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.

Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

Thursday, February 19


Many hoop houses are inexpensive to build, and can be put up in an hour. They keep excessive rain off plants, block wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures 5-10 degrees. They can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall and keep it going all winter, even in Minnesota. In this class, learn how to design, layout and construct a simple hoop house. Presented by Don Slinger.

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

Chakras – An Introduction

Monday, February 23


According to yogic philosophy, there are seven primary energetic centers called chakras which are positioned along the spinal column. Each of these chakras represents a certain stage of evolution in our personal journey toward Truth. Having an understanding of these chakras – and more importantly an experiential understanding – will aid the aspirants in becoming more aware of themselves so that their energy is used for freedom rather than bondage. Presented by Evan Britzius, Registered Yoga Teacher.

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

Sugar Blues

Tuesday, February 24


Reducing the amount of added sugars we eat cuts calories and can help you improve your heart health and control your weight. In this class you will learn how to replace unhealthy sweeteners with more wholesome choices and how to break the habit of daily sugary desserts. Presented by Kathy Tobias, Wellness and Health Coach.

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

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden

Thursday, March 5


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 project that fits your life-style.

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

Cholesterol 101

Saturday, March 7


In this class, presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E., D. PSc., you will learn why the current federal recommendations regarding fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates are based on very questionable studies and cholesterol lowering drugs actually deplete vital nutrients that heart depends on.

Dr. Cooper will also explain why following current dietary heart recommendations is likely to increase your risk for a heart attack and you will discover a curriculum to reverse coronary artery disease.

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

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, March 14


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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy Oils

Monday, March 16


In this class you will learn 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. 

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, March 14


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.