Home, Health & Beauty
Classes & Workshops

Explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance our home, health, and 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. 

Plant-Based Body Scrubs for Glowing Skin

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

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''Souping'' is the New Juicing

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

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$42 member/$57 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

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 per session

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Conscientious Gardening

Tuesday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

What happens to the water, fertilizer and plant 'waste' in your yard? Should each of us attempt to manage all green matter or yard waste on our own property? What would a conscientious gardener do? You will learn: 
  • How to assess the environmental impact of your garden
  • How to conserve water and reduce runoff from your property
  • When and how to use fertilizer and pesticides, as well as alternative methods and materials
  • The benefits of planting a diversity of native plants
  • Available options for composting green material
You will leave with new insights and a veritable tool box of ideas to garden more conscientiously!

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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