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Dec
4
Sat
Relational Reciprocity: Native Plant Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join presenters Craig Torres and Lazaro Arvizu Jr. on Saturday, December 4 as they discuss the Tongva traditions of relational reciprocity with nature and the cultural importance of local native plants. Included in this conversation will be a hands-on presentation about white sage that will explore historic and contemporary cultural uses, as well as the contemporary commodification and exploitation that threatens its very existence.

Free with admission, advance registration required. Click here to register.

This talk is presented in correlation with Full Circle: A Return to the Land on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

About the presenters

Craig Torres is a Tongva cultural educator, presenter and consultant to many schools, culture and nature centers, and museums. He has also worked with city, state and government agencies as a consultant on Tongva history, culture and contemporary issues. He is a consultant on Descanso’s upcoming “Full Circle: A Return to the Land,” exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Craig is also an artist and part of Chia Cafe Collective, which is a grassroots group of Southern California tribal members committed to reviving Native foods, medicines, culture and community.

Lazaro Arvizu is an artist, musician, craftsperson and Native scholar of Tongva Gabrielino ancestry. He has served on the Art @ Tongva: Indigenous Now Advisory Committee and has performed and taught at cultural institutions and museums throughout Southern California..

Image: River Garza, What the City Gave Us, detail, painting on canvas, 2019
Dec
11
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Wreath Making @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am
All wreath making classes are sold out

This class also meets on Dec. 11 at 2pm, Dec. 12 at 10am, and Dec. 12 at 2pm

Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. The Wreath Making class meets at 10am or 2pm, December 11 and 12. Sign up early – this class sells out! Experts will provide instruction to get you started. $40 members; $45 non-members. Includes materials.

Advance registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

{SOLD OUT} Wreath Making @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm
All wreath making classes are sold out

Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. The Wreath Making class meets at 10am or 2pm, December 11 and 12. Sign up early – this class sells out! Experts will provide instruction to get you started. $40 members; $45 non-members. Includes materials.

Advance registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Dec
12
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wreath Making @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am
All wreath making classes are sold out

Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. The Wreath Making class meets at 10am or 2pm, December 11 and 12. Sign up early – this class sells out! Experts will provide instruction to get you started. $40 members; $45 non-members. Includes materials.

Advance registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

{SOLD OUT} Wreath Making @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm
All wreath making classes are sold out

Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. The Wreath Making class meets at 10am or 2pm, December 11 and 12. Sign up early – this class sells out! Experts will provide instruction to get you started. $40 members; $45 non-members. Includes materials.

Advance registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Jan
9
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Relax @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 9 @ 2:00 pm

Click here for Wellness Program: Renew on Jan. 16 and here for Wellness Program: Rejuvenate on Jan. 23


Please note that Wellness Program: Relax on Jan. 9 is sold out

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Take some time to relax with a meditation followed by a mindful observation of a single plant in the Garden and make discoveries in the process of looking. 

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

Jan
11
Tue
Yoga @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Click here for the January 14 yoga class


Please note that this yoga series is sold out

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Join us for an eight-week Tuesday yoga class with Barbara Wood in the Rose Pavilion. This yoga class meets on Tuesdays from January 11 through March 1 from 8:30–10am. Each class includes a 25-minute fitness walk and 60-minute yoga practice.

Members only. $116 per participant.

MEMBERS ONLY

Jan
14
Fri
Yoga @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join us for an eight-week Friday yoga class with Joyce Shuman in the Rose Pavilion. This yoga class meets on Fridays from January 14 through March 4 from 8:30–10am. Each class includes a 25-minute fitness walk and 60-minute yoga practice.

Members only. $116 per participant, register here to join this class.

MEMBERS ONLY

Jan
15
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Basket Weaving Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please note that the Basket Weaving Workshop is sold out

Artist Samantha M. Johnson will teach students to make their own round-reed basket to take home. Round reed baskets are starter baskets used to teach new weavers and children alike how to recognize a weaving pattern, work with natural materials and for advanced students how to start their own basket. 

Meets on the Boddy House Patio. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Advance registration required.

About Samantha M. Johnson

Samantha M. Johnson grew up actively involved in the Gabrieleno Tongva Band of Mission Indians before going on to receive her Bachelors in Science at California State University at Long Beach Puvungna, and then her certificate in Science Illustration at Cal State Monterey. As a digital illustrator, animator, and traditional painter; she wants to bring to light the beautiful nature that Creator has put on this earth as well as the often unheard of culture of her tribe. Most recently she has used her skills to create an extensive environmental science curriculum for 4th and 5th grade based on our local California sage scrub ecosystem for Pitzer College. Currently, she is making an effort to bring awareness on social media to poached white sage in Southern California.

Jan
16
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Renew @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm
Please note that Wellness Program: Renew is sold out

Experience a sense of renewal forest bathing in the Oak Grove by using your senses to immerse in nature.

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.