Serenity in the City: Wellbeing Comes Naturally
Feb 29@11:00 am - 12:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Mar 28, 2020
Saturdays, February 29 or March 28, 2020
11 am- 12 pm
Elayna Toby Singer, Creative Catalyst
Admission is complimentary to Gardens Conservancy Members
$15 for members and seniors, $25 for non-members
Registration required, 832-5328
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offers a calming, inspiring and healing environment for all who experience it. A sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life, the Gardens’ therapeutic effects are felt immediately. That plants have a role in improving our mental health and well-being has been firmly established, with many studies showing that interacting with trees and plants increases feelings of calm and relaxation. While you are immersed in the Gardens’ curative greenery and beauty, Well-being Comes Naturally combines diverse elements such as global wishing tree traditions, the Japanese practice of forest bathing and kinetic art to help you cultivate personal and environmental balance.
Through song, meandering the Garden, mindfulness and making a “manifestation mobile” with locally collected natural materials, you will set intentions to preserve and plant native trees to improve your well being and to help reduce climate change. By experiencing the synergistic relationship between art, nature and well-being, participants will fulfill Ann Weaver Norton’s intention and “hope that visitors here will find this sculpture-nature garden a deep refreshing”.
Elayna Toby Singer creates interactive programs, sculptures and art installations which connect us with ourselves, our surroundings and each other. Creating within a context of reimagined everyday objects and places, Singer’s socially engaged work inspires diverse audiences to cultivate personal and environmental balance, and shared stories. In collaboration with community partners, Singer works with the wind, trees, plants, found objects, architecture, beads and breath to encourage global stewardship of artistic, cultural and environmental resources. She has twice won the First Place People’s Choice Award for Outdoor Sculpture at the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium for her community created temporary art installations in trees. Elayna Toby’s moving sculptures for home, garden and wearable pieces have been exhibited in The Palm Beaches, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, FL and The Hamptons. She’s led interactive “heal mobile” programs for cancer survivors, victims of sexual abuse and veterans in South Florida and Mexico. A Longwood Gardens Fellow, Elayna Toby Singer’s career in creative placemaking began in botanical gardens and arboreta in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C and Naples, FL where she engaged community in the science, artistry, and multicultural uses of plants, and their role in sustaining life on earth. A former board member of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Singer co-chaired its Strategic Planning Committee and served on the Community Enrichment Committee.
Nature can live without us, we can not live without nature.