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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Deanna Beyer, Education Coordinator, with any questions: 518.482.2667 ext. 219 or DeannaB@honestweight.coop 

 

July

Healthy Lasagna
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Wednesday, July 3rd, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan as he demonstrates how to create a healthy version of this classic dish. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Yoga for the Voice
With Melissa Hurt
Wednesday, July 3rd &
Thursday, July 25th, 1-2:30pm
This is a group voice and speech class in which students develop their speaking voices by exploring the tactile sensations of consonants, the richness of vocal resonance, and the flexibility of vowels.  Students befriend their voices and reconnect body, mind, and spirit through the voice itself. This class is taught by Melissa Hurt who owns Integrative Studio, LLC, and is the author of the book, Arthur Lessac's Embodied Actor TrainingCommunity Room

Buddhism in the Modern World
With Lena Leonteva
Wednesday, July 3rd, 6-8pm
Join Internationally known Diamond Way Buddhist teacher, Lena Leonteva, as she speaks about direct application of Buddha's methods in the daily lives of practitioners in the modern world. Lena started teaching in Diamond Way Buddhist Centers in 1989 and does extensive work in translation and book editing of Buddhist texts. She has given many interviews about Buddhism for national TV programs and magazines. Community Room

What’s the Story?: And Then Comes Summer
With Selena Wright
Friday, July 5th, 11-11:30am/
Drop in for our Little Cooperators Storytime! Enjoy a celebration of all the sweetness of the season with a read-aloud of And Then Comes Summer. Together we will create a little book of fun things to do over the summer and sample some of yummy ice creams offered here at the Co-op (including a dairy-free option)! This offering on the first Friday of each month is for ages 2-4. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

Fruit & Vegetable Still Lifes
With Selena Wright
Sunday, July 7th, 1-2:30pm
Tap into your inner Rembrandt or Cezanne at this Master class with Selena! Learn the basics of 2-D line drawing and watercolor painting and then create your own still life masterpiece based on hand-picked fresh fruit from the Co-op’s colorful produce shelves. We’ll view examples from 19th & 20th Century Art History and enjoy a fresh summer fruit salad. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite 3-D object from home! Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!:
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, July 7th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome to this monthly class with Latrell as she shows us how to use essential oils in simple, DIY body care. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, July 8th, 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

Local Bounty!
With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, July 9th, 10am-12:00pm
This hands on cooking class will highlight a sampling of foods from local farms! We will sauté, roast and slaw our way through a great variety of summer harvest paired with generous samples from local cheese producers featured in our Cheese & Specialty Department. Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation
with Tibetan Buddhism Albany

Tuesday, July 9th, 7:30-8:30pm
Come meditate for the first or four-hundredth time! Offered on the second Tuesday of each month at Honest Weight. Teaching Kitchen

Qi Gong Meditation
With Chris Reilly
Wednesday, July 10th, 7-8:00pm
Join us as we deepen our engagement with and understanding of life and its subtle movements, sharing some of the most fundamental techniques such as the microcosmic orbit, the inner smile, cleansing Qi Gong, and more. All experience levels welcome. Bring a soft chair cushion to sit on and wear comfy clothes. Community Room

Picnic Desserts
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Thursday, July 11th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan for this hands-on cooking class where we’ll prepare sweet dishes to take on a summer picnic--a creamy fruit salad and fresh fruit with chocolate for dipping. Open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Permaculture Part II
With Kevin Bose
Thursday, July 11th, 6-7:30pm
Last month’s class was so lively that Kevin is continuing the conversation with a second session! Permaculture is a creative design system used to obtain basic human needs, while attending to the health, abundance and diversity of the natural world. In this fun class for all knowledge levels, find out how Permaculture began, how it has grown, and simple ways to incorporate it into your own life. Community Room

Medicinal Herb Walk at Tawasentha Park
With Rebecca Hein of Underground Alchemy
Thursday, July 11th, 6-7:30pm
Join us and explore the abundance of wild medicinal herbs growing in Tawasentha, 200 acres of park land in Altamont, NY. Learn to identify and use many of the native and naturalized plants that grow all around us. The walk will involve a short hike through the woods and fields. Bring your hiking shoes and tick protection. Meet at Winter Recreation Area (1/8 mile past the main entrance to Tawasentha Park going West on Route 146). Please arrive 10 minutes before class is set to begin. Rain date: Friday July 12 Tawasentha Park

