September 2014

Every Tuesday
10 to 11 a.m.
Free Meditation Hour
Meditation practitioner for over 20 years and clinical hypnosis therapist Henry Brown leads students through a one-hour journey inward every Tuesday in the Butterfly room. Meditation is a natural state of mind that brings balance to the bodily systems. There are techniques which have been used for millennium which allow us to achieve this wonderful state in a short time. Those who attend meditation sessions regularly will quickly learn to practice these techniques and reach a meditative state to reduce stress, increase memory, improve physical health and mental awareness. These group meditations include individual instruction to assist attendees to meditate and reach a comfortable personal level of relaxation. These sessions are free for everyone to attend. Donations from non-Garden members are encouraged.

Every Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation indoors (during the summer months) in the Butterfly Room. Instructor Terra-Nova (RYT) brings a different theme to class each week that prepares you mentally for the rest of your day, and the rest of your life. Terra-Nova trained at the South Beach Green Monkey yoga studio where she studied a wide variety of yoga forms and philosophies from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Kundalini. Students of all experiences and levels are invited to pursue a higher state of consciousness and refresh the mind and body. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.

Every Monday starting September 8
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Garden Yoga
This spin-off of our Wednesday yoga classes incorporates themes of ecology and the natural world into the poses and breath work of a hatha-based yoga class in a beautiful outdoor setting. Get a workout and a botany lesson at the same time. Did you know that Buddha became enlightened sitting under a ficus tree? Meditate under our Ficus benjamina and discover your own purpose for being. This class is accessible to all skill levels, and is taught by Terra-Nova (RYT). All donations given at this class support the Garden. Suggested donation $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.

Every Monday starting September 8
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Tai Chi with Master Arthur Rosenfeld
All levels are welcome to learn the ancient Chinese art of tai chi from the only westerner recognized by the Chinese government as an ordained Taoist Monk. Master Arthur Rosenfeld also hosts the national public television show, Longevity Tai Chi and writes for the Huffington Post. This authentic, traditional and original class will reduce stress, increase flexibility, strengthen your core, tone your body, quiet the mind and much more. $25/class. Visit Arthur's website here for more info.

Saturday, September 6
10 a.m. to noon
Free Saturday Seminar: Kitchen Gardening
Learn the basics of starting your own edible garden and prepping existing food gardens for the vegetable season. This is a free talk given by Les Dames d'Escoffier member Julie Petrella Arch. Julie is the executive director of the edible community garden at Merrick House in Coral Gables and will tell you how you can have tastier, fresher and healthier food in your kitchen this year no matter what your experience level or space restrictions. After the presentation, get your hands dirty with Miami Beach Garden Club President, Cindy Hill, who will be leading a practical seed-planting activity covering the very basics and building blocks of gardening. 

September 7, 13 and 14
5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Free theater performance: Dying City
Dying City is an original play by Christopher Shinn, following a young therapist a year after her husband's death, when she is confronted by his twin brother who she has been avoiding. 

The Washington Post calls the play "A low-simmering psychological mystery, the sort of sophisticated evening that comes to a satisfying end without the burden of a thorough explanation."

This free community theater performance is presented by the non-profit theater group, Ground Up & Rising, who describe their vision as "talking to their audience, where so many choose to preach." Showtimes are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, Saturday September 13 and Sunday the 14.

Thursday, September 11
6 to 8 p.m.
Plant to Plate: Cooking with Roots
Parsnips and carrots and ginger, oh my! This workshop will get you cooking with roots from your edible garden. Catherine Lucas of Les Dames d'Escoffier will be leading the class and show you three easy recipes with ingredients that come from beneath the earth. Learn knife skills, plant lore, and sample some delicious dishes. Click here for more information and to register. Limited space available.

Sunday September 21
1 to 5 p.m.
Frozen Music: Picnic 5
Frozen Music is an ensemble that performs electronic sound installations that blend into, and interact with, the natural environment in outdoor spaces. It features sound artists David Dunn, Rene Barge and Gustavo Matamoros. This fifth version of their sound installation piece will feature an electronic sound environment that behaves as natural as the calls of birds, insects and amphibians found in the Everglades. These sounds surround the audience from four discrete cardinal points. Visitors are invited to bring their own blankets and food baskets to set up picnics on the lawn and experience this unique audio-art among the backdrop of the Garden. This performance is a partnership between Miami Beach Botanical Garden and SFCA [] and is possible with the support of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Culture Builds of Florida, and the Cultural Arts Department of the City of Miami Beach.

Sunday, September 21 through Saturday, September 27
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inspirations from Paris by Elaine Marie Austin
This exhibit takes the viewer on the creative journey that the artist experienced during a trip to Claude Monet's garden in northern France. Viewers will be inspired to discuss among themselves the artist's message about the importance of eco tourism as a viable means for habitat and historic building preservation from French gardens to the Florida Everglades.

Impressionism, Art Deco, symbolism, and Surrealism are all motifs expressed through imagery found in Austin's paintings, as well as in narratives that go hand in hand with the art.

A free and open-to-the-public reception will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. This reception includes a special spoken word event, titled "Lessons from a Plant". Everyone is welcome to come meet the artist and experience art through both sight and sound. 

Sunday, September 21
3 to 5 p.m.
World Peace Day Ceremony
Amidst the chaos of the world today, join us for a celebration of the international day of peace. Gather at the peace pole in the Garden for fellowship, music, refreshments, and recognition of some of the organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to promoting peace locally during the past year. This free event is made possible through the Miami Beach Community Relations Board.

Saturday, September 27
6 to 11 p.m.
Surfrider Movie Night Fundraiser
Bring your own reusable cup to this plastic-free "surf-raiser" featuring the new surf film, I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night. Fill that cup with beer or wine, nosh on food truck treats, and listen to live surf rock music by Agents of Aku Aku. Enjoy great raffle prizes and awesome ocean karma vibes. If you forget your reusable cup, Surfrider will have stainless steel Klean Kanteens available for purchase. Funds raised go toward Surfrider's relentless protection of our oceans, waves and beaches for the enjoyment of all.