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 - Winter/Spring 2020

January 7, 2020

Healthy Weight for 2020 and Beyond

Dr. Allegra Hart

Description: Do you feel like losing weight is a never-ending battle? The reality is most fad diets fail. Step away from the yo-yo cycle of dieting for good. Learn how to reset your metabolism at any age without feeling hungry and deprived. Dr. Allegra will teach you how to reformat your diet, balance your weight, boost your health, and still be able to eat delicious, nutritious foods. Learn more ways to reset and boost your health at

Bio: Dr. Allegra Hart is a naturopathic physician, speaker, author of Nourishing Space Within: Essentials of Self-Care, founder of Naturae Naturopathic Clinic and Dr. Allegra’s Apothecary works with patients worldwide. Dr. Allegra’s mission is to elevate through education- stopping negative cycles of self-neglect, abuse and negativity. If we as individuals can do the work necessary to set a healing foundation on our own- the ripple effect will inevitably ignite others to do the same. Learn more at


January 14, 2020

The Power of Music for Mindfulness

Ada & Nathan of Wakes

Description: Science is gradually recognizing what people have intuitively known and practiced for centuries: music can powerfully and positively transform our experience of the world. When we create space to really listen mindfully, music can turn from a background filler or party pick-me-up to a potent tool for self-exploration and even actualization.

While we will share some of the science and tangible benefits that music and mindfulness can offer, this special Pybus University class intends to be experiential. Join us to bathe in immersive melody and vibration to call the busy mind away from the worries and bustle of life, gently release any tensions, anxieties, or worries, and lift your spirits.

This practice cultivates deeper awareness, insight, and resilience to take back with you into your life. Melt into this sensory rich experience and you will be sure to float away lighter than you came in.

Please wear comfortable, warm clothes. There will be some options to lay down on a mat or sit in a chair. Please bring anything else you might need to feel relaxed and comfortable. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our passion for bringing peace and well being to your life through the power of music for mindfulness.

Bio: Nathan and Ada are the founders of Wakes, creating experiences to help people awaken to a more meaningful and mindful life! They do this by creating live immersive sound meditations, intimate concerts, retreats, and online resources. Their great love (besides each other) is music and they are passionate about using the power of sound, voice, and vibration to facilitate greater mindfulness, relaxation, emotional release and delight. Music is a powerful tool that goes beyond background filler and can be used to tangibly transform your relationship to self by relaxing the nervous system and attuning to the wisdom and insights that reside within.

January 21, 2020

The Power of Play: How to Have Fun Teaching & Parenting our Youngest Community Members – 6:30 to 7:45 CLASS

Teacher Joy & TEAMS Learning Center

Description: Teacher Joy will share with us about the Power of Play and how to make major investments into our children’s future by having fun and being intentional during their first years of life. She will share secrets of staying calm, the art of redirection and how TEAMS Learning Center is making the world a better place for families, students and providers right here in central Washington. There will be some activity examples, some fun songs and resources that can aid you in having fun with your little ones.

Because this class is for parents/guardians of young children the time for the class will be 6:30pm to 7:45pm. If you would like to bring children to this presentation, childcare will be provided by the members of the TEAMS program in the Pybus Board room. The TEAMS Learning Center is also open during this time and available to schedule drop off care.
For more information check out the TEAMS website at and like and explore their Facebook page @teamslearningcenter or call (509)860-5242.

Bio: Early childhood education is the one profession that will have the greatest impact on our society’s future. Joy Robertson, better known as Teacher Joy is the Founder and Executive Director of TEAMS Learning Center, a nonprofit organization that teaches parents and teachers about child development using the young children as live models. TEAMS is a high quality program focused on providing kindergarten readiness and foundational life skills using child initiated hands-on learning through play. PLAY WITH A PURPOSE.

February 4, 2020

DIY Felt Flower Valentine Wreath from Recycled Materials

Mary Henson

Description: What if you could make a beautiful piece of home décor out of things you have lying around your house right now? You can! Come and learn the process from start to finish of how to make your own DIY felt flower valentine wreath from recycled materials. Learn how to create your own plastic yarn by reusing your grocery shopping bags, form a foam wreath frame from old pool noodles, and make flowers out of left over felt and papers. By the end of the class you will be the proud owner of a beautiful piece of décor just in time for Valentine’s day. You will also leave with additional ideas for how to reuse many other items in your home. No crafting experience necessary!

Please bring two plastic grocery bags (of the same color) and a pair of scissors to learn to make your own plastic yarn. All additional materials will be provided.

