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.

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, September 26


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.

Personal Permaculture

Saturday, October 3


Permaculture isn’t just for the garden – it can help us create a thriving life and build connections with our communities, both locally and globally. In this class we will look closely at the important areas of our lives, and mindfully redesign our environment and what is possible for us within it. Plan for a rich conversation and an opportunity to dive deep into what matters most to you. You will leave with a detailed map of your life and its important elements, a clear sense of direction for an inspired future, and the first tangible steps to designing a thriving life. Presented by Heidi and Jonathan Huebner of Bluebird Hill Homestead.

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

Winter Wellness Wisdom for Families

Thursday, October 8

6:30 – 8 pm

Come learn how to use effective home remedies, herbs and flower essences, along with some aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies, for colds, flu, sinus and respiratory problems, winter blues. You will also discover teas, baths, steams and more including what to do when

you are just starting to come down with something, how to eat more

wisely in winter, ways to improve the air quality at home and work.

Presented by Isadora Tavens, Practical Nurse, Herbalist, Flower Essence Practitioner.

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

Easy Condiments

Saturday, October 10


While sauces and condiments can turn a mediocre meal into something worth remembering, most commercial condiments contain a lot of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients. Why not make your own then? Join us as River Market’s Customer Service Manager, Maren Smith, teaches you how to make your own ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. We will taste our finished products at the end of the class. At Valley Outreach Teaching Kitchen, 1901 Curve Crest Blvd. W, Stillwater. Call 430-2739 for directions. Seating is limited so sign up early.

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

Autumn: The Secret to Soups

Thursday, October 15


The making of soups is a culinary technique, a health practice and a way to save time and money.

Autumn farmers’ markets are replete with immune-strengthening foods that are essential to health during the winter months. Learn the power-house healing potential of autumn soups. Presented by Dr. Kellie Seth, DC who will teach the varieties of immune-enhancing foods, the five elements of traditional healing soup and the basics of soup preparation. Sample a delicious and healing soup and take home recipes the whole family will love.

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

The Cholesterol Myth Revealed

Saturday, October 17


Our obsession and worries about cholesterol has kept us from knowing and focusing on the true causes of heart disease. In fact, cholesterol-lowering meds deplete vital nutrients that the heart needs, and are likely to increase your heart attack risk. Learn from Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E., D.PSc.why these cholesterol myths perpetuate and what you do to demand safer, wellness-being and health-preserving alternatives. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, October 24


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.

Metabolism Makeover

Tuesday, October 27


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 $15 for any co-op owners and $20 for non-owners.