Pybus University

Welcome to Pybus University, where learning is a lifelong adventure.

Pybus Public Market is pleased to offer a series of unique and fun classes for the general public. Classes are free, unless otherwise indicated below. Some classes have a limited number of attendees, so be sure to sign up early! The location of most classes will be in the Pybus Market Event Room. Each class will last 60 to 90 minutes and will be a one night event. Classes are taught by local volunteers with an interest and aptitude in the subject. The public is invited to register for as many classes as you like.

To register, click the “Register Now” link next to the class listings. Once you receive the automated confirmation of enrollment, simply show up for the 7:00pm class at the designated date at Pybus Market. Classes start promptly at 7:00pm.

Thank you for your interest in Pybus University.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

PLEASE only register for classes you plan to attend. Double check your calendars. A significant number of people register and don’t show up. This creates extra work for our volunteer crew, and for capped classes means your friends are unable to attend. Please flag your registration email. If you can’t attend, let us know. Our speakers volunteer their time and expertise. Help us keep Pybus U classes free to the public, and a place where community meets!

Class Descriptions - Fall 2019

September 10, 2019

Reducing Stress and Finding Resiliency with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Oori Silberstein

We all want to reduce stress and meet the challenges of life more successfully. Yet when things are difficult we often worry more, get overwhelmed or become self-critical and judgmental, all of which leads to more stress, and all of which is very common and normal. But it doesn’t have to be this way and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion can help.

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion offer simple tools that reduce stress and increase resiliency. They are backed by decades of research and studies showing that Mindfulness and Self-Compassion can increase resiliency, reduce worry, increase healthy choices, help us deal with life’s stresses more easily, reduce depression and negative moods, help us live with chronic pain more easily, improve the quality of our relationships, and help us live more fulfilling and satisfying lives. Research also shows these tools can be learned.

This interactive program on Tuesday, September 10 from 7pm until 8:15pm defines Mindfulness and Self-Compassion and explains some of the research behind them. You will learn a little about where stress comes form, and mostly, you will learn some practical tools for immediate use, and some additional resources to use and build on.

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The instructor, Oori Silberstein, teaches practical, evidence-based skills that reduce stress and burn out, and increase emotional resiliency. He works with individuals and groups in schools, hospitals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community classes. He is trained in Somatic Trauma Resiliency, Spiritual Care and Grief Support, and his experience includes work at Harborview Medical Center, Room One, King County & Hospice. Oori trained as a Mindfulness and Self-Compassion teacher through University San Diego Center for Self-Compassion and through Mindfulness Northwest.

Sepember 17, 2019

Acrylic Pour Painting For Beginners with Bonus Gift

Tamiko Jordan

Have you ever wanted to paint but don’t know how to start? Good news! In this Pybus University class on Tuesday, Sepember 17 at 7pm, you can create gorgeous abstract works of art with NO artistic skills needed. Acrylic pour painting is as simple as pouring your paint into a cup and then letting it spill off your canvas. In this class, you’ll get the recipe for success for mixing your paints and some tips and tricks for the pouring process. The applications are endless! We will start with a bonus gift where you will make your own one-of-a-kind art necklace and then we will start the pouring fun. You will take home a 10 x 10 canvas to hang proudly on your wall or give away as a thoughtful gift.

Age 13 and older. Space is limited to 24 participants. This a make-and-take class, so there is a $10 fee to register each participant to cover costs. When you come to class you will receive a $5 Pybus buck coin to spend at Pybus (so your out-of-pocket expense is $5 per person.) Please bring a cardboard box to bring your wet 10 x 10 canvas home with you.

The instructor, Tamiko Jordan, is a doctor by day, but secretly loves learning to master new art skills. She believes art is therapy for the soul, and would love for more people to try easy forms of artistic expression.

September 24, 2019

Youth and Cultural Exchange in the Wenatchee Valley

Patrick Bodell

This Pybus University class on Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm will discuss youth and cultural exchange programs in the Wenatchee Valley.

Wenatchee and surrounding towns can host a dozen or more international students any given year, and send three to five students overseas. These exchanges enrich the students involved, their families, and the community in myriad ways. Hear from students and local experts in cultural exchange. Speaking with be Patrick Bodell from Rotary Exchange International and Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association. Each of these amazing groups will share about the impact of their program and how you can be involved, and then stick around for question and answer.

Long-term exchanges build peace, one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and through Rotary, live with three host families over a full academic year. Over 9,000 young people participate in Rotary Youth Exchange every year in more than 100 countries. Learn more about how you can become a global citizen either as a youth exchange student or as a host family.

Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association welcomes delegates from Misawa to our valley every year. This year we had 38 delegates during Apple Blossom. We arrange tours for them, meals, homestays for students, and transportation. We organize yearly trips for Wenatchee Valley delegates to visit Japan in August that include 5 days in our sister city of Misawa, tours, parades, and staying in Japanese homes. We prepare with orientation meetings to learn about Japanese culture, foods, and practice Japanese language. We are always looking for locals who would like to help us and/or join our trips to Misawa. More information is on our web site:

October 1, 2019

Getting Ready for Medicare – A Medicare Road Map

Dick Anderson

Medicare can be complex and confusing. This class covers enrolling in Medicare, the A, B, C, Ds of Medicare and supplements to Medicare. There have been significant changes in the last two years, and more to come. Dick will cover how to avoid paying more for prescriptions, Medicare savings plans, and extra help with prescriptions. You will learn about avoiding Medicare fraud and steps you can take to get the most out of your Medicare dollar.

Instructor Dick Anderson has served eleven years as a volunteer counselor for SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors – sponsored by the Office of Insurance Commissioner, Community Choice, and Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington). SHIBA provides free Medicare counseling and unbiased, objective information without selling anything or promoting any company, plan, or product. SHIBA’s goal is for you make your own informed decision.

October 8, 2019

Tips for Getting Photos off your Phone and Into View

Mary Henson

Does your phone have a gallery of photos sitting there with no place to go? Do you want to print those pictures or make a memory book but feel like you don’t know where to start? Do you want to create a special gift for the holidays, a brag book for grandparents/parents/children/etc.? Come learn how to develop a system to get those photos off your phone and into view. Staring with the end in mind we will create a system and process, and walk through various options for backing up your photos and organizing your files on your computer. Next we’ll go over various options for printing out your photographs. See various ideas for how to put your photos together or display them to gain creative ideas from mini brag book gifts to wall galleries displayed in your home. I will share physical examples of some work I have created throughout the years and share about products and companies I use for my personal projects. Stop just scrolling through those pictures and get them off your phone or computer so you can really enjoy them today!

About Instructor Mary Henson:

I have been crafting in all honesty since I was a child and could cut and color. While my husband was deployed to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps, I decided to create a scrapbook about what life was like for me while he was gone so I could share it with him when he returned. I soon began to create a yearly project of our adventures together starting in 2013. I have been creating a family yearbook since then of each week in our life, including how things have changed with the introduction of my two daughters. Additionally, I create an album documented a week in our lives and create a scrapbook dedicated solely to documenting our December leading up to the holidays.

October 15, 2019

How to Earn an A+ in College Planning

Kathleen McNalty, Michele Townliand and Pat Phillips

You’ve successfully steered your young adult through elementary school, middle school, and the part of high school. Now you are faced with the daunting challenge of college planning. FAFSA, ACT, SAT, PSAT, NMSQT, are a few of the acronyms that confront you. We will demystify the college admissions process and provide you with a written guide to use as your family’s college planning tool.

We will talk about what colleges consider when reviewing applications for admission, when to start planning and what steps to take, the difference between the ACT and SAT standardized college admissions tests and how to decide what is best for your student. We supply a glossary to explain the acronyms and common terminology. We round out the program with a question and answer session. Students and parents may attend.

For more information, check us out on Facebook or our Tutor Doctor website

Presenters include the CEO of Tutor Doctor, Kathleen McNalty

Tutor, Michele Townliand who specialize in SAT and ACT preparation, and Pat Phillips, a former high school career counselor.

October 22, 2019

Putting Your Dahlias to Bed

NCW Dahlia Society

Dahlia tubers often freeze in our cold winters. If you want to enjoy your gorgeous blooms next spring, you’ll most likely have to dig and store them at the end of the growing season. This timely class will teach you how as well as how to identify the “eyes” that hold the promise of new growth. Watch a demonstration on how and when to cut down, dig, divide and store your tubers. We will discuss different methods of storage and you will have a hands-on demonstration of dividing clumps and labeling tubers. Tools for digging, dividing and labeling will be shown. Bring your questions and ideas. Attendees will receive a coupon for a free tuber at our April 2020 Tuber Sale at Pybus.

For students new to growing dahlias and more experienced growers.

This class is instructed by the NCW Dahlia Society. The NCW Dahlia Society is committed to supporting the growing and showing of dahlias in our community. (NCW Dahlia Society) (American Dahlia Society)

October 29, 2019

The Joy of Bird Feeding

Patrick Bodell

It’s time to bring joy into your life through the hobby of bird feeding. In any given yard, you can attract 50, 100 or even more species of birds. That’s a lot of joy and awe right outside your window. Participants will learn how to attract the widest variety of birds to their yards without the mess and without pesky critters like mice, rats, squirrels and pigeons; create a backyard refuge that will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife; and enjoy a hobby that’s fun and rewarding for the whole family. Get more joy out of backyard bird feeding and discover a refuge in your own backyard!

Instructor Patrick Bodell is the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Wenatchee. He is a Certified Bird Feeding Specialist, an avid birder and eager to share the joy and hobby of backyard bird feeding.

