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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. 

Please note, all events require registration, unless stated otherwise!!

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.

Acupuncture with Paul


March Registration

Every Monday starting at 9am in the Community Room 


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.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

March 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.

A $5 NONREFUNDABLE Deposit is required to register, you will receive a $5 HWFC Gift Card upon attendance to your appointment, please email for a fee waiver!

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 BCST sessions as part of her mentorship towards becoming a certified practitioner.

Reiki w Dee!!

March Registration!!

         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.

Tarot Readings with Erin

                                                   FREE Tarot SESSIONS! Registration required.

Tarot is an ancient source of divining wisdom and guidance. If you have never had a tarot reading before, or if you have had many readings, this is an opportunity for you to ask the cards a particular question or simply get a check-in about what the cards have to say about what have going on in your life right now. Erin's readings help her clients boost positive energy and are a great way to gain clarity and insight into your life and the direction you may be headed. Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.  Erin Sheehan is an intuitive tarot and oracle card reader.  Erin has been reading tarot for several years for friends and professionally, and uses the cards as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth. She is passionate about helping others uncover their own inner wisdom and gain a deeper understanding of their lives and their path.

 Tarot Readings with Lori 

                                                                  Currently taking a hiatus!!

Lori is offering remote tarot readings while on her hiatus, please email to get connected with Lori!

Angel Card or Natal Chart Readings 

February/March Registration!!

Join Jenn for a free 45 minute Session; One per Person per Month!

Jenn finds that curiosity is continuously nudging her toward deeper and greater exploration of the unseen world. The interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated elements of life, is where the magic of our experience as creators exists. We can choose where to set boundaries, how to receive information, and impeccably understand why a cycle is both ending and beginning anew. And since there is a vast universe of information from which we decide our world view, there are many tools to assist in dialing in on what is right in a moment, or even as an archetype. She offers two options of divination to help you clarify your truth. One is through an Angel Card Reading, where you can gain confirmation on the messages your guardian angel(s) or guides have been bring up for you lately. Second is a natal chart reading where you can address where planetary transits are lighting up your life.

Jenn is a part of Kyle Gray’s Angel Team and have completed Level-II Certification with National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR).

NEW!! Chinese-Astrology Customized Qigong

February & March Sign-ups

         FREE SESSIONS! Registration required.

Chinese Astrology is one of the arts of Chinese Metaphysics. Just like other astrology systems, it says that we are born with a certain energtic blueprint which determines our personality, talents, and atitudes in life. In additon, it has very precise tools to understand what specific energies come our way every decade, and how our own energies interact with those that everyone experiences: the energies of the year, month, day, and hour. In this system, everyone is subject to some energic imbalances, which show up as various sensitvities and health challenges.

Food and exercise are two great ways to balance these energies and achieve a state of wellness. They can prevent, manage, and even reverse these problems. Qigong is a combination of gentle movements, intention, and breath. It is intrinsically linked to Chinese Medicine, as all the movements deliberately activate acupuncture meridians and points. Both also belong to Chinese Metaphysics.

In this 45-minute session, Silvia uses your Chinese Astrology chart to understand potential health problems, and then teach you specific Qigong movements to help you restore balance and prevent illness. To participate in the session, the location and date of birth need to be provided. If the time of birth is known, the analysis will be most accurate – but a lot can be derived even without that.

Acupuncture with Sally

Wednesdays in Conference Room!!

