All workshop are held upstairs in meeting room 309 or 310 and are Free,unless other wise noted. Please pre-register for workshops –cooproom(at)gmail(dot)com –so we know you are coming and can let you know if a class is full.
March Store Tour:3/19 2pm
March Music:Peter Ali plays from Noon- 2pm on the coolertop –Native American flute music:www.peterali.com
With Dianna Mincin
Wed March 2nd 10am
Journaling from the Heart
With Jenny Davidow
Wednesday March 2nd 6:30pm Room 309 free
Join lifelong journaler and author Jenny Davidow at this inspiring and informative workshop. Jenny will reveal four secrets to unlock creative freedom and relax your inner critic. Enjoy two guided journaling exercises to help you experience more aliveness and self-discovery every time you journal. All levels welcome.
Jenny Davidow,M.A. has taught journaling workshops for over 15 years. Her newest book,Journaling with Heart,will be published soon. She is the author of Embracing Your Subconscious –Bringing All Parts of You into Creative Partnership. Visit www.JennyDavidow.com.
Dharmakirti Buddhist meditation
With Kelsang Kenshe
Friday March 4th 6:30pm Room 309 Free Refreshments to Follow
Everyone is Welcome! Please join us for a free public talk with American Buddhist Nun and Resident Teacher of Dharmakirti Buddhist Center,Kelsang Kunshe. She will offer practical advice for those seeking to find freedom from worries in daily life and experience stable inner peace in all situations.
Healing with Essential oils –wellness and balance for body,mind and spirit
with Michelle Mahler
Tuesday March 8th 6:30pm Room 309 Free
Essential oils can help you with your health issues at one or many levels of relief,balance and happiness.
In this informative,hands-on workshop,we will each take part in blending a therapy oil for healing physical pain and spray for emotional/hormonal balance.
Safety and storage are important for your oils to be effective,learn about this at the best smelling class at the Coop!
Free class and notes. Optional Supply fee $10 per item
Skagit County Birth network
With Dianna Mincin
Wed March 8th 12:30pm
Creating Vibrant Health –Incorporating Superfoods and
Internal Cleansing into your Wellness Program.
With Doug Walsh
Wednesday March 9th 6:30 pm Room 309 Free
Our bodies were not designed for life in the modern industrial age. The average human in the United States is exposed to 2 million toxic molecules per day –we live in a virtual chemical soup. Combine this with the fact our foods are often over-processed,overcooked,and full of chemicals. Our soils (and therefore our foods) are so depleted that many in this country are actually malnourished in the micronutrients (minerals and vitamins). Any quality health program will thus have two crucial aspects – supporting your bodies’ detoxification efforts and upgrading your nutritional intake.
Come hear HealthForce Nutritionals representative Doug Walsh present cutting edge solutions that will assist you in creating a radical shift in your physical health. Make 2010 the year you committed to changing your life! Upgrade the health of your body,thereby making it easier to upgrade the rest of your life. Out with the old,in with the new! The new you that is.
Doug Walsh has been a raw foodist for 14 years,and has been consuming superfoods for over 20 years. In 2005,Doug walked across the country on the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail in order to demonstrate the power of a raw food diet high in superfoods (see www.rawhike.com). Doug is a certified raw food chef,and he has done workshops to assist people in upgrading their diet all across the country. He is passionate about helping people improve their health. He holds a magna cum laude BA in Physics and a Master’s degree in Education.
St. Patty’s Day Cooking Class
With Jill and Stuarto
Thursday March 10th 6:30pm Blanchard CC –$10 Co-op members
The luck of the Irish brings this class to you my friends. Let’s cook us up some Corned-Beef and Cabbage,watch Irish Soda bread rise and finish the meal with a delightful treat. Come learn to make all these wonderful dishes to serve at your St. Patty’s Day Feast…and make your friends green with envy.
Opening to Life and Listening:Dyadic Contemplative Practice
With Kurt Treftz and Karen Lynn
Monday March 14th 6:30pm Room 310 free
Monthly series devoted to gently and safely opening ourselves beyond our fears,often to be heard for the first time…and,to wonderfully expand compassion and ability to be fully present while receiving each other. “Dyadic contemplative practice”is a powerful community building format. Benefits are expanded empathy and compassion for others,self awareness,increased self confidence and improved capacity for interpersonal relationships.
