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A Guided Walk - Forest Bathing

Experience the relaxing practice of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Bathe in the atmosphere of the forest through mindful engagement of the senses. Studies suggest that a regular practice of forest bathing may be associated with a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. You will move slowly and mindfully through the forest as you are guided through a series of invitations to engage your senses for closer connection with the surrounding nature. The walk begins promptly at the schedule start time and lasts 2.5 hours. All summer walk locations will be near the foothills, within about a one hour drive or less from Denver. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk. Fall and Winter programs are held at Chatfield Farms.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Leona Campbell

Leona is a professional photographer and owner of Wind in Pines LLC, which provides public and private forest bathing walks in the greater Denver area. Leona is a certified forest therapy guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).

 

Special Instructions: All walks begin promptly at the start time and will last 2.5 hours. This is not a hike. Participants will move slowly and mindfully, covering about 1/2 mile over the course of the walk. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk.

All summer program locations are at a park near Conifer.

All January - April program dates take place outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms, located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

 

Ayurveda and Vinyasa Yoga: Flow Through the Five Elements of Nature in a Movement Meditation ONLINE

 

Ayurveda is a traditional form of medicine in India. There are many ways it can supplement our own wellness journeys and assist us in being more connected with nature and our own true selves. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is that everything in the natural world, including ourselves, is comprised of the five natural elements, earth, water, fire, air and space. By understanding the qualities of these elements and their characteristics, we can begin to see how they are present within us and what we need to balance them and achieve wellness.

This 90-minute class will begin with a presentation on the theories of Ayurveda and what the doshas (mind-body types) are. Then, we will incorporate those principles in a yoga practice. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and the two are combined to create an illuminating and slow-moving meditation with yoga postures that can be modified for all levels. By incorporating the Ayurvedic principles of the five elements in the natural world into a yoga practice, this class serves to connect us to our own true nature. View yoga through an Ayurvedic lens and take with you the understanding you need to incorporate Ayurveda into your own daily and seasonal routines.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Special Instructions: You will need a notebook to take notes, a yoga mat or towel, a yoga block or a couple of books stacked on top of each and a blanket or pillow.

 

Ayurveda Four-Part Series

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga that deals directly with healing the mind and body. Through diet, lifestyle, breathing exercises, herbal medicine and spiritual practices, Ayurveda offers a unique set of tools for individuals to regain balance with their own true nature. Ayurveda is centered on the idea that all beings are a unique composition of the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) which make up the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). Learning how the different doshas function and how they impact the mind and body, you can begin to recognize signs of imbalances early on and implement Ayurvedic practices to bring yourself back to balance.

In this four-part series, each class gives you some examples of what Ayurveda has to offer for your wellness routine. The series begins with an exploration of what the doshas are and how they affect you on an individual level. With that foundational knowledge, the second class is a yoga practice that flows through the five elements and three doshas within all of us to prepare for a blissful resting pose. Receive yoga sequences to take home to continue to practice on your own.

A major concept of Ayurveda is maintaining health through lifestyle protocols and eating seasonally with good food combinations to prevent illness or disturbance to your health. In the third class, explore some herbal remedies prepared in a kitchen for the purpose of preventing disease. In the fourth class, we cook with the six different tastes of Ayurveda and feast together. Take home recipe ideas from the last two classes to keep the exploration going at home.

 

Your Mind-Body Constitution. What Is Your Dosha?

Wed. Jul 15, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Your dosha is your mind-body type and it is determined by factors such as your genetic makeup and when you were born. This workshop briefly covers the basics of Ayurveda and how to determine your dosha, as well as includes some pranayama (or breath-work) that is balancing for all three doshas.

 

Ayurveda and Vinyasa Yoga: Flow Through the Five Elements of Nature in a Movement Meditation

Wed. Aug 26, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda. By incorporating the Ayurvedic principles of the five elements in the natural world into a yoga practice, this class serves to connect us to our own true nature. The two complementary sciences are combined to create an illuminating and slow-moving meditation with yoga postures that can be modified for all levels. View the healing art of yoga through an Ayurvedic lens with some take-home practices for each season and mind-body type.

 

Ayurvedic At Home Remedies: How to Use Your Kitchen for Simple Remedies

Wed. Sept 16, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Explore the common spices and herbs found in most kitchens and how they can be used for remedies and incorporated into your daily diet to address imbalances. Sample some concoctions that are suitable for each dosha. Class concludes with meditation tools that you can use at home.

 

Igniting the Fire within: How to Eat in Balance with Ayurveda

Wed. Oct 21, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

This class covers the Ayurvedic principle of Agni, the digestive fire, and how to cultivate it in order to nourish your body fully. Learn to assess the different digestive symptoms and how you can adjust your lifestyle to address them. Sample the different tastes associated with each dosha and see how to create a balanced meal.

