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Classes, Events & Services

Honest Weight offers free and low-cost community classes, events, and services 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. 


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. Registration is required for many classes, events, and services, as indicated below next to each event. Please let us know if your plans change and you are no longer able to make it. Contact Anastasia with any questions at

All classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted!



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

We are now offering online Eventbrite sign-ups for many one-on-one services, simply click the link near the event below! Please only sign up for one service each month to allow space for others.



Every Monday starting at 9am in the Community Room


Next Dates: February 6th,13th,27th

Acupuncture can be used to help with a variety of conditions such as pain, anxiety, stress, digestive issues or just to maintain a healthy balance. A 30-minute session will allow time for a targeted one-sided acupuncture treatment. These sessions are open to ALL (you don’t have to be a member!). Sign up for ONE 30-minute spot and make sure to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled time. Due to the incredible response to this offering, we are limiting sessions to ONE PER PERSON, PER MONTH. 

Paul Marks L.Ac. MSTOM is a NYS licensed Acupuncturist with over 12 years of experience. He has spent extensive time studying classical acupuncture and moxa therapy as well as being a Ph.D. candidate at Liaoning University of TCM in China. He specializes in orthopaedic acupuncture and pain management.

Reiki with Dee

Every Monday starting at 10am Conference Room

February Registration; One per person, per month!

FREE REIKI SESSIONS! Registration required.

Reiki is an energy system developed in Japan by Mikao Usui in the 1920s which helps to balance the body and allow its natural self healing capabilities to work more effectively. Elegant and intelligent, it works according to the needs of the person and is known for relieving pain promoting relaxation and well-being as well as aiding the healing processes of the body and is widely used in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, etc. as a complement to allopathic medicine. These 30-minute sessions will include a quick consultation to discover how to best serve your needs, scanning and full body treatment to support you in your wholeness. 

Reiki is not a replacement for medical treatment please consult a medical provider as Reiki practitioners do not diagnose medical conditions or prescribe medication.

Dee Mclaughlin is a sixth generation Reiki master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition.  She received all of her training at the John Harvey gray Center for Reiki Healing under Reiki Master Teacher Lourdes Gray and is currently in training to become a Reiki master teacher.  

Registration Required; only one per person, per month please!

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Tuesdays starting at 10am Conference Room

February Registration

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is a gentle, hand-on healing methodology that helps to settle the client's nervous system and help your body's inherent healing wisdom to surface and express itself. It helps to release stuck patterns and reduce tension, pain, and inflammation. Clients often find the treatments deeply relaxing and supportive of other healing approaches they are pursuing. Treatments are conducted fully clothed, and all touch is negotiated with the client.

Evelyn Wright is an Albany area native, ecological economist, and longtime Honest Weight member. She is studying BCST at the School of Inner Health in Denver, CO. She is offering these free BCST sessions as part of her mentorship towards becoming a certified practitioner.

Registration Required; only one per person, per month please!

Reiki with Richard

Thursdays starting at 10:30am Conference Room

February Registration

"Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things.”

Offered by Usai Master/Teacher Rich Schneider, this half-hour experience features the wonderful healing energy of Reiki along with advanced work on the chakras using Reiki chakra tuning forks. The session is a very calm, caring, and loving environment conducive to re-alignment and balancing. All that’s required is that you sit, close your eyes, relax, and receive.

Registration Required; only one per person, per month please!


Personalized Career Support

Tuesday February 21st Choose your time slot here!

Need some help prepping for an upcoming interview? Want a professional to look over your resume with you? Uncertain how to proceed with your next venture?

Elaine of Resumes Written is offering one on one career support. Sign up for a half an hour session and meet with her in the Co-op Cafe! Pick your topic of interest – how to look for a job properly, how to match you to a job, learn about assessments, how to job network, how to research a company, learn about community resources, how to interview.

Elaine Doremus has had her own business – Resumes Written – since 2003. She is a career consultant and resume writer, and was trained by the National Resume Writers’ Association.

