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Classes and Services at the Co-op

Honest Weight offers free and low-cost classes as part of our mission. We are committed to helping our community learn more about growing, choosing, preparing, and using natural foods and to teaching about alternative ways of living that are healthy for ourselves, our community, and our planet. 

This Month's Classes

One-on-One Services

Group Sessions + Drop in Services

Honest Weight Outreach - Come see us out in the Community!

 Due to high COVID rates in Albany County, we are currently requiring all class attendees and teachers to wear masks. Please note that classes often fill up. Register to reserve your spot where required, and please let us know if your plans change and you are no longer able to make it. Please contact Deanna Beyer, Education & Engagement Specialist, with any questions at  DeannaB@honestweight.coop. All classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Body-Mind Centering®, drop in!

Sunday, April 10th - May 15th at 9:30am Community Room

Limited Edition Class! No need to register, just show up.
5-week session begins April 10th, 2022.

Join Toni Smith for a 45 minute guided exploration of "feel good" non-technical dancing for the skeletal, muscular, and fascial systems. When we move, all the fluids and organs are also stimulated. Find ease through a simple, pleasurable range of motion. Body-Mind Centering® was founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.   Bring a mat and a small blanket.

 

Breathing Peace Yoga, drop in!

Wednesday, April 20th - May 25th at 8:15am Community Room

Limited Edition Class! No need to register, just show up.
6-week session begins April 20th, 2022.

Yoga is well-known for its images of healthy, flexible bodies.  But the practice of yoga has historically been a pathway toward the union of body, soul, and mind. Breathing Peace Yoga focuses on each person’s breath as the teacher. Yoga can be for anyone.  As each yogi pursues a unique pathway to improved self-understanding and acceptance of the present moment, Breathing Peace Yoga aims to support your journey toward a more gracious, gratitude-enhanced daily life. May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be safe. May you live your life with ease. 

NOTE: We STRONGLY encourage you to bring your own mat/props 

The Myths about Cholesterol, Cancelled!

Due to unforseen circumstances, we will be rescheduling this class.

DIY African Paper Beads Make & Take, register here!

Friday, May 13th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Join Selena for an evening of crafting your own unique paper bead bracelet. In Africa, these beads are traditionally considered symbols of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being. Hear about the history, economic impact of this craft industry for African women, and learn how to make them yourself!
All materials will be provided and light refreshments will be served. Please Note: this is an adult class for ages 18+.

Primal Brunch, register here!

Sunday, May 15th 12-2pm Teaching Kitchen

Interested in learning more about a Paleo/low carbohydrate way of eating?  Join Laura Gregg, certified Whole30 Coach and exercise physiologist to sample a few brunch recipes!  In this class, Laura will show you how to make some of her family's favorite brunch foods: sausage and egg "muffins", sweet potato hash browns with whipped coconut cream, and a green salad with fruit and homemade ranch dressing.  Laura will also share samples of a high protein, keto French toast - you'll never believe what it is made from!
Please Note: the $5 donation from this class will go to The Ronald McDonald House of Albany.

The Myths about Cholesterol Lunch and Learn, register here!

Wednesday, May 18th at 12:30pm Community Room with Dr. Rhiannon

With so much information from TV, magazines, WebMD, etc it can be confusing to understand the TRUE role of cholesterol in your body.  Among its many roles in the body, Cholesterol is important in building new, healthy cells, producing bile in the liver, as well as the synthesis of Vitamin D and many hormones. This will be an informative talk to clarify the myths about cholesterol and why there is so much confusion over good, bad, and too much cholesterol.  We all know someone who is concerned about their cholesterol after a recent visit to the doctor, so bring them along! 

Patroon Creek Greenway Open House, drop in!

Thursday, May 19th between 4:30-6:30pm Outdoor Patio

We’ll be outside in the garden patio! Stop by anytime between 4:30-6:30PM to review the proposed route for the Patroon Creek Greenway and provide feedback on key connections to the future Greenway, trailhead amenities, and your preferred trail facility types.

