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Integral Taiji and Qigong
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Integral Taiji and Qigong

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong. We will practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Tai Chi Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, tai chi dance, push hands, the Yang style slow form, and more. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of prior experience. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring layers for warmth.

The class will be held indoors if it is raining.

About the Instructor: 

Elizabeth McAnally, PhD has been training in Chinese internal arts (beginning with taiji / tai chi and qigong, and over time studying bagua, xingyi, and yiquan) since 2006. She taught free weekly Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the California Institute of Integral Studies for 7 years. She currently offers free Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the Peralta Community Garden in Berkeley, as well as private lessons (individual and group) by donation or trade. You can watch videos that she has made to help others in their home practice here

Elizabeth is the newsletter editor and website manager for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. She has taught classes on philosophy, religion, and environmental ethics at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the University of North Texas, Diablo Valley College, and the University of San Francisco. She is also an avid musician who loves singing and playing the flute. Elizabeth is the author of Loving Water across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic (Orbis Press, 2019).

Registration recommended: Free with Garden Admission

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Event contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Kava Tasting and Talk with MeloMelo Kava Bar
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Kava Tasting and Talk with MeloMelo Kava Bar

Come learn all about Kava, a drink prepared from the roots of Piper methysticum, used culturally, ceremoniously, and traditionally throughout the South Pacific for thousands of years. Staff and founders from Melo Melo Kava Bar in Berkeley will be leading the presentation, sharing their knowledge of the botany, chemistry and preparation of Kava, and will be sharing tastings of this significant beverage. Bula!

Registration: $20, $15 members

Registration info: Register online

Event contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Coffee Colloquium and Dry Roast Film Screening
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee Colloquium and Dry Roast Film Screening

Come learn all about coffee and some of the complex issues involved with the production, harvest, and export of this invaluable plant to humans. Our colloquium will start off with a film screening of Dry Roast, a documentary film made by UC Berkeley Journalism graduates Emily Thomas and Lauren Schwartzman. The screening will be followed by a presentation from Mayra Orellana-Powell, the founder of Cataracha Coffee, a social enterprise dedicated to accessing the specialty market for small coffee farmers in Santa Elena, La Paz, Hondouras. We will also be joined by Anika Rice, a National Geographic Fellow for her project Women in Coffee. You don’t want to miss this important discussion. Coffee tastings and pourings will be available throughout the morning.

Registration required: $25, $20 members

Registration info: Register online

Event contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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A Botanical Valentine Tea
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

A Botanical Valentine Tea

Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.

Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 
Includes Garden admission. Enjoy the day in the Garden!

Target audiences: All Audiences, Children

Open to audience: All Audiences

Registration required: $24 Adult $20 Child,  $20 Member Adult $16 Member Child

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Refreshments: Tea party

Event contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-9841

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February Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael
Feb
7
9:30 AM09:30

February Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

While winter birds are still abundant in the garden, this month we will be looking for the earliest of our spring migrants: Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds flying north from Mexico.
Rain or shine! We suggest bringing binoculars if you have them, and layers in case it is a chilly morning.

Registration required: $20 / $18 UCBG Member / $10 UCB student Ticket price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Event contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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10th Annual Plants Illustrated Exhibit: Celebrating Ethnobotany
Jan
18
to Feb 6

10th Annual Plants Illustrated Exhibit: Celebrating Ethnobotany

  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the 10th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of Plants + People in this special exhibition titled Celebrating Ethnobotany. 

Admission to the exhibit is free with Garden admission.

Note: The exhibit will be closed to the general public on February 1, 10-11:30 a.m. during the Gallery Talk: Joseph Banks and the Golden Age of Botanical Exploration. Click here for tickets to the talk.

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu
Event is 10AM-4PM each day during this time period, except…

(No event on these dates: January 21; February 5, 2019)

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Trees of the Garden
Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

Trees of the Garden

Discover some the UC Botanical Garden's signature trees from around the world on this special docent-led walk. 

Free with admission; Registration suggested to guarantee a spot.

Registration recommended:  Free for Members or with Garden Admission

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Qigong with Director Eric Siegel
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and strength. No previous experience is required. People with disabilities are welcome, as we can adapt the exercises for sitting, supported standing or standing. Eric Siegel, in addition to being the Garden’s Director, has been practicing Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years.

