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Dia de Mole Negro - ONLINE

**Registration will close on Wednesday, October 28 at noon**

 

Bring the essence of Día de los Muertos into the kitchen by balancing the bitter with the sweet.

Día de los Muertos celebrates loved ones who have passed. An important part of this celebration is the creation of altars, filled with ofrendas that feature the loved ones’ favorite earthly treats, such as sweets, fine cigars, chocolate, mezcal, beer and favorite foods.

Mole, a traditional food of Día de los Muertos, originated in the town of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still a huge part of the culture, and recipes are passed down throughout generations. Oaxaca’s population is nearly 50% indigenous and its celebration of Día de los Muertos is renowned.

As loved ones make their way into the afterlife, those who are left behind remember them by cooking their favorite variation of a perfectly balanced mole. The secret to mole is to balance sweet and savory while incorporating flavors preferred by the person cooking the dish. Chef Sandoval’s version of mole uses Latin American chocolate, spices and ripe plantains.

 

Menu:

Chicken Mole Negro - inspired by a classic mole poblano, with a Honduran twist

Turmeric rice with aromatics

Cabbage slaw with citrus vinaigrette

Red bean puree with cilantro and olive oil

 

**Special Notes**

The cost of this program includes a take-home kit with the necessary ingredients, available for pick-up at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street location. Kit pick-up details will be sent to participants at least one week prior to the program.

The pick-up date is Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..

 

Each kit includes enough supplies for two individuals.

 

This program takes place entirely online. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $120, $110 member

Instructor: Chef Edwin Sandoval

 

Honduras-born and Colorado-raised, Edwin Sandoval is a modern multicultural creator of food. Chef Sandoval spent the past 13 years moving through the ranks of professional kitchens in famed restaurants such as Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Spuntino, Beatrice & Woodsley, and Telegraph Bistro.

Recently, Chef Sandoval launched Xatrucho with the vision to become one of the premier private cooking concepts in Denver. With XATRUCHO, Chef Sandoval creates experiences allowing guests from different walks of life to come together through food.

Folk Cures and Kitchen Remedies - ONLINE

Learn how to use herbs and simple but effective kitchen ingredients to fight off those winter maladies. We’ll discover essentials for winter health including spicy fire cider, tasty herbal teas for flus and cold, and warming elderberry/ginger syrup for immunity. Explore the many attributes of garlic and apple cider vinegar, and easy, inexpensive lifestyle tweaks to improve resilience and keep your family healthy and well. Handout with recipes provided.

 

This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day-of the program.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

Guided Sitting Meditation - Letting Go

The New Year often brings aspirations for change. Letting go of past hurts and disappointments makes space to start anew. With insight and gentleness, we are encouraged to place our hopes and dreams in the cradle of loving kindness.

Appropriate for adults of all abilities.

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

 

Smartphone Photography: Editing with Snapseed for Android and iPhone - ONLINE

Would you like to take your smartphone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on your iPhone or Android and explore one of the most powerful free photo-editing apps available: Snapseed. Learning to use the tools within the Snapseed app will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos. We explore the tools within the app and how to properly use them to make the most of your smartphone photography. This class is for anyone with a smartphone, iPhone or Android.

Please download the Snapseed app prior to class.

 

 

Snapseed for Android

Snapseed for iPhone

 

This session will be streamed online. Details on how to join the class and how long it will be accessible online will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

 

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Therapeutic Thursdays - ONLINE

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration required.

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

September 24: Exploring Floriography and the Victorian Language of Flowers

Join us as we take a look into the Victorian language of flowers and learn how to make your own flower message bouquet. Meet the Gardens librarians and tour the Helen Fowler Library in the new Freyer – Newman Center to research the language of flowers, then take a trip to visit local florists at Sacred Thistle to learn how to put together your own secret message in a floral arrangement.

 

October 29: The Restorative and Reflective Nature of Water

Join us for this very special co-produced episode with The One World One Water Center. Together with OWOW’s Co-Director Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, we discuss the history of the waterways at Denver Botanic Gardens and explore the therapeutic aspects of water. Joining us is Ken Wright, founder of Wright Water Engineers, and Alexandra Smith, our landscape operations specialist, who shares with us a little about maintaining all of the Gardens’ waterways.

 

Price: Complimentary, advanced registration required.

Instructors: Catharine McCord

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert - ONLINE

Join us for a Tibetan singing bowls experience with yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello of the Healing Space Wellness Center in Denver. Chris Anne has been performing Tibetan bowls concerts and teaching weekly kundalini yoga classes at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2009. The concert will begin with a symphonic gong and a Venus gong that are played gently with the intention to relax the nervous system.

The singing bowls are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body and are played to balance energy in the body. Because we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Wear comfy clothes and use a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As the chakras re-align, breathe in peace and enter a profound state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Feel as if you are 10 pounds lighter as stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

This session will be streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class and how long it will be accessible online will be emailed the day of the program. You do not need a Vimeo account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link and you will be ready to watch!

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

Special Instructions: No children under 12 years of age are permitted at in-person sessions of this program. Talking, cell phones and other distractions are not permitted.

 

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