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Wednesday, June 19

2:00pm EDT

Berkshire Botanical Gardens Presents: Designing an Easy-Care Garden
Every garden requires care, yet if you start off on the right foot by learning some simple techniques, your gardening efforts can be very rewarding. Learn how Jenna designs her gardens to be less labor intensive, using techniques from over 20 years as a professional organic perennial and container gardener in the Berkshires.

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Jenna O'Brien

Jenna O'Brien, a Berkshire native, is owner and founder of Viridissima Horticulture & Design since 2003. Jenna 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 m... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Thursday, June 20

9:00am EDT

Mindful Looking: Exploring the Visual Narrative in Norman Rockwell’s Art
This special program invites deep engagement with original works of art through a variety of in-gallery and outdoor experiences inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell and other noted artists. Drawing as a tool for seeing, writing as a means of self-reflection, and hands-on experiences that inspire close and mindful looking will engage the senses and spur creativity. Materials are provided, an interest in experimentation and deep engagement with art is all that is required.

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Stephanie Haboush Plunkett

Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the deputy director and chief curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. The curator of many exhibitions relating to the art of illustration—including Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol; Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World; Roz Chast: Cartoon... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

2:00pm EDT

Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir
If you have ever thought of writing a memoir, have one in the works, or even just want to write stories from your life for fun, this workshop is for you! Jennifer, a gifted teacher and author coach specializing in memoir, offers a unique framework that provides multiple entry points for exploring your life story, using the four elements as metaphors; Earth, the childhood ground of our being; Water, the social flow we enter as teenagers; Fire, the passions and challenges in every life story; and Air, our own constant commentary on our lived experience. This workshop, based on Jennifer's award-winning writer's guide, will get your creative juices flowing in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.

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Jennifer Browdy, PhD

Jennifer Browdy, PhD, is a professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock, with a special interest in global women's writing and memoir. Her own memoir, What I forgot...and Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

7:30pm EDT

Scarlet Letters: Writers of the Berkshires
The Berkshire region has long been an enticing place for writers. Learn about four prominent authors who lived and wrote nearby: W.E.B. Du Bois (of Great Barrington), Nathaniel Hawthorne (of Stockbridge), Herman Melville (of Pittsfield), and Edith Wharton (of Lenox). In this informal writing workshop, we’ll read brief excerpts from the authors, consider their ties to the area, and try some brief writing exercises of our own. No prior writing experience necessary.

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Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Friday, June 21

2:00pm EDT

Make Your Own Mala
Pour your own love and intention into a mala bracelet that you make with your own hands in this workshop. Join Allison Gemmel Laframboise, the creator of Prasada Jewelry and longtime Kripalu Yoga Teacher, as you learn how the process of creating your own mala is a powerful meditation in itself. You will also learn about the history of mala beads and how to use them for meditation once they are complete. This is sure to be the most sacred piece of jewelry you own!

Pre-registration will open at the Front Desk on Wednesday, June 19th and required to attend this workshop.

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Allison Gemmel Laframboise

Allison Gemmel Laframboise is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who thrives on sharing drumming and yoga with others. With her husband, Shaun Laframboise, she leads retreats, drum circles, and workshops throughout the Northeast. Shaun and Allison are cofounders of Handsdown Productions and members... Read More →

Friday June 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT