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, May 20


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.

What’s Bugging You in the Garden?

Saturday, May 20


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 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.

Intro to Tai Chi

Tuesday, May 23


Tai Chi is a low impact, moving meditation. Studies show regular practice of tai chi supports good health and longevity. In this class, Aimee Van Ostrand, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture will talk about the history and the many health benefits of practicing tai chi. She will answer your questions and demonstrate the Yang Style, short form. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing; we will practice tai chi outside weather permitting. No experience or additional equipment needed.

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

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

Chemical Free Living

Saturday, June 3


Learn how to de-stress your life and embrace a chemical-free lifestyle by decreasing toxins in your home and make your own simple, yet effective, everyday cleaning and personal care products.  We will use basic inexpensive store supplies like castille soap, borax, vinegar, distilled water, coconut oil, witch hazel, and castor oil.

Presented by Angela Dawson. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.


Gardening for Pollinators

Saturday, June 10


There is increasing evidence that many pollinators, including honey bees, are in decline due to the lack of habitat, poor nutrition, pathogens and parasites, and pesticide use. In this class you will learn about pollinators and how you can create a pollinator friendly landscape around your home or workplace – also suggestions on some pollinator-friendly plants. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

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


Beekeeping Beyond the Basics

Saturday, June 10


JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA) will be back to cover more in depth topics for beekeepers who know the basics. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, equipment, bee health, and swarms. Bring those pesky questions that come up when you actually have bees. Participants will receive handouts on all topics covered, including a list of resources, and browse beekeeping equipment and catalogs.

The class fee is $35 for any co-op owners and $40 for non-owners.


Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 13 and July 11


Board of Directors meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. River Market owners are welcome to attend. Call 651-439-0366 or email if you are planning to attend.


Intro to Meditation

Thursdays, June 15 and July 20


Need a refuge from the uncertain times? Meditation offers a doorway. The class will give students an opportunity to learn the benefits of meditation. It will teach techniques to practice at home and methods of mindful living. There will be meditation instruction, presentation, Q & A, and group discussion. The class is presented by Roger and Kim Klisch both of whom have many years of experience with several meditation forms, and in teaching meditation. Free class, registration required.


Hoop There It Is – Hooping Class

Tuesday, June 20


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. Try different ways of waist hooping, moving while inside the hoop, and 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 up to 12 years old!


Detoxifying with Your Diet

Thursday, June 29


It is impossible to completely avoid toxins as there are contaminants in the food and water, air, and everyday household items. Detoxifying your body can be done in many different ways but the safest way is by eating unprocessed foods that detox the body. We will cover some practical and easy to implement steps that can help you tailor your diet to help your body detoxify. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Bischoff, D.C. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.


Medicinal Herb Garden Tour

Saturday, July 8


Have you ever wondered what a medicinal herb garden looks like? Come to New Richmond to see Melanie Dunns Herb ‘n Farm Apothecary, at 1282 200th Ave. We will identify over 30 medicinal herbs and learn their qualities and history. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners. Free for children up to 12 years old!