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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.

 

Intro to Meditation

Thursdays, February 16 and March 16

7-8:15pm

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. 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.

 

Seed Starting 101

Saturday, February 18

1-2:30pm

Come to River Market to learn methods for home seed starting that are inexpensive, easy and fun. Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, will discuss the best plants to start indoors, containers, soil mixes as well as techniques for germinating, growing, and nurturing the young seedlings.

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

 

Surprising Things Honey Bees Do

Wednesday, February 22

6-8pm

Honey bees are one of many kinds of bees that buzz around and pollinate our plants while gathering food for their family. All bees are fascinating, but honey bees are unique in many ways. Come and hear about all the unique and interesting things they do as they go about their business. You will be amazed. This is being presented by JoAnne Sabin, a beekeeper since 2005. She is also a beekeeping instructor and member of the MN Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA) and the Stillwater Bee Club.

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

 

Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

Thursday, February 23

6-8pm

With a few dollars and an hour of work you can easily build a simple “hoophouse” in your garden.  It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. This can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall.  In addition an inexpensive, “permanent” hoophouse will be explained – design, layout and construction. This will allow you to have fresh greens through a Minnesota winter without additional heat. Presented by Don Slinger, Farmers Market grower and gardener.

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

 

Yoga off the Mat

Saturday, February 25

10-11am

Does yoga intimidate you even though you know you need it for the stress and relaxation benefits? Or, are you a yoga practitioner who can’t get to class as often as you’d like? Yoga off the Mat teaches simple tricks to get the benefits of yoga by practicing off your mat, in your everyday life. Learn the basics of mountain pose (standing

posture) and the yoga bandhas (core alignment) with simple breathing to relieve stress and find relaxation anywhere, anytime. Come in your regular street clothes. No yoga mat or stretchy clothes required.

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

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

 

Enhancing Whole Grains and Legumes by Sprouting

Thursday, March 2

6-8pm

Don’t confuse this class with the 1970’s version of sprouting in a jar. You will learn much easier and better techniques. We will also sample some simple sprouts. Sprouts are one of the most alkalizing, nutritious and easily accessible foods known to man. Being rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes, they can be grown easily in one to six days and require little effort and very little cost. Grow fresh food on your counter using simple sprouting methods which enhance digestibility, enzyme activity, vitamin content and available minerals. Presented by Don Slinger, Farmers Market grower and gardener. The class is free for any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

 

Posture Power this class has been cancelled

Saturday, March 4

10-11:30am

Sit up straight. Stand tall. Walk proud. Positive body language isn’t the only advantage of good posture. How you hold your body directly affects body function, including your breath, blood flow, and hormone balance. Recent neuroscience studies prove that a “power pose”

triggers hormones in your body that make you FEEL better about yourself and perform better. Learn the power of posture and how it affects your body, your mental state, and your emotional health.

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

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

 

The Art of Beekeeping

Saturday, March 11

8:30am-6pm

Get started in the fascinating world of beekeeping. This workshop will address everything you need to practice the art of beekeeping. Topics

include: why bees are beneficial, basic bee biology and behavior, beekeeping equipment, selecting a site and starting a bee colony, managing honeybees throughout the year, extracting honey, preparing your hives for winter, and managing surviving colonies the following year. Participants will receive handouts on all topics covered including a list of resources, and will be able to see beekeeping equipment, and catalogs. Bring lunch or hop across the street to buy lunch at River Market Deli. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA). The class fee is $50 for any co-op owners and $55 for non-owners.

 

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.