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!

Pybus University classes are returning for the fall of 2022 and will be hosted from 7pm to 8pm Tuesday evenings in the LocalTel event center at Pybus Public Market (unless otherwise indicated below). Any questions can be directed to the Pybus University Coordinator at

Class Descriptions - Fall 2022

September 13th

Demystifying Meditation: An introduction to the w.a.k.e.s process

with Ada Ketch and Nathan Getzin

You have likely heard of the benefits of meditation. You may have even experienced it and felt how it can shift your mood and reduce stress. But between all the science in support of taking mindful moments, and the spiritual focus of many traditional and new age practices, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with how to do it right, feel comfortable, and lose touch with the heart of what the experience of meditating can feel like and actually offer as a tool of self-exploration.

We aim to fill this middle ground between what can feel like cold logical and lofty science and esoteric, spiritual practices to help uncover the heart of what it means to be human, to have feelings, and to develop a deeper understanding of what drives us individually. We have developed a meditation practice to help you manage stress, self-regulate, heal challenging emotions, find purpose, and expand creativity. The W.A.K.E.S process utilizes music to slow down, better understand our feelings, and bravely meet the many unknowns of life that feed anxiety, regret, fear, and cut us off from purpose. Join us to learn more and visit and download the Wakes App on iPhone or Android to start practicing with us today!

Instructor: Ada Ketchie and Nathan Getzin help people cultivate greater mindfulness, healing, and self-actualization through the ineffable power of music. As co-founders of Wakes they use their expertise as musicians, storytellers, yoga teachers, healers, and coaches to create experiences that offer radical transformation of mind, body and spirit. Their mission is to help people heal what hurts, grow thriving relationships, and awaken to true and lasting presence, purpose, and resilience. They do this by creating immersive sound healing experiences, meditations, intimate concerts, retreats, individual and group coaching, and providing online resources and support. They are the creators of the Wakes App, a free & patron supported home for their most powerful Sound Bath sessions for sleep, meditation, and healing. They are also the composers of the immersive sound healing album, Journey through the Chakras, and meditative Christmas Album, Winter Solstice. Ada & Nathan have toured extensively throughout the West Coast USA, as well as in Costa Rica, Ireland, and the UK, and have Wakes community members in over 25 countries around the world.

September 20th

Hands only cpr

Hands Only CPR, also known as Citizen CPR, teaches untrained bystanders how to perform compression only CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 90% of out of hospital cardiac arrests are fatal. Immediate CPR can double or even triple the chance of survival. Each session lasts about 30 mins- 1 hr. and the participants learn how to identify someone in need of CPR, call 911, and give continuous chest compressions. This is not a certificate course, the goal of this program is to have more people in the community trained to give lifesaving assistance.

Instructor: Hannah Christen manages Red Cross Disaster Preparedness programs for Washington state and Northern Idaho. In her 4 years with the Red Cross, she has managed disaster operations here in the Wenatchee Valley, and deployed across the country to assist with large disasters. She has a passion for teaching disaster preparedness and increasing community resilience in the face of disaster.

September 27th 

How to recycle in the ncw (and, is it even worth it?)

If you find yourself frustrated and confused about how and where to recycle items in NCW, you’re not alone. With a constantly changing industry, and one that is different depending on where you live, it can be hard to know what’s really recyclable in our area. Plus, you may be wondering, is it even worth it? Many people question if the things we put in our curbside bin really get recycled. Jana Fischback, Executive Director of Sustainable NCW, will share the truth about recycling and bust some myths you may have heard. In this class, you will learn what goes on behind the scenes with the recyclable materials that you put in your curbside bin, plus get some tips on where you can take other materials not accepted at home. Jana will give a quick tutorial of Sustainable NCW’s new search tool, the Waste Wizard, which is a comprehensive, custom-made recycling guide for NCW. Finally, she’ll share some suggestions on how to minimize your waste (hint: it might not be about recycling!) and what you shouldn’t worry too much about.

Instructor: Jana Fischback is the co-founder and Executive Director of Sustainable NCW (previously Sustainable Wenatchee), a local non profit that promotes a culture of environmental stewardship and social sustainability in Chelan and Douglas counties. A Wenatchee-area native, before founding Sustainable NCW in 2017 she worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for Metro Parks Tacoma. Jana has a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.

October 4th

Falling for Fresh Hops with Hellbent Brewery
with Randy Embernate


It doesn’t matter if you’re a newer beer lover or an experienced brewer, fresh hop season is one worth celebrating. Come and explore the world of fresh hops; from locally sourced ingredients to brewing methods. It’s a delicious difference that you can taste.

We’ll discuss our recent, and upcoming, Fresh Hop releases from sourcing ingredients to brewing. Explore the nuances between fresh hopped beer and regular brews through smelling and of course tasting. This is a must-attend for any beer lover or home brewer.

Instructor: Randy Embernate is an owner and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hellbent Brewing Company with locations in both Seattle and Wenatchee. Hellbent Brewing has won numerous brewing awards, including a silver medal for their Red Patina at the 2022 World Beer Cup in the American Amber category.

