Weekend Mashup: Three ways to add culture to your weekend

Weekend Mashup: Three ways to add culture to your weekend

April 11th, 2014 in Chattnow Outabout
Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Forest Bathing Retreat: A Mindful Walk in Nature

The term "forest bathing" sounds a bit suggestive, odd to say the least. The actual practice is the Japanese Shinrin-yoku, meaning to immerse oneself in the sensory experience of being in the forest, being open with no expectations. "Bathing" in the sights, sounds, smells and movement of the forest has been proven to reduce stress, boost the immune system, and reduce heart rate. The workshop at Reflection Riding will be guided by Outdoor Educator Jean Lomino and Holly Richey, LCSW, from the Center for Integrative Medicine (Richey was recently interviewed in "O Magazine."). Participants will practice mindfulness and enjoy the brief presence of spring wildflowers on the grounds of Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

Water Dance Project

The National Water Dance Project is based on the concept of a "movement choir," a community of people dancing together for a common purpose. This project's purpose is to raise awareness about issues surrounding water pollution and conservation. According to the Project's website, 30 states are involved, but Tennessee's list is longer than most states' - and many of the names are Chattanooga dance organizations - GPS's Terpsichord, WEAVE conceptual dance company (featured in Changing Chattanooga), Chattanooga Ballet, and a group from Barking Legs, to name a few. The moving performance will start at the Riverfront and snake around the the Aquarium. For dance lovers, it should be a like a dance buffet, with a message.

Casual opera with Artisti Affamati

The words "opera" and "casual" don't typically go together, but the DIY opera company Artisti Affamati (or "starving artist") is a local menagerie of opera singers creating venues to share opera with the city, without the sometimes alienating frills associated with the art form. Who knew there were so many venue-less opera singers in town prior to the formation of this group? This Saturday at the Southside's The Well, they'll provide a casual info session about opera, do some singing, and answer questions. Wine will be served and the suggested donation is $20 to help fund their upcoming show, "The Mighty Casey," which is planned for the end of April.

Read about their November show, "Opera in the Dark."