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Light on Form

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

• Fri-Sun, Jan. 16-18, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Mon, Feb. 16, 23, March 9, 16, 23, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

• Mon, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

• Mon, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Literature of the Land: Spring 2015 Book Club

 

 

Join us for the spring 2015 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

 

We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia. This spring we’ll examine the crucial role of pollinators in our ecosystem. In March, we’ll start with Dave Goulson’s part memoir, part call for conservation A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees. In April, we’ll move on to the dystopian novel The Bees by Laline Paull and in May, we’ll wrap up with Bill McKibben’s Oil and Honey.

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

 

Dates:

March 25 and 26

April 22 and 23

May 20 and 21

 

 

Make an Art Portfolio Case

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This workshop is geared toward graduate candidates but is open to everyone. Students will produce an attractive archival case for portfolio pieces or other art, papers or ephemera. It will be covered in quarter cloth with paper sides and ribbon ties. Three flaps inside the case protect the contents. Fee: $90 member, $115 non-member. Fee includes supply kit for the portfolio case (12” x16”) produced during the class. Additional fee if a larger portfolio case is made. No prerequisites.

 

• Wed, March 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

• Sat, May 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

 

Making the Most Out of Your CSA

 

Are you excited about participating in a local CSA but a little unsure about what to do with all that kale and kohlrabi? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this delicious seasonally-focused class where we’ll discuss how to make the most of your CSA share. Chef Elizabeth will share fresh, healthy and tasty recipes that perfectly showcase that in-season produce and keep you from wasting anything, and you’ll taste some great fresh food. Whether it’s your first or your tenth CSA season, this class will teach you all sorts of great tips to use your fresh vegetables in the best possible ways!

 

$36, $32 members

 

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

 

Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants

 

This class will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at C-470 and Wadsworth.

 

Learn about the medicinal plants growing in your backyard, along you favorite hiking trails or even cracks in the sidewalk. This class will include an herb walk to meet the many healing plants, both garden and wild, growing at Chatfield. We will talk about ways these plants can be grown and used in your own garden pharmacy. In the afternoon we will make medicine and a salve and participants will go home with a gift.

 

$55, $52 members

 

Instructor: Mary O'Brien

 

Member-Only Morning

Members can visit the Gardens at 8 a.m. before public hours. Grab a spot on a favorite bench, sip a cup of tea by the Monet pond, or enjoy a morning walk on quiet paths.

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses

 

 

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Appreciating Self and Other in Relationship

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.

 

Appreciating Self & Other in Relationship: a Mindfulness Workshop

Although we may think of meditation as a solitary practice, its fruits often include a growing sense of interconnectedness with others. This workshop offers mindfulness exercises designed to cultivate a deep appreciation of ourselves and others. Participants may practice deep listening and experience being fully heard.

 

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 - Dancing with Discomfort and Difficult Emotions

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 (see bios below). 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.

 

Dancing with Discomfort and Difficult Emotions

Life deals unexpected, unwanted, unpredictable and sometimes unpleasant experiences – whether an injury, illness or loss. This class explores how to navigate the vulnerability of being human and how meditation practice offers the possibility of dancing with, rather than being defeated by, discomfort and difficult emotions.

 

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 - 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.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Relaxing In the Moment

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to theongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.

 

 

Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

 

Member and Non Member price includes $25 for materials.

 

Nature Observed: Sketching in the Gardens

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

 

 

Never-Fail Perennials

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Learn to choose and plant a wide variety of easy-to-grow plants for years of low-maintenance enjoyment.

Shalene will demonstrate how to plan your perennial garden for a continuous succession of bloom. The final class will be a walk in the Gardens to view examples of perennials discussed in class, as well as a time for additional questions and discussion.

 

$122 member, $145 non-member.

 

Instructor: Shalene Hiller

 

 

 

 

 

Open Studio

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

 

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

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

 

Permaculture and Your Home Garden

This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth.

 

Permaculture (permanent agriculture, permanent culture) is an ecological design system that combines the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping. It aims to build a site that sustains itself and the gardener. This class will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of Permaculture and how they can be implemented to create a home landscape that nourishes the body, spirit and the earth. The afternoon session will include a hands-on experience using Permaculture techniques. Bring gloves and be prepared to get your hands in the dirt!

 

Class time will include a lunch break. Please bring lunch and water (refrigerator available), as there will not be enough time to leave the site.

 

$55, $52 members

 

Instructor: Mary O'Brien

 

 

 

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