Our current selection of Wellness classes and workshops for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Introduction to Meditation

with Jeff Matranga and Jeri Wilson
Sunday, June 3
10:30 a.m. – noon

Explore meditation and mindfulness in a beautiful setting. Join us to learn how daily practice can transform your physical, mental and spiritual health while learning how to initiate and cultivate your own meditation practice. Please bring a cushion to sit on and a blanket (chairs will be available if needed). Come prepared to sit outside. To register, call 872-4102 or visit www.mainegeneral.coursestorm.com. Co-sponsored with MaineGeneral Health Prevention and Healthy Living.

Shinrin-yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing

with Tracey Hall
Thursday, June 7
9 – 11 a.m.

Discover the health-boosting benefits of moving slowly and mindfully through the forest. This guided walk consists of a series of invitations to slow down and open the senses while interacting with the natural world. Enhance your health, wellness, and happiness during this easy walk that covers less than one mile in two hours.

Gardening with Ease

with Irene Brady Barber
Saturday, June 30
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Landscape Designer and Horticultural Therapist Irene Brady Barber will unveil opportunities and strategies designed to help you get the most out of gardening without hurting your body. She’ll cover many of the tricks, materials, equipment and design strategies that can extend everyone’s enjoyment and ability to garden through physical challenges, long into the years ahead. A large portion of class instruction will occur in the outdoor Therapeutic Horticulture learning classroom within the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, where Irene will identify and demonstrate ergonomic tools and features that enable gardening with ease.

What is Horticultural Therapy?

with Irene Brady Barber and Members of Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network
Saturday, August 11
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

A special program within the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses engages people of all abilities, giving them a chance to nurture plants and, in turn, to nurture their own wellbeing. Horticultural Therapy is a holistic practice that employs and stimulates all five senses while motivating intellectual and physical activity and supporting emotional stability. Officially, Horticultural Therapy is administered by a trained therapist who works with other clinical therapists to identify areas for improvement and develop a treatment plan geared toward accomplishing patients’ personal goals. In this luncheon, panel discussion and tour, you will hear from a regional assortment of trained Horticultural Therapists and learn how, where, when, why and for whom they apply Horticultural Therapy (HT). While this introductory session is perfect for those who work as healthcare and wellness practitioners, in special education or vocational rehabilitation, anyone interested in learning how HT can be integrated into their current practice is welcome.

Yoga En Plein Air

with Amy Holt
Saturday, August 18
9 – 11 a.m.

Immerse yourself in this restorative, informative yoga class set in an accessible and quiet corner nook of the Woodland Garden. In this holistic, open-air and gently active class, licensed yoga instructor Amy Holt will guide you through yoga’s key principles and techniques. Please join her to greet the day with breath and movement, followed by a cup of tea accompanied by further discussion, questions, and answers.