The Co-op hosts an extensive selection of wellness and holistic living workshops, most at no cost. We also host a number of in-store & local events throughout the year. Workshops and classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Co-op Building, in room 309. Descriptions for upcoming workshops are listed below. Please pre-register for classes (recommended & appreciated!) below or by giving us a call at (360) 336-5087 extension 136.

Upcoming Workshops

Embracing Perimenopause with Alethea Fleming

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 PM

Perimenopause – think power surges, not hot flashes. Join local naturopathic physician Dr. Alethea Fleming for a straightforward discussion about perimenopause, what to expect, and how to best support yourself if hormones give you a rough ride.

Dr. Alethea Fleming, ND, is a naturopathic physician who is committed to providing whole-person compassionate care to adults. She believes that a physician’s role is to teach patients about positive health choices and empower patients to reach their health goals. Treatment of symptoms is important, but true healing comes from finding and treating the cause.


Intro to Reiki with Yvonne Bowman

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 PM

This workshop you will learn about Reiki (ray-key), and the many ways it can treat the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit with beneficial effects like relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. The word “Reiki” can be translated as “spiritually guided life force energy”, and many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than just the intellectual concept of it. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

Yvonne Bowman has been practicing Reiki for a little over 3 years and practices at the Vera Wellness Center in Mount Vernon. Yvonne is Usui Reiki I & II, Usui Advanced Reiki Training, and Usui Holy Fire I and II certified. She has lived in Skagit Valley for the last 15 years. Born and raised Washingtonian. She first came to know Reiki because of curiosity, but fell in love with it. You may contact Yvonne with any questions at 360-391-3811.


Passive House Design with Russ Weiser

Thursday, March 30, 6:30 PM

Are you interested in healthy, comfortable buildings that reduce energy bills and carbon footprint? Come and join Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant Russ Weiser for an introduction to Passive House design and Certification. Thousands of residential and commercial buildings have been constructed to this standard, cutting heating bills by 90% while providing exceptional air quality and comfort.
Not building a new building but wanting to improve it? You can see how your existing building stacks up in terms of energy use and learn about improvements that could help reduce consumption. Russ will demonstrate how to calculate and compare energy use of your building to national averages and suggest measures that could cut energy bills using computer simulations to test different options.
Russ Weiser, Ph.D. is an Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant at HKP architects in Mount Vernon.


Kadampa Meditation with James Lane

Monday, April 3, 6:30 PM

Participants of this workshop will learn the definition and function of meditation, meditation posture, how to cultivate a personal meditation practice. We will also learn several meditations directly applicable to everyday life and how to apply these meditation to our own experience. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness.

The instructor, James Lane, has been a student, practitioner and teacher in the New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition for over 6 years. James taught meditation and Buddhism in Phoenix, Arizona prior to moving to Bellingham in January 2013. Call Kadampa Meditation Center Washington at 206-526-9565 for more information.


Defrag Your Brain with Joan Cross

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 PM

Post trauma can be a long reign,
But the future may hold great gain.
There is relief,
When you have belief
In the only brain you can train.

Neurofeedback retrains inefficient brain patterns. Enjoy your life more with better efficiency, focus, groundedness, vitality. It also works wonders with insomnia, migraines, anxiety, high stress, ADHD, autism, anger, mood swings, hyper vigilance, executive stress, repetitive worrying, addictions, self esteem, and more.

Joan Cross, MPH, has a 30 year background in NeuroRehab Physical Therapy and has been a Neurofeedback practitioner for 10 years at InnerWave Center.


Mushroom Science & Cultivation with Ben Anthony

Sunday, April 9, 6:00 PM

Get a better understanding of the fungi kingdom and its role in the environment as well as how to grow them for the nourishment of our bodies. This is an introductory mushroom course geared towards people who want to grow enough mushrooms in their homes to supplement their diet. You will learn basic fungus biology and the countless ways that fungi are just as important a taxonomic kingdom as animalia and plantae. The class will focus on concepts such as: creating and manipulating a grow chamber; inoculating a substrate with mycelium; fruiting and how to get the most yield out of your substrate; how to keep the process going indefinitely.
Ben Anthony is a homebrewer and mushroom grower, teaching himself some of the more advanced techniques in mushroom cultivation, with a real knack for it. Ben started a business that sells fresh vegetables and mushrooms at farmers markets, along with mushroom kits and grain spawn for the home cultivator.


NEW! The Herbal Medicine Classroom with Kelly Ann and Anna

Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 PM

New for 2017! The Nourishing Herbs Series has a new day, time, and style. Please join us for: The Herbal Medicine Workshop Classroom with Kelly Ann and Anna.

To learn more about medicinal plants and how to apply their therapeutic value to your life, we will now be holding a 3-hour herbal workshop every other month where you can learn by doing!

We focus on medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest region as well as plants that grow well here. We provide clear and concise information, resources, & have fun while doing so! Come join us to learn more about our local plant medicine. We provide all materials. You bring a notebook, a pen, and an alert mind. This class will be approximately 50% lecture and 50% hands-on.

Optional fee: $15*
*If you would like to take part in the hands-on portion of the class, please provide $15 cash to teacher at beginning of class. Class fee bin will be at front door of classroom, drop it in as you come in. You may choose to join to class for no fee, but will be unable to use supplies during hands-on portion.

Register Here!

Fields marked with an * are required

Essential Remedies: Anxiety/Stress/Sleep with Michelle Mahler

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 PM

Enjoy a fun workshop where you can make a gift of peace, love and health for yourself or a special person in your life.

Learn about diffusing essential oils, making organic therapy oils and perfumes, anti-anxiety/stress/pain relief therapy blends and more!

Optional supply fee to make a roll-on: $10 each.


Own Your Power… Go Solar! with Banner Power Solutions

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM

In this informative presentation, learn how solar power, generators, and retrofit lighting works for residential homeowners and business. Find out how these tools can help save money on your energy bill, and how solar power is environmentally friendly and sustainable. This presentation will include information about the state, federal, and county incentives offered to help pay for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Instructors: Guy Knoblich and Eric Hull. Guy has been installing solar power systems in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and King Counties with Banner Electric/Banner Power Solutions since 2005. Since then he has been involved in hundreds of commercial and residential installations. He is NABCEP certified as a PV installation professional. Eric Hull is trained as a landscape architect, Eric has been heavily involved in the construction and design world creating outdoor spaces around the world for customers with projects great and small. He now manages the sales and marketing effort and loves helping people to go solar.


Simple Tools for Lasting Change with Hal Pullin and Denis Miller

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM

Learn some simple tools to help you make lasting positive personal changes. Whether you’re looking to make a simple change like learning to remember where you put your keys, or something as complex as overcoming an addiction or co-dependency or to become physically fit, the same tools and principles apply. In this workshop you’ll gain a better understanding of how the mind works and hone personal development skills that fit your life. Follow-up classes and support will be offered with a group check-in process and relevant discussions on topics including eight loss, addictions, anxieties, depression and relationships.

Hal Pullin and Denis Miller are both licensed mental health counselors.