Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing HeARTS initiative is part of a growing recognition in healthcare that the arts can exert a powerful effect on the healing process. Since its inception in 2015, Healing HeARTS has guided the development of a healing environment within WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital that is intended to promote wellness and self-healing through the arts and reduce stress and anxiety for patients, visitors and employees.

All classes held at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street.


Writing Haiku & Tanka Poetry

Wednesday’s, October 4-25, 10-11:30a.m.

Writing Haiku and Tanka poetry allows us to slow down, take a deep breath, and cultivate inner peace by connecting our inner world to the natural world around us. You’ll learn to capture in words what you hear, see and feel, and discover the healing power of poetry writing.

Linda Kulp Trout

$70 ($64 members)


Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesdays, October 4-25, 5-6:15p.m.

Vinyasa means, “breath synchronized movement.” We will use flowing sequences and sun salutations to warm the body to reach new levels of flexibility, strength, balance and peace in our poses and practice. This class is suitable for both beginners and intermediate yogis.

Brenda Insalaco, 200 RYT

$44 ($40 members) OR $12 per class


The Art of Qigong

Thursdays, October 5-November 2, 12-1p.m.

“Qi is the energy flowing through the body and the universe. Gong means work. Qigong is “energy work” that can be used to clean the smallest cell in the body and energize it. This practice includes exercises which can be done standing, sitting or lying down that focus on the 5 yin organs to keep you balanced.

Susan Tenzyk, Qigong Master

$55 ($50 members)


Horticultural Therapy: Fall Basket

Thursday, October 12, 6-7:30p.m.

The colors, fruit and plants of fall will inspire a sense of wellness through the creation of natural decorations for your table or home.

Sue McDowell, HTC

$30 ($26 members)


The Life Story Course:

Using Life Review to Foster Well-being and Growth

Tuesdays, October 17-December 5, 9:30am-Noon

As we move through the stages of our lives, the story of whom we are changes and grows with us. This 8-week life review experience teaches participants about the ways in which our stories shape our identities, and our views about life. Each class invites stories from a different life period, and encourages the sharing of insights and lessons learned.

Julia Falk MS, RN, doctoral candidate

$75 ($65 members)



Horticultural Therapy: Holiday Centerpiece

Saturday, November 18, 10-11:30a.m.

Reduce the stress of the holidays by using natural materials to bring the outside in as you celebrate with friends and family. This class will explore the therapeutic value of working with fresh and dried plant materials to create a special table or room decoration.

Sue McDowell, HTC

$30 ($26 members)