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

Why Calories Don’t Matter and What Does with Regina Zwilling

Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 PM

Join Regina to learn about why counting and cutting calories is not an effective way to manage weight. The quality and type of food we eat are far more critical to maintaining a healthy weight and abundant energy than the amount of food. In this class you will learn:

  • What a calorie is and why reducing calories can lead to weight gain and fatigue rather than weight loss
  • What foods and strategies are effective for long-term weight control and living a life of abundant energy


Aromatherapy Basics for Immune & Respiratory Support with Ruby Mushkin

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 PM

Join Ruby for a free workshop to answer your questions on how to use Simplers Botanicals for Aromatherapy for you and your family. Ruby Mushkin is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist who has worked in the natural products industry. She’s the Product Manager and Co-formulator for Simplers Botanicals and enjoys creating special herbal and aromatic blends.



Own Your Power… Go Solar! with Banner Power Solutions

Thursday, October 19, 6:30 PM

As Northwest Power Solutions Experts, the Banner Power Solutions team will be on-hand to answer questions about solar for the home, business, or farm. Learn how solar power, generators, and retrofit lighting works and how these tools can help save money on your energy bill. You will also learn how to lower the cost of your solar project through multiple incentives at the State and Federal level.

Decrease your footprint by increasing your energy production. Go Solar!



Blissborn Intro Class with Jeni Miller

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM

What if childbirth could be easier, more comfortable, empowering and blissful? It can! Understanding how your state of mind impacts your body and birthing experience is an important step toward creating the birth scenario you desire. Self-hypnosis is a natural state of mind that empowers you to control your body and its sensations in labor and birth. Studies have proven its effectiveness in reducing pain and speeding labor. Babies benefit as well. In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of how hypnosis can assist you, experience the power of your mind through a guided imagery demonstration, and see a video of a birth with hypnosis.

Jeni Miller, CHt, BHE is a medical support clinical hypnotherapist and Blissborn Birth Hypnosis Educator. She specializes in hypnotherapy for fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. A teacher, mentor, and body-mind-spirit practitioner for over 16 years, Jeni is passionate about empowering her clients to create the birth they desire. Jeni believes peace on Earth begins with peaceful birth. She has a private practice in Bellingham.



Craniosacral Therapy with Jean Christensen

Monday, October 23, 6:30 PM

In this discussion, we will explore what CranioSacral Therapy is and how it can help you in achieving graceful living as time passes. We will discuss how the cranial bones and the sacrum move in relation to one another and why dysfunction in this system and their surrounding structures can have profound effects throughout the body. Questions are encouraged and welcomed.

Jean Christensen, LMP has been practicing for 19 years. Her focus is relieving long standing pain issues. She uses CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Bowen Therapy, and Body Talk. Jean has completed advanced study in the brain tissues, the nervous system, and the immune system. Jean is certified for Intra Oral work.



How Herbs Can Help Inflammation with Natasha Clarke

Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 PM

In this class we will look at inflammation in the body – general and localized and the role it plays. We will discuss when it is useful and when it is not and how to encourage this balance. We will talk about some of the “super herbs” such as turmeric and why this can be so successful and also so disappointing depending on what type of inflammation you have and why. Join me for this intensive into this vital yet oh so disrupting aspect of our immune system, get to know what herbs are available to effectively help the body cope and learn about how your personal constitution can affect the outcome.

Natasha is a local practicing herbalist in Stanwood, organizer of the Green gathering, and teaches at many of the West Coast herbal conferences.



Passive House Design with Russ Weiser

Thursday, October 26, 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.



Introduction to Buddhist Psychology with Kadampa Meditation Center

Monday, October 30, 6:30 PM

Buddhist Psychology provides a simple but useful and effective description of what our mind is and how it works.  This understanding helps us identify the forces in our mind and how they drive us.  It is useful because we can apply this understanding to our own experience and learn to direct our minds away from un-peaceful, unhappy states and toward peaceful and happy states of mind.  We can distinguish between ignorance, intelligence, and wisdom then work to develop our own wisdom.  It is effective because as we gain control of our own mind and find peace for ourselves we become a person who can help others.

all Kadampa Meditation Center Washington at 206-526-9565 for more information. The instructor, Tim Unger, is a senior student at the Kadampa Meditation Center Washington.



Nutrition Testing with Karl Mincin

Monday, November 6, 6:30 PM

From simple at-home self-test monitoring and nutrient specific quick tests, to state-of-the-art laboratory testing, learn how to more accurately evaluate your nutritional status and balance your body chemistry – blood vitamins, hair minerals, saliva hormones, stool digestive function and urinary toxins (anti-nutrients). Learn which test method is best for which nutrients, as well as which ones are the most relevant for you personally.

Review your so-called “normal” blood test results for nutritional indicators. “Normal” doesn’t mean healthy. Know what to look for in order to glean the nutritional meaning and significance of a routine blood chemistry.

We will perform in class: nutrient specific quick tests that provide instant feedback about your nutritional status, a partial nutrition physical examination (the mouth, nails and skin are rich and accurate indicators) plus take home self-test nutrition questionnaires.

Instructor Karl J. Mincin is a clinical nutritionist and natural health educator in practice locally for 30 years. With a personalized approach he offers both preventive and therapeutic nutrition counseling, specializing in nutrition assessment testing, the process of determining individual nutrient needs. Contact him at 360.336.2616 or



Essential Remedies: Winter Skincare with Michelle Mahler

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 PM

Learn to make luxurious and healing skin care products with Essential oils, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Borage seed oil, coconut oil and more! You can be naturally beautiful and treat your skin and hair with healing ingredients. Each student will learn how simple it can be to make a recipe for a smoothing, healing, balancing treatment for their skin type and an exfoliating, smoothing, detoxifying and hydrating facial scrub.

Demonstrations and recipes include: Eye & wrinkle treatments, Rose water Toners, Salt scrubs.

Skin conditions we will discuss: pigment issues, eye health, wrinkles, scars, psoriasis, rosacea, ear issues, eczema treatments.

Free class & notes. $10-20 optional supply fee