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Wellness Weekend at Hill-Stead

March 3 - March 4

In Partnership with UCONN Health

Hill-Stead Museum and UConn Health are proud to offer Wellness Weekend, a celebration of the mind, body, and spirit at Hill-Stead.

  • All activities are included in regular museum admission.
  • No reservations – just check in at the Museum Shop!

FREE with Museum membership or admission. 

Wellness Weekend Schedule


10 am     Yoga

Feel blissful from taking this All-Levels Yoga class with Sarah Wadsworth at 10 am in the Makeshift Theater—bring your mat and don your favorite yoga gear for practice and relaxation inside this historic space. $5 suggested donation

11:15am &
1:15pm    Hiking

11:15am and 1:15pm –
One-hour guided hikes with certified Kripalu yoga teacher and therapist, Nancy Murray, on Hill-Stead’s beautiful trails. Instruction in mindfulness and some meditation, yoga and breathing exercises are included along the way. Please check in at the Museum Shop.
Dress for the weather and BYO water and snacks.

10–4 pm   Museum

Take a guided tour of Hill-Stead Museum. The last tour departs at 3 pm.


All Day    Hiking

Enjoy nature walks on the museum’s trail system—please check in at the Museum Shop for trail maps and to learn about other opportunities during Wellness Weekend.

10 am     Yoga

Feel blissful from taking this All-Levels Yoga class with Sarah Wadsworth in the Makeshift Theater—bring your mat and don your favorite yoga gear for practice and relaxation inside this historic space. $5 suggested donation

12 pm     Conversation in the Makeshift Theater

Innovative Medical Education and The Arts: Creative Collaborations with Hill-Stead Museum and UConn Health
with Dr. Mary P. Guerrera and Dr. Elizabeth Simmons

Dr. Mary P. Guerrera is Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She received her A.B. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Guerrera is Board Certified in Medical Acupuncture, is a Founding Diplomate of American Board of Integrative Medicine and has completed advanced training in Mind-Body Medicine. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society in 2004. Dr. Guerrera maintains an active clinical practice within the Department of Family Medicine’s Residency Program.

Elizabeth Plotkin Simmons, M. D. is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. As a medical retina specialist, Dr. Simmons treats disease like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Dr. Simmons completed her undergraduate degrees in English and Biology at Brown University. She earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Simmons did her ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her fellowship at Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Simmons joined the UConn faculty in 2006. She teaches The Healer’s Art as well as a Literature and Medicine elective for medical and dental students.

1–4 pm   Museum

Stroll Hill-Stead Museum at your own pace from 1-4pm, featuring live piano music on the Steinway.

 1–4 pm  Workshops

Workshops run concurrently and offer meditation and creation – feel free to try both or stay longer in either one.

Photography Workshop: The Joy of Self Expression Using Your Smart Phone
with Laurie Klein
1–2:15 pm or 2:30–4 pm • Pope Board Room

Come play with Laurie Klein and learn how to tap into your creative juices! Everyone has a smartphone these days – one of the most accessible creative tools we have at our fingertips. Through a series of fun exercises, you will realize how taking photographs can be transformative, healing and fun.
What you need to bring: Smart Phone—fully charged; download the free app “Snapseed” from the app store, before or during class.

Laurie Klein is an author, educator, and award-winning photographer. She has an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from RIT, and has studied with Ansel Adams. Laurie and her son, a graduate of UConn Medical School, work together on Expressive Art for Transformation and Wellness.

Expressive Arts Workshop
with Elisabeth Moss
1–2: 15 pm or 2:30–4 pm • Makeshift Theater 

Expressive Art is a playful creative process that uses different art forms (drawing, painting, movement, sound, etc.) to help reduce stress; invite mindfulness; and promote a consciousness of our interconnectedness with all of life. No art experience is necessary to enjoy this workshop as Expressive Art is more about exploration and self-discovery, and less about the actual product.

Elisabeth Moss, BFA, Certified Expressive Art Facilitator, is a painter whose work is created by listening to an authentic, quiet place within. She has been leading Visual Expression Art workshops since 2003. By creating a non-judgmental atmosphere – requiring no special training- we are free to visually “speak” and experience freedom, emotional unburdening, and the joy of our innate beauty.

4 pm       Mindfulness in the Museum

Enhance your understanding of art and bring a greater depth of awareness to what you see. Join us for a mindful practice and exploration of art, inside the historic house.


UCONN Endowment Fund

The “Marjorie D. Jung Expressive and Creative Arts Endowment Fund” was established through the UCONN Foundation in 2015. Ms. Jung created this fund to help inspire UCONN students and healthcare professionals to use nature and expressive and creative arts to help reduce stress; invite mindfulness, and promote a consciousness of our interconnectedness with all of life. The fund is used to help support honorariums, materials, etc. for regional artists who are invited to participate in workshops, presentations, and other UCONN Health sponsored activities.

Marjorie D. Jung, MS
Assistant Professor Emeritus – Department of Surgery (Audiology)
Salve Regina University Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Expressive Arts

Marjorie Jung is an Expressive Facilitator with an educational background in theater arts and audiology. She is also an emeritus member of the faculty with UCONN Health where she served for 25 years as a program developer, clinician, and educator in the field of audiology. Marjorie co-authored the book, Nature and the ART of Self-Expression, and is currently conducting Expressive Art workshops that use nature, sound, and various art forms to nurture the body, mind, and spirit.

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