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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.coopSeptember

Pasta Salad With Kristen, CDSNY 

Wednesday, September 4th, 10am-12pm

Join Kristen as she demonstrates how to make this perennial favorite! This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen 

Laughter Yoga! With Deb Foss

Thursday, September 5th, 1-1:45pm

Laughter is THE best medicine! Not only does it increase happiness, but laughter yoga may also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, and relax the body. Make some new friends, get goofy, and let your inner kid out to play. All ages and abilities are welcome! Community Room 

Nutrition Hacked! With Gabe Malerba

Thurs. Sept 5th & 26th, 6-7pm

Looking to make delicious, healthy food that meets an array of dietary needs? Join Gabe of Nutri-Hacked on the 5th to make herb chicken salad lettuce wraps that are paleo, keto, GF, dairy free, & soy free! On the 26th he’ll demonstrate a similar makeover of the all-American Chocolate Chip Cookie! Teaching Kitchen

What’s the Story? With Selena Wright & Diane Nickerson

Every Friday, 11-11:45am

Drop in for Little Cooperators Story Time! Enjoy an engaging story book, creative craft, and yummy snacks for our younger friends (ages 2-4). This offering happens every Friday during the school calendar. Parents must accompany children. Community Room

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga With Lisa Brown

Saturday, September 7th, 8-9:30am

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

Introduction to Home Organization With Jes Marcy

Saturday, September 7th, 1:30-3pm 

Has the stuff in your home become a source of stress in your life? It doesn't need to be this way! Learn the Basics of Home Organization with Professional Organizer Jes Marcy. Her unique method, Prioritize Your Sanity, teaches you how to take control of the clutter and create a house that is truly a home. Jes will help you figure out where to start and how to move forward during this fun and enlightening workshop. You can also follow up with a private one-on-one session, offered free of charge, in our Practitioner Room. in the Practitioner Book at the Service Desk! Community Room

Cosmetics Made Easy for the Wellness of You! With Latrell DeWitt of our Wellness Department

Sunday, September 8th, 1-2:30pm

All are welcome as Latrell teaches us some of the many ways utilize essential oils. All ages are invited to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult. Teaching Kitchen

Schodack Sessions Folk Music

Monday, September 9th, 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

Italian Wedding Soup With Laura Rosenthal

Tuesday, September 10th, 10am-12:00pm

Join us for a hands-on class where we will make this classic soup from scratch, including homemade broth and tiny hand-crafted chicken meatballs. We will brighten the soup by adding a mirepoix, lemon, fresh herbs and ditalini pasta. Teaching Kitchen

Wild Medicinals Herb Walk at Five Rivers in Delmar, NY with Rebecca Hein of Underground Alchemy

Tuesday September 10th 6-7:30pm

Join us at Five Rivers to 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 wetlands. Bring your hiking shoes and tick protection. Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Meet in parking lot outside the Education Center. Please arrive 10 minutes before the walk is set to begin. Rain Date: Thursday September 12

Public Meditation with Tibetan Buddhism Albany

Tuesday, September 10th, 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

Discover Southern Mexico With Linda J. Ford

Wednesday, September 11th, 12:30-2pm

Join Linda on an excellent adventure through the wonders of Oaxaca! You’ll learn about the state’s its beautiful colonial buildings and highly creative artistic, culinary, and craft scenes.  We’ll “visit” Chiapas and the city of San Cristobal de las Casas to hear about the ancient culture of the Maya people, exquisite weavers with unique religious practices. Community Room 

Oven Ready Pasta With Nina, CDSNY 

Thursday, September 12th, 10am-12:00pm

Join Nina as she demonstrates how to make this simply delicious dish with no bake pasta. This class is open to the public and offered in partnership with the Center for Disability Services of NY. Teaching Kitchen

Breathe. Balance. Have Fun! Repeat. Yoga for Kids! Ages 7-11 With David Caso

Thursdays, 5-5:45pm

In this new drop-off 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. This class will run every Thursday during the school calendar. Community Room

Zero Waste Cooking With Chef Morgan Lee Waite

Thursday, September 12th, 6-7:30pm

Learn how to get the most bang for your buck at the Co-op! In this series, we are exploring the need for consumers to better and more responsibility utilize our food. Culinary Institute-trained Chef Morgan and team will demonstrate techniques for you to taste and recreate at home. The class will also serve as an open forum to share your ideas, fun recipes, and storage and preservation methods so we can all make our food dollars go further! Teaching Kitchen

