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

Due to the restrictions currently in place because of Covid-19, our Pybus University courses for the Fall 2020 Series will be provided virtually (unless otherwise specified). All courses are still free and open to the public. Information for the process to attend streaming events will be provided to each participant once they have registered for the class through the Eventbrite site. When we are able to open classes up to attendees we will do so and guidelines for participants will be provided through class registration to ensure social distancing and the health & safety of all attending. If you have any questions please contact the Pybus University Coordinator and/or Pybus Staff for more information.

Class Descriptions - Fall 2020

September 8th

Healthy Gut, Happy You

Class description: The father of medicine, Hippocrates, once said that “all disease begins in the gut.” Today, we are realizing more than ever, how true this statement really is.

Gut health is foundational to our overall health. When our digestion becomes dysfunctional, not only will we have issues with gas/bloating, constipation/diarrhea, and abdominal pain; we can also experience symptoms outside the digestive tract like fatigue, brain fog, skin rashes, anxiety/depression, and more. Research is now showing that poor gut health causes or is associated with many modern chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, psoriasis, cardiovascular disease, and hypothyroidism.

This talk will go over how the gut is connected to every system in our body and what we can do to optimize our health and heal from gut dysfunction. Come learn steps you can take to change your digestion functions & improve your overall health in the process!

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Brief bio: Dr. Chris Prochaska is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in gut health and works at Latimer Integrative Clinic in Wenatchee.

September 15th

A Discussion on Movement Improvement through Aging with Ada Riley

Class Description: Join us as we talk with Ada Riley about the importance of learning proper techniques and processes to improve movement later in life. Reduce or eliminate pain, refine your balance, posture and strength and reverse age related limitations.

Learn the basics and gain an overview of the Feldenkrasis Method®. The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful and revolutionary approach to improving your life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, this method has helped millions of people worldwide. If this wasn’t enough to convince you it is effective, Ada’s story just may. In her 80’s now, Ada is still teaching this method as a licensed practitioner as well as practicing and instructing yoga on a weekly basis. She talks through her journey recovering from various physical injuries and situations through her understanding and knowledge of this method of movement.

Brief bio: Ada Riley is a Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner here in the valley. Ada, who is now in her 80’s, began studying yoga and meditation at age 50. By her mid-50’s she was teaching yoga and meditation herself. At 75, Ada experienced the Feldenkrais Method herself and as she says, “I had to find out exactly what my practitioner had done!” Her experience was so profound she began a four-year certification program to become a practitioner herself. She operates her practice inside her own studio on one side of her duplex home and doesn’t show any signs of stopping any time soon!

September 22nd

A Stamptastic Start to the Holidays: Card Stamping Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Class Description: In this odd time, we know people have been trying all sorts of new things. You might also be more inclined at the moment to send a special note to a friend, especially as we approach the holiday season. So what if you had some fun techniques you could use to create your own stamped greetings?

Join Cobi & Mary as they go over the basics of card stamping to create simple greeting & holiday themed cards to share with friends and family. We will go over the different types of stamps and inks on the market today. You will learn how to use and care for your stamps and inks. We will guide you through techniques to ensure you get a good stamped image and share some unique and versatile techniques to create a one of a kind card. Learn to make a set of cards to have on hand so as each holiday approaches you can pick up a card, jot down a quick note and send something special to someone.

Details: We will send all registered participants with a suggested supply list of materials, stamps and inks needed to make a set of 5 cards. Cards will include one Halloween card, one fall or autumn themed card, one winter or snowflake card, one Christmas card and one holiday greetings card.

Bio: By day Cobi is the Office Manager & Bookkeeper at the Pybus Public Market and Mary is the Pybus University Coordinator and stay at home parent to two active girls. But by night, these two ladies are craftaholics! Cobi is an avid stamper and cardmaker, as well as the host of her own creative podcast. Mary has been scrapbooking since her youth and loves all types of papercrafting from family memory albums, travelers’ notebooks, paper flower bouquets to cardmaking. These two crafty ladies are excited to share how anyone, no matter their creative skills, can make beautiful things!

September 29th

Wellness Place & Confluence Health Present Fighting with Food

Class description: If you are someone battling cancer, know someone who is, or are interested in learning diet and lifestyle recommendations for preventing cancer, this class is for you. Regardless of age or stage of life, you will come away with tips to begin implementing in your own life, right now. These recommendations can help promote a healthy weight, improve strength and functionality during treatment, and improve overall quality of life. We will tackle a variety of topics related to nutrition and cancer, including; nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for cancer prevention, nutrition during cancer treatment, (navigating side effects from treatment as well as cancer itself), and cancer survivorship. All of the information discussed will be evidence-based, meaning, based on the best available current scientific research. These recommendations are also consistent with guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association for prevention of coronary artery disease and diabetes as well as general health promotion.

