For many of us, spiritual wellness is an important part of our mental health and overall well-being. We may find spirituality in an organized religion or in activities and beliefs that give us a sense of purpose and meaning.
The Manning Memorial Chapel is the spiritual heart of Acadia University. Over fifty years ago, students sought a prayer space and championed its construction. To this day, students continue to be the driving force behind spirituality on campus. We aim to meet the needs of today's students, including those of different faiths.
The chapel is an inclusive place that hosts both secular and non-secular groups. Non-Christian faiths are welcome to use the facility for worship or events. The chapel is home to everything from concerts to yoga to potluck food gatherings. Many students appreciate using its quiet spaces to reflect or even to study. The chapel is open from 6am to 10pm every day of the year.
Please visit the Chapel website for information on services, choral groups and concerts, events, and more.
Acadia's Chaplain, Rev. Tim McFarland, provides daily services that are Baptist and affirming. Tim is also available to offer students counsel and spiritual guidance, and to connect students to additional support resources like Counselling.
Acadia University offers a Muslim prayer space in Cutten House.
There are unfortunately few places of worship near Wolfville. Students who wish to practice their faith in a formal setting may benefit from visiting Halifax, where there are several places of worship, including: synagogues; mosques; and Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh temples.
The Chapel website offers a list of nearby Christian churches of various denominations.
Spirituality can be an important part of your mental health. Some of us may not participate in an organized religion, but still seek activities that help us find balance and fulfillment. Consider incorporating practices like mindfulness and meditation: Acadia's Mental Health team offers workshops on both mindfulness and yoga.
You can also participate in activities held on campus like Tai Chi and Qi Gong, or explore local hiking trails and outdoor activities.