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Qigong with Director Eric Siegel
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and strength. No previous experience is required. People with disabilities are welcome, as we can adapt the exercises for sitting, supported standing or standing. Eric Siegel, in addition to being the Garden’s Director, has been practicing Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years.

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus Walk
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus Walk

  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This tour will seek out the best of Berkeley’s fall colors as we use visiting the most notable campus trees as a framework for our walk. As we enjoy the diversity of species, you may learn a bit of history about the development of the campus and a few stories about the people and circumstances behind the plantings, the named groves, landmarks and memorial trees. It seems like every tree has a story. We might even talk about a building or two.

The walk will be a long loop starting at the Springer Gateway at 10 AM. Springer Gateway is the small plaza west of the entrance kiosk at the top of the Crescent Drive. Bring your walking shoes and watch the weather report.

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JIM HORNER - B.A. Landscape Architecture ‘71, UC Berkeley

As Campus Landscape Architect, Horner provided leadership in site planning, design and landscape construction at UC Berkeley for 18 years; now retired.

He co-authored the Landscape Master Plan in 2004, helped prepare the Landscape Heritage Plan in 2005 and co-authored the “Trees of the Berkeley Campus” in 2016. 

Notable contributions during his tenure at Berkeley include improved accessibility, night safety lighting, and management of projects at Memorial Glade, the Center Street entrance, Sproul Plaza, Spieker Plaza, Edwards Track, restoration of the the Mining Circle, and renovation of Sather Gate and the Campanile Esplanade.

He received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015. 

Prior to UC Berkeley, Horner enjoyed private practice in the Bay Area for 12 years and before that was a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service for 13 years.

Horner was raised in Berkeley and studied forestry at Humboldt State before transferring to UC Berkeley in landscape architecture. During his student years he augmented his study of plants at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery.

Registration recommended:  $20 / $15 UCBG Member,  // The book "Trees of the UC Berkeley Campus" can be purchased in advance for $25

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Trees of the Garden
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Trees of the Garden

Discover some the UC Botanical Garden's signature trees from around the world on this special docent-led walk. 

Free with admission; Registration suggested to guarantee a spot.

Registration recommended:  Free for Members or with Garden Admission

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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The Science and Practice of Mindfulness: An Introductory Workshop
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness: An Introductory Workshop

This workshop has been designed to give you a practical introduction to the science and practice of mindfulness, with a focus specifically on how you can integrate these practices into the busyness of everyday life. These three hours are packed with a variety of foundational practices, exercises, and concepts that Joshua has carefully selected to help you deal with stress, enhance well-being and happiness, and to give you what you need to begin living life less reactively and with more intention. 

In this workshop you learn: 
-What mindfulness is, and is not, and how you can train yourself to become more mindful
-Highlights from the neuroscience of mindfulness including how mindfulness can change our brains to support wellbeing and reduce stress reactivity
-Mindful eating as a way to build curiosity, savor, and cultivate beginner's mind
-How to move away from being perpetually on auto-pilot and into a state of being fully present for your life
-Researched-backed practices for reducing stress and building resilience
-Specific meditations and exercises for enhancing happiness and well-being
-Highlights from the science of habit formation that can be used to build a daily mindfulness practice (or any other habit) into your routine

Participants who register for this workshop will receive: 

-A toolkit that includes practical exercises, links to free guided meditations, key highlights from the workshop, and recommendations for apps, books, and much more.

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Joshua Steinfeldt holds his Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Angela Duckworth. He is also studying to become a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA. Passionate about the art and science of mindfulness, Joshua focuses on making ancient contemplative practices radically accessible, engaging, and pragmatic for the often stressful and accelerated pace of modern life. 

For more on Joshua please visit www.joshuasteinfeldt.com

Registration recommended:  $30 / $25 UCBG Member / $15 student

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Sitars and Tamburas
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Sitars and Tamburas

Learn all about sitars and tamburas with instrument maker J. Scott Hackleman. For over 40 years Scott has been learning sitar, travelling to India, and making and repairing hundreds of Indian instruments for artists such as Ravi Shankar and institutions such as Cal Arts. Discover the woods used to make these instruments such as Tun (Toona ciliata), Sheesham (Dalbergia sisoo), and Ebony (Diospyros ebenum). Additionally, gourds will be discussed. This will be followed and interspersed with a sitar, tambura, and tabla performance by Joanna Mack (sitar) and Ferhan Quereshi (tabla). 

