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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.

 

Your New, Exciting and Simple Garden

Saturday, March 18

1-2:30pm

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 that fits your lifestyle.

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

Back in Balance

Thursday, April 6

6-7:30pm

of your low back hurting at the end of the day? Learn to recognize proper techniques for going about day-to-day activities. Dr Brittney Reisnour from Healing River Chiropractic will demonstrate easy at home stretches, partner stretches, how to properly foam roll, and how to bend from the hips to save your low back. Wear loose clothing like sweatpants/yoga pants and prepare to be gently active and if you have a foam roller please bring it. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Companion Planting for the Home Gardener

Saturday, April 8

1-2:30pm

Get ideas on planting vegetable, herb and flower plants for increased yield, decreased pest infestation and help reducing weed pressure. Also learn about habitat planting for beneficial organisms and 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.

Intro to Meditation

Thursday, April 20

7-8:15pm

Learn the benefits of meditation including 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 with many years of experience with several meditation forms, and in teaching meditation. Free class, registration required.

Spring Blooms Plant Walk

Saturday, April 22

10am-12pm and 1-3pm

Enjoy time outside after a long winter at the Herb’n’Farm Apothecary. In this approximately 2 mile walk learn how to identify medicinal plants like bloodroot, blue cohosh, and watercress, and others that begin to bloom in spring. Presented by Melanie Dunn, Herbalist and Gardener. Bring a camera, a notebook, light rain gear and sturdy boots. Class will be held if light rain, cancelled if it’s pouring. We will meet in New Richmond, at 1282 200th Ave. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Safe and Responsible Pesticide Use

Tuesday, April 25

7-8pm

Learn the safe use, storage and disposal of lawn and garden chemicals used in the household. We will discuss what a pesticide is and when it’s needed. Learn how to read the label and what it means – even organic products can be a hazard if used improperly. Presented by Diane Cutler, Gardener. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Better Vegetables Through Better Soils

Thursday, April 27

6-8pm

Healthy soils have an abundance of life in them, come learn how to enhance and protect it.  You will also hear how to increase garden soil nutrients naturally and with minimal cost. Healthy soils mean better tasting produce, increased nutrients per calorie, improved storage and keeping qualities and increased natural resistance to diseases and insects. Presented by Don Slinger, who has gardened for more than 60 years. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Quantum Biofeedback – Energy Balance, Nutrition and Wellness

Saturday, April 29

3-7pm

Biofeedback is a non-invasive Class III Medical Device that energetically scans the strength of your reactions and finds the energetic stressors such as viruses, fungus and bacteria, nutritional and hormonal imbalances, allergies and food sensitivities, abnormalities, toxins and more by calculating the biological reactivity and resonance within your energy field. Chandra Dayland and Maryjo McCarthy, Certified Biofeedback Technicians will be presenting the device and educating the participants about energy balance, nutrition, and wellness. The participants will be able to use the device to measure the emotional, mental or physical deficiencies. A copy of a health, nutritional & wellness profile for an additional $25. The class is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

The Good, The Bad, and The Healthy Oils

Tuesday, May 2

6-8pm

While we have many options when it comes to selecting fats and oils for cooking, which should you be using? Hear the difference between different fatty acids, how to maintain the right omega 3/omega 6 balance, how to choose the right cooking oil, and how they affect your body, especially your heart. Presented by Don Slinger who is not medically trained, but will share his journey of learning as he fights peripheral neuropathy, prostate cancer and compression fractures in the back.

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

 

Introduction to Massage Therapy

Saturday, May 6

11am-12pm

You don’t have to be a trained professional to successfully give a high quality back or neck rub. In this class, presented by Lisa Sellman, Licensed Massage Therapist, you will learn a few basic massage techniques like Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Swedish and Lomi Lomi, with a special focus on a face massage.

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

Letting Go

Saturday, May 13

10-11:30am

The human body has upwards of 850 muscles designed to grab and hold. The more your muscles grab, the more they tell your brain to hold. Learn simple body-mind exercises based in neuroscience to train your brain to tell your muscles (and your mood) to let go! Through consistent repetition of these 10-second exercises you will naturally and automatically let go of what no longer serves you. Presented by Teri Leigh, Body Mechanics and Brain Training Specialist.

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

Quantum Biofeedback – Brainwave Training for Psychological Disorders and Superlearning

Saturday, May 13

3-7pm

Biofeedback is a non-invasive Class III Medical Device that energetically scans the strength of your reactions and finds the energetic stressors such as viruses, fungus and bacteria, nutritional and hormonal imbalances, allergies and food sensitivities, abnormalities, toxins and more by calculating the biological reactivity and resonance within your energy field. Chandra Dayland and Maryjo McCarthy, Certified Biofeedback Technicians will be presenting the device and educating the participants about energy balance, nutrition, and wellness. The participants will be able to use the device to measure the emotional, mental or physical deficiencies. A copy of a health, nutritional & wellness profile for an additional $25. The class is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Hoop There It Is – Hooping Class

Tuesday, May 16

6-7pm

Looking for new forms of exercise? Hooping is a great way to improve your core strength, posture, cardio, balance, flexibility, self-esteem, and state of mind. In this class you will learn the basics of hooping and how to hoop like no one is watching – a very important element. 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!

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, May 20

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.

What’s Bugging You in the Garden?

Saturday, May 20

1-2:30pm

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

Thursday, May 23

6-7pm

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.