Bread Classes

NO classes are scheduled at this time, but check back often for updates. Below are several of the classes we offered last year.

Sourdough from Start to Finish

with Bryce Johnson & Ross Safford

November 3-4, 2023

with Marine Mills Folk School

Join Master Bakers Bryce Johnson and Ross Safford and learn the secrets of sourdough bread. 


This is an eight-hour class, starting Friday evening and picking up again on Saturday. Students are encouraged to come on Friday to get a sneak preview and help us start the fermentation. On Saturday Bryce and Ross will take you through the steps of making bread without commercial yeast along with instructions for the caring and feeding of your own starter.  Along the way they’ll show you how to make sourdough crackers, pancakes and more. When you have finished this class, you will have the confidence to not only bake using your own sourdough starter, you will be ready for more advanced sourdough baking techniques which will enable you to bake all sorts of sourdough artisan breads.

Of course, everyone will also leave with bread!

Limited to 10 people

Class Fee: $110 (+ $15 for materials)

Registration is through the Marine Mills Folk School. To learn more about the class or sign up click here

Bryce Johnson is a retired pastor. In 2010, he guided the White Bear Lake United Methodist Church to build a community bread oven.  In retirement he has been making and selling bread at Farmers Markets and through his Community Supported Bakery.

Ross Safford is a master baker. He has worked largely with at-risk youth and families, getting food to those in need. He currently works with at-risk youth in schools. He is a huge Boston Red Sox fan and loves to sing. 

Praying with Bread

with Bryce & Jody Johnson

April 1st at Hamline United Methodist Church


There is a God given rhythm to life which must be honored. It is like bread making, which has a rhythm of work and rest. It is at the heart of our spiritual lives: action and solitude. This is a hands-on bread making class interspersed with time for the Spirit to rise within through silent prayer and conversation.

The retreat is Saturday, April 1st from 9 AM to 3 PM. A light lunch will be served. We will bake in the church’s wood-fired bread oven. You will leave the retreat with bread you have made, and we trust, a renewed spirit.

Cost: $40, which includes lunch. Limited to 10 people

Retreat Leaders:

Bryce Johnson is a retired United Methodist pastor. In 2010, he guided the congregation he served in White Bear Lake to build a community bread oven. In retirement he has been making and selling bread at Farmers Markets and through a Community Supported Bakery.

Jody Johnson works alongside Bryce in their home bakery. She is a retired Psychotherapist, a Spiritual Director, and a certified teacher of Centering Prayer.

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To learn more, contact Bryce Johnson: | 651-269-4158