February/March Sign Ups


Free acupuncture with Sally Rappeport, L.Ac. Sally primarily practices Saam acupuncture which is a Korean style that usually uses only 4 needles per treatment. She has found that it has quite profound results for many different types of issues including all types of pain, asthma and allergies, gynecological conditions, anxiety and depression, digestive conditions, urination and prostate conditions, insomnia, migraines, etc.   Sessions will last around 30”-45". PLEASE wear comfortable, loose clothing as this style of acupuncture uses primarily points from the knees and elbows to the feet and hands. We will chat for a few minutes and then I’ll insert the needles. You can expect to feel very relaxed once the needles are in. This style of acupuncture gives the body a very clear message by supplementing the weakest channel in the wheel of 12 channels. When that weakness in the wheel gets tonified, all 12 channels come into a better relationship with one another and the wheel of life turns more effectively. Sometimes, I may use other modalities, such as cupping or gua sha.
Sally Rappeport, Licensed Acupuncturist, has been practicing for over 25 years, first in Brooklyn and now in Philmont, NY. Her love for East Asian Medicine has led her to teach herbal medicine online to practitioners and do telemedicine herb consults, treating people all over the US and in Europe. In addition, she was instrumental in bringing practitioners together for an annual conference from 2016- 2023, as founder of the Shen Nong Society.  She serves on the ASA (American Society of Acupuncturists) Herb Committee. She attended the Pacific College of Health Sciences graduating in 1997. Previously, Sally was a dancer/performance artist and Early Chilhood/Elementary School Teacher. She is a foodie and loves to garden and knit. Her website is

This Month's Classes


  Arabic Lessons with Hamad

Next Session 2/29 @ 10:30am

This is a basic Arabic class that focuses on learning the Arabic language through a cultural lens. Arabic is one of the hardest languages to learn due to its versatility and evolution. While learning the language, it is recommended to learn a little about the culture to understand where words come from and how they formulate. 

Hamad Alghareeb is a native Arabic language speaker. Hamad acquired English as a new language through formal education, which influenced their love for teaching and languages. Additionally, they taught English as a New Langauge in South America and the Middle East. 

                         Folk Guitar & Ukelele.

 First Monday in the Community Room 6pm

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

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.

Join us as a listener! We love an audience, the more the merrier!!

Please email Patricia Kernan at with any questions.

Conversational 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.

Gentle Yoga w. Carrie

Fridays March 1st, 15th &29th at 4pm Community Room

FREE! Drop-in No Registration Required!

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.

Community Yoga with Mary!

Sundays March 10th & 24th

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 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. Connect to yourself, while practicing yoga in community. All levels class, beginners welcome. Mary Rosch, an Albany native, has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and loves to now share yoga through teaching. Come as you are to this Sunday morning class and help cultivate extra special energy in the HWFC Community Room! 

March Death Cafe

Wednesday March 6th at 7pm Community Room

No registration required; 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.

Italian for Beginners with Federico!

March 3rd Class Cancelled

Sundays 7-8:30 in Community Room

In this beginner Italian class, you will learn the basics of contemporary Italian language, from a correct pronunciation to how "Italian culture" shapes the language and vice-versa, to slang and new linguistic challenges. You will learn the fundamentals of Italian grammar in comparison to the English language, tips and tricks on how to advance on your own and much more. Each lesson will explain new grammar concepts, introduce new vocabulary and exercise your listening and speaking skills. Furthermore, we will touch other related topics such as Linguistics, Philology and regional variations. Come join a warm and welcoming setting and learn the language of Dante!

Federico Zwirner (Fred, he/they) is a native Italian speaker from Venice with a degree in Japanese Language Culture and Society. His multicultural upbringing set him on the path of learning lots of different languages and cultures, and passionately trying to share his love for the beauty of why and how humans describe themselves and the world around them. Fred is currently studying Linguistics and Gaelic on their own and working in the Coop's kitchen as a Cook, learning about and preparing lots of different dishes from many different cultures.

Moon Cycle Abundance with Mad Health Doc & Tea Punk

Friday March 1st 6:30 Community Room

Moon Cycle Abundance: How to know yourself better through the menstrual hormone cycle for life balance and holistic health with the Mad Health Doc and TeaPunk

In this class we will outline the hormonal fluctuations of a 28 day moon cycle and provide insight on how to feel your best during these lovely hormonal waves. We will outline how one might utilize the knowledge of hormone fluctuations to choose the optimal foods and exercise practices to ease stress and achieve goals. We will offer tea and snacks that sync with the various phases.

