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Free 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

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 Coordinator, with any questions at 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or DeannaB@honestweight.coop. All classes are free of charge uness otherwise noted.

 

 

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

Frame Your Year!
With Selena Wright
Sunday, December 29th, 12:30-2pm 
Looking for a creative way to capture a memory from 2019? Join Selena for an afternoon of artistic play as we create an original, colorful, glass mosaic frame for a special photo. Materials will be provided, just bring your creativity! Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, December 29th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome as Latrell teaches us some of the many ways to utilize essential oils. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Baking Biscuits!
With Marybeth Leo
Saturday, January 4, 10-11:30am
Let’s get flaky! Ever wonder how bakeries get all those layers in their biscuits? In this class you’ll learn the proper techniques and ingredients to bake flaky, delicious buttermilk biscuits right in your own kitchen. Teaching Kitchen 

Veganuary!
With Capital Region Vegan Network (CRVN) 
Saturday, January 4th, 2-5pm
In honor of Veganuary, an international campaign that inspires people to try veganism for the month of January, CRVN will host an information fair where community members can speak to local experts on different topics related to veganism. Join us for an exciting and fun afternoon filled with samples, recipes, information & giveaways! Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy!
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, January  5th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome as Latrell teaches us some of the many ways to utilize essential oils. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Your Health Matters
With Valerie Raucci
Sunday, January 5th, 3:30-5pm
Join us to learn more about your relationship with food and yourself in the first class of a series! This class is designed to encourage those who want to learn more about being healthy and to empower them with realistic action steps to begin the journey. Community Room

Acro Yoga
with Brian Hull
Monday, January 6th & January 27th from 6-7:30pm
Calling your inner child! In this introductory class, we will discuss safety, spotting, and basic movements and poses, followed by facilitated play/practice with certified teachers. Come play, cooperate, move, communicate, create, and explore with us! Community Room

Honest Education: Sunfood!
Wednesday, January 8th, 12:30-1:30pm
The new year is upon us, and Sunfood is here to help you with your 2020 goals! Big changes aren't necessary. Extra commitment isn't required. Let us show you small steps to bring about balance in your health and wellness. Teaching Kitchen

Albany Drum Circle
Wednesday, January 8th and 22nd
Learn and practice African rhythms with the Albany Drum Circle at their new winter home at Honest Weight! All experience levels are welcome and, if you need a drum, we can usually provide one. Please sign up formally at Albany Drum Circle on Meetup.com to get invitations and updates. Community Room

Peach Dump Cake
With Nina, CDSNY 
Thursday, January 9th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Nina as she demonstrates how to make a simpler version of peach cobbler. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-12
With David Caso
Thursdays, 5-5:45pm No class 1/2
In this new yoga class taught in story form, kids ages 7-12 can join David (Kripalu teacher, parent, fun-seeker) to learn some of the important aspects of yoga--how to challenge the body physically and calm the mind with peacefulness, and, of course, have great fun! This is a space where we will fly like dragons and stand as peaceful warriors. Come to one or all of the classes! No registration necessary! Community Room

What’s the Story?
With Selena Wright & Deanna Beyer
Every Friday, 11-11:45am No class 1/3
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). This offering takes place every Friday during the school calendar. Parents must accompany children. No registration necessary! Community Room

Lunch International Style for Kids: China!
With Selena Wright
Saturday, January 11th, 11am-12pm
Did you ever wonder what kids in other countries pack in their lunch boxes? Hint: it’s NOT PB&J! Explore and taste what other kids around the world might be eating in this new monthly class. This is a drop & shop class for ages 4 and up! Teaching Kitchen

Product Knowledge: Tea!
With Chef Morgan
Saturday, January 11th, 2-3:30pm 
Join us for this upcoming class in our series with Culinary Institute-trained Chef Morgan to learn about all the different varietals of TEA! We will take an extensive look into how tea is grown, where it comes from, and different medicinal properties associated with it. We will also learn different brewing techniques with some other history and fun facts along the way. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, January 13th, 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

Understanding the Science Behind Diabetes
With Laura Gregg
Tuesday, January 14th, 5-6:30pm & Thursday, January 30th from 6-7:30pm
Have you been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes?  Exercise Physiologist Laura Gregg will be leading the first of a series of classes about Type 2 Diabetes.  We’ll review with the science of the condition and take a look at "conventional" nutrition strategies for management of the disease. Your questions and interests will help determine future class content so please come with ideas and questions! Community Room

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, January 14th, 7:30-8:30pm
Offered on the second Tuesday of each month at Honest Weight. Come meditate for the first or four-hundredth time! Just drop in! Teaching Kitchen

