ask us to move our bodies in different ways (in, around or through), develop new ideas, and reflect on our natural world.

 

 ACCESS PROGRAM 

 

Mornings at NCMA – A program for teens and young adults with Autism

Times: 9:45 -10:45 am 
Location: The Mansion

Mornings at NCMA, an access program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum ages 13-25, to be accompanied by a parent or care partner. Led by an art therapist, this session will take its inspiration from the art on view in the galleries. This is a private, guided experience that takes place in the Museum before it opens to the general public. Each participant is limited to one care partner and everyone is expected to wear masks or face coverings.

AFTERNOON

1-5 pm

INDIVIDUAL ADULTS & TEENS 16+

Heart, Mind, Body & Soul

Chakra Meditation

Time: 1-1:50 pm
Location: Formal Garden

A seated meditation that connects you to the healing benefits and tools your energy body through guided visualization and chanting. (Can also be done lying down). Discover your most peaceful, loving, hopeful and happy self.

 

Laughter Yoga- Come have some FUN!

Time: 2-2:50 pm
Location: Formal Garden

Laughing is an easy way to strengthen all immune functions, bring more oxygen to the body and brain, foster positive feelings, and improve interpersonal skills. Your body already knows how to laugh. Participants do not need to have a sense of humor, know jokes or even be happy. You are invited to “laugh for no reason,” faking it until it becomes real.

 

Chair Yoga for Everybody with Singing Bowls
(All adults invited. NO experience necessary)

Time: 3-3:50 pm
Location: Formal Garden

Enjoy the many proven benefits of yoga in this gentle practice that helps one to destress, becoming more calm, more peaceful and more content, this class explores modified yoga poses, gentle breathing techniques, and singing bowl meditation.

 

Mindful Sculpture Stroll

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50 pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Join Rebecca Hirschwerk of the Museum’s Education Department for an hour of observation and reflection as we gather for a mindful walk through the Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Park. Let all distractions fall away as we unplug and unwind, using our grounds and sculpture to focus on our breathing, notice our reactions, and practice the art of looking on purpose without judgment.

 

ART MAKING FOR ADULTS AND TEENS 16+

Art from the Heart: Botanical Watercolors and Meditation

Times: 1-2:50 pm    3-4:50 pm
Location: The Manes Center

Practice mindfulness and creativity in a relaxing and meditative watercolor class. Begin with light stretching and meditation, followed by watercolor painting while observing live florals and images, learn various painting, color mixing and application techniques to create original floral inspired works of art. All materials included. Previous drawing experience helpful but not required. ADDITIONAL $15

 

Fiber Art – Drawing with Thread

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50 pm    3-3:50 pm
Location: The Manes Center

Slow down, breathe deep and explore the rhythmic practice of “drawing” with thread.
Textile artist and educator Pam Koehler will introduce you to some basic techniques of embroidery and applique using colorful threads and simple stitches to evoke an image, place or word that brings comfort and calm during these challenging times. No previous stitching experience needed. ADDITIONAL $15

 

Mandala Land Art

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Inspired by the circular and symmetrical form of the mandala, connect with nature and your own creativity in this Mandala Land Art activity. Using objects found in nature such as colored stones, fallen leaves, twigs, pinecones and petals, create a mandala by arranging these objects into a circular pattern upon a forest floor. Practice mindfulness and breathing exercises as your mandala making takes form with artist and yogi, Samantha Hofsiss as your guide. Please dress in weather appropriate attire. Sunscreen and insect repellant recommended.

 

The Art of Tea

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Appealing to all the senses in one quietly satisfying experience, the Taoist tea ceremony draws upon the principles of ancient ritual. Watch the dance-like motions of the tea master, inhale the aroma of some of China’s finest blends of tea, appreciate the visual luxury of fine ceramic tea vessels and the bamboo implements and then, of course, enjoy a healthful sip in its ideal context.

 

Tai Qi with a Master

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: Formal Garden

Down through the millennia, the slow and subtle poetry of the movements in tai qi  have performed their healing purpose, channeling the Chinese concept of the unceasing flux of yin and yang. The internationally renowned master Chen Si Tan leads classes and demonstrates the graceful gestures of this ancient meditative.

 

Exhibition Tours

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50 pm    3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Join us in the Museum’s galleries to explore our current exhibitions La Belle Époque and Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop with guided tours led by Museum staff and our knowledgeable Docents.

 

SUNDAY

MORNING

9 am -12 pm

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Forest Walk

Times: Ongoing
Location: The Mansion

Take a walk through our forest in this self-guided exploration which invites families to enjoy traveling together on one of the Museum’s trails and learn to “read” nature. A sequence of pages you’ll discover along the way will share some mindful activities to try out in nature, as well as information about our natural environments. Forest Walk will be installed on our grounds and ongoing throughout the weekend.

