Programs and Workshops for Adults

Click on the each program title to register.  Programs with an (*) are eligible for a member discount (Pacesetters and above). 

Art in Nature Programs 

Intro to Nature Photography (6-week course)

Join us for a 6-week course on nature photography. Participants in the course will begin each class by learning the basics of digital photography, ranging from lighting to compositional techniques. Then the woods of Irvine Nature Center will provide them with a studio to experiment in, with the guidance of nature photographer Payton Pan, as they explore the property and try new techniques. Bring a digital camera if possible, but all are welcome to use phones as well. Age 14+ Each participant will build a portfolio of 6 nature-inspired images.

Instructor: Payton Pan, Photographer
Sundays, March 27-May 8th (no class on April 17th)
1:00 – 2:30 PM
$100 per person ($80 for students)

 

NATURE EXPLORATION Programs 

*Open Fire Circle – Monthly Drop-in Event (multiple dates offered)
Build your fire skills, whittle, or just enjoy sitting around a fire and chatting. Join Naturalist Clare at our fire pit to practice fire skills such as using a friction fire kit, flint and steel or ferro rod.  Try splitting wood with a baton or bring a knife to practice your wood carving. Drop in anytime for some fire fun in a relaxing atmosphere. All are welcome.  Free program, included in the cost of daily admission. No registration required.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturdays, January 29th, February 26th, March 26th
10:30AM – 12:30PM
Cost: Included in the cost of daily admission. Members free.

*Winter Foraging
Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean you have to stop foraging! Now is the time for evergreens to shine, as they are now easy to spot! These trees have a long history of use to treat coughs and colds and traditionally supplied much-needed vitamins during the winter.  Today many can be found in gourmet recipes. Learn which evergreens to harvest and which to avoid as we cover identification of different evergreen species, and foraging etiquette. If you have foraged at Irvine before you know there is usually something to taste! Age 16+ Great for anyone interested in learning to forage – all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, February 5
1:30 – 3:30PM
Cost: $15 per person

*Playing with Fire for Women**
Learn the art of fire building in a fun and supportive environment. Discover where to find dry wood and tinder, even in winter. Find which woods burn the best. Learn how to build and start a fire, while building community. Try using fire sticks, experiment with everyday fire-starting materials from lip balm to hand sanitizer and much more. We will keep a kettle on the fire for hot drinks. Age 12+ Dress for cold weather.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, February 6
1:30 – 3:30PM
$15 per person
**open to anyone who identifies as female

*MAPLE MAGIC – Go With the Flow
It may sound sappy, but there’s magic in our trees at this time of year! A short walk into a deciduous forest in late winter can quickly become a sticky situation. Join Irvine’s naturalists for an outdoor hike-n-learn that is sure to be in great taste. Along the way, you’ll learn to identify maple trees and why this is peak season for collecting their sap. Practice using a hand drill to experience how trees are tapped and check the buckets where sap is collected. Then explore how the process of turning clear watery liquid into everyone’s favorite breakfast condiment has changed through time–from wooden tools and heated stones to the kettle system over an open fire to today’s evaporators and hydrometers. There is no sugar-coating it, the practice of producing maple syrup is labor intensive and requires patience, but the result is pure sweetness! Four public sessions to choose from.

Instructor: Irvine Nature Center Naturalists
Saturday, February 12 – sold out!
10:00 – 11:30AM OR 1:00 – 2:30PM
Sunday, February 20 – sold out!
10:30 – 12:00PM OR 1:00 – 2:30PM

Great for all ages (children under 3 FREE) $10 per participant

*SEEDS: Swap, Stratify, and Sow
Get your garden off to a great start.  Native plant seeds collected at Irvine and other locally sourced seed will be available at the swap. If you have any native plant seed, vegetable, or herb seeds you’re willing to swap, bring them along. Learn what it takes to make sometimes-fussy native seeds germinate, as we prepare any seeds that require scarification or stratification. Age 16+ Each participant will go home with a tray of winter sown seeds to take home.