Age 14 and older. Space is limited to 25 participants. This is 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).

Bio: I have been crafting in all honesty since I was a child and could cut & color. I consider myself a mindful crafter, meaning I am always trying to find new and interesting ways to reuse the things I have. I tend to include packaging in my scrapbooks, have made decorative banners out of toilet paper rolls and love to recycle party décor into new items. My greatest passion is to show others that they are creative and can learn to make beautiful things too! Follow my creative endeavors from scrapbooking, crafting, hand lettering and more on Instagram @

February 11, 2020

Salmon in our Streams

Greer Maier from the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

Description: Have you ever wanted to learn more about the salmon we have right here in our backyard? Where to see them, fish for them, or just want to know more about them? In this class we will teach you everything you want to know about this iconic species and it’s importance to our streams, forests, and communities. We will also share some great fishing tips from local experts so you can get out and catch one of these delicious fish!

Bios: Greer Maierhas worked as a fish biologist for the past 10 years. She received a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences studying juvenile Chinook salmon in the Columbia River estuary. Her professional experience includes working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Forest Service. She was also awarded a Knauss fellowship in 2007 to work in Washington, D.C. on national fisheries issues. Greer not only loves working in the rivers of North Central Washington she also enjoys recreating on and around them with her family.

Dave Graybill (the “Fishing Magician” is an active angler and also dedicates much of his time to management issues of the fisheries Eastern Washington and the Columbia River basin. He is currently a member of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission and has served on the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement Board, the Citizen Advisory Board for the Upper Columbia Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Board and was a founding member and active with the Ad Hoc Committee on Upper Columbia Recreational Fishing Group. He also has served for many years on the boards of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and Friends of Northwest Hatcheries. He is also involved in wildlife organizations such as the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association, and the Lake Chelan Sportsman’s Association. Plus, he’s engaged with conservation organizations such as the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and has been a member of the Coastal Conservation Association since it formed a local chapter in Wenatchee. His business, LLC, is dedicated to providing current information on sport fishing throughout Eastern Washington. He is featured weekly in newspapers in Eastern Washington and on a regular basis in the Seattle Times sports section. As a result, he has a close working relationship with a long list of Federal and State agencies that impact sport fishing issues in Washington State, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Colville Confederated Tribes; Chelan, Grant, and Douglas County PUDs; and others.


February 25, 2020

Working Towards Zero Waste

Jana Fischback of Sustainable Wenatchee

Description: We all want to reduce our waste, but is “zero waste” really achievable? Join Jana Fischback, executive director of Sustainable Wenatchee, in a discussion about ways to produce less garbage. What can really be recycled in NCW? What can be avoided entirely? And should “zero waste” really be the goal? We’ll take a virtual walk through the typical home, talking about practical ways to reduce waste in each area of our lives. There will be an emphasis on items we use in the kitchen and “on-the-go,” where much of our waste comes from. Jana will provide ideas for reusable items that can replace disposable options, and where to find them. She’ll provide local resources for recycling, reusing and composting as well. We’ll also talk about how we can change our outlook from the focus on consumption and convenience, to one of being mindful about the “stuff” that we buy and where it goes when we’re done with it. To learn more about Sustainable Wenatchee visit and be sure to check out the Waste page under Resources for more information. Be sure to save the date for our 3rd annual Earth Day Fair at Pybus on Saturday, April 11th!

Bio: Jana Fischback is a Wenatchee area native and the Executive Director of Sustainable Wenatchee, an environmental nonprofit with the mission to promote a culture of social sustainability and environmental stewardship in the valley. After earning her Masters in Environmental Studies, she moved back to the valley and co-founded Sustainable Wenatchee in 2017 with the goal of educating and inspiring community members to live more sustainable lives.

March 3, 2020

Dahlias 101: Planning, Preparing and Planting Your Dahlia Garden

Members of the NCW Dahlia Society

Description: This class will provide a hands-on demonstration of how to plant and care for your dahlias. Members of the NCW Dahlia Society will help you get your dahlias selected, planted and tended, sharing information and best practices, especially in our climate. We will teach you about soil preparation, selection of the best planting location, and what varieties might work best for your growing conditions. We will discuss the different forms and varieties of dahlia, how to interpret dahlia terminology and where to go for additional resources as the season progresses. Tools, accessories, staking labeling and tending will be discussed. Due to popular demand, we will spend the last 15 minutes of the class providing information on how you can increase your dahlia stock by taking cuttings from your tubers. Bring your questions and ideas. Everyone in attendance will receive a coupon for a free tuber at our April 18 or April 25 tuber sale at Pybus Public Market.

