Wellness and Fitness

Breathe…relax…and simplify your life with your wellness partner, the Chicago Botanic Garden, on your journey toward feeding your mind, body, and soul. With a holistic approach, we offer programming developed to help you attain or maintain a balanced lifestyle. Warm and friendly instructors combine standard and progressive methods to deliver uplifting classes for people of all ages and abilities. Together we’ll help you fight stress, strengthen your mind and body, and feel rejuvenated. We invite you to sign up for a class and explore the 385-acre gym and classroom also known as the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Fitness Walks Walking is a great cardiovascular workout for all fitness levels. Maximize the benefits of walking for exercise by learning about proper posture, muscle strengthening, and stretching. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club, offering fresh air and a place where beautiful scenery changes weekly. Classes are conducted in the Regenstein Center courtyard during inclement weather. All fitness levels are accommodated. Dress for the weather; wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. A water bottle will help keep you refreshed.

Tai Chi Tai chi’s fluid movements make the Chicago Botanic Garden an ideal location for classes. People of all ages and physical conditions can learn these movements. Tai chi is best practiced in loose clothing and stocking feet or comfortable flat shoes. Dress for the weather as class may be held outside when weather allows.

Yoga Yoga is an ancient practice that unites body, mind, and spirit. All are welcome. For all sessions, wear comfortable clothing (sweats, shorts, or yoga pants) with socks or bare feet. Yoga mats are required. It is also suggested that you bring a towel with you, as well as a sweatshirt for cool-down. On occasion, when weather permits, class will occur outdoors in one of the beautiful areas of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Natural Home and Beauty Products Workshop

  • Start Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:00am

Gentle Yoga

  • Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

Yoga Flow Intermediate

  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Yoga Flow Beginner

  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Transitioning to a Real Food Lifestyle

  • Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:00am

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9:30am
  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 9:30am

Introductory Yoga

  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 5:30pm
  • Start Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Fast Ferments Optional Fermentation Beginner's Kit

  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:00am

Fast Ferments

  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:00am

Traditional Healing Bone Broth

  • Start Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 1:00pm

Tai Chi: Intermediate Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Advanced Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:15am
  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 9:15am

Tai Chi: Advanced Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Start Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00am

Tai Chi: Intermediate Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:15am
  • Start Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:15am

Winter Meditation Walk

  • Start Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:00am

Meditation on the Orchid

  • Start Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 8:00am

Yoga Master Class

  • Start Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00am
  • Start Date: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Sun-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 8:00am

Tai Chi For Beginners: Yang-Style

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 9:15am

Allergy 101: Peanut Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free-Oh My!

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:00am

Allergy 102: Taking Food Allergies on the Road!

  • Start Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:30am

Curious About Detoxing?

  • Start Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Fitness Walks: 4 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 8 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 12 Sessions

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Fitness Walks: 1 Session

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am

Meditation Walk: The Cycles of Life

  • Start Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 8:00am