Statistical Book Review 
With Jonathan Skinner
Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30-7:45pm
We’ll review Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to Fake News and Filter-Bubbles: The Algorithms That Control Our Lives, David Sumpter’s 2018 book aimed at the general public. No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic 
Wednesday, January 15th, 7-9:00pm
Join us in the Co-op Cafe on the third Wednesday of each month for a night of community music, poetry, and storytelling. Grab a latte and listen to talented members of the HWFC community, or come at 6:30 to sign up to perform. This is a family friendly event for all ages. Co-op Cafe

Thai, Yum!
With Rebecca Gorney
Thursday, January 16th, 6-7:30pm
Learn some of the basics of Thai cooking, in which a unique balance of spicy, salty, sweet, and sour flavors are key. We will make two gluten-free dishes: a classic pad thai and a Thai chicken soup with coconut milk. Teaching Kitchen

Mediating Inflammation
With Jennifer Baer, NP
Thursday, January 16th, 6:15-7:30pm
What is inflammation and how do we get to the root of it? Join us for an inspiring and eye-opening lecture about the underlying causes of inflammation and how to begin eliminating it from your body. There will be plenty of time for Q&A! Community Room

Let’s Bake Scones!
With Marybeth Leo
Saturday, January 18, 9-10:30am
Put the kettle on...because you’ll want to have an “afternoon tea” with these scrumptious scones! In this class, you’ll learn the proper techniques and ingredients you’ll need to bake fluffy, delicious American-style orange scones right in your own kitchen. Teaching Kitchen

LoV (Love of Vegan) Potluck and Panel Discussion
With Ariffa Bevin
Saturday, January 18th, 12:30-2:30pm
All are welcome for our seasonal plant-based potluck at Honest Weight! Enjoy an afternoon of meal sharing, recipe swapping, and community. Attendees are asked to bring a plant-based offering to share and we’ll provide some special treats made by our very own skilled chefs!

During the panel portion of this event, the audience will be able to ask questions about the vegan and plant-based lifestyles. To provide a broad perspective, the panelists will include vegans from different lifestyles and professional backgrounds that include health coaching and food industry. This will be an open and encouraging environment that will allow you to ask questions and receive some useful insight! Community Room

Happy Pongal!
With Sam Raj and Michael Wilk
Saturday, January 18th, 6-7:30pm
Pongal, a multi-day harvest festival mainly celebrated in South India, features a typical dinner menu of sweet and savory vegetarian dishes. For our festive celebration, we’ll make some of the delicious main dishes from South India served during the festival including; Sakkarai Pongal, Lentils, Rasam, and Potato Podimas. With the exception of Sakkarai Pongal (VEG), this class is suitable for vegans and those following a gluten-free diet! Teaching Kitchen

While Indian food in the United States consists mainly of recipes from North India, the dishes prepared on Pongal will be South Indian cuisine including:

  • Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Pongal): Rice and lentils cooked with milk, sugar, nuts and dried fruits. (vegetarian + GF)
  • Lentils: Toor or Thuvarai Lentils cooked with aromatic spices and coconut. (vegan + GF)
  • Rasam: Tomatoes and Tamarind extract mixed with aromatic spices. (vegan + GF)
  • Potato Podimas: Crushed potatoes toasted along with aromatic spices. (vegan + GF)

January Blues Art Class
With Selena Wright
Sunday, January 19th, 1-2:30pm 
During this class we will explore Picasso’s Blue Period (1900-1904) when he painted when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. Working primarily with pastels, we will create our own mini-masterpieces! Materials will be provided. Community Room

Stir It Up! Kids’ G-F Cooking Class Ages 8-12: Snacks!
With Deanna Beyer & Kathy Deweese
Monday, January 20th, 10am-1pm
A hands-on cooking class for aspiring chefs ages 8-12. The chefs will create a variety of delicious snacks from scratch using wholesome ingredients: Broccoli Bites, Polenta Fries, and Ultimate Twice-Baked Potatoes. Please bring two small containers for leftovers. Please note: this class is gluten-free, but does use dairy and has an optional meat component (bacon for the twice-baked potatoes). Substitutions will not be made. $25 per child. Space is very limited for this drop-off class, so register early! Teaching Kitchen

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, January 20th, 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. Bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. A limited number of chairs will be available. Just drop in! Community Room

Plant-Based Living for Young Adults
With Ariffa Bevin
Thursday, January 23rd, 4-5:30pm
This class will be tailored for teens and young adults who are not only looking for recipe ideas and food swaps, but also advice on incorporating plant-based eating into their lifestyle at home, work, or school. Ariffa will sample a few simple recipes as well! Teaching Kitchen

Spanish Immersion Cooking Class
With Melanie & Patty
Saturday, January 25th, 10am-12:00pm
Please join Melanie and Pati for our first Spanish immersion* cooking class. You’ll have a chance to brush up on your language skills while learning how to prepare an easy dish that we’ll be able to share and enjoy afterwards. Let’s have fun! ¡Todos bienvenidos! Teaching Kitchen *Please note that after the introduction, the entirety of the class will be in Spanish.

