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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.

Canine Massage 101

Thursday, August 11

6-8pm

The benefit of massage to dogs is equivalent to the benefit experienced by humans and can be offered for relaxation, rehabilitation, or competition – “sports massage” – purposes. In addition to providing relief from muscle tension, soreness, chronic pain and discomfort from arthritis, hip dysplasia, etc., the massage can lessen hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness in dogs. Bring your dog to enjoy this class presented by Lisa Sellman, Animal Reiki Master and a Canine Massage Instructor.

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

Hoop There It Is – Hooping Class

Tuesday, August 23

6-7:30pm

Looking for new forms of exercise? 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. We will try different ways of waist hooping, moving while inside the hoop, and possibly 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!

Raw Foods Workshop – Desserts

Wednesday, August 17

6-8pm

Raw desserts are delicious, healthy, and very easy to prepare as they don’t require an oven – a dish is considered “raw” when it’s not heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Maddie Seggelke, Certified Yoga Teacher will share her recipes and make her favorite raw desserts like: Cacao Coconut and Avo Squares, Raw Vegan Brownies and Maca Macadamia Blondies and you will be able to sample them in the class.

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

Preserving Herbs – Making Pesto and Herb Butters

Saturday, August 20

10am-12pm

Even though most herbs are available for purchase year-round, you can preserve your own garden grown herbs by freezing or drying them, making pesto, herb butters, or herb salt. In this class Maren Smith will share her recipes for basic pesto and herb butters and Ola Grabeus-Schmelig will show you an easy way to make an herb salt.

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

Medicinal Herb Garden Tour

Sunday, August 28

1pm-3pm

Come spend a couple of hours in an Herbalist Garden and learn the art of harvesting and drying your own medicinal herbs such as bergamot, lemon balm, calendula, and lemongrass. Harvest a little of your own to bring home and dry to make some tea. Presented by Melanie Dunn, Herbalist who will take you on a tour of her Herb’N’Farm Apothecary in New Richmond, WI. We will provide the address when signing up. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners. Free for children!

Seed Saving 101

Wednesday, August 31

6-7:30pm

Your favorite lettuce, the most succulent tomato, super producing peas…you don’t have to buy those seeds ever again! Join Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery for a hands on class in saving seeds from your garden. You will learn the best ways to select, separate and store seeds from your most favored crops. Other topics covered will include ‘wet’ seeds and ‘dry’ seeds, discussion about the difference between heirloom and hybrid, and the secrets of why things ‘bolt’ will be revealed.

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

Growing Garlic 101

Thursday, September 8

6-8pm

Garlic is really easy to grow! If you plant it in mid October, you’ll be rewarded with spring garlic, garlic scapes and garlic cloves throughout the whole summer next year. Come to this class to learn about soil preparation, garlic growing season, harvesting, curing and storing garlic. You will also learn the difference between hardneck and softneck varieties. Presented by Don Slinger who has been growing garlic for many years and presently grows about 15 best varieties.

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

Introduction to Flower Essences

Saturday, September 17

10am-12pm

Join Kali Higgins, the local herbalist and Certified Health and Wellness Coach from Moon River Wellness, for an introductory evening of learning about the healing power of flowers with a special focus on flower essences. This class will cover a brief history of flower essences, an overview of how flower essences work, tips for how to use them for personal healing, and how to support your body’s transition from the late summer to fall season with flower essences. The class fee is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners – bring $5 cash for a supply fee if you want your own flower essence to take home.

Wild Mushroom Hunting 101

Saturday, September 24

10am-12pm

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

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

Late Season Gardening

Wednesday, September 28

6-7:30pm
The frost has come and it’s time to quit gardening, right? Not a chance! Join Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, for a look at continued harvest, fall planting, putting the garden to bed, fall garden preparation and more. The cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end of your garden activities.
The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Finding Just Right: A Practical Approach to the Chakras

 Saturday, October 15
10-11:30am

Finding your JUST RIGHT setting for each of your chakras requires practice in calibrating and adjusting them to deal with what is happening in front of you right now. Like muscles, your chakras need to be exercised, flexing and stretching, in daily practice of adjusting and adapting to various circumstances and stressors.

Presented by Teri Leigh, Body Mechanics and Brain Training Specialist.

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

Herbal Wisdom: Fall Roots Preparation

Saturday, October 22
10am-12pm

This class explores several different common wild roots, like dandelion, thistle, evening primrose and yellow dock, growing in our area that can be used for both food and medicine. There will be a presentation on scientific research and historical application and a demonstration of how to prepare the roots. The main focus will be on burdock that can be found growing wild in the St. Croix Valley area. Presented by Kelley A. Hagenbuch, D.C., Master Herbalist.
The class fee is $5 for any co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.