Scott Hackleman has been working on the classical musical instruments of India for more than 40 years.
He started studying sitar in 1969. When he began formal study in 1974 with Amiya Dasgupta, a disciple of Ravi Shankar, he was introduced to sitar repair and jawari when staying after his lessons and sitting with Amiya's friend Nodu Mullick (the man attributed with building Ravi Shankar's sitar). He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 1985. In 1987 he was awarded a grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, funded through the Smithsonian and sponsored by Ravi Shankar, to live in India and document his apprenticeship with a master instrument maker there. It was at that time he studied with Kartar Chand in Paharganj and sat with Murari Adhikari in Kolkata. A brief summary of this experience was published in the Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Number 67, Fall 2002. He has worked on hundreds of sitars and other Indian instruments since returning from India and continues to develop his skills not only in repair and set-up, but in building these instruments as well. He has worked on the instruments of many professional musicians, teachers, students and organizations over the years including Ravi Shankar, Shubho Shankar, Ry Cooder, Paul Livingstone, UCLA, UCSB, CalArts, Pomona College and SRF to name a few.
From his shop in Point Roberts Washington Scott builds custom bespoke Musical Instruments, with a particular focus on the Personal Tambura, repairs & services Indian Classical instruments sent to him from all over the continent and makes regular trips to California to service the sitars of UCLA, UCSB and others.

Joanna Mack began her pursuit of Classical North Indian Music in 1997. While studying Neuroscience at UCSD, she attended a Classical Indian Music class with sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. She had been involved in Western music since childhood but was immediately drawn to Indian music. Recognizing Joanna's inherent talent and drive, Kartikji recommended her to study in Kolkata under the now late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, also a senior disciple of renowned musician Pandit Ravi Shankar. That year, Joanna traveled to India where she fully devoted herself to the pursuit of Indian Classical Music under the guidance of Deepakji. She continued her studies with him in Kolkata from 1997 through 2005.

Joanna then returned to the United States, promising Deepakji that her dedication to learn would not falter and that she would accept the responsibility to teach the traditional values and ideas of the Maihar Gharana. Joanna is fulfilling that promise today. She teaches private and group classes and performs in a variety of venues. She was fortunate to be able to study under the now late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and continues her studies with sarodia Bruce Hamm at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafael and master classes with sitarist Sri Partha Chatterjee.
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Biocultural diversity can be defined as the inextricable link between biological diversity and cultural diversity. In no area is this this relationship exemplified than in musical traditions from around the world. This Fall, as a part of our “Year of Trees,” the UC Botanical Garden is hosting a four part series that highlights the relationship between music and plants as seen in instrument making and musical traditions throughout the world. We start the series with a feature on African Blackwood Dalbergia melanoxylon also known as Mpingo, the tree that makes oboes and clarinets. We then move into the stories of guitars from classical and folk perspectives, Indian classical instruments such as sitars and tamburas their fascinating use of woods and gourds, and we end the series understanding the conservation concerns of Pernambuco or Pau-Brasil Caesalpinia echinata and its unique use in the making of violin and cello bows. This series will bring together luthiers, scholars, botanists and musicians to take part in an important discussion around raising awareness of plants in our daily lives.

Registration required:  $40 / $35 UCBG Members

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Hand Block Printing with Plant Dyes
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Hand Block Printing with Plant Dyes

Hand-block-printing is a centuries-old Indian art form that originated in the Rajasthan. In this hands-on class, you will create your design and pattern based on basic geometric shapes, and explore printing on various materials and design and print your own scarf. All materials, tools, and instruction will be provided, including items to print. 

Explore a range of raw material including "gheru" for a red color, "Dawada" Flowers for a brown color, Alizarin (Madder) for burgundy, Harda Powder (Mordant) and Tamarind seed powder (Binder), Kashira (Brownish Red), Syahi (Black Color).

Registration:  $100 / $95 UCBG members

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Guitars
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: Guitars

Come learn about the global history of guitars and the many woods used to make them. We’ll be joined by local luthier John F. Mello, a classical guitar maker who will discuss how different woods impact the sounds and how the very same set of raw materials can be given different lives depending on the hand of the luthier. He’ll be partnered with a classical guitarist. Following this presentation we’ll turn to a folk tradition of Mexico, San Jarocho, where we’ll hear a lecture-demonstration from TARIMBA of the various instruments used, featuring the Leona guitar. 

