Cancellation September 2020
Due to these complicated and difficult times, Karen and I had to make the decision to cancel this year’s Substantially Retreat. Your safety and health is our priority. This decision did not come easily. We held out as long as we could.

  Plans for next years Retreat are already in the works and we hope to have a zoom “Happy Hour“  in September with anyone that’s interested from the retreat, more of that information to come later but it would be great catch up and to see everyone’s beautiful faces..
 Please stay safe, and healthy. We will miss you all!!!

Dennis Jacobs, Karen Branden and Deborah J Jenkins

Deb Jenkins Women's Sustainability Retreat 2014 Detroit Lakes

Photo's by Laurie Desiderato                                            Anita Bender and Karen Branden
                      Jennifer James our spirtual directed in dance and much more.
         (Certified Spiritual Director and Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry practitioner—Listening)

Schedule subject to change.

Presented by Deborah J Jenkins

Hosted by Karen Branden and Dennis Jacobs

Dates -Times: Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 4:30 pm - Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Location: The retreat is nestled north of Detroit Lakes, MN. This is a rustic setting.

Items you will need and items we will have: We ask that you bring tents, campers, sleeping bags, blow-up beds, or whatever you may need to be comfortable. There will be a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub.New this year will be break tents.

Cost: $125 for the full experience  (deadline of Friday  August 30th, 2018)  If you think you cannot afford it please contact us 
Only want to come for YOGA $20 per session, Speakers $25.00 per speaker, Join us for any meals $15 Per person.

Payment: Check (payable to Deb Jenkins) - Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard only) non refundable


Limit: 25 guests sleeping over
Contact: Deb Jenkins, 701-866-0518,
Please note that if you prefer not to stay on site and would prefer to be in Detroit lakes or somewhere else to sleep that is OK with us.


This retreat for women will offer classes, seminars and relaxation opportunities from amazing women:

Angelique DuBois ~ Yoga~ Hatha Flow
Hello everyone
I continue my yoga education by taking Workshops from Master teachers whenever I can.  I also take as many classes as I can having fun with the many different disciplines that yoga has to offer.  
To me the most important part of my practice is not my physical practice but taking my yoga "OFF THE MAT" and into the world.  This is why we should practice.   Our physical practice is done so that we can become still and centered quieting our minds.
I'm excited to be returning to the retreat this year & looking forward to leading your yoga classes.
This year I would like to offer a Hatha yoga Flow class concentrating on opening the hips and shoulders and building strength.  Class will run 1 hr. This will be a class that everyone can enjoy even if you've never done yoga before
I have practiced yoga for over 30 years and have a RYT 200 certificate through Yoga Alliance.
I look forward to the retreat and meeting all of you!


Tracy Walvatne 
I found yoga by accident.  About 22 years ago I won a 3 month free membership to Total Balance gym in Fargo and thought, “What the heck, maybe it’s time to get in shape”.  Well, I tried just about every fitness offering they had: all the dance based classes, the strength circuit, the elliptical and treadmills and they all ended up the same: please don’t make me do that again!  But yoga class spoke to me.  Although it was hit and miss with the instructors the flow and mindfulness felt so right.  I knew I was hooked when in class with a 75 year old and an 85 year old who were still practicing and even more limber than I! I have led yoga classes for 12 years and I follow the Yoga Fit series.  I am certified in Level 3 yoga instruction and anatomy science.  The three things I love most about how I practice and lead yoga are: 1. it is accessible to all levels of practitioners 2. each time we step on the mat we enjoy a new practice – it is ever changing and always our own and 3. equal parts mind/body/spirit balance.

Brenda J Haugstad ~ Massage Therapy

30-minute massage appointments will be available Saturday morning, mid-afternoon, evening and  Sunday Morning - We will have a sign up sheet there.

Brenda J. Haugstad, Owner of YogiCare
Massage Therapist, Reflexologist & Thai Yoga Therapist

Brenda owns YogiCare and has been in business since 2004. After completing the 6 level program in Thai yoga therapy from Thai Yoga Bodywork of Minneapolis, Brenda became a Registered Thai Therapist (RTT) through THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International). In 2010, she traveled to Thailand for training with some of the masters in Thai massage. She also has training in Thai Foot Reflexology and is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Venice Nutrition. A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) through Yoga Alliance, she attended the 500 hour yoga teacher training program at Yoga North in Duluth, MN. She is ND state licensed and Nationally Certified in both Massage therapy and Reflexology. She has been practicing massage andreflexology since 2003. She also earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Illustration from MSU.

Her belief is that a “yogi” resides in every individual. By caring for the “yogi” within, a person can achieve a state of peace and harmony within themselves. She finds giving bodywork such as massage similar to a dance in that it cleanses muscle tissue by increasing circulation and removing metabolic wastes from the body. Though the various modalities of bodywork Brenda provides, not only the physical body benefits but the mental and spiritual body as well resulting in an overall sense of balance. Once an individual can relax, the body has the ability to heal itself.
Her intention is to provide her clients with the best care possible for their well being.

Call 701-866-9677 or email for more info.

