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Classes

Classes are held at the Loft, unless otherwise specified. The Loft is located at 218 North Main Street, on the second floor above Images of the Past and Present, directly across Main St. from River Market.

Entrance is located on the south side of the building. The Loft has a room capacity of 21 people. Parking is not allowed in the space next to the building; please use street parking or the River Market parking lot.

Please pre-register in-store at River Market, phone (651) 439-0366 or email Ola Schmelig at education@rivermarket.coop. Payment due at registration. We accept all major credit cards. If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 3 days in advance for a full refund.

For instructors, here is our class proposal form and Loft best practices.

The Art of Beekeeping

Saturday, January 24

8:30am-6pm

This workshop will address everything you need to practice the art of beekeeping, including: why bees are beneficial, basic bee biology and behavior,

beekeeping equipment, selecting a site and starting a bee colony, managing honeybees throughout the year, extracting honey, preparing your hives for winter, and managing surviving colonies the following

year. Presented by Joanne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

The class fee is $45 for co-op owners and $50 for non-owners.

Jump Start Your Metabolism

Tuesday, January 27

6:30-8:30pm

Learn how eating real foods in balance can help you lose weight, eliminate cravings and increase energy. This interactive class explains how your food choices, blood sugar levels and essential fatty acids affect your energy and your ability to lose or maintain weight. This course qualifies for 2.4 continuing education credits for registered nurses. RNs are responsible for determining whether this course meets their needs. Presented by Nutritional Weight and Wellness. The class fee is $25 for co-op owners and $30 for non-owners.

A Guide to Healthy Hormones

Saturday, February 7

10am-12pm

This workshop will explain the underlying stressors that cause our hormones to go out of balance and how to correct them. We will explore which laboratory tests give the best information to identify the stressors that cause hormone imbalance. We will also discuss therapies and lifestyle changes necessary to correct those imbalances. Finally we will explore the effect of hormone imbalance on brain function, cognition, memory, mood, and brain fog. Presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E., D. PSc.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Seed Starting 101

Thursday, February 12

6:30-8pm

Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, will discuss the best plants to start indoors, containers, soil mixes as well as techniques for germinating, growing, and nurturing the young seedlings.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Essential Oils for Natural Health and Wellness

Tuesday, February 17

6:30-8pm

During this class we will discuss the exciting ways to use essential oils, how they are responsibly sourced and distilled, and how you can safely and effectively apply them in your everyday life. This is a make-and-take class where you will mix your own custom blend of essential oils to take home. There is a $5 material fee for the essential oil roller bottles. Presented by Katie Gruba and Ania Keliher. The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

Thursday, February 19

6:30-8:30pm

Many hoop houses are inexpensive to build, and can be put up in an hour. They keep excessive rain off plants, block wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures 5-10 degrees. They can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall and keep it going all winter, even in Minnesota. In this class, learn how to design, layout and construct a simple hoop house. Presented by Don Slinger.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

The Osteoporosis Alternative

Saturday, February 21

10am-12pm

When our immune system becomes overstressed because of poor diet, poor intestinal health, food sensitivities, environmental toxins, emotional stress, etc., it becomes dis-regulated and pro-inflammatory. In this class, presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E., D. PSc., you will learn how Dr. Cooper’s approach to osteoporosis is different and how it works.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Chakras – An Introduction

Monday, February 23

6-7:30pm

According to yogic philosophy, there are seven primary energetic centers called chakras which are positioned along the spinal column. Each of these chakras represents a certain stage of evolution in our personal journey toward Truth. Having an understanding of these chakras – and more importantly an experiential understanding – will aid the aspirants in becoming more aware of themselves so that their energy is used for freedom rather than bondage. Presented by Evan Britzius, Registered Yoga Teacher.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Sugar Blues

Tuesday, February 24

6-7:30pm

Reducing the amount of added sugars we eat cuts calories and can help you improve your heart health and control your weight. In this class you will learn how to replace unhealthy sweeteners with more wholesome choices and how to break the habit of daily sugary desserts. Presented by Kathy Tobias, Wellness and Health Coach.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden

Thursday, March 5

6:30-8pm

Having a garden doesn’t have to take up all your time and energy. Whether it is a few pots on the patio or a big patch in the yard, Sara Morrison of The Backyard Grocery, can help make your project manageable. Methods for soil preparation, variety selection, fertilizers, watering techniques and more will be discussed to get you on your way to the garden project that fits your life-style.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Cholesterol 101

Saturday, March 7

10am-12pm

In this class, presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E., D. PSc., you will learn why the current federal recommendations regarding fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates are based on very questionable studies and cholesterol lowering drugs actually deplete vital nutrients that heart depends on.

Dr. Cooper will also explain why following current dietary heart recommendations is likely to increase your risk for a heart attack and you will discover a curriculum to reverse coronary artery disease.

The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, March 7

1-2:30pm

Learn how to brew your own great tasting kombucha at home at a fraction of the cost of commercial bottled varieties. You will take home a Study Guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your Kombucha adventure right away. This is a fun, interactive class that includes samplings of several

different varieties of kombucha. Presented by Bryan Deane Bertsch, the brewmaster for Deane’s Kombucha. The class fee is $30 for any co-op owners and $35 for non-owners.