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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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

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

register



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

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

register

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

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

register

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 

NOTE: This class will take place during the Arboretum Art Crawl. Allow extra time to enter the Arboretum as traffic may be slow to pass the Gatehouse area. Be sure to shop the unique vendor booths after class!

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

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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

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

register

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

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

register


 

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

$40 member/$55 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

register


 

Botanical Soap Making

100-10-20-18-01
Saturday, October 20
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Raulla S. Mitchell, Founder of Eden Prairie-based Red Note Botanica, fresh natural skincare for the bath is trained as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and a Certified Aromatherapist. She loves sharing how to make fun, easy and beautiful DIY skincare products.

Craft and create your own beautiful super moisturizing sulfate-free shea butter and glycerin soaps in a variety of fragrances and charming shapes. Join other Do-It-Yourselfers making soaps with nutrient rich natural oils, pure essential oils, and luscious phthalate-free fragrance oils, to bring the outside in, as the weather turns. To customize your creations, Raulla will bring lots of autumn- and holiday-themed soap molds (gingerbread boys, trees, ornaments, snowflakes, stockings, candy canes, snowmen, & more), essential oils (lavender, orange, lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon, & more), and warm fragrance oils (almond, vanilla, brown sugar, mulberry, citrus ginger, sugar plum, chestnuts, vanilla hazelnut, buttercream & more). Register together with a friend for a very special day. You'll leave with a collection of gentle moisturizing soaps for everyday luxury at home and lovely handmade gifts for the holidays, recipes and tips, and source lists to make more.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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


 

Medicinal Plants of the Midwest

100-10-21-18
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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! Matt will introduce you to plants such as boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), blue vervain (Verbena hastata), catnip (Nepeta cataria), bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis), pineapple-weed (Matricaria matricarioides), wild mint (Mentha arvensis [canadensis]) and more. You will leave with a new appreciation of native plants and perhaps a desire to grow some of your own!

Limit 22, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
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Emotion Potions - The Power of Aromatherapy


100-10-27-18
Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Certified in Aromatherapy

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 measurable 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 healthy benefits of individual ingredients.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$39 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Gifts from the Hive: Winter Skincare Products

202-11-15-18
Thursday, November 15
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of hive-based skincare products. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:
  • beeswax lip balm
  • salve and 
  • unique bar lotion in creative shapes

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to customize your creations with natural scents and tints. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

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


 

Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Candles

202-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff


Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of beeswax candles. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and beeswax. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:

  • molded beeswax candles, 
  • dipped beeswax candles, and 
  • beeswax luminaries

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to include natural scents and embedded natural materials. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

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


 

Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

202-12-06-18
Thursday, December 6
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for some hard-to-please gift recipients? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of unique, hive-based crafts. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:

  • pinecone beeswax firestarters for camping enthusiasts,
  • reusable beeswax food wrap for the eco-friendly, and 
  • beeswax molding clay for the young and creative.

Ping will guide you each step along the way. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

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



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Mediterranean Diet for a Happy Healthy New Year

801-01-12-19
Saturday, January 12, 2019
noon - 2 p.m.

Joan Donatelle, Chef and Cooking Instructor
David Donatelle, Chef, Beekeeper and Nutrition Coach

The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on lifestyle changes you want or need to make. Chefs Joan and David Donatelle will inspire you with tips, strategies and information from the exceptionally healthy (and uber-delicious) Mediterranean diet. You will learn how to create delicious menus where fruits, vegetables and lean proteins are the focus. While you listen, you will sample dishes such as Zuppa alla Frantoiana, (Tuscan Olive Mill Soup), Insalata Misto, (fresh mixed greens with vinaigrette), La Pasta al Pergamena, (Pasta in Parchment) and Macerated Mixed Fruit. Note that this class is demonstration-only; there is no hands-on portion to this class. You will leave with a comprehensive handout plus recipes, and the motivation to incorporate the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle!
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$42 member/$57 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Put your Best Face Forward, Naturally!


100-01-26-19-01
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Certified in Aromatherapy

Many top salons feature healthy organic components in their products. The beauty buzz claims that honey is a humectant, coriander soothes, cucumbers are a gentle astringent and yogurt conditions the delicate skin of your face. Learn these tips and more as Kris demonstrates the potential skin-nurturing properties of plant-based ingredients, like pumpkin, rose hip oil, rice and more. Work together to create several of your own facial products to take home, such as apple granola face mask, rooibos and lavender scrub, as well as a natural gentle toner and anti aging serum. You'll leave with a suite of treats for your face, as well as recipes to make more!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$39 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Plant-Based Body Scrubs for Glowing Skin


100-02-23-19
Saturday, February 23, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Certified in Aromatherapy

Your skin is a remarkable organ -- your body's largest! Your skin sheds thousands of cells every minute, and grows a new outer layer regularly depending on how you treat it. With a little TLC, nature-based skin scrubs can stimulate cell turnover and help your skin glow with health and vitality. You'll create fresh and customizable recipes using lavender, green tea, lemongrass, cocoa and more - recipes that smell positively heavenly and refresh your skin. Plant-based recipes will be featured, such as coffee scrub, sugar chai honey scrub, herb garden body scrub, and gentle oatmeal chamomile scrub! You'll leave with multiple scrubs to try at home, recipes to make more, and new ways to take care of your skin through the rest of the winter.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$39 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register



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''Souping'' is the New Juicing

801-03-30-19
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

After the holiday busy-ness, self care is important! One way to feel better is to maximize your vegetable and nutrient intake. From New York City to Philadelphia and Los Angeles, people are turning from juicing to "souping" as a new way to do just that. Join fellow foodies to explore new concepts and watch demonstrations, and taste a variety of delicious soups. Then work together in small groups to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will leave with samples to share with family/friends, and comprehensive handouts including detailed recipes and health benefits of individual ingredients. Spring is an especially delicious time to explore this new trend; you will taste and prepare such seasonal soups as: Green English Pea, Asparagus and Parsley, Italian Roasted Tomato and Chickpea, and Chilled Carrot and Dill.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

 

 


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