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Gentle Yoga

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

A series of yoga poses and breathing exercises designed and adapted for a tranquil, relaxing yoga experience. In this course, we will take a gentle, restorative approach to the practice. All students are welcome. Come and enjoy a sense of peace and balance. For all sessions, wear comfortable clothing (sweats, shorts, or yoga pants) with socks or bare...

$194

10 sessions

Water-soluble Color Pencils

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Capture the colors of late summer using water-soluble color pencils. Water-soluble color pencils can be used dry or wet making them a great medium for outdoor sketching and when you are traveling. After learning several techniques, we will paint in the gardens. Some experience with color is helpful.  Prerequisite: Color mixing coursework...

$199

4 sessions

Natural Wellness through Laughter

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Is laughter really the best medicine? Find out during this fun, interactive workshop that combines simulated laughter exercises with breathing techniques to produce a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional benefits. Medical research provides sufficient data to show that even if a person pretends to laugh or act happy, his/her body produces...

$59

3 sessions

WCH: Rooftop Farming

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale
3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

This course is for those interested in green roofs and/or edible plantings for a rooftop garden. We will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize rooftop gardening in their existing urban agricultural projects and for potential expansion opportunities. The class may include a field trip to local rooftop farms....

$75

Soil Basics, Intensive Session

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes, and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Begin to appreciate the circle of life within our soils. Required text:  Secrets...

$337

3 sessions

Meditation Walk: The Cycles of Life

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

What better way to enjoy the seasonal weather and nourish your spirit at the same time than an early morning meditation walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Come prepared to relax and renew as we slowly walk around the Great Basin, making four stops for guided meditation. The four life-cycle images we will focus on are creation/birth, growth, pain and...

$25

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 4

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club. Walking for fitness outside provides an experience that simply cannot be duplicated indoors. Stimulate your mind and body with fresh air and scenic vistas that change weekly. Build endurance, gain core strength, and improve your balance and stability as you...

$94

5 sessions

Botany for Botanical Artists

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This class is designed with the botanical artist in mind. The focus will be on the visual aspects of botany rather than the study of internal features and processes. This class will distill the terminology of botanists into an understandable and useful form. Lectures and demonstrations will explore vascular plant parts including flowers, stems, leaves,...

$279

6 sessions

Hands-on Cooking: Cooking with Beer

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

In this cooking class, discover the applications of beer’s yeasty, bittersweet, slightly acidic character. Learn to use it as marinade and braising liquid, how it adds depth and flavor to a variety of different types of recipes, and how its carbonation adds lift to batters. Featured recipes include Beer and sriracha almonds Beer-battered onion...

$100

Color in the Autumn Landscape

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Capture the fleeting colors of autumn. Learn how painters think about color and light in nature. We will learn to break through the limitations of local color in representing the landscape.  Students will create small paintings in the medium of their choice, including gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and oil. Color drawing materials...

$349

6 sessions

Photography Techniques: Telephoto Lenses

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Whether it’s the long end of a zoom or a fixed focal length, telephoto lenses are great for cropping and compressing perspective.  Learn how to use these extended focal lengths to capture the image you want. Class limited to DSLR cameras. Vibration reduction lens or tripod/monopod are strongly suggested. 

$59

Hands-on Cooking: Indian High Tea

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn to make mouthwatering Indian street food and chai tea in this cooking class, featuring vegetarian snack recipes that are perfect for parties.  Make a delicious platter of vegetable pakoras: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and spinach dipped in gram (chickpea) flour to make crunchy fritters. Complete the party spread with masala chai, a must-have...

$67

Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Have a tree that you just don’t know what to do with? This is the workshop for you. Most of the class time will be spent critiquing and working on trees.

$49

Tropical Bonsai Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Summer is the best time to work on your tropical bonsai trees. This comprehensive workshop will cover all aspects of tropical tree care, styles, grafting, air layering, and soil types. Bring your trees in for critique, styling, and repotting, and set a course for the future of your bonsai tree.

$49

Gardening for Aging Adults

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Studies show that being outside, in nature, or even viewing a well-maintained landscape can have positive mental and physical effects. Too often as we age, limitations in strength, mobility, and stamina can reduce our enjoyment of our yards and gardens.  Join us for some ideas to extend your garden enjoyment for years to come and adapt your landscape...

$29