Monday, November 3, 2014

Catch The Movie: Growing Cities At The Learning Garden

Hey, on the 15th at the Garden we are showing GROWING CITIES - deets below. Dress warm and/or bring a snuggle bunny!! Good flick. 

Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Seed Library of Los Angeles invite you to see documentary, 

GROWING CITIES outside, under the stars at The Learning Garden located on the campus of Venice High School.

GROWING CITIES, tells inspiring stories of urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food from rooftop farmers and vacant lots, Americans are growing food like never before.

Watch the trailer:

Saturday, November 15th @ 4:45pm

The Learning Garden:

@ Venice High School


Cost: $10 donation at the door is appreciated. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Address: 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Entrance: Through the gate off Walgrove.

Parking: Plenty of free parking on the street; Walgrove or Venice Blvd.


DRESS WARMLY!  Even on warm days, Venice gets chilly at night!  


Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Fourth of July Ice Cream Social Is On The Fourth of July!

The Learning Garden has held an Ice Cream Social on the 4th of July for about eight years.  Every year, we have made ice cream and ices from local produce, trying to garner as much as we can from our own Garden first.  (We have always had Vanilla Ice Cream every year so obviously not everything comes from the Learning Garden, but every year we have sought to be as local as possible.)  

These flavors are posted to give you an idea of what we offer.  While mostly we have ice cream we always have a few non-dairy treats to enjoy (the plum sorbet has been a winner year in and year out!).  Here's the facts, ma'am:  it's from two to five on the 4th of July.  It's ten bucks to get an adult past our gatekeeper and children under twelve are $5 (I argued that they should cost more, but was over ruled) - and that lets you sample everything in the cooler.  If you bring a pie, a crumble or a fool (a crustless pie, I kid you not!) you will get a free plant. 

We will have music (from just jamming to a four piece band!) and games for one and all.  
So, you get ice cream, pies, cobblers and fools to sample, free games and music and interesting people to talk to.  Just think, have your fill of our food items, dash home for sugar off-load nap and head out to see some fireworks!  Your day is planned!  

See you about 2 - remember, we almost always sell out of the good ones - get here early!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ice Cream? Yesssssss!

Homemade rhubarb pie and homemade
vanilla ice cream

You remember having pie and ice cream last year, right?  Remember how you savored each bite and being a part of the chorus extolling affection and love for the people who brought this wonderful 4th of July party to your tastebuds?  

Guess what?

YOU can be one of the folks being praised by happy ice cream eaters this coming 4th of July!  We are looking for a few good people who can read a recipe and help us make some of this delicious ice cream during the month of June. The Learning Garden will provide the ingredients (and the recipes too!) and we have the freezer space to store the ice cream.  You just follow the steps and viola!  You get to be one of the makers people will laud on this coming July 4th.  

Interested?  Please send a response to Wendy Temple.  j

And mark your calendars to be at the Learning Garden in the afternoon of July 4th this year for our 7th Annual Ice Cream Social!  

You know it's good!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Growing Cities Movie Premier and Discussion

I am privileged to serve on a panel after the viewing of this documentary along with Alexa Delwiche and Teague Weybright, two folks I've had the chance to work with in these past few years. Both are profoundly knowledgeable and I'm sure this will be a marvelous evening of provocative thinking and vision.

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council presents…

Sunday  June 1, 2014

3:45 to 6:00PM 

Park La Brea Movie Theater
475 S. Curson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3:45PM – Arrive and enjoy healthy snacks.
4:00PM – The 60 minute movie starts.
5:00-6:00PM – Refreshments & discussion with local urban agriculture experts:
> Teague Weybright, Board President, LACGC
> Alexa Delwiche, Managing Dtr, LA Food Policy Council
> David King. Inaugural Chair, Seed Library of LA.

Adults: $14.00
Under 18: $10.00

To purchase tickets and get more information, go to:

Sponsored by:  LACGC & the Park La Brea Residents Association


Monday, May 12, 2014

LA Interactive Kundalini Yoga Community Gathering/workshop ~*Outdoors" At The Learning Garden!