The Mad Health Doc has a Ph.D. in molecular cellular and developmental biology. Dr. Madeline works at a local college where she teaches in the biology department. When not at work she can be found with her awesome family (which includes 6 chickens). Check out her writing in The Coop Scoop or the Coop Blog. Have a question or a suggestion for a future topic? She is not on social media so you can’t find her, follow her or subscribe to her channel. Instead, she hopes that you take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Then, smile and go outside. 

TeaPunk is Rebecca Angel, who used to share her passion for tea (“TeaPunk Soiree”) and healthy food (“Secrets of the Bulk Department”) through co-op classes for several years. Later she became Managing Editor of the Coop Scoop. And now she is happy to join her sister back in the teaching kitchen. When not making tea, Rebecca is a music teacher, writer, and urban gardener.

Ayurvedic Seasonal Cleanse Cooking Class

Saturday March 2nd 11am Teaching Kitchen

Spring is the perfect time to embark on an Ayurvedic seasonal cleanse!  In this workshop we will do a brief introduction to Ayurveda and talk about the importance of resetting our digestion at the junction of the seasons. We will discuss the ways in which an Ayurvedic approach to cleansing differs  from other fad cleanses on the market and how to safely do a cleanse from the comfort of your own home. We will end the class by learning how to make kitchari, a comforting dish of spiced mung beans and rice, typically eaten during an Ayurvedic seasonal cleanse. 

A $10 NONREFUNDABLE FEE saves you a seat! Upon attendance to class you'll receive a $5 HWFC Giftcard and coupon! Please email for a fee waiver, no one turned away due to lack of funds!
About the teacher:
Cathy is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Chef, Clinical Herbalist and wellness educator. She works part time as an advanced cook at Honest Weight and is the owner of Balanced Body Ayurveda. 
To explore her offerings please visit:

Mending Clinic with Stitching Exchange

Sunday March 3rd 11-2:30 Community Room

Stitching Exchange participants will offer simple clothing repairs while patrons shop.

Repairs include: buttons replaced, small tears mended, hemming, and simple tailoring. Modest donations happily accepted and will go directly to the immigrant woman who completes the repairs.

Stitching Exchange is an ongoing artist project for immigrants learning English. We focus on learning new sewing skills and exchanging sewing traditions from around the world, while practicing speaking English. Through our informal “sewing bees,” we foster creativity, build community, and cultivate friendships. For more info:

A ticket to this event does not guarantee a spot on the mending list, mending appointments are first come, first served!

Simple Recipes for Happy Digestion

Tuesday March 5th 5:30pm Teaching Kitchen

Join talented chef Diane in this class all about food to support colon health! We'll learn ways to keep our digestive tract working great by using simple, tasty ingredients and recipes for the whole family. We’ll also sample some tasty dishes that you can easily make at home. You will leave this workshop feeling ready to prepare more colon healthy meals!

Energy Boosting, Thyroid Balancing Workshop

Thursday March 7th 6pm Community Room

Are you tired of being tired all the time?  Could it be your thyroid?
In this workshop you will learn the 7 secrets to overcome constant fatigue, stubborn weight, and crippling stress & anxiety. Even if you’ve been struggling with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's for years, this workshop is going to be a game changer for you. Join us for the Energy Boosting, Thyroid Balancing Workshop and discover the strategies to achieve sustained energy, confidence, and weight loss with Hashimoto's!

As a former Biomedical Engineer and someone who spent years with debilitating fatigue, rashes, and stubborn weight from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Grace knows firsthand the struggle to regain her health, energy, and confidence. She was finally able to break free from her symptoms naturally, and is now a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who loves helping other women with Hashimoto's lose weight, reboot their energy, overcome stress and revive passion in their career and life.

DIY Cheese Boards with Shelby!

Friday March 8th 6pm Teaching Kitchen

Indulge your senses and elevate your culinary skills at our exciting Cheese Board Making Class! Join us for an evening of gourmet delights as we guide you through the art of creating the perfect cheese board that will impress even the most discerning palate.

