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Macramé Market Bag Workshop

Learn to make your own beautiful natural macramé bag in this class - no prior experience is needed! In this three-hour workshop you will learn how to work a few different macramé knots, including casting on, the square knot, and the half hitch. We will also cover how to create designs, texture, and pattern within your piece by varying the knots as you work.

Leave with a finished macramé bag, and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own. Class fee includes instruction and necessary supplies and materials to craft your bag!

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

Macramé Plant Hanger

This class is held at the Milk Market in the Dairy Block of Downtown Denver

 

Join us at Milk Market to learn several fundamental knotting techniques to create a customizable plant hanger. Use these knots in the future to craft wall hangings or other plant hanger designs. A plant, container and all materials to fashion your plant hanger are included.

 

Price: $65

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

 

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at Milk Market 1800 Wazee Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

 

About Milk Market:

Frank Bonanno is the force behind The Denver Milk Market, 15 unique venues from the mind of a celebrated Colorado chef who intends for the Milk Market to be his stamp on the city he calls home. More than just a group of food stalls (though we couldn´t be prouder of our little venues here) Milk Market is a community. We are a community of Denver institutions   a vacation home, if you will, to the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Clyfford Still Museum. The Milk Market is a community of innovators, of local artists and craftsman, who land here weekly to showcase their best creations and share their techniques with the curious, and we are a monthly market that brims with a community of Colorado culinary makers. We are a community of early morning fitness seekers, happy hour gatherers and late night pizza eaters. Denver Milk Market is a community of food, wine and spirit professionals who invite you in to share our passion. The Denver Milk Market intends to be a happy, thriving community of the curious, the hungry and the thirsty. We feed what you hunger for! Let s meet at the Milk Market!

 

 

 

Make an Art Portfolio Case

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 bound in quarter cloth with paper covers and ribbon ties. Tree flaps inside the case protect the contents.

 

No prerequisites.

 

Fee: $155 member, $190 non-member. Fee includes supply kit for the 12” x 16” portfolio case produced during the class. Additional fee if a larger portfolio case is made.

 

Date(s):

Wed, April 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Making Great Compost: Hot, Cold and More

While our ancestors realized that compost was helpful for growing plants and improving soil health, they did not know how or why it works. They inherently knew that the single best thing you can do for your soil is to create your own plant based compost. This class will teach you the science of composting based on 50 years of research – relatively recent compared to the 2000 plus years that humans have been composting.

Come learn about the various microorganisms that do the bulk of the work making good compost, the materials and proportions you need to make it the best possible, and the three main ways to create great compost; cold compost, hot compost and vermicompost.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $41, $36 members

Making Infusions and Gardening in Colorado

Gardening in Colorado is extremely rewarding, but often a challenge. Patience, adaptability and skill are all necessary virtues to be successful and fruitful as a gardener in Colorado. This class talks about soil and compost, seed starting, climate, propagation techniques, transplanting and more. Learn techniques to not only help your plants survive but thrive. We also discuss the best herbs and medicinal plants to grow in Colorado’s dynamic climate.

The first portion of this class focuses on demonstration and hands-on making of herbal infused oil, nutritive vinegar and witch hazel with commercially available medicinal plants. The second half of the class is an introduction to plant identification, including basic botanical terminology, plant families and flower structure. We finish with a leisurely stroll in the gardens to reinforce the concepts and terms covered in class.

 

Price: $240, public

Instructors: Saturday, Cat Pantaleo and Raven Rose. Sunday, Blake Burger and Cynthia Farris

 

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

 

Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.

 

Blake Burger s passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive and immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause-resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation and transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and certified gluten practitioner. For more on Cynthia and her services, please see www.TheGutCoach.com.  

 

 

Mead-Making and Herbal Brews

The combination of water and honey fermented is the oldest form of fermentation. Add any of your favorite herbs to this fermentation and you get a wonderful tasting, healing beverage that was considered the ancient liquor of gods and men. We learn the history of mead-making and try several homemade meads. Make a motherwort tincture, a favorite among many. Each student brings the pre-fermented mead home.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly has spent the last 19 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and licensed esthetician. She practices many different modalities including Mayan abdominal massage, Mayan tradition spiritual healing, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, lymph drainage massage, neuromuscular massage, cupping, Gua sha, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. Kimberly adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments.  She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers facials, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. Kimberly has worked for 18 years at Apothecary Tinctura teaching classes in herbal medicine and aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary Tinctura and her own private practice has an emphasis on women s holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last four years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of body work.

 

Member Fob- New

 

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. A membership fob fee is $25. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually.

 

Member Fob- Renew

 

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually for a fee of $10.00.

