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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!

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. Contact Deanna Beyer with any questions at DeannaB@honestweight.coop. All classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted!

 

Hair by Izzy

Every Wednesday from 2-5pm Community Room

Next Dates: August 17th, 24th, 31st

We’ve got an exciting new offering…FREE HAIRCUTS!

Every Wednesday between 2-5pm Islenia Martinez (Izzy) will be here to offer haircuts (or blowouts) for ALL (you don’t have to be a member!). Sign up at the Service Desk for a 30-minute spot and make sure to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Check her out on Instagram @Hairbyizzy518ny or on FaceBook at Hair by Islenia.

RESCHEDULED!!! Hey there, SUGAR! with Dr. Rhiannon, register here!

This event has been RESCHEDULED due to a family emergency. The NEW DATE is Thursday, August 18th at 6:30pm Community Room with Dr. Rhiannon

Grab some lunch and jump in to what is sure to be a lively discussion with Dr. Rhiannon.

Did you know that sugar is actually more addictive than alcohol? Let's learn how our body processes and uses sugar so that we can learn the best way to balance sugar in our diets. We'll also discuss the four things that should be in every single meal that we eat: PROTEIN, FIBER, FAT, GREENS. This will be easy-to-understand information followed by Q&A.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how your body uses the nutrients you put in it. Then, you can make informed decisions about what to put on your plate without being confused by seemingly conflicting science!

NEW! Yoga with scrap, register here!

Saturday, August 13th at 9am Community Room

NEW CLASS! Yoga with scrap is a challenging mat class for practitioners seeking a moderately rigorous practice – great for beginners with some familiarity with yoga.

This class will begin with tuning into the breath through guided somatic awareness. Moving into movement with modified sun salutations for warm-up, each class proceeds through vinyasa sequences of standing and floor asanas crafted to encourage students to discover a deepened relationship with their bodies, sensation, strength, flexibility, energy, and inner life.

Registration requested, drop-ins available if space allows. PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY–NO LATE ARRIVALS.

Open Mic

Monday August 15th, 6-8:30ishpm Pavilion at Schodack Island State Park

No need to register, just show up!

Cynthia and Roger are hosting this lovely event off-site, in the open air! Bring a lawn chair, a snack, and enjoy an evening of music, poetry, readings, community, and fellowship along the beautiful Hudson River.  Sign-up starts at 6pm.

The pavillon is located at 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156 (just 1 mile south of Castleton off Route 9).

Held on the 3rd Monday of the month, weather permitting

Hey there, SUGAR! with Dr. Rhiannon Lunch and Learn, register here!

Wednesday, August 17th at 12:30pm Community Room with Dr. Rhiannon

Grab some lunch for this encore presentation (see description above)! Join what is sure to be another lively discussion with Dr. Rhiannon.

Thursday Jam Session

TIME CHANGE! Thursday August 18th 3:30-5:30pm 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!

FREE! DIY Jar Candles, register here!

Friday, August 19th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Bring a friend and join Selena for an evening of candle-making! We'll provide all the materials for you to make an all-natural soy candle with essential oils, herbs, and flowers. Space is limited, so register early!

Ages 16+ are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Coffee with the CCO

Held in the Teaching Kitchen monthly, for Co-op Owners

Saturday, August 20, 10am - 11am

Co-op Owners: drop in and have a cup of coffee or tea with Stephen Quickenton, our Interim Chief Cooperative Officer. Get to know Stephen in this casual setting, and have a chat about what's happening at Honest Weight, the big picture, and the day-to-day! No need to register, just drop in.

Crystal Sound Healing, drop in!

Saturday, August 20th 5-6pm 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!

Wild Medicinals Herb Walk at the Normanskill

Farm Preserve, register here!

RESCHEDULED!! Monday, August 22nd 6-7:30pm

Join Rebecca Hein of Underground Alchemy and explore the abundance of wild medicinal herbs growing in our region. Learn to identify and use many of the native and naturalized plants that grow all around us. The walk will involve a short hike through woods, fields, and along the creek. Bring your hiking shoes, water, and tick protection.

Rain Date: Tuesday, August 23rd

Directions:

Meet in the  first parking lot on Mill Rd (off Delaware Ave). This is the entrance before the bridge if you are headed away from Albany towards Delmar. (Entrance for the Community Garden and the Normanskill Farm Dog Park.) But we are not meeting at the dog park-- it is further down the drive. Please arrive 10 minutes before class is set to begin.

FREE! Breakfast for Dinner for Kids!, register here!

Thursday, August 25th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Kids ages 7-12+ are welcome to join junior chef Brie Hurlbut for breakfast at dinnertime!

Brie will show how she makes some of her favorite breakfast foods – loaded hash browns, French toast, and veggie egg cups ­– and then everyone will sit down to share a meal together.

Great for kids who are cooking curious, budding foodies, or simply LOVE breakfast foods.

Space is limited, so please register early. The class will use meat, eggs, dairy, and wheat and is not appropriate for kids with food allergies, sensitivities, or special diets.

NEW! Yoga with scrap, register here!

Saturday, August 27th at 9am Community Room

NEW CLASS! Yoga with scrap is a challenging mat class for practitioners seeking a moderately rigorous practice – great for beginners with some familiarity with yoga.

This class will begin with tuning into the breath through guided somatic awareness. Moving into movement with modified sun salutations for warm-up, each class proceeds through vinyasa sequences of standing and floor asanas crafted to encourage students to discover a deepened relationship with their bodies, sensation, strength, flexibility, energy, and inner life.

Registration requested, drop-ins available if space allows. PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY–NO LATE ARRIVALS.

FREE! Around the World Cuisine for Kids: MOROCCO!, register here!

