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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 and services 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 Coordinator, with any questions at 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or All classes are free of charge uness otherwise noted.



This month's classes. Reserve a spot at the individual link below


We've cancelled all our in-store classes and events, but are taking Co-op Education to the virtual realm! Starting March 31st, we're posting videos and "Lives" of relevant classes on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. So far, here's what we have archived:

Breathwork to Reduce Anxiety
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator
Tuesday, March 31st, 1pm

Inside the Co-op Kitchen: Cooking with What You Have
with Dan Hurlbut, Food Service Department Manager
Thursday, April 2nd, 1pm

Homemade Window Paint for Kids of All Ages
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator
Saturday, April 4th, 1pm

The 8 Movements of the Spine to Maintain a Healthy Back and Feel Good
with Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator
Tuesday, April 7th, 1pm

Inside the Co-op Kitchen: What To Do with All That Pasta and Canned Tomatoes
with our Food Service Department
Thursday, April 9th, 1pm

Inside the Co-op Bakery: Making and Decorating Using Rainbow Frosting
with Anastasia, Baker and Decorator Extraordinaire
Saturday, April 11th, 1pm

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.

Therapeutic Touch with Nancy Brandt, Mondays, 12-3PM 
Therapeutic touch is a research-based energy healing modality which promotes a relaxation response and supports our innate capacity for self-healing. Great with helping chronic pain and emotional distress. Sign up at the Service Desk. 

Deep Tissue Massage with Melissa Enslin, LMT, Tuesdays, 10AM-1PM 
Sign up at the service desk to enjoy a 15-minute relaxing session. Melissa Enslin is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist has been practicing in her craft for over 15 years. She specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Reiki I.

Shiatsu Massage with Raven, LMT, Tuesdays, 1-4PM CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
The style is based in traditional Chinese medicine, addressing the needs of the mind, body, and spirit, simultaneously. Shiatsu combines elements of deep tissue work with elements of sport-style massage, as well as elements of mindful breathing, and mind-body awareness. Clients should wear stretch, or loose fit, clothing, as shiatsu involves therapist-guided stretching and movement. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

Clutter Coaching Sessions with Jes Marcy, Tuesdays, 5pm
Are you overwhelmed by clutter in your home and not sure what to do? Do you avoid having people over? Honest Weight Member-Owner and Professional Organizer Jes Marcy can help! Book a 45-minute, one-on-one coaching session with Jes in our Practitioner Room, free of charge. Jes can advise you on the best way to start decluttering and stay decluttered. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

Neuro Massage with Chas Hayes NEW SESSION!
11am-2pm on select Thursdays each month (February 20th) 
These sessions last approximately 20 minutes and aim to calm, relax, and improve overall wellbeing (and even functioning) for those with neurological issues. Note: 95% of therapy can be done through clothing, except in instances of spinal massage, for which direct contact may be helpful with recipient's permission. Practitioner Room

Body Straightening with Chas Hayes NEW SESSION!
11am-2pm on select Thursdays each month (February 6th)
These sessions last approximately 20 minutes and aim to identify and alleviate regions of heightened tensions in your body that may contribute to throwing off functioning and mobility. Please note: Massage table is portable lite-weight with an approximate 200 pound weight limit. Practitioner Room

Reiki with Anne Samson
3-6:30pm on select Thursdays each month (February 6th & 20th) NEW SESSION!
Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique that promotes healing. The gentle, soothing energy of Reiki is deeply relaxing, and has been known to heal a variety of physical, mental and emotional issues. Anne Samson is a Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. Practitioner Room

Full Spectrum Healings with Sydney Allen, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:45-7:45pm
Come in and spend 20 restorative minutes with Sydney Allen, a Certified Full Spectrum Master Healer and hit the big reset button to reconnect you with yourself. Release your stress and reharmonize your whole system-- mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

Nutritional Counseling with Hollan Bonjukian, Fridays, 11am-2pm NEW TIME!
From Fear to Freedom; learn how to use dietary fats to become fat adapted and break the sugar addiction. This is an opportunity to discover dietary freedom through fats from a nutrition expert, athletic trainer and compassionate coach. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

Oracle Card Reading with Richard Schneider, Fridays, 3-5pm
Richard intuitively reads from several decks of oracle cards to bring in guidance from Spirit about your life questions and issues. These readings feature thematic cards as well as the traditional Tarot. The messages are presented in a positive atmosphere and are meant to be insightful and helpful. Practitioner Room

Chakra Clearing and Charging with Richard Schneider, Fridays, 5-6pm
In this session, Richard will discuss the functions of the chakras and conduct a meditation designed to clear and charge the seven major chakras. In addition, he'll use tuning forks and vocal toning to enhance the experience in order to move toward greater energetic balance. Practitioner Room

Herbal Health Consultations, Saturdays 9:30AM-12:30PM
Join Stacey Magliaro to learn more about the use of herbs and diet for aging well, health issues, and in helping individuals regain lost vitality. Sign up at the Service Desk.

Reiki with Aidan Thompson, Saturdays, 2-5PM
Reiki is a Japanese technique done through gentle touch that promotes deep relaxation and healing. A warm and soothing energy flows from the hands into the client, releasing tension and creating a space that allows the body to heal itself. Aidan is a certified seventh-generation Reiki II practitioner in the Usui Reiki lineage. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

Acupuncture with Crystal Marks L.Ac. MSTOM, Saturdays beginning March 7th, 4:30-7PM NEW SERVICE!
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 us time for a targeted one-sided acupuncture treatment. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk!