Whole30® Meal Prep – Kid Friendly! With Laura Gregg, Whole30® Certified Coach

Saturday, September 14th, 12-1:30pm

Looking to get your kids more excited to eat whole, unprocessed foods? Join Whole30® certified coach Laura for a  kid-friendly paleo cooking class! We'll make Everything but the Bagel chicken drumsticks, easy guacamole with fried plantains, kid-approved ranch dressing, chicken fingers and avocado chocolate mousse. Yum! Teaching Kitchen

Sophie’s Squash - Ages 4-7 With Selena Wright

Sunday, September 15th, 12:30-2pm

Discover the charming story of how a squash bought at a farmer’s market becomes a best friend during this read-along of Sophie’s Squash (Miller & Wilsdorf). We will celebrate friendship & the love of vegetables, make paper squash friends, and taste some delicious freshly baked squash. Teaching Kitchen

Zentangle! With Nina Stanley

Sunday, August 15th, 3-4:30pm

Calling all doodlers! Ages 8+ are welcome to join artist extraordinaire, Nina Stanley for this fun new workshop! Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns, plus it’s said that it increases focus and creativity! Materials will be supplied. Community Room

Singing Bowls With Bill Leslie

Monday, September 16th, 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, September 18th, 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, a benefit you may feel for days! Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and pillow for comfort. Community Room 

Statistics with Jonathan: Probability and Expectation

Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30-7:45pm

How is probability related to what we might expect?  We look at differing opinions on this, from Gerolamo Cardano, a Renaissance physician known as the Gambling Scholar, to Daniel Kahneman, contemporary Nobel Prize winner.  No math background needed for this stand-alone class. Conference Room

HWFC’s Coffeehouse Open Mic 

Wednesday, September 18th, 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

Film Screening: Prayer for Compassion

Friday, September 20th, 6:30-8:30pm

Honest Weight is proud to offer a free screening of the feature-length film, A Prayer for Compassion by Award-winning director Thomas Jackson and producer, author and educator Victoria Moran. The film, which was recently selected as one of 2019’s “21 Must Watch Vegan Documentaries” that will inspire people to change the wor, strives to motivate and encourage those already on a spiritual path to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. Light plant-based refreshments from our Deli and Q&A with Pastor Frank, who is featured in the film, will follow the screening. Community Room

Vegan/GF Cooking with Kids: Breakfast! With Raya Ioffe, Remy & Elijah

Saturday, September 21st, 2:30-3:30pm

Trying to introduce more plant-based foods or GF options into your family’s meals? Bring the kids along, learn to make some delicious cereals, try some of the different milk/yogurt alternatives available here at Honest Weight, and sample various fresh & dried fruits. A yummy family-friendly hour of fun for all! Teaching Kitchen

One Small Loan, One Brown Hen - Ages 7-11 With Selena Wright

Sunday, September 22nd, 12:30-2pm

Changes in the world  happen one person, one family, one community at a time. Hear a true story about how just one small change can cause a huge ripple effect--and learn how you can make a difference, too! An interactive and fun brainstorming class for kids interested in environmentalism in which we’ll discuss some things that we can do to contribute to our community, city, country, and planet, A light snack will be shared. Community Room

Lasagna, Made Vegan & GF With Lisa Brown

Sunday, September 22nd, 2-4pm

Join Natural Gourmet Institute-trained Chef Lisa and learn to create a masterpiece of butternut squash lasagna with kale pesto, tofu-herb ricotta, and sweet chili glaze. A wonderful plant-based and gluten-free alternative to a classic Italian favorite! Teaching Kitchen

Yoga for the Voice With Melissa Hurt

Thursday, September 26th, 1:30-2:30pm

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

What We Need to Know: Environmental Estrogens With Patricia Bowden-Luccardi CTT, CNMT

Thursday, September 26th from 6-7:30pm

Xenoestrogens, also known as  endocrine disruptors, are a class of chemicals that adversely affect breast tissue. These chemicals, which we come into contact with daily through our environment, can increase a woman's susceptibility to breast cancer by altering the tissue and making it more vulnerable to carcinogens. Learn how to protect your family from endocrine disruptors, what to avoid, and how to lower your risk through scientifically confirmed plant-based supplementation to activate your body’s ability to eliminate toxins and protect and repair your DNA. Community Room

Realism vs. Surrealism Ages 12+ With Selena Wright

Sunday, September 29th, 12:30-2pm 

Join us as we discover and discuss two completely opposite Western art movements; Realism, which promoted painting the world just as it is; and Surrealism, which poked fun at all the previous traditions. And then use the paint, brushes, and canvases provided to try your own hand at both styles. A fun way to nourish personal creativity in good company! 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 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.
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.  As of October 2019, French Class will be in the Conference Room from 10-11am on Sundays!
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!