In the event of rain, the open house will be moved inside to the Community Room. 

Clothing Swap! 

Saturday, May 21st from 10am-2pm Community Room

Here’s the scoop:

  1. Bring gently-used, clean clothes, shoes, and accessories that you no longer want – keep it to NO MORE than 10 items per person (we will not accept any hats or undergarments)
  2. Please bring quality, well-maintained items (no stains, tears, pilling, broken, etc.) that you would want to use if it was new to you. We will donate items not chosen by attendees at the end of the event.
  3. Bring a shopping bag for any items that you claim and wear something that makes it easy to try on clothes (there are no dressing rooms available).
  4. There are no limits on how many items you can take home, but please take only what sparks joy or what you know you will use.

We will be accepting items before the Swap during the following times:

  • Thursday, May 19th between 8am-12pm in the Community Room Friday
  • May 20th between 2-6pm in the Teaching Kitchen 

PLEASE NOTE: We have limited space for this event, so we will stop accepting items when we’ve reached capacity. NO items will be accepted on the day of the swap!

As a way to say “Thank You!” each person who donates items will be given

a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more! Only 1 coupon per person.

The Swap will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 10am-2pm, is open to everyone, and will be first-come, first-served. Please be sure to arrive early for the best selection!

Any questions? Email deannab@honestweight.coop

Watercolor Still Life Adult Art Class, register here!

Sunday, May 22nd at 12:30pm Community Room

Join Selena for a fun afternoon of artistic play! We’ll supply all of the materials for you to create a one-of-a-kind, watercolor still life. Just bring an open mind and your inner artist. No experience necessary–all skill levels are welcome!

Light refreshments will be served as well. Ages 16+ please.

Unplug & Connect with Inner Peace, drop in!

Wednesday, May 25th 12-12:30pm Community Room

No need to register, just show up!

Experience and learn a variety of relaxation, breathing, and meditative practices to incorporate into your day-to-day life. Learn how to let go of stress, fear, and anxiety by accessing the deep peace and serenity that already exists within you. Certified Chopra Center Meditation Instructor Geralyn O'Reilly will guide you through a series of relaxation, breathing, and meditative practices that can lower your blood pressure, relax your body and central nervous system and leave you with a calm state of being.

This program is ideal for anyone experiencing stress, fear, or anxiety as well as those feeling the ill effects of over-stimulation from electronics or social media. No prior experience is needed.

Around the World Cuisine for Kids! ITALY, register here!

Saturday, May 28th 12-1pm

In-person, co-op's Teaching Kitchen

Manga! Manga! Next stop for this super fun class is ITALY. We’ll learn all about this beautiful country, try two different kinds of yummy pasta, and, of course, get another stamp on our passports!

This new monthly class at Honest Weight will explore countries around the world and introduce our youngest cooperators to some classic cultural examples of food. Each child will be given a "passport" to bring each time they attend. Appropriate for ages 4-8, parents are welcome to stay if they wish.

Music Jam @ HWFC, drop in!

Thursday, June 2nd & June 16th, 1-3pm Community Room

No need to register, just show up!

The Thursday Jam is a participatory traditional music event in Round Robin format. Each person selects a tune and tempo. All acoustic instruments are welcome. Some books of tunes typically played can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Portland-Collection-Pacific-Northwest-Revised/dp/0965747646

Questions? email: kernan.pat@gmail.com

The jam will be held each month on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month!

Learn to PLARN, register here! Drop ins also welcome.

Thursday, June 2nd 6:30pm Community Room

Let's crochet some plastic bags...out of plastic bags!

The handy plastic bags that most products travel in are usually desined for landfill – but they can also be repurposed into sturdy, shiny, regular-use grocery or other kinds of bags. All you need is a pair of scissors and a crochet hook. We'll go over how to make "plarn" (plastic yarn) and how to start making a simple, single-stitch bag. Crocheting with plastic is harder than using regular yarn, so it's a challenging start for beginners, but we can always try our best if you're brand new to crocheting! Family-friendly event!