Sifting through the vast nutrition information available these days can be overwhelming and confusing. In addition to providing you evidence-based recommendations, we will also discuss some common nutrition/cancer myths, how they may be harmful, and look at what the research tells us about these myths.

You will come away with some excellent resources and recipes to help you apply what you’ve learned. Health is a lifelong journey. Join us to kick off this journey together.

Brief bio: Natalie Harris is a Registered Dietitian who works in the Oncology department for Confluence Health here in Wenatchee. She has been a Registered Dietitian for 9 years, 5 of which has been with Confluence Health, in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Nutrition in Oncology has been her favorite patient population so far to work with. She is excited to share evidence-based nutrition guidelines through the spectrum of cancer, from cancer prevention to cancer survivorship.

October 6th

Supporting our Youth: The 4 Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development

Description: Youth development professionals, parents, teachers, and coaches often will do whatever it takes to see youth succeed and grow into confident, competent, contributing adults. However, even the most skilled parents and professionals may sometimes feel lost and struggle to know what’s best when it comes to raising healthy youth. Decades of research on positive youth development have studied and observed thousands of youth and their life experiences, and hundreds of educational and youth organizations to identify what the core concepts – or essential elements are – to create environments that optimize youth mental, emotional, and behavioral health. Come learn how we as teachers, parents, coaches, and other youth development professionals can enhance program efforts to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community.

Bio: Stephanie Smith is the 4-H Regional Specialist for Chelan, Douglas, and Grant Counties and is in the process of completing her PhD in Prevention Science, an interdisciplinary degree that applies basic research on individuals, families, and their communities to develop, evaluate, and disseminate scientifically based programs that promote the physical, social, and psychological well-being of individuals and their families. In this class Stephanie will give an overview of 4 Essential Elements that top researchers in the field know make youth development programs effective, and how parents, teachers, and youth program facilitators can best support positive youth development.

October 13th

The Magic of Poetry

Class Description: Discover the magic of poetry with Perri the Poetry Fairy! In this introductory session, we’ll explore: what makes a poem a poem? How does it differ from prose? What can a poem do?

You will learn some terminology, such as line breaks, stanzas, enjambment, rhyme and rhyme scheme. We will discuss examples of haiku, limericks, sonnets,story poems and free verse. You’ll get your feet wet with some fun rhyming poems by Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein and A.A. Milne, as well as a few of Peri’s poems for kids. We will also read some very accessible poems by Mary Oliver, Billy Collins and Robert Frost. Handouts will be provided with the poems we read plus additional recommended reading and online resources.

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Brief bio: Susan Blair has always had a passion for poetry in any shape or form. For many years she volunteered as a reading assistant in local schools. Until one day, an idea came to her to create a character, Perri the Poetry Fairy. Susan could dress in costume, appear in costume and create a lively and engaging way for children (and adults) to enjoy poetry. An early introduction to poetry helps children not only enhance their reading and listening skills, but will also nurture an interest in poetry they can carry with them through life. Susan has written five collections of poems for children, illustrated by her late sister Donna. In her sister’s honor, all the proceeds of Susan’s books will be donated to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York where Donna was treated.

October 20th

Day of the Dead Altars: History, Traditions, and How-to Build Your Own

Class description: Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America and around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. In Mexico traditions associated with the holiday include creating altars decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. In Brazil, the holiday is known as Día de Finados and is marked by visits to cemeteries and churches. In Spain, the day is marked by festivals and parades, graveside observances, and prayer for deceased loved ones.

In the past the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, has invited members of our community to either create their own Día de los Muertos altar or to bring photographs in honor of lost loved ones to the Museum on the day of the event to display on a Community Altar. Things may look a little different this year but everyone is encouraged to participate in the celebration at home. Ashley Sinner along with Terry Valdez and Miguel Jimenez will present a family-friendly lesson on Altars. You will learn a little of the history and traditions behind the Día de los Muertos Altar and receive instructions on how to build your own with items you have around the house. The night will include a chance to ask questions and comment and chat about this special holiday.

Bio: This class will be presented by Ashley Sinner, the Outreach & Public Relations Coordinator at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, local artist Terry Valdez, and CVCH IT Technical Support Specialist Miguel Jimenez.



Be Red Cross Ready

Bonus Pybus University Class for the Wenatchee Valley’s 30th Make A Difference Day

Class description: Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during disasters and emergencies. You may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself and your community before an emergency occurs! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” means following our 3 simple steps to ensure you are prepared for a disaster:

  • Get a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Be Informed

We’ll teach you how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community during this 1-hour course. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge!