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

Conversational French with Martha Codio, Every Sunday, 10-11AM
Drop by our Community Room and join in this meetup for French speakers at all levels. Open to everyone who wants to learn a new language, practice and improve what they already know. It is a fun and interactive class that promotes conversations among individuals. Conference Room

Sunday Morning Yoga with Katherine Nadeau, Every Sunday, 11AM-12PM
Greet the new week with grace and energy in a mindful yoga practice.  All levels welcome. Please bring a mat and water with you, dress comfortably, and bring any props you need.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Courtney Barber, 3-5pm on select Sundays each month 
Mindfulness-based stress reduction now has a strong research base in neurobiology and is increasingly being used for emotional health, chronic pain, improved sleep and more. Drop in to our monthly group of those interested in exploring simple mindfulness and meditation techniques. Teaching Kitchen

ESL (English As A Second Language) with Andrea Hyary, Every Monday, 8:30-9:45am
Honest Weight is proud to offer this drop in conversational group class for all levels for the purpose of hearing and practicing English. Appropriate for those who have some knowledge of English and wish to strengthen their speaking skills. Class is limited to 10 participants. Community Room

Conversational Spanish with Melanie Porés, Every Monday, 10-11AM
Drop by our Café and join in this meetup for Spanish speakers at all levels.  

Schodack Sessions Folk Music, Second Mondays, 6-8PM
Serving music enthusiasts from beginner through intermediate, this group offers basic instruction on playing and singing folk music on various instruments. Everyone is welcome to stop in, observe and/or participate! We meet on the second Monday of each month. Community Room

Singing Bowls with Bill Leslie, Third Mondays, 6-7:00PM
Meditation allows the mind to let go of the past and put aside expectations for the future. The sound of singing bowls helps create that pause. Participants in this meditation session are encouraged to bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. A limited number of chairs will be available. Please arrive on time for meditation at 6pm.

Body Fat & Blood Pressure Screening, Every Tuesday, 11AM-1PM Personal trainer, Jeff Miller, will test your body fat and blood pressure and translate those numbers into usable information about your health.  At Service Desk.

Public Meditation Class with Diamond Way Buddhism, Second Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30PM
This monthly meditation practice at HWFC is straightforward and aimed at regular people with busy lives. Beginners are welcome!

Co-op Family Group, Every Wednesday, 10AM-12PM
A weekly family group that has been meeting at Honest Weight since 2006 to discuss a whole host of topics pertaining to natural parenting choices. Kids are welcome! 

Yoga for Parkinson’s, Every Thursday, 11:45AM-12:45PM
A gentle yet motivating chair yoga class designed to inspire mind/body ease and enhance daily functioning for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Knit & Stitch, Every Friday (except in the summer), 12-2PM 
Knit & Stitch is for people at all levels of expertise, those with skills to share and others who wish to learn, in a setting of camaraderie and conversation. Drop in anytime!

What’s the Story? Every Friday, 11-11:45am 
Drop in for Little Cooperators Story Time! This weekly offering will include an engaging story book, creative craft, and yummy snacks for our younger shoppers (ages 2-4). What’s the Story takes place every Friday during the school calendar. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

Albany Food Readers Book Club, First Saturdays every other month, 7PM 
We believe that reading, discussion, and community building are the ingredients needed to counterbalance the misconceptions in our food system.Our goal is to empower participants with a new found awareness and appreciation for our food system. Book topics include farming, agriculture, cooking education, nature, ecology, food history, food biography, food memoirs, food science, food justice, food security, food policy and issues, foodie culture, and food related movements. See the books and upcoming meeting info here!

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

Shakes & Bakes: Tween/Teen Cooking Club – Instant Noodle Cups, Monday, March 16th at 4-5pm
Albany Public Library Bach Branch, 455 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY
We'll be teaching 11-17 year olds how to make ramen! Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Tuesday, March 31st from 12-5pm
Mobile Bus at Honest Weight Food Co-op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany
Register to give at Honest Weight's service desk or online.

Troy Barn Dance Experience, Friday, March 20th, 7-9:30pm
Troy YWCA, 21 First St, Troy NY
Traditional Roots Dancing featuring live fiddle music with caller-led figures that are fun and easy to do! Caller: Paul Rosenberg with music by Loosely Wound String Band. Suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $2 for children. Free snacks donated by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Learn more!

Troy Barn Dance Experience, Friday, April 17th, 7-9:30pm
Troy YWCA, 21 First St, Troy NY
Traditional Roots Dancing featuring live fiddle music with caller-led figures that are fun and easy to do! Caller: Paul Rosenberg with music by Set Americain. Suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $2 for children. Free snacks donated by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Learn more!

Healthy Hub: Food Prep 101, Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30-7:30pm
Sidney Albert Albany JCC, 340 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY 12208
Join Honest Weight Food Co-op for an hour of easy, hands on food prep! Each class features a hand picked recipe that uses locally grown ingredients available at the Honest Weight Co-op. At the end of each class, participants will have a chance to sample the prepared recipe. Each class is limited to 15 participants. Contact Lisa Morlitz at (518)438-6651 for more info. Learn more and sign up.