The Heart of a Pioneer Woman

Step into the World of the Pioneering Woman on Saturday, April 21st and join us for a variety of pioneering and homesteading workshops ranging from bee keeping, coffee roasting, raising chickens, foraging for tea, baking bread, trap shooting, canning pie filling, and so much more! Overnight accommodations are available both Friday & Saturday night. Please join us for a day or more of learning and fun!

Rescued

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:16-19

Keynote Speaker

Pam Wellbrock Pam has been raising her family on a large hobby farm in central Wisconsin. In the evenings, Pam enjoys sitting out on the front porch, watching beautiful sunsets and her peacock as he fans his amazing feathers. In the summer months the entire family pitches in to raise organic vegetables, berries, grapes, apples, pears, and cherries. Living in this peaceful environment has been a wonderful blessing. Pam’s interest in natural health started when she was a teenager. When other teens were eating burgers and fries, she was making smoothies and working at the local natural food co-op. This early interest in natural health laid the foundations for her current career which is a ministry orientated business that focuses on helping people become healthier. Pam will be sharing her personal journey to better health during our main sessions.

Workshops Offered

Workshop Session 1

Workshop 1: The Inductive Bible Study Method
Instructor: Cana Elmhorst
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: Have you ever desired to study scripture on a deeper level? Does Bible study intimidate you or overwhelm you? Do you love studying God’s Word? If so, this workshop is for you. This workshop will teach you how to study the Bible using the Inductive Bible Study method. Inductive Bible Study is a fun, investigative approach to studying the Bible using three basic components: Observation, Interpretation, and Application. In order to learn how to complete a fruitful Inductive Bible Study, we will be looking at Riverside’s theme verse for the year: Psalm 18:16-19. The Bible study passage and study materials will be provided for you at the workshop.

Workshop 2: Coffee Roasting
Instructors: John & Holly, Liberation Farmers
Workshop Limit: 30
Summary: Come, listen and learn as the Liberation Farmers share their story, pictures of their farm and the details about the farmers they work with in Kenya and Mexico. Following their presentation, there will be a coffee roasting demonstration and time for questions. We will be serving Liberation Coffee during Pioneer Camp and fresh roasted beans will also be available for purchase.

Workshop Full
Workshop 3: The Making & Canning of Apple Pie Filling
Instructor: Don & Rhonda Friemoth
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: Your week is filled with errands and things to do, but you still need to have that homemade pie ready for your guests this weekend. When are you going to find the time to make the pie filling? Oh wait, it is already done. You still have a jar left from the batch you made in the fall. If you want the store bought convenience with the homemade taste, come learn how to make and can your very own apple pie filling.

Workshop Full
Workshop 4: Cheese Making - Mozzarella Cheese, Part 1
Instructor: Rose Boero, Licensed Wisconsin Cheese Maker
Workshop Limit: 12
Summary: Have fun learning the basic methods of making mozzarella - one method using the microwave and one method using a hot water bath. This is a two period workshop - participants must attend both hours. Cheese making kits (that make 30 one-gallon batches of either mozzarella or ricotta) will also be available for purchase at $25 per kit.

Workshop 5: The Nuts & Bolts of Chicken Care
Instructor: Gregg & Heather Hielema
Workshop Limit: 35
Summary: This family presentation will include the nuts and bolts of basic chicken care - from the day to day aspects to planning ahead and finding efficient ways to do things. Our whole family will be on hand to help share from multiple perspectives!

Workshop Full
Workshop 6: Camp Fire Skills
Instructor: Ian Ainsworth
Workshop Limit: 10
Summary: This hands on class on the basics of fire starting will take place out in God’s creation. You will learn how to identify and gather resources in the woods that you can use to build a fire. Then you will put what you have learned to the test and build your own fire. You will also learn how to make a tasty campfire treat with the fire you make. Dress for the weather and walking in the woods.

Workshop Session 2

Workshop 7: Back to Basics - Pioneer of Good Health
Instructor: Andrea Opalewski
Summary: In this workshop, Andrea will discuss how we can build healthy cells, where our food comes from, how to eat more of this and less of that, share great recipe swap outs, how to prepare for success, and why supplementation is important. She will also share about some of the science based, quality products she uses to enhance her health.

Workshop 8: Inductive Bible Study 2: John 15 Dig-In
Instructor: Cana Elmhorst
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: In this workshop we will be applying the Inductive Bible Study method to John 15:1-17. Use the tools that you learned in the Inductive Bible Study workshop and come experience a truth-filled, discussion-based Bible study that will fuel your affections for God and His Word. The Bible study passage and study materials will be provided for you at the workshop. This workshop is for those who know how to use the inductive Bible study method.

