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#08 Sacred Journey, a Travelogue on Delhi and Rishikesh, India March 17th. Friday

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March 17th. Friday "Sacred Journey, a Travelogue on Delhi and Rishikesh, India" with Renee Silvus 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. NO CHARGE

Class Size: 12

MEETING PLACE: The main Mavens' Haven living room.


Join us for an entertaining slideshow of Renée’s trip to India last spring. She documented experiences and novel sights with the travelogue in mind, from the spectacle of Delhi to three ashrams and two yoga programs in Rishikesh on the Ganges River. She was ready for a Heroine's Journey, just not exactly how it unfolded…


About the Instructor:

Since arriving in Idaho in 2004, Renee has built a thriving bodywork therapy practice, completed a Whole Health Educator™ and Coaching program with the National Institute of Whole Health, and has taken facilitator training with Authentic World San Francisco and the Integral Center Boulder.

Currently she is in the second year of The West Central Mountains Leadership Academy. In the spring of 2016 Renee began formal yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India and received initiation with the Bharati or Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Bharati translates as one who loves the light of knowledge.

Renee lives in McCall, Idaho and at Mavens’ Haven on the Salmon River.



PHOTOS: Renee Silvus




#12 Herb Walk with Jules Pescon

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March 18th. Saturday “Herb Walk" with Jules Pescon 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. No Charge

Class Size: 12

MEETING PLACE: Front porch of the main house 10:00 A.M. sharp.


Jules and her students will head for the hills on an herb walk that will focus on locating, identifying and sustainable harvesting plants that are useful in first aid salve making. The group will discuss their medicinal qualities and their usefulness in first aid salves.


About the Instructor: Jules Pecson apprenticed with Darcy for 4 years before branching out on her own in Paradise, CA where she owns and operates a store, Fiona’s Forest, offering wild crafted tinctures, salves, hydrosol s and teas. She also teaches apprentices the art of “wild crafting” using the model that Darcy developed and practiced in her tireless effort to pass on the knowledge of medicines that can be found in our own backyards.


PHOTOS: Jules with Chaga; blooming Lomatium; flowering Brown's Peony; spring Cleavers.

#03 LET'S GO DUTCH, Jessie's Dutch Oven Cooking Class March 17th. Friday
Our Price: 20.00

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March 17th. Friday “Let's Go Dutch, Jessie's Dutch Oven Cooking Class ~ Jessie Chastain 1:10 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Class Size: 12

MEETING PLACE: Located by the fire pit on the main lawn (if weather is rainy, group will meet at the Outdoor Canning Kitchen.

Learn the basics of Dutch Oven cooking and enjoy the results afterwards. Aside from instruction on the types and brands of Dutch Ovens, how to clean and season an old Dutch oven and other essential tips, students will join Jessie in preparing food in two Dutch ovens to be enjoyed later in the day.

About the Instructor:


PHOTOS: Jessie; classroom and students; the set-up; the reward.

#04a IS YOUR TECHNOLOGY SAFE? Friday March 17th
Our Price: 20.00

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IS YOUR TECHNOLOGY SAFE? with Brandy and Chad Henson Friday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

The World Health Organization states, “Electromagnetic fields of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences, about which anxiety and speculation are spreading. All populations are now exposed to varying degrees of EMF, and the levels will continue to increase as technology advances.”

What kinds of impact has this growth in technology had on our environment and health? How do we protect ourselves? In this class, instructors Brandy and Chad Henson will explore these questions looking at the current research on EMFs and provide other resources to help understand and confront this growing concern. All proceeds from this class will be donated to ElectroMagneticHealth.org in support of their campaign for “Radiation Free Schools.”
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Everyone will get a handout and a CD of the presentation with links to the latest research and helpful resources.

About the Instructors: Brandy and Chad are a couple of down-to-earth, good-hearted fish and Alpaca farmers and backyard herbalists.

#24 “Cultivating Unconditional Beauty” Christine Hulse Sunday March 19th
Our Price: 20.00

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“Cultivating Unconditional Beauty with Christine Hulse, Sunday March 19th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet place will be porch by Koi pond. If weather disallows outside presentation, class will take place in the downstairs consultation room.

This is an invitation to a renewed perception of beauty -- one based on vibrant health and nourishing self-care. Various aspects of our daily lives have the power to either enhance or detract from overall wellness. Embracing a holistic perspective allows us to realize a level of beauty never before imagined. Complimentary to this concept, many herbs of the Rocky Mountain region contribute by revitalizing skin and stimulating normal digestion and detoxification. Explore the invigorating balance of body and soul that can be attained through intentional dietary and lifestyle choices.

What is unconditional beauty? How can we enhance it?

