September 21 – 24, 2018

Friday 21 September

Medicinal Plants of the Cow Creek Areadarcy
Darcy Williamson
1:00-5:00 pm, Outing
complimentary to registered participants

Hike the mountains with herbalist Darcy Williamson and learn the medicinal and some of the edible plants that abound in the region. We will also have a harvest shopping list to provide classes held throughout the weekend with freshly gathered material for their student’s use.


Planning for the End of Your LifeKathy
Kathy Belknap
1 – 2:30 pm, Living Room
$25, limit 10

Only one third of Americans complete an end of life plan. Yet, all of us will die and your death is often the final memory of you for your loved ones. The goal of this workshop is to give you many tools to help you make final critical decisions. Please make these choices while you are of sound mind. Not being prepared or putting off decisions often means tremendous heartache for you and those you love. Come and get prepared for the final chapter of your life.

I was 42 when my husband died. We were totally unprepared for his extended time in the hospital, making end of life decisions, and for his death. Over the last 20 years I have gotten my own affairs in order and helped others to prepare for their deaths. My educational background includes counseling psychology as well as research skills for my doctorate.


“Are You Ready To Go?” or What To Do With Your StuffBurning Hands
Clarence Stark
3 – 5 pm, Dining Room
$20, limit 10

None of us are going to live forever in our body. Join in for a candid round table discussion on what to do with your “stuff” and how to make sure your end of life desires are fulfilled. We will begin with a discussion about a Power of Attorney along with a Living Will, Community Property Agreement and end with practical guidance on creating a Last Will and Testament for the dispersal of your Estate.

Clarence has been involved with the Apprentice program for several years. He has worked in a land title company for over 20 years and will share his knowledge in real estate law. This class is not designed to provide legal advice but to give you guidance in finding your path and the people that can assist you in completing your financial and legal needs.

Slow Stitching
Lynette Mullislynette
2-5 pm, Craft Room

Slow your pace, slow your art, slow your breath with Slow Stitching, the art of mindfully stitching for your pleasure. Students will learn how to naturally dye threads while they begin to create a 9 X 9 piece of their own, using various fabric pieces positioned on wool. This is not embroidery, rather methodical and creative hand stitching.

Lynette is self-taught in her use of natural dyes and has been slow stitching for two years, after taking a class with textile artist Claire Wellesley- Smith in Yorkshire, UK.

Evening Meditation
Tracey Kindall
5:30 pm, Living Room

Mullein Torchlight Parade
Mountain Bungalow to Cow Creek Bridge

7:15 – 8:30 pm Women
8:30 – 9:45 pm Men
9:45 – 11:00 pm Couples


Saturday 22 September

8:00-9:30 Bag Lunch Buffet

Cancema Salve
Darcy Williamson
9:00 – 11:00 am, Movie Room & Kitchen
$25, limit 10

A documentary about Cancema Salve will be shown prior to the making of the salve so that students have a clear working knowledge as to what it can and cannot accomplish when dealing with cancerous tumors. They will also learn the risks and discomforts caused by escharotic salves such as this and the proper protocol of application and care. Each student will take home some of the salve that they have made during the class along with the recipe and instruction sheets as to how to properly use the salve.


Roast Your Owncindy
Cindy Greer
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Kitchen
$20, limit 8

We will explore coffee beans by origin and I will show you how to roast beans in a Whirly Pop maker on a gas stove. You will learn roast terminology and how to achieve Light, City, Full City or Viennese, French/Espresso, and Italian/Dark French roasts and the resulting flavor profiles. We’ll discuss the right grind for various brewing methods and we’ll enjoy our French Press brew with some freshly baked goods.

My mantra is to live life big with gusto and passion. And I’m passionate about coffee, especially roasting the beans. I want to share the joy of understanding the exciting flavor profiles achieved by roasting times and methods.


