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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. Click here to register online

Not-so-Scary Trick-or-Treating!
Stop by from 3-6pm with your little ghouls and goblins for trick-or-treating, snacks, and facepainting.Thursday, October 31st from 3-6pm
Throughout the store 

What’s the Story?
With Selena Wright & Diane Nickerson
Every Friday, 11-11:45am No class 11/29
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

Rethinking Holiday Traditions
With Jes Marcy
Saturday, November 2nd, 1:30-3pm 
Families around the globe are "greening" their holiday traditions and you can too! If you are wishing for a more intentional, sustainable holiday season this year, this workshop is for you. Follow up with a one-on-one session of Clutter Coaching with Jes on Tuesdays from 5-8pm in our Practitioner Room. Community Room

Spiritual Tools for Unsettled Times
With Steve Rudnick
Sunday, November 3rd, 12:30-2pm
An afternoon of meditation and learning how to use the tools we already have to create our own realities through our thoughts and words. Join Steve, a Certified Life Coach, for this nourishing class that will ignite the guiding light within. Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, November 3rd, 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

Strawberry Shortcake
With Kristen, CDSNY 
Wednesday, November 6th, 10am-12pm
Join Kristen as she demonstrates crafting a perennial favorite. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Feng Shui for the Holidays
With Laura Lee Ross
Wednesday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 12th, 6-7:30pm
Looking to bring some balance to your holidays? Join certified Feng Shui consultant, Laura Lee Ross, at one or both of these informal table discussions to learn simple ways of incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into your holiday traditions, celebrations, and rituals.  Co-op Cafe 

Albany Drum Circle
Wednesday, November 6th and 20th, 6:30-8:30pm
Join the Albany Drum Circle in learning and practicing African rhythms in our 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

A Deep Look Into Chronic Illness
With Jennifer Baer, NP
Thursday, November 7th, 6:15-7:30pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to join Jennifer for a look into the causes and impacts of the deterioration of health, the importance of specific kinds of testing, and how to develop personalized treatments and wellness plans. There will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-12
With David Caso
Thursdays, 5-5:45pm
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. Drop in to one or all of the classes! Community Room

Buddhism in the Modern World: An Evening with Eugene Truck
Friday, November 8th, 6:30-8pm
Join us for an enlightening discussion on practicing Buddhism in an increasingly complex world. Eugene has helped establish Buddhist centers in Minnesota, Colorado and California. He and his wife Lara run a web design company and currently live on the Central Coast of California, where they are actively involved in the development of the Western Retreat Center. This event is held in partnership with Diamond Way (Vajrayana) Buddhist Center of Albany. Community Room

Lunch International Style for Kids!
With Selena Wright
Saturday, November 9th, 11am-12pm
Did you ever wonder what kids in other countries pack in their lunch boxes? Hint: it’s usually not PB&J! Learn about and taste what other kids around the world are eating for lunch in this new monthly class. This is a Drop & Shop class for ages 4 and up! Teaching Kitchen

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, November 9th, 1-2:30am
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

Kripalu Flow Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, November 9th from 4-5:30pm
Kripalu Flow is a creative approach to yoga that focuses on syncing breath with movement, self-exploration, safety and alignment, and meditation in motion. It follows a natural evolution and expression of movement in the body, building strength, flexibility and stability, while simultaneously providing space for awareness, integration, and reflection. This class is open to all fitness levels and can be modified to suit beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Community Room

Product Knowledge: Mushrooms
With Chef Morgan
Sunday, November 10th, 2-3:30pm 
Back by popular demand! Join us to demystify fungi--we will learn how to identify different varietals, how they are cultivated, how they can be enjoyed, and some other fun facts along the way. Culinary Institute trained Chef Morgan will be conducting a lesson and tasting with recipe ideas for you to recreate at home. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, November 11th, 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

Pumpkins!
With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, November 12th, 10am-12:00pm
A hands-on class where we will discuss the many local varieties of pumpkins. Which are best for soup, pie, carving, or roasting? Which spices compliment this wonderful, versatile, winter squash? We will make soup baked inside a pumpkin, roast pumpkin meat and seeds, share pumpkin pie, pumpkin squares, and recipes! Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, November 12th, 7:30-8:30pm
Offered on the second Tuesday of each month at Honest Weight. Come meditate for the first or four-hundredth time! Teaching Kitchen

Jerk Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice 
With Nina, CDSNY 
Thursday, November 14th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Nina as she demonstrates how to make this traditional Jamaican dish with sweet, flavorful rice. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Cooking with Nine Pin Cider
With Chef Morgan & Nicolette
Thursday, November 14th, 6-7:30pm
We are so excited to share this collaboration! As peak apple season begins to wind down, our favorite local cidery looks to show you alternative ways to enjoy their products. The Co-op’s own Chef Morgan and Nine Pins’ Nicolette are teaming up to present some creative cooking ideas and tasty samples. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Teaching Kitchen

