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Sat, 4/26 9:00am

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Saturdays

March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

$70 members / $80 non-members

Instructor: Nicole Fagone

Please register through Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

 

*This class meets in the Courtyard before heading into the Garden for daily practice. Please arrive promptly. 

Join us for the entire series following the workshop as Nicole leads you through yoga sets energizing and rejuvenating each chakra.  A wonderful benefit for the body and mind whether taken in the series or separately. All levels encouraged.

3/15 - Yoga for the root chakra! Colon & elimination organs.  The root chakra is associated with foundation, survival, security, habit and self-acceptance.

3/22 - Yoga for the second chakra!  Reproductive system, kidneys & bladder.  The second chakra is associated with desires, feelings and creativity.

3/29 - Yoga for the third chakra!  Liver, gallbladder, spleen, digestive organs, pancreas & adrenals. The third chakra or naval chakra is associated with confidence, willpower, personal power and commitment.

4/5 - Yoga for the heart chakra! - Heart, lungs & thymus gland.  The heart chakra is associated with spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service.

4/12 - Yoga for the throat chakra! - Trachea, throat, cervical vertebrae & thyroid.

The throat chakra is associated with truth, self-expression, and communication.

4/19 - Yoga for the sixth chakra - Brain & pituitary gland (Third Eye).  The 6th chakra is associated with wisdom and identity.

4/26 - Yoga for the crown chakra! - Brain & pineal gland.  The 7th chakra is associated with humility, vastness and transcendence.

Please bring your own yoga mat or contact the instructor ahead of time to purchase a mat for $8.00. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle if you prefer.

**Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $12 per class for members and $15 per class for non-members. Please register at the Guest Services Center.

Sat, 4/26 10:30am

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March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

$110 members / $120 non-members
Instructor: Chen Bing Taiji Academy 

Taiji or Tai chi (meaning grand ultimate) is a Chinese soft style internal martial art used for centuries in health, healing and longevity. Based on ancient principles of yin yang theory, philosophical laws of nature (the Tao), techniques of Chinese acupuncture and martial arts, authentic Chen Taiji is a holistic training method used to cultivate a strong body, mind and spirit through techniques of mental concentration with coordinated breath and body movements. Proper practice results in a supple body with improved postural alignment, balance and bone density. Taiji harmonizes external and internal energy flow which strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments; while the internal spiraling energy massages internal organs and circulates qi energy flow throughout the body.

Additional benefits include a deeper sense of natural breathing along with a concentrated and tranquil mind. Strong emphasis is placed on intention and mental focus and is a suitable practice for all ages of students with various ailments and conditions.

Chen Taiji founded by Chen Wangting, is the oldest and parent form of all the styles of Taiji including Yang, Wu and Sun. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Laoshi (teacher) Master Bosco Baek, the only disciple in America of Master Chen Bing and the direct descendant of its creator Chen Wangting. Master Bosco Baek teaches the authentic Chen Jia
Gou (Chen Village) system and is a most knowledgeable and skillful teacher with precise attention to the details of alignment and structure that will challenge the most athletic and benefit the absolute beginner.

Series will cover 5 elements: 
Fangsong- Taiji relaxation
Precursor to all classes - a highly therapeutic active relaxation process to correct one’s ailments, imbalances and alignment. releases deep seated muscular tension and fatigue. 
Elixir field - Dantian rotation 
The Elixir field or dantian is focal point where qi energy is stored and cultivated. Internal exercises of the dantian is very important for understanding the foundation of Chen Taiji.
Silk Reeling- Spiraling energy
Spiral motion is the foundation of Chen Taiji movement. It is required to perform Taiji forms and exercises. 
Fajin- Explosive energy
From the concept yin and yang there are soft flowing movements and hard fast explosive movement, both necessary for maximum qi energy flow and internal healing. 
13 Harmony Form- Short form 
A short form summarized by Master Chen Bing in preparation of Laojia (old frame practices).

**Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $15 per class for members and $20 per class for non-members. Please register at the Guest Services Center.

Fri, 5/2 10:00am

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Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$85 members / $95 non-members

$25 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After over two decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting, and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition.