Karen Lynn and Kurt Treftz each have over twenty five years of contemplative practice and are ‘enlightenment intensive masters.’ Kurt has an MA in behavioral sciences,backgrounds in gnana yoga and other practices,whereas Karen has an extensive background in bodywork and trauma release. 360-320-0771 or www.LivingAwareness.org
Nutrition as We Age
With Dr. Alethea Fleming,ND
Tuesday March 15th 6:30pm Room 309 Free
This engaging lecture teaches how physiology alters with age and how to tailor your nutritional needs so as to optimize health. Laughter and practical tips are guaranteed.
Dr. Alethea Fleming is a naturopathic physician. She received her doctorate from Bastyr University in Seattle,WA,the nation’s leading school for naturopathic medicine. Specializing in geriatrics,Dr. Fleming’s training also includes a certificate in gerontology from the University of Washington and direct mentoring in geriatric primary care at Overlake Hospital. In 2008,Dr. Fleming and her family decided to seek out a calmer pace of life and chose to move to Anacortes,WA. There she founded the Vital Aging Clinic,which provides both primary and adjunctive naturopathic care for adults. Outside of work Alethea spends time with her husband and son enjoying the amazing outdoors in Skagit county or curled up with a good book.
La Leche League of Skagit
Wednesday March 16th,10-12noon Room 309 free
LLL is a breastfeeding support and information group that aims to help pregnant and nursing mothers and their families achieve a positive breastfeeding relationship. 10:00 am,third Wednesday in room 309. Free,older children and partners welcome. www.llli.org
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Organizing Strategies for the Garden with Rhonda McNett
Wednesday March 16th 6pm Room 309 Free
How does your garden grow…if you don’t know where your seeds are?” Learn organizing basics,such as sorting,purging,containerizing and maintaining,to keep your garden shed or potting table in tip-top,usable shape! Now is the time to find what you already have to keep from over-buying or neglecting to buy what you do need. This one-hour workshop will have you ready and able to get out in the yard with enthusiasm for success this growing season!
If clutter has taken over your life and you just can’t get it together…If you have too much stuff in too small a space and can’t decide what needs to go…If you’re frustrated and stressed because you can’t find your keys,your wallet,your checkbook…If you’re inundated with paper and getting buried in piles of it…If you would like less confusion,stress and frustration and more peace,order and serenity in your life…You’ll find relief at Sensible Organizing Strategies. Get free organizing tips and information from Rhonda McNett at http://www.sosbyrhonda.com/contact.html. Find the peace and harmony hiding in your home or office.
Write with Devotion:Hang your Life on it
With local author Andrea Weiser
Friday March 18th at 3pm Room 309 Free
Author Andrea Weiser will share her knowledge on the inspirations and art of writing poetry in this interactive workshop. Learn to find the “recipe” of a poem. Sense,observe,embellish,edit,and garnish the plate. Build on the ingredients of your own creativity. Includes a short reading from her new book,entitled River Bed,now available on lulu.com which features stunning cover art by Don Smith and Cherie Donovan-Smith.
Andrea L. Weiser is a naturalist,archaeologist and author who derives inspiration from hiking,skiing,scrambling and kayaking the mountains,canyons,and rivers of the American west. She lives with her husband and daughter near the edge of wilderness and North Cascades National Park. Weiser’s poems and essays have been published in Prism,Kinesis,Images,Wambliota News,The Durango Valley Herald,Roofbeam,Surviving the Western State of Mind:A Montana Writer’s Daybook,The Eureka Journal,The Tracker, and American Whitewater. Her passionate style is both captivating and revealing as she explores a relationship with the natural world and discovers insights about human nature. She holds a BA in writing and an MA in archaeology.
by Andrea L. Weiser
Pavoratti in your song box.
Pierce the air with sound,
pulse your tail.
Right up in my face.
Somersaulting in brush thickets.
Monday March 21st,6:30 pm Room 309 Free
Reiki Shares are a gathering to give and receive Reiki Treatments. They are a time of sharing,learning and healing that is brought to the table by each person regardless of the individual experience. They are a great way for the curious to experience Energy healing and for the seasoned healers to practice and offer their gifts to others. Reiki shares are offered free of charge.
Eat Better on a Budget:In the Kitchen – Leftover Trains
Tuesday March 22nd 6:30pm Room 309 Free
We are still in the first quarter of the New Year,so lets renew our way of thinking about leftovers. Learn to save not only time but also money with practical uses for edible
do-overs. Let’s make one meal last through out the week!!