Flex Your Courage: Trade Fear & Uncertainty for Conscious Acts of Courage
With Kristin Lejeunesse
Sunday, July 14h, 1-2:30pm
What if we could condition our minds and bodies to choose courage over fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, and other limiting or frustrating thoughts and actions? This is what FLEX(ing) YOUR COURAGE is all about! In this interactive workshop we’ll dig into what’s been keeping you from cultivating conscious acts of courage so that you may experience the loving kindness you wish to give and to receive; summoning unbounded joy while detaching from fear-based reactive thoughts and behaviors. Together we’ll explore what it looks and feels like to move and to breath and to act with courage leading the way. We’ll unlock the 5 Pillars of Courage, each one designed to advance our emotional fitness—and when practiced regularly, creates more awareness about how and when to call upon our courage. You’ll leave the FLEX YOUR COURAGE workshop with an empowered understanding of how to magnetize positive energy and good people into your life. As well as meaningful experiences that serve to support and stretch you into your highest, greatest self. You'll need a notebook/paper and pen, comfortable clothes (like what you may wear to a yoga class), and an open mind. Learn more by visiting KristinLajeunesse.com. Community Room

PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE: Mushrooms!
With Morgan Lee Waite
Sunday, July 14th, 2-3:30pm
Learn how different species of fungi are identified and produced in our second class in this series with Culinary Institute-trained Chef Morgan!  We will touch upon nutritional benefits and other fun facts while providing recipe ideas and preparations as we demystify these mysterious edibles! Chef will demonstrate several recipes for the class to taste and learn how to recreate at home. Teaching Kitchen

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, July 15th, 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. Community Room

Sound Bath With Elise
With Elise Manzo
Wednesday, July 17th, 6-7:30pm
Join us for this Brand New Class! Healing with sound can improve many ailments including mental illness, depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, stress, PTSD, pain, and moodiness. Sound has the ability to instantly elevate your mood and you may even feel the benefit for days! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and a blanket and pillow for comfort. Community Room

Statistics with Jonathan: Risks
Wednesday, July 17th, 6:30-7:45pm
How can we tell whether a prediction of catastrophe is worth listening to? In short: by utilizing statistics and by assessing the reasons for the prediction, along with the amount of risk.  No math background needed for this stand-alone class, based on the book Warnings by Richard Clarke & RP Eddy. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic
Wednesday, July 17th, 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

Raw Food Desserts
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, July 20th, 1-3pm
How do you spell YUM? Join Natural Gourmet Institute trained chef Lisa and learn how to create two vegan delights--a delicious chocolate-espresso torte with cardamom-hazelnut crust & a fresh blueberry cashew swirl cheesecake. Recipes and lots of helpful information will be shared! Teaching Kitchen

Hand Lettering: Watercolor Texture Techniques
With Nina Stanley
Saturday, July 20th, 4-6pm
All are welcome* to join Nina, artist extraordinaire, as she guides participants through the techniques of creating textures with watercolors as a background for Hand Lettering. Feel free to bring a notebook or journal, although materials will be provided. No experience is necessary, though this class is a perfect follow-up to previous Hand Lettering classes offered here at Honest Weight. *Ages 8+ Community Room

The Crayon Man
With Selena Wright
Sunday, July 21st, 1-2:30pm
Have you ever heard of Edwin Binney? Maybe not, but you’ve probably used his invention MANY times! Cooperators ages 7-11 are welcome to join us as we discover the fascinating true story of the Crayon Man, have an opportunity to name our own crayons, and make a fantastic crayon mold to take home! Teaching Kitchen

Stir it Up! Think Globally, Eat Locally
With Amy & Deanna
Tuesday-Friday,  July 23nd-26th, 10am-1pm

Honest Weight presents our very first hands-on cooking immersion for aspiring young chefs! Kids ages 8-12 years old are invited to join Deanna and Amy in the Teaching Kitchen from 10am-1pm to learn to think and act globally while eating locally. Attendance is required for all four days for this drop-off class. Please bring a container for leftovers with you each day! $50 per child per week. Teaching Kitchen
Allergy and Dietary Warning: This camp uses products with gluten, corn, soy, dairy, egg and meat. 

