Languages, Arts & Food

To register for a program or class:

Holistic Living Basic Series

Basic Broths & Soups for Immune Health
Learn how easy it is to make your own bone broth using a slow cooker or pressure cooker (not required!). See how affordable it is to get multiple meals and uses from one chicken. Learn to make a basic immune-boosting chaga mushroom broth to use as a tea or a base for soups. We will make two simple soups that are great staples to add to your rotation.  Ages 16+

Registration deadline: September 30

CR-CO-BA-10 Thursday, October 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $18.75
Banff Access Program Tier 1:  $12.50

Simple Meal Prep for Maximum Nutrition
Don’t love complicated and labour intensive meal prep, but don’t want the “what’s for dinner?” stress? Learn easy strategies to prepare ingredients that you can assemble for easy weekday meals. Get great ideas to put these into quick and practical use and get dinner on the table fast and waste free! Ages 16+.

Registration deadline: October 7

CR-CO-SI-10 Thursday, October 15
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $18.75
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $12.50 

Non-Toxic Living
Learn how to create safe and effective home cleaning products and even some of your own self care products using common household ingredients and effective essential oils. Leave with a solid understanding of some simple and affordable ways to reduce your toxic load using safe and natural products. Ages 16+

101 Bear
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

CR-CO-NO-10    Thursday, October 22 (Registration deadline: October 14)
CR-CO-NO-03    Thursday, March 18 (Registration deadline: March 11)

Cost: $25
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $18.75
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $12.50

Detoxification Made Easy
Learn easy ways to promote gentle detoxification after the holiday season without complicated, restrictive protocols. We will learn easy-to-make recipes and routines that are simple to incorporate throughout the year. Ages 16+.

Registration deadline: January 7

CR-CO-DE-01 Thursday, January 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $18.75
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $12.50


Zero Waste

Zero Waste & Plant-Based 
Join us for this unique health series, as we teach you how zero waste living and plant-based cooking go hand-in-hand. This journey will take you on a 4 week exploration to help nourish yourself and the planet with delicious and easy plant-based recipes, plus tips to lighten your environmental footprint by moving toward zero waste at home. Each cooking class will include cooking demos, recipe handouts and zero waste lifestyle hacks. The two other classes will help solidify the teachings into daily life with easy weekly challenges, and provide practical tips in the kitchen to help you incorporate more plant-based foods in your day. By the end, you can expect to know not only how to eat healthier, but how to live healthier, be happier, and have greater resiliency, as you align more deeply with our beautiful planet.  Ages 16+

Cost: $65
Banff Access Program Tier 2: $48.75
Banff Access Program Tier 1: $32.50


CR-CO-ZE-11 November 5 and December 3 (in class sessions)
Registration deadline: October 26, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

November 12 and 19 (online sessions)
7 – 8 p.m.

CR-CO-ZE-02 February 4 and March 4 (in class sessions)
Registration deadline: Monday, January 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

February 11 and 18 (online sessions)
7 – 8 p.m.

Zero Waste Trail Sustainable Living Series

Banff is a model environmental community where everything we do is guided by a goal to preserve this special place. Reducing and diverting Banff residential waste going to landfill is a community goal that will benefit future generations, and we need everyone on board to make it happen. 

The Bear Minimum & Town of Banff have teamed up to offer sustainable living workshops.  These fun and interactive workshops will explore different ways to get on the Zero Waste Trail through reducing your own waste footprint at home. Please see below for a brief overview of what you will learn in each workshop!

All ages. Children 12 and under must register and be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Bees Wax Wraps
Learn how to make bees wax wraps to use as an alternative to plastic cling wrap.

CR-SU-BE-18 October 18 (Registration Deadline: October 13)

Turn Old Shirts into Tote Bags
Turn your favorite old t-shirt into a reusable tote bag.

CR-SU-OL-25 October 25 (Registration Deadline: October 21) 

Make Your Own Laundry Soap
Using raw ingredients and essential oils, make your own laundry soap.

CR-SU-LA-01 November 1 (Registration Deadline: October 28)

Make Your Own Body Scrubs
Using raw ingredients and essential oils, learn how to make your own body scrubs.

CR-SU-BO-08  November 8 (Registration Deadline: November 4)

Make Wine Bags from Old Jeans
Using your favourite pair of old jeans you can no longer wear, make a wine gift bag.

CR-SU-MA-15 November 15 (Registration Deadline: November 12)