Thursday, April 27
Facilitator: Fiona Fordyce
Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States affected by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as hydraulic fracturing. When Josh Fox receives a $100,000 offer from a natural gas company interested in exploring his land in Pennsylvania's Delaware River Basin, he decides to do his own research on drilling and the process known as fracking. Josh sets out to interview those who live near drilling sites, and his findings are frightening -- their wells contaminated, residents can actually set their tap water on fire. Visits to sites in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas yield similar horrific findings. (1 hr. 47 min.)
Register by 4/26.
Saturday, May 6
Facilitator: Nancy Conrads
Performers: Meghan Baylor and Caitlin Baylor
Join us for this special evening celebration of the 8th Annual World Labyrinth Day. We will gather at the Anjali Pavilion for a brief presentation and then proceed to the labyrinth where we will experience the power and beauty of a truly unique dance performance. Meghan Baylor and Caitlyn Baylor will perform a site-specific work choreographed specifically in and for the labyrinth at Womanspace. Following the performance we will have the opportunity to walk the labyrinth as a group then gather back at the pavilion for light refreshments.
Tuesdays, May 9, 23
9:00 - 10:00am
Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD
Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live with a wealthy aunt and uncle in their mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.
Actress Virginia Madsen collaborates with her mother, Emmy Award-winning director Elaine Madsen, to produce this inspiring documentary, which profiles a collection of fascinating women who range between 64 to 94 years old. Among those featured in this extraordinary exploration of womanhood are famed model-turned-actress Lauren Hutton, screen and stage legend Rita Moreno and Hollywood pioneer Eartha Kitt.
Facilitator: Ruth Ora Jackson, ND
Join us for a complete tour of the gardens as Jan teaches us: What are the basic elements that make a Japanese Garden? How are they put together in a seamless vista? What kind of plants are used? What kind of decorative elements are used in the gardens such as gazebos and gates? Join us as we learn ideas for designing our own Japanese garden or adding Japanese elements to our existing garden. Even if you do not have a garden you will gain a new appreciation for the intense work that goes into a beautiful, natural-looking Japanese Garden. After the tour, guests are welcome to continue enjoying the gardens at their leisure.
Facilitator: Jan Heuer
We all have Angels and Guides but what is the difference between one and the other and how do we talk with them reliably? How do you filter negative or mischievous entities? Learn from a professional medium what she has learned from her Guides and Angels. this two hour talk will support you in connecting with your Angels and Guides and help you identify them by name.
Facilitator: Robin White Turtle Lysne, PhD
Tuesdays, June 13, 27
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Dealing with small-town women, who are always more complicated than they seem and often less likable than many contemporary heroines, Strout tells the story of a thirty-something wife and mother who is in the hospital for longer than she expected, recovering from an operation. She’s not dying, but her situation is serious enough that her mother--whom she has not seen in many years--arrives at her bedside. The two begin to talk. Their style is undramatic, gentle--just the simple unspooling of memories between women not generally given to sharing them and an accumulation of detail and repetitive themes of longing and lifelong missed connections.
Thursdays, June 15, 22, 29
with Marsha Hosfeld
Being a family tree ‘detective’ has both technical and creative aspects. We’ll discuss the typical resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources aren’t available. Learn how census forms can reveal surprising information. Understand how to research immigration and naturalization records. Each class will include time to discuss and work on your tree. Bring your laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.
Register by 6/13
Wednesday, June 15
Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Rea
Register by: June 13
Sundays, June 18, 25, July 9, 16*
*No class on July 2
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Facilitator: Helen Bond
Helen will share with everyone the great joy of traditional hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. Come be a part of this joyful group where we come together as a small village and enjoy the uplifting beauty of the traditional hand drumming ensemble. You will learn basic rhythms on dunun drums and the djembe accompaniment parts. You’ll also learn the origins of each rhythm, receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional djembe orchestra and deepen your understanding of the place of music, dance and song in West African life. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels - beginner to professional. All levels are welcome!