Peggy - Bartunek~ owner
Rodgers Classic Organs, studied at  University class of North DakotaClass of 1973 · Music education · Grand Forks, North Dakota

Peggy - Bartunek lives in Minneapolis enjoying life as a piainst, organist and owner of her business
Rodgers Classic Organs selling digital and pipe organs in Minneasota, westeran Wisconsin, North and South Dakota

Ann Dolence
Ann has practiced and loved Spring Forest Qigong for 17 years.  She is excited to show some things that she has learned and has some beautiful stories of outcomes from Spring Forest Qigong.   She currently lives in Duluth and is teaching online classes for UND. What a blessed time for us to be together.  Thank you-  Love Ann
All Things Spring Forest Qigong
I would like to share with you the 6 healing sounds chant, the prosperity chant and 5 Element Healing Movements for higher healing and emotional vibration.  It's everything you need to be happy and well.

Shauni E. Hekkanen ~ Jin Shin Jyutsu
Food as Medicine workshop

Food as medicine is a self-help practice and that is the spirit of this workshop:
 In the fall we move into lung and large intestine time of the year, right after the harvest time. 
We will look at the color coding for the seasons as it relates to your organs and how to choose your foods according to seasonal abundance & your specific symptoms.
 I have a questionnaire that helps to target your symptoms and then by using the seasonal chapter in our Book: Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitcford
we can look at the dietary principles for healing the lung and large intestine to improve the health of all the organs by eating the proper foods! 
It’s important to know the healing properties of foods so you can choose according to your individual need. 
I will introduce the five elements Theory to help balance all your bodies organs.
We will also look at simple recipes and cooking tips for preparing foods.

You can buy the paper back Healing with Whole Foods  by Paul Pitchford for  $20 on Amazon.
This offers you a new level of choosing the foods that are right for your body. Rather than the out dated idea of dieting!
(this diet or that diet

Deb Jenkins

Deborah J Jenkins ~ Inspired Cook

My life has been that of a mother, nurse, musician, and cook. I have absolutely lived the life I love and know how blessed this is. Now I am excited to to feed everyone at this retreat, I see this as a challenge to inspire me to commit to myself . Although I have fed many people over the years this is in my opinion, my biggest challenge to date.

Meals will be served Friday evening, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday Breakfast

Meals will be meat, vegan, gluten free and vegetarian. Beverages will include rotated hot tea, coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate and hot apple cider

Karen Branden ~ Host

Karen Branden is a professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from South Dakota State University in 2002. She teaches People and the Environment and has co-chaired the sustainable campus initiative at MSUM.

A note from the hosts of the event, Karen and Dennis Branden:

“Dennis and I are really trying to be sustainable and carbon neutral. We are asking that people not bring plastic bags and bottles to our house. If you do we are asking that you take them home with you.


Dennis Jacobs is a physicist/aeronautical engineer who teaches the natural sciences at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He joined the Peace Corps and traveled the world in the sixties and has been working in the sustainable energy area for the past thirty-five years.In 1997 both Dennis and Karen taught in Malaysia for eight months and repeated Dr. Jacobs world travels during the sixties. They were able to observe the environmental degradation that has occurred over the past thirty-five years. In 2009 Dr. Branden lived and travelled throughout Uganda and East Africa. She spent three months team teaching a course on Development at Kjambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.They live in a super-insulated home and that uses the sun to heat a pool that cools and heats the house.  Dr. Jacobs developed an electric VW Bus that will someday plug into the home to supply part of their home energy. He is currently building an electric airplane and will take his test flight during the summer of 2014.  They love traveling with their dogs, reading, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors.  They are dedicated to living and teaching a sustainable lifestyle.

Schedule (subject to change):

Friday September 13th 2019

A note from Brenda our Massage Therapist for everyone:

I will be available to give 30 minute massages Friday starting at 4:30 thru Saturday late afternoon, early Saturday morning as anyone wants.
I can bring my Thai mat and do them on the floor too. Also, I am willing to provide 30 minute Reflexology as an option.
The participants can sign up for time slots that work for them or  we can make a sign up sheet Friday.
I regret I'll have to leave Saturday late afternoon.

4:30 PM- 6:00 PM getting settled

6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Introduction to each other overview of Saturday events

7:45 PM

8:30 PM
Evening gathering around the fire a conversation - with Ann Dolence

Saturday September 14th 2019

Thai Massage all day until 3:30 PM
Please sign up on Brenda's sheet

8:45 AM
Morning Circle - Ann Dolence

9:00 AM
Beginners Slow Flow Yoga
Angelique DuBois

Breakfast after Yoga Open to self serving

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM 

11:00-12:00 Noon
Shauni- Food as Medicine Workshop

12:00 - 1:15 PM
Yoga with Tracy Walvante

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch

2:15- 2:30 PM  Silence

2:30- 3:00 PM Karen Branden- Tour

3:15 - 4:15 PM A lesson in notes- Peggy Bartunek

4:30- 5:15 PM  Deb Jenkins & Peggy Bartunek - LET'S MOVE

5:45 - 7:00 PM Supper

7:30PM - 8:45 PM  What's you Ah Ha moment - group discussion

9:00  PM - Social hour small snacks and dessert

Sunday September 15th, 2019

8:30 AM- Yoga with Angelique DuBois & Tracy Walvante
Breakfast Open to self serving after Yoga

9:30 - 10:15 AM Sharing through cards- Tracy Walvante

10:30 - 11:30 AM  use this time to do what you like, vist with those you did not have a chance to, go swimming, hot tubing use the sauna,take your tent down, or just relax

11:30 - 12:00 Noon  Blessing- Shauni

12:00 Noon Lunch

1:30 PM Closing Group Reflection - Karen Branden

2:30 PM  Until next year


Deb Jenkins & Karen Branden
with much LOVE
We can't wait to see everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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