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Spirits Wake

An exploration of movement, music, and meditation in nature

September 20 – October 22, 2022

“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hang-ups.”
— John Coltrane

Ars Nova Workshop, Bartram’s Garden, and Spirits Up! are collaborating to host Spirits Wake, a series of free outdoor yoga and mindfulness sessions paired with live music. Join us for an exploration of movement, music, and meditation while paying homage to the foundational forces in Black Liberation Music.

Program Schedule

Tuesday, September 20

Yoga with jean-jacques / Hudson River performs

Tuesday, September 27

Yoga and meditation with Sudan Green / Chad Taylor (mbira) performs

Saturday, October 15
12 noon


Saturday, October 22
12 noon


Spirits Up!

Spirits Up! is a Philadelphia-based organization that offers tools for personal liberation and healing through yoga, meditation, the arts, and innovative activity to support the continued work towards collective Black liberation. Spirits Up! provides safe spaces for people consistently on the frontlines for Black lives and those long suffering from systemic racial traumas.

Collectively working to heal the black community through yoga & meditation.

By any means necessary.

Cover: Spirits Wake program graphic design by Andrew Vickery.
September 20 – October 22, 2022


  • Mindfulness
  • Performance

Program Info

Free with RSVP
All Ages

Pre-registration with advance RSVP requested.

Program Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 20
  • Tuesday, September 27
  • Saturday, October 15
  • Saturday, October 22


Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Presented by

Spirits Wake is organized by Spirits Up!, a Philadelphia-based organization supporting the continued work towards collective Black liberation.

The program series is presented by Ars Nova Workshop in collaboration with Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia.

Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is many things to many people—a home for horticulture, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, an ancient riverfront, Sankofa Community Farm, high school internship programs, and a place of untold histories. At its core, it is a public park spanning nearly 50 acres in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia, offering peace, rest, and connection.


A wheelchair is available for visitor use in the Welcome Center, and golf cart rides can be arranged for easier access to programs and events. If you need more information or anticipate needing assistance during your visit, please contact Bartram’s Garden at or 215-729-5281.