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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.

 

 

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.

Gardens to Glass, Delicious Drinks and Cocktails from the Garden - ONLINE

Grab your friends and discover how easy it is to create fresh, artisanal beverages from the garden with minimal effort and delicious results. Make captivating cocktails, infused liquors, non-alcoholic refreshers, herbal concentrates, healthy fruit shrubs and more. Skip the chemicals, dyes, and corn syrup and bring in the nourishing clean tastes of fresh produce and herbs to create your own unique flavorful libations.

Class is taught by Susan Evans, herbalist and author of The Herbalist’s Happy Hour, Crafted Cocktails and Tapas from the Garden.

 

This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day-of the program. Recipes will be provided to registrants to make the beverages at home!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan 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.

 

 

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

Guided Sitting Meditation - Embracing Uncertainty

To embrace uncertainty is to embrace life. Uncertainty often brings myriad emotions   trepidation, anger, doubt, fear. Our meditation will encourage embracing uncertainty, allowing room for wonder and acceptance of all that is.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

**This program will take place ONSITE at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street.**

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

 

 

 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

ONSITE PROGRAMMING

A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 member

Special Instructions:

Advanced registration is required.

Please bring a mat, a towel and water.

Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. Class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater.

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

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.

 

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