Celtic Holy Treestracey
Tracey Kindall
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Craft Room
$20, limit 10

The Celtic peoples of the British Isles held many trees in high regard, considering them sacred. These holy trees were woven through the myths and folktales of the Celtic people, and served as a foundation for the Celtic calendar and the Ogham alphabet used by the Druids – ancient healers, poets, and priests. Understanding the relationship the Celts had with these trees can give us a deeper appreciation of their role in both ancient and modern story, as well as providing insights into their value and healing power. Join folklore scholar Tracey Kindall for an enchanting introduction to the Celtic holy trees, and leave with a deeper reverence and new appreciation for the trees we regularly see around us in the U.S. today.

Tracey Kindall is a passionate advocate of all things imaginative and mythic. She holds an MS in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon, is currently the director of the McCall Arts and Humanities Council, is an RYT-200 yoga instructor, a SAGE herbal apprentice, and regularly teaches mythology classes for children and adults.


Herbal Soap Making Class
Darcy Williamson
2:30 – 4:30pm, Kitchen
$35, limit 8

“Soap” is the result of a chemical action between fat and lye. Many products on the market are labeled “Beauty Bar” or “Cleansing Bar”. These are usually detergents, which can be made more quickly than true soap. The problem with such “bars” is that the fat in the product does not undergo the chemical process occurring in soap and therefore leaves a residue on your skin. This residue often contains synthetic perfumes and additives that irritate the skin and fats that encourage bacteria growth. Over time, dry skin or eczema can develop.

Students will learn what herbs best suit their skin type and conditions prior to making their soap. Each attendee will take home a bucket of the homemade soap they make with instructions on curing and wrapping, plus a recipe booklet for future batches to make in their reusable buckets.


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Renee Silvus
2:00 – 5:00 pm, Brewing Kitchen
$40 or $60 with bottle capper, limit 8

In ancient cultures, the medicine woman is responsible for preserving yeasts and creating seasonal brews. The process includes sacred language, ceremonies, and customs.

We will process beer in each stage–harvesting a plant and making tea, creating wort in the carboy, racking partially-ready wort, and bottling finished beer. The beers are hops, malt, and gluten-free. Since we taste aged brews as we go, the class is suitably…spirited.

Participants are invited to bring a freshly-harvested plant and herbs to brew. September offers berries, fresh fruit, and roots. You will go home with an air-locked jug of your own wort, a siphon tube, bottle caps, and aged beer from the Haven Cellar.

Renee has been making beer and exploding an occasional bottle at the Haven for several years now. She brings her background as a teacher, bodywork therapist, and coach to the Haven, where she offers spring and fall retreats. Read more at


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Wendy Young
3:30 – 5:00 pm, Craft Room
$15, limit 10

This is a fun class identifying your own Goddess Archetypes, those you embrace and those you reject. This is an interactive class with fun quizzes and questions for your own investigation. This class is based on the book by the presenter “Embracing the Goddess, a Workbook of the Divine Feminine.” Both women and men are encouraged to attend.

Wendy Young has been working with plants for over 15 years and has spent the last four years as a Senior Apprentice with SAGE. She is also been researching Goddess Archetypes and has just completed a workbook on the process.


Barter, Buy and Bicker!BBicker
5:30-6:30 pm, Main Lawn


Apprentice Potluck Dinner
6:30 pm


Harvest Moon, Starlight, and River Flow! Bridge Dancing
8:30 – 9:30 pm, Bridge

A 94% full lantern over the canyon invites us to the bridge this evening. Pack your swirly skirts, feather boas, tailed tuxes…or not. Most important are good shoes for the uneven surface. Come along to dance, sway, or just lean on the railing and admire the light and shadow show. Includes complimentary Horehound beer and your specially-curated moon~star~river playlist. With Renée, who has been luring people to the bridge for a few years now. Come see why.


7:15 – 8:30 pm Women
8:30 – 9:45 pm Men
9:45 – 11:00 pm Couples


Sunday 23 September

8:00-9:30 Bag Lunch Buffet

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Karla Bingham
9:30 – 11:30 am, Outside
$25, limit 20

In this class, students will learn how to make beekeeping fun, enjoyable, and safe for everyone. We will address everything from beginning basics to the advanced beekeeper. We will adjust the class for the audience and the questions that arise. Topics covered will include equipment, clothing, safety, bee nutrition, how to recognize a healthy hive, and identifying problems early. We will also talk about current research Slide Ridge is doing and how it is affecting our hives. Nutrition didn’t use to be an issue with beekeeping, now it is if you want your bees to be able to withstand the toxic environment around them. This year, we are going to put on our bee suits and look into a working live hive. This will be invaluable, hands-on experience in looking at a hive and assessing its health. This is an excellent opportunity to learn up-close.

