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Growing Food in the High Mountains

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

You can grow food in the mountains! Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures, we have heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all Colorado s elevations and hardships.

This class covers many great foods that thrive in the cool weather of the mountains, wind-proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, bio-intensive growing, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed starting, seed saving and more. Altitude does not matter; this class is designed to help all Colorado gardeners overcome growing in the wild, wild West.

Can't you just taste those fresh, mountain-grown succulent greens, beans, squash and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins? Join us for a day of learning and inspiration.

 

Price: $59, $52 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food and seed growers. In 1991, they began homesteading and growing on 43 acres in the Wet Mountains of South-Central Colorado at 8,120 ft. They apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. They are owners of Smart Greenhouses LLC, a sustainable greenhouse design company and Miss Penn s Mountain Seeds, providing regionally adapted seeds for extreme climates.

 

Guided Meditation Walk - Forest Bathing

A guided meditation in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a term meaning  taking in the forest atmosphere  or  forest bathing  will connect us with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

Guided Meditation Walk - Healing Walk

Healing involves the body, mind and spirit. Through a guided meditation walk, we focus on the healing power of nature for those facing illness and their caregivers.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

Guided Meditation Walk - Loving Kindness

Fire is one of the five Taoist Elements, and is at the heart of the transformational cycle. Fire embodies the yin and yang of life. A guided walking meditation will focus on the dichotonous nature of the fire element and encourage loving kindness toward all sentient beings.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Guided Meditation Walk - The Five Taoist Elements

Experience a transformation in mind, body and chi as we meditate on the Five Taoist Elements and their corresponding emotions of fear, anger, grief, compassion and happiness.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Guided Meditation: Being Present

In a world of distractions and competing demands, a meditation practice focusing on the present moment enhances respite and repose. Join us as we explore the powerful benefits of practicing mindfulness with our breath and steps amid the serenity of the Gardens.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Guided Sitting Meditation: First Noble Truth

The First Noble Truth reminds us of the inevitability of life. Pain and suffering may come from myriad sources   emotional, physical, spiritual. Mindfulness offers an opportunity to lean into pain without resistance or expectation.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

Guided Sitting Meditation: Three Tenets

Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action are the foundations of the Three Tenets. With regular practice, the Three Tenets can become a way of living from the center at all times.

Appropriate for adults of all abilities.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Healing the Spirit with Plant Brushing, Song and Prayer

Learn the art of spiritual healing with plants as we practice the traditional art of plant brushing. Discover about how herbs can be used to cleanse and strengthen the spirit. Play with different plants, including basil, which has long been considered “the herb of humility,” helps us open to the wisdom of life’s lessons and allows us to listen to the working of the divine.

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver's first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women's health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

Herbal Home and Garden Workshop

 

A fun and creative class to learn about all the ways you can use these easy-to-grow, fragrant plants to enrich your home and lifestyle. Plant a garden full of plants that do double duty in the kitchen, medicine cabinet, spa and cleaning cupboard. Discover herbs for culinary teas and seasoning blends; spa, body and bath care; first aid and green cleaning. An herbal lunch is provided, featuring a layered herb appetizer, spring greens, berry and chicken salad, and rosemary rhubarb cobbler. From an herbal ingredient buffet, make and take home your own herbal seasoning blend, tasty tea blend, infused vinegar, exfoliating body scrub, soothing lip balm and all-purpose cleaner. Discover the fascinating world of herbs! Lunch, handout with growing instructions and recipes included.

Price: $79, $74 members, $35 fee included for materials

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

 

 

Herbalism Certificate Program

Aloe can be used to promote healthy skin and soothe sunburn. Oatstraw can support the nervous system to promote a sense of calm. Elderberry syrup and fire cider can be used during cold and flu season. Calendula salve is soothing and can be used as an antibacterial for skin abrasions. For thousands of years plants have been used to promote healthy natural living; this is the base for the new hobby Herbalism Certificate Program at Denver Botanic Gardens.

With a hands-on teaching approach and seed-to-product goal, our instructors guide students through every step of using plants for health and wellness. The inaugural program offers a unique learning experience to transform each student into a confident, knowledgeable and resourceful steward of plants by providing a strong foundation of practical and powerful herbalism knowledge.

Over 75 medicinal plants are studied, including some grown on site at the Gardens and those native to Colorado. Other areas of study include herb gardening in Colorado, plant identification and wildcrafting. With some of the regions finest herbalists assembled to lead, students learn in the classroom, in the Gardens and out in the field.

