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JuneSat Nam: Kundalini Yoga
With Lisa Brown
Saturday, June 1st, 1:30-3:00pm
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

With Morgan Lee Waite
Sunday, June 2nd, 2-3:30pm
Our first class with Culinary Institute-trained Chef Morgan! Learn how salad and cooking greens are identified, grown, raised, harvested, transported, stored, prepared, and completely utilized. Chef will demonstrate ideas of how to cook and prepare the greens. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste and leave with a recipe to recreate at home. Teaching Kitchen

Vegetarian Linguine
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Wednesday, June 5th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan as he demonstrates how to incorporate all kinds of fresh produce into a traditional linguine dish! This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Permaculture & Regenerative Design
With Kevin Bose
Thursday, June 6th, 6-7:30pm
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

What’s the Story?: Up, Down, and Around!
With Selena & Deanna
Friday, June 7th, 11-11:30am
Drop in for our Little Cooperators Storytime! Enjoy a rollicking good-time celebration of gardening with a read-aloud of Up! Down! And Around! Together we will create a colorful collage of veggies growing every which way. This new offering on the first Friday of each month is for ages 2-4. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

Whole30® Meal Prep – Summer Lovin’
With Laura Gregg, Whole30® Certified Coach
Saturday, June 8th, 12-1:30pm
Afraid of not being able to enjoy a summer barbecue because you are in the middle of a Whole30® diet or eating Paleo?  Whole30® Certified Coach Laura Gregg will give you some great ideas for seasonal foods to bring to your upcoming summer events that will let you eat healthy and enjoy the company of friends!  On the menu for this session: potato salad, Asian inspired zucchini noodle salad, barbecue sauce, and mint and mango marinated zucchini noodles. Teaching Kitchen

Adult Vision Boards
With Selena Wright
Sunday, June 9th, 1-2:30pm
Set your intentions and goals by visualizing your future! Vision boards focus on goal setting by inspiring individuals to clarify what is needed, wanted, and valued, allowing them to take action towards those goals. Please bring anything (pictures, words, quotes, photos) that makes you happy or brings you hope and joy! Boards, magazines, and other materials will be provided. Community Room

Schodack Sessions Folk Music
Monday, June 10th, 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

With Laura Rosenthal
Tuesday, June 11th, 10am-12:00pm
This hands on class will highlight foods for the most important meal of the day! We will make buckwheat and barley flapjacks with local maple syrup and fresh strawberries, along with steel cut oats with kefir, fresh blackberries and our own grain-free granola. Teaching Kitchen

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany
Tuesday, June 11th, 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

Qigong Meditation
With Chris Reilly
Wednesday, June 12th, 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 Qigong, and more. All experience levels welcome. Bring a soft chair cushion to sit on and wear comfy clothes. Community Room

Yoga for the Voice
With Melissa Hurt
Thursday, June 13th, 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

Coconut Curry with Chicken & Vegetable
With Ryan Bombard, CDSNY
Thursday, June 13th, 10am-12:00pm
Join Ryan for this hands-on cooking class. Open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Intro to Bird Language & Nature Awareness
With Kevin Bose
Thursday, June 13th, 6-7:30pm
As people spend more time indoors and in front of screens, many feel a disconnection from nature. But Nature is all around us! Connecting and rebuilding a relationship to all the interconnections of the ecosystem can be life-changing. In this class you will learn a great routine for this: listening to the language of the birds. All animals (and long ago, all humans!) cue into the sounds of the birds for news of the landscape. You’ll hear stories, learn some things to listen for, and then we’ll practice it together outside. Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You!: Essential Oil Primer
With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department
Sunday, June 16th, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome as Latrell teaches us about the properties and uses of various essential oils. Attendees will create their own take home spray with Aura Cacia essential oils. Children are also encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Singing Bowls
With Bill Leslie
Monday, June 17th, 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

Statistics with Jonathan: The Laws of Probability Before & After Quantification
Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30-7:45pm
We will describe how probability came to be quantified & when its laws were set down much later, with some talk about Bayes’ theorem & the Monty Hall puzzle.  No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic
Wednesday, June 19th, 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 family friendly event for all ages. Co-op Cafe

Summer Sides!
With Rebecca Gorney
Thursday, June 20th, 6-7:30pm
Just in time for the official start of Summer! Join us for this cooking class where Rebecca will be offering light, summery dishes including; quinoa tabouli, easy Greek salad, and antipasto skewers. Bring an appetite to this class! Teaching Kitchen

Berry Inspired!
With Selena Wright
Saturday, June 22nd, 12:30-2pm
A lively read-aloud and discussion of the book Berry Inspired for young cooperators ages 4-7. Dress for play as we’ll also roll up our sleeves to create beautiful smudge paintings from all different kinds of fresh berries. Teaching Kitchen

Hand Lettering Basics: Scrolls & Embellishments
With Nina Stanley
Saturday, June 22nd, 4-6pm
All are welcome to join artist extraordinaire, Nina Stanley as she guides participants through the techniques of adding scrolls and quote embellishments to lettering projects. Feel free to bring a notebook or journal, although materials will be provided. No experience necessary, though this class is a perfect follow-up to the previously offered Hand Lettering Basics. Community Room

Compost Creations
With Selena Wright
Sunday, June 23rd, 1-2:30pm
What IS compost? Cooperators ages 7-11 are invited to join Selena for a reading of Compost Stew, An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, a talk about what can and can’t be composted, why it makes a difference, and end with the creation of their very own compost collage! Teaching Kitchen

Summertime Smoothies
With Raya Ioffe
Tuesday, June 25th, 1-3pm
All are welcome to join Raya as she demonstrates how to concoct delicious superfood Spirulina Colada and Strawberry Maca Chia smoothies. Samples will be shared! Teaching Kitchen

Social Media Basics: Facebook 101
With Kristin Lajeunesse
Thursday, June 27th, 6-7:30pm
Whether you're interested in making Facebook less overwhelming or cumbersome to use personally and/or seeking best practices for your business, group, and event pages, let Kristin help guide you through! Bring your laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone for a stress-free workshop. We'll review Facebook's layout, use its basic features, and how to use your account so that you're only seeing posts that are relevant to your interests. The second half of the workshop will be interactive—you'll be invited to login to your own account and we'll spend time working through your questions together. This workshop is for beginner-intermediate Facebook users. 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!