 

Price: $131, $113 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Ayurveda Four-Part Series."

 

Derby Days - Floral Hat Design - ONLINE

Design your very own floral hat, the perfect topper for your Derby ensemble.The date may have changed, but the show must go on! Learn to attach floral ribbon, special mementos and silk flowers to keep your hat looking flawless well beyond race day.

 

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

A full material list is provided below, and will be sent to participants again, prior to the program. This way, you can follow along from the safety of your home!

 

Price: $45, $40 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Supplies:

  • 1 hat, of your choosing - many inexpensive options are available from online retails
  • Large silk flower bloom (at least one)
  • Approximately 3-9 additional smaller silk blooms
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (or a similar adhesive)

Optional: feathers, baubles, sparkly picks, etc.

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

Fantastic Fungi Film

81 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
Starring Paul Stamets, Tony D. Head, Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and Dennis J. McKenna,

Fantastic Fungi  is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson,  Fantastic Fungi  takes us on an immersive journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic and environmental challenges.

 

Igniting the Fire within: How to Eat in Balance with Ayurveda

 

This class covers the Ayurvedic principle of Agni, the digestive fire, and how to cultivate it in order to nourish your body fully. Learn to assess the different digestive symptoms and how you can adjust your lifestyle to address them. Sample the different tastes associated with each dosha and see how to create a balanced meal. We will cook a warm meal with seasonal ingredients and discuss how it can be modified to suit your needs

 

 

Price: $39, $34 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Ayurveda Four-Part Series."

 

Steppe Symposium 2020: Visions of Mongolia

Join us for an evening of steppe education with a live raptor demonstration, followed by the lecture “Observations of the Great Mongolian Steppe” by Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone along with a viewing of the film “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Golden Eagle Demonstration

Anne Price, president of the Raptor Education Foundation, introduces one of the Foundation’s golden eagles and talks about the ancient fascination with this bird, which has been popularized in the movie “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Observations of the great Mongolian Steppe - Lecture

Both Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens Center for Global Initiatives help guide and influence our central Asian steppe collections and displays. Join Scott and Mike as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful Mongolian steppe in culture, flora and landscapes.

 

The Eagle Huntress - Film

Rated G | Sport/Adventure Documentary

Directed by Otto Nell

Narrated by Daisy Ridley

 

“The Eagle Huntress” follows 13-year-old Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, “The Eagle Huntress” features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

 

While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue.

 

After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure freezing temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

 

Price: $42, $39 member

The Biggest Little Farm Film – Online Screening and Discussion

92 mins | Rated PG| Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

Join Denver Botanic Gardens in a virtual screening of The Biggest Little Farm with a post screening panel discussion with local Colorado Farmers.

 

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature's call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

 

How it works: Denver Botanic Gardens will provide a password protected link on Wednesday (8/12) at 5 p.m. to stream this film at home. This link will be active for 24-hours. Then join us Thursday (8/13) for a panel discussion moderated by Brien Darby, Manager of Urban Food Programs, talking with our group of panelists about their experiences farming on the Front Range.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

*Only one ticket needed per household

 

 

Brien Darby is Manager of Urban Food Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens. In addition to overseeing the community garden plots at the Gardens, Brien is a member of the Urban Food Initiatives team, which partners with local agencies, such as Denver Housing Authority and Denver Human Services, to provide growing opportunities and farm stands for many residents in the Denver area. Brien also oversees a farmer-in-training program for adult learners interested in starting their own farm businesses.

 

Zephrine Hanson is founder of Hampden Farms, a suburban farming project focused on sustainable farming solutions, organic production and small-batch products made from locally grown and conscientiously sourced natural ingredients. She is a graduate of the Chatfield Farms Veterans Farm Program and is one of the farmers at Chatfield Farms. Zephrine is currently urban farming on a quarter acre with her husband of 21 years and three tweens. She continues to share how her experience with farming has been a therapeutic aspect in her life. She also leads the wellness portion of the Veterans to Farm program and collaborates with food sovereignty organizations to support self-reliance and community resilience from the ground up.

 

Paul Fleisher was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree in education. Through travel, Paul developed a love for food which turned into Fleisher Family Farm that began as a quarter acre, 10-person CSA where they taught homesteading classes and host farm to table dinners. The farm has flourished into a thriving 2-acre, 90-person CSA full of flowers, chickens, ducks and bees. Paul’s long journey of self-education and learning from others in the field has turned his “side hustle” into his life’s work.

This Mountain Life Film

71 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Grant Baldwin
Starring Tania Halik, Martina Halik, Barry Blanchard

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal. Yet in a province that is 75% mountains, most of us seldom venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother, Tania, attempt a bitterly cold 2,300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by a female duo.

Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. Shot in cinematic detail,  This Mountain Life  is a riveting examination of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

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