 

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Meal

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 meal included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $57, $52 members

Midsummer Nights Tour

In Elizabethan times in England, midsummer’s eve (also known as the summer solstice) was a night to revel. This tour celebrates the long days of summer by focusing on the edible, medicinal and mischievous properties of the plants that played important roles in Shakespeare's works. Guided by quotes from his plays, expect to hear about the life and times of Elizabethan England and of plants such as love-in-idleness, tickle my fancy, gillyvor and heartsease. This is a 75-minute docent-led tour.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Midsummer's Analogous Arrangements

Neighbors on the color wheel, analogous colors provide a pleasing palette for botanical illustrations. Learn about the various effects of layered and adjacent analogous colors and how to create interest with harmonious blends. Create a collection of small works in colored pencil illustrating how to make analogous color combinations enhance your color work.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing 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.

 

Price: $400, $350 members, includes $25 for materials.

Instructor: 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.

 

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

This program offers an in-depth look at mindfulness tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for deepening our inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness. Through exploring the teachings and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)—including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga—you will become better equipped to manage stress and to confidently integrate mindfulness into daily life. This course is based on the 8-week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

** This course is offered at a discounted rate as most other MBSR classes are 8 sessions long, while this course is only 6 weeks long, due to the decrease in class time the price has been adjusted. All topics will still be covered in this series but less time will be spent on a few things.

 

Price: $400, $350 members

Instructor: 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.

 

Morning Hatha Yoga

Morning Hatha Yoga is an all-levels practice, open to everyone! Come unwind through gentle movement, stretching, pranayama and guided meditation. This class holds space to allow the student to gain strength and flexibility at their own pace with an emphasis on safety and alignment.

 

Instructor: Meredith Saver. What began as a physical journey for Meredith quickly grew into a mental and emotional one, too. Her yoga mat has always held space for her to “come home” in her body and in her heart. In this this often-challenging and ever-changing life, yoga serves as her “drishti”- her external point of focus that draws awareness inward. In 2015 Meredith completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with Don and Amba Stapleton. While she is drawn to many forms of yoga, Meredith’s Hatha vinyasa classes are a well-rounded, playful and intelligent blend of movement and meditation. As a teacher it is always her aim to create a safe learning environment so that anyone can show up to step on their mat and find their slice of “coming home.”

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat and/or towel and a water bottle. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards and checks are also acceptable.

 

Mountain Tomatoes

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening, the Holy Grail of the mountains is to grow a red tomato. Technically, the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along and this class explains why.

In 1991, Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today, she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. elevation in the Wet Mountains. Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The world of tomato seed swapping is also explored.

Penn comes armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the tomato. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless it's Green Zebra, or Green Doctors or Evergreen).

 

Price: $32, $28 members

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

Mysterious Mushrooms

Mushrooms have intrigued and bewildered outdoor enthusiasts for centuries. They were likely first cultivated around AD 600 in Asia, and their cultivation in Europe started in the 17th century. Whether you’re an amateur forager or a professional mycologist, mushroom varieties are notoriously difficult to distinguish! Starting with a tour of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi, see how fungi specimens are categorized and stored. Learn fascinating mushroom facts and begin training your eyes to distinguish hidden details. In the classroom, discover how to work with dried specimens. Through discussion and demonstrations, learn techniques and tricks used to portray textures, colors and body forms. Working with technical pens and quills, apply your new skills to create a mushroom masterpiece!

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I and Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Thu, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Mysterious Yellows

Explore and master the subtleties of painting yellow hues. See how other botanical artists have worked with this challenging color. Through demonstration and practice, learn to create the best color mixes to convey shading while keeping yellows bright and clean. Learn how to apply shadow colors using both glazing and feathering techniques. Practice the range of yellows from soft to striking. Work toward completing a plate of a beautiful yellow botanical.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Natural Blood Sugar Balance with Plenty of Sweetness

Blood sugar and insulin balance are important factors in achieving optimal health and can be maintained through many plants and herbs. Learn about the nutritional science and practices that support the use of plants, both from land and sea, to nourish and create internal equilibrium. 

 

Price: $46, $41 members

Instructor: Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition & lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive & immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. Cynthia holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation, transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and certified gluten practitioner. 

 

 

Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady: Edith Holden

It was common that Edwardian ladies kept journals filled with observational notes, learned to sketch flowers and paint their sketches in delicate glazes of watercolor. Edith Holden, a trained illustrator in the era of William Morris, recorded in her diaries impressions of flora and fauna throughout the British countryside. Work in graphite and watercolor pencil sketch on location, then complete a botanical plate from observational sketches of your own ‘”nature notes.”

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Color Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Nature Observed

Personal drawing books that belonged to old masters such as Georg Dionysius Ehret and the Bauer brothers are now preserved in the Natural History Museum in London. They include a wealth of striking, well-preserved studies of the form and nature of plants. These journals, with their informative handwritten notes, allow us to experience the moment the art was made as if it were today.

 

This class combines field sketching and scientific documentation. You’ll learn techniques to accurately portray both distant subjects and close-up botanicals within the scene. Different field sketching techniques will help you to see and simplify landscape elements and create compositions with dynamic depth. You will learn the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guides you to see and record correctly while simplifying complex subject matter. You will work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and a water brush if outside the classroom. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record.

 

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, May 17-19, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

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