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Mindfulness Saturdays - Dignity and Presence

2015 Mindfulness Saturdays at Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Dignity and Presence: Returning to Our Basic Nature

The attitude about yourself is very important. If there is a tendency to feel despairing, inadequate or distrustful of yourself, it outwardly shows. This class gently guides participants to explore the innate dignity of being human, uncovered through simply being present and opening to what is beneath the mental habits of doubt and unworthiness.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Interpersonal Mindfullness

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Bringing Presence and Kindness to Relationships

Relationships are often the source of some of life’s greatest joys, as well as challenges. Maintaining a center in interpersonal relationships requires presence and kindness. In this class, participants are invited to explore the power of mindfulness in interpersonal interaction. What would it be like to truly listen to someone? To fully be heard? To communicate in ways which are connecting rather than confusing or divisive?

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Dr. Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, studied vipassana meditation since 2003 and has taught MBSR and yoga for seven years.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Meditation in Action

2015 Mindfulness Saturdays at Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Meditation in Action: Gentle Bravery is the Key

Meditation in action requires a willingness to experience the sharp edges of reality. Whenever we give attention to a mental image or thought, we give attention to a dream rather than reality. This class introduces ways of bringing gentleness and bravery to all activities so that we become useful and can serve others.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Mindfulness of the Five Senses

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Mindfulness Of The Five Senses

Be guided in exercises to help you zero in on single-minded seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling. When we bring mindfulness to sense perceptions, we experience each moment more vividly and feel more alive.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Dr. John Steele, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and registered yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga and meditation most of his life. In 1999, he participated in a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 2003, John completed a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) training. He is a Naropa Certified Meditation Instructor and has served as adjunct professor in the graduate psychology program at Naropa University. He teaches MBSR at Kaiser Permanente and yoga at the Boulder Recreation Center and at Yoga

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Taking in the Good

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Taking in the Good: Opening Our Hearts for the Holidays

Explore practices to welcome the beauty and chaos of the holidays with an open heart through practices that help cultivate kindness, gratitude, joy and equanimity.

 

Dr. Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, studied vipassana meditation since 2003 and has taught MBSR and yoga for seven years.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Unconditional Confidence

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Unconditional Confidence

The root of true confidence grows from unconditional friendship with our self. By accepting who you are beyond the limitations of judgment and bias, a spacious knowing is revealed. This class can help you learn to trust your natural intelligence to navigate life.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mini Camp at Chatfield: Winter Wonders on the Farm

Discover what happens on a farm in the winter. Care for animals, prepare soil for spring planting, create a colorful ice sculpture, make a delicious treat and create a worm bin to take home.

Mini Camp: From Flowers to Honey

Flowers and bees have a sweet relationship at Denver Botanic Gardens! Learn how flowers attract bees and how bees make honey, dissect and discover the parts of a flower, participate in a honey tasting and build your own garden  bee house  to take home.

Spend your day off school at the Gardens at York Street exploring the amazing world of plants. We will fill the day with garden explorations, games, activities, art projects and take-home gardens.

Mountain Food Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say ‘yes’ to mountain gardeners. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures -- they’ve heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. elevation since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all of Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state. This class covers many great foods that thrive in the mountains’ cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west. The Parmenters also touch on their successful, totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.

Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, bok choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins!

 

 

$52 member, $59 non-member.

 

 

Instructors:

Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

 

Mountain Tomatoes

We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening, the Holy Grail of the mountains is to grow a red tomato. Technically, the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along and this class explains why.

In 1991, Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today, she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. elevation in the Wet Mountains. Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The world of tomato seed swapping is also explored.

Penn comes armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the tomato. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless its Green Zebra, or Green Doctors or Evergreen).

 

 

$28 member, $32 non-member

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Nature Observed: Sketching in the Gardens

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

Nature Observed is a series of workshops that covers the basics of field sketching and documentation. It introduces the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guide you to see and record correctly while simplifying complex subject matter. You will most likely work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and water brush. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Open to everybody, with no prerequisites.

 

• Thu, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!

 

Classes include:

 

Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Instructor Patti O’Neal

Patti O’Neal has been an instructor at Denver Botanic Gardens for 9 years, specializing in kitchen gardens A-Z, seed starting, preparing the beds, intensive growing, pests and diseases and extending the seasons to a successful harvest. She is a horticulturist in CSU Extension office in Jefferson County.

 

 

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

 

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Betty will take you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, plant choices, watering, fertilizing and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Betty will include the most popular vegetables to grow, including lettuce, spinach, peas, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and more. You'll take home a comprehensive planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season and garden seeds to start planting in early spring.

 

 

 

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

The variety of annuals and perennials is limitless as are the ways to use them in your garden rock gardens, pocket gardens, cottage gardens and vegetable gardens. In this class you will learn the differences between annuals, perennials and biennials, as well as when it is best to use each of them. We will put emphasis on how to choose the best plant options for sprucing up your current garden beds as well as all the things to consider when planning a new garden bed. Well talk about natives and Plant Select options, along with herbs and other edibles and how to incorporate them into your landscape. Well send you on your way with some great ideas and all the ideas you need for success in the coming flower gardening season!

