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Please note that classes and services often fill up. Register to reserve your spot (online for classes, in the store or by phone for one-one-one practioner services) 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.coopAugust

Facebook: Business Essentials
With Kristin Lejeunesse
Thursday, August 1st, 6-7:30pm 
This interactive workshop is designed to help business owners and/or social media managers learn how to use Facebook for business branding, building, networking, and customer relationship management. We'll begin by reviewing the perceived value using Facebook for business, discuss time management, engagement and networking strategies, and ultimately how to move your followers into paid customers/clients. This workshop is for beginner to intermediate Facebook users. Bring your laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone so you can work in real time and receive help with your specific circumstances. Community Room

What’s the Story?: You Nest Here With Me
With Selena Wright
Friday, August 2nd, 11-11:45am
Drop in for our Little Cooperators Storytime and enjoy a sweet read-aloud of You Nest Here With Me. Together we will create frames to hold photos of those we share our “nests” with. This offering for ages 2-4 happens on the first Friday of each month. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

I Can, You Can, We Can Blueberry Jam!
With Maggie Bye
Saturday, August 3rd, 11am-2:30pm 
Interested in learning to preserve summer’s sweet bounty with your own homemade jam? Come learn from Maggie Bye, who’s been jamming (in the kitchen) since 2006 and recently received a certificate in food preservation from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Please bring an apron, notebook and pen. This will be hands-on and space is limited, so reserve your spot early. Teaching Kitchen

Albany Food Reader’s Book Club
Saturday, August 3rd, 7-8:30pm
Like to read? Want to learn more about our food system? If so, this is the book club for you! This month, we will be discussing Life, on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Get your copy from your local bookstore or library today! Community Room

PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE: Seaweed!
With Morgan Lee Waite
Sunday, August 4th, 2-3:30pm
Join us in this upcoming class in our series with Culinary Institute-trained Chef Morgan! We’ll dive into all there is to know about a somewhat strange but intriguing food: seaweed! Seaweed may seem alien, but you’ll find it is delicious and very nutritious. In this class, you’ll learn about different varietals, how it’s grown and harvested, and how it can be enjoyed.  Then, we’ll taste and share recipes for you to recreate at home! Teaching Kitchen

Make Your Own: Sliders!
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY 
Wednesday, August 7th, 10am-12pm
Join Ryan as he demonstrates how to make these mini versions of the classic burger. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Global Peaceful Cities Meditation Session
Community Room, Wednesday, August 7th, 12pm
JOIN US! In Albany and Schenectady, a new initiative is intended to help people reduce their stress levels -- and cut down on violence. Multiple guided meditation events are scheduled at various locations through Aug. 9, free and open to the public. The goal -- to inspire a thousand people to engage in what’s called intentional coherence meditation -- aligning the mind with the heart. No need to register--just show up!

Breathe. Balance. Have Fun. Repeat. Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-11
With David Caso
Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 5:45-6:30pm
In this new yoga class, 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. Community Room

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, August 10th, 12:30-2pm
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

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!: Face & Body Scrubs
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, August 11th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome as Latrell teaches us how to make all-natural face and body scrubs for gentle exfoliation. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, August 12th, 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

Berry Tarts!
With Laura Rosenthal, CDSNY
Tuesday, August 13th, 10am-12:00pm
Join us for a hands on class to create individual fresh berry tarts! We will use barley flour and local butter for the tart shells, then fill them with scratch-made vanilla cream. The participants will use their artistic eye to arrange a variety of fresh local berries on top. A light glaze will give the end product a professional look. Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, August 13th, 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

Taking Action Against Poverty and Climate Change with One World Center
with Luis and Lorena of One World Center
Wednesday, August 14th, 12:30-1:30pm
One World Center volunteers Luis and Lorena will present about their work in Mozambique, fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Poor. They recently spent 6 months there focusing on Food Security in rural schools. They will tell about their work though pictures and case-stories. Luis is a teacher from Columbia who joined One World Center volunteer program with a desire to do meaningful work abroad. Lorena is a Financial Analyst, also from Columbia, who joined One World Center with the desire to make a difference in the world.

One World Center is a non-profit research organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty and climate change. 

Bang Bang Chicken
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY 
Thursday, August 15th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan as he demonstrates how to make this dish traditionally made by Szechuan street vendors. 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
Thursday, August 15th & 29th, 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

Breathe. Balance. Have Fun. Repeat. Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-11
With David Caso
Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 5:45-6:30pm
In this new yoga class, 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. Community Room

Wild Medicinals Herb Walk at the Normanskill Farm Preserve 
with Rebecca Hein of Underground Alchemy
Thursday, August 15th 6 - 7:30pm
Join us and explore the abundance of wild medicinal herbs growing in our region! 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 woods, fields, and along the creek. Bring your hiking shoes, water, and tick protection. Rain Date: Friday August 16 Normanskill Farm Preserve 

Directions: Meet in the first parking lot on Mill Rd (off Delaware Ave). This is the entrance before the bridge if you are headed away from Albany towards Delmar. (Entrance for the Community Garden and the Normanskill Farm Dog Park.) But we are not meeting at the dog park-- it is further down the drive. Please arrive 10 minutes before class is set to begin.