Workshop Full
Workshop 9: Forming Decorative Loaves
Instructor: Johanna Vang
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: In this hands-on class you will learn how to make your homemade bread loaves look like the ones you see in the bake shop window. Put on your apron and learn the art of decorative loaves. Each participant will leave with a taste of their own handy work and the skill to make the family “oooohh” and “aaaaahh” at the next holiday. Be sure to bring your apron.

Workshop 10: Cheese Making - Mozzarella Cheese, Part 2
Instructor: Rose Boero, Licensed Wisconsin Cheese Maker
Workshop Limit: 12
Summary: Have fun learning the basic methods of making mozzarella - one method using the microwave and one method using a hot water bath. This is the second hour of a two period workshop - participants must attend both hours. Cheese making kits (that make 30 one-gallon batches of either mozzarella or ricotta) will also be available for purchase at $25 per kit.

Workshop 11: Coop Design & Tour D’Coop
Instructor: Gregg Hielema, Adam Nelson, & Maria Nelson
Workshop Limit: 35
Summary: Tour D ’Coop is a two part workshop. Part 1 will consist of a mini lecture on coop design. Part 2 will consist of a coop tour including the chick "nursery", brooder house, chicken coop, peacock pen and the duck house at River Hills Farm. This coop tour showcases various poultry houses, as well as different chicken and duck breeds. The farm education coordinator and coop owners will be on hand to discuss the how-tos of chicken keeping. Also, there will be opportunities for photographing and getting to know the chickens. Come, be inspired. Last one in is a rotten egg.

Workshop 12: Horse Care 101
Instructor: Collen Larson
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: Horse Care 101 will include a brief overview of considerations for the purchase of a horse, the physical set up for keeping your horse at home, acquiring riding equipment, and basic health maintenance. This workshop will take place at Collen’s indoor horse riding arena just across the road from camp. Dress for the weather.

Workshop Session 3

Workshop 13: Intro to Essential Oils 102
Instructor: Kelly Hebbe
Summary: Intro to Essential Oils 102 will introduce the oils of Young Living’s Starter Kit, and get a little into the science behind these oils and why they work better for your body and your home. You will have the chance to experience the 11 oils of the starter kit and make your own DIY roll-on. This session is all about how and why essential oils work.

Workshop 14: Bible Art Journaling - "free expression of the individual soul"
Instructor: Lynn Bonack
Workshop Limit: 20
Summary: What is art journaling? It's simple...an art journal is a journal in which you combine images and words to express yourself. Your journal is for you, and no one else. It is not about creating art, it is about creating you. There are no rules of right and wrong, so silence the inner critic that says, "I can't do this", because you can! Why art journal? It is to bridge the gap between brain and canvas. It is a soul map, an inner dialog that allows you to get thoughts and feelings or your story out on paper. It becomes the "visual" canvas of an individual, a sanctuary of creative expression. It is a way to document your life journey. You can show everyone what you create, or...you never have to show anyone. Who can art journal? Everyone, that's the best part. No art experience needed! It is not about skills, it is about expression. It is not about talent, it is about telling your story. In this Art Journaling workshop, we will be focusing on "Bible Art Journaling". Please bring a Bible you would feel comfortable journaling in. If you do not have one or you would prefer not to mark in your Bible, printed Bible pages will be provided.

Workshop Full
Workshop 15: Five Different Teas: Identifying, Foraging and How to Preserve
Instructor: Ann Rozner
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: Do you want to enjoy the outdoors and forage for tea for free? Learn to identify, how to forage and preserve five or more local plants. Sample steeped teas will be prepared for all to taste. Each participant will take home a folder of information and a "goodie bag."

Workshop 16: Cheese Making - Cottage Cheese, Part 1
Instructor: Rose Boero, Licensed Wisconsin Cheese Maker
Workshop Limit: 12
Summary: Have fun learning the basic methods of making cottage cheese. This is a two period workshop - participants must attend both hours. Cheese making kits (that make 30 one-gallon batches of either mozzarella or ricotta) will also be available for purchase at $25 per kit. The cottage cheese class supplies include rennet and butter muslin (both are included in the mozzarella kit), but if purchased separately, they cost about $15.