John F. Mello has built and restored guitars for the past 43 years in his shop in northern California. His goals have remained constant-to produce concert guitars with a broad tonal palette and wide dynamic range that both project well and respond sensitively to the mature player's varied touch. John was fortunate to have studied under a superb craftsman, Richard Schneider, from the beginning my instruments were well made and possessed to a great degree the characteristics he prizes. John has restored and examined some of the finest instruments ever made including guitars by Antonio de Torres, Santos Hernandez, Herman Hauser I, Ignacio Fleta, Marcelo Barbero, and C. F. Martin from every era. He's also reversed the ravages of accidents, inept repair, and time for thousands of guitars by most of the major historic and contemporary makers. 

TARIMBA is composed of Kyla Danysh, and Dolores "Lolis" Garcia:
Kyla is a Berkeley native who has been playing violin for twenty-five years. She grew up studying classical and Klezmer music, and discovered her passion for improvisation through the exploration of Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco, boleros, "gypsy jazz", and Balkan music. She has since traveled to Veracruz a number of times to study, record and perform with her mentors, and is a member of the group Cascada de Flores based in the Bay Area. Kyla is a dedicated teacher, and devotes much of her time outside of playing violin to teaching literacy and music classes throughout the East Bay.

Dolores "Lolis" García is the Co-Director of the East Bay Center's resident arts company, Son de la Tierra. Under the mentorship of Artemio Posadas, Lolis has been studying Mexican Son for over twenty years. She has mastered a number of string and percussion instruments in a variety of Son traditions including Huasteco, Jarocho, Tixtleco, and Mariachero. She has taught workshops and performed at festivals in Mexico and the U.S. Lolis teaches extensively with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, and at many different schools in the East Bay.

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Biocultural diversity can be defined as the inextricable link between biological diversity and cultural diversity. In no area is this this relationship exemplified than in musical traditions from around the world. This Fall, as a part of our “Year of Trees,” the UC Botanical Garden is hosting a four part series that highlights the relationship between music and plants as seen in instrument making and musical traditions throughout the world. We start the series with a feature on African Blackwood Dalbergia melanoxylon also known as Mpingo, the tree that makes oboes and clarinets. We then move into the stories of guitars from classical and folk perspectives, Indian classical instruments such as sitars and tamburas their fascinating use of woods and gourds, and we end the series understanding the conservation concerns of Pernambuco or Pau-Brasil Caesalpinia echinata and its unique use in the making of violin and cello bows. This series will bring together luthiers, scholars, botanists and musicians to take part in an important discussion around raising awareness of plants in our daily lives.

Registration required:  $40 / $35 UCBG Member

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Event Contact: CA, deepanatarajan@berkeley.edu, 5106649841

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Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Pine Needle Basketry with Judith Thomas

Judith Thomas, weaver and Waldorf handwork teacher will instruct students how to source materials and craft a pine needle basket. Learn how to work with pine needles from the Pinus patula, or Mexican weeping pine, to create a small coiled basket, using a needle and waxed linen to bind the bundles of needles together. A perfect activity for the fall. Pack a lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Garden setting during the break! All levels welcome and all materials provided.

Registration required:  $75 / $65 Garden Members

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Qigong with Director Eric Siegel
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and strength. No previous experience is required. People with disabilities are welcome, as we can adapt the exercises for sitting, supported standing or standing. Eric Siegel, in addition to being the Garden’s Director, has been practicing Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years.

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: African Blackwood
Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: African Blackwood

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bagpipes are made. Growing almost exclusively in Tanzania and Mozambique, it is used for sculpture, medicine and more. Come view the landmark documentary, Mpingo: The Tree that Makes Music, narrated by David Attenborough and released in 1992 that brought the role of trees in music making at the forefront of the discussion. After a screening of the 43 minute film, we will be joined by Brenda Schuman-Post who will bring us up to date where the film left off. 

Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post is the first musician in history to witness every detail from finding and harvesting an African Blackwood tree, to the making of a top of the line instrument.
In 2008 she’d won a Global Connections grant “to create, via improvisation, a new piece of music that would bond the people in whose forests African Blackwood (grenadilla, mpingo, pau preto) grows, with the people who play musical instruments made from that tree”. She performed for audiences who had never before seen nor heard any Western keyed woodwind instrument.