Kripalu Flow Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Friday, August 16th 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. Each student is encouraged to find their own level of practice on any given day by looking inward and honoring their body's needs. This class is open to all fitness levels and can be modified to suit beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Community Room

Lunch, International Style! Ages 4-7
With Selena Wright
Saturday, August 17th, 11am-12:30pm
Have you ever wondered what other kids around the world eat for lunch? Join us for a fun taste-along tour around the globe and take home a map of the international places we have “visited.” Attendees will receive all our recipes to take home! Teaching Kitchen

Chile’ Fever: A Celebration of Peppers Ages 7-11
With Selena Wright
Sunday, August 18th, 1-2:30pm
!Vivan Los Chiles! For a few days at the end of summer, during the Hatch Chile’ Festival, one little New Mexican town becomes the chile’ pepper capital of the world! A glimpse into the hot world of chile’ peppers with a really cool craft: a papier mache chile mobile to hang at home. Chips and salsa will be served! Teaching Kitchen

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, August 19th, 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

American Red Cross Blood Drive
with the American Red Cross
Tuesday, August 20th, 12-5:00pm
Give the gift of health! Register for our biannual drive at the Service Desk or by clicking hereTeaching Kitchen

Sound Bath With Elise 
With Elise Manzo
Wednesday, August 21st, 6-7:30pm
Join us for this 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, blanket and pillow for comfort.
Community Room 

Statistics with Jonathan:  Relating Small Causes to Results
with Jonathan Skinner
Wednesday, August 21st, 6:30-7:45pm
Is there an effect from a tiny amount of radiation or a small dose of some drug?  We describe the statistical approach to this question, using examples from Manual for Survival by Kate Brown & Trust in Numbers by Theodore Porter. No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic 
Wednesday, August 21st, 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

Breathe. Balance. Have Fun. Repeat. Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-11
With David Caso
Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 5:45-6:30pm
In this new yoga class, 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. Community Room

Zero Waste Cooking: Class Introduction
With Chef Morgan Lee Waite
Thursday, August 22nd, 6-7:30pm
Come and learn how to get the most bang for your buck at the Coop! As this is the first class of this series we will be exploring why there is a real need from us as consumers to better and more responsibility utilize our food. This class  will be somewhat of an open forum to share fun ideas, recipe tips, and storage/preservation methods. Culinary Institute trained Chef Morgan and team will be demonstrating some of these techniques so that you can taste and recreate at home. Learn how to make every dollar spent on food go along way! Teaching Kitchen

Whole30® Meal Prep – Slow Cooker
With Laura Gregg, Whole30® Certified Coach
Saturday, August 24th, 12-1:30pm
Worried about trying to stick to your Whole30® or paleo eating plan with the craziness of back-to-school season?  Join us for a cooking class with Whole30® Coach Laura Gregg focused on using your Instant Pot/slow cooker to make some easy meals with plenty of leftovers!  On the menu: shredded pork, ginger zucchini soup, curried broccoli soup and Korean beef. Teaching Kitchen

Creating Mandalas!
With Selena Wright
Sunday, August 25th, 1-2:30pm 
Carl Jung described a mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self.” Join Selena to learn how the process of creating round, symmetrical images can help cultivate mindfulness, focus attention and promote healing. Materials will be provided. Community Room

Plant-Based Living for Young Adults
With Ariffa Bevin
Tuesday, August 27th, 3:30-5pm
Living in a household or having friends and family members that may not eat like you or understand your food choices (though they may want to) can be challenging. 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. This session will be facilitated by Health Coach Ariffa Bevin, who will also provide a cooking demo on a few recipes. Teaching Kitchen

Film Screening: CHOCOLATE MILK
Sponsored by Honest Weight
Wednesday, August 28th, 5-7pm
CHOCOLATE MILK is a digital storytelling project that shares video testimonials from black mothers who have struggled and succeeded with breastfeeding. This feature-length documentary which will explore the unique environmental and socioeconomic challenges that contribute to low breastfeeding rates among African Americans. Location TBA

Yoga for the Voice
With Melissa Hurt
Thursday, August 29th & 15th, 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 Training. Community Room

Breathe. Balance. Have Fun. Repeat. Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-11
With David Caso
Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 5:45-6:30pm
In this new yoga class, 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. 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. 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.
 
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!
 
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!