Drums provided. Please bring your own if you have one.
Register by June 14.
Wednesday, June 21
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
To celebrate with the rest of the world on International Yoga Day, Womanspace yoga instructor, Keri Knutson, will lead a free yoga session on the front lawn of Womanspace. This event is free and includes a complimentary T-shirt to those who pre-register by June 7. Just bring yourself and your yoga mat!
"Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between human and nature; a holistic approach to heal and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Facilitator: Debby Gaines
Every woman has a story to tell. This class is based on turning autobiographical material into original writing. Come explore ways to access not only your mind's memories, but also your body's sensations and spirit's connections to your story. In addition to writing, we will walk the labyrinth, move our bodies, sketch our stories, and strengthen our community.
Register by 6/19
Saturday, June 21
Facilitator: Debby Gaines and Susan Lee
Join us at the Labyrinth with drums, shakers, percussions and dancing feet. We will celebrate the longest day of the year with readings, drumming and movement. Everyone is welcome to drum, hoola hoop, dance, walk or just sit back and enjoy the rhythm as we drum the sun down.
Register by: June 21
Thursday, June 29
7:00 - 9:00pm
Facilitator: Melody Pearson
Is your significant other always asking you to rub her/his feet? Are you willing but not sure how to make it a pleasant experience? This relaxing, fun evening will teach both of you how to touch and relax feet while also learning some ways to help each other with common physical concerns. Bring your feet, your special person, and be willing to relax and enjoy. Everything else will be provided.
Register By: 7/27
Tuesday, July 11
6:30 - 8:30pm
Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson
TAP INTO THE WISDOM OF YOUR BODY
Each cell of our physical body is brimming with intelligence and wisdom. Physical symptoms and negative emotions are one of the ways this intelligence communicates with us by creating disruptions in our energy system. With EFT (Energy Field Tapping) we can tap directly on energy meridians and get the energy flowing again. When energy flows we feel more at ease and get to enjoy a greater sense of relaxation. It’s easy! All it takes is curiosity, fingers and a body! This introduction into the amazingly simple and effective world of tapping will empower you to continue tapping ANYWHERE!
Register By: July 10
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—in a novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
Thursday, April 20
What if last night's weird dream came with profound information for you to use today?
Join us and see if it's true for you! Through a unique blend of projective DreamPlay and EFT or Tapping, we will enter the land of nocturnal dreams where the magic mirror never lies. Access the wisdom of the invisible realm and light your way to greater peace and pleasure in all areas of your life. Everyone welcome. Bring your curiosity and enjoy!
Register By: July 12
Friday, July 14
9:00am - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Debby Gaines
Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life. An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system. The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.
In Reiki One, you will learn the hand positions for self-healing and for the healing treatment of others. We will talk about the seven major chakras and the history of the Usui System of Natural Healing. You will receive your first attunement. We will also have time to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.
Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.
Register By: July 7
Saturday, July 15
In Reiki Two, you will learn symbols and mantras to focus and deepen the healing treatment of the Reiki energy. We will talk about the sacredness of the Reiki symbols. We will also begin to learn ways to send Reiki through time and distance, allowing healing in the past to improve the present. Time will be allotted to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.
Saturday, July 22
1:00 - 4:00pm
Facilitator: Beth Campisi
Chakras are vital energy pathways that connect us to the cycles and rhythms of the Earth, to all aspects of ourselves and to the cosmic pulse of Creation. Awaken each of your chakra centers through the transformative power of freestyle movement and spontaneous expression of the physical body. When we open the flow of our physical being, all other pathways open! Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a mat.
Register by: 7/21
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
Saturday, August 19
Great for moms and daughters, ages 8-70. Develop awareness and confidence by learning easy techniques to use to defend yourself in times of distress. The skills you learn can help protect against bullies, abductions, and others who may want to harm you. The final class is simulation of abduction scenarios. You will get to use all your moves on a police officer in protective gear!
Register by: August 17
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