Deb Jenkins Women's Sustainability Retreat 2014 Detroit Lakes

2016 Photo's by Laurie Desiderato                                            Anita Bender and Karen Branden
                      Jennifer Pedalty 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 15th, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Sunday, September 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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

Cost: $110 for the full experience  (deadline of Wednesday August 31st, 2016) or  Only want to come for YOGA $20 per session, Speakers $25.00 per speaker, Join us for a meal all 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 Flow class concentrating on CENTERING & GROUNDING poses.
Class will be 30 to 45 min. 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 ~ Yoga ~Vinyasa

 I found yoga by accident.  About 18 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 8 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. Looking forward to seeing you at the retreat , if you have a yoga mat please bring it for class.

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.

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.

Jennifer Pedalty ~ Certified Spiritual Director and Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry practitioner—Listening -

Seminar will be given Friday evening
It’s been a big year for learning about how healing happens. Lyme has introduced me to new healers and unusual ways of evicting the mysterious strangers that chose my body for a residence a decade ago. My healing allies include Cree and Oneida Native American healers, a German machine called a Bemer, and two soul readers who have en-couraged me to open the gates of creativity. I am writing about my healing journey—and I’m cautiously optimistic this will become a book project. As I move beyond the energetic vibration of Lyme, I invite you to join me in exploring your own inner healer.  Bring a personally meaningful sacred object, and be prepared to have fun! Here’s a hint: happy bodies in motion are a love potion.


Ann Dolence ~ Empowerment Speaker

Saturday evening seminar, Learn both  "Spring Forest Qigong Healing Movements followed by the Tiny Habit Meditation leading to Tiny Habits Method; simple and sustainable  behavior change"

Ann Dolence has felt blessed to work in the area of wellness and motivational speaking for the past 30 years. She believes that laughter, love, meditation and celebrations of life are a way of reenergizing and revitalizing us to always do our good work . Ann is co-owner and co-developer of Wellday at Work an online wellbeing website available to help everyone take care of themselves at work. She loves doing Qi~ssage and Spring Forest Qigong always praying for healing in the Light and Oneness for anyone that needs it.

Lez Engelstad~ Empowerment Speaker
What excites me is the gift of life &how beautiful it is . I'm a wife to Jeffr for 37 yrs.,mom of Jace for 18 yrs.,a daughter,sister &friend of so many amazing people .I love the opportunity given to me to talk&share. My jobs give me many ways of serving,I'm a waitress @Spanky'sStonehearth, I work as a paraprofessional in dlhs.,I get to do a show on lakestv3. We live on lake Crystal after living in Colorado for 32 winter's.
Thanx for giving me an opportunity to share!

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.



Tai Chi and Morning Circle
Christeen McLain

Christeen McLain is a 'closet writer,' a 'kitchen dancer' and a passionate provider of laughter and joy. To support what she loves to do, she polishes her professional training roles of advanced practice psychiatric nursing and addiction counseling. To feed her Spirit she teaches T'ai Chi Chih, Seijaku and Meditation. Holistic Stress Management Certification adds a sprinkling of chakra clearing stirred with practical mindful steps simmered with music and cards. Christeen has traveled and presented trainings and workshops extensively~exquisitively focused on healing self and tending matters of the Heart and Soul~addressing body, mind, Spirit and common sense is the way to roll!


   Peggy Bartunek ~ Musician

Music has always been a part of my life.  I grew up in a family where music was constant, because one of the five children was practicing piano, there was a record playing, or we were singing in the house, at church, or in the car.  It was a natural path for me to become a school music teacher, to marry a fellow musician, to encourage our children to be musicians and to be a performing musician.  Music is my solace, my creative outlet, and has provided countless opportunities to meet wonderful people.

Peggy Bartunek
Rodgers Classic Organs
P.O. Box 430, Grafton ND  58237
Text messages:  701-360-0167

 Amber Lochart~ Farmer / Co-Founder Heart and Soil 
Amber Lockhart, co-owner of Heart and Soil Farm, will discuss organic farming practices and her philosophy on sustainable farming and eating. Amber is a ND Master Gardener and has been running a small-scale sustainable farm for 4 years.  She is a graduate of MSUM and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.  After 7 years behind a desk in California, she and her husband returned to the Midwest to work really hard in the dirt.  She lives and farms outside of Grandin, ND with her husband, daughter, two cats, one dog and numerous chickens. 


Friday September 16th 2016

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

Introduction to each other

6:30 PM  - 7:15 PM
Lez Engelstad "The Gift of Life"

7:45 PM

Evening gathering around the fire a conversation ~ Jennifer Pedalty

Saturday September 17th 2016

8:00 AM
Morning Circle with Christeen McLain

Yoga with Tracy Walvante

Breakfast after Yoga Open to self serving

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Yoga with Angelique DuBois

1:00 PM - 1:15
Silent mediation

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:15PM  Amber Lockhart gives an informational in site on sustainable farming from her perspective as co- owner of Heart & Soil a Farms from Grandin North Dakota

2:30- 3:00 PM Karen Branden tells us about the home and land she and her husband have embraced.

3:15 - 4:15 Yoga with Angelique DuBois

4:30- 5:15 Jennifer Informative look at "Bemer" machine

5:45 - 7:00 PM Supper

7:30PM - 8:30 Music session hosted by Peggy Bartunek

9:00 - Social hour small snacks and dessert

Sunday September 18th, 2016

8:30 AM- Yoga with Tracy Walvante  or Thi Chi with Christeen McLain
Breakfast Open to self serving  after Yoga or Thi Chi  

9:30AM - 10:15 Morning Circle with Christeen McLain

10:30AM - 11:30 use this time to do what you like, vistor 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 Blessing before lunch- Christeen McLain

12:00 Lunch

1:30 PM Group Reflection -facilated by Jennifer Pedalty

2:00 PM  Until next year


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