Wellness Classes at Awbury – October Schedule

October 05 - October 30
8:00 - 10:00 am
Wellness Classes at Awbury – October Schedule

Join the Awbury Wellness team for Outdoor Classes

Location: the Cope House Tented Patio.  Please park at 6060 Ardleigh and walk into the arboretum to the Cope House.

Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and mask. Social distancing of 6 feet apart will be observed and masks must be worn unless you are on your mat. Restrooms are not available at this time. Thank you for participating in keeping everyone healthy by following these guidelines. 

FEE: Donations encouraged- please support these fabulous teachers! 

No registration required.

All levels welcome!

For updates on cancellations due to weather and other engagement related to the series, visit our Wellness Facebook group.

SCHEDULE for October 5th – October 30th:


9:00 – 10:30 AM: Themed Forest Bathing

As an African American woman with Native American ancestry, Krista Nelson views the current patriarchal system of greed and separation as the root of what hampers our ability to be the fullest expression of ourselves.  Participants in these themed forest bathing sessions will harness the power of nature to cope with fear, stress, anger, sadness and the powerlessness many of us contend with at this time, as well as celebrate the natural strength and beauty that is within us.  Krista’s mission is to help as many people as possible cultivate an intimate relationship with nature, and ultimately this is how she honors her lineage and provides for her progeny.

This month’s Forest Bathing theme is Purpose as participants consider the power in voting, advocacy, social justice, and prioritizing self-care while connecting to nature.

Krista Nelson Bio: “I was 17 the night my father died. Nothing prepared me for the shock. There I was, in the dark having a conversation with the wind. I thought, like my father’s death, this conversation with the wind was a one-time-thing. But alas, here I am, today talking with the wind, water, fire, earth, and space. Thank goodness. I would be lost without their love and support. Now I show others how to cultivate a relationship with nature elements. I live in the Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA. This land of old growth forests is also the home of my Lenape ancestors and where I raised 5 children. After a marketing career with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News I wrote several books on personal transformation and continue to provide coaching.”

Learn more www.justgetitdonenow.com; FB: Krista Nelson; Instagram: @knelsonauthor

12:00 – 1:00 PM: FULL BODIED: Yoga in Bigger Bodies with Jessica

This class, is open to all but focuses on providing a guided practice that is accessible to bigger bodies. Join Jess as she guides a gentle, grounding practice that will help you see why yoga truly is for everybody.

Jessica Rodriguez Becker lives in Germantown with her family. She’s been a Philly resident since 1999 but was born and raised in NYC and is of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigena/Latinx descent. Her  parents were born in Puerto Rico (the island originally called Borinquen) and she feels most at home near the equator. She is a mother, host, sister, wife, lover, aunt, connector, listener, daughter, helper, and friend.  She’s a writer, specifically in love with poetry and poetic prose, a Spanish teacher, a lover of art and music and a woman committed to local and household activism. She’s a student and a big fan of books. She loves her blackness, her Caribbean-ness, her womanhood, her sisterhood, and her mother-heart. She loves her friendship and her advocacy. Jessica was led to a yoga practice and in turn remembered a deep love for herself and her body. She loves to be part of the liberating journey that practicing yoga inspires in others, especially those who have been excluded and invisibilized in modern capitalist structures. She is committed to bringing healing mindfulness and embodiment work to folks who identify as fat, disabled, queer, black and brown and she is always on a journey of decolonizing both her practice and her mind.

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Sunset Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Sarah

An all-levels yoga class that links breath and movement to leave you both grounded and refreshed as we transition into the evening.

Sarah Charlesworth Attie completed vinyasa-based teacher training at Blue Banyan, prenatal/postnatal yoga certification through Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC, and children’s yoga teacher training with Radiant Child Yoga. Sarah’s teaching style focuses on creating both integrity and freedom of movement in the physical body, cultivating the mind-body-breath connection, and deepening self-knowledge. She uses a creative and accessible approach to meet students wherever they are. “We practice today so that we can practice tomorrow.”

FB: Surya Moon Yoga


12:00 – 12:50 PM: Lunch Hour Flow with Sarah

NO class October 20th

A 50-minute, all-levels flowing yoga practice for your lunch break! Sneak away midday to stretch and breathe fresh air in the calm beauty of the arboretum.

