Adult Programs – Fall 2017

Guided Birding Hikes


Sunday, October 22nd

9 to 10 am

October is a lovely time for a hike in Van Vleck. The colorful leaves are the perfect backdrop to the many birds getting ready for the colder months. The leaves falling allow for better views of the birds in the trees. Join us for a stroll through the gardens to see the many species of birds and animals that call Van Vleck home. Dress for the weather. Binoculars are optional, but would be helpful.

Saturday, November 18th

9 to 10 am

Surprisingly, there is much activity in the garden in the colder months. Come join us for a walk while we observe birds, mammals and other critters and see how they prepare for winter. There are always unusual surprises. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them.

Fee (per person/per hike): $5 Friends of Van Vleck; $7 others

To Register: email or call 973-744-4752

Fireside Meditation

7 – 9 pm

Wednesday:   November 29th, December 6th, December 13th 

Join contemporary spiritual teacher and author Ramananda John E. Welshons for a wonderful series of winter evening meditation classes in the beautiful living room of Van Vleck House. Participants will learn and practice different forms of mindfulness meditation in each session. Open to beginners and experienced practitioners, these gatherings offer an opportunity to experience deep inner peace while practicing with a highly experienced meditation teacher. These classes have become extremely popular and space is limited – so please register early.

Fee: Series Rate (3 classes): $55 Friends of Van Vleck, $65 Others

Drop-in Rate: $20 Friends of Van Vleck; $24 others

*Online Registration*       Click Here

Or register by emailing or calling 973-744-4752

Monday Morning Yoga

9:30 to 10:45 am

Late Fall Session –  November 6th – December 18th

Instructor: Jennifer Hondru-Celestin

Begin your week with mindful vinyasa yoga in the living room of the Van Vleck House overlooking the courtyard garden. Taking inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty around us, we flow between postures at a slow to moderate pace, focusing on building strength in body and mind. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Bring your own mat. Registration required – Class size is limited!!

 Single class: $20 Friends of Van Vleck/$24 others per class

Series pass  (7 classes): $125 Friends/$155 others

Please Note: Series passes are non-refundable and do not carry over from session to session.  A refund or credit will be given only if class is canceled.

To Register: email or call 973-744-4752

Natural Decorating Classes

Natural Decorating Demonstration

Friday, December 1st

10 am – 12 pm

Bring nature indoors for the holidays.  Plants provide us with a wide variety of beautiful pods, seeds, leaves, branches and berries.  Van Vleck’s Garden Manager, Laura Roberts, demonstrates a wide variety of decorations that can be created from natural materials.  Ornaments, centerpieces, swags and wreaths are easy to make and add a touch of nature to your home.  Demonstration will last about 2 hours, followed by a trip to the Van Vleck House which is decorated for the season. Registration required – deadline is 1 week prior to class (Nov. 24th).

$10 Friends; $12 Others

Natural Decorating – Pine Cone Wreath

Friday, December 8th

10 am – 12 pm

Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of Van Vleck House & Gardens, will guide you through creating your own wreath made from pine cones.  Decorate with an assortment of natural items collected from the gardens of Van Vleck.  Leave the mess and supplies to us, and bring home a unique creation that will add beauty to any home.  Registration required – deadline is 1 week prior to class (Dec 1st).

 $20 Friends; $25 Others

To Register: email or call 973-744-4752

Partner Programs

Adult School of Montclair 

All registration for Adult School classes is through the Adult School @   Classes are held at Van Vleck House & Gardens.

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