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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Asian healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tamales exemplify the culture and tradition that shaped modern Mexican cuisine. To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of family gatherings and fall in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare the delicious masa, meats and sauces that bring tamales to life. This class is demonstration only. No vegetarian option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017 - Session B: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Body Butters and Scrubs
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Learn about the different types of oils that create luxurious creamy body lotions, scrubs and butters. In this class, create personalized body butters, lotions and scrubs with hands-on instruction using various natural ingredients. Learn how to package them for gifts and create unique tags just in time for the holidays. Take away recipes for different natural and preservative-free butters, scrubs and lotions so you can replicate these spa treats at home. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

Natural Candles
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Jan. 6 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In this class, Lynn Reves will show you basic candle making techniques using beeswax. Then, design your one-of-kind candle using a variety of molds or use various vessels such as a vintage teacup to create your candle. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Simple Smoothies
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Jan. 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Reboot your metabolism and flood your body with more of the nutrients it needs. Blending smoothies is an easy way to pack more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Registered dietician Sara Korzeniewski will share some of her favorite recipes as she demonstrates the ABC's of making more nutritious drinks. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Package Deal: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all classes in this series by the New Year. Each package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires Jan 1. Programs may be purchased at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays / Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20 / 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 8:15AM - 9:15AM   COMING SOON

Gluten-free Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gluten-free does not have to mean going without. Just because you may not want gluten in your diet does not mean you cannot have amazing, fresh, lush desserts. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her favorite gluten-free desserts from around the world. The next time someone tells you that dessert starts and stops with cake or cookies, you can tell them to think again! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Package Deal: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all classes in this series by the New Year. Each package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays / Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 / 6 - 7 p.m.

Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:00PM - 7:00PM   COMING SOON

Caldos Y Cocidos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time to eat caldo de pollo or chicken soup and cocido de res, Mexican beef soup. Learn quick and easy techniques with Chef Maria Cano to create the perfect base for these soups. These hearty soups will comfort you during the winter season and beyond. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Just as the body needs exercise, brains need a workout too. Recent studies suggest that "use it or lose it" is good advice for brain fitness, but crossword puzzles and computer games are not enough for those who aim to stay sharp and age well. This class offers proven brain-training strategies to boost memory, motivation and vitality. Focus on five key brain areas that need exercise and the fun and fulfilling activities that work them. Leave the program with a Personal Neuroplasticity Plan to help your brain get better with age. Class includes a copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking with Winter Vegetables
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Jan. 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enrich your dishes by including winter vegetables into your recipes. Vegetables add texture, crunch and flavor to your salads, sides and main dishes, but also are packed with nutrition. Chef Maggie Norris will prepare delicious recipes that are easy to make that will make these seasonal stars shine. Recipes include creamed collard greens, kale and farro salad with avocado, Kung Pao brussel sprouts and whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar pecan topping.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - A Taste of Asia
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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Package Deal: Purchase Asian Noodles and Flavors of Southeast Asia as a package by the New Year and receive a 20 percent discount. Both classes for only:

Offer expires Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability.


Asian Noodles
Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Build your noodle knowledge with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz with this tasty class on fresh and dried Asian noodles. Learn how to prepare quick and easy dishes that are satisfying and healthful. You will take away how and where to buy noodles and how to create your noodle dishes in your kitchen. She will be preparing some delicious cool weather dishes with lots of fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, eggs and more! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Sunday / Jan. 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz demonstrates dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Sample Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Asian Noodles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Build your noodle knowledge with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz with this tasty class on fresh and dried Asian noodles. Learn how to prepare quick and easy dishes that are satisfying and healthful. You will take away how and where to buy noodles and how to create your noodle dishes in your kitchen. She will be preparing some delicious cool weather dishes with lots of fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, eggs and more! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will be preparing dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. Watch Chef Ruiz whip up Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney, then taste them all! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Fermented
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Jan. 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in this unique class on fermentation. Fermentation, the same practice that gives yogurt its tartness and bread its rise, actually increases vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. This class will teach you how easy it is to create foods that enhance immunity and increase digestion. Felicia will demonstrate how to prepare fermented foods at home such as her colorful purple sauerkraut. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Posole
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the diversity of posole, a staple stew-like meal of many Southwestern cultures. Chef Maria Cano will lead an exciting, informative and flavorful demonstration of the regional variations of this signature dish of the Southwest. From spicy to mild, there will be a style for everyone to enjoy. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Cozy Comfort Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Jan. 27 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The colder winter months are the perfect time to learn a few twists on some old classics! Join Maggie Norris as she shares comfort food with a gourmet flair, including whipped feta and heirloom tomato crostini, truffle mashed potatoes, and a hearty but healthy meatloaf. Then learn to finish the meal with a decadent dark chocolate s'mores pudding. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Healing Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Not only does food have the ability to do damage, but it also has the ability to support our body in its natural healing processes. Learn how to prepare some of the life-giving foods that our body needs to thrive and begin removing inflammation-causing foods, like gluten and sugar. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 31, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Cooking 101: Fundamentals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Feb. 3 / 1 - 3 p.m.

This introductory cooking class covers a variety of basic, easy-to-master techniques, perfect for anyone who needs a little help in the kitchen. Teresa Hansen demonstrates the fundamentals of making soup from scratch, crafting a simple vinaigrette and finishing with decadent chocolate mousse. Learn new skills and techniques to become a confident chef. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Food From My Ancestors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Experience the world of Native American food and culture with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. She will share with you delicious dishes that have been prepared by her family for generations such as a savory blue corn posole, the most treasured grain of the Pueblo people. Participants will also sample Chimayo red chile and traditional greenthread tea. Demonstrated recipes are vegetarian. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Introduction to Southwest Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Feb. 10 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Southwest traditional cuisine is unique and iconic, using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Learn how to make traditional dishes such as Mexican rice, fresh beans, nopales, basic salsas and other Mexican kitchen staples. This class will cover tricks in the kitchen that allow for quick and easy meals. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

In this class, you will discover the best herbs to create intoxicating flavor profiles in fresh and simmering dishes alike. You will also learn which herbs are best paired with other foods to bring out hidden depths of flavor. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 11, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

World of Chocolate
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday / Feb. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique chocolate experience with Zak's Chocolate, a local chocolatier. Explore the world of craft chocolate where you will learn about differences in cocoa beans from different regions. Feel the passion of chocolate in a guided tasting and chocolate-making demonstration. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Savvy Cooking with Citrus
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Feb. 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Citrus adds a bright flavor to many dishes. Learn how to use citrus picked straight from your garden or locally grown. Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in the kitchen to discover how to use your citrus harvest and the tips on how to add the juice, flesh and zest to jazz up your dishes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Fun Foods for Kids
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how you can prepare easy and fun foods for children that will get them to eat their vegetables and proteins. We will demonstrate simple and quick dishes that you can make with kids and how to create fun food ideas. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Sara Korzeniewski. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.