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Vinyasa Flow with Megan

An all-levels yoga class that links breath and movement to leave you both grounded and refreshed as we transition into the evening.

NO class October 20th


8:00 – 9:00 AM: Energetic Yoga with Megan

An all-levels yoga class that links breath and movement to leave you both grounded and refreshed as we transition into the evening.

NO class October 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Chair Yoga Class with Megan

Chair Yoga is an adapted form of yoga that makes yoga accessible to everyone. Chair Yoga allows the client to modify their yoga practice based on mobility, health, and current ability level. Chair Yoga offers a practice that includes seated poses on the chair and standing poses using the chair for balance and support.

NO class October 21st

Yoga classes are a great place to take it slower, and still experience all the benefits of yoga. Classes focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and helping students gain strength and flexibility. Yoga uses classical hatha postures with slight variations to accommodate all levels of yoga students.

Megan Do Nascimento is a breast cancer survivor and yoga instructor known for her outgoing personality and inclusive teaching style. She has taught in the Philadelphia prisons, the school district, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and various fitness centers in the area. She routinely donates her time and skills to those without easy access to yoga, most recently traveling to Matamoros, Mexico, to teach classes to refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

FB: Megan Ambros Nascimento; Instagram: @Megandonascimento

NEW!  6:00 – 7:00 PM: Yin Yoga with Brittany Indigo

NO class October 21st

This slower-paced, restorative, gentler practice is an invitation to allow your body to decompress and relax. We will hold stress-relieving stretches for several minutes, welcoming in flexibility, mobility, and more circulation. Yin yoga helps break up tight fascia that holds our strong emotions and engenders a balance of the mind and body as you release what no longer serves you. This class is great for everyone who wants to balance their active/yang yoga practice, reconnect to their bodies to promote healing, and reduce stress and tension in the body. Come melt away your worries and let calm energy flow freely through you! 

Brittney Jones grew up in West Philadelphia, attended Girls’ High, and went onto the University of Pennsylvania where she got her bachelor’s in English. She found herself teaching pre-k and kindergarten for the next four years both in Tulsa, Oklahoma and back in Philly. Moved to Florida to work at a start-up with friends and experienced loss for the first time last April. Thus inspired her healing journey. 

Now, back in Philly, she lives with her family in Germantown, right behind the arboretum and is helping her grandmother run her shelter for homeless women and children. Covid led her to yoga teacher training programs and she is grateful to embark on her true calling to inspire healing, especially in the black community. She is passionate about social justice and decolonization and longs for humanity to tap back into their minds, bodies, and spirits for a better world. We are not free until we’re all liberated. 


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Afro-House with Antoinette

NO class October 8th or 22nd

Afro-House is a fusion class mixed with Traditional West African and House Dance movement vocabulary. This class is a mixed level class designed to increase cardio, strengthen abdominal muscles while moving your body to a funky beat. Sneakers/ tennis shoes must be worn in this class.

 Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore is the Founder, CEO & Artistic Director of Danse4Nia, a contemporary modern dance company/ performing arts organization based in Germantown. Antoinette is a graduate from University of the Arts & New York University receiving both BFA & MA in Dance Education & Performance. As an Equity Artist, professionally Antoinette performed with Freedom Repertory Theater, LEJA Dance Theater, Philadanco II, Founding Member of Eleone Dance Theater, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Rod Rodgers Dance Company and countless others.
 Working in both concert dance & musical theater, Antoinette is a board-certified NYC dance educator, adjunct professor of Dance at Drexel University and has a long resume of teaching, training, choreographing and consulting with numerous arts institutions, theaters and schools.  Antoinette is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and sits on many grant panels and arts committees.


4:00 – 4:45 PM: Family Yoga with Sarah at the Farm

October 4th, 18th, and 25th ONLY

Spend some quality time connecting with your child through a fun and playful yoga journey! We’ll learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and strong healthy bodies. Children and parents will practice how to center themselves through breathing and relaxation. This class is designed for families with kiddos aged 3-8, but anyone is welcome

Location for Sunday Family Yoga: the Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St, Phila, PA