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

Summer Sprays w/ Hydrosols: Rosewater & More! with Michelle Mahler

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM

Learn how real hydrosols /waters/distillates are created and how they work on the skin, hair, brain and microbes in your space. We will sample and discuss Rosewater, Lavender hydrosol, Neroli hydrosol , Helichrysum hydrosol and Frankincense hydrosol.

Free notes and class optional supply fee to make hydrosol sprays $5-10.


Intro to Reiki with Yvonne Bowman

Thursday, August 24, 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 well being. 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.


Eat to Beat Inflammation with Regina Zwilling

Tuesday, August 29, 4:30 PM

Join us for this informative talk! Learn the symptoms of inflammation and leaky gut, which foods to eat, and which to avoid for maximum health. Topics include:

  • Which foods you should be eating for maximum health, and which foods you should ditch for good
  • Why most of your symptoms are all in your gut, not in your head
  • Why probiotic pills are not the answer
  • Why gluten isn’t so bad after all (and what you really should be avoiding instead)
  • Why you may not be acidic enough

Regina believes that we all deserve and are capable of having vitality, passion and well-being in our lives. Achieving ongoing energy and enthusiasm for life is within reach, if we know the simple, day-to-day habits that create these states of being. Regina has experimented with dozens of diets, endless exercise routines, and more supplements than you can shake a can of protein powder at. And she has discovered what works: simple daily routines that address the basics of nutrition, movement, lifestyle and mindset. She is always excited to share these revelations with anyone interested in achieving optimum health and abundant energy! (more…)

Exploring Women’s Sexuality: The Yoniverse with Michele Brookhaus

Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 PM

Yoni is Sanskrit for “womb”, “source”, or “sacred space”, and “she” may hold the key to many answers that you could be looking for in terms of your health, well-being, passion and even the direction you are headed. Maybe she’s trying to communicate with you by giving you symptoms you can’t ignore. Want to get more acquainted with her? Want to hear what she has to say to you?

Join Michele for an open and lively conversation about women’s sexuality.

Michele Brookhaus RSHom(NA), CCH is a homeopath in practice for 20 years and the developer of Yoni’s Bliss, a homeopathic lubricating gel for women. She loves working in the Wellness department here at Skagit Valley Coop a few hours a week, helping people find remedies and other goodies.


Nutrition Essentials with Karl Mincin

Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 PM

A potpourri of timeless nutrition principles and time-tested guidelines for an age of health information overload. Join us as we pause and review the basics without ignoring current scientific research. This is a fast-paced survey course designed to please even the most discerning and diverse Northwest (mental) palate. We will examine the important role of digestive and liver health, hormone balance, bone health,

and survey approaches to detoxification. Explore the food-mood connection, blood-sugar balance, eating for energy and brain nutrients. Learn to control cravings and facilitate junk food withdrawal, deepen your understanding of weight management via a professional critique and review of weight loss strategies. Hear the latest research findings on protein, fats, fluids, fiber, and dieting – –all with a view to making better sense of the mass of information and developing your own personal nutrition plan that you can live with. Always time for personal questions and discussion.

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


Introduction to Active Isolated Stretching

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 PM

There are many different ways to stretch and in this class you will learn a short dynamic routine for the shoulders. Active Isolated Stretching is a unique technique that uses gentle, rhythmic movements and active engagement while holding a stretch for less than 2 seconds. It is easy to learn and the benefits are many. If you find that stretching is the last thing on your mind when working out or doing your daily routine, this class provides a different approach to flexibility training.

Susan Guttzeit is a licensed massage practitioner in Bellingham (#MA00009726) and an ACE-certified personal trainer (#T121028). She is co-owner and master instructor with AIS Northwest, a local organization that sponsors educational events for the public and continuing education classes for professionals in Active Isolated Stretching.


Worm Your Way into Composting! with Callie Martin

Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 PM

Compost builds good soil structure. It is also a giant step toward recycling wastes, conserving precious energy reserves, and regaining control of our food supplies. Why throw food peelings and yard clippings into the garbage when you can harvest their nutrients by turning them into soil enriching compost? Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms in our upcoming vermicomposting class. Class participants will learn the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding.

Callie Martin is the Waste Reduction Community Education/Outreach Specialist for Skagit County. She is a lifelong practitioner of healthy soils and organic gardening. She brings lots of enthusiasm to her work as a composting educator.


Easy Growth of Mushrooms on Your Table with Qi Lou

Thursday, September 14, 6:30 PM

Join us for a fun and informative discussion about how to grow and harvest mushrooms at home. Qi Lou will share experiences of growing our own mushrooms from prepared mushroom logs. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to add local flavor to your table. Written instructions and prepared mushroom logs for the presentation will be provided.

Qi Lou works with American Cultural Bridge. They have been selling King oyster mushrooms consistently to Co-op since July. The company also grows shiitake and blue oyster mushrooms for local restaurants.


Zero Waste Lifestyle with Jenica Barrett

Monday, September 18, 6:30 PM

This class will focus around how to convert your lifestyle into a zero waste one. The class will include a presentation on who I am, my efforts, and the reason behind my conversion to zero waste. There will be a table with many of my homemade products displayed with descriptions of the items and why they are good alternatives to choose. There will be a time dedicated to discussion and questions. The main activity will be teaching the participants how to make their own deodorant which they will take home with them at the end. If there is not space for a project to take place, a PowerPoint presentation can be added.


Essential Remedies: Stress & Anxiety Relief

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 PM

How to help yourself naturally with essential oils workshop. These remedies can aid in relief of Stress, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, nightmares, sleep disorders, headaches & migraines. These are all symptoms of anxiety & stress on the emotions, body, mind and spirit. Topical application of essential oils in a carrier oil such as Jojoba, coconut or sesame oil is an easy and natural way to treat these issues.

We will discuss commonly used oils such as Lavender, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Rosemary, Rose, Chamomile, Clarysage, Cobaiba balsam(Copal), Sandalwood,Frankincense and More! We will take home notes on safe application,essential oil drops per oz. of carrier oil and how to use them at home. Free class-optional $10 supply fee to make 1/3 oz. organic roll on massage oil.