Brenda will play the oboe, show slides and video, exhibit authentic Makonde sculptures, and engage you with a hands-on display of the wood. She’ll talk about the characteristics, uses, search for and harvesting of the tree, about the people and places where it grows, her experiences in East Africa, and about what's currently being done to lift destitute East Africans out of poverty by preserving, conserving, protecting, and replanting African Blackwood.

Brenda is the director of Sonic Forest, a diverse musical ensemble devoted to educational/entertaining programs that inform audiences about the relationships of music to nature.

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Biocultural diversity can be defined as the inextricable link between biological diversity and cultural diversity. In no area is this this relationship exemplified than in musical traditions from around the world. This Fall, as a part of our “Year of Trees,” the UC Botanical Garden is hosting a four part series that highlights the relationship between music and plants as seen in instrument making and musical traditions throughout the world. We start the series with a feature on African Blackwood Dalbergia melanoxylon also known as Mpingo, the tree that makes oboes and clarinets. We then move into the stories of guitars from classical and folk perspectives, Indian classical instruments such as sitars and tamburas their fascinating use of woods and gourds, and we end the series understanding the conservation concerns of Pernambuco or Pau-Brasil Caesalpinia echinata and its unique use in the making of violin and cello bows. This series will bring together luthiers, scholars, botanists and musicians to take part in an important discussion around raising awareness of plants in our daily lives.

Registration required:  $40 / $35 UCBG Member

Registration info: Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin
Oct
24
1:00 PM13:00

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, forest bathing has proven benefits for stress reduction, cognitive function, and emotional wellbeing. Forest bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we find unparalleled grace in the present moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. 

On your walk, Hana Lee Goldin will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. 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 nature.

Hana Lee is a certified forest bathing guide who advocates and celebrates the restorative power of nature and is dedicated to repairing the human-nature disconnect. She empowers clients to integrate daily mindfulness and cultivate personal medicine through earth-based wellness practices. You can find more information at her website, www.TheSacredWilds.com. Her ancillary site, www.TheForestLibrary.com, gives you a deeper dive into the world of forest therapy and nature connection.

Happy trails!

Registration required:  $40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Butterfly Walk
Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Butterfly Walk

Join Sally Levinson, 'caterpillar lady', and Sarab Seth, 'butterfly guy,' for a guided walk through the Botanical Garden in search of butterflies. Bring binoculars if you have them. 

Space is limited to a first-come basis. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.

Groups larger than 6 people, please contact us to make separate arrangements for a private tour with Sal and Sarab.

Target audience: All Audiences

Open to audiences: All Audiences, Children, Friends of the University, General Public, Cal Parents

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-

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Carve your own Butter Knife with Hannah Beatrice Quinn
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Carve your own Butter Knife with Hannah Beatrice Quinn

Join designer Hannah Quinn & learn some basic whittling skills that you can use to carve a classic butter knife or other simple wooden kitchen tool. Take your new whittling knife home & continue making unique wooden objects on your own. Extra sticks and the whittling knife included in the price. 

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Hannah Beatrice Quinn is an artist, designer and maker based in San Francisco. Working primarily in wood and metal her work incorporates the idea of “Play”. Using color and form her work transforms everyday objects into functional art that is playful and interactive.

Her practice is ingrained in the process of creating objects that help people reconnect to the histories, processes and materials by which the objects are made and used. Her work is defined by her respect of the materials and attention to craft. She designs and makes handmade tools that can be staples in anyone's home and be used everyday as well as one-of-kind tools that explore the boundaries of functionality and sculpture.

Registration:  $75 / $70 UCBG Members

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Qigong with Director Eric Siegel
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and strength. No previous experience is required. People with disabilities are welcome, as we can adapt the exercises for sitting, supported standing or standing. Eric Siegel, in addition to being the Garden’s Director, has been practicing Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years.

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Botanical Perfume Workshop with Jessica Hannah
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Botanical Perfume Workshop with Jessica Hannah

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes. You will create a formula with oils from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, and more. Suitable for new and returning students. 

Beginner Natural Perfume Workshop Includes:
15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample
Your formula blended into a .25 oz spray-bottle
A Mini bag for your perfume
A take home guide
A lively and educational discussion about botanical essences, distillation, and history
A mixing session guided by a trained natural perfumer
Your formula saved for future refills


Jessica Hannah is an artist, educator, and award-winning perfumer. She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Media from Columbia College Chicago. Jessica lives and works from her studio in San Francisco, CA. Learn more about her work and company J.Hannah Co. at www.jhannahco.com

Registration required:  $85 / $75 UCBG Members

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Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Wellness Wednesdays: Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park
Oct
10
9:30 AM09:30

Wellness Wednesdays: Elemental Yoga with Eugenia Park

Come join Eugenia in reconnecting with our elemental bodies. 
In this unique outdoor yoga class, we will explore our inner landscapes through breath, movement and stillness, surrounded by acres of sensational gardens. 

