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 front of the Cashmere Valley Bank Community Kitchen. 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

Class Descriptions - Winter 2018

January 9, 2018

Journey of The “Santiago Sisters:” Walking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago from France into Spain

Bonnie Fortner & Debbie Gurnard

This class tells the story of a five-week walking trek from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Walking a total of 37 days and 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago (or “The Way of Saint James”), we crossed the Pyrenees, as well as 2 other mountain ranges. We encountered all types of terrain and history along the way.

We were among 27,000 “pilgrims” walking the Camino each year, experiencing a warm welcome at the inexpensive Albergues and pilgrim Hostels where we stayed. With guidebook in hand, we met wonderful people from all over the world, all ages and walks of life. We never felt alone or afraid. The end result of this walk is not to just arrive in Santiago de Compostela but to find out more about ourselves, our inner strength, and to be inspired during our journey. What we experienced on The Camino was so very special and unique. It truly was a trip of a lifetime!! This class will share our tips for training (or lack of), budgeting, planning, how we packed, and what we saw and learned along the way.

Buen Camino!

Bonnie Fortner & Debbie Gurnard

January 16, 2018

Reckoning with Risk, Our Wildfire Vulnerability

John Marshall

It couldn’t happen here, or could it? Wenatchee residents have viewed the destruction of Santa Rosa, California and Fort McMurray, Alberta on TV. While we have been bitten by fire, the concept of large sections of whole towns burning to ashes seems remote, but is it? In fact, we are vulnerable, as are all western cities. This class explores the components that could drive a catastrophic fire in Wenatchee, and what we can do to mitigate our risk.

John Marshall is a Wenatchee based photographer, with a master’s degree in Wildlife Resources with a particular interest in wild fire ecology (how plants and animals relate to the environment shaped by fire). That interest led him to examine how humans are affected by fire. The realization that wildfire threatens his own home, caused him to address concerns on his property and to involve neighbors. Marshall has been a lecturer for Humanities Washington, and a contract photographer to the U.S. Forest Service and the The Nature Conservancy on wildfire related projects.

January 23, 2018

Fix and Maintain Your Outdoor Gear with Wenatchee Outdoors Experts

Andy Dappen

For the first third of this session you will learn about special supplies, materials, resources, and techniques to repair or restore your outdoor raincoats, rain pants, gaiters, tents, parkas, packs, sleeping pads, boots, and more. During the next two thirds of the session we’ll go to work on wounded gear that you’ve brought along with you. We’ll have a few sewing machines (and their owners) who will help sew failing seams or ripped equipment. We’ll also have resources on hand to patch, glue, or coat your injured gear. Even if the job is bigger than what we can tackle, we’ll coach you on how to go about it.

Andy Dappen, outdoor writer and founder of the Wenatchee Outdoors website, has been damaging-and fixing- his equipment for nearly 50 years. He says, “On a writer’s wages I can’t afford to buy a lot of new gear. I need to give all my gear second and third lives.” |

This class is limited to 40 participants.

Andy Dappen

January 30, 2018

Advance Care Planning: Who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself?

Tamara Steffen

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it right now.”

 – Alan Lakein

This advance care planning class will help you:

  •   Think about your values and wishes.
  •   Consider future health care decisions that may need to be made on your behalf.
  •   Talk about the choices with your loved ones and your doctor.
  •    Make a written plan designating your Health Care Agent.

Tamara Steffen is a medical social worker and is committed to helping people discover and articulate their values and wishes to help inform future medical care.

February 6, 2018

Older Adult Falls: Prevention and Safety

Kerri Walker

This “Older Adult Falls: Prevention and Safety” class will cover why fall prevention matters, risk factors, assessment, and interventions for home safety and fall prevention.

Kerri Walker, Aging Life Care Manager, has worked in healthcare with the aging population for over 25 years within home, community, and institutional environments.

Kerri Walker

February 13, 2018

Que Syrah, Syrah

Rhett Humphrey

Many wine drinkers are familiar with Syrah and enjoy drinking it, but most don’t know the origins and significance of this wonderful wine grape! Syrah has an interesting past and this February we are highlighting this wonderful wine grape on our social media platforms, tasting rooms and in this informative class as part of Pybus University. We will cover its interesting history and background, taste profile, importance in the world of wine and much, much more! We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun and informative night of learning about Syrah!

Rhett handles the Direct to Consumer sales and marketing for Jones of Washington He graduated from the Global Wine Studies Program from CWU in 2011 and is currently studying for his Certified Sommelier certification. for more information.