D&D @ HWFC
With Jesse Silkworth
Fridays beginning November 15th, 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

Kids: Co-op Special Ops
With Selena Wright
Saturday, November 16th, 11am-12pm
Join us for this awesome new kids’ adventure where 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 4 and over. Teaching Kitchen

Touchable Geometry
With Dr. Xu-Shen Zhou
Saturday, November 16th, 1-2:30pm
Following a patented learning invention by Dr. Zhou himself, students use the sense of touch to establish a greater geometric pattern recognition and to formulate faster problem solving strategies. Such geometric pattern recognition skills are directly applicable to stock chart pattern recognition, which will be covered in a separate stock trading class on November 23rd. Please bring a pair of scissors and eight pieces of paper. Topics covered range from basic concepts and theories to advanced SAT/ACT test strategies. Community Room

Yoga Basics-It Can't Be THAT Hard!
With David Caso
Sunday, November 17th, 8:30-10am
Ever find yourself looking around during a yoga class to make sure you are doing the pose correctly? In this basics class, we will step through select postures to check alignment and help you avoid injury in the future. And of course, we will incorporate a centering/intention along with a delightful savasana. Community Room

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, November 18th, 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

Honest Education: Lucky Clover Artisanal Bakery
Wednesday, November 20th, 12:30-2pm
Just in time for the holidays! Jessica will go through the process of making a pie crust and filling for a traditional pie, a vegan pie and a vegan/gluten-free pie. Attendees will have an opportunity to try a variety of pie samples, and three lucky people will win a fresh pie to take home! 

Lucky Clover Artisanal Bakery is a small bakery that specializes in creating baked goods that are made with simple and natural ingredients. We use as many local and organic ingredients, (including organic fair trade sugar) as we can. You will never find any artificial flavors or colors in any of our products, and we strive to use as little sugar as possible in our products so that the natural flavors of the fruits or spices shine. We have a variety of paleo, gluten free and vegan options. Teaching Kitchen

Statistics with Jonathan: Personalized Propaganda
Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30-7:45pm
How does personalized propaganda work?  We present the statistical thinking in the memoir by Christopher Wylie, Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America.  No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic 
Wednesday, November 20th, 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

Zero Waste Cooking: Thanksgiving Leftovers 
With Chef Morgan Lee Waite
Thursday, November 21st, 6-7:30pm
Come get some creative ideas on how to repurpose your turkey day leftovers! In this class we explore why there is a real need from us as consumers to better and more responsibility utilize our food. We will share fun ideas, tips, and storage/preservation methods. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable dining ware. Learn how to make the most out of all your hard work and holiday preparations! Teaching Kitchen

Holiday Baking with Whole Grains
With Amy Halloran
Saturday, November 23rd, 10-11:30am
Local author and baker Amy Halloran will discuss baking with stone-ground whole grain flours, demonstrate how to make your own homemade pancake mix for gifts, and play with seasonings in shortbread cookies, dressing them sweet and savory for holiday treats. This class has a materials fee of $10. Teaching Kitchen

Stock Trading 
with Dr. Xu-Shen Zhou
Saturday, November 23rd, 1-2:30pm
With over 1,600% return in the first eight months of 2019, Dr. Zhou made over 1,600 trades in equity, options, and cryptocurrencies, all in paper securities. A Ph.D. in finance and a former finance professor with over 20 years stock trading experience, he has published in top investment journals and built a real-time computer trading program for one of the largest funds in the world. One of his programs was illustrated in a college computer textbook when he was a student. Whether you are a novice or experienced trader, you can have a fun and fruitful face-to-face discussion with Dr. Zhou. Community Room

Holiday Greetings!
With Selena Wright
Sunday, November 24th, 12:30-2pm 
Looking to give a one-of-a-kind gift this year? Spend an afternoon hand-crafting a unique greeting card for someone special in your life. We will provide the cards, envelopes, watercolors, and brushes...all you need to bring is your creativity! Community Room

Holiday Baking With Wildwood 
Monday, November 25th, 6-7:30pm
This hands-on class will focus on fruit and vegetable preparation to create a variety of delicious, seasonal baking products. Healthy recipe substitutions will be provided to help lower sugar content. Each participant will leave with their own sample of a seasonal pie or cobbler and a seasonal bread!

Stir It Up! Vegan/GF Kids’ Cooking Class Ages 8-12
With Deanna Beyer & Selena Wright
Friday, November 29th, 10am-1pm
A vegan and gluten-free hands-on cooking class for aspiring chefs ages 8-12. The chefs will create a truly decadent meal - salad, macaroni & cheese, and peanut butter cups for dessert! Please bring two small containers for leftovers. PLEASE NOTE: this class does use both peanuts and soy and substitutions will not be made. $25 per child. Space is very limited for this drop-off class, so register early!

* 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.

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.

¡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.

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.

 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 CANCELLED NOV. 17th
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 No class 11/29
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!