During this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the secrets of pairing cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, nuts, and accoutrements to create a stunning and delicious cheese board masterpiece. Our head Cheese Monger, Shelby, will share her knowledge of flavor profiles, textures, and presentation techniques, empowering you to craft a beautifully curated spread that will be the centerpiece of any gathering.

In addition to honing your cheese board crafting skills, you'll also have the chance to socialize and connect with fellow food lovers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Share tips, swap stories, and bond over your mutual love of all things cheese!

NONREFUNDABLE $20 Materials Fee for this event. Get a $5 HWFC Gift Card and $5 off $25 Coupon upon attendance to class! Please Email if you are in need of a fee waiver!

Grab your friends, family, or significant other and join us for an evening of cheesy delights! Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today.

Chinese Astrology: Unlocking the 2024 Secrets

Saturday March 9th 9:30am Community Room

Chinese Astrology is one of the disciplines of Chinese Metaphysics, an ancient art that describes the fundamental nature of reality. Sister disciplines most known in the Western world are Feng Shui, Chinese Medicine, and Qigong. Fundamental to all of them is the description of the world in terms of yin and yang and the five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. These elements represent certain energies that interact with each other in prescribed and cyclical ways, and directly influence our lives.

Just like other astrology systems, the Chinese system says that we are born with a certain energetic blueprint which determines our personality, talents, attitudes, and how easy or difficult our life will be if we are passive. What makes it different is that it can forecast challenges and opportunities by understanding how our own energies interact with those that everyone experiences: the energies of the year, month, day, and hour. In addition, it has specific tools that give guidance to mitigate challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

In this session, you will learn:

-How each animal will be influenced by these energies

- That you have 4 animals in your natal astrology chart, each governing a different area of your life

-What actions support success for each animal sign Ultimately, you will understand that Chinese Astrology is a complex system that can be analyzed in a systematic manner, and useful information can be derived from it to devise a strategy to advance your goals.

Know ahead of time which are the 4 zodiac animals that represent you: plot your natal chart at You need to create a free account to do that.

Around the World Cuisine for Kids; Japan!!

Saturday March 9th 12pm Teaching Kitchen

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

Registration preferred but not required!!

Puzzle Swap/Cafe

Saturday March 9th 4:45pm Community Room

Calling all puzzlers!!!!
 Please join Patty and Selena at this first HWFC jigsaw puzzle swap/cafe. All are welcome and if you have a gently-used puzzle you’d like to donate or swap please bring it along.

Come join in on the fun while we work together on some puzzles or just stop by and take a new challenge home! 

Light refreshments will be served!

Please note, you do not have to bring in a puzzle to swap or donate to be eligible to select from the free puzzles to bring home!

This is a FREE event. Guests are welcome to donate/bring in up to 8 puzzles each, our fabulous MOs have the right to decline any larger qunatity or damaged puzzles! Each guest of this event will get a $5 off $25 HWFC Coupon!

We are hoping to donate any remaining puzzles from this event, if you have any recommendations for where our leftover puzzles would find a good home please email with contact information for the group/organization!

Registration preferred but not required!!

What's in your Water?! w Uniah & Zayre

Sunday March 10th 2pm Community Room

We will be testing the water from bottled water companies that doesn’t have our best interest.

-Sampling a water that has healing properties and helps with longevity.

-Learning what’s actually in the water and gathering inside on an alternative much healthier water that saves environment and saves us money.

The goal is to empower our community and provide a solution to the problem the economy has placed on us.

Yoga & Sound Bath

Monday March 11th 6pm

Close out February with a combination of active release and relaxation to encourage uplifted energy and balance between your body's heaven, earth, and heart energy.

  1. Meditation to find what is locked in the body and release it.
  2. Reiki Movement meditation to soft tension.
  3. Gentle Yoga Movements to free locked emotions and ground.
  4. Accompanied by live music with a 24-inch bronze singing bowl.

Doren & Shawn's March Cook Off!!

Wednesday March 13th 2pm Teaching Kitchen

Our wonderful leaders join us in the Teaching Kitchen for their monthly cookoff! Enjoy some delicious food, learn some new recipes, and spend time with your HWFC community!