This Month's Classes

Learning to Listen; Let's End White Supremacy.

First Thursdays at 6:30pm via ZOOM

Next Date: February 2nd

We are building a growing team whose focus is to bring about the end of white supremacy. We importantly do this work for us, so that we can rid ourselves of racism, and know we are doing the work together to end this pervasive and destructive oppression. Safe, nonjudgmental place where we can share our thoughts, show our strengths and vulnerabilities, and move forward together as a team. Compassionate and courageous listening has proven to be a useful tool in taking effective action. Specifically, we use this tool to build capacity to listen to each other around issues of racism and to dismantle white supremacy. Ending white supremacy takes focused persistence, so we are providing monthly opportunities to do this work together.
Email; for Meeting Information

Welcome Back!! Folk Guitar & Ukelele.

February 6th; First Monday in the Community Room 

A learning/sharing session 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, and meet other musicians – whether aspiring or accomplished - in this all-level class that meets on the second Monday of every month. No need to sign up--just drop by!

Knit & Stitch, drop in!

Every Friday from 1-3pm Community Room

Upcoming dates: February 3rd,10th,17th,24th

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!

Traditional Music Jam, drop in!

1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-3pm Community Room

A round Robin format will accommodate people at all levels of ability as each person gets to choose a tune and its tempo. People of all ages and experiences are encouraged to fully participate as musicians and/or listeners.

All styles of traditional music and instruments are welcome. This is a participatory group with no expectations of performance. If anyone wants to try a particular tune, they need to bring sheet music to share and they should be able to lead.

Please email Patricia Kernan at with any questions.

Conversatonal Spanish Online with Melanie Pores!

Weekly on Fridays, 10am-12pm 

Beginning to advanced students are welcome to join this extraordinary community class led by the wonderful Melanie Pores. Please email for the Zoom link.

Chinese Language Class!

Upcoming Dates: February 14th & 28th

Community Room 6-8pm

This course is for students with some previous Chinese training and/or experience and will further the objectivesof Chinese 101 & 102 offered at HudsonValley Community College (introductory courses designed to developpractical Mandarin Chinese skills), by expanding students'practical conversational skills and improving fluency. Students will discuss interesting topics using their Chinese language skills and learn to speakmore in different situations.

Gentle Yoga w. Carrie, February Registration!

Friday, February 3rd & 17th at 4pm Community Room

This class will be gentle in nature with plenty of cues to modify. Perfect for beginners, seasoned yoga practitioners, and everyone in between. The yoga practice led will require little to no weight bearing on hands and knees making it perfect for sensitive joints. Classes are created based on who shows up and what is requested and they will always include a centering, breathing exercises, warm-ups, yoga forms, and relaxation. Chairs can be used as yoga props if needed. All are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat (we will have some available) and any props that you require for a yoga experience that will best support you.

Please register so that we know you're coming. Drop-ins if space allows.

Optimal Nerve Supply, February Registration!

Friday, Thursday 9th at 6:30 & 15th at 12:30 Community Room

Join Dr.Rhiannon for a deeper look at Optimal Nerve Supply, of her Five Essentials of Health series!

Your spine is the lifeline that connects all cells, organs, and systems in the body, making it responsible for all function and healing. By optimizing the nerve supply, you allow the body’s systems to interact and integrate without interference, unlocking the body’s own natural potential for health, healing, and peak performance.

Registration preffered, but Drop-ins Welcome!!

March;Optimal Nutrition.April;Optimal Movement May;Minimize Toxins June;Optimal Mindset

Make & Take Snowflake Mobiles Registration!

Friday, February 10th 6-8pm

Join Selena for another inspiring art class!!Craft your own snowflake mobile to bring home!

Registration preffered, but Drop-ins Welcome!!

Yoga with scrap, February Registration!

Saturday, February 11th & 18th at 9am Community Room

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 is preferred. Drop-ins if space allows.

NO LATE ARRIVALS! Please make sure you're ready to go at 9am sharp!

Community Yoga with Mary!

