Food, Health, and Wellness

Reflective by nature. 

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

Feed your mind, body, and soul and learn something new by attending one of our Food, Health, and Wellness classes at BRIT. Come discover the connections between the botanical and culinary worlds, come learn new ways to achieve and maintain a healthful and balanced lifestyle, and best of all, come spend quality time on our beautiful garden campus located in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District.

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

Feed your mind, body, and soul and learn something new by attending one of our Food, Health, and Wellness classes at BRIT. Come discover the connections between the botanical and culinary worlds, come learn new ways to achieve and maintain a healthful and balanced lifestyle, and best of all, come spend quality time on our beautiful garden campus located in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District.

Current Events

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

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THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED; RESCHEDULED DATE TBA.

This six-week course is comprised of six sessions focusing on the practices of tai chi and qi gong. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art whose movements are structured, smooth, and continuous; it is philosophy in motion. It can be practiced for health purposes, self-defense, or to focus and calm the mind. Qi Gong is the ancient Chinese art of increasing the internal chi energy within the body. It fosters the development of an internal power to improve health, maintain youthfulness, age gracefully, and perfect mental powers. This practice opens your heart and connects your spirit. 

Instructor: Tamara Nishida began her karate instruction in 1998, attained her second degree black belt in 2003, and has studied tai chi since 2000. Currently she teaches tai chi and qi gong meditation at Genjikai Karate, Tai Chi & Qi Gong dojo. She has taught high school students, teachers, veterans, seniors, and athletes.   

Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2020 (9:30 - 10:30 am)

Registration Deadline: March 27        

$110/$100 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: No special supplies are necessary. Do wear comfortable clothing. 

Upcoming Events

All About Herbs: From Garden to Table

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Herbs are a great way to begin gardening, or to deepen your relationship with your garden and your food! Join Rita Hottel to learn about where and when to plant herbs, the requirements for growing healthy herbs, and how to use them for adding flavor and zest to our food.

Instructor: After becoming a Master Gardener in 2000, Rita Hottel quickly found her niche in herbs. She is currently the Lead Gardener of the Herb Garden at the Tarrant County Master Gardener Community / Education Garden. Even though she was trained in all aspects of gardening, herb gardening was the perfect compliment to her other hobby of cooking.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 30   

$35/$30 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: All materials are provided. 

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: April 30         

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG/BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Mindfulness Meditation

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Meeting the first Saturday of each month, our Mindfulness Meditation classes invite you to slow down, release the stresses of everyday life, and tune in to the serenity of the natural world. With plants all around, explore the grounds of BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as you learn mindfulness practices and techniques from meditation instructor Lisa November, M.A. Ed. Lisa leads her students in unique, hour-long mindfulness meditations, always attuned to the surrounding natural world. Classes often take place outdoors, weather permitting.   

Instructor: Lisa November is a meditation teacher based in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and her Master of Arts in Special Education-Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. She is a life-long teacher and learner and has been practicing mindfulness based meditation since 1996. Most recently, she has received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings in the Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien, Ordained Students of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh in August of 2019. She is also a student of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven heath and wellness program from the Oasis Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Saturday, June 6, 2020 (2 pm – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 4        

$10/$8 member

Location: FWBG/BRIT

Supplies: If you have a mat or cushion, you are welcome to bring it. 

Summer Date Nights

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Learn and connect, with the plant world and each other, at this 3-month adult summer class series! In June, create plant-based sushi and enjoy it with your special someone; learn the art of mounting plant specimens side-by-side in BRIT's world-renowned Herbarium in July; and make pinch pot planters together, led by a local ceramicist, in August. With refreshments at the start of each class, this fun, light summer series will engage your mind, enliven your creativity, and give you quality time with your sweetheart this summer. Each hands-on class is from 6 - 8 pm. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

Classes & Instructors:

  • June 11 Making (and Eating!) Plant-Based Sushi with Dixya Bhattarai, Registered Dietitian & Food and Nutrition Expert
  • July 9Exploring BRIT's Herbarium with Tiana Franklin Rehman, Herbarium Collections Manager
  • August 13Creating Pinch Pot Planters with Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Registration Deadline: June 5 

$165/$150 member for the series (couples must purchase all three classes; à la carte classes are not available)

Location: BRIT

Past Events