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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.

Introduction to Flower Essences

Saturday, September 17

10am-12pm

Join Kali Higgins, the local herbalist and Certified Health and Wellness Coach from Moon River Wellness, for an introductory evening of learning about the healing power of flowers with a special focus on flower essences. This class will cover a brief history of flower essences, an overview of how flower essences work, tips for how to use them for personal healing, and how to support your body’s transition from the late summer to fall season with flower essences. The class fee is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners – bring $5 cash for a supply fee if you want your own flower essence to take home.

Wild Mushroom Hunting 101

Saturday, September 24

10am-12pm

This very popular power point presentation class explores identification and safety information for about fifteen different common mushrooms found in this area. Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch D.C., M.H. is a chiropractor, master herbalist and avid mushroom hunter with years of experience leading wild food and medicine identification classes for nine years.

The class fee is $15 for any co-op owners and $20 for non-owners.

Late Season Gardening

Wednesday, September 28

6-7:30pm
The frost has come and it’s time to quit gardening, right? Not a chance! Join Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, for a look at continued harvest, fall planting, putting the garden to bed, fall garden preparation and more. The cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end of your garden activities.
The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, October 8

10-11am

Learn how to stretch your dollar and make your shopping more sustainable. Discover the many approaches to saving for singles, families (big and small), seniors, etc. Maren Smith, Front End 

Manager, will talk about a variety of ways to get discounts, coupons, budget-cutting tips, using ownership benefits, and much more. You will also be able to enter a drawing for a gift card to use for shopping at River Market. Free, registration required.

The Weston A. Price Diet and Phytic Acid

Thursday, October 13

6-7pm

The Weston A. Price diet stems from Dr. Weston Price’s research into native diets around the world. He believed that diets high in vitamin dense fats, with low sugar intake, and traditionally made grains were highly associated with healthy bones and teeth. The class is presented by Dr. Loren Gilberg and Melynda Gilberg who will talk about easy ways of reducing phytic acid and increasing the digestibility of nutrients. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Finding Just Right: A Practical Approach to the Chakras

Saturday, October 15

10-11:30am

Finding your JUST RIGHT setting for each of your chakras requires practice in calibrating and adjusting them to deal with what is happening in front of you right now. Like muscles, your chakras need to be exercised, flexing and stretching, in daily practice of adjusting and adapting to various circumstances and stressors.

Presented by Teri Leigh, Body Mechanics and Brain Training Specialist.

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

Hoop There It Is – Hooping Class

Tuesday, October 18

5-6pm

Looking for new forms of exercise? Hooping is a great way to improve your core strength, posture, cardio, balance, flexibility, self-esteem, state of mind, and so much more. It can be a workout, dance, or meditation. In this class you will learn the basics of hooping and how to hoop like no one is watching – a very important element. We will try different ways of waist hooping, moving while inside the hoop, and possibly some fun hoop dance moves. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothes (more grippy than slippery). Bring water, and a hoop if you have one – we will provide Big Dance hoops too.  Presented by Mimy Constantine, Hula Hoop Instructor.

The class is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.  Free for children!

Your Second Brain: A Healthy Gut Is a Happy Mind

Thursday, October 20

7-8pm

Come to this class to learn how poor gut health develops, what happens when your gut is compromised, and why you’re now sensitive to foods you could previously eat. Dr Brittney Reisnour from Healing River Chiropractic will talk about the common food allergens, the difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, what an elimination diet is and how to successfully complete one, what are probiotics and when should you use them.

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

Herbal Wisdom: Fall Roots Preparation

Saturday, October 22
10am-12pm

This class explores several different common wild roots, like dandelion, thistle, evening primrose and yellow dock, growing in our area that can be used for both food and medicine. There will be a presentation on scientific research and historical application and a demonstration of how to prepare the roots. The main focus will be on burdock that can be found growing wild in the St. Croix Valley area. Presented by Kelley A. Hagenbuch, D.C., Master Herbalist.
The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

The Weston A. Price Diet and the Bone Health

Saturday, October 29

11am-12pm

Dr. Weston A. Price studied native diets around the world and discovered that they were high in vitamin dense fats, low in sugar, and used traditional preparation for grains. The class is presented by Dr. Loren and Melynda Gilberg who will discuss Vitamins A, D, and K for your bone, tooth and heart health. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

The Gift Inside the Wound

Saturday, November 5

10am-12pm

Learning how to walk hand in hand with the demons of Fear, Guilt, Shame, Loneliness, Anger, and other mental monsters can be a constant game of cat and mouse with your emotions. Following the threads of stress tangled inside the stories of your journey can turn the coin of negativity upside down, leading to a beautiful gift hidden inside the aches, pains, ouies, and boo-boos of life. Fear can teach you Courage. Guilt can teach you Empathy. Loneliness can teach you Strength, and Anger can give you Passion. Through interactive storytelling, learn simple body-mind-spirit exercises to help you find the gift inside your wounds. Presented by Teri Leigh, Body Mechanics and Brain Training Specialist.

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

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, November 5

1-2pm

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.

Gluten Free Bread Baking

Thursday, November 10

6-8pm

Learn about gluten free baking, with emphasis on making gluten-free bread that has excellent texture, taste, doesn’t fall apart and is not gummy or gritty. Learn what flours work, what the dough should look like, how to measure flour, etc. We will make a simple loaf of bread and talk about the principles of gluten free baking as well as wheat, barley and rye sensitivities, and Celiac disease.

Presented by Don Slinger. You are welcome to come 1/2 hour early for additional discussion time.
The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Brain Chat: Anxiety and Coping Strategies

Thursday, November 17

7-8pm

Come to this class to learn some of the causes of anxiety and what you can do to relieve your worries.

Dr Brittney Reisnour from Healing River Chiropractic will talk about basic brain health and how an imbalance of neurotransmitters can cause your jitters, what foods you should eat more or avoid to bring balance back to your mind, the use of aroma therapy and essential oils for anxiety. You will leave the class with simple exercises, meditations, and stretches to ease your mind as well.

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