Wellness and arts classes continue year-round at SPAC.  

The current class schedule is as follows:

Tai Chi Classes at SPAC

Instructed by Mark Tolstrup of the Tai Chi Center

Beginner Level:

Mondays 10am-11am 

Tuesdays 10am-11am; 5:30pm-6:30pm 

Intermediate Level:

Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm 

In these courses, participants will learn and practice the postures, movements and breath work in addition to the movements of the Yang style Tai Chi form. These techniques have many benefits for health and wellbeing including flexibility, stress reduction and balance. Preregistration is required 24 hours in advance of class. Cost for the series is $80. 

Register online at The Tai Chi Center, or email mark@the-taichi-center.com. 

Important information: 

The Tai Chi classes will be held on the SPAC grounds with socially distant marked spaces for each participant. All attendees will enter through the Hall of Springs Gate and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. In addition, guests are required to wear a face mask at all times until the classes begin and then immediately after the classes conclude. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Restrooms will be available for participants and will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Online registration must be completed in advance. All proceeds will go directly to the practitioners. 

Meditation Classes at SPAC

Led by Pierre Zimmerman of One Roof Saratoga

Dharma Meditation

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Dharma Meditation includes inspirational topics that support emotional, cognitive, and ethical wishes for well-being. This is a sitting meditation for 25 minutes with a silent break allowing people to stretch, followed by a second sitting, introduced by a brief talk. A discussion on the topic and some insights and reflections about the nature and commonality of our basic humanity is shared by attendees. This meditation is open to beginners and/or those who have been meditating for a while. There is no cost to attend, but a $10 donation per class is suggested. Pre-registration is required by Saturday at midnight in advance of the class. Register via email to pzimmie2@icloud.com. 

Important information: 

The Tai Chi classes will be held on the SPAC grounds with socially distant marked spaces for each participant. All attendees will enter through the Hall of Springs Gate and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. In addition, guests are required to wear a face mask at all times until the classes begin and then immediately after the classes conclude. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Restrooms will be available for participants and will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Online registration must be completed in advance. All proceeds will go directly to the practitioners. 

West African Drumming Classes
In partnership with Rural Soul Music Studio
Led by M’Bemba Bangoura
At the Nancy DiCresce Room in The Pines at SPAC 

All levels, ages 18+ 
Thursdays, November 12 – December 10, 6:30-7:45pm
Tuesdays, November 24 – December 15, 6:30-7:45pm

Drumming students of all levels will learn traditional Guinean rhythms on djembes (West African hand drums) and doundouns (West African bass drums played with sticks), as well as the cultural significance of the music.  

Classes are $68 per series, and interested participants can email Chelsie Henderson at ruralsoulmusic@gmail.com. Space is limited to 18 participants, and drums can be rented as needed. Mask and social distancing protocols will be observed. If classes need to be cancelled due to weather, they will be made up after the holidays. If classes are cancelled due to COVID-19 mandates, they will be shared online. If participants prefer to attend remotely, videos can be shared both live and recorded.