This class is part of the on-going Environment Committee's What Do We Do? Series.

Rescheduled Pop-up Bike Repair & Sale with Albany Bike Rescue, drop in!

Saturday, June 4th from 11am-3pm Community Room

This event was rescheduled to due inclement weather...Albany Bike Rescue will be on-site with a pop-up event at the store on Saturday, June 4th from 11am to 3pm. They will be offering bike repairs as well as refurbished bikes for sale.

Albany Bike Rescue is a non-profit organization that restores donated bicycles to rideability and returns them to the community. Through sales at low prices and by programs for people who can't afford them at all, we make cycling accessible.

Crystal Sound Healing, drop in!

Saturday, June 4th 4-5:30pm Community Room

No need to register, just show up!

Drop in and enjoy a crystalline Sound Bath meditation! In this soothing vibrational experience, Chelsie Marie will guide you in setting positive intentions before you embark on your sound journey. Through guided crystal sound bowls and Chelsie Marie's angelic vocal tones, you will gently float into a state of deep relaxation releasing any tension, stress, and anxiety. Feel free to bring a blanket and something to cover your eyes!

 

We're also happy to share some videos and "lives" of virtual classes and sessions that have taken place on Zoom, Instagram, and Facebook. Here are links to some recent favorites!

Plastics Recycling in the Capital Region & Beyond: Myths vs. Markets, Webinar, February 2022 with Honest Weight's Environment Committee and NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling)

Breathwork to Reduce Anxiety
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator

Inside the Co-op Kitchen: Cooking with What You Have
with Dan Hurlbut, Food Service Department Manager

Homemade Window Paint for Kids of All Ages
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator

The 8 Movements of the Spine to Maintain a Healthy Back and Feel Good
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator

Inside the Co-op Kitchen: What To Do with All That Pasta and Canned Tomatoes
with our Food Service Department

Inside the Co-op Bakery: Making and Decorating Using Rainbow Frosting
with Anastasia, Baker and Decorator Extraordinaire

One-on-one Services. Reserve your spot at our service desk!

Reserve a session at our Service Desk or by calling (518) 482-2667. Please only sign up for one service each month to allow others to take advantage of our Practiioner Services. Please be sure to leave your  phone number when you reserve a session--sometimes our Practitioners have to cancel, in which case we need to be able to get in touch with you.

Due to COVID, we are not currently offering any one-on-one services. Please stay tuned for updates.

 

Group Sessions + Drop-In Services No need to register—just drop in!

 

Conversational Spanish with Melanie Porés, Every Friday, 10am-12pm via Zoom
For Spanish speakers at all levels.  Please email deannab@honestweight.coop to receive the Zoom link

Knit & Stitch, Every Friday, 12-2pm Community Room
We welcome knitters and crocheters, beginners or advanced. Come share your skills or learn new ones in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. No need to sign up; just drop by!

Folk Guitar & Ukulele, 2nd Monday of each month, 6-8pm Community Room                                         Learning/sharing session with Roger Allen and Cynthia Mulford that's open to all who are interested. This low-stress instructional workshop is tailored to equip, inspire and encourage participants to competently make and talk the language of music. Come learn to play and sing hundreds of traditional and contemporary folk, pop, and country songs. Meet other musicians (aspiring and accomplished) in this all-level class that happens on the second Monday of every month. No need to sign up – just drop by!

Due to COVID, our group session + drop-in services are limited. Please stay tuned for updates.

Community Outreach - Co-op Classes at the CommunityOur Outreach Team travels all around the Capital District to offer Honest Weight education at schools, libraries, and community spaces. Come see us out in the community! For more information, contact Amy, our Outreach Coordinator, at amy@honestweight.coop.

Due to COVID, we aren't currently updating this portion of our website. Please stay tuned for updates.