Bringing together communities / practices devoted to positive thought / intentions/ actions
Sat.  May 24 at The Learning Garden (enter on Walgrove at corner of Venice Blvd & Walgrove):  13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. In Courtyard patio. Street Parking: 
$5  Requested love donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Come join friends for another beautiful afternoon in this community garden, ~*Celebrating*~ & experiencing this practice, & connecting with wonderful people :) This month we’ll share, explore & celebrate positive practices/traditions/ communities parallel & synergistic to the practice & community of Kundalini Yoga, --especially the Interactive & White Tantric aspects!*~ 

As a symbolic celebration of this coming together, we'll of course do some Interactive, as well as regular, Kundalini Yoga:  We’ll do some in pairs, + facing into the circle:  With another awesome, magical class with *~Sat Devbir Singh*~(Donations go to ) while listening to his guided journey of words, music, & Tibetan Singing Bowls, --& sharing breath, chanting/singing, movements  or stillness (often while looking into each other’s eyes while holding hands, or leaning against each other’s backs) – Interactive Kundalini Yoga facilitates a space of being comfortable & able to celebrate just *being* with another person, & *just being* with oneself –without needing words:  And being able to be present to ones breath, & the needs of one’s body, *while* truly being present & connecting with another human being & enjoying it!.  Celebrating each other, building energy & having extra to share with our community! 

There are so seldom opportunities for us to connect as a community outside of classes, so we've set aside a more informal, relaxed space & open forum for people of all backgrounds to feel welcome to evolve new ideas for the community together, & people of all experience levels to share the practice; an especially welcoming space for beginners to try their 1st class!  . ***There will be chairs for people who need them & people of all ages & fitness levels participating.***

BRING:  Ideally *2* of the following: Yoga Mat, Blanket, beachtowel will do if that’s all u have…; Cushion if you need it; water; hat; sunscreen; snack if you need it; comfortable, flexible clothing

MENU (Drop in for whatever interests you):
12:30pm to 1:30pm:  
Group Therapeutic Massage Sharing Circle Fully Clothed:  4 People Massage 1 Person At Same Time (includes new massage therapy practices), --then they get up & give while next person lies down & receives.  A few easy techniques for people w/no experience in massage + ways to massage w/out tiring or straining yourself will also be taught.  Participants need to be willing to give as much massage as they receive, & comfortable giving & receiving massage from both genders.  Terrific practice & group activity to share at gatherings of friends & community, especially before physical activity or facing life’s challenges.  Learn it & share it!
1:30 -2:30pm:  
Interactive + some regular  Kundalini Yoga  Class w/~*Sat Devbir Singh*~
a.    1 Dance Of Universal Peace will be lead + some exploration of cocreating a Kundalini Yoga focused dance.
b.    Anyone is welcome to drop-in TEACH 15min of *Interactive*: Kundalini, AcroKundaliniYoga, Sattva Yoga, or Osho & receive part of the donations of the day if you teach w/out needing to correct yourself, ask for assistance, & we don’t need to add comments to insure the safety of the class J 
c.    Positive Practices Exercise Sharing Circle:  everyone is welcome to share an exercise or teaching of your favorite positive practice, especially those that equally include the body! ( Diana will lead an exercise demonstrating + sharing a bit about the connections between, & special gifts of, various positive practices/communities);
~*Afterwards hangout or explore community garden*~  Bring a snack or beverage to share if you like J

What is KUNDALINIi Yoga? How is it very different than other kinds of Yoga?:
Kundalini Yoga *simultaneously* combines chanting or singing with movement & postures, symbolism, dynamic breathing, & meditation focused on positive intentions/ energy/ actions, --to experience mind, body, spirit epiphany, connect with divine energy, & manifest peace for ourselves & the world. Like many other Yogas it centers the mind, helps rid back pain & stress, improves strength, flexibility & provides tools to reach & maintain optimal fitness while continuously expanding one’s ultimate fitness possibilities. Kundalini Yoga is especially known for increasing life energy & zest; therapeutic benefits for nervous system, improving immune system, ridding people from addiction, depression & insomnia; & releasing the spirit to flow freely. *Interactive* Kundalini Yoga is sometimes offered as part of workshops, but rarely ever offered in regular classes; we always do some: Enjoy an expansive, deeper, transcendent experience connecting with other human beings! 

     RSVP appreciated, welcome to  Drop in without RSVP  but please join our list (in case of last minute info) - this low volume email list/ messageboard is the best way to contact us.

Looking forward to sharing this, & connecting communities we love with new friends & new positive communities

~*Sat Nam*~

Monday, March 24, 2014

Potluck for 28 March? Maybe. Maybe Not.

People: changes at The Learning Garden... stay tuned for info - potluck may be canceled this week or possibly postponed to 1:30. Look for new, later hours and some additional changes. We'll update here and on the site as well.