Kids: Co-op Special Ops!
With Selena Wright
Saturday, January 25th, 11am-12pm
Join us for this awesome new kids’ adventure in which we’ll take a deep dive into some of the fabulous, delicious, unique, and sometimes exotic foods we have here at Honest Weight. Part exploring, part sleuthing, part tasting, all super fun! This is a drop-and-shop class for kids ages four and over. Community Room

Basics Of Home Organization
With Jes Marcy
Saturday, January 25th, 1:30-3pm
Has the stuff in your home become a source of stress in your life? It doesn't need to be this way! Come and learn the basics of home organization with Professional Organizer, Jes Marcy. Her unique method, Prioritize Your Sanity, teaches you how to take control of the clutter and create a house that is truly a home. Jes will help you figure out where to start and how to move forward during this fun and enlightening workshop. Community Room

Whole30®️ Cooking
With Laura Gregg
Saturday, January 25th, 2-4pm
Running out of ideas for sticking to your New Years goals of eating healthier?  Join Whole30®️ Certified Coach Laura Gregg for a Whole30/Paleo cooking class with a different spin on "bulk cooking.”  Laura will prepare acorn squash stuffed with beef, cranberries and caramelized onion, as well as Thai winter squash soup and Italian beef collard roll-ups. Teaching Kitchen

Porcini Mushroom and Barley Soup
With Justin Hardecker of our Bulk Department
Saturday, January 25th, 6-7:30pm
Teacher and amazing chef Justin will demonstrate how to make a fabulous soup using a wide array of items primarily from our Bulk Department. Don’t miss this entertaining and fun night out with great food and good company! Teaching Kitchen

Many Thanks: Gratitude Journaling and Soul-Focused Writing for Well-being
With Ruth Ann Smalley
Sunday, January 26th, 1-2:30pm
Want to use writing to increase joy, find balance, and build resilience? Looking for a supportive environment to explore your self-expression? Join author, educator, and energy medicine practitioner, Ruth Ann Smalley, to learn helpful techniques and powerful practices. For a deeper dive into writing for wellness, this workshop will also address the energetic aspects of writing. All levels are welcome—come in for some fresh inspiration!

Zero Waste Cooking: New Year, New Habits
With Chef Morgan Lee Waite
Sunday, January 26th, 1-2:30pm
There is something so appealing in the idea of resetting and starting fresh. Use the past as a guideline and you can mold the future in it to anything you choose. Come get some creative ideas on how leading a more minimalist lifestyle will help you meet all your New Year's resolution goals. In this class, Culinary Institute trained Chef Morgan and team will be demonstrating how you can take some of these new ideas and turn them into routine habits. Teaching Kitchen

Understanding the Science Behind Diabetes
With Laura Gregg
Thursday, January 30th from 6-7:30pm & Tuesday, January 14th, 5-6:30pm
Have you been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes?  Exercise Physiologist Laura Gregg will be leading the first of a series of classes about Type 2 Diabetes.  We’ll review with the science of the condition and take a look at "conventional" nutrition strategies for management of the disease. Your questions and interests will help determine future class content so please come with ideas and questions! Community Room

* The information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the guidance of your healthcare practitioner.

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.

Shiatsu Massage with Raven, LMT, Tuesdays, 1-4PM

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!

Full Spectrum Healings with Sydney Allen, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:45-7:45pm NEW SESSION!
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!

¡Bebé Spanish! with Castle Island Bilingual Montessori Fridays, 10-11:00AM
Join toddler teacher and native Spanish speaker Miss Lili of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori for a Spanish play group for parents and toddlers. Miss Lili will guide children between the ages of 18 and 36 months old and their parents through Montessori hands-on activities. This class will be held from 10-11:00am every Friday during the regular school schedule. 

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!

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!

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

 

Conversational French with Martha, Every Sunday, 10-11AM
Drop by our Community Room and join in this meetup for French speakers at all levels. 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.

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

D&D @ HWFC, Every Friday, 5-8pm
Meet new people, build memories, and add adventure to our life! Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a game focused on co-operative story-telling, imagination, and problem-solving. It’s a perfect vehicle to encourage diplomacy, community, cultural understanding & acceptance. We offer a seat to anyone who would like to join regardless of experience or understanding, belief or background, age or ability. 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!