Saturday, August 27th at 12pm Teaching Kitchen

The next stop for this super fun class is MOROCCO!  We will explore some fantastic food, and learn all about this interesting culture. Of course, we'll also get another stamp on our passports!

This 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.

Pressed Flowers Adult Art Class with Selena, register here!

Sunday, August 28th at 12:30pm Teaching Kitchen

In this class, we’ll use pressed flowers to create an image, then put it in a frame for you to take home or gift to someone special.

We will provide materials, including some flowers and frames.  If there are particular flowers that you love and enjoy, please press them between waxed paper and under something heavy (like a book). You can also bring dried flowers, leaves, stems, or anything else that you’d like to work with.

This class is appropriate for ages 16+. Light refreshments will be served.

Teach & Taste with Testa's Pantry, register here!

Tuesday, August 30th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

We are so thrilled to have Debbie Testa from Testa’s Pantry in the house on Tuesday, August 30th for an interactive cooking demo where you’ll be able to sample, taste, and ask questions. She will share how to make a simple balsamic dressing, chickpea salad, and refreshing mango salsa with their carefully curated selection of single-grove extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy.

Testa’s Pantry is grounded in heritage and tradition with a business philosophy that reflects the importance of superior quality, services, and product authenticity. Founded in the spring of 2017 out of the desire to be able to source what wasn’t available locally – the purest and finest imported extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars – and share them with family, friends, and eventually, customers.

A $5 deposit reserves your spot. All attendees will receive a $5 gift card to the store on the day of the class. Gift cards will not be issued to those who do not attend and no refunds will be issued for cancelations.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Register early :)

Unplug and Connect to Inner Peace, drop in!

Wednesday, August 31st 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.

Food Waste and You: Strategies to Save Food, Money, and the Planet, register here!

Thursday, September 1st at 6:30pm Community Room 

Up to 40% of all food that is grown, processed, and transported in the United States is wasted. This waste harms our planet and our economy. But there is good news - we can all make a difference. A staggering 43% of food waste occurs in households. We can reduce food waste by changing our daily habits around food. 

Presented by Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee and Zero Waste Capital District, “Food Waste and You” will explore the problem of food waste and how you can contribute to the solution. You will learn concrete steps that you can implement right away to save food, save money, and save the planet.

Spanish Sing Along Tertulia with Melanie Pores

Held on the patio

Saturday, September 10th, 3:30 - 5pm

 ¡Vengan a cantar! Whether you are an English speaker who would like to practice Spanish, or a Native Spanish speaker who enjoys singing, let’s come together to singalong to folk songs and love songs in Spanish.

The Spanish singalong will take place, rain or shine, outside of the Coop under a tent on Saturday, September 10 from 3:30-5pm. 

Song sheets with lyrics will be provided and a sampling of healthy tapas will be available for the participants to enjoy.

Forgiveness Meditation, register here!

NEW CLASS! Monday, September 12th at 6pm Community Room

Looking for tools to help adapt to the ever-changing/challenging landscape of this world? Forgiveness of any kind is a fantastic starting point! And group practice can both inspire and deepen your skills, even if you’ve never meditated before.

Join Kaori and Geralyn for this new Mindful Monday practice which will include things like brief sharing, reflection, and guided meditation (among others!). Space is limited, so sign up early!

FREE DIY Shower Steamers Make & Take, register here!

NEW DATE! Friday, September 16th at 6:30pm Teaching Kitchen

Learn how to make your own all-natural shower steamers/bath bombs at this fun Friday evening class. We'll supply all of the materials so you can just show up and relax.

Light refreshments will be served. This class is for ages 16+, please.

Felted Soaps with Mallory, register here!

Saturday, September 29th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Explore the ancient art of felting wool while creating your own bar of decorative felted soap. You will learn how to create a felted fabric that will encase your bar of soap by tangling wool fibers together using simply water, soap, and your own two hands. Felted soap bars help extend the life of your soap as well as create a naturally exfoliating surface for your skin. This is a very hands-on activity – please be prepared to handle wool and have your hands immersed in soapy water for long periods of time.

Space is very limited, so please register early. There is a $6 non-refundable materials fee. This class is for ages 12+. Please let us know of any wool allergies so gloves can be provided.

Clothing Swap 3.0!

Sunday, October 9th 10am-2pm Community Room

The first two events were SO well received, that we're going to do it AGAIN! Bring in clothes you no longer use on Friday or Saturday. Whether you bring clothes or not, all are welcome to come "shop" the event for FREE! We're looking for a wide variety of sizes, and types of clothes (women/men's wear, children's and baby clothes, coats, etc.)

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 (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 may refuse to take certain items if they are stained, dirty, etc. 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.

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

  • Friday, October 7th between 2-6pm in the Community Room
  • Saturday, October 8th between 11am-4pm in the Community Room

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 Sunday, October 9th from 10am-2pm, is open to everyone, and will be first-come, first-served. ALL CLOTHES ARE FREE! Please be sure to arrive early for the best selection!

Any questions? Email deannab@honestweight.coop

Any items left at the end of the event will be donated to Grassroots Givers.

Felted Mushrooms with Mallory, register here!

Sunday, October 16th at 1-4pm Teaching Kitchen

Learn the art of wet fleting during this three-hour workshop and create a stand of wooly mushrooms! Using wool, water, soap, and your two hands, you will learn an ancient artform used by humankind throughout civilization to create fabric. 

This is a very hands-on activity, please be prepared to handle wool and have your hands immersed in soapy water for long periods of time.

Space is very limited, so please register early. There is a $7 non-refundable materials fee. This class is for ages 16+. Please let us know of any wool allergies so gloves can be provided.

 

We're also happy to share some recordings 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.