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Gardening and Mindfulness

May 05, 2019 (All day) to May 09, 2019 (All day)

The Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA, and Berkshire Botanical Garden

Berkshire Botanical Garden is proud to partner with The Kripalu Center to offer a unique exploration of the intersection of gardening activities and mindfulness practice. For anyone who has created a home garden or tilled the soil, whether in a plot or a container, the meditative qualities of gardening are naturally evident. You often find yourself connected to the present moment, senses engaged directly with the earth, lost in the calming act of planting and cultivating.

In this program, you will experience: daily workshops on basic gardening skills, walking tours of the Kripalu campus and Berkshire Botanical Garden, meditation classes focused on mindfulness practices and how to apply them at home, gentle group yoga and movement sessions. Led by Jurian Hughes, the garden component of this program will be led by BBG instructors Chris Wellens and Jenna O’Brien.

Join us to discover a whole new way to practice this ancient and joyous activity!

Jurian Hughes, MFA, E-RYT 500, a faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than 10 years, is cofounder of A Wild Life Sanctuary, a rewilding program for humans; a Let Your Yoga Dance® trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful, and eloquent teaching style. A graduate of Williams College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a two-decade professional theatre career, Jurian leads retreats and trainings around the world that foster creativity, self-esteem, and joy through yoga, dance, voice, and play.

Chris Wellens is the Director of Education at BBG and teaches on a wide variety of topics involving the environment, gardening, beekeeping, and agriculture.

Jenna O'Brien, owner and founder of Viridissima Horticulture & Design since 2003, has been working in Berkshire gardens for over 20 years. Jenna specializes in container gardening, perennial garden design and care, and estate garden and conservatory management.

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