Will Doren finally beat Shawn's Vegan Reign of Victory?!

This is a FREE event! All guests will get a $5 off $25 Coupon and a chance to win a $30 HWFC Gift Card!!


Indian Cooking with Sam & Mike

March Class Sold Out!!!

Join Sam & Mike for their monthly cooking class!

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. Upon attendance to class you 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.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, email for a fee waiver!

 Kid's Gardening & Nature Club!!

Sunday March 17th 11am Community Room

Welcoming youth ages 5-12+ for our monthly Kids Gardening & Nature Club!
These workshops will include a Nature inspired lesson, and also hands-on
activities either in the garden or in the community room. There will be
music, movement, and gardening fun for all. Kids are welcome to bring
their own pair of gardening gloves, but gloves will also be available to
borrow. We will meet on the 3rd Sunday, every month!

Please only register your child. Caregivers/Parent(s) + one child = one
registration. Thank you!

Bring Your Own Sewing Machine Class w. Becky!

Monday March 18th 2:30 Community Room

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 project. We will provide fabric, and you'll go home with your project & new 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! Registration Required!!

Open Mic Night! 

Monday March 18th 6pm Coop 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 Cynthia and Roger at for more information. 
Member-Owners will not receive time investment hours for performing or as audience members 


Transform your health from the Inside Out with Vital Planet Event

Wednesday March 20th 1pm Community Room

Learn why 300 million US people have gut issues.Discover how all good health begins in the gut.Learn what you can do today to start to live your best, healthy life, no matter your age.Find out how many new medications are further damaging our gut health and take steps to protect your digestive system today.

Laura DeWitt, MA30 years of industry experienceOwner of two award winning health and nutrition storesHost of 'The Natural Way' radio show for 17 years acclaimed educator and consumer lecturerLaura has the gift for making health education fun, fascinating and empowering!


Sign up at the HWFC Wellness Desk for a FREE 20 minute one-on-one consult, spots are limited!!

  Learning to Listen;

Let's End White Supremacy.

Third Thursdays at 6:30pm via ZOOM

Next Date:March21st 6pm

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 Link

Reiki and Sound Meditation

Tuesday March 21st 7pm Community Room

Join Teresa Harlow as she guides you through a sound healing journey, to experience the ancient power of healing with a 24-inch bronze singing bowl that you will get to stand in. Nicknamed The Blessing Bowl. 

We will begin with a short introduction on how to access your true self with a guided Reiki meditation before we flow into your sound healing journey. The peaceful sound of the bronze bowls will help you sink into a meditative state, where insight occurs, and transformation takes place.

“Meditation is not suppression of thoughts. It is observing your thoughts. Why not just observe where the sound is taking your thoughts? It is not about erasing your thoughts.” Dr. Mitch Nur

As you are emersed in sound frequencies,  Teresa invites you to surrender and take a moment to acknowledge & explore your own needs, emotions, and feelings that are moving to the surface.  Sit with them, feel them, and give them a voice by listening to them and stating them silently in your mind.  Give yourself permission to release what no longer serves you with the support of the bronze Blessing Bowl you can stand in.

Parlez-Vous?;Let's Speak French!!

Saturdays at 9am Starting March 23rd!

 Brush up on your high school French or start a brand- new language from scratch.  We will learn by movement, song, storytelling, videos, drawing, games and conversing with each other. The curriculum will start with the customary "must-haves" such as; greetings, food, health, asking for directions, weather, numbers, shopping.  A typical class would begin with new vocabulary, reinforcing it with games, repetition, drawings, and acting it out IF you are comfortable doing so. It's a fun and creative process.I look forward to meeting you!  Bienvenue a notre classe de francais!

About your instructor, Susan!
"I have been a French teacher for 25 years from Pre-K to twelfth grade. It has been one of my lifelong passions since I started studying it in high school. 
Although recently retired, I still love teaching French."