October 25th

Do well by Doing Good: The Multifarious Benefits of Altruism

We all know that altruism and philanthropy benefit recipients and the communities where they live. But charitable activity also has tremendous benefits for the giver. As Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” In this presentation, you will be oriented to the many benefits of altruism and philanthropy to the giver. Drawing upon recent scientific evidence, the presentation will share the psychological, spiritual and health benefits of giving. It will also provide compelling information on the valuable role of philanthropy in training the next generation, inoculating them from “affluenza” and paving the way for more successful wealth transition. The presentation will provide the economic benefits of philanthropy in the U.S. and will illustrate these through case studies that show the power of smart giving strategies. Finally, the presentation will also share some inspiring stories of magnificent legacies left by ordinary people through their estates.

Instructor: Lorraine del Prado is principal of del Prado Philanthropy and Senior Vice President of Thompson & Associates. She specializes in values-based estate planning consulting and philanthropic planning and is a frequent speaker on topics related to philanthropy and purposeful estate plans. She also assists nonprofits in elevating their relationship-building, fundraising and board development efforts. She has consulted with nonprofits nationally and has led operations that raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes. Lorraine has been in the philanthropic field for 30 years and holds the designations of Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG), Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP) and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines and a master’s degree in English Literature from Boston University. In terms of volunteer leadership, Lorraine is President of Leave 10, Board Member of the Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network, Past Chair of the Grant Leadership Team of the Washington Women’s Foundation and Associate Dean for Planned Giving at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s Madison Institute. In 2017, she was honored by the Washington Planned Giving Council with the Frank Minton Professional Achievement Award. Linkedin Profile:



November 1st

Putting your Dahlias to bed

with NCW Dahlia Society 

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: 

Instructors: 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 8th

Honey for the holiday's
with McGregor farms

More information to come!

November 15th 

The joy of bird feeding

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; get ideas to help 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: Wild Birds Unlimited of Wenatchee staff members Brooke, Derek and Sarah are all Certified Bird Feeding Specialists and are eager to share the joy and hobby of backyard bird feeding with you. 

November 22nd 

No class

No class due to the holidays! 

November 29th 

Gardening indoors: it's never too early to start planning!

Have you always wanted to grow your own food, herbs, or flowers, but have never known where to start? Or maybe you were worried about not having enough space. It’s never too late in the year to start planning for the next! There are a lot of things you can do and grow over winter.

In this class, we’ll start by learning about plant hardiness zones, understanding seed packets, and what is needed. Next, we’ll dive a little deeper with a discussion on which plants grow well next to each other (handouts provided to take home). We will also learn about how to plan out the space of your garden or inside by a window/with lights, with designated time to sketch your own garden designs with assistance. At the end of the class, we’ll have an open discussion where you can ask questions and we can problem-solve together. You may even get some tips for holiday gifts for the gardeners in your life!

Please note: This class will be capped at 25 participants so the instructor has a chance to work one on one with all the participants in their own personal garden planning process. Due to the limited space we encourage you to register to attend if you are interested. If you are unable to attend the class, be sure to cancel your reservation so others will be able to attend.

Presenter Bio: Chelsea Trout is a Community Programs Educator for the Wenatchee River Institute. She has worked in environmental and public education for over ten years and is an avid gardener.

To find out more about the work the Wenatchee River Institute is doing in our community be sure to go to

December 6th

Is an electric vehicle (ev) right for you?

More and more electric vehicles are on the road, at dealerships and in your neighbor’s driveway. You’ve read about promises of cheaper operation, better driving experience and environmental benefits.  Still, the EV jargon can be confusing, the thought of running out of electrons is worrisome and it’s not clear if an EV will allow you to fulfill your daily tasks.  These are all very valid concerns. With some understanding and the right tools to address these uncertainties, many people realize that an EV can fit into their lives. 

In this talk I’ll cover the basics of what my family has learned purchasing and driving electric cars for eight years, and answer questions you may have about living with an EV.  Topics include: 

  • The different types of electric cars and what they do best (not all ‘electrics’ are the same) 
  • Basic life factors that that may be more, or less, EV compatible 
  • Tools that make owning an EV easier (there’s and app for that) 
  • Living with an EV in the Wenatchee Valley (purchasing, charging, commutes, weather, travel, maintenance) 

 At the end of the talk, I hope to have provided you with: 

  • A (mostly) unbiased view of EV ownership 
  • The knowledge and tools to decide if an EV fits in your life 
  • Reassurance EVs do fit many life scenarios well 
  • Scenarios where EV’s may not work well or at all 

Note: While the focus will be on owning an EV and not any one specific brand or model of car, I will be happy to stay afterword to talk about your specific scenarios and the brand or models that you may interested in. 

Instructor: Dan Kjobech is a computer programmer and a multiple EV owner. His family has traveled nearly 100k miles around the Wenatchee valley and the NW using only electricity in the last eight years. He enjoys sharing with others about what he’s learned along their journeys.

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