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A Healthy Endocrine System

 Adaptogen  is a term coined by Russian scientists in the 1960s and refers to botanicals that have been used for centuries to increase vitality and the capacity to endure life's stressors. In this class we discuss the basic anatomy of function of the endocrine system, the vast array of detrimental effects of stress on health, and the efficacy and safety of five well known adaptogens and how best to use them for optimal health and longevity. This is a lecture style class that includes sampling a variety of different herbal remedies prepared from the five herbs. 

 

Price: $52 public

 

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

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.

 

Choosing Optimal Carbohydrate and Sugar Sources

 

Learn about new discoveries on the link to inflammation, immune function, cognitive and digestive health and how to choose optimal carbs/sugar sources for your health. This class includes a short interactive presentation, the opportunity for Q&A/group discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration. All presentations will incorporate the most current scientific evidence available and emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet with a diversity of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other botanical supplements for health promotion. All skill levels are welcome.

 

 

Price: $46, $41 member

Instructor: Jennifer Carroll MD, MPH

Dr. Carroll is a research professor at the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine and research director at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center. She provides clinical consultations at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center and advises patients on complementary and alternative therapies for a variety of clinical conditions such as cancer-related care, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, women s and men s health issues, and many others. She is a co-founder of the Culinary MDs, LLC which seeks to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through interactive presentations, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

 

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

You don’t need a modern kitchen to cook delicious food. Join us for an afternoon of tea and working together to bake yummy, period-appropriate treats on the wood burning stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center. Recipes and all supplies provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older.

 

 

Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24

 

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

 

Creating Flower Essence

Flower essences are a subtle yet powerful and versatile form of homeopathic herbal remedy. Learn to create two flower essences outside while discovering their unique energetic and therapeutic potential. Create a floral syrup and explore applications like sprays, libations, elixirs, baths and more! This class has us diving into fall gardening practices including sowing cool season crops, crop rotation, herbal fertilizing and extending the growing season.  

 

Price: $94 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski

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.

 

Digestive System and Herb Allies

There is no denying the connection of optimal digestive function and overall health and vitality. This class covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the GI tract, common digestive complaints and their underlying etiology, and the proper and safe use of botanicals to address these issues. Also included are herbs, food and lifestyle practices to maintain optimal gut health. We sample a variety of delicious herbal preparations from the herbs discussed and each participant go home with a bottle of bitters.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

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.

 

Food: Recipes for Healing and Healthy Living

One of the most potent, practical and preventative forms of plant remedies is thoughtfully grown and prepared food. Join us as we harvest and dry herbs from the garden that we also use to make delicious foods like pesto, pickles and krauts! As a class, we will prepare a small jar of sauerkraut to take home. We discuss microbiomes, vital vitamins, minerals and probiotics to be aware of, as well as nutrient-dense herbs that are sure to supply them plentifully while providing other benefits. We explore the culinary world and incorporate herbs in every bite and sip of smoothie, juice, broth, soup, seasoning, marinade, sauce, ferment, dessert, salad, baked good and beyond!

 

Price: $145, public

Instructor: Amberle Suski and Cynthia Farris

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.

 

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.  

 

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delecious tapas to go along with drinks. Add some sparkle to those summer gatherings! Handout with recipes, drink samples, and tapas included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $65, $60 members, $28 included for materials

Special Instructions: Cooking class, plant list with growing hints, beverage and tapas tasting and take home fruity shrub concentrate and bitters. No alcohol will be served.

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Gut Health; How Foods Can Affect Your Microbiome and Immune System

 

This class includes a short interactive presentation, the opportunity for Q&A/group discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration with recipes for gut health. All presentations will incorporate the most current scientific evidence available and emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet with a diversity of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other botanical supplements for health promotion. All skill levels are welcome.

 

Price: $46, $41 member

Instructor: Jennifer Carroll MD, MPH

Dr. Carroll is a research professor at the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine and research director at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center. She provides clinical consultations at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center and advises patients on complementary and alternative therapies for a variety of clinical conditions such as cancer-related care, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, women s and men s health issues, and many others. She is a co-founder of the Culinary MDs, LLC which seeks to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through interactive presentations, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

 

Healthy Fats and Their Effect on Your Metabolism and Hormonal Balance

  

This class includes a short interactive presentation, the opportunity for Q&A/group discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration using healthy fats. All presentations will incorporate the most current scientific evidence available and emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet with a diversity of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other botanical supplements for health promotion. All skill levels are welcome.

 

Price: $46, $41 member

Instructor: Jennifer Carroll MD, MPH

Dr. Carroll is a research professor at the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine and research director at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center. She provides clinical consultations at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center and advises patients on complementary and alternative therapies for a variety of clinical conditions such as cancer-related care, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, women s and men s health issues, and many others. She is a co-founder of the Culinary MDs, LLC which seeks to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through interactive presentations, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

 

Herb Allies for the Liver

The liver means just that, to live. Without our livers our bodies would have no way to detoxify and cleanse themselves. We cannot live a fully health life without a healthy liver. Discover the bounty of herbs that support the liver and purify and heal the body.

 

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.

 

Herbal Remedies for the Circulatory System

Get excited to learn about the functions, ailments and herbal remedies of the circulatory system! We start class by exploring anatomy and physiology of the system to gain familiarity with patterns of health and dis-ease. Learn about key herbs and herbal remedies to support physical and energetic conditions like poor circulation, heart disease, grief, anemia, elevation sickness, high or low blood pressure and more. We sample and create heart-healing remedies as well as learn about to grow or forage for heart-healthy herbs.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructor: Blake Burger and Amberle Suski

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.

 

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.

 

Herbal Remedies for the Lymphatic System

A lymphatic system that is flowing properly is important to maintaining robust health. Herbal allies improve the flow of lymphatic fluid which help to cleanse and detoxify the body. We explore self-care methods of keeping the lymphatic system moving: dry brushing and lymphatic drainage massage that you can do at 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.

 

Infusions and Nutritive Herbs Part One and Two

Learning the basics of infusing herbs is an important stepping stone on the path to becoming a great herbalist. The valuable information provided in this class creates a foundation for making herbal remedies at home. Learn about water, vinegar, oil, honey and witch hazel infusions and which herbs are best for infusing. We also discuss the benefits of nutritive herbs. Nutritive herbs are high in vitamins and minerals, feed gut flora and provide deep nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructor: Blake Burger

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.

 

Internal Skin Remedies Using Herbs

These days we are bombarded with ads for lotions, creams and washes that claim to promote skin health. The truth is that the health of the skin is more often a reflection of what’s going on inside of the body. We look at the skin, liver and power foods and balancers of the herbal kind that bring health and clarity to the surface!

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Monticue Connally

Monticue Connally 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.

 

Introduction to the Herbalism Certificate Program

A welcoming class that reviews what the program consists of, expectations for students, attendance, schedule and materials.

 

Price: $10, Public

Instructors: Blake Burger, Monticue Connally, Cat Pantaleo, Raven Rose, Amberle Suski, Kimberly Thompson

 

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.

 

Monticue Connally 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 10 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts or short skirts are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.

 

 

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.

 

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

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 member

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. 

 

 

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