Sunday February 5th & 19th 9:30-10:30 AM in The Community Room

FREE! Drop-in No Registration Required!

Make time in your week to yoke together mind, body, & spirit through intentional movement in this hour-long drop-in vinyasa class. With a focus on conscious breath, you will move through a series of poses (asanas), creating space in your body as well as your heart. Come connect with yourself, while in community with others. All levels, including beginners welcome.Mary, an Albany native, has been practicing yoga for the last 13 years and recently completed back-to-back teacher trainings through Jai Yoga School in Slingerlands. She loves the energy a yoga class creates, and is grateful to be cultivating that energy in the HWFC Community Room.

Managing Fatigue with Bach Flower Remedies, register here!

Tuesday, February 7th 10am Community Room

Hibernation is for bears so if the animal in you is feeling slow and sluggish there are Bach Flower Remedies to put some spring in your step. Ask questions and learn about the remedies for tiredness and fatigue. Ask questions about this simple system of 38 remedies derived from Nature that bring balance and wellness even in cold and snowy February! Bring your water bottle to sample the remedies you want to try and receive a valuable coupon for a purchase.

Cold Brew with Virgo Rising, register here!

Saturday, February 11th, 11am Teaching Kitchen

In this exciting class, Jackie will show you how to make your own cold brew, briefly review the history of coffee, and show you how to organize a breakfast or brunch that would pair nicely with the specific cold brew roast that you’ve made. Excited to see you all there!

We will have some of the cold brew you'll be making available to drink & enjoy while you work on your take home jar

$5 nonrefundable reservation fee! Attendees will receive a $5 gift card to HWFC upon check-in! Materials (including a reusable coffee sock, mason jar, and coffee) will be provided and each participant will leave with a freshly-brewed jar to enjoy later! No refunds will be issued for attendee cancelations. Reservation Fee does not apply to drop-ins, but drop-ins will not recieve the giftcard!

Virgo Rising began in January of 2022 with a drive to create the same beautiful experience and cozy atmosphere you get in most coffee shops, but going one step further; sustainability. Out of the many coffee shops Jackie had visited, few (if any) had any environmental practices in place. Right from the beginning, Virgo Rising has been a business who strives to be more eco-friendly through not only the coffee shop being vegan but also with using compostable packaging and cutting back on unnecessary materials (business cards, sleeves, etc.) Being nice to the planet while being able to enjoy your coffee…yes please! Virgo Rising is also available for events such as weddings brunches, parties, birthdays, etc.) Follow Virgo Rising Coffee on Instagram and DM them for any further information.

There is a non-refundable $7 per person materials fee.

Felted Mushrooms with Mallory, register here!

Saturday, February 11th 1pm Community Room

Learn the art of wet felting during this three-hour workshop and create a stand of wooly mushrooms! Using wool, water, soap, and your two hands, you will learn this 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.

There is a non-refundable $7 per person materials fee.

NEW CLASS!! Composting & Vermicomposting.

Sunday February 12th 2:30pm; Register if you're certain you'll make it, otherwise join us as a drop-in please!

Do you want to start composting, but don't know where to start? Come and learn the simple science and practice behind traditional forms of composting, and also vermicomposting which uses worms—and can be done in even the smallest apartments! There will even be a working worm farm demonstration!!

The Love Series; A Masterclass with Lisa,Registration!

Thursday, February 16th at 6pm Community Room

Join Lisa, CEO of Ella-G, as she guides you through; The Love Series. Do you find yourself looking for love in all the wrong places? Why is this happening and what can you do to find love that best serves you? Lisa will empower students to understand what they're looking for, and what they may doing that is holding them back.

Registration is preferred. Drop-ins if space allows.

Coffee Pairing with Virgo Rising, register here!

Saturday, February 18th 10am Teaching Kitchen

Join Jackie of Virgo Rising, in fun free & interactive class about coffee pairings. How much does your morning roast impact your palate? What roast would pair best with your favorite co-op breakfast pastry? What roast should you bring alongside the dozen of Cider Belly doughnuts you're bringing into the office next week? What roasts help the flavors of what you're enjoying harmonize, and which would make some flavors fall flat?

