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Discover refuge for your mind, body and soul at the Dixon

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues. In Memphis, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens offers a perfect refuge for those looking to foster peace of mind and body amidst their beautiful landscapes and art collections. This year, the Dixon has curated a series of events that can soothe your soul.

  • Admission is free for all. Visitors can enjoy over 17 total acres of gardens, an extensive collection of permanent art and temporary exhibits unique to Memphis and a variety of free weekly programming.

Elderly woman painting with watercolors in a bright art workshop, feeding her soul while other participants work in the background.
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon is the Tingey Painting with Parkinsons Program. This art therapy program supports people living with Parkinson’s. Sessions encourage participants to freely explore art materials and work without interruption while listening to meditative music. The purpose is to bring relief from symptoms and improve well-being.
Outdoor yoga class in a garden at the Dixon, with participants performing poses on mats, surrounded by lush greenery and a large sculpture in the background.
  • Thursdays from 6-6:45 p.m. is yoga in the gardens. Strengthen your yoga practice and enjoy the health benefits of light exercise with yoga instructor Laura Gray McCann. All levels are welcome.
A serene garden path at Dixon Retreat with an arched trellis covered in blue flowers, leading to a central urn surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Fridays from noon-12:30 p.m., there are guided lunchtime meditations in the gardens. Make time for yourself each week and explore a variety of meditation practices designed to help you find balance and reduce stress.
A man performs a tai chi pose on a rocky summit with distant mountains under a cloudy sky, aligning his body and soul.
  • Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. is taijiquan (tai chi). Led by Milan Vigil, this Chinese martial arts practice promotes relaxation, improves balance and provides no-impact aerobic benefits. Open to ages 16 and older.

This blog was written by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

About: Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. In addition to the collection of French masterpieces, porcelain, and pewter, every year, the Dixon organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions – the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages.


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