November 5, 2019

Pairing Wine With The Holidays

Rhett Humphrey

Wine and food pairing can be frustrating and confusing for many people new to the wine and food scene. We are going to keep it simple and give you a handful of useful tools to help you pair your favorite holiday meals with some delicious Jones of Washington wines!

This class is instructed by Rhett Humphrey who has overseen the direct to consumer sales and marketing for Jones of Washington and has been with the winery for over 4 years. He is currently studying for his Certified level of certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

This is a capped class at 40 people.

*Attendees must be 21 years of age.

This class has been cancelled.

November 5, 2019

Samples of Italian Cured Meats from “Cured by Visconti”

Do you want to learn more about the process it takes to create delightfully flavored meat and the attention to detail, old world value, and dare we say, love, infused into each delicious bite? Cured by Visconti is not a new idea or venture, it is an extension of our quest for that product and experience in food that is disappearing today. We want our products to bring back memories if you are older, be a discovery if you are young, but mostly to be a fond memory tomorrow of what you have found here at Cured, brought back from the past. For our presentation, Cured by Visconti will be presenting samples of our old world Italian cured meats with a focus on Salamis and our recent award winning meats. That’s right, you have a chance to experience for yourself what we’re talking about! Saving time at the end of our talk to highlight Culatta, offering more samples.

To find out more please visit our website at or visit our storefront at 636 Front Street in Leavenworth.

This is a capped class at 40 people.

November 12, 2019

Is my Adolescent Depressed? Advice on Detecting and Combating This Growing Epidemic


A quick google search on adolescent depression brings up over 500 million articles, which is not surprising given the rise of research focusing on this topic. Children today are growing up in a different world, where many prefer socializing through screens, often using avatars or online personas, rather than face to face interactions. A decrease in human connection, paired with a rise in anonymity, can lead to cyber-bullying, low self-esteem, and a need to inflate status. Parents are hungry for answers on how to help their children.

So how do you know whether your child is experiencing normal moods typical for this stage of development, versus whether you need to be concerned? And, if depression is suspected, what can you do? Join CVCH and their community partners for a panel discussion where we will help parents identify the key things to look for. Experts on this subject matter will talk about what you should be concerned about, and what is normal. Most importantly, we will discuss things you can do to help get in front of or overcome adolescent depression, and when it may be time to seek outside help.

November 19, 2019

Winter Wilderness Survival with Live Rescue Dog Demonstration

Nate Fussleman and Nick Wood

Ever wondered what you would do if you were lost on a late-fall hike and it started to snow? Want to learn how to explore the winter beauty of North Central Washington safely? From essential gear for a hike to winter camping, this class will inform and educate you about the 10 Essential Systems for Wilderness Survival. During the course members of the Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue (CCVSAR) will be giving a demonstration with rescue dogs to show how they search for live people using an item with human scent on it. The dogs can be a useful tool to help searchers locate human scent in wilderness settings. Hours of consistent training go into preparing a dog and handler for certification in various search disciplines. See that hard work in person!

CCVSAR is a volunteer public safety organization, funded by its members, grants, and donations from the public. If you’re lost in the woods or injured on a hike or on the hunt, it’s our job to find you and bring you home safely.

Our mission is to: Train for and respond to Search & Rescue emergencies; searching for the lost, and rescuing the injured in urban and wilderness locations. Train for and respond to natural and man-made disasters to locate and rescue the injured, trapped, and missing. Conduct evacuation notifications during wildfires. Educate the public about backcountry safety and emergency preparedness. Find more information here

This class is instructed by Nate Fussleman and Nick Wood.

Nate Fusselman’s Bio:

I spent 18 years as a USMM and I spent a lot of my time home out in the woods. I started teaching survival 3 years ago and joined CCVSAR 2 years ago. I am a ground unit member and instruct new members in outdoor survival.

Nick Wood’s Bio:

Currently I am the Ground Unit Leader and Team Lead for CCVSAR. I joined the organization 3 years ago. We are teaching this class to help keep the public informed about Winter Safety and Survival.

December 3, 2019

Yoga and Meditation for Aging with Grace

Joanna Dunn

Mainstream media portrays yoga as a practice for only the young and very flexible but yoga has, in fact, always been a tool for staying healthy as we age. Far from the athletic endeavors that we see on magazine covers, there is plenty of yoga out there that is simply for maintaining strength, mobility and balance. Mentally, meditation and yoga both help to keep the MIND flexible and healthy. Learn some simple yoga and meditation practices that you can do daily to help you in your daily life. This class is open for participants of all ages and is beneficial to everyone.

This class will be taught using chairs and standing. Wear clothing that is not restrictive to movement and allows you to take arms overhead, bend at the knee joint and waist comfortably. No yoga mats are required.

With Joanna Dunn, Certified Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500-Hour

For more information, visit or call 509-470-0542