With Dianna Mincin
Wed March 23rd 10am
Mineral Balancing Acts
With Karl Mincin
Wednesday March 23rd 6:30pm Room 309 Free
Without the dust of life —a wide array of minerals in proper proportion – vitamins,enzymes,hormones and other nutrients do not function properly. This course covers everything mineral with emphasis on their practical value,and on how to achieve overall mineral balance,build strong bones and immunity, and reduce dependence on supplemental digestive enzymes,hormones,and unnecessary vitamins and medication.* Hear of safe food sources for proper mineral nutrition and how mismatched supplements can actually upset mineral balance. Includes an update and critical review of the new recommendations for calcium and vitamin D. Survey the spectrum of mineral testing tools,from simple self quick-tests to comprehensive methods such as hair mineral analysis,all with a view to performing your own personalized mineral balancing acts.
* IF SPACE ALLOWS PLEASE INSERT (For example,since minerals are the building blocks for enzymes,a digestive enzyme deficiency can actually be secondary to a mineral deficiency. Correct the underlying mineral imbalance and avoid the need to supplement enzymes.)
With Sarah Phillips
Monday March 28th 6:30 pm Room 309 Free
Discover how easy and satisfying making your own fresh cheese can be. Sarah will demonstrate the step-by-step process to making whole milk Ricotta,Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco. We will discuss the different characteristics of milk as well as fresh,cooking and melting cheeses. This introduction will give you the basic knowledge and confidence to follow most cheese recipes at home!
Sarah Phillips has been a resident and artisan food maker in the Bow-Edison area for 10 years. She has worked extensively making hard,aged cheeses including Gouda,Cheddar,Caerphilly,Manchego and Parmesan,as well as making a variety of fresh cheeses such as Chevre,Feta,Ricotta and Yogurt.
Eat Better on a Budget:Grains
Tuesday March 29th 6:30 pm Room 309 Free
Farro? No not an Egyptian ruler,but a lovely nutty grain. This class will demystify those grains that you may already have in your cupboard,and not know what to do with,or introduce you to a new wonder to add to your pantry. Come join us to learn about the great grains you may have been missing in your diet.
“Kaffeedag in the Nordic tradition”
Co-op member and local author Arlene Sundquist Empie will discuss her award-winning book The Legacy of Ida Lillbroanda;Finnish Emigrant to America 1893.
USA BookNews 2010 Best Books:Multicultural Nonfiction and Narrative Nonfiction.
Wednesday March 30th 4pm Room 309 Free
Books available in the Mercantile book corner for personalized signing.
Amerika Feber,the intense desire to emigrate from Finland in the 1800s,not only captivated the minds of Nordic men but the promised riches in the New World seduced courageous and adventurous seventeen-year-old Ida Maria Andersdotter Lillbroända.
Award-winning Northwest author weaves a compelling story about her grandmother’s trek across North America from her grim arrival and quarantine in Quebec 1893 to Telluride,Colorado where she manages her boarding house,finally to realize her “American Dream” on the farm established 1903 by Arlene’s grandparents in the fertile Skagit Valley.
Historical economic and social issues in 1890s Finland meld with old letters and an unpublished manuscript that provide factual accounts of family life and times in Finland and America in the late 1800s and early 20th century. Including 50 eye-catching vintage photos 1893-1930,many portray life on the same farm where the author was born and raised.
“This book is one of the most important events in the history of Swede Finn immigration to North America. A rich source of historical and genealogical information;a compelling story of courage,pioneer spirit,and family tradition and an inspiration for people of all ages coping with modern day society.”.”
—Gunnar Damstrom,Editor The Quarterly,Swedish Finn Historical Society
Living Well in a Weight-Obsessed World
With Karen Louise
Wednesday March 30th 6:30pm Room 309 Free
Learning to live well in a weight obessed world is about making peace with yourself here and now at whatever weight you are. Together we will examine the truths and myths about weight loss,health and body image. Reclaiming self acceptance is Key to achieving and maintaining weight loss. Learn how to create a win-win attitude toward your weight loss efforts. This unique approach will give you a fresh and freeing perspective to the “weighty”issue of body image and wellness. Educational materials and a session of affirmative hypnosis are included in this workshop.
With Adam Klassen
Thursday March 31st 6:30pm Room 309 Free
Spring is on the way! Don’t let aches and pains slow you down. Together we will investigate the causes of different forms of arthritis. Knowing why the aches ache gives you power over your pain! Do I use ice or heat? Massage or exercise? How can I get more movement back into my body? We will explore various treatments for arthritis and which options can give the best results. There are many things you can do everyday that are natural and easy,to fight against arthritis.
Adam Klassen D.C. is a chiropractor practicing in Sedro-Woolley at Health First Chiropractic. He specializes in the Blair Upper Cervical Technique –for precise and gentle adjusting. Adam graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in March of last year before coming to Skagit Valley.