Karla is a co-owner of Slide Ridge Honey, a successful family honeybee business located in Mendon, Utah. Karla is visiting from the lovely Cache Valley to share her extensive knowledge of honeybee health. Slide Ridge beekeepers practice sustainable, low-impact, and overall natural beekeeping methods, working with the life cycle of the bees. They raise their own queens and use all-natural plant-based nutrients and essential oils to keep their bees healthy and hives strong. At Slide Ridge, success is measured by the activity of the hives. Strong hives and active bees not only produce good honey, but add strength and beauty to the mountain flowers that sustain them.


Iridology: The Window to Your Healthmarilyn
Marilyn Giddings
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Dining Room
$30, limit 10

Iridology is the study of the iris of the eye. In the human embryo, the eye is one of the first organs to be formed just after the brain and is directly related to the basic structures of the body as it continues to form. By looking closely at the iris, the general health of each of the major organs and body parts can be observed. This hands-on class teaches the key principles in reading your own eyes and provides insight and analysis of what you observe. In preparation for the class, each student will need to pose for an eye photo the day before the class. Besides informational materials, this personal photo will be the primary instructional tool.

Marilyn has practiced iridology for over twenty years with family and friends. She gladly shares this experience and knowledge with others who are interested in health.


How to Avoid Being Hacked
Jake Hansen
10 am – 11:30 pm, Craft Room


The Natural & Cultural History of the Honeybee
Tracey Kindall
11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Craft Room
$20, limit 12

Join local honeybee enthusiast Tracey Kindall for this presentation on the natural and cultural history of the honeybee. This presentation offers an introduction to the biological evolution of the honeybee and of the historic development of human beekeeping. From this foundation, we will explore the “cultural history” of the honeybee, surveying the human uses and perceptions of bees, honey, and wax through the ages, and exploring traditional beliefs, folklore, and changing relationships between human and bee.

Presenter Tracey Kindall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Folklore and enjoys exploring life through both of these lenses.
Avoid these Plants when Harvesting in the Forest!
Wendy Young
1:30 – 3:00 pm, Craft Room
$15, limit 10

When we harvest plants for healing purposes we may inadvertently be harvesting plants with dangerous properties due to their close proximity to poisonous plants. Come learn to identify four poisonous plants that you should never harvest around. With this information you will be better able to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.

Wendy Young has been working with plants for over 15 years and has spent the last four years as a Senior Apprentice with SAGE. Her current passion is learning from and about forbidden, dangerous, and deadly plants.


What Do I Do with All This Zucchini!? 

Darcy Williamson
1:30 – 5:30 pm, Kitchen
$45, limit 8

Enjoy this fun and informational cooking class featuring the abundant zucchini! Meal and Mavens’ Haven’s 100 Favorite Zucchini Recipes cookbook is included with class.

Appetizer~ Panko and Parmesan Topped Zucchini
Main Meal~ Zucchini Cucumber Salad
Salmon with Zucchini and Cannellini
Zucchini Latkes
Dessert~ Zucchini Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Beverages~ Claire Robinson’s Zucchini-Tini or nonalcoholic Zucchini Juice Cooler


Monday 24 September


Lyme Recovery: Comprehensive Seminar
Jules Pecson
10:00 am – 4:00 pm with a lunch break
Living Room & Kitchen

Lyme Recovery provides Lyme disease patients and practitioners a step-by-step supportive guide, from initial disease identification to recovery. Lyme disease is an extremely complex illness that is frequently misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and dangerously dismissed by the mainstream medical establishment. This detailed protocol compiled by S.A.G.E. (Senior Apprentices Generating Education) combines decades of collective herbal expertise, research, and practice. It includes remedies for strategically killing spirochetes and efficiently detoxing them, herbal and dietary
practices for health management, and guidance for navigating the physical, mental, and emotional anguish of Lyme disease. Led by Master Herbalist Jules Pecson, this seminar will also feature a first-hand account of the disease and protocol from Lyme Expert and Herbalist Nicholas Farrar.