Class will be held outdoors in our tent. Dress for the weather. Canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, February 19th
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$15 per person

*Winter Tree Walk
Take a brisk hike on Irvine’s trails as we admire the bare beauty of winter trees and learn ways to identify local species without their leaves. Keep an eye out for tracks and signs of winter animals and birds. Finish with a warming cup of spicebush tea (around the campfire if weather allows.) Wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather. Age 14+  

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, February 26th
1:30 – 3:30PM
$15 per participant

*Fire with Flint and Steel
For thousands of years, until the invention of the match, people started fires with variations of flint and steel.  To use this technique participants will first make their own char cloth making kit to take home.  Practice first the  skill of creating sparks and then the seemingly magical art of creating flame.  Age 18+   

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, March 13th
1:30 – 3:30PM
$15 per participant

*Spring Nature Hike
Celebrate the changing of the season with a nature exploration on Irvine’s trails. The wetlands will be full of frog calls as we hunt for frogspawn and salamanders. Enjoy the hunt for the first flowers of the season and look for buds bursting and shoots emerging. Age 18+   

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, March 20th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
$10 per participant

*Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden
Discover a cost-effective way to create a pollinator patch to help bees and butterflies. It all begins with SEEDS! This workshop will explain the techniques used to grow native plants from seed, which plants work well, and how and when to transplant. Age 18+ Each participant will plant a ‘mini-greenhouse’ of native flower seeds to take home and a guide for their care.   

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, March 20th
1:30PM – 3:30PM
$20 per participant

*Phenology: Nature’s Clock
Interested in getting outside and observing nature? Concerned about the impacts that climate change is having on the plants and animals all around us?  Phenology is the practice of observing the different lifecycles of plants from bud burst and leaf emergence to flowering and seeds. On this walk we will observe the plants that make up a phenology trail at Irvine and compare observations to long-term changes seen around the region. Our warming world is causing rapid changes and that is changing the plant species that used to call Maryland home. You take home the skills to make observations in your own yard and, if you wish, contribute to citizen science data. Age 18+

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, March 26th
1:30PM – 3:30PM
$10 per participant

*Foraging in Woods and Fields: Early Spring Discoveries
Throughout history, wild herbs have been used as both medicine and an important source of nutrients.  Many of the first plants to grow in spring are ones brought to America for their medicinal value but are now considered weeds and can be harvested in quantity. We will discuss which greens can be collected to make tasty spring salad, pestos or infused in oils for medicinal salves. Finish with a relaxing cup of herbal tea made from foraged plants and something to taste. Age 18+ Great for anyone interested in learning to forage – all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, April 2
2:00 – 4:00PM
Cost: $15 per person

 

*BIRDING – Weekly Warbler Walks (4 dates offered)
Why wait to wander a winding way through the woods? Winter wanes! Warmer weather and wafting winds whisk waves of weary-winged warblers to our woodlands and waders to our wetlands! What could be more wonderful than waking to witness the warm woodwind whistles of the wood thrush, while watching woodpeckers whack on walnuts, waxwings work the wineberries, and waterthrushes wolf down worms? Join Director of Education, Brian Rollfinke, on a 2-hour guided hike to discover the many reliable springtime birds that make Irvine’s vast environment their home. Age 18+ Sign up for one or multiple session dates. 

Instructor: Brian Rollfinke, Irvine’s Director of Education
Sundays, April 24-May 15
8:00 – 10:00AM
$10 per participant

*Spring Bee Workshop
Did you know there are over 400 native bees in Maryland? This workshop will focus on the common species of spring, comparing the mason and mining bee groups. We will look at bee specimens and then observe flowers to find bees and practice field identification. Find out how you can help these bees in your yard and the requirements for successful bee houses. Age 18+ Bring a magnifier if you have one (and reading classes if you need them)

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, April 24
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Cost: $15 per person

*Spring Wildflower Walk
Enjoy the final peak of spring wildflowers with delights including trilliums and orchids. On this easy guided walk through the woodland garden, we will explore the fascinating secret lives of these short-lived beauties. From orchids fooling bees to carry their pollen to trilliums tricking insects to distribute their seeds for them, these long-lived plants have amazing stories to tell. Age 18+ Wear good shoes, as trails may be muddy after wet weather.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, May 1
2:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $10 per person

*LUNCH & LEARN: Spring Wildflowers – Quick, Quick, Slow
Join us for a presentation by Irvine’s Master Gardener, Clare Walker, PhD, plus enjoy a catered lunch from ACE Catering and guided tours of the Woodland Garden.