This six-class series will give you a strong foundation in herbalism: making herbal medicines, kitchen herbalism, skin care, first aid, gardening and harvesting, and more. Each class includes comprehensive information on, and sampling of, each of the two herbs discussed and in-depth discussion on foundational aspects of herbal healing. We will discuss how to grow the plants we are using, propagation techniques, harvest, and preparation. You will create an extensive herbal apothecary throughout the class series and will become comfortable with the basics of herbalism.

Lesson 1: Plant Energetics & Actions

Herbs for this class: Peppermint, Ginger

Lesson 2: Herbal Apothecary/Medicine Making

Herbs for this class: Elder, Yarrow

Lesson 3: Understanding & Supporting Body Systems

Herbs for this class: Dandelion, Hawthorn

Lesson 4: Herbal Skin & Hair Care

Herbs for this class: Comfrey, Calendula

Lesson 5: Beginning an Herb Garden

Herbs for this class: Rose, Chamomile

Sat, 5/3 10:30am

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March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

$110 members / $120 non-members
Instructor: Chen Bing Taiji Academy 

Taiji or Tai chi (meaning grand ultimate) is a Chinese soft style internal martial art used for centuries in health, healing and longevity. Based on ancient principles of yin yang theory, philosophical laws of nature (the Tao), techniques of Chinese acupuncture and martial arts, authentic Chen Taiji is a holistic training method used to cultivate a strong body, mind and spirit through techniques of mental concentration with coordinated breath and body movements. Proper practice results in a supple body with improved postural alignment, balance and bone density. Taiji harmonizes external and internal energy flow which strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments; while the internal spiraling energy massages internal organs and circulates qi energy flow throughout the body.

Additional benefits include a deeper sense of natural breathing along with a concentrated and tranquil mind. Strong emphasis is placed on intention and mental focus and is a suitable practice for all ages of students with various ailments and conditions.

Chen Taiji founded by Chen Wangting, is the oldest and parent form of all the styles of Taiji including Yang, Wu and Sun. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Laoshi (teacher) Master Bosco Baek, the only disciple in America of Master Chen Bing and the direct descendant of its creator Chen Wangting. Master Bosco Baek teaches the authentic Chen Jia
Gou (Chen Village) system and is a most knowledgeable and skillful teacher with precise attention to the details of alignment and structure that will challenge the most athletic and benefit the absolute beginner.

Series will cover 5 elements: 
Fangsong- Taiji relaxation
Precursor to all classes - a highly therapeutic active relaxation process to correct one’s ailments, imbalances and alignment. releases deep seated muscular tension and fatigue. 
Elixir field - Dantian rotation 
The Elixir field or dantian is focal point where qi energy is stored and cultivated. Internal exercises of the dantian is very important for understanding the foundation of Chen Taiji.
Silk Reeling- Spiraling energy
Spiral motion is the foundation of Chen Taiji movement. It is required to perform Taiji forms and exercises. 
Fajin- Explosive energy
From the concept yin and yang there are soft flowing movements and hard fast explosive movement, both necessary for maximum qi energy flow and internal healing. 
13 Harmony Form- Short form 
A short form summarized by Master Chen Bing in preparation of Laojia (old frame practices).

**Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $15 per class for members and $20 per class for non-members. Please register at the Guest Services Center.

Fri, 5/9 10:00am

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Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$85 members / $95 non-members

$25 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After over two decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting, and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition.

This six-class series will give you a strong foundation in herbalism: making herbal medicines, kitchen herbalism, skin care, first aid, gardening and harvesting, and more. Each class includes comprehensive information on, and sampling of, each of the two herbs discussed and in-depth discussion on foundational aspects of herbal healing. We will discuss how to grow the plants we are using, propagation techniques, harvest, and preparation. You will create an extensive herbal apothecary throughout the class series and will become comfortable with the basics of herbalism.

Lesson 1: Plant Energetics & Actions

Herbs for this class: Peppermint, Ginger

Lesson 2: Herbal Apothecary/Medicine Making

Herbs for this class: Elder, Yarrow

Lesson 3: Understanding & Supporting Body Systems

Herbs for this class: Dandelion, Hawthorn

Lesson 4: Herbal Skin & Hair Care

Herbs for this class: Comfrey, Calendula

Lesson 5: Beginning an Herb Garden

Herbs for this class: Rose, Chamomile

Fri, 5/16 10:00am

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Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$85 members / $95 non-members

$25 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After over two decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting, and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition.