Jackie, will have an array of sample sized treats, alongside coffee. Please, email to notify us of any food allergies prior to your event!

Around the World Cuisine for Kids; Spain.Register 

Saturday February 18th 12-1pm

The next stop for this super fun class is SPAIN! 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 4-10, parents are welcome to stay if they wish.

Indian Cooking; Chapati & Chutney.Register 

Saturday February 18th 6-8pm

Join Sam & Mike for their monthly cooking class!

This month we will be making Coconut Tomato Chutney, Ginger Cardamom Chai and Chapati!

You'll leave with a full belly after spending the evening in great company. What could be better?! Entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable, Sam & Mike create a fun, festive atmosphere in which to learn these Raj family recipes.

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

Please email about a fee waiver

NEW CLASS!! Sewing Class w Becky!

Tuesday February 21st 2:30pm

Do you have a sewing machine, but need some help learning how it functions?

Join Becky for a Bring-your-Own Sewing Machine Class!

Students must bring their own sewing machines, scissors and pins. Becky will give individualized support on how to use your sewing machine, as we collectively work on a simple table runner project. We will provide fabric, and you'll go home with a new table runner & sewing skills! Please note this class is only intended for those who can bring their own machine! You'll learn how to work with patterns, cutting/sewing techniques, and more!

$5 NONREFUNDABLE RESERVATION FEE; Upon arrival students will receive a $5 HWFC gift card. No-shows or cancellations will not get a gift card. Please email for info on fee waivers!

Deep Relaxation, drop in!

Wednesday, February 22nd 12-12:30pm Community Room

No need to register, just show up!

It's amazing what just a 30-minute break can do for the nervous system!!

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.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.

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.

Felted Soaps with Mallory, register here!

Thursday February 23rd 6pm Community Room

Explore the ancient art of felting wool while creating your own bar of decorative felted soap. You will learn how to create 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 creating a naturally exfoliating surface for your soap. *Let us know of any wool allergies so gloves can be provided

Space is very limited, so please register early. There is a $12 non-refundable materials fee. This class is for ages 12+

There is a $12 nonrefundable materials cost per person. Please email to inquire about a fee waiver!

Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Digestion!

 Register Here! Join us Saturday February 25th 12-1:30pm in The Community Room

Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic healing that originated in Ayurveda over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda translates as the “science of life” and is one of the sister sciences of yoga. In this class Cathy will give a brief introduction to the fundamentals of Ayurveda and how the strength of our agni, or digestive fire plays a vital role in our overall health and well being. According to Ayurveda, the manifestation of all disease in the body is a result of weak digestion. This class will help you determine the state of your own digestive health, some of the main causes of poor digestion, along with simple tips that can bring your body back into a state of balance. 


Cathy Antoniewicz has worked in the kitchen at HWFC for over 10 years. She is a graduate from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda and offers workshops, cooking classes and one on one health consultations as a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She is continuing to further her education as a clinical herbalist and Level II Ayurvedic Medicine to work with more advanced pathologies and integrate herbal medicine into her practice. Her specialty lies in helping people recover from burnout and related digestive and nervous system imbalances. 


Please register if you are certain you will be able to make the event, Drop-in Space Available

NEW CLASS!! Urban Permaculture Parts 1 & 2.

 Register Here! Join us Saturday February 25th and March 4th at 3pm for this two part class!

Permaculture is not only useful as a design system, but it also provides a framework for solving problems, organizing community, resiliency, and ecological restoration—to name a few. It is focused on human needs, and meeting them in a way that is less extractive and repressive than the current status quo. Come learn about the basic ethics, principles, and design methods of permaculture. This is a two part series! Please Join us for both sessions!

Adult Art Class; Flower Pastels drop in or register!

Sunday February 26th 12:30-2:30pm

Registration optional, just show up!

