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Guided Meditation Walk - Never Not Unbroken

We are often focused on completeness, both in ourselves and in the world around us. Yet, our brokenness may provide the space to repeatedly re-create ourselves stronger, braver and with greater integrity and authenticity.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

Guided Meditation Walk - The Five Taoist Elements

Experience a transformation in mind, body and chi as we meditate on the Five Taoist Elements and their corresponding emotions of fear, anger, grief, compassion and happiness.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Guided Meditation: Gratitude

A gratitude practice opens our hearts to the endless possibilities life offers. When we practice gratitude, we rewire our brain to focus on peace and prosperity. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness reminding us we are part of a larger universe with all sentient beings.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Guided Sitting Meditation - Embracing Uncertainty

To embrace uncertainty is to embrace life. Uncertainty often brings myriad emotions   trepidation, anger, doubt, fear. Our meditation will encourage embracing uncertainty, allowing room for wonder and acceptance of all that is.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Hand Quilting

Learn to quilt by hand! Make a log cabin quilt block using techniques and patterns from the 1860s. All materials provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Price:  Member $19, Non-member $24

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Healthy Fats and Their Effect on Your Metabolism and Hormonal Balance

  

This class includes a short interactive presentation, the opportunity for Q&A/group discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration using healthy fats. All presentations will incorporate the most current scientific evidence available and emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet with a diversity of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other botanical supplements for health promotion. All skill levels are welcome.

 

Price: $46, $41 member

Instructor: Jennifer Carroll MD, MPH

Dr. Carroll is a research professor at the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine and research director at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center. She provides clinical consultations at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center and advises patients on complementary and alternative therapies for a variety of clinical conditions such as cancer-related care, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, women s and men s health issues, and many others. She is a co-founder of the Culinary MDs, LLC which seeks to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through interactive presentations, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

 

Herbal Allies for the Digestive System

There is no denying the connection of optimal digestive function and overall health and vitality. This class covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the GI tract, common digestive complaints and their underlying etiology, and the proper and safe use of botanicals to address these issues. Also included are herbs, food and lifestyle practices to maintain optimal gut health. We sample a variety of delicious herbal preparations from the herbs discussed and each participant go home with a bottle of bitters.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

Herbal Allies for the Liver

The liver means just that, to live. Without our livers our bodies would have no way to detoxify and cleanse themselves. We cannot live a fully health life without a healthy liver. Discover the bounty of herbs that support the liver and purify and heal the body.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly has spent the last 19 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and licensed esthetician. She practices many different modalities including Mayan abdominal massage, Mayan tradition spiritual healing, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, lymph drainage massage, neuromuscular massage, cupping, Gua sha, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. Kimberly adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments.  She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers facials, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. Kimberly has worked for 18 years teaching classes in herbal medicine and aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary Tinctura and her own private practice has an emphasis on women's holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last four years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of body work.

 

Herbal Remedies for Pets

Medicinal plants and their healing properties are not reserved solely for humans. Our pets can benefit from their offerings as well. In fact, many herbal remedies were discovered by humans from watching animals utilize plants for medicine. Join herbalist Steve Sietos for an evening discussion on keeping your pet healthy and happy. Learn which diet is best for your pet and how to treat digestive issues, allergies and common ailments with herbs.

Price: $52 Public

Saturday Instructor: Steve Sietos

 

 

Herbal Remedies for the Circulatory System

Get excited to learn about the functions, ailments and herbal remedies of the circulatory system! We start class by exploring anatomy and physiology of the system to gain familiarity with patterns of health and dis-ease. Learn about key herbs and herbal remedies to support physical and energetic conditions like poor circulation, heart disease, grief, anemia, elevation sickness, high or low blood pressure and more. We sample and create heart-healing remedies as well as learn about to grow or forage for heart-healthy herbs.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructor: Blake Burger and Amberle Suski

Blake Burger's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Herbal Remedies for the Lymphatic System

A lymphatic system that is flowing properly is important to maintaining robust health. Herbal allies improve the flow of lymphatic fluid which help to cleanse and detoxify the body. We explore self-care methods of keeping the lymphatic system moving: dry brushing and lymphatic drainage massage that you can do at home.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly

has spent the last 19 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and licensed esthetician. She practices many different modalities including Mayan abdominal massage, Mayan tradition spiritual healing, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, lymph drainage massage, neuromuscular massage, cupping, Gua sha, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. Kimberly adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments.  She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers facials, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. Kimberly has worked for 18 years teaching classes in herbal medicine and aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary Tinctura and her own private practice has an emphasis on women's holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last four years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of body work.

