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 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.

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, March 12

11 am-12 pm

Learn how to stretch your dollar and make your shopping more sustainable. Discover approaches to saving for singles, families (big and small), seniors. Maren Smith, Front End Manager, will talk about 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 River Market gift card.

Free, registration required.

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden

Saturday, March 19

11 am-12:30 pm

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.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Nutrition Response Testing

Thursday, March 31

7 – 8pm

Dr. Kellie Seth DC, from Healing River Chiropractic will explain how Nutrition Response Testing harnesses the body’s innate intelligence to help it heal itself. Learn how the body can heal itself and how the Nutrition Response Testing technique can easily determine where our body’s deficiencies and symptoms lie.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Beekeeping Refresher

Saturday, April 2

Whether you are a 2nd year or more beekeeper or you’re getting back to beekeeping, this class will refresh your memory on the very basics of caring for your honeybees. Topics include installing a new package (two methods), inspections, swarm prevention, and making splits. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

The class is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners.

Companion Planting for the Home Gardener

Thursday, April 7


This class will include ideas on planting vegetable, herb and flower plants for increased yield, decreased pest infestation and to help reduce weed pressure. Habitat planting for beneficial organisms will be discussed along with tips for garden design and layout. Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, will teach you how to transform your garden plot into a beautiful and bountiful ecosystem.

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

Kitchen Herbalism

Saturday, April 9


Let’s start our herbalism journey with herbs that most of us have in our kitchens right now. Many of those herbs also have some medicinal benefits and when you combine medicinal culinary herbs with whole nourishing foods you have a combination that can aid you in healing your body in achieving optimal health. Melanie Dunn, a Certified Herbalist, will discuss most commonly used herbs like cinnamon, rosemary, basil and other and their medicinal and culinary uses.

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

Chakras – An Introduction

Wednesday, April 13


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.

Herbalism for Kids

Saturday, April 16


Kids! Explore the magical world of herbs in this fun class presented by Melanie Dunn, a Certified Herbalist. We will start with some basics on what herbs are and how you can use them. We will also plant a little chamomile potato for your herbal garden. Bring one medium russet potato, a linen cloth, a melon baller, and a small container to carry the potato. Ages 7 – 12.

Class is limited to 12 children so sign up early! The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

The Woman’s Essential Detox

Thursday, April 21

As we get into our 30’s, 40’s and beyond, we struggle to lose the extra weight and fight the pervasive round tummy. Stop wondering which diet or exercise is right and learn how estrogen can dictate your body’s fat distribution, energy levels, sleep patterns, metabolism, memory, mood, and much more.  Understand the sources of hormonal imbalance and the vital, yet simple, body detox to achieve your ideal weight and balanced health goals. Join Dr. Kellie Seth, DC as she simply but thoroughly explains how to create hormonal and health balance through foods, lifestyle and the essential 2 phase body detox.

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

What’s Bugging You in the Garden?

Saturday, April 23


Come to this class to learn about all the creepy crawlies, harvest spoilers, pollinators, and beneficial insects that are sharing your garden. Presented by Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery who will provide tips, tricks, natural potions and other remedies for the home gardener to deal with the friends and foes of the insect world that visit your garden. Class participants are encouraged to bring specimens in for identification – please confine your new friends to a jar!

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

Wild Mushroom Hunting 101

Saturday, May 21


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

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

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, May 21


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.

Edible and Medicinal Wild Plant Hike

Sunday, May 22


Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch D.C., M.H., chiropractor and master herbalist, has been educating the public about the area’s wild bounty and sustainable practices for foraging for the last nine years. Join her for a slow hike to search for plants and mushrooms to identify and discuss in the beautiful Fairy Falls Nature area. We are going to meet near the entrance to the Fairy Falls area on Hwy 11, north of Stillwater.

The class fee is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners.  

The class is limited to 15 people so sign up early!