Brief bio: Ryan Rodin is the Executive Director of the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross, which covers 15 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Prior to becoming Director in April, 2019, Ryan served as a board member of the Chapter for 5 years. Ryan has previously worked in the non-profit and political world and enjoys being in the outdoors and traveling in his spare time. Ryan always appreciates the opportunity to carry out a key part of the Red Cross mission by providing disaster preparedness presentations designed to make our communities safer. Hannah Christen is the Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties. Before this position, Hannah served as an Americorps member with the Red Cross focusing on community disaster preparedness. Hannah is passionate about community preparedness education and working to build disaster-resilient communities.

October 27th

Putting Your Dahilas to Bed

Class description: Dahlias grow from tubers that are planted a few inches below the surface of the garden. Because of this, tubers rarely survive our harsh winters if they are left in the ground at the end of the season. Although some growers purchase new tubers each year, most people prefer to dig up this year’s crop in the fall, saving the tubers for the next year. Tubers can easily be successfully stored in a cool dry place over the winter, giving you healthy roots to plant next spring. Visit our website for information on NCW Dahlia Society, and the American Dahlia Society webpage for information on growing dahlias:

Brief bio: Members of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society have all been growing dahlias for years. It has been a labor of love for all of us, and we are committed to encouraging and assisting community members who want to learn more about growing dahlias in their gardens. We enjoy sharing ideas with anyone who is interested, and we learn a lot from you and from each other. Pybus has been a wonderful partner for the NCW Dahlia Society.

November 3rd

Olive Oil Health Benefits: Myths & Truths

Class Description: A lot of information is out there about olive oil. Which is, ultimately, a good thing. However, too much information has its drawbacks. Misinformation muddies the waters around even some of our favorite things, including olive oil. There are numerous myths about how olive oil is made, how to identify it, its authenticity, and especially about the health benefits within olive oil itself.

In this fun, educational tasting class we will help you sort through some common claims and misconceptions about olive oil and learn all about the health benefits associated with this oil.

During the class, we will learn everything from what extra virgin olive oil means to reading product labels ensuring you get the best olive available to you as a consumer. Learn how to identify where and when it was harvested. And learn the health benefits in terms of antioxidants, vitamin e and good fats.

Brief Bio: Bruce Hosfeld Owner of D’Olivo grew up in Wenatchee and worked for the Wenatchee Fire Department for 30 years. The last 7 years he has been down at the Pybus Market introducing people to a new experience and educating guests on his passion … olive oils. It’s not only his passion but is truly a way of life for Bruce. He truly doesn’t eat a meal without some type of olive oil or balsamic vinegar on it and tonight he will explain why.

November 10th

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

Class 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.

Bios: 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.

November 17th

Endocannabinoid System Education, CBD & CBG: Quality & Safety Matter

Class description: Please join us to learn about the endocannabinoid system/ECS, the largest neurotransmitter system in your body that is considered one of the most important healthcare discoveries of the last century. Deficiencies in your ECS can result in many adverse symptoms. Many health and wellness industry products are now targeted at this system, yet toxicity and fraudulent labeling are a significant concern. We will highlight the political history of industrial hemp, describe the ECS, review the health benefits of CBD and CBG, overview health studies, and address safety and quality concerns. The hemp industry is exploding – come see what all the fuss is about and learn about this healthcare revolution.

Brief bio: Dr. Chandra Villano, ND has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine in the Wenatchee Valley for 16 years and she is passionate about Naturopathic Medicine, the endocannabinoid system, clinical nutrition, and green living. She is an active board member and educator with two local non-profits for cancer survivorship and she has a keen interest in neuroscience, epigenetics, and mindfulness. She is an avid organic gardener, cyclist, and lover of nature.

December 1st

Prognosis Planet Earth 2020: 50 Years After the First Earth Day

Class description:  The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day is a significant time to reflect on the health of our planet and on what kind of ancestors we want to be for those who celebrate Earth Day’s 100th anniversary. This course is designed to rethink our legacy away from destruction and towards restoration and reconnection with the natural world and our place in it. We start by asking, what is the state of our planet in terms of climate, species extinctions and vital ecosystems?  You will learn about the basic science of climate change and its various impacts here in North Central Washington and abroad with data gathered from NASA, NOAA, Carbon Brief, and UW’s Climate Impacts Group.  We will then put this data into the context of climate justice—who is most vulnerable to harm, and climate grief—how can we deal with this harm and potential losses?  The best antidote often seems to be action, and we will need it at all levels from individual to international, from personal to policy. We will conclude the class with an overview of existing solutions to help mitigate the crisis and then envision how each of us can use our skills or talents to take appropriate action and become a better 100th Earth Day ancestor.

(FYI Reference to be explained in the talk: Robin Kimmerer asks in her essay, On Choosing to Belong to a Place, “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?”)

Bio: Joan Qazi is a professor of Geography and Sustainability at Wenatchee Valley College.  She is on the board of Sustainable Wenatchee and trained as a Climate Reality Leader, teaching and researching about climate change for 25 years.  As a teacher and a mother, Joan wants to find ways to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.