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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. 

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. 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 Deanna Beyer with any questions at DeannaB@honestweight.coop.

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.

Acupuncture

FREE ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS!

Registration on Eventbrite is required, click a date below to register.

Every Monday starting at 9am in the Community Room

PLEASE, ONE ONE SESSION PER PERSON PER MONTH!

Next Dates: December 12th, December 19th

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

Next Dates:  December 12th, & December 19th

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.  

Hair by Izzy

Wednesdays from 2:15-5pm Community Room

Next Dates: ON HIATUS UNTIL JANUARY!

FREE COMMUNITY HAIRCUTS! Registration required.

Every Wednesday between 2:15-5pm 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.

Reiki with Richard

Thursdays starting at 10:30am Conference Room

Next Dates: December 8th, December 15th, December 22nd, December 29th

FREE REIKI SESSIONS! Registration required.

"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.

This Month's Classes

Knit & Stitch, drop in!

Every Friday from 1-3pm Community Room

Next Dates: December 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

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 kernan.pat@gmail.com 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 deannab@honestweight.coop for the Zoom link.

Coop Scoop Archive Rewind!, drop by!

On display in the Cafe through January 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!

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

Canceled due to Illness! Healthy Holidays with Dr. Rhiannon, register here!

Canceled!Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm Community Room

Between travel and social festivities, it's no surprise that we often find our health–both physical and mental–left waiting in the wings until New Year's Day. We'll discuss strategies to optimize your health and navigate health risks this holiday season! As always, come with questions and bring a friend!

Make Your Own Cold Brew with Virgo Rising, register here!

Saturday, December 10th at 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! 

A $5 materials fee reserves your spot! 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.

NEW! Ayurvedic Use of Common Spices, register here!

Saturday, December 10th 1-2:30pm Teaching Kitchen

In this class, we will learn about the healing benefits of ten common spices that are traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, many of which can be found in your spice cabinet. You will discover how to use these herbs in your cooking and other preparations that will help to improve digestion, immunity, and respiratory health.

Cathy is a long-time Co-op employee, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Chef, and a student of Ayurvedic and Western Herbalism.

Indian Cooking: Dosa, Chutneys, & Chai! Oh My!, register here!

Saturday, December 10th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

If you haven't attended one of Sam & Mike's monthly Indian Cooking classes, here's your chance!

Not only will you learn how to make dosa (a specialty of Southeast India), coconut & tamarind chutney, and a delicious cardamom chai, 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.

NEW! Psychic-Intuitive Workshop II: Spiritual Helpers and Psychic Tools, register here!

Sunday, December 11th 10:30am-12pm Community Room

"Psychic abilities are neither sacred nor secular; they are just natural human abilities” -Russell Targ

Would you like to know more about the spirit beings that can aid you in your psychic-intuitive development? Would you also like to begin working with various tools you can use to access messages from Spirit? In this workshop, you will be introduced to spiritual entities such as angels, masters, and guides who want to help you receive information from the spirit world.  Also, tools such as oracle cards, runes, and pendulums will be discussed to show you how Spirit can communicate with you. The workshop will help you to experience your intuitive gifts and show you why this is important to your spiritual path. Also, you will learn more about spiritual protection and its importance in any psychic-intuitive work.

This workshop is fun, interactive, and uplifting. It will inspire and quicken your spiritual and personal growth, enriching all areas of your life. You will be encouraged to access fresh, new intuitive information coming from the depth of your Soul while at the same time strengthening your connection with Spirit. 

NEW! Learn to Make Chef Morgan's Pierogi!, register here!

Sunday, December 11th 4-6pm Teaching Kitchen

After years of requests and just in time for the holidays, Chef Morgan is sharing her secret family recipe for traditional pierogi stuffed with cabbage and potato & cheese. Bring your apron for this hands-on class where you will be taught how to create your own dumplings. Don’t miss this limited class (only 16 spots available!)–register now!

A $5 deposit reserves your spot. All attendees will receive a $5 gift card to the store. Please bring containers to take home your pierogi. 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.

Forgiveness Meditation, drop in!

Monday, December 12th 5:30pm Community Room

The holidays can bring up a LOT of emotions! Join Geralyn and Kaori for a Mindful Monday practice – an hour of sharing, reflections, and guided mediation on forgiveness...of yourself or others.

Bach Flower Remedies for Holiday Stress, register here!

Tuesday, December 13th at 6pm Community Room

Join the wonderful Nini Gridley for this informative event and get ready to manage your holiday stress with gentle remedies from nature that ease tension, worry, and that frantic holiday feeling. Just two drops in water can balance stress and help you enjoy the celebrations. Are you overwhelmed, irritable or cranky already?

Bring your water bottle to try these amazingly simple solutions that restore you to health and wellness. All questions about this simple system of 38 Bach Flower remedies available in our Wellness Department are welcome. Coupons will be provided to attendees!

Nini Gridley, MS Ed has been a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) since 2002 when she began to use Bach Flower Remedies in her private practice, Full Spectrum Healing TM. Discovering them in a health food store after working in hospitals for 10 years on Pediatrics, Nini has dedicated her career to teaching people how to heal using these gentle vibrational remedies derived from Nature. For more information about her go to: www.NiniGridley.com.

