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  • Forest Bathing

    Instructors: Ben Page, Jackie Kuang

    8:00am – 10:00am / Main Entrance

    Saturdays: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16

    Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings.

    Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.

    On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at the Los Angeles Arboretum. The end of each walk features a tea ceremony where you will enjoy tea made from plants foraged on site and some healthy snacks! There’s no right or wrong way to do it and it’s great for all ages; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.

    Ben ‘Crow’ Page is a certified forest bathing guide and trainer, council carrier and alternative educator based in Los Angeles. Ben was trained and certified in forest bathing in 2015, after which he founded Shinrin Yoku LA. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Sierra Magazine, Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, as well as a part time administrator specializing in trainer development and recruitment.  He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.

    Jackie Kuang is a certified forest bathing guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). She has been trained and mentored by Ben Page, founder of Shinrin Yoku LA. She holds an M.A. in American Literature from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. Being fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, she is also a highly valued language teacher, translator and business coach. She is on the board of the Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD) and actively advocates for her autistic son. She enjoys volunteering for organizations close to her heart, including the LA Arboretum.

    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    Pre-Registration required; To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623



    Preserve & Ferment! Series

    Our instructor Brie Wakeland is a Certified Instructor for Slow Food Preservers LA, UCCE Master Gardener, and is also a certified yoga instructor, and traditional sign painter. She was recently accepted into the Sandor Katz Fermentation Residency Program in Liberty, TN.

    Brie has been an instructor for the Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camp for the past two years. She works during the school year teaching gardening and culinary arts lessons to pre-k through 5th graders at LAUSD elementary schools.

    $30 Arboretum members / $40 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    Hands-on Kombucha Brewing

    Saturday, February 10; 10:00 am. – 12:00 pm. / Bamboo Room

    Learn how to brew and bottle kombucha safely at home. This class covers food safety along with various kombucha recipes and methods. Kits will be available for sale in class that include everything you need to brew your first batch of kombucha (1-gallon glass jar, recipe, tea, sugar, SCOBY, starter liquid).

    Making Pickled Beets and Other Vegetables in a Home Kitchen

    Saturday, April 28; 10:00 am. – 12:00 pm. / Oak Room

    Learn how to safely pickle beets and other vegetables, using the affordable and efficient steam canning method. This class will include a discussion on food preservation and safety, and will be hands-on throughout the pickling process. At the end of the class each participant will receive recipes and a jar of shelf stable pickled beets to take home.

    Hands-on Steam Canning – Strawberry Lemon Marmalade

    Saturday, May 12; 10:00 am. – 12:00 pm. / Oak Room

    Learn how to safely make homemade Strawberry Lemon Marmalade, using the affordable and efficient steam canning method. This class will include a discussion on food preservation and safety, and will be hands-on throughout the marmalade making process. At the end of the class each participant will receive a recipe and a jar of shelf stable marmalade to take home.



    Yoga in the Garden – Tuesday PM 2018

    5:30-6:45pm /  Rotunda

    January            2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ($45/$55)

    February          6, 13, 20, 27

    March             6, 13, 20, 27

    6:00-7:15pm / in the Garden

    April                3, 10, 17, 24

    May                 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($45/$55)

    June                 5, 12, 19, 26

    Yoga in the Garden – Thursday AM 2018

    9:30-10:45am / in the Garden

    January            4, 11, 18, 25

    February          1,   8, 15, 22

    March             1,   8, 15, 22, 29 ($45/$55)

    April                5, 12, 19, 26

    May                 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ($45/$55)

    June                 7,   14, 21, 28

    Practice begins with a relaxed nature walk through the Arboretum; in this beautiful outdoor setting the yoga practice begins with pranayama breathing techniques and meditation, transitions to gentle asana postures, and ends with a restorative savasana posture & short meditation. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to yoga, all are welcome to join.

    Brie Wakeland received her 200 hour yoga instructor certification in Rishikesh, India. She has practiced privately for 16 years and has taught in group settings since 2013. Recently she became certified to also teach children through both Yoga for Youth and Zooga Yoga.
    Her mission is to help each individual find a yoga practice that works best for them.

    $35 per month Arboretum members / $45 per month non–members / $15 Drop-In per day (All fees include Arboretum Admission)

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class



    Tai Chi

    9:00am – 10:30am Thursdays

    Winter 1st:    1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15

    Winter 2nd:   3/01, 3/08, 3/15, 3/22

    Spring 1st:   4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/03

    Spring 2nd:  5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

    Tai Chi is a martial art based on the theory of an ancient classic called “I Ching”.  Kinetic Tai Chi is created by Master Chien based on this foundation coupling with contemporary Physics of potential & kinetic energy. The training sessions include striking, throwing & submission techniques. There are 10 levels of form to advance. Combining this advanced physical routine with Tai Chi’s rich thinking, students will benefit lifelong health, achieve mental superiority and enjoy high level combat skills.

    Master Chien is the founder of Kinetic Tai Chi and 2014 Kung Fu Master of USC Pacific Asia Museum. In 2013 he became the first instructor to teach Tai Chi at the legendary Gold’s Gym, Arcadia, CA.  Chien’s heavy focus on the principle of softness to conquer hardness has helped students to achieve not only the physical limitations, but their mental ones as well, thereby reach the ultimate level of “soft as silk and hard as steel”.

    $35 per month Arboretum members / $45 per month non–members / $15 Drop-In per day (includes Arboretum Admission)

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class



    Family Bird Walk

    8:00 – 10:00AM / Rotunda / Every 2nd Saturday

    Mark Hunter, Instructor from Pasadena Audubon Society (Sub for Julia Ray)

    Saturday, January 13th

    Saturday, February 10th

    Saturday, March 10th

    Saturday, April 14th

    Saturday, May 12th

    Saturday, June 9th

    Meet on the steps leading to the entrance of the Arboretum

    The walks are open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) and all levels of birding knowledge. Bring your binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and join our experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends.

    Free for Audubon Society & Arboretum Members, $5 per person non-members (includes admission)

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    Phone: 626.821.3222

    301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

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