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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.

How to Make Herbal Infusions

Saturday, June 6

10am-12pm

Herbs may be infused several ways to extract important chemicals for use. The most common way is in water, for an herbal tea, or tisane, a longer decoction of medicinal roots or mushrooms and finally steeping or cooking in oil for an oil extraction. We will go over all these methods using at least ten common, traditionally used plants found in this area. Enjoy some gentle medicinal tea that is easy to find and make, and learn how to produce your own herbal balm in this very practical class. Presented by Kelley A. Hagenbuch, D.C., M.H.

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

How to Make Herbal Infusions

Saturday, June 6

10am-12pm

Herbs may be infused several ways to extract important chemicals for use. The most common way is in water, for an herbal tea, or tisane, a longer decoction of medicinal roots or mushrooms and finally steeping or cooking in oil for an oil extraction. We will go over all these methods using at least ten common but useful traditionally used plants found in this area. Enjoy some gentle medicinal tea that is easy to find and make, and learn how to produce your own herbal balm in this very practical class. Presented by Kelley A. Hagenbuch, D.C., M.H.

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

Toot, Turn, and Chug! Transportation Songs for Kids

Saturday, June 13

10:15-11am   

Come join this transportation adventure as children actively engage in a variety of interactive transportation songs. From riding a pony to driving a fire truck this class will provide free exploration in movement, singing, and instrument play in a group environment through live music. Sessions are designed to stimulate creativity, imaginative play and interaction skills through active engagement in music. Perfect for a first-time group activity ages: birth to pre-K. Class is provided by Katie Corbett, masters level board certified music therapist.

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

Metabolism Makeover

Tuesday, June 16

6-7:30pm

Do you feel sluggish or find it difficult to focus? Do you wish you had more energy to make it through

the day? Are you frustrated about losing those last five pounds? This class will cover simple ways to boost your metabolism from the minute you wake up, all throughout the day and even while you are sleeping at night. Presented by Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD who will talk about which real food is best for energy and your metabolism to help your body run the way it was designed to.

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

Beekeeping Beyond the Basics

Saturday, June 20

9am-2pm

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 of all topics covered including a list of resources, and will be able to see beekeeping equipment, and catalogs.

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

Edible and Medicinal Wild Plant Hike

Sunday, June 21

12-2:00pm

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. The class fee is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners. The class is limited to fifteen people so sign up early!

Intro to Shinrin Yoku – Forest Therapy

Wednesday, June 24

6:30-7:30pm

Shinrin Yoku is Japanese for Forest Bathing, or immersing oneself in the atmosphere of the forest. By combining mindfulness and spending time in nature—two activities that have restorative properties on their own—shinrin-yoku has become the cornerstone of preventative health care and healing in Japan.

Come learn about The Forest Therapy as well as guided walks that support well being through sensory immersion in forests and other healing environments in our many beautiful St Croix Valley natural environments. Presented by Chris Brandt, RN BSN, MS.

The class is free to coop owners and $5 for non-owners.

Make Your Own Facials 101

Saturday, June 27

11am-12:30pm

Get radiant skin and boost your confidence using food from your own pantry. Your face reveals your diet, emotions, and more. Join Patty Ostrem to make easy facials tailored to your skin type using only natural ingredients like avocado, lemons, egg whites, rice and others. Bring your own washcloth and towel, a water bowl, and a mirror. The class fee is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners.