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Sensory Series

Get Back to Our Senses

Mounts Botanical is launching 2021 with two new, outdoor series, each running weekly for 5 weeks. Let’s get back to our senses!

Series 1: Invigorating Body Flex (Thursdays, 1/28-2/25)

Come raise your energy level, work on your balance, strengthen muscles and core while having fun in our beautiful surroundings. Find joy in getting out and moving your body in a safe environment. Each week we will be in a different part of the Garden.

Body Flex classes will be led by certified fitness/yoga instructor, Hegina Rodrigues.

The benefits of Body Flex low impact aerobic exercises:

  • Safe and effective for increasing range of motion with low impact, entire body movement
  • Alleviates stress and pressure on your joints
  • Focuses on balance and stretching while bringing awareness to the breath
  • Engages the brain and boosts your overall energy

Series Details:

  • Classes are each 45 minutes.
  • Held on Thursdays at 9:00 am, January 28th through February 25th.
  • Designed for adults of any age and level of ability.
  • Limit of 10 people per class; participants will be spaced for social distancing.
  • Wear sneakers or good walking shoes and bring water.
  • Chairs will be available.
  • Rain location is the Portico in the Hutcheson Agricultural Complex.
  • Classes are $15 each, which includes full Garden admission.

About Hegina Rodrigues:

Hegina has a background in dance and has been teaching fitness and yoga for decades. While certified in several types of yoga in the US, Brazil, Nepal and India, she enjoys teaching a variety of styles and is not limited to one type.  Her classes vary according to place and audience keeping the classes interesting, safe and fun for all abilities. She has developed her own movement and breath combinations, creating a low impact way to raise energy, improve  balance, strength and flexibility.

Series 2: Get Back to Our Senses Guided Walks (Fridays, 1/29-2/26)

Come reconnect with nature and your inner self with these delightful sensory walks. Each week will offer a different experience to engage your senses. Guided Walks will be led by Special Projects Manager, April Krebs unless otherwise noted.

Series Details:

  • Guided Walks are each one hour, with a new theme each week.
  • Held on Fridays at 12:00 pm, January 29th through February 26th.
  • For adults only.
  • Limit of 10 people per class.
  • Wear sneakers or good walking shoes and bring water.
  • Guided Walks are priced individually (see below) and include full Garden admission.

January 29: Guided Meditative Walk
$12 nonmembers; $5 members
We begin this series with a peaceful walk designed to quiet your mind, boost your mood and bring awareness to your environment and your body. As you walk through the Garden, your Guide will give you prompts to help you engage your body, mind and spirit.

February 5: Inspired Listening
$12 nonmembers; $5 members
Spending too much time looking at a screen? Feeling closed in and need to disconnect from your electronics? Come walk with us for an hour to reconnect with nature and experience the calming beauty of the Garden. This tour focuses on taking the time to really listen and be aware of nature’s sounds. From trees and Bamboo… to water, insects and birds… you’ll discover the many Garden sounds that are often overlooked!

February 12: An Eye for Capturing Portraits and Selfies
$24 (admits 2 people) for nonmembers; $10 (admits 2 people) for members
How many times have you been somewhere really beautiful, but had no one to take your photo? This Guided Walk for couples and friends will feature some fun ways to capture an engaging portrait or selfie.  This walk will be led by local portrait photographer, Steve Horan, who will share his creative process on how to use the landscape, Garden features and natural light to take better selfies and photos of your loved ones. Bring your camera or your phone!

Steve Horan’s training as a photographer led him to work in many genres, but his main focus for the last ten years has been creating portraits of people set in the natural world.

Steve’s book, “People of Yellowstone” showcases over 85 portraits of those who make Yellowstone National Park the center of their lives. The portrait’s settings range from swamps to mountaintops and from dawn to dusk, as Steve worked with each person to find the perfect place and time of day for their photo shoot. The book and portraits have won awards and been featured in national and local publications. Steve has had many gallery exhibitions of his work in the United States and Canada. He is currently working on a series of candid portraits: “Urban & Ocean” set in downtown Toronto, Canada and Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Follow Steve on Instagram @horan.steve.

February 19: Touch-Me-Not Cactus and Succulents
$15 nonmembers; $5 members
Join us for a walk in the sun to learn about cactus and succulents! These popular plants often have prickles or spines that keep us from touching them. Their spines have another important function too, which is to condense moisture. Want to know more secrets about these amazing plants? We’ll start off in the Sun Garden of Extremes and end up in the Mounts Botanical Nursery, where you will be able to plant your own succulent baby to take home.

February 26: Aroma Therapy and Edible Plants
$15 nonmembers; $5 members
Did you know all Lavender is not really true Lavender?  What is an essential oil? Can different scents affect your mood? Let’s brush up on our aromatics and learn some fascinating facts about the history of these wonderful, useful plants. We will take a quiet, meditative walk and learn about edible aromatics, such as Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme. At the end of the walk, you’ll be able to make a small aroma therapy charm to take home.

Registration and Tickets

To register for Body Flex Classes or to purchase Guided Garden Walk tickets, please CLICK to be re-directed to the event calendar.  Then select your date.

Your Safety is our Priority

  • We are gradually adding reduced capacity, in-person events and programs to our calendar.
  • Face coverings are required for all participants at in-person events and programs.
  • Individuals at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (including older adults and vulnerable people of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions) should avoid in-person events and gatherings at this time.