Together, we will cleanse our eyes with lush greens, our ears with birdsong, our nose with fresh flowers and our skin with soft morning sunlight. 

Through our simple yet thorough yoga practice, we open up to experiencing greater alignment and balance in body-mind, a renewed sense of vitality and the benefits of a relaxed nervous system.

This class is for every body. No experience necessary. 
Bring yoga mat and/or blanket.

Eugenia is dedicated to facilitating greater embodied awareness and balanced body-mind health through Yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness practices and therapeutic bodywork. She trusts in the innate intelligence of the body to move towards healing and equilibrium when given enough kind attention and supportive space. 
In her classes and private sessions, she offers simple, effective and personalized practices to help reduce tension patterns in stuck areas of body and mind. As the patterns begin to unwind, there may be a renewed sense of wholeness, ease, grounded presence and natural rhythms falling back into place. 
More info at www.EugeniaPark.com

Registration recommended:  $15 / $10 UCBG Member, Free for UC Berkeley staff, students, and faculty

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Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Trees of the Garden
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

Trees of the Garden

Discover some the UC Botanical Garden's signature trees from around the world on this special docent-led walk. 

Free with admission; Registration suggested to guarantee a spot.

Registration recommended:  Free for Members or with Garden Admission

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Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Northern California Bats: Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals
Oct
7
11:30 AM11:30

Northern California Bats: Demystifying and Discovering these Amazing Animals

Come learn about our CA native bats with Director of NorCal Bats Corky Quirk. In her presentation, you will learn about the nature of bats and the importance of bats in our environment. We'll also discuss the harmful myths that surround these animals. Live bats will be presented for viewing and discussion. Seeing these small, almost cuddly creatures might forever change how you feel about these amazing mammals.

Registration required:  $15 Adult/ $10 Adult Member/ $5 Youth (ages 3-17)

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Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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Qigong with Director Eric Siegel
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Qigong (pronounced cheegong) is a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness. We will practice some standing meditation intended to help you feel and circulate qi (the Chinese word that describes life force), a set of exercises called “silk reeling” and some specific walking techniques that build balance, flexibility, and strength. No previous experience is required. People with disabilities are welcome, as we can adapt the exercises for sitting, supported standing or standing. Eric Siegel, in addition to being the Garden’s Director, has been practicing Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years.

Registration not required:  Free with Garden Admission

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7606

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Discovery Station: Seeds
Oct
3
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Station: Seeds

Most plants are rooted in place, which makes dispersing their fruits and seeds particularly important. Discover how plants have adapted to distribute their seeds using wind, water and animals to help the next generation flourish and spread. Meet the hitchhikers, helicopters, parachutes, and boats of the plant world!

Target audiences: All Audiences, Children

Open to audiences: All Audiences, Children

Event Contact: garden@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2755

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Wellness Wednesdays: Yoga Walk in the Garden
Oct
3
9:30 AM09:30

Wellness Wednesdays: Yoga Walk in the Garden

Experience the Garden in a whole new way as you reconnect with your body and with nature in this 60-minute yoga walk. Through gentle movements, standing poses, and breathing exercises, we will walk through the Garden paths, pause at vistas and groves, and awaken your senses. 

This class is open to all bodies and led by Eugenia Park, a yoga instructor-Ayurveda wellness counselor, mediator, and dancer. Eugenia is dedicated to facilitating greater embodied awareness and balanced body-mind health through Yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness practices and therapeutic bodywork. She trusts in the innate intelligence of the body to move towards healing and equilibrium when given enough kind attention and supportive space. 

In her classes and private sessions, she offers simple, effective and personalized practices to help reduce tension patterns in stuck areas of body and mind. As the patterns begin to unwind, there may be a renewed sense of wholeness, ease, grounded presence and natural rhythms falling back into place. More info at www.EugeniaPark.com.

Registration recommended:  $20 / $15 UCBG Member / Free for UCB Students, Staff, and Faculty

Registration info: Register online

Event Contact: gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

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