Bio: This class will be taught by members of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society. Among these are American Dahlia Society accredited judges as well as avid dahlia growers with a commitment to providing support to local community members who are interested in growing and showing dahlias. Teaching this class is one way to do this. Learn more about the NCW Dahlia Society at

March 10, 2020

Best Summer Ever: Keeping Your Kids Busy & Happy All Summer with Options

YMCA Wenatchee Team

Descriptions: Keeping kids busy through the summer is hard! This class will explore all the various benefits of the Y’s summer youth and teen programs to help keep kids engaged, continue in their learning and the benefits of making the best summer ever possible!

Summer Camp at Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp in Leavenworth, presented by Tim McElravy, Director of Camping. Resident camp can be one of the most profound experiences in a child’s life. Learn the benefit and what your kids can expect in our seven, week long resident camps.

Summer Day Camp and Summer EdVenture Camps – presented by Brogan Foster, Director of Child Care. Hard working families struggle finding options for consistent, creative and FUN days for their kids- this is your answer! Brogan will discuss why, what, and how we engage our elementary age kids throughout the 10 weeks of summer

Swim Lessons, Y Splash and Swim Clubs – presented by Diane Cruikshank, Director of Aquatics. We want to keep kids safe and parents prepared for a hot summer filled with summing opportunities.

The Y Crew and Extreme Teens – presented by Alfonso Zetina, Teen Outreach Coordinator. We’ll discuss our current and most recent initiative and WHY we are focused on teens while sharing details of our summer teen programs that will have the kids paddling, climbing, exploring and creating a memorable summer.

Bio: At the Wenatchee Valley YMCA we have believed for over 111 years that character counts, that character development starts at an early age and continues throughout our lives, and that the development of character begins with teaching values. The values we emphasize are those shared by people from many cultures, faiths, and belief systems. They are the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our presenters will focus on the benefits of each program and how we can achieve the best outcomes for each child’s success.

March 17, 2020

Mammography 101: Join the Confluence Health Breast Imaging Team for a Ladies Night

Are you in need of a night out with the girls? Maybe a chance for some you time? Oh and have you thought about your breast health recently? Have you or someone you know, been offered 3D mammography? Confluence Health is pleased to present an informative (and fun!) session on the benefits of 3D Tomosynthesis breast imaging. Join their two new Breast Imagers as they walk you through this process and answer questions you may have. Drinks and snacks will be provided by the Wellness Place of Wenatchee. Throw on some green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, while taking care of you at the same time!

Confluence Health, Wenatchee Valley Hospital, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

Presenters are Linda Chen, MD, Radiologist and Joanna Jeong, MD, Radiologist and additional members of the Confluence Team. Dr. Chen earned a BS from the University of Washington (UW) and her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She comes to the area after serving as the Senior Fellow & Acting Instructor in Breast Imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Department of Radiology. Dr. Jeong earned an MS from Georgetown University in DC and her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Before coming to Wenatchee she completed her Fellowship in Breast Imaging at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The Wellness Place of Wenatchee gives compassionate support and FREE resources to individuals, their families and caregivers through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship, for those residing in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.


March 24, 2020

Watercolor Place Cards for Your Spring Table Scape

Josie of Chalk Chic Mama

Description: Do you value hospitality? Appreciate a beautiful tablescape? Love anything DIY? Join us in a hands on workshop making Spring-Theme Hand Lettered Placecards and create a set of your own personalized placecards to adorn your next dinner party or Easter table. Participants will create their own water color designs, learn the basics of faux calligraphy and modern script through step-by-step instruction and hands-on practice. Class includes a set of placecards for you to take home and learning tools for you to practice your faux calligraphy techniques at home. Paints, brushes and materials will be provided so just bring yourself and your creative spirit!

Age 14 and older. Space is limited to 25 participants. This is 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).

Bio: Established in 2015, Chalk Chic Mama, has been creating unique and personalized signs for special events, local businesses and people’s homes. I’ve been so blessed by sharing in the important moments and dreams of others, contributing to the success of their wedding day or a new business, and putting meaningful art on the walls of a home. One of the most gratifying parts of this work has been meeting new people, getting to know them, and bringing some encouragement or support to their lives through the art. You can find various examples of Josie’s work throughout Wenatchee and at various businesses in Leavenworth.

