Being brain aware: BrainTree Wellness Centre

March is Brain Awareness month. Dementia Canterbury, an anchor tenant of BrainTree, is hosting various events, including its Brain Health Symposium, Walk for Dementia, and “Steps for Dementia” campaign.

The Brain Health Symposium is Friday 17 March, 10am – 4pm.
Attendance can be in-person at BrainTree Wellness Centre, or via Zoom.
In partnership with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO), BrainTree is hosting “Flourish”, a CSO initiative suitable for anyone who feels music can improve their wellbeing and help stimulate their brain.

Upcoming sessions will be held on:
20 March, 10am – 11am
27 March, 1pm – 2pm
3 April, 10am – 11am
Secure your spot quickly by emailing
By 2040, the number of Cantabrians with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Stroke and Parkinson’s, is expected to double to more than 30,000 – around the current population of Timaru.
Significant data now proves that people who adopt a total wellness regime that covers exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation, education, and social connection enjoy better lives.

In 2017, The Canterbury Brain Collective Ltd (CBC) – a registered charity and partnership between Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Canterbury, and Dementia Canterbury – was established. Its goal was to develop a wellness centre for local people living with neurological conditions that would help them live their lives to their fullest potential. In June 2022, BrainTree opened to the public. The spacious and inviting state-of-the-art complex comprises tenant office spaces, a retail shop, a gym, yoga and dance studio, large seminar/meeting rooms, a wholefoods commercial café, an extensive outdoor deck and internal meeting places.
Leesa, Eilish, Ange, Hazel and Phil are the friendly team onsite, and their goal is to give everyone a great experience to ensure they keep returning to the centre.

Bookings for conferences, seminars and private functions are welcome, subject to availability. Contact to book or for more information.
CBC and the BrainTree collective wish to thank all donors, funders, partners and supporters for their huge generosity so far in helping realise their vision to establish this first-of-its-kind wellness centre for brain health in New Zealand.
They now welcome donations and funding to support their operational expenses to run the new centre.
With ample parking at 70 Langdons Road, Papanui, hours are 8.30am to 5pm weekdays. Enjoy a barista coffee and delicious, wholesome food, all available for purchase at Summerset sponsored café.

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