Wellness 360

Wellness 360

With 55 acres of breathing room, Cheekwood serves as a refuge to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit in one of the greenest spaces in Nashville. Our newest initiative, Wellness 360, features outdoor classes led by local instructors, new menu offerings from Café 29, and an extra morning hour on Wednesdays for members to enjoy refreshing self-guided mindfulness walks on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.

Programs are held through October on Wellness Wednesdays, Therapeutic Thursday Nights, and Wellness Sundays. Advanced registration is required for all classes, and capacity is limited. Please note, we advise that you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to class time in order to park and walk to the garden location on time for your class.

For questions, please contact wellness@cheekwood.org.

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Wellness 360 Classes and Programs  

  • Intermediate Yoga with Small World Yoga (Sundays)

    Sundays, July 11 – August 29
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Swan Lawn

    This popular class aims to build mental awareness and challenge your flexibility, balance, and strength. Participants will be guided by Small World Yoga instructors through vinyasa sequences and breathing cues. This class is suited for individuals who have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.

    Classes will be held on Swan Lawn, weather permitting. In the event of rain, class will be held indoors. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors and sun exposure and bring your own yoga mat, blanket, and water bottle. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Downward Dogs at Dusk with Triluna Wellness (Thursdays)

    Thursdays, May 6 – August 26
    6 PM – 7 PM
    Frist Learning Center Lawn

    Celebrate the longer days with a yoga class at dusk! In this classic vinyasa class, Triluna Wellness instructors will guide participants through linking movement with breath. Often referred to as a “flow class,” this steady-paced style is designed to get the heart moving, build strength, and increase flexibility. Vinyasa flow yoga, born out of the Ashtanga lineage, offers a variety of linked postures so that you move seamlessly from one to another using breath. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Classes will be held on Frist Learning Center Lawn, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be relocated indoors. Participants will be emailed at least 12 hours before class if class is cancelled due to rain. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors and sun exposure and bring your own yoga mat, blanket, and water bottle. In accordance with social distancing and health precautions, no mats or blankets will be provided, and participants will be spaced six feet apart. Instructors will not make any hands-on adjustments. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Sunset Sound Bath Meditation with The Yogi Bassist (Thursdays)

    Thursdays, May 6 – August 26
    7 PM – 8 PM
    Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion

    Join “The Yogi Bassist” Jo-Jo Jackson for a 60-minute sound bath meditation experience. No experience is necessary as this practice is suitable for all. Jo-Jo will guide you through gentle movement and calming breathwork to prepare the body and mind to receive the full benefits of this deeply rejuvenating practice. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of singing bowls, koshi chimes, gongs, crystals, acoustic bass and mantra chanting as Jo-Jo guides you through sound meditation to invite deep inner listening. This practice will offer you the time and space to release deep layers of stress and tension while enjoying the beauty of nature. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Classes will be held in the Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be relocated indoors. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors and bring your own yoga mat, blanket, or meditation cushion for sitting. In accordance with social distancing and health precautions, no mats or blankets will be provided, and participants will be spaced six feet apart. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register   Waitlist

  • Sound Bath Meditation with The Yogi Bassist (Sundays)

    Sundays, May 2 – August 29
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion

    Join “The Yogi Bassist” Jo-Jo Jackson for a 60-minute sound bath meditation experience. No experience is necessary as this practice is suitable for all. Jo-Jo will guide you through gentle movement and calming breathwork to prepare the body and mind to receive the full benefits of this deeply rejuvenating practice. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of singing bowls, koshi chimes, gongs, crystals, acoustic bass and mantra chanting as Jo-Jo guides you through sound meditation to invite deep inner listening. This practice will offer you the time and space to release deep layers of stress and tension while enjoying the beauty of nature. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Classes will be held in the Blevins Japanese Garden Pavilion, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be relocated indoors. Please dress comfortably for the outdoors and sun exposure and bring your own yoga mat, blanket, or meditation cushion for sitting. In accordance with social distancing and health precautions, no mats or blankets will be provided, and participants will be spaced six feet apart. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register   Waitlist

  • Sound Bath Meditation In the Galleries

    Sundays, August 15
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Museum Galleries