Jules Pecson began her journey in natural medicine when she was diagnosed with breast Julescancer and used herbal medicine in place of traditional treatment. Pecson spent 6 years intensively studying herbalism under the tutelage of renowned Master Herbalist Darcy Williamson. Now 9 years cancer free, Jules’ life is dedicated to sharing the healing power of nature with others through her business Fiona’s Forest, located in Paradise, CA. Nestled in the northern foothills, the town of Paradise is an endemic area for Lyme disease, and Jules has worked with many patients using the Lyme Recovery Protocol.

Event Details

Our facility at Mavens’ Haven is small and intimate. Since we house instructors for the deckweekend gathering, guests are invited to book accommodations nearby. Due to various hazards, we ask that guests please leave children and dogs at home. Please visit our website  for more information.

Senior Apprentices Generating Education (SAGE) organize and teach most of the classes. During these hands-on classes, each participant is involved in the process.

The Bag Lunch Buffet bar will be available in the Kitchen each morning from 8:00 to 9:30. Everything will be supplied for you to make a nutritious sack lunch including lunch meat, tuna/egg salads, sliced produce, condiments, breads, wraps, chips, and desserts. Individual lunch tickets may be purchased for $8.

Saturday evening’s Apprentice Potluck Dinner provides a hearty spread of homemade dishes for weekend participants. Individual dinner tickets may be purchased for $8.

Be certain to bring your items for Barter, Buy and Bicker! Herbal remedies, crafts, antiques, and homemade goodies all qualify for this popular event. Plan to arrange your items early Saturday so they can be admired before the 5:30 start bell.



The Lucile Guest House is located down the street from the Haven. Fully equipped kitchen and dining room, variously priced bedrooms and bathrooms. (208) 628-3254.

The Steelhead Inn, approximately three miles south along Highway 95 overlooking the Salmon River. Spacious, clean rooms with friendly owners Ken and Nancy Brown. (208) 628-4279.

A mile up Cow Creek, 7U Ranch offers a fully outfitted canvas tent suitable for 2 people.


Registration Form

$45 per person registration fee includes meal tickets for all 3 daily lunch buffets, dinner ticket for Saturday’s potluck, participation in Friday’s Medicinal Plants of the Cow Creek Area outing, the mullein torchlight parade, evening saunas, Barter, Buy or Bicker! and Saturday night’s Bridge Dancing. You’ll also receive a stout cloth Mavens’ Haven bag for securing all your projects.

Mail your $45 deposit and Registration Form to POB 4190 McCall 83638 or drop at Renee’s office at 337 Deinhard, McCall.  Please make out checks to From the Forest.

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_______ Medicinal Plants of the Cow Creek Area
Darcy Williamson

_______ $25 Planning for the End of Your Life
Kathy Belknap

_______ $20 “Are You Ready To Go?” or What To Do With Your Stuff
Clarence Stark

_______ $50 Slow Stitching
Lynette Mullis



_______ $25 Cancema Salve
Darcy Williamson

_______ $20 Roast Your Own
Cindy Greer

_______ $20 Celtic Holy Trees
Tracey Kindall

_______ $35 Herbal Soap Making Class
Darcy Williamson

_______ $40 The Spirited Herbalist, Brewing Sacred Beer
Renee Silvus

_______ $15 Embracing the Goddess
Wendy Young



_______ $25 Beekeeping for Everyone
Karla Bingham

_______ $30 Iridology: The Window to Your Health
Marilyn Giddings

_______ How to Avoid Being Hacked
Jake Hansen

_______ $20 The Natural & Cultural History of the Honeybee
Tracey Kindall

_______ $15 Avoid these Plants when Harvesting in the Forest!
Wendy Young

_______ $45 What Do I Do with All This Zucchini!? 
 Darcy Williamson



_______ $35 Lyme Recovery: Comprehensive Seminar
Jules Pecson


_______ your class total + $45 registration