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 14th, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Sunday, September 16th, 2018 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!



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.  Although retired from teaching high school vocal music and directing musical theatre she continues to travel throughout ND, SD, and northwestern MN selling and installing Rodgers church organs.  She is an accompanist for the Musical Theatre program at International Music Camp; an adjudicator for ND and MN small and large group festivals; a guest conductor, and is a church organist.  Peggy is President of North Dakota ACDA (North Dakota American Choral Directors Association).   She plays keyboard and sings jazz and pop standards.

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.

Shawna Rodenwald
My name is Shawna Rodenwald and I've lived on the white earth reservation on and off sense the time I was born. I graduated high school in 2014 from mahnomen high. I have some culinary training and also some training in nursing as a CNA. I love to work hard at whatever i am doing and love to help people as well. My mothers name is Tamie Rodenwald and my grandmothers name is kathy hoaglund they are both a big influence on the young adult I am today. From the time i was very young they both taught me alot about my culture and traditions and how to survive even in the hardship of times. My grandmother created a non profit organization named sah kah tay that ive been attending and teaching through sense i was very young. My mom now runs the four seasonal camps I hope to one day become a bigger part of the camps and take over as the main organizer to pass on the knowledge i have learned though the years from the camps and the people i have met.
Jen (Pedalty) Seery~ Spiritual Activist
Cats have 9 lives; I think this is my 4th. Jen Seery (aka Pedalty) is a work in progress. By that I mean I am rejuvenating and rebuilding a new life after a 30 year marriage. There’s a ‘spring of life’ bubbling up  in me that energizes new capacities to make a difference—in my personal and public life. At this year’s retreat I will “hostess” a conversation among us that connects the dots from our inner child to our voices and bodies in the world.
Shauni E. Hekkanen ~ Jin Shin Jyutsu
I have been working in Jin Shin Jyutsu (the art of the creator by the compassionate man or for 30 years and I have been Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help educator for 30 yeI love giving sessions and teaching classes and as I'm move forward into my retirement years I'm thinking of extending my creative channels back into my multi media art area.(watercolor painting, papermaking, and ceramics.) I've had a tremendously enriching experience over my career, sharing and exploring the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu and I'm passionate about continuing throughout my retirement.
Wherever I go I always have my hands to do sessions with and my experience to apply & share, and my passion to spark the work!
Sessions to be set up with Shauni.
Christeen McLain ~I am a seasoned Holistic Nurse and Addiction Counselor
I am also a dedicated T'ai Chi Chih ~ Joy Thru Movement ~ advocate!  Movement, balance, breathing, laughter I savor! (and exceptional food too! Organic when possible!). I enjoy playing cards of all sorts, hiking in the mountains, biking, doing readings,  and exploring new vistas. My family brings me great joy and becoming a grandmother and great grandmother at such a young age simply reminds me of how life is 'just a blink'. We gotta seize the moments! Speak our truth and love life like there is no tomorrow!

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 14th 2018

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

Evening gathering around the fire a conversation - music with Peggy Dahl - Bartunek

Saturday September 15th 2018

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

8:45 AM
Morning Circle - Christeen McLain

Yoga with Angelique DuBois

Breakfast after Yoga Open to self serving

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM 


12:00 - 1:15

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch

2:15- 2:30 Silence

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

3:15 - 4:15 Ann Dolence

4:30- 5:15  Shawna Rodenwald

5:45 - 7:00 PM Supper

7:30PM - 8:45 Jennifer Pedalty

9:00 - Social hour small snacks and dessert

Sunday September 16th, 2018

8:30 AM- Hatha Flow Yoga with Angelique DuBois
Breakfast Open to self serving after Yoga

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

10:30AM - 11:30 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 Blessing- Jennifer Pedalty

12:00 Lunch

1:30 PM Closing Group Reflection - Ann Dolence

2:00 PM  Until next year


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