Have you ever wondered how great yoga is outside? Do you enjoy yoga but can’t afford DC prices? Are you interested in yoga but haven’t found your style or teacher in DC yet?
Do you wish you had better mobility, stronger lungs and more relaxation in your life? Do you feel like joining a bunch of amazing people every Sunday morning at a beautiful place to try out a variety of yoga styles and teachers?
If you said yes to any of these questions, please check out Wangari Gardens for the outdoor summer yoga sessions.
Time: 9-10am every Sunday this summer
Cost: These yoga sessions are free and open to anyone. The teachers are donating they’re time so we’re asking for a $5 donation if you can pay. Please come regardless.
Mats: We have limited free yoga mats to use. Please bring your own if possible.
Location: Wangari Gardens is located at Kenyon and Park Pl NW intersection. Please respect our neighbors and the few parking places they have by avoiding parking on Park Pl. Meet us at our outdoor classroom area. Thanks!
RSVP: RSVP is not required but will help us plan, and you’ll get an email heads up. Please RSVP at email@example.com
6/1/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
6/8/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
6/15/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
6/22/2014 Sihnuu Hetep Vinyasa Flow
6/29/2014 Elizabeth Kanter Gentle Yoga
7/6/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
7/13/2014 Yael Flusberg Gentle Yoga
7/20/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
7/27/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/3/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/10/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
8/17/2014 April Rameé Hatha Yoga
8/24/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
8/31/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/7/2014 Zsudayka Nzinga Kemetic Yoga*
9/14/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/21/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
9/28/2014 Ally Shutty Hatha Yoga
* Children are encouraged to come
Yoga Teacher Bios
Ally has taught yoga outreach programs since 2010 in the place she feels most authentic, the inner city. Teaching in under served communities, Ally brings yoga to communities where yoga is not easily accessible and teaches in a style that is gentle, compassionate, and honoring. Her students are diverse and are often dealing with defeat, struggle, and loss but have found their way out of the depths. Ally feels that her students are the real teachers and has a large following in the Benning Road neighborhood of DC. She uses the mat as a tool to deal with life in a creative and compassionate way. Through her yoga, Ally teaches her students to be the change they wish to see in their community and the world.
Based out of Washington D.C., April Rameé (200-RYT) is a modern-day Renaissance Woman. April has always possessed a deep love for every type of dance form and is extraordinarily passionate about healing with herbs, travel, music, and mathematics. After spending seven years studying several different yoga disciplines, she found her natural niche in traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga. Trained under Anjali Sunita at Baltimore Yoga Village, April discovered the absolute truth that accompanies the ability to harness the genuine spirit of love and healing. In addition to her extensive yoga training, April is a clinical herbalist with a dedicated connection to Mother Earth and healing with plants. April has also been performing for seven years and is skilled in the art of performing with live flames. April navigates life with one key intention—to spread love and the healing energy of the universe via yoga, herbs, dance and all other forms of spiritual physical activity.
Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, E-RYT200, RYT500 and certified yoga therapist, believes that everybody – and every body – can practice yoga and receive its benefits. Her therapeutic approach addresses the whole person: immune system, nervous system, emotional and mental well-being, postural alignment, breath, vitality, and self-awareness. She has worked with 9-to-5-ers at offices and conferences, with people with cancer at hospitals and retreats, with trauma survivors and human trafficking survivors through nonprofits, and with people with auto-immune diseases and mobility challenges at yoga studios. Her instruction supports each individual as they work toward their goals in finding greater ease and presence in body, breath, and mind. Her Gentle Yoga classes incorporate awareness, mindful therapeutic movement, healing breath, and a delicious guided relaxation.
Sihnuu is a lover of life, laughter and movement in all of its forms. She interlaces yoga into every aspect of her life and encourages others to do the same by exploring open dialogue with their bodies on the mat. Sihnuu holds two 200hr certifications through Yoga Alliance and has participated in many yoga trainings to deepen her practice. Throughout her time in training she has been able to find her yoga voice and now as an instructor hopes to share her experience with others. She currently teaches at Epic Yoga and Corepower Yoga in Washington, DC. Sihnuu’s ultimate focus is to empower students by helping them find mind body balance and internal peace on the mat that can be integrated into everyday life.
Yael Flusberg has taught yoga classes at area hospitals, libraries, workplaces, schools, yoga studios – and is thrilled to be adding community gardens to the mix. As an integrative yoga therapist (RYT-500, E-RYT-200), Yael facilitates both group and individual yoga therapy sessions with people dealing with a variety of conditions; at Wangari gardens, her gentle class will incorporate breathing practices, mindfulness, self-massage, and simple but effective movements.