This class is limited to 25 participants.

February 20, 2018

The Connected Family

April Welch

From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, we’re all trying to figure out how to stay connected. Join Wenatchee Valley’s own Social Media Trainer, April Welch, as she shows us what apps are out there (and how to use them on our smartphones).

This class will cover:

  • the best smartphone apps for sending videos
  • why Instagram is the best thing since scrapbooking
  • how to speed up your typing on a smartphone screen
  • and so much more!!!

Families are busier than ever these days! Come spend the evening exploring the different ways you can use social media to stay connected to your loved ones.

April Welch

February 27, 2018

It Will Never Happen to Me: Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams

Anne Crain

Don’t miss this presentation on the many aspects of personal financial safety. Learn how to keep financial information safe, how to avoid scams and fraud and how to avoid complacency. In this age of rapidly evolving technologies, criminals are on the prowl for new ways to access and exploit your personal and financial information and threaten your safety and security. Education and awareness are key to not falling prey.


Anne Crain is a Crime Victim Advocate who strives to educate individuals about personal financial safety.  She has presented this information to numerous audiences throughout Chelan County. Check for more info.

March 6, 2018

Pack Light and Travel Safe

Carrie Carpenter

People say to us, all the time, “I don’t know how to pack my suitcase”.  We are Sagewood Bag Company, a local business aimed at providing information on how to travel safely and pack efficiently.

In this class you’ll learn important tips for US travel, and travel abroad including:

  • How to choose which clothes to take.
  • How to pack efficiently.
  • How to wash your clothes in your hotel room.
  • Keep your money and documents safe.
  • Keep from getting pick pocketed (we’ve been pick pocketed by not following our own advice!)
  • How to use ATM’s overseas and what kind of money to carry.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Sagewood Bag Company has a travel goods store in Wenatchee. We have written a guide on “Packing Light and Safe Travels”, while still having fun!

Carrie Carpenter

March 13, 2018

Succulent Plant Creations, Indoors and Out

Make and Take Class

Mike Torres

The succulent experts from Bison Plants in Chelan will explore the advantages of using succulents in the landscape, as well as how to construct a container garden for indoors, and out!

You’ll learn how to choose the correct plants and soil, and review care of your plants including watering, fertilizing and trimming.

If you bring a container you are also welcome to design and plant your own succulent creation!

Container should be about 6 inches in size, with a drain hole. Bison Plants will supply potting soil and plants and show you how to build your own creation.

This class is limited to 30 participants.

There is a $5 suggested donation for materials at the door.

March 20, 2018

Annual PYBUS Family Art Night

Terry Valdez

Join professional artist Terry Valdez and his band of art supporters for our popular Annual Family Art Night. We will be taking our imaginations on an exploration of Pen & Ink with Watercolor washes. No experience is necessary and is open to ages 5 to 95.

All materials will be provided and each artist will go away with their own imaginative creation.

This class is limited to 36 participants.

Terry Valdez

March 27, 2018

Dahlias 101: A Garden of Earthly Delights

North Central Washington Dahlia Society

This class will provide a hands-on demonstration of how to plant and care for your dahlias. We’ll talk about how to get your dahlia garden started. We will discuss soil preparation, how to plant and how to choose the best spot for your garden. We will learn about the different forms and varieties of dahlias, how to interpret dahlia terminology, and where to find out more as the season progresses. Tools, accessories, soil preparation, staking, labeling and tending will be discussed. Bring your questions and ideas. Everyone in attendance will receive a coupon for a free tuber. Taught by members of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society.

April 10, 2018

Doctors Without Borders: Life in the Field

Carolyn Johnson

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to work in the field with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), this class is for you. MSF brings humanitarian medical assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics or healthcare exclusion.

Learn about the mission of MSF, where we work and why. You will learn what it feels like to live and work in countries where people are denied access to the most basic of health care and why someone would want to work for MSF. Through the use of slides and videos, see what it takes to save lives just by providing safe birthing kits or by taking a box of medication on a motorcycle to a remote village in sub-Saharan Africa. You will see what it is like to work on a search and rescue boat saving the lives of people fleeing conflict and other disasters in their countries by attempting to cross the Mediterranean in a flimsy rubber boat.

Carolyn Johnson is a nurse practitioner working for the last three years with MSF in Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on the Search and Rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea. Her roots in international nursing began with a stint in the US Peace Corps in 1989, followed by 20 years working primarily with migrant and seasonal workers at Columbia Valley Community Health.

PU Class - Doctors Without Borders