Herbs for Children

Kids are prone to a variety of health quandaries from bruises and cuts, to teething and ear infections, to colic and diarrhea, to cold and flu and many others that can feel overwhelming but are often easily managed at home with time honored herbal remedies. In this class we learn about safety in choosing which herbs to work with. We are covering a variety of commonly used herbs for kids and some tried and true recipes like gripe water, calming herbal baths, teas, salves and more. Make a soothing herbal oat milk bath tea bag and a calming catnip lemon balm glycerite to take home and try. We explore a few reflexology techniques that can be very easy and helpful especially when paired with herbal oils.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Herbs for Muscular/Skeletal Health

 

The skeleton and musculature are the supporting structures of our bodies. They work well together but are often challenged by poor posture, overexertion, dehydration and other potentially disruptive forces. But there are herbs that can help us to manage the aches, pains and inflammations that come with the territory. In this class we learn about the muscular-skeletal system, potential problems and the herbs that help us to manage them!

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Monticue Connally

Monticue Connally is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

Herbs for Reproductive System Health: Female

Learn the basics of the menstrual cycle, hormonal balance and fertility awareness along with the herbs that support reproductive health from menarche to menopause. Understand common imbalances and challenges to menstrual health like PMS, painful cycles, ovarian cysts and bladder infections. Learn and understand herbs that support a healthy cycle and support womb health. Prepare a womb-nourishing tonic that supports uterine health and nourishes the blood.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Raven Rose

Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.

 

Herbs for Reproductive System Health: Male

For thousands of years men have benefitted greatly from the use of herbs. We cover male specific uses of herbs and how these remedies promote a healthy reproductive system. This class also places heavy emphasis on the amazing inner workings of the system itself.

 

Price: $42 public

Instructor: Monticue Connally

Monticue Connally is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

Herbs for the Immune System

There is a team of protectors and processes within each of us that work together to help prevent and fight off illness. This team within can be weakened or strengthened depending on many factors. There are many tools in our herbal arsenals that can boost the efficiency and power of these forces! Let s take a close look at this system and the herbs that are proven to help this army within to keep the baddies away.

 

Price: $52

Instructor: Monticue Connally

Monticue Connally is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

Herbs for the Respiratory System: Tonics, Expectorants, Antispasmodics, Cold/Flu

The respiratory system is responsible for bringing oxygen into the body and then expelling carbon dioxide back into the air. Our respiratory system must stay open and nourished, so our body s cells stay rich with oxygen. Luckily, many plants have profound therapeutic effects on the respiratory system. We are make a vapor rub oil in class to take home.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly

has spent the last 19 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and licensed esthetician. She practices many different modalities including Mayan abdominal massage, Mayan tradition spiritual healing, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, lymph drainage massage, neuromuscular massage, cupping, Gua sha, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. Kimberly adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments.  She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers facials, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. Kimberly has worked for 18 years teaching classes in herbal medicine and aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary Tinctura and her own private practice has an emphasis on women's holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last four years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of body work.

Historical Uses of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie Grasslands

Presented and managed by the City of Aurora.

Are you curious about the plants you see on the outskirts of the city? It may just be that those plants were once used to treat headaches, stop bleeding or aid in sleep. Take a hike to learn how these plants were once used by Native Americans and Western colonizers.

The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: Adults $10 Child $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Homeschool Day: Rainforest

Explore your way through the rainforest, its products, diversity and treasures. Discover the layers of the rainforest, how chocolate is made and the unique adaptations that plants in the rainforest have to help them survive.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Be A Botanist

Spend a day in the boots of a botanist and investigate plants like a scientist. Discover how plants are classified, examine herbarium specimens, and design an experiment as you get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the things a botanist might do.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

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