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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.

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Aug. 26 / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert's bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leather. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 10:30AM   WAIT LIST

Rice Made Easy
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Sept. 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Rice is a very versatile grain. There are many types of rice and many different way of cooking it. Using three different varieties of rice, Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates how to make pea and parmesan risotto, Chinese fried rice, wild rice salad and rice pudding with caramel apples using arborio, wild and white rice. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

The Art of Mole
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Sept. 9 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to make mole from scratch with Chef Maria Cano as she toasts chilies, whole spices and other fresh ingredients, then simmers them into flavorful mole poblano. Taste the diversity of moles, including mole dulce, pipian rojo and mole verde. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 9, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Essential Oils
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / September 10 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz for a fun and relaxing afternoon workshop on essential oils! Discover what an essential oil is, how they work, and how best to use them. In this introductory class, discuss and smell six different essential oils and make your own aromatherapy spritzer to take home for peace and clarity. Felicia is a certified holistic aromatherapist, who blends her indigenous wisdom with modern modalities such as aromatherapy and creating blends useful for everyday living. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 10, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Savor Spain
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Sept. 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Spain is home to one of the world's most diverse and enchanting cuisines that includes crowd-pleasing favorites like tapas and paella. In this class, discover a rustic menu of Spanish fare such as the classic dishes of paella, gazpacho and tortilla Española. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

French Tarts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Sept. 16 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Come experience a culinary afternoon in French baking with natural foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Learn how to prepare sweet and savory French tarts using fresh, seasonal produce. Conquer your fear of making tart dough from scratch with tips and techniques on making the perfect crust. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

All About Honey
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Discover how honey can be used for more than just a touch of added sweetness in your culinary creations with Chef Monica O'Brien. Learn how to make citrus salad with orange-blossom honey vinaigrette, and honey and miso-glazed salmon filet. Experience the delightful taste of roasted red bliss potatoes with gorgonzola, pecans and honey drizzled on top. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

One-Pot Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Dining out can be unhealthy and expensive, but you don't need to work hard for simple, delicious meals at home. Chef Jason Wyrick, a busy chef and father, teaches you the art of making hearty, healthy one-pot meals that freeze well and make great leftovers. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Curious About Curry
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Sept. 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Curry dishes are a favorite in Indian cuisine, with deep and savory flavors coming from aromatic spice blends. Learn the secrets of how to create healthy and delicious North and South Indian curries using a blend of fragrant spices, nuts and fruits. To finish, calm your taste buds by learning how to prepare kheer, a simple sweet dish made using milk and basmati rice, garnished with nuts, spices or raisins. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

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 Labor Day. Each package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires Sept. 4. Programs may be purchased at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays / Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 and 14 / 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 Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 8:15AM - 9:15AM   OPEN

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 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.

Package Deal - Seasonal Cooking
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 20% discount.

Offer expires Sept. 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Southwest Fall Flavors
Tuesday / Oct. 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor to your fall dinners with Southwestern cooking inspiration. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates quinoa and goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, roasted turkey breast with dried cherry salsa, chorizo and cornbread dressing, and flourless chocolate cake with cherry-chipotle whipped cream. This menu is sure to add flair to your fall table. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Southwest-Inspired Desserts
Tuesday / Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Pumpkin pie is a tradition at holiday meals, but sometimes it is nice to try something new with foods inspired by the southwest. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates dessert recipes that inspire your cooking and honors the classic southwest dishes and flavors. With so many unique and decadent options, your desserts will shine. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Southwest Fall Flavors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor to your fall dinners with Southwestern cooking inspiration. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates quinoa and goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, roasted turkey breast with dried cherry salsa, chorizo and cornbread dressing, and flourless chocolate cake with cherry-chipotle whipped cream. This menu is sure to add flair to your fall table. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Southwest-Inspired Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pumpkin pie is a tradition at holiday meals, but sometimes it is nice to try something new with foods inspired by the southwest. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates dessert recipes that inspire your cooking and honors the classic southwest dishes and flavors. With so many unique and decadent options, your desserts will shine. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

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 Labor Day. Each package includes seven sessions.

Wednesdays / Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15 / 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 Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM   OPEN

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.

Southwest Botanicals
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Be inspired by native botanicals and learn how to blend your very own aromatic spritzers and body scrubs. Use desert sage, piÃÆ'Ã'±on, juniper and more to make your very own personally blended southwest aromatic spritzer. All materials included. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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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.

Healthy Beans
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Natural foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz teaches the basics of preparing beans as a wonderful way to add high quality, plant-based protein to your diet. Learn soaking, pureeing, sprouting and cooking methods on how to prepare beans efficiently and deliciously. Eating a diet rich in beans provides high amounts of iron, B vitamins and fiber, and can be prepared in many versatile dishes. This class is demonstration only. Recipes demonstrated are vegan and gluten free. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Cooking for the Week
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cooking a home-prepared meal is a positive step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Culinary planning is essential in preparing different meals that will last the week. Join chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she shares great tips and recipes on how to create healthful meals for the week, with the bulk of your preparation done in one day. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 10 a.m. - 12 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 Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Healthy Casseroles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Casseroles make a great weeknight dinner or the perfect dish to bring for a friendly gathering. Learn how to lighten up your favorite casseroles without sacrificing flavor. From baked pastas to chicken and vegetables, these easy, make-ahead recipes can be frozen and served fresh when you are ready without spending lots of time in the kitchen or leave you feeling guilty for the second helping! This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Spices
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz on a world tour of international spices. In this class, taste aromatic spice blends from around the globe, and learn to create your own blends. Plus, discover how to properly toast and grind spices to build flavor profiles to include in your culinary world. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Garlic Glory
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join chef Jason Wyrick as he demonstrates a host of recipes using garlic, the health-boosting wonder food. Whether you love garlic for its health benefits, culinary tradition or simply its taste, this class will make you love it even more! This class is demonstration only. Recipes demonstrated are vegan. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Body Butters and Scrubs
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / Dec. 9 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

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.