The Kootenay Co-op offers a variety of classes on cooking and culture, as well as hosting amazing speakers, workshops and events. Visit our Calendar to see all of our classes and events at a glance, sign up for E-news or follow us on Facebook to stay in the know!

Cooking School

We offer cooking and wellness classes in our Teaching Kitchen on a range of topics, techniques, and tastes –  we have 30+ cooking classes a year!  Most cooking classes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and include snacks or a meal and a book of recipes to take home.

Check out our Current Classes here or download the Cooking Classes Autumn 2019 brochure, then stop by or call Customer Service to sign up!


Registration for our regular classes begins August 20. Members save $10 per class when they register before September 20, 2019. Pre-registration and prepayment are required and these classes fill up very quickly!

You may register in person at our Customer Service desk, or by phone with a credit card: 250.354.4077×205.

Class Cancellation Policy

If you let us know you cannot attend at least 2 days (48hrs) before the class, we will offer you a full refund as store credit. We do not offer cash refunds.  You may transfer your spot to a friend at any time, just let us know!


Our Teachers

Maggie Jones

Maggie has been teaching, lecturing and writing about health and nutrition for as long as some of us have been around! She has raised three healthy and vibrant vegetarian children into adulthood. After over 40 years of vegetarianism, and 14 years living off-grid, Maggie is still passionate about and committed to living a natural healthy lifestyle, with a focus on fun and enjoyment.

Cindy Spratt

Cindy is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and certified Eating Psychology Coach who specializes in Culinary Nutrition. She weaves her areas of expertise together by infusing nutritional knowledge with culinary passion. Cindy’s mission is to help individuals make realistic and sustainable changes while
sparking creativity in the kitchen. Learn more at her website.

Katherine Oldfield

Dr. Oldfield grew up in a small rural town outside of Seattle, Washington. She graduated from naturopathic medical school in 2000 and ran a busy practice in Seattle, West Seattle Natural Medicine (which she still owns),  for 18 years until she and her family decided they’d had enough of the city and decided to change their lives in a big way and move to Canada and back to a rural area. She relocated with her family to Nelson BC in 2017 and opened Willow Healing Arts in Salmo, BC in 2018. Her husband runs Counter Cultured Foods, an organic fermented foods business in Salmo using produce grown by local farmers. Learn more at her website.

Colleen Emery

Colleen is passionate about cultivating connection to the natural world and bringing empowerment to healthcare. Her work and teachings have inspired many other Kootenayites and her passion spills over to food security, as demonstrated by her position as Vice-Chair on the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors working to encourage local food security through education and community outreach. Learn more at her website. Colleen is also a True Local Supplier with Emery Herbals!

Jo-Anne Schultz

Chef Jo-Anne Schultz and her company
‘My Authentic Food Shows’ seek out authentic cuisines from around the world and bring them back to local audiences. When not showcasing authentic food or teaching the hidden health benefits of world cuisines, Chef Jo-Anne works as a Youth and Family Worker for Kootenay Lake School District in Creston, British Columbia.