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 $35 for members and $40 for non-members and include snacks or a meal and a book of recipes to take home.

Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring 2020 Cooking Classes. Download the Cooking Class Program (PDF)  or visit our Cooking Class Calendar to see the class descriptions and dates.

To Register for a Class

You may register in person at our Customer Service desk, or by phone with a credit card: 250.354.4077 x205.

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.

Colleen Emery

Colleen Emery is a Registered Herbal Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator and Mentor and founder of Emery Herbals. Passionate about cultivating connection to the natural world and bringing empowerment to healthcare, Colleen’s work and teachings have inspired many other Kootenayites. Her passion even 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. 

Marie Zak & Travis Cartwright

Marie Zak and Travis Cartwright are Clinical Herbalists, Medicine Makers and Educators. They are passionate about reconnecting with the living world and practicing nature-based medicine. Together they work to bring their passion into their community, encouraging and teaching holistic ways of living.

Lara McCormack

Lara McCormack is a professional chef who delights in helping you bring delicious and healthy foods into your home. She and her husband run From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, a bustling market bistro and catering company in Fairmont Hot Springs. Their True Local grocery line of frozen entrees, condiments and spice mixes was born out of requests by bistro patrons. Lara is passionate about the flavour and value of local food, utilizing ingredients from many local growers.

Lindee Jukes

Lindee is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and a licensed instructor for the RESTART® Program. Her nutrition journey started when she had to find a way to stop the decay of her daughter’s baby teeth. Her success inspired her to help others who are struggling with tooth decay to find a natural way to heal their teeth and avoid the need for costly and stressful dental procedures.