Zsudayka is an artist and life coach from Denver. She’s been doing self love and inner peace workshops for almost a decade all over the country. She teaches Kemetic yoga and encourages people to bring their children.
Wondering how to battle pests? Questions about what to plant where? Wangari Gardens will be hosting a series of FREE workshops throughout the 2014 gardening season!
Schedule may be subject to change, so please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an email reminder. Everyone is welcome!
Every Sunday at 1 pm, come by and learn about:
May 4th: Gardening 101
Everything you need to know about starting a garden from soil prep, garden designs, plant types and more
May 11th: Gardening 101
We’ll revisit soil prep, garden designs and plant types. Bring your questions!
May 18th: Soils and Composting
Learn about soil, soil biology, and different systems for creating compost
May 25th: Container Gardening and Companion Planting
Learn how to garden with limited space and how companion plants can enhance your garden’s production and repel pests
June 1st: Garden Weeds and Invasive Plants
Learn how to identify and battle invasive plants
June 8th: Native Plant Identification
Learn to identify and manage native plants
June 15th: Vegetable Pests and Diseases
Introduction to basic vegetable plant pests and diseases
June 22nd: Tomato Pruning and Vegetable Trellising
Learn to prune and trellis different vegetable plants
June 29th: Beginner Bees
Introduction to our bee hive
And more to come! (Think seed saving, mushroom inoculation, canning, etc!)
Download the May and June schedule as a pdf!
If you have an idea or request for a garden class or would like to teach a class, please contact us at email@example.com.
On behalf of
Join Slow Food DC and local community members at Wangari Gardens on Sunday, April 27 to expand the communal herb garden at one of our favorite local community gardens. Planting and garden work will go from 12-2pm, followed by a potluck. We’ll supply the plants, tools, water, and plates/utensils!
We’ll be planting a variety of herbs, along with some Ark of Taste hot peppers, including Fish Chili Peppers – an African American heirloom variety brought to this country from either the Caribbean or Africa by enslaved peoples to the many plantations that surrounded the early Chesapeake Bay settlements. The name Fish Pepper refers to its common use with seafood through the Chesapeake region. The plant has beautiful variegated leaves and seemingly no two fish chiles have the same coloration or variegation in their stripes. (Pretty cool, no? Learn more about these unique, heirloom peppers and the Ark of Taste project from master gardeners and SFDC board members, Mark Haskell and Ibti Vincent.)
WHEN: Sunday, April 27 from 12-3pm.
WHERE: Wangari Gardens (Kenyon Street, Irving Street, and Park Place NW) — just north of Washington Hospital and the McMillan Reservoir.
WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, a water bottle, and a potluck item to share (salad, appetizer, baked good, etc).
Sunday, April 6, 12 – 4pm
- PLOTS AVAILABLE: Fill out a plot application and learn how you may be eligible for a reduced fee.
- COMPOSTING COOPERATIVE: Learn about our latest compost initiative and learn how your food scraps can help feed the garden.
- LEARN ABOUT OUR NEW RAIN GARDEN: DC Water will introduce the rain garden that has been installed on site.
This is a fun opportunity to meet your fellow gardeners, neighbors, and Wangari Gardens co-directors. We hope to see you there!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks and see you all soon.
PS: The public hammock is back!
Even though the ground is still frozen we’ve started planning for the 2014 growing year! We’re really excited about our third year.
We won’t be expanding or constructing any more gardens or plots this year. This means all our money and efforts will be focused on providing weekly educational garden workshops, monthly fun events (cookouts, movies in the park, festivals, etc) and new programs (like a seedling cooperative and a compost cooperative). We want to focus this year on expanding our educational and programming capacity. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any great ideas for this year.
Monthly Volunteer Requirement
This year, we will be requiring everyone to participate in a garden orientation in the Spring. It will be a chance to teach everyone about our different gardens, programs and resources and make sure everyone is on the same page. We’ll make the orientations fun! Keep your eyes open for the dates of our upcoming Spring orientation.
Register for Department of Parks and Rec’s first Urban Gardening Course!
The course is 14 classes long, located at 2 different recreation centers, on every Monday and Wednesday from February 3-March 17 from 6:30-8:30pm.
The cost for all 14 classes is only $50.
We chose two different recreation centers on both sides of the river to be fair to everyone in DC regardless of where you live. Both recreation centers are very metro accessible.
If you have any questions please contact Josh Singer at anytime. Thanks!