In early spring, our woodlands are filled with the beauty of our spring ephemerals. The name ephemeral comes from their fleeting appearance as they push out of the still cold soils, bloom and then disappear within just a couple of months. Yet, although their life above ground appears brief, many of these flowers are extremely long lived, growing slowly below the surface.  Discover the incredible adaptations that allow this combined ‘hare and turtle’ existence.  After the presentation, participants can explore Irvine’s Woodland Garden to see many of the species in bloom.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist
Wednesday, May 4th
12:00–1:30PM
$20 per member, $30 per non-member

Native Plant Sale & Workshop
Irvine is thrilled to offer a morning of in-person, outdoor, hands-on learning, focused on native plants. Whether you want to learn to identify plants, use them to attract birds or bees, solve problem areas in your yard, take the best photography of your gardens, or discover ways to incorporate homegrown herbs to both attract pollinators and make the very best teas…there is a session for you!

Participate in one, two or three sessions, plus take time to shop for native plants to bring home.

Learn from professional ecologists and master gardeners – 9 workshops to choose from.
Build your own container garden with native plants.
Shop for native plants with expert guidance from the Guilford Garden Club, who will help you select the perfect plants for your yard’s growing conditions.

Preview the workshop schedule HERE to learn more. Pick and mix from the different content strands to plan your ideal morning. Save by registering for 3 sessions and receive an invitation to the exclusive presale event. Age 18+ Workshops are rain or shine. 

Instructor: Multiple
Saturday, May 14
9:00AM – 1:30PM
Early Bird Price: $15 per session, or $20 per session if purchased after April 20th, OR, purchase a Full Day Pass for $45, which includes your choice of 3 sessions, plus an invitation to the private presale event.

*Foraging May Flowers & More
Have you been curious about foraging? Flowers are a great place for beginner foragers to start, as identification tends to be easy and many can be nibbled right off the plant. They also reveal the places where berries will later be available. Take an easy hike around Irvine as we look at how to pick, prepare and cook with flowers (and other interesting foods we see). Age 18+ Great for anyone interested in learning to forage – all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, May 15
2:00 – 4:00PM
Cost: $15 per person

 

*BIRDING – Not Eggs-actly an Empty Nest 

Summer is almost upon us, and birds are busy setting up breeding territories, building nests, and beginning to lay eggs for this year’s broods. Come witness the nesting process up close as you learn about Irvine’s extensive network of 90+ nest boxes and the species that raise their families within. Find out how you can contribute to a nationwide ‘citizen science’ database by tracking nesting birds in your own yard and submitting your findings to Project NestWatch. Then take to the trails and learn how volunteers statewide are collaborating on the Third MD/D.C. Breeding Bird Atlas. Find out how you can take part—at Irvine or even in your own backyard—by venturing out into nature this summer in search of nesting activity among any birds you encounter. You’ll be contributing to a crucial long-term database, from which scientists study population trends of species throughout the state. Age 10+  Join Director of Education, Brian Rollfinke, for a morning of fresh air and discovery. All levels of birding experience welcome!

Instructor: Brian Rollfinke, Irvine’s Director of Education
Saturday, May 21
9:00–11:00AM
$10 per participant

 

*Plant a Three Sisters Garden
Learn the purpose and the process of creating a Three Sisters Garden – a tradition that dates back to Maryland’s First People. All ages welcome. Great event for families!

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, May 22nd
10:00AM – 12:00PM
$8 per participant or $25/family  (20% of program fees will be donated to the Baltimore American Indian Center)

 

*Bark Basket Workshop
In this workshop, learn the traditional skill of folded bark baskets – how to ‘slip’ bark from a precut log, score and bend to transform into a basket of your own. Simple baskets have been fashioned from bark by cultures around the world, including in Maryland by the eastern woodland Indians from tulip polar. In Maryland, there is a short window between May and June when tulip poplar bark can easily be removed and shaped into a basket. This small-group class, suitable for beginners, will focus on smaller baskets such as water bottler holders. Age 18+ Each participant will leave with a small basket they have made.

