Healthy Living Through Nature
Classes & Workshops

Busy schedules and stress are a part of daily life; nature should be a part of daily life too! These make-your-own-products classes will help you to explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance and soothe our well-being.*

*This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any particular medical treatment.


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Emotion Potions - The Power of Aromatherapy (100-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Aromatherapist, Owner of Magpies Aromatherapy, Waconia

Are you looking for different ways to cope with fatigue, stress, and anger? Consider smelling your way to a happier or more contented mood! Kris will begin by discussing how fragrances have a measureable impact on our mood and how you can use aromatherapy in your day-to-day life to positively impact your emotions. You will experience a variety of aromatherapy blends and then work together in small groups to make your own essential oil creations in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. Take home samples to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes including folklore, historical information and health benefits of individual ingredients.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

Saturday in the Kitchen: The Art of Bathing (801-04-21-18)
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Need to destress? Calm down? Soothe sore muscles? There's a bath for that. Join Kris as she discusses how essential oil blends and other ingredients can transform your soak into a calming, destressing, or rejuvenating experience. You will try out (with just hands or feet of course!) a variety of recipes for decadent, soothing bath products and then work together in small groups to prepare the products in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Recipes may include an immune boosting footbath, elegant scented milk bath, and herbal bath salts to soothe sore muscles. You will leave with samples to try at home, a comprehensive handout, and a new appreciation for tub time. 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

IMPORTANT NOTE
This class takes place during All About Dogs Day. Expect longer-than-usual waits to enter the Arboretum. Please plan in advance and allow extra time for parking and navigation to the Learning Center.

register $45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

  Fresh Natural Spring Soap Making (100-04-28-18)
Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Raulla Mitchell, Founder Red Note Botanica, LLC. Trained as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and a Certified Aromatherapist

Craft and create your own beautiful, moisturizing, sulfate-free soaps in a variety of fragrances and shapes. Join other Do-It-Yourselfers as you use nutrient-rich natural oils and pure essential oils to make your own springtime soaps. To customize your creations, Raulla will bring along a bouquet of fun floral molds and luscious, phthalate-free fragrances such as lemon, orange, mango, melon, coconut, jasmine, peony, sage, grapefruit, lavender, and more. Register together with a friend for a very special day - especially perfect for the gardeners in your life! You will leave with a collection of gently moisturizing and fragranced soaps for some everyday luxury at home, plus tips, source lists, and recipes to make more.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $60 member/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Tom Bezek, trained Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

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  More Medicinal Plants of the Midwest (100-06-03-18)
Sunday, June 3, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Matthew Alfs, Clinical Herbalist (R.H.), Founder of Midwest Herbs and Healing, Author

Whether you were at Matt's class last fall and are hankering for more information, or are new to medicinal plants of the Midwest, you will not want to miss this expert as he shares more on the fascinating connection between plants and medicine. Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like echinacea, ginkgo, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric and ginger, other wild plants found in the Midwest, even your backyard, possesses remarkable healing powers. Learn how to separate fact from fiction, and see how the experts effectively use wild plants, from plant identification to proper collection and preparation methods. You and other plant enthusiasts will be captivated as you delve into the art and science of medicinal plants, and will leave with a deeper respect for the positive impact plants have on our lives.
Limit 22, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Saturday in the Kitchen: Flavors in Bloom (801-06-23-18)
Saturday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Flowers can add so much more than a final garnish to your plate- they can pack a lot of flavor and beauty into your dishes! Join other adventurous cooks as you taste a variety of colorful dishes "blooming" with flavor, then work together in small groups to prepare unique recipes such as Chive Flower Flatbread, Lilac Blossom-Almond Scones, and Warm Halloumi with Rhubarb Relish, Pickled Radishes and Violas. You'll leave with samples to share at home, a comprehensive handout, and new inspiration! 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register  $45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation (200-06-24-18)
Sunday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

If you have ever taken a walk in the woods, chances are you've seen fungi growing on fallen logs. Wood is a natural medium to grow mushrooms, and has been used for centuries! Cody will start with an introduction to the biology and historical background of this cultivation method. Then you and your fellow mushroom aficionados will inoculate your own hardwood logs by drilling holes and introducing mushroom mycelium, such as shiitake and oysters, to the openings. Once the wood is fully colonized after 5-10 months, the log will begin to fruit naturally. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated log and a comprehensive handout.
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 
Bundle and Save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class bundle (200-FUNGI-18)
$180 member/$216 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets (200-07-22-18)
Sunday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Growing mushrooms inside allows you to have better control over the environment, and grow these delicious fungi year-round in our Minnesota climate. Cody will start with an introduction to the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. You will then drill holes in a five gallon bucket, sterilize and prepare the straw medium, and inoculate with oyster, reishi, or lion's mane mushrooms. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated bucket and a comprehensive handout. 
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Bundle and Save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class bundle (200-FUNGI-18)
$180 member/$216 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