Using regional plants to wellness in the following areas:

  1. Our daily lives

  2. Nutrition, digestion, and detoxification

  3. Common beauty symptoms


About the Instructor: Idaho native Christine Hulse is co-owner of Woodland Wildcraft. Devoted to ethical harvest practices, small-batch processing, and nurturing respect for the region’s unique and pristine ecosystems, the company uses locally harvested plants to create products supportive of holistic health. Christine thrives on continual learning centered upon achieving total wellness. While advocating grassroots community building she shares her belief in the power and abundance inherent in our natural surroundings. Christine spends most of her time outdoors where she can be frequently found capturing the scenic beauty through the lens of her camera. She is an avid hiker, explorer, and rock climber. When not in the woods you will often find her engaging in arts, crafts, and the preparation of wholesome foods.


Photos: Christine

#25 “Uncovering Mushroom Mysteries” Christine Hulse Sunday March 19th
Our Price: 20.00

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“Mushroom Mysteries with Christine Hulse, Sunday March 19th 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM

Meet place will be porch by Koi pond. If weather disallows outside presentation, class will take place in the downstairs consultation room.

Explore the fungal kingdom with this introduction to remarkable mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain region. Discover the powerful medicinal properties of mushrooms as well as edible varieties that excite the palate while boasting an enormous array of nutrients. Increase your awareness of the fascinating and intricate role that fungi play in our environment. Gain appreciation for their essential ecological functions so integral to global and human well-being.

We will explore what exactly are mushrooms? The incredible ecological roles of mushrooms. As well as edibility and medicinal values of some specific regional mushrooms.

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Photos: Christine

#19 “Making a First Aid Salve Kit” with Jules Pescon
Our Price: 25.00

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March 18th. Saturday “Making First Aid Salve" with Jules Pescon 2:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Class Size: 10

MEETING PLACE: Downstairs Beer and Wine Making Kitchen


Students will make a First Aid Salve Kit from oils that have been previously infused with the flowers, leaves or roots of medicinal plants. Participants will blend the oils together to formulate strong healing salves for first aid situations such as bug bites, cuts and scrapes, bruises and strains, and even sunburn. Each participant will take home a First Aid Salve Kit and the practical knowledge of making healing salves.


About the Instructor: Jules Pecson apprenticed with Darcy for 4 years before branching out on her own in Paradise, CA where she owns and operates a store, Fiona’s Forest, offering wild crafted tinctures, salves, hydrosol s and teas. She also teaches apprentices the art of “wild crafting” using the model that Darcy developed and practiced in her tireless effort to pass on the knowledge of medicines that can be found in our own backyards.


PHOTOS: Jules with some of her products.

#13 “Different Diets for Different Types” March 18th. Saturday
Our Price: 25.00

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March 18th. Saturday "Different Diets for Different Types" with Angela Wyant 12:00 - 1:30 P.M.


Class Size: 10 -- Price includes a detailed handout on information presented.

In the US one in two women and one in three men will develop cancer in their lifetime. What if we could change our diet today and greatly reduce our chance of becoming a cancer patient? There is no "right" diet for every individual. Angela will present information, based on what type of diet/nutrition different individuals need to fight cancer ~ or better yet, prevent the occurrence of the disease. She will discuss the physiology and biochemistry of dietary individuality so that you can determine which diet would be most beneficial for you.


About the Instructor: Angela Wyant was born and raised in Idaho. She is a From The Forest Senior Apprentice and active member of S.A.G.E., an extension of her life-long love affair with plants.


PHOTOS: Angela Wyant

#11 THE ART OF SMUDGING with Lou Anne Gwartney March 18th. Saturday
Our Price: 30.00

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March 18th. Saturday "The Art of Smudging" with Lou Anne 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Class Size: 12

MEETING PLACE: The downstairs consultation room.


Come create a cleansing smoke bath with me and learn the art of Smudging. This ceremony is a spiritual, custom that has been used by the Native Americans and other Indigenous cultures. In our time sharing together we will discuss and discover the traditional plants used and some rituals and healing effects.


You will be choosing from an array of traditional and non-traditional wild plants to create meaningful, heartfelt smudges. My hopes is that you will find space for this beautiful ritual in your life.


About the Instructor:
My name is Lou Anne, I am an herbalist and owner of BUCKNAKED BOTANICALS. Buck Naked Botanical is dedicate to creating organic products with are sustainably harvested ingredients. A majority of the ingredients are picked by hand.






PHOTOS: Lou Anne




#13 “Seed Sprouting for Optimal Nutrition” March 18th. Saturday
Our Price: 30.00

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March 18th. Saturday "seed sprouting for optimal nutrition" with Sue Schwalbe 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.


Class Size: 10 -- Each Student will receive their own Victoria 4-tray seed sprouter to take home.

Seed sprouting has never been easier using the Victorio 4 tray seed sprouter, which will be provided to each student. The health benefits of the different seeds will be explored with a choice of 4 different seeds.

Instruction will include Victorio seed sprouter use and set up. Seed properties and health benefits of the most widely used sprouting seeds will be discussed. Sprouted seeds contain 100 times more natural enzymes than raw vegetables and fruits. They are truly our first locally grown food.


About the Instructor: Sue has received her Social Science degree from Boise State in 1975. Hired out with Union Pacific in 1976 as a locomotive engineer and had a 32 year career


PHOTOS: Sue Schwalbe; Victorio seed sprouter; sprouts!