Workshop 17: Animal Care Q&A Panel
Instructor: Gregg & Heather Hielema, Adam Nelson, Maria Nelson, & Coleen Larson
Workshop Limit: 35
Summary: Come prepared with your questions and current flock issues for personalized attention and discussion. Topics covered may include chicken tractors, chicken runs, predators, roosts, nest boxes, deep bedding, how to care for chicks, hardy breeds, roosters, dust baths, oyster shells, feeders, heat lamps, and more. You come with questions, we'll do our best to help you find the answers. There will also be opportunity for your questions on horse care to be answered.

Workshop Full
Workshop 18: Trap Shoot
Instructor: Trudy Perlick, Jodi Verhalen, & Angela Winkel
Workshop Limit: 20
Summary: During this workshop, you will be shown basic gun safety and given the opportunity to shoot different shotguns at clay pigeons. And that's about it...it's not rocket science but it is fun. This workshop will be held at River Hills Farm (1/4 mile from the camp). Weather permitting, the wagon will depart from the camp at 12:45pm. You are welcome to drive your own vehicle to and from the farm if you would prefer not to take the wagon ride.
This is an outdoor class, so dress for the weather.

Workshop Session 4

Workshop 19: Beekeeping for Beginners
Instructor: Kent Pegorsch
Summary: In this “sweet” lecture based workshop, Kent Pegorsch will take you through the basics of beekeeping for beginners to help you be successful in your beekeeping venture. Kent currently operates about 200 colonies and sells most of the honey produced through his retail store, Main Street Marketplace in Downtown Waupaca, under the Dancing Bear Apiary label. Kent's honey will be served on our coffee bar and will also be available for purchase during Pioneer Camp (12 oz. bear $6, 2# glass $10, 5# glass $23).

Workshop 20: Bible Art Journaling - "free expression of the individual soul"
Instructor: Lynn Bonack
Workshop Limit: 20
Summary: What is art journaling? It's simple...an art journal is a journal in which you combine images and words to express yourself. Your journal is for you, and no one else. It is not about creating art, it is about creating you. There are no rules of right and wrong, so silence the inner critic that says, "I can't do this", because you can! Why art journal? It is to bridge the gap between brain and canvas. It is a soul map, an inner dialog that allows you to get thoughts and feelings or your story out on paper. It becomes the "visual" canvas of an individual, a sanctuary of creative expression. It is a way to document your life journey. You can show everyone what you create, or...you never have to show anyone. Who can art journal? Everyone, that's the best part. No art experience needed! It is not about skills, it is about expression. It is not about talent, it is about telling your story. In this Art Journaling workshop, we will be focusing on "Bible Art Journaling". Please bring a Bible you would feel comfortable journaling in. If you do not have one or you would prefer not to mark in your Bible, printed Bible pages will be provided.

Workshop Full
Workshop 21: All Natural Healing Lotion
Instructor: Angie Nyquist
Workshop Limit: 20
Summary: Are you curious about ways you can reduce the number of chemicals in your personal care products? Do you have dry skin and nothing seems to help? Do you have a fascination with essential oils and their properties? With some simple ingredients and tools, you can make your own lotion plus customize it to meet your needs and preferences. In this workshop we will make a batch of lotion together. You will go home with a sample from the batch we make as well as a formula for creating your very own recipe.

Workshop 22: Cheese Making - Cottage Cheese, Part 2
Instructor: Rose Boero, Licensed Wisconsin Cheese Maker
Workshop Limit: 12
Summary: Have fun learning the basic methods of making cottage cheese. This is a two period workshop - participants must attend both hours. Cheese making kits (that make 30 one-gallon batches of either mozzarella or ricotta) will also be available for purchase at $25 per kit. The cottage cheese class supplies include rennet and butter muslin (both are included in the mozzarella kit), but if purchased separately, they cost about $15.

Workshop 23: Chicken Butchering
Instructor: Nancy Fessenden
Workshop Limit: 15
Summary: Your chickens have grown and laid their eggs. You’ve had your fill of egg sandwiches and it is time for a chicken sandwich. In this workshop, Nancy will show you how to take your chickens from pen to plate.

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Workshop 24: Paintball
Instructor: Adam Nelson
Workshop Limit: 16
Summary: Bring a friend along as you discover the thrill of working together to defeat the other team. You will be given a mask, paintball gun, and all the ammo you need. This is the perfect opportunity to try paintball for the first time. Adam is always willing to introduce and teach new players the game of paintball. Dress for the weather and walking in the woods.