Instructor: Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, May 22
1:30 – 4:30PM
Cost: $25 per person

 

Health and wellness Programs 

Awakening to Spring: A Nature Informed Mindfulness and Yoga event

Sponsored by CMHC and The Center for Nature Informed Therapy. Spring is a time for emergence and renewal in community. Come join Mira and Phillip in a 1.5 hour event that invites the healing powers of nature to improve mental health and wellbeing through the practices of yoga and mindful walking. Come plant seeds of presence that will bloom in all aspects of life. This event will include yoga/mindful movement and a guided, nature-informed mindfulness walk. It will conclude with a final sharing circle. No experience is needed. This is a donation-based event, with a sliding scale suggested donation of $20-$60. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel, lawn chair or cushion, and a water bottle with a warm drink. Age 16+ All are welcome.

Instructors: Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, and Mira Tessman, MA, LCPC, RYT-500, C-IAYT
Saturday, March 5th
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
$20-60 per person (suggested donation, pay what you can)

Intro to Herbalism

What is herbalism? Herbalism is as ancient as life itself. It predates recorded history, oral history, and even human beings. It is the foundation of all other forms of medicine. It is the respectful use of whole plant materials such as leaves, flowers, fruit, seed, stem, bark, root, moss, lichen, seaweed or fungi to support and maintain health but also to prevent, alleviate, or resolve root causes of some of the most chronic disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 75-80% of the world’s population still relies on medicinal plant preparations for their primary healthcare needs. In this introductory class, we will delve into the benefits of herbs for holistic health. We will unpack the foundation of herbal medicine and snippets of its history. We will discuss basic herbal preparations, and you will learn the benefits of five different herbs you can work with at home. Together, we will taste a few herbs while discussing their actions on the body and identify what makes them work. Age 16+ Each participant will go home with a tea or tincture sample.

Instructor: Alyssa Dennis, Clinical Herbalist
Saturday, March 19th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 per person

Qigong and Tai Chi (5 dates offered)

Participants will enjoy practicing moving meditative forms of body, mind, and spirit to deepen their connection to nature. The classes will begin in the tent or conference room, then transition to various beautiful locations throughout the Irvine campus. Qigong forest bathing and Qigong walks will be additional components of each class. No prior experience needed, and all are welcomed.  Ages 18+ Sign up for one or multiple session dates.

Instructor: Mary Pinkard, NQA Level II Instructor, and Michelle Tsonis
Sundays, 5 session dates offered from March 20 thru May 22
9:30 -10:30 AM
$10 per date

 

Nature Informed Mental Health and Wellbeing (6 dates offered)

This 6-week program integrates nature connection with mindfulness and other resiliency practices to assist people in regulating stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. The course is led by a team of mental health professionals and includes guided relaxation, mindfulness and breathing techniques, forest bathing invitations, and therapeutic group conversations. We will explore nature’s role in stress reduction, a healthy lifestyle, and greater resiliency through intentional connection and relationship with the natural world. Ages 18+ Register for one or more session dates; sign up for the full 6-week series and save.

Instructor: Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Instructor
Mondays, from March 21 thru April 25
5:00 – 6:30 PM
$25 per class or $150 for 6-week series

 

Kitchen Medicine: Therapeutic Uses of Spices Beyond Flavor

We will explore how culinary therapeutics works beyond simply making our food taste better. This class will cover the medicinal qualities of some of the most common cooking herbs and spices. Perhaps you use herbs regularly but didn’t know they had medicinal benefits, or you don’t use many herbs in cooking but would like to start. Beyond flavor or cultural preference, have you ever wondered why salt and pepper is added to nearly every meal we eat? Or that they even had medicinal attributes? Have you ever wondered why pungent herbs like rosemary and thyme, or cardamom and cumin, are some of the most commonly used culinary herbs? Beyond flavor, why does sushi always come with ginger and wasabi? Why are cinnamon and nutmeg used in apple pie? We will explore the medicinal qualities of culinary herbs and what they offer in terms of beneficial bioactive compounds for aiding digestion, circulation, assimilation of nutrients, and protection against unfavorable microbes. Herbal medicine is everywhere you look. It’s with us even when we think it’s not. As we discuss specific herbs, we will also take some time to taste and interact with each of them. Age 16+ Each participant will go home with a sample pack of herbs and a few recipes to try at home. 