Prospective Foster Parent Info Session 

Saturday March 23rd 11am Community Room

In less than a year, you can make a lasting impact on the life of a child. Join Sara Allen, a Foster Home Specialist, to learn how you can be a part of a child’s short-term foster care team and guide them towards long-term success. We are excited to be announcing a brand-new program, TFCO (Treatment Foster Care Oregon). This program is designed to serve children who need more support than a traditional foster care home can offer. Together we can help those children who have experienced trauma learn and grow in a healthy and nurturing home. We are looking for people willing to join us in this new adventure, people who want to welcome a child into their heart and their home.

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth has been serving children and families in the Capital District for 137 years! Together we can help children who need a little extra love and support. This program is available in the Greater Capital Region only. Please call us today to find out more about this wonderful program. Call Sara at 518-207-6898 or email

Align your Money with your Values

Saturday March 23rd 2pm Community Room

Michael Richardson of Third Act Upstate New York will lead an interactive talk on on how to move finances from funding fossil fuel extraction, production and distribution… and instead direct your bank deposits, insurance premiums, and investment portfolios to fund local businesses and farms, affordable housing, and development of renewable clean energy.


#4 Retirement Investments: Most financial institutions are complicit in the climate crisis. Large asset managers - companies that people pay to manage and invest their money - such as BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, and Capital Group are the world’s largest investors in fossil fuel companies. Learn about the funds you are now investing in and how to find alternative investments... and how to find an environmentally conscious financial advisor.

Cooking with CHOP;Varying your Protein Sources

Saturday March 23rd 4pm Teaching Kitchen

Choosing Healthy Options with Patients or CHOP presents its first 2024 community session!

Limiting red meat and processed meat is a great first step to balancing out your diet, but it can be hard to know which alternatives to try. Come work with students from Albany Medical College and learn how to cook dishes with varied protein sources from chicken to plant-based sources including lentils and tofu that you can put into your meal rotation. Everyone is welcome and this session is free.

Adult Art Class w Selena!!

Sunday March 24th 12:30pm Community Room

Join Selena for her fabulous free monthly art class for adults!!

This month we will be doing Waterlily Pastels inspired by Monet!

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

Walk-ins welcome as space allows!!

Registration Preferred but not Required!!

Meditation for ALL! with Dave

Wednesday March 27th 7:15pm Community Room

This all-levels class is designed to break meditation down into its fundamental components so that even first-time practitioners can leave with tools to jump start an independent meditation practice. During this group, participants will be given instructions to help them connect to their breath, acknowledge their senses, and embrace conscious reflection. Dave strives to pace this group so that each stage allows all participants to feel a deep sense of rest and intrapersonal connection, while minimizing the risk of excess distraction. Guided meditation will run for approximately 35 minutes with an additional 15 minutes allowed for Q&A.

Dave is a licensed mental health counselor and certified yoga teacher (CYT200) who owns and operates a psychotherapy practice out of Albany, NY. Though his current work entails counseling, he enjoys opportunities to share his love and knowledge of meditation 


February Coffee Social

Friday February 23rd Teaching Kitchen

Join Jackie of Virgo Rising Coffee for a cozy event to help combat the winter blues.

Winter can be a very lonely season, with darker days and colder weather often comes a retreat from community as we hibernate.

This event offers a chance to connect over coffee and snacks. Warm beverages, snacks & good company included!

Medicare 101

Wednesday February 14th 1pm Community Room

Come to this educational program to remove the confusion surrounding Medicare! Whether you already are on Medicare or will be in the next year or so, this program will give you a grasp of the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C,D), what you can expect to pay for each part, the difference between Original Medicare and supplemental/advantage plans and how to avoid Medicare scams.

Sandra Kahlon is an Occupational Therapist who has been working with and advocating for seniors for 30 years. Her favorite position was a 17 year tenure as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at a skilled nursing facility and Rehabilitation center in the Capital District. There it was her role to be the liasion between the Facility and the insurance companies. That is where Sandra’s passion for advocating was ignited as it was up to her and her team of therapists to ensure that the patients at the center were granted enough days of therapy to return home strong, safe and confident. 

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)

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