 

Price: $2,800 Public

 

2020 Class Dates

4/16 Introduction to the Herbalism Certificate Program
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

4/23 Infusions and Nutritive Herbs
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

4/30 Decoctions and Herbal Safety
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/7 Your Constitution and Why It Matters
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/9 Introduction to Botany and Making Infusions
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

5/14 Tincture and Cordial Making
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/21 Nurturing the Skin you Live In

Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/28 Herbal Allies for the Digestive System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/4 Gardening and Cheesman Park Weed Walk
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/6 Food: Recipes for Healthy Living
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

6/11 Smoke in Herbal Practice and Spirit Herbal Remedies
Thursday, 4-9 p.m.

6/18 Herbal Allies for the Liver and Internal Skin Remedies Using Herbs

Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/20 Creating Flower Essences and Hydrosols
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

6/25 Natural First Aid
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/9 Herbal Allies for the Circulatory System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/16 Herbal Allies for the Lymphatic System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/23 Herbal Allies for Reproductive System Health: Male
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/25 Electuaries, Acetums, Oxymels & Fermentation
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

7/26 Plant Identification and Field Medicine Making
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

7/30 Feminine Health: Nurturing the Rhythm of Life
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/6 Cold Season Gardening
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/13 Herbal Allies for Optimal Vitality and Resilience
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/15 Skin Spa
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8/16 Hiking
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8/20 Herbal Allies for Muscular/Skeletal Health
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/27 Herbal Allies for the Respiratory System: Tonics, Expectorants, Antispasmodics, Cold/Flu
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/3 Herbal Allies for the Immune System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/10 Herbal Allies for Children
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/17 Herbal Remedies for Pets
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/19 Visit Dessert Canyon Farm
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

9/24 Nervines Part 1: Herbal Allies for Nervous System Support and Nourishment
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/1 Nervines Part 2: Herbal Allies for Nervous System Support and Nourishment
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/3 Garden Harvest and Roots
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

10/8 The Art and Science of Formulating
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/15 Class time reserved for any potential rescheduling of classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/22 Final Project Presentations and End of Program Celebration
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructors: Blake Burger, Kimberly Beck, Farnosh Family, Monticue Connally, Cynthia Farris, Cat Pantaleo, Steve Sietos, Amberle Suski

 

Blake'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.

 

Kimberly is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Monticue is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

 

Homeschool Day: Be A Botanist

Spend a day in the boots of a botanist and investigate plants like a scientist. Discover how plants are classified, examine herbarium specimens, and design an experiment as you get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the things a botanist might do.

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Nature's Art

Join us for a day of creating, designing and crafting. Learn how nature’s colors, shapes and patterns inspire works of art as you spend the day investigating natural dyes, discovering hidden mathematical patterns and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Excursion at Plains Conservation Center: Be a Homesteader - Homesteading on the Prairie

Spend a day at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora with your family growing their knowledge of prairie living and appreciation for the natural world. Learn all about how the homesteading families and children lived on the plains in the 1800's.

Programming runs from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., with check-in starting at 9:45 a.m. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our picnic area after the program. Programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather. All ages are welcome, however programming is focused for ages 5-12.

Price:  $12 per child

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Homeschool Excursion at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Ecology and Environmental Science

Spend a day at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora with your family growing their knowledge of prairie living and appreciation for the natural world. Learn about the shortgrass prairie and the plants and animals that call this important ecosystem home.

Programming runs from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., with check-in starting at 9:45 a.m. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our picnic area after the program. Programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather. All ages are welcome, however programming is focused for ages 5-12.

Price:  $12 per child

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

How to Create and Lead a Community Herbal Gathering Circle

 

Welcome to the Herb Circle! These practical and inspiring teachings are designed so you can bring forth a safe and inspiring circle for your community. We talk about how to hold the container for sharing, the simple ceremony of smudging for collective well-being and how to bring to life a group altar. This class covers the energies of the Four Directions and how to open and close a circle. Learn favorite medicine songs, passed down and sung by our elders in circles around the world, in healing sessions and classes, outdoors in wild places and to our children.

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver's first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women's health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

 

How to Plant a Tree: Tree and Shrub Selection and Planting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Trees and shrubs are one of the greatest property investments and can greatly increase a home’s value. Trees are also expensive, so learn how to determine what species is best for your yard, where and when to plant it plant and how to care for it. Evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have varying preferred planting times and care strategies.

This class also shares tips on what to look for when you go to the nursery, how to dig a proper hole to ensure the best root spread in the appropriate amount of time and when and how to prune. Also learn how to properly care for your tree to avoid transplant shock or winter desiccation injury. This class can make homeowners more confident when choosing or planting trees and shrubs or when supervising contractors.

 

Price: $44, $39 members

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: $34, $39 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."

 

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