Instructor: Alyssa Dennis, Clinical Herbalist
Saturday, April 9th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 per person

Mindfulness Based Gratitude Walks (6 dates offered)

Science shows that gratitude is a simple, yet effective practice to encourage happiness, improved health, and resilience. Mindfulness has been shown to help train the mind to experience what is here in the moment. Nature has the ability to calm our nervous systems as we connect with landscapes that our ancestors have been interacting with for hundreds of thousands of years. Join Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher from Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative’s Center For Nature Informed Therapy, on the Mindfulness Based Gratitude Walk at Irvine Nature Center, where we will engage in techniques to ground our energy. We will scan for what we are thankful for in each moment, connect deeply with the healing aspects of the natural world, and learn to cultivate peace in a tumultuous time. Ages 14+ This class is for those who are interested in learning and practicing the art of gratitude, mindfulness, and nature connection. Sign up for one or multiple session dates.

Instructor: Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Instructor
Thursdays, from April 21 thru May 26
6:30 – 7:30 PM
$10-20 per date (this class fee is a sliding scale, pay what you can)

World Tai Chi Day

Spanning hundreds of cities, across 80 nations, on 6 continents, global participants will join in the celebration of Tai Chi. “One World…One Breath” is the global event’s  motto, with the sole purpose of promoting personal and global health and healing. The day will take place at Irvine’s Wedding Point, overlooking the meadows at Irvine. The Qi-MaryP Qigong team will lead the local event, celebrating and practicing various forms of these two 4,000 year-old traditions: Qigong and Tai Chi. Age 18+ All are welcome. No experience needed.

Instructor: Mary Pinkard, NQA Level II Instructor, and Michelle Tsonis
Saturday, April 30th
9:30 -10:45 AM
$10 per person

Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking for Spring: Food is Medicine

The ancient science of health and wellbeing from India, Ayurveda, has very specific advice on how to negotiate the seasons through the use of food, herbs, spices, and daily activities. This class will focus on what to eat, and how food plays an integral role in your personal health, as well as the health of your family. By making wise choices, based on your individual mind-body constitution (your dosha – we will discuss!), you can create delicious meals, allowing the gut and skin microbiome to flourish. It is said that a healthy microbiome, when fed a seasonally-appropriate, diverse diet, can boost your immune system, aid in diseases (especially IBS and IDB), and improve your mood. We will make a few simple dishes that you can easily recreate at home. Age 18+ Recipes will be supplied, but bring a notebook to take notes.

Instructor: Susan Weis-Bohlen
Saturday, May 7th
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
$35 per person

Community Acupuncture with Seasonal Insights

This is a two-part event offered by Mend Acupuncture – a class and an acupuncture session. We will start with an interactive class where we discuss a brief history of Chinese medicine and how it differs from Western medicine. You’ll be able to ask questions and see how a typical treatment happens at a local clinic (our partner, Mend Acupuncture). You’ll leave the class with tips, tricks, and tools to use in your own life to better live in harmony with the seasons. After the class portion, you will have the opportunity to experience the relaxing and balancing benefits of acupuncture for yourself. Age 15+ Choose to attend the class from 1-2PM ($10), sign up for a 30-minute community acupuncture session between 2-4PM ($35), or both!  

Instructor: Julia Flaccavento, RYT-200; Practitioner: Dana Robinson, L.Ac., Mend Acupuncture
Saturday, May 14th
1:00-4:00PM
$10 or $35 per person

 

Rising Rooted: Medicinal Plants that Grow All Around You

What does it mean to know the land? Why learn about the land around you? Learning the land where you live is about cultivating a relationship with the external and our internal environment that allows you to rise to the challenges of life by emotionally, physically, and spiritually rooting to the earth under your feet. It is also about the importance of place-based education as a radical act of climate change reversal. “Our severance from nature leaves us feeling as if we do not belong in the world, and that can be a source of anxiety and deep despair.” The simple act of working with local herbs on a daily basis can be a means of harnessing this connection again.  “If we no longer feel nurtured by the Earth, we no longer belong to it, and because we do not belong to it, we do not feel responsible for it.” – Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted

In this class we will discuss the medicinal attributes of some of the most common, even “weedy” herbs that grow in and around where you live and uncover that their curative human virtues directly mirror the remedial virtues for the land.  Ages 16+ This will be an interactive class as we will take a walk around the grounds to meet some of these inconspicuous yet powerful plant allies.

