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Knit a Cowl for the Cold

 

A cowl of epic proportions! Inspired by the Scottish Highlands, this quick and simple cowl takes the beginner knitter to the next level. Knit on size 50 needles with two strands of super bulky yarn to create a gorgeous textile. Advanced beginners can learn how to work simple stitches with more advanced materials.

 

$48, $43 members includes all materials

 

Instructors: Robyne and Andrea Thurber

 

Robyne and Andrea Thurber are a mother-daughter team who love simple, beautiful garments. Robyne learned to knit from her mother, who in turn taught Andrea how to knit. From simple dishcloths to elaborate, avante-garde knitted art installations, there is no knitting project that Robyne and Andrea can’t accomplish. Andrea has been teaching knitting at the Gardens for three years and Robyne has joined her this year. Cumulatively, they have over 50 years of knitting experience! Outside of knitting, Robyne runs a working ranch in Sedalia, Colorado and Andrea works at the Gardens as a full time Volunteer Coordinator.

 

Knitting Green: Cotton Dishcloths

 

Looking for ways to make your kitchen a little greener? Hand knit, reusable, cotton dishcloths are a great sponge alternative. Aside from being friendlier to environment, dishcloths make a fabulous first project for the novice knitter or a great canvas for exploring new stitch patterns. All experience levels are welcome and multiple patterns are provided to suit the skill level of the knitter. Students take home the skills and materials to make multiple dishcloths, as well as gift giving ideas and extra patterns to try at home!

 

$52, $48 members for two class sessions (Jan 12 and Jan 19) and all materials

 

Instructors: Robyne and Andrea Thurber

Robyne and Andrea Thurber are a mother-daughter team who love simple, beautiful garments. Robyne learned to knit from her mother, who in turn taught Andrea how to knit. From simple dishcloths to elaborate, avante-garde knitted art installations, there is no knitting project that Robyne and Andrea can’t accomplish. Andrea has been teaching knitting at the Gardens for 3 years, and Robyne has joined her this year. Cumulatively, they have over 50 years of knitting experience! Outside of knitting, Robyne runs a working ranch in Sedalia, Colorado and Andrea works at the Gardens as a full time Volunteer Coordinator.

 

 

 

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

 

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

 

 

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

 

All levels welcome, no experience required. Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort.

 

 

Single session: $8 member, $10 non-member

 

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light on Form

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

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 Book Club - Fall

 

Join us for the fall 2014 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 fall we’ll examine the history and influence of America’s national parks. We’ll begin in October with Kim Heacox’s John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire. From there we’ll move on to Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith (November), followed by Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (December).

 

*Additional Date has been added for Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed on December 4th.

 

Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with seperate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Each meeting is $5 for the public.

 

 

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

 

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

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

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 Goat's Milk Soap

 

Nothing is more luxurious than hand-crafted goat's milk soap and it's even better when you make it yourself. This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to implement cold-process techniques for making soap. Oils, herbs, flowers, oats and honey that be added for texture and fragrance are discussed along with how to mold and cut the soaps. Lye safety is also addressed. Participants receive one bar and a recipe to take home.

 

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

$40 member and non-member

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" and the proud owner of two backyard dwarf dairy goats. She has written about goat's milk soapmaking for MaryJanesFarm magazine and happily makes all of the soap used by her family.

 

 

Image: Courtesy of Gurney5 (Flickr)

Mastering Pen and Ink

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

In this course we will study different pen and ink techniques, allowing you to find the technique that best suits your style. Beginning with the basis of good measured drawing of plant material, we will then work on bringing finesse to your pen and ink work, focusing on drawing smooth lines and creating even tonal shading. Students are welcome to bring along their previous work for critique. Suitable for students who have medium to advanced skills. Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Perfecting Perspective, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator recommended, or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens or completed certificate in botanical art and illustration, scientific illustration, nature illustration or equivalent from another institution.

 

No refunds for registration cancellations after January 12, 2015, unless your seat can be filled.

 

• Mon-Wed, March 2-4, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Lucy Smith, Kew Gardens, U.K.

Lucy T. Smith been producing pen and ink and color illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1999. She has completed 200 plates for the upcoming “Palms of New Guinea” monograph, as well as hundreds of other illustrations for various other plant families. Her work is reproduced in many journals, including Kew Bulletin, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. In 2001, she spent six weeks on the Endeavour replica, following in the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson, the artist on Cook’s voyage of 1768-1771, for a BBC documentary called “The Ship.” She has received many awards for her work, including two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London. She teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, all in London.

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Dinner

 

Discover the ease of preparing delicious dishes from south of the border! Learn how to master the classics: salsa, guacamole and chipotle crema and use them for garnishes for a Mexican meatball soup, creamy chicken with pumpkin seed sauce and zesty fish tacos. Wash it all down with hibiscus/lime tea and chili chocolate cupcakes. Recipes and dinner included.

 

$42 member, $47 non-member

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness Satrudays - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Starting the New Year Mindfully

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.

 

Starting the New Year Mindfully: Guided Practice of Sitting, Standing, Moving and Lying Down Meditation

 

This workshop offers an opportunity to renew your enthusiasm for mindfulness as a path of awakening. Practice together and reflect on how we can organize our lives around a genuine commitment to daily practice.

 

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

 

 

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 - 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.

 

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