March 31, 2020 VIRTUAL CLASS!

Real Self-Care: Self-Compassion Tools for General Wellness, Burnout & Caregiver Fatigue

Oori Silberstein

Description: Our well-being, and the well-being of those we care for, requires that we understand what we really need to be happy, and then we need to learn how to give that to ourselves.  This is true for everybody, and it’s something we all struggle with.  Luckily, research on the emerging field of Self-Compassion shows that we can learn to understand our own needs better, and we can learn to meet our own needs better.  By understanding the causes of burnout, stress and emotional drain in our lives, and by learning simple and proven tools, we can increase our well-being, our emotional resiliency, and increase our ability to care for ourselves and others with joy and balance.

In this program you will learn what Self-Compassion is, you will hear a little about the research around it, and mostly, you will learn some simple and effective tools you can take home and begin using right away to help you care for yourself and others more effectively.

Self-Compassion is strongly associated with:

  • Increased emotional well-being
  • Reduction in Caregiver burnout
  • Reduced anxiety, stress and depression
  • Reduced self-criticism
  • Increased self-kindness
  • Increased motivation
  • Maintenance of healthy habits
  • More satisfying personal relationships

Note: This program will have an extra emphasis on helping us stay healthy while caring for others, whether we do that as parents, family caregivers, or professional.

Bio: Oori Silbersteinteaches 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.  He teaches community classes here in Wenatchee several times a year, and is very interested in offering these classes to teens in Wenatchee as well. Feel free to email Oori with questions at


To access this class, all you need to do is click on the link below from a computer, tablet or phone that has a mic and a camera, and follow the simple directions.  (Oori has been teaching online this way for many years.)
Please log on 10  minutes early to make sure everything is working well.  And if you know you might want help with the technology, please log on 20 minutes early and someone will be there to help.

April 7, 2020 POSTPONED

“Bring me a left-handed hammer!”: An introduction to traditional technology in the Cashmere Museum

Description: Can hammers really be right or left-handed? Curious about flint-knapping? Want to learn what an early vegetable scraper looked like? Join the Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village in an evening of discussion, conversation, and hands-on activities geared toward collapsing the millennia between us and our ancestors. Tom Prang, a Museum Board Member and Lexie Palmer-Gapper, Director of the Museum, bring elements of the Cashmere Museum to Pybus University, giving you insights into how tools have developed, what your five senses can tell you about unknown objects, and see a demonstration on flint-knapping.

Bio: Tom Prang holds an M.S. in Curriculum/Instruction from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a B.A. in Anthropology also from SIU, Carbondale; and attended the Northwestern University Archaeology Field School in Evanston, IL. He blends his academic backgrounds in archaeology and education with a diverse work history, including back-country guide, wild-land firefighter, naturalist, researcher, park ranger, flint-knapper, bear monitor, and field archaeologist. As a hunter, subsistence fisher, gleaner, and trapper, he has spent much time in the back-country learning skills for survival and navigation. Using both prehistoric and modern technology, Tom works with materials such as jade, mammoth ivory, bone, slate, wood, shell, fur, antler, and chalcedony to create museum-quality replicas for educational programs. He currently lives in Leavenworth, WA.

Lexie Palmer-Gapper holds an M.A. in Early Modern Dutch Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, an M.Litt. in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education, London; and a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. She is the Director of the Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village, and enjoys teaching and learning about all areas of art history and material culture. She currently lives in Ellensburg, WA.

April 14, 2020 – VIRTUAL

Wildfire! Are you Ready?

Lori Nitchals

Description: We live in an area where wildfires are common, but have you stopped to think what you would grab if you needed to evacuate right now? Do you have your paperwork ready to go in case you get that call? Do you even know what you should take with you? Lori will help you to think through all these questions, answer each one and have you prepared before disaster strikes! This class will provide information on preparing for evacuation during a wildfire, putting together your “Grab and Go” items, and creating your wildfire evacuation action plan checklist. We will have examples of a “Grab and Go” file and a suitcase packed with essentials and ready to go, as well as handouts.

Bio: Lori Nitchals is a retired RN. After she was evacuated during the 1994 wildfires in Leavenworth, she decided it would be wise to create a Grab and Go file for important papers and a list of items to be kept in a pre-packed suitcase during wildfire season. After the 2015 fires devastated our community, she wanted to share the lists she had developed from her research on the Red Cross and FEMA websites, as well as from her own personal experience, with others. Lori has done this presentation at her church and for other local organizations.