“If we surrendered to the earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Instructor: Alyssa Dennis, Clinical Herbalist
Saturday, May 21st
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 per person

 

Spice Up Your Life: Learn how Ayurvedic Uses Herbs and Spices for Maximum Health Benefits and Delicious Food

The ancient science of health and wellbeing from India, Ayurveda, has very specific advice on how to negotiate the seasons through the use of food, herbs, spices, and daily activities. This class will focus on what to eat, and how food plays an integral role in your personal health, as well as the health of your family. By making wise choices, based on your individual mind-body constitution (your dosha – we will discuss!), you can create delicious meals, allowing the gut and skin microbiome to flourish. It is said that a healthy microbiome, when fed a seasonally-appropriate, diverse diet, can boost your immune system, aid in diseases (especially IBS and IDB), and improve your mood. We will make a few simple dishes that you can easily recreate at home. Age 18+ Recipes will be supplied, but bring a notebook to take notes.

Instructor: Susan Weis-Bohlen
Saturday, May 21st
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
$35 per person

 

Understanding Medicinal Application of Plants Through the Senses

Did you know that the taste of an herb can tell you a lot about the therapeutic action and medicinal quality? Did you know that no matter what medicinal plant you have at your fingertips, you alone can detect the medicinal qualities through taste, touch, smell and sensation? If one is to study any form of herbalism, it is essential to understand the plants in terms of their medicinal actions, energetics, organ system affinities and so on. Sounds overwhelming, no? So, where do you begin? How do you determine these qualities? Of course, a good herbal book would be an excellent start, but did you know you can determine a good deal of information about the therapeutic use of an herb by their taste? Yup! What’s great about building awareness and sensitivity to how an herb tastes is that it provides a superb platform of personal agency in how we understand and utilize herbal medicine but also provides a gateway toward empowerment and autonomy over your own health. Incredible, right?! This kind of discernment is integral to dismantling the one-size-fits-all perspective of most modern health or wellness paradigms. This interactive class will explore building awareness of how to best pair the body of a particular medicinal herb to the health and wellness goals of our own unique bodies. We will taste, touch and smell each plant that we discuss. Age 16+ Each participant will go home knowing the energetic quality (taste) and medicinal application of at least 5 different medicinal herbs. 

Instructor: Alyssa Dennis, Clinical Herbalist
Saturday, June 4th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 per person

 

 Aromatherapy, Herbal Oils, and Home Remedies: Ayurvedic Products You Can Make at Home

As we move into the summer season, we have a need for all sorts of applications to the skin – sunblock, bug repellant, cooling scents for mind and body. Ayurveda offers a plethora of remedies and rituals to help you balance the heat and humidity of the season. We’ll learn how to make our own products and wisely use existing ones. As a bonus, we’ll make a surprising summer salad and talk about cooling foods to help maintain perfect health. Ayurveda is a science of opposites, so when the heat comes on, we have ways to cool down from the inside out and the outside in! Age 18+ Please bring small glass jars to take home samples. Recipes will be provided.

Instructor: Susan Weis-Bohlen
Sunday, June 5th
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
$35 per person

 

Awakening to Summer: A Nature Informed Mindfulness and Yoga event

Sponsored by CMHC and The Center for Nature Informed Therapy. Summer is a time for warmth and expansion, as plants and animals in our region are at their most productive. We too, can open up to the healing powers of the natural world by intentionally connecting to ourselves and others. Come join Mira and Phillip in a 1.5 hour event that invites the healing powers of nature to improve mental health and wellbeing through the practices of yoga and mindful walking. This event will include yoga/mindful movement and a guided, nature-informed mindfulness walk. It will conclude with a final sharing circle. No experience is needed. This is a donation-based event, with a sliding scale suggested donation of $20-$60. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. Age 16+ All are welcome.

Instructors: Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, and Mira Tessman, MA, LCPC, RYT-500, C-IAYT
Saturday, July 9th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
$20-60 per person (suggested donation, pay what you can)

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