A growing number of museums around the world are finding new ways for museum-goers to develop a sense of well-being while connecting to art and heritage. The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site is among them with a new pilot project offering two summer yoga sessions at the museum in 2019.
Last year Glanmore conducted a public survey, part of strategic planning for the museum’s future. The survey overwhelmingly showed that the public want new and interesting ways to engage with the museum. The Glanmore Yoga events are one of the new ideas that the museum is now working to implement.
“More and more studies are showing that museum and gallery visits are an important part of personal well-being,” says Melissa Wakeling, Glanmore’s education coordinator. In addition, exercise can improve cognition as well as boost concentration and memory. Touring a museum or looking at art immediately after a workout will generally allow for you to reflect on the experience with greater focus. “Offering a wellness program, like yoga, in the unique historic setting of Glanmore National Historic Site, is a completely different kind of physical and mental experience at the museum,” says Wakeling.
Glanmore has partnered with the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre to offer two special yoga classes at the museum. Weather permitting the classes will be held on the lawn of Glanmore National Historic Site at 257 Bridge Street East, Belleville, surrounded by the museum’s majestic and historic maple trees. The classes will take place from 11:30 to 12:30 on July 16 and August 13, each session costs $13.00 and spaces are limited. Following each class participants will be invited to explore the historic house. Participants must provide their own yoga mat. Advance registration is required through the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre at www.qswc.ca. For more information about the program contact Glanmore at 613-962-2329 or visit www.glanmore.ca