    Join “The Yogi Bassist” Jo-Jo Jackson for a special 60-minute sound bath meditation experience in the galleries as part of the African American Family Cultural Celebration. No experience is necessary as this practice is suitable for all. Jo-Jo will guide you through gentle movement and calming breathwork to prepare the body and mind to receive the full benefits of this deeply rejuvenating practice. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of singing bowls, koshi chimes, gongs, crystals, acoustic bass and mantra chanting as Jo-Jo guides you through sound meditation to invite deep inner listening. This practice will offer you the time and space to release deep layers of stress and tension while enjoying the beauty of the gallery. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Class will be held in the galleries inside the Historic Mansion & Museum. Please dress comfortably for the indoors and bring your own yoga mat, blanket, or meditation cushion for sitting. In accordance with health precautions, no mats or blankets will be provided.  Class size is limited to 12 participants.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens and mansion)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Forest Bathing Immersion with Forest Therapy Nashville (Wednesdays)

    Wednesdays, July 7 – August 25
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Frist Learning Center Lawn

    Explore a unique way to immerse yourself in nature through Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing. These slow, gentle walks feature accessible, sensory activities that encourage participants to deepen their connection to the natural world. Studies have shown not only physical health benefits from this sort of time spent in nature but potential mental and emotional benefits as well. A great follow-up to our Intro to Forest Bathing Class (but not required as a prerequisite!), this class provides more space and time to deepen your experience with nature and with other participants. Certified ANFT guide and owner of Forest Therapy Nashville Georgia Bromehead will guide participants through mindful prompts and invitations to “bathe” in the present moment, reducing stress and increasing immune functions. No prior experience is necessary, and all abilities are welcome.

    Classes will meet behind the Frist Learning Center, weather permitting. In the event of rain, class will be cancelled, and registrants will receive a wellness class voucher valid for one year. Participants will be emailed at least 12 hours before class if class is cancelled due to rain. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing for both walking and sitting and bring your own water bottle. Note this is not a hike or nature identification walk. Class size is limited to 10 participants.

    Non-members: $18 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $15

    Register

  • Sensing Nature with Tai Chi and Qigong (Wednesdays)

    Wednesdays, July 7 – August 25
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Swan Lawn

    Join Cindy Lio of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine of Vanderbilt to experience the flow of gentle Tai Chi and Qigong movements and to tune into the rhythm of nature.  Participants will also experience Tai Chi stepping in a portion of the trail to build a deeper relationship with the earth and to connect with the surroundings. All are welcome.

    Classes will be held on Swan Lawn behind the Cheek mansion, weather permitting. In the event of rain, class will be held indoors. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the outdoors to optimize the overall experience.

    Non-members: $15 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

    Members: $12

    Register

  • Wellness 360 Talk: Summer Gazpacho with Fresh Herbs with the Herb Society of Nashville

    Sunday, August 8
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Herb Study Garden

    During this talk, the rich history of Gazpacho and how this chilled dish became one of Spain’s most treasured soups will be shared along with recipes to make your own version of this summer cooler!

    What is Gazpacho?

    Gazpacho, the classic cold soup from the south of Spain and Portugal has been a popular staple in households from around the world for centuries.  The origins of its name remain a mystery after thousands of years. Some say the name originated from the word Caspa, which is Latin for “pieces of”, referring to the parts of bread that that are blended into the famous soup.

    About the Speaker

    Born in Costa Rica and reared in the Panama Canal Zone, Nancy Coleman has lived in the Nashville area for over 40 years.  After retiring from Metro Schools where she served as a teacher and principal, she has devoted her time to gardening, cooking and caring for her four grandchildren.  An advocate for the arts, she is a longtime supporter of the Nashville Opera and housed the “young artists” in her home for 20 years.  She lives with her husband, Andy Valentine, on a hillside in Brentwood with three dogs, ten chickens, and nine sheep.  She is a 15-year member of the Nashville Herb Society. During this talk, she will share information about the Herb Society of Nashville, the history of gazpacho, and recipes for this delicious cold savory summer soup.

    Included with General Admission or Membership.

    Register

  • Self-Guided Mindfulness Walks on the Carell Trail (Wednesdays)

    Wednesdays through October 28
    8:00 AM
    Members Only

    Cheekwood opens its doors an extra hour early every Wednesday at 8:00 AM through October, exclusively for our members. Come out early and get a nice start to your day and over 3,000 steps toward your step goal with self-guided mindfulness walks on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.

  • Self-Guided Twilight Mindfulness Walks (Thursdays)

    Thursdays through October 28
    5 PM – 9 PM
    Included with Garden Admission

    Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit through an evening stroll on the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail. These self-guided walks include prompts to encourage mindfulness while also tracking 3,000 steps toward your step goal!

Please review our program policies here.

Dates, hours, activities, and capacity are all subject to change based on updated safety protocols and recommendations of the CDC and Mayor John Cooper’s “Roadmap to Reopening Nashville” Plan. Advanced reservations required for all happenings, workshops, and classes. Additional fees may apply. Capacity is limited.

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