* Registration is now open for this special paid class series for kids.
Space is very limited, so register to reserve your spot(s)! *

Yoga for the Voice
With Melissa Hurt
Thursday, July 25th &
Wednesday, July 3rd, 1-2:30pm
This is a group voice and speech class in which students develop their speaking voices by exploring the tactile sensations of consonants, the richness of vocal resonance, and the flexibility of vowels.  Students befriend their voices and reconnect body, mind, and spirit through the voice itself. This class is taught by Melissa Hurt who owns Integrative Studio, LLC, and is the author of the book, Arthur Lessac's Embodied Actor TrainingCommunity Room

Honest Weight Garden Tour
With Elizabeth Meer
Thursday, July 25th, 6-7:30pm
Join the designer of the Co-op’s garden beds, which are modeled after the High Line in New York City, as she discusses the current revolution in plant selection with an eye toward year-round interest, low maintenance, pollinator support, and sustainability. A short video and slideshow will be followed by a tour of the grounds. A plant list will be provided to all participants. Community Room

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, July 27th, 9:30-11:00am
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient practice that incorporates breathing, postures, movement, sound current, meditation, and deep relaxation with the intention of helping the practitioner awaken to higher levels of consciousness. Open to all, no prior experience necessary. Community Room

Whole30® Meal Prep – Nutrient Dense Foods
With Laura Gregg, Whole30® Certified Coach
Saturday, July 27th, 12-1:30pm
Already eating Paleo or trying a Whole30® and getting tired of chicken and ground beef? Take the next step in your health and learn more about how to incorporate some of the most nutrient dense foods out there - organ meats, bone broth, resistant starch, prebiotics and probiotics. In this class, Whole30® coach Laura Gregg will talk more about the importance of these foods and make some recipes to help you get these foods into your diet!  On the menu: liver pate, sardine salad, bone broth in the Instant Pot, salmon cakes and fried green plantains. We'll also sample some great probiotic food options sold at the Co-op! Teaching Kitchen

Ladybugs & Butterflies
With Selena Wright
Saturday, July 27nd, 12:30-2pm
Join Selena as she teaches us about transformation through an amazing process called METAMORPHOSIS. A lively read-aloud, discussion, and super-cute hands-on crafts workshop for young cooperators ages 4-7! 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.

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Weekly Practitioner Services
Reserve a session at our Service Desk or by calling (518) 482-2667
Healing Touch with Richard Sahr, Mondays, 11AM-2PM 
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way. Sign up for a session at our Service Desk.
 
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.
 
Nutritional Counseling with Hollan Bonjukian, Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30AM
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.
 
Meet with a Whole30 Coach with Laura Gregg, Thursdays, 11AM-2PM
Interested in starting a Whole30? In the middle of a Whole30 and need some help? Get some help from Whole30 Certified Coach Laura Gregg. Each 30 minute session can be used to review the Whole30, answer questions, find recipes, get bulk cooking strategies. Whatever you need to help make your Whole30 a success!
 
¡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. 
 
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 (Cancelled for May 2019 due to travel)
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.
 
Monthly Drop-in Sessions
No need to register for these monthly sessions. Just drop in!
Folk guitar and Ukulele Group, Second Mondays, 6-8PM This instructional workshop is tailored to equip, inspire and encourage participants to competently make and talk the language of music. Drop in!
 
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!
 
Qi Gong Meditation with Chris Reilly, Second Wednesdays, 7-8pm For thousands of years, Chinese mystics have used Qi Gong to explore the wonder, mystery and bliss of life. Join us for a peek “behind the curtain” as we deepen our engagement with and understanding of life and its subtle movements, sharing some of the most fundamental techniques such as the microcosmic orbit, the inner smile, cleansing Qi Gong, and more. All experience levels welcome. Bring a soft chair cushion to sit on and wear comfy clothes.
 
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.
 
Weekly Drop-in Sessions
No need to register. Just drop in!
Conversational French with Martha, Sundays, 5:30-7pm. Drop by our Community Room and join in this meetup for French speakers at all levels.  
 
Sunday Morning Yoga with Katherine Nadeau and Erin Strickler, Sundays, 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, Mondays, 10-11AM Drop by our Café and join in this meetup for Spanish speakers at all levels.  
 
Body Fat & Blood Pressure Screening, Tuesdays, 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.
 
Co-op Family Group, Wednesdays, 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, Thursdays, 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, Fridays, 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!