 

Family Yoga Fun

Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am    11-11:50 am
Location: The Mansion

 

Join yoga instructor Samantha Hofsiss and take time from your busy lives to move, breath and bliss out together as a family. This program is meant to be fun and not so serious but will also be about finding peace with the people we love.

 

Nature, Science & Art

 

Mindfulness and Creativity: Make Your own Night Light

Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am    11-11:50 am
Location: The Mansion

Learn how to make your own LED night light with wings. Have you ever wondered how fireflies sparkle at twilight? How do wings work? Nature is both magical and scientific at the same time. We will learn about metamorphosis and transformation. We will practice buzzing bee and butterfly breath and discuss why insects are the most important part of the ecosystem. The mystery continues!

 

Sculpture Adventure

Times: 9-9:50 am    10-10:50 am    11-11:50 am
Location: The Mansion

Join our educator to explore the different sculptures outside the Museum! Together we’ll discover how artists ask us to move our bodies in different ways (in, around or through), develop new ideas, and reflect on our natural world.

 

Masks and face coverings are required by all individuals 3 +

AFTERNOON

1 – 4 pm

INDIVIDUAL ADULTS & TEENS 16+

Yoga & Essential Oils 

Time: 1-1:50 pm
Location: Formal Garden

Enjoy this interactive fun exploration of essential oils and our senses. Where does our perception of smell take us in our bodies, in our minds, in our memory?

Chair Yoga & Essential Oils

Time: 2-2:50pm
Location: Formal Garden

Enjoy this interactive fun exploration of essential oils and our senses. Where does our perception of smell take us in our bodies, in our minds, in our memory?

Meditation & Essential Oils

Time: 3-3:50pm

Location: Formal Garden

Enjoy this interactive fun exploration of essential oils and our senses. Where does our perception of smell take us in our bodies, in our minds, in our memory?

Plein Air Nature Sketching

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Observe the organic forms of forest trees and grassy hills while drawing outdoors in this plein-air (outdoors) sketching class. Open to all levels including beginners, participating artists will receive drawing supplies and sketchpads to continue practicing beyond the class. Attention to value, composition and form are emphasized as we draw nature in with our breath and release the splendor of our surroundings on the drawing surface. Artist and instructor Marilyn Turtz will guide the class on this creative journey in nature. Standing easels and stools will be provided for comfort. Each participant will receive drawing supplies and a sketchbook to use on-site and then take home. No previous drawing experience required. Please dress in weather-appropriate attire. Sunscreen and insect repellant recommended. ADDITIONAL $15

 

Healing Through the Arts for Teachers and Parents

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

We invite teachers, parents and care partners who have had to endure all the extreme stresses, pain and anxiety of this past year while continuing to be the stronghold for those they care for and love. Join certified Art Therapist Deborah Adler in this collage-based workshop that invites participants to share their personal challenges in a safe and comforting atmosphere where we will focus on letting go, rebuilding anew, and moving forward with positivity and gratitude in our hearts.

 

Mandala Making in the Studio

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50pm     3-3:50 pm
Location: The Manes Center

Enjoy the meditative and creative practice of drawing mandalas in this hands-on studio activity. Lead by art therapist and artist, Mollie Bassett, participants will follow along to step-by-step instructions inspired by geometric shapes and organic lines to form a circular pattern. Mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle, has long been identified by some cultures and philosophies as a representation of the universe, cyclical change, creativity, and deepening connections. Using pencil, paper and drawing tools, become inspired by the Mandala’s several meanings to form your own personal pattern and inspirational meaning. All materials will be supplied. ADDITIONAL $15

Mindful Sculpture Stroll

Times: 1-1:50 pm      3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Join Rebecca Hirschwerk of the Museum’s Education Department for an hour of observation and reflection as we gather for a mindful walk through the Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Park. Let all distractions fall away as you unplug and unwind, using our grounds and sculpture to focus on our breathing, notice our reactions, and practice the art of looking on purpose without judgement.

A Naturalist’s Summer Journey

Times:  2-2:50pm
Location: The Manes Center

With Virginia Dankel, Environmental Educator. Join us for an educational nature walk across Museum grounds with Environmental Educator Virginia Dankel. Our journey will include aspects of Forest Bathing, the practice of immersing yourself in nature using your senses in a mindful way to promote physical, mental, emotional healing.

Mindful Journaling

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50 pm    3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Mindfulness on the page, inside the covers of your own personal journal, is an intimate way of focusing on some of the stimuli that induce tranquility. Led by a writing expert from the Bryant Library, this literary path to wellness can go home with you.

 

Exhibition Tours

Times: 1-1:50 pm     2-2:50 pm    3-3:50 pm
Location: The Mansion

Join us in the Museum’s galleries to explore our current exhibitions La Belle Époque and Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop with guided tours led by Museum staff and our knowledgeable Docents.

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