  The Herb Garden Salon: Gathering to Celebrate the Herbal Harvest with Friends (100-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Various instructors, see full description below

Explore the world of herbs and learn how to harvest and enjoy the herbal bounty- whether it be in your garden, containers or herbs from the farmer's market! Join other herb enthusiasts to learn, taste, and experience fun and exciting new ways to utilize these aromatic plants.. Enjoy fun presentations and experiential hands-on sessions including: "Lemon Scented Herbs to Grow and Use", "Drink Your Herbs", "Herbal Gifts from the Garden", and featuring a delicious herbal salad luncheon! Take-home herbal goodies include:a bouquet garni, herbal vinegar, lemon potpourri, herbal lemon tea, honey-ginger switchel and a shrub, and a dried culinary herb blend.The panel of experts includes Susan Betz, Pat Crocker,Veronica Malone, and Theresa Mieseler, Chaska, MN. For more information visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum website arboretum.umn.edu/healthyliving.aspx
Limit 40, Learning Center, Harvest Kitchen


Agenda
9:00 a.m. Herbal Tea and Lemon Verbena Cookies

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. "Lemon Scented Herbs to Grow and Use"
Susan Betz and Theresa Mieseler

Ramp up your lemony dishes and crafts with an abundant variety of lemon scented herbs! Touch and smell plants such as lemon grass, lemon basil, lemon thyme and balm, lemon-scented geraniums and of course, lemon verbena. Learn about the plants, how to grow and harvest them, then create an herbal tea mix, potpourri and an herbal lemon syrup. Both Susan and Theresa are members of the International Herb Association and Herb Society of America. Susan has been involved in herbs since 1970 as an herb gardener and teacher and is the author of two books. Most recently she is the 2018 recipient of the Helen De Conway Little Medal of Honor, Herb Society of America. Theresa is the owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm where she and Jim grew herbs, held classes and events for 39 years and is the recipient of the Herb Society of America, Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture, 2010.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. "Drink Your Herbs"
Pat Crocker
Tinctures, shrubs and switchels- these drinks are not just for mixologists! Learn all about herb tonics and how to combine them into these trusted, traditional beverages. Discover the fascinating history of these drinks as you craft your own honey-ginger switchel and also a shrub to take home, along with a recipe handout. Pat has been honored twice by the International Herb Association and she received the 2009 Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America. Her books, The Juicing Bible and The Vegan Cook's Bible attained ‘Best in the World' awards from the International Gourmet and Culinary Guild. Now a regular writer for food and garden magazines.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Herbal Lunch

Along with a seasonal herbal-inspired salad buffet, lunch will include samples from the day's agenda.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. "Herbal Gifts from the Garden"
Veronica Malone
Did you grow great herbs all summer, but are looking for ways to preserve their goodness into the cold seasons? Pesto, dry herb blends, rubs and vinegars are a few ways to use or gift your herbs all year long. Veronica will begin with an introduction to the harvest and use of fresh herbs. She will also cover best practices for preserving each kind of herb for the winter. You will leave with recipes, a small jar of a dried herb blend and an herbal vinegar that you will make in class. Veronica has been growing, using and teaching herbs for many years in the Minneapolis area. She is an avid gardener and her beautifully landscaped wall gardens show it.

register $65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

  Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation (200-08-19-18)
Sunday, August 19, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, Wine Cap mushrooms have a beautiful burgundy cap and have a nutty flavor that works well for braising, grilling, and sautéing. It is also grows naturally on outdoor beds of woody debris. Learn how to properly locate a small bed in your own backyard (4'x4'), what substrates to use, how to prepare the site, and when to harvest. Cody will explain the biology and cultivation of this species as you and other mushroom enthusiasts watch demonstrations of techniques, and see the finished product. You will leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home, as well as a comprehensive handout.
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register 

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Bundle and Save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class bundle (200-FUNGI-18)
$180 member/$216 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies  

  Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making (100-08-26-18)
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Join acclaimed herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun full-day, hands-on soap-making workshop! Start out learning the basics of herbs and soapmaking, then dive into a hands-on experience, making two styles of traditional soap with herbs and fresh goat's milk. Linda will discuss other soap skills, such as felting soap and working with loofah (a natural gourd product). Take home an appreciation for the natural world, nine bars of soap made in class, plus instructions and recipes for making soap at home. NOTE: Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

  The Herbal Home: Make-and-Take Herbal Cleaning Products (100-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Mary Taylor, Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and owns an Herb and Aromatherapy business in Marshall, MN.

You don't have to walk down a cleaning aisle to find your best options for cleaning your home. Just open your pantry! Vinegar, baking soda and essential oils do a fabulous job of cleaning and freshening your home Mary will cover the antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils. Learn more about what's in your cleaning products, how to read those labels, and know what cleaning ingredients are safe for your family -and- effective at cleaning. Hands-on class portion will guide you step-by-step as you create a collection of herbal cleaning products to try at home, including a countertop spray, laundry products & herbal air fresheners for your home and car.
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $40 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

 

 


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