Instructor Donna Duffy

Donna Duffy has been a Master Gardener in Jefferson County since 2009, and became a Native Plant Master a couple of years later. As a Colorado native, Donna has experienced gardening through hail, drought, microbursts, floods, early snow…everything that Colorado weather can throw at us. As a result, Donna’s gardening interests have evolved to using and experimenting with native plants, Plant Select, and other waterwise plants and shrubs. Donna has been a professional trainer for over 25 years in the non-profit sector.

 

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

 

 

 

 

 

Open Studio

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

Open Studio is for everyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – noon, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.), but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media. Fee: $20/session member, $25/session non-member. Pre-registration required.

• Thu, Jan. 15, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Jan. 22, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m.

• Mon, May 18, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 1, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 8, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 15, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 22, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Orchids

Orchids, one of the oldest families of flowering plants, dating to about 80 million years ago, are also one of the largest plant families with nearly 800 genera and more than 25,000 species. Take a break from the cold; get inside the Gardens’ orchid collection to learn more about this plant family. See how other artists have approached this traditional subject and addressed the compositional challenges of these mostly epiphytic plants. Demonstration and exercises emphasize strategies and techniques to paint orchid leaves, roots, flowers and patterns. Then, equipped with a range of relevant watercolor skills, complete a botanical portrait of an elegant orchid. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

• Thu, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Orchids 101

 

Growing orchids may seem like a daunting endeavor, but it really isn’t that difficult if you learn the basics. Learn the cultural requirements of many common orchid genera including light, temperature, watering and fertilization. Come prepared to get your hands dirty during a hands-on repotting exercise. Each student receives an orchid plant to take home.

 

Nick Snakenberg, the class instructor, has worked at the Gardens since 1993. A graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, he currently curates the Gardens’ tropical collections and helps manage the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. He has taught many horticultural classes for the Gardens and is a frequent speaker for local garden clubs and plant societies. In 2008, Nick assisted the women from the El Cielo Biosphere Eco Tienda in Mexico with renovations and enhancements to their fledgling botanic garden. This included a half-day class on orchid culture. Nick is a member of the Denver Orchid Society (past president), the Orchid Digest Corporation and the American Orchid Society where he serves as an accredited orchid judge for the Rocky Mountain Regional Judging Center.

 

 

 

Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Penn and Cord Parmenter have been growing food in their passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 12 years. Their expertise is shared in this class to help take some of the mystery out of something that should be easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching appropriate plants to the microclimates within the greenhouse is crucial. Often the plants are the best teachers in the greenhouse and together participants learn how to work within the unique greenhouse eco-system.

Favorite foods, herbs and flowers are discussed as well as forcing plants for seed production, over wintering potted plants and succession planting for a year round harvest.

The Parmenters share tips for keeping the greenhouse organically under control from bugs and disease. Preventative methods and what to do when an outbreak strikes are discussed.

Penn and Cord lead busy lives with three kids and a business and yet they manage to grow food year round in their greenhouses. When life gets in the way and you’re thinking of turning your greenhouse into a shed, don’t despair because there are answers for successful greenhouse growing.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

 

See also "Sustainable Greenhouse Design" - offered on the same weekend!

 

 

Perfecting Perspective

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of .perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

• Fri-Sun, Feb. 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, June 12-14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Photoshop for Beginners

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

 

When someone asks you to send a JPEG image at 300 dpi, do you think, “WHAT?” Unravel the lingo and learn the basics of versatile and necessary Photoshop software. Start at the very beginning and learn to navigate the toolbars, size artwork and files, apply filters, adjust color, crop and more! Use simple skills to manipulate photo references. Learn the process for producing a digital file to meet specifications for exhibit entries. Bring your computer, Adobe Photoshop and an open mind. Leave with the confidence to handle images on your own. Fee: $90 member, $125 non-member. Open to everybody, however you must have Photoshop installed on your computer.

 

• Sun, March 22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser

 

 

Plant Based Remedies - The Healing Oils of the Bible

 

Extensive medical studies over the centuries have found that essential oils can support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Learn about the important role essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people and explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

 

$35 members, $39 non-members

 

 

Image: Frankincense in resin form; Courtesy of Xix Feng.

Planting A Spring Vegetable/Herb Garden

 

Did you know that you can be harvesting delectable spinach and lettuces and herbs by April?

Of the 70 fruits and vegetables that grow well on the Front Range, there are over 20 vegetables and herbs that grow superbly when planted in March. We will profile them and learn how they are programmed to germinate in cooler soils and how they sweeten beautifully when grown out in the cooler temperature of a Colorado late winter/early spring.

Come and learn strategies for direct sowing these amazing vegetables and herbs and for keeping them healthy and protected in the event of a sudden spring snowstorm. We will focus on season extending techniques and feature many that are easily repurposed variations of expensive equipment. Learn the planning strategies for succession planting that begins here in our area in March so you will know how to prepare for the second succession of warm season plantings and then when you can replant these cool season gems to have a fabulous fall crop – some that can take you right up to Christmas.

 

 

$38 member, $43 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

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