This six-class series will give you a strong foundation in herbalism: making herbal medicines, kitchen herbalism, skin care, first aid, gardening and harvesting, and more. Each class includes comprehensive information on, and sampling of, each of the two herbs discussed and in-depth discussion on foundational aspects of herbal healing. We will discuss how to grow the plants we are using, propagation techniques, harvest, and preparation. You will create an extensive herbal apothecary throughout the class series and will become comfortable with the basics of herbalism.

Lesson 1: Plant Energetics & Actions

Herbs for this class: Peppermint, Ginger

Lesson 2: Herbal Apothecary/Medicine Making

Herbs for this class: Elder, Yarrow

Lesson 3: Understanding & Supporting Body Systems

Herbs for this class: Dandelion, Hawthorn

Lesson 4: Herbal Skin & Hair Care

Herbs for this class: Comfrey, Calendula

Lesson 5: Beginning an Herb Garden

Herbs for this class: Rose, Chamomile

Sat, 5/17 10:00am

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$25 members / $35 non-members

$5 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please Register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948.

Not just herbs, but nutrition, lifestyle changes, diet, and more. Because just taking a few squirts of valerian tincture will not, generally, help relieve chronic sleep problems.

Nutritional deficiencies, environmental issues, and systemic imbalances all greatly contribute to sleep problems. In order to truly improve sleep quality (and quantity), all of these will need to be addressed. But while making those changes, there are herbs, essential oils and nutrients that are tremendously helpful in improving sleep immediately.

You'll take home a tincture or tea blend for sleep, and a massage oil to assist in calming and relaxing plus extensive notes, recipes and ideas for you to implement right away.

Fri, 5/23 10:00am

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Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$85 members / $95 non-members

$25 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After over two decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting, and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition.

This six-class series will give you a strong foundation in herbalism: making herbal medicines, kitchen herbalism, skin care, first aid, gardening and harvesting, and more. Each class includes comprehensive information on, and sampling of, each of the two herbs discussed and in-depth discussion on foundational aspects of herbal healing. We will discuss how to grow the plants we are using, propagation techniques, harvest, and preparation. You will create an extensive herbal apothecary throughout the class series and will become comfortable with the basics of herbalism.

Lesson 1: Plant Energetics & Actions

Herbs for this class: Peppermint, Ginger

Lesson 2: Herbal Apothecary/Medicine Making

Herbs for this class: Elder, Yarrow

Lesson 3: Understanding & Supporting Body Systems

Herbs for this class: Dandelion, Hawthorn

Lesson 4: Herbal Skin & Hair Care

Herbs for this class: Comfrey, Calendula

Lesson 5: Beginning an Herb Garden

Herbs for this class: Rose, Chamomile

Fri, 5/30 10:00am

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Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$85 members / $95 non-members

$25 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Please register with Guest Services: (310) 544-1948

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After over two decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting, and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition.

This six-class series will give you a strong foundation in herbalism: making herbal medicines, kitchen herbalism, skin care, first aid, gardening and harvesting, and more. Each class includes comprehensive information on, and sampling of, each of the two herbs discussed and in-depth discussion on foundational aspects of herbal healing. We will discuss how to grow the plants we are using, propagation techniques, harvest, and preparation. You will create an extensive herbal apothecary throughout the class series and will become comfortable with the basics of herbalism.

Lesson 1: Plant Energetics & Actions

Herbs for this class: Peppermint, Ginger

Lesson 2: Herbal Apothecary/Medicine Making

Herbs for this class: Elder, Yarrow

Lesson 3: Understanding & Supporting Body Systems

Herbs for this class: Dandelion, Hawthorn

Lesson 4: Herbal Skin & Hair Care

Herbs for this class: Comfrey, Calendula

Lesson 5: Beginning an Herb Garden

Herbs for this class: Rose, Chamomile

Sat, 5/31 10:00am

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Entry to Open House is FREE, access to Garden is available with paid Garden admission. 

The South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation is proud to announce our Summer Class Lineup! We've gathered the best instructors of the South Bay to showcase their classes for you. Come join us for sample demonstrations and lessons from this summer's lineup in dedication to lifelong students. This event is for the whole family, and we strongly encourage your participation, questions and willingness to try new activities.


Please check back here for updates on the demonstration schedule and instructors attending.