Healthy Holidays with Dr. Rhiannon, register here!

Wednesday, December 14th at 12:30pm Community Room

Between travel and social festivities, it's no surprise that we often find our health–both physical and mental–left waiting in the wings until New Year's Day. We'll discuss strategies to optimize your health and navigate health risks this holiday season! As always, come with questions and bring a friend!

Make Your Own Disco Ball!, register here!

Friday, December 16th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Psyche! 2022 is almost over…are you jivin’ yet? If not, make sure to grab a friend and join Selena for an evening of Disco Ball creation…the perfect festive décor for your NYE celebrations. We’ve got all the materials you need, including light refreshments, so don’t be a spaz…we’ll see you on the flip side 😊

Ages 16+ please.

Yoga with scrap, register here!

Saturday, December 17th 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!

Around the World Cuisine for Kids: THAILAND, register here!

Saturday, December 17th at 12pm Teaching Kitchen

The next stop for this super fun class is Thailand! 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.

Crystal Sound Healing, drop in!

Saturday, December 17th 5pm Community Room

Don't let the stress of the season get you down! Enjoy the crystalline Sound Bath meditation! 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. Please bring a blanket, eye covering, and any additional pillows you need.

Lino Block Print Cards Adult Art Class with Selena, register here!

Sunday, December 18th at 12:30pm Teaching Kitchen

Spend the afternoon creating your own unique, handmade holiday greeting. We've got all the materials you'll need, including light refreshments, to make a custom card or print. Have never done lino block printing before? No worries – Selena will walk you through the process. Bring a friend, enjoy this free class, grab some nourishment, and finish your holiday shopping in one-stop!

Ages 16+ please.

NEW! Gentle Yoga with Carrie, register here!

Sunday, December 18th 4-5:30pm Community Yoga

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.

Homeschool Parents Support Group, drop in!

Monday, December 19th 6-8pm Teaching Kitchen

Homeschooling parents gather each month without their children to talk about what's working in their routines. It is a positive space to be inspired and lift each other up as we move through our homeschooling year. Welcome to all seasoned and new homeschooling parents.

Open Mic Coffee House, drop in!

Monday, December 19th 6-8:30pm Co-op Cafe

Join us for community music, poetry, and storytelling!

All are welcome to perform at this community event, or just grab a latte and listen to talented members of the HWFC community! Beverages and great snacks, goodies, and food can be purchased at HWFC. Alcoholic beverages of any kind are not permitted. Outside food and beverages of any kind are not permitted.

Interested in performing? Sign up and check in starting at 6:30pm in the Co-op Cafe. Time slots will be assigned in order of performer check-in.

Contact the Membership Committee at Membershipcomm@honestweight.coop for more information. Member-Owners will not receive time investment hours for performing or as audience members.

Death Cafe, drop in!

Monday, December 26th 6pm Community Room

No need to register, 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.

Unplug and Connect Meditation, drop in!

Wednesday, December 28th 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.

NEW! How To Let Go: A Masterclass, register here!

Thursday, December 29th at 6pm Community Room

What a beautiful way to end the year...Join Lisa, member-owner & CEO of Ella-G, as she guides you through letting go of heartbreak, the past & self-limiting beliefs so you can live your best life ever. Learn why it's hard to let go, the cost of not letting go, ways to let go, and suggestions about how to begin.

Around the World Cuisine for Kids: ETHIOPIA!, register here!

Saturday, January 14th at 12pm Teaching Kitchen

The next stop for this super fun class is ETHIOPIA! 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: Happy Pongal!, register here!

Saturday, January 14th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

It's Pongal and what better way to celebrate than with one of Sam & Mike's monthly Indian Cooking classes!

Pongal, also referred to as Tai Pongal, is a multi-day Tamil (the region in India where Sam's family is from) harvest festival celebrated by Tamils in India and Sri Lanka. Learn how to make traditional pongal, pyasim, and a delicious masala chai. 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.

Tissue Paper Collage with Selena, register here!

Friday, January 20th at 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Stop in and make a colorful, unique collage to brighten up the dreary days of winter! We've got all of the tissue colors you might possibly need to create a beautiful piece of art. Bring a friend and enjoy a delightful, art-full afternoon with light refreshments and good company.

Ages 16+, please.

SAVE THE DATE!

Clothing Swap 4.0

Sunday, January 29th 10-2pm Community Room

In an effort to support a more ethical, sustainable future, we are happy to be hosting a clothing swap where everyone brings in clothes that they no longer wear, and potentially leaves with clothes donated by other attendees. Our first events have been so successful that we’re going to do it AGAIN!

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, January 27th between 2-6pm in the Teaching Kitchen

Saturday, January 28th between 11am-2pm in the Community Room

NO items will be accepted on the day of the swap!

PLEASE NOTE: We have limited space for this event, so we will stop accepting items when we’ve reached capacity.

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, Januray 29th from 10am-2pm, is open to everyone, and will be first-come, first-served. Please be sure to arrive early for the best selection!

 

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

 

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

TIME CHANGE! Knit & Stitch, Every Friday, 1-3pm 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 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 amy@honestweight.coop.