Join Selena for another relaxing and inspiring afternoon of art. This class we will be making pastel flower illustrations, inspired by Georgia O' Keefe's famous flower pastel series.

NEW!!! Cacao Ceremony; Letting Go, Register

Sunday February 26th 6pm

This event includes fresh cacao, a guided meditation, music, journaling, an interactive group activity, and a sharing circle. Cacao ceremonies are held by individuals who are experienced in preparing the drink and holding space. We will be using Primo Botanica Cacao Journey Ceremonial Drinking Chocolate, from Primo Botanica in Troy,NY. The cacao is sourced from The Manabi people in Tosagua, Ecuador, imported by Seva chocolate (based in Albany)

A cacao ceremony involves gathering in a circle with intention, breathwork, music, and of course, drinking ceremonial grade cacao. This tradition dates back hundreds of years, to pre-hispanic time, in Central and South America. Cacao has been known in these cultures as a heart opener and heart healer.

This is an experience that is safe, gentle, Kitty is offering this experience with respect to our plant teachers and utmost humility to the participants. It is her hope to educate participants about the history and benefits of drinking cacao. The benefits of surrendering during a cacao ceremony include reconnecting to yourself, deeper connection with a community of like minded souls, uplifting your spirit, opening your heart chakra, intention setting, developing empathy, getting clarity, and increasing your intuition. 

Please note there is $5 nonrefundable Registration Fee, Registrants will recieve a $5 giftcard when they check into the event! Please email to inquire about fee waivers.

Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Digestion

 Register Here! Join us Saturday March 18th 11-1:30pm in The Community Room

Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic healing that originated in Ayurveda over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda translates as the “science of life” and is one of the sister sciences of yoga. In this class Cathy will give a brief introduction to the fundamentals of Ayurveda and how incorporating seasonal cleanses can have a profound healing effect on our bodies. You will learn the basics of a seasonal cleanse and how it helps to both purify and rejuvenate the body. Cathy will guide class participants on how to make kitchari, a staple food consisting of mung beans and rice that is traditionally consumed during an Ayurvedic cleanse. 


Cathy Antoniewicz has worked in the kitchen at HWFC for over 10 years. She is a graduate from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda and offers workshops, cooking classes and one on one health consultations as a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She is continuing to further her education as a clinical herbalist and Level II Ayurvedic Medicine to work with more advanced pathologies and integrate herbal medicine into her practice. Her specialty lies in helping people recover from burnout and related digestive and nervous system imbalances. 


Please register if you are certain you will be able to make the event, Drop-in Space Available

Death Cafe

Monday, March 27th 6pm Community Room

Registration optional, just show up!

Hosted by member-owner, Michelle Polacinski, this cafe will provide a safe space to discuss death in all aspects. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. While this is not a bereavement or grief support resource, we will happily refer you to places where you can receive this kind of support.
This offering is Free. Beverages and a sweet treat will be provided.

Michelle Polacinski is an experienced herbalist and trained end-of-life doula. After struggling with physical health issues throughout her childhood and teenage years, Michelle discovered plant medicine. Growing up in the rural Lebanon Valley, she was no stranger to foraging and yet continues to learn about new plants and their healing properties every day. She has been working with plants for over 12 years.

Coop Scoop Archive Rewind!, drop by!

On display in the Cafe through February 2023

Join us for a celebration of the Coop Scoop! On behalf of the Scoop editorial team, Natalie Criscione, Jeffrey Wright-Sedam, and Ruth Ann Smalley have taken a deep dive into our amazing 46 year archive. They’ve distilled the unique voices, concerns, art, and aspirations of the first five years into a series of time-capsule posters and fun coloring pages, now on display in our Coop Scoop Archive Rewind exhibit. 

Come and time travel with us, as we share our vision of the hard work, humor, creativity, and big questions reflected in the earliest days of Honest Weight’s historic publication! Excitement, mystery, drama, debate--you'll find it all here! Coloring pages and crayons available to all

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.

Community Outreach - Co-op Classes at the Community

Our Community Impact 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 or to get involved, contact Amy at