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.

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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medicinal plants
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Medicinal Plants of the Midwest (100-09-24-17)
Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Matthew Alfs, Clinical Herbalist (R.H.), Founder of Midwest Herbs and Healing, Author

Plants have been prized for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, and modern medicines are still often derived from botanical sources. Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like Echinacea, Ginkgo, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, many wild plants also possess remarkable healing powers. Some such plants can be found in your backyard: the Midwest has a plethora of native plants that have healing benefits! Learn more about the art and science of using plants to support and heal from Matthew, a renowned clinical herbalist and author.
NOTE that this class is lecture-only. There will not be a make-and-take-home component.
Limit 25, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $40 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission  


Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty (800-09-30-17)
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef, owner of Magpies Aromatherapy

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You will leave with samples to share with family/friends and comprehensive handouts, including recipes. You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as: Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve.
Limit 20, Learning Center

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

herbal spa
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Make-Your-Own Herbal Spa: A Fun and Relaxing Day at the Arboretum (200-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Your team of spa experts
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm
Kris James, Owner of Magpies Aromatherapy 
Karrie Hannon, The Healing Table
Elissa Crown, Balance Life Wellness
Marcy Beix, be yoga
Raulla Michell, Red Note Botanica
Tea Source
Wyndmere Naturals

Pamper yourself! Are you ready to experience an infusion of sights and smells to relax your mind and soothe your soul? Join others for a relaxing retreat at Arb! What a great way to spend a day - bring a friend and share it together for a restorative experience. Come away with products you've made along with the recipes and the know-how to do it again! Items to bring to the spa: one large vessel for your feet, a small towel and washcloth. Dress comfortably for a relaxing day.

Herbal Spa Experience (agenda subject to change)

· Presentation- Essential oils, Wyndmere Naturals, New Hope
· Tea sampling, and expert advice on tastes and qualities from Tea Source, Eden Prairie
· Make and take a bath salt, Wyndmere Naturals
· Make a take a spray bottle of bitters for health, Karrie Hannon, Chaska
· Enjoy a chair massage with Elissa Crown, Balance Life Wellness, Waconia
· Self-acupressure, Marcy Beix, be yoga, Cambridge
· Theresa will show you how to make the tasty herb vinaigrette, herb butter and dessert that are served with today's lunch, Theresa Mieseler

Entree salad served with herb vinaigrette demonstrated in class, bread and herb butter, and dessert

· Lavender essential oil bath melt; enjoy a relaxing foot soak, Raulla Michell, Red Note Botanica, Eden Prairie
· Dead sea salt body scrub, Kris James, Magpies Aromatherapy, Waconia
· Make and take an air freshening mist, Wyndmere Naturals
· Meditation discussion, March Beix, be yoga, Cambridge
· Closing with a 15-minute meditation practice

Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Bring a friend and save!
Register for 2 or more people and save $15 on your order! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $85 member/$97 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

photo Mary Taylor 

Aromatherapy: Healing from the Harvest (100-11-04-17)
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Mary Taylor, Herb and Aromatherapy Shiatsu Practitioner, Marshall, MN

As winter silently descends, our garden work has come to a close for the season. This class will provide techniques from Complementary Medicine to relieve stress and heal the body. Learn how to apply aromatherapy not only to revitalize your sore gardening muscles, but also to bring the peace of the garden into your home over the cold season. Join us to de-stress and bring our focus into well-being and mindfulness for the coming winter months. You will leave with a sense of relaxation, muscle-soothing bath soak, relaxing home fragrances, and more aromatherapy products to try at home.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $65 members/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Herbal Soap Making (100-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Raulla Mitchell, Founder Red Note Botanica, Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Certified Aromatherapist

Learn how to make your own beautiful, moisturizing soaps with nutrient rich natural oils and butters! Raulla will discuss each of the soaps' ingredients, and demonstrate how to blend a variety of 100% pure essential oils to make signature scents. Then roll up your sleeves and create soaps through a melt-and-pour technique in a variety of fragrances and shapes. You will leave with a collection of gently moisturizing and fragranced soaps, and the skills to make more!
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $60 members/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

natural beauty
photo MilanMarkovic78/shutterstock 

Natural Beauty from the Garden (100-11-18-17)
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. - noon
Janice Cox, Book and Magazine Author, Radio and Television Personality

Plants have been used for centuries to treat our skin and hair. Join Janice, a leading DIY natural beauty expert, to learn how to pamper yourself naturally from head to toe. Janice will start with an introduction to plants as beauty products, and a brief history. She will talk about new uses for some of your favorite garden plants, and how to create your own natural beauty products with easy to use recipes and treatments. You will finish out the class with a discussion of how to incorporate beauty plants into your own landscape, from a large area of your yard to a simple container on your patio. Leave with a comprehensive handout, list of resources, and facial mask to try at home.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $55 members/$67 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

emotion potion 

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


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