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    • Tue, January 09, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, January 9

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 1/8
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, January 10, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, January 10
    9:30-11:00am

    Born a Crime
    by Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white father and a black mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison, he was living proof of his parents' indiscretion. This is the story of a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist.


    • Wed, January 10, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 13
    Register

    Wednesday, January 10

    6:00 - 7:30pm

    Facilitator: Julie Maffei

    A Course in Miracles has touched the lives of millions of people since it was published in 1976. A guide to inner healing through forgiveness, the Course weaves compassion and wisdom together in a way that is both practical and straightforward. Yet sometimes it can seem dense and intimidating. Join us for an overview of the Course, including what it is, how it came to be and different ways to approach it. Each student will receive a copy of “an introduction to A Course in Miracles” published by Miracle Distribution Center.

    Register by 1/8

    • Thu, January 11, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thu, April 12, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Register
    Thursdays, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12

    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitators:  Angela Schmidt, PhD and Gina Wise

    This group is designed for women who want to explore their spiritual journey internally and with others. It is open to members of Womanspace who are looking for new energy and support as they examine their relationships, life passion, losses, talents and other processes that contribute significantly to their life journeys. Continuity and confidentiality are required.

    This group is open to Womanspace members only.

    Register by Jan 9

    • Wed, January 17, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, January 17
    Noon-1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 1/16
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, January 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 12
    Register

    Wednesdays, Jan 17, 31, Feb 14, 28, Mar28*, Apr 11, 25, May 9
    *no class on Mar 14

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator:  Debby Gaines

    Every woman has a story to tell. During this special session of Creating Stories/Sharing Lives, our writing will focus on experiences that are most often unique to women. We will explore some areas of our lives through myth and Goddess archetypes while continuing to develop our storytelling skills. Our relationships with our mothers, body image, gender roles, the stages of a woman’s life, are some examples of the topics we will be delving into while staying connected to our mind, body, and soul. No experience with writing is necessary.



    Register by 1/15

    • Sat, January 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
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    Saturday, January 20

    10am-Noon

    Facilitator: Trish Kalhagen

    You are invited to experience a Vision Board Workshop! This is a great time of year to set goals, dream and tap into your creative side while having fun! Dark chocolate and music will be a part of this gathering. You will discover the importance of creating a Vision Board. Optional: Bring some favorite magazines along with you as we have this time together.


    Register by 1/18

    • Tue, January 23, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Tue, April 24, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesdays, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24

    6:30-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Bethany Stiltner

    Get back into your natural groove with rhythmic breathing, guided meditation, meditative drumming. Experience the healing impact of sound through the vibration of drums, singing bowls, shakers, chimes, wood instruments, vocal toning, and maybe even some movement. "Group drumming ... is transcendent. It empowers people to more effectively express themselves, while enabling them to move beyond their perceived limitations and put back into their lives what is missing." Barry Bitman, MD, CEO Mind-Body Wellness Center

    For maximum health benefits attend all four monthly groups. Come find your balance!

    No prior musical experience necessary, instruments provided and you can bring your own if you have them.

    Register by 2 days prior to start of class


    • Mon, January 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Mon, April 30, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Mondays, Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 30

    1:00-3:00pm

    Facilitated by: Marsha Hosfeld

    In this workshop series, we will discuss the typical genealogy resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources are not available. Each class will include time to ask questions and get assistance with your own research into your family history. Bring a laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.

    January 29 - Let's Grow a Tree we will go over forms, software, online options for trees, and then start doing research

    February 26 - Let's Find Records we will talk about Census reports, Birth-Marriage-Death certificates, and Military records as well as doing our own research

    March 26 - Let's Look at Newspaper we will talk about free and subscription newspaper sites, as well City Directories and County Histories, and then ... research

    April 30 - Let's Talk DNA  we will discuss different sites and their tests and strategies for using the results as well as doing our own research

    Register by two days before start of class

    • Mon, January 29, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace
    • 15
    Register


    Monday, January 29 

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator: Brett Nicklaus, CFP (r)

    Now more than ever women are the CFO of their households, businesses and even their parents' financial lives. If you would like to learn more or refresh yourself on various tools and strategies, join us for an interactive forum discussion the many areas of financial planning. We will discuss the various steps of developing a Financial Plan, the products available to you and the purpose of each one. We will also examine the differences between non-qualified and qualified money, Traditional IRA, Roth IRA and a 401K plan and how to prepare for and maximize your Social Security Benefits.

    • Sun, February 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace
    • 15
    Register

    Sundays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
    6:00-8:00pm

    Location: William Reif Gallery

    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.

    Early Bird Registration Ends November 30!

    • Sun, February 11, 2018
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
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    Sunday, February 11
    4:45-5:45pm

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    This class is for students who would like to learn how to write out rhythms. No drums will be used for this class. You will need to bring graph paper and pencil or erasable pen. 

    Prerequisite: Must be registered for the February Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, February 6 in order to hold this class.

    • Tue, February 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, February 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15
    Register

    Tuesdays, February 13, 27

    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.

    Register by 2/10

    • Tue, February 13, 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Tue, March 20, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Tuesdays, February 13 - March 20

    3:30-5:00pm

    Facilitate by: Delinda Grindle, LCSW

    Journeying through Grief is a series of classes that provides you with the opportunity to learn about and understand the grief process and how it affects you today, tomorrow and forever. It is an opportunity for you to give yourself permission to grieve and a commitment to help yourself heal. Join me during these classes, and allow yourself the time and compassion to mourn, and work through your grief, so that you will heal and find continued meaning in living and loving.

    Register by 2/11

    • Tue, February 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesday, February 13

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 2/12
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, February 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, February 14
    9:30-11:00am

    We Bought a Zoo
    by Benjamin Mee

    In the tradition of Marley and Me comes a memoir about  the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy in this chronicle of the Mee family's purchase of the Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside.


    • Thu, February 15, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 3
    Register

    Thursday, February 15

    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:  2/13


    • Fri, February 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sat, February 17, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Friday, February 16
    1:00-4:00pm
    Saturday, February 17
    9:00am-Noon

    Facilitated by: Trish Black

    Today, most people approaching their elder years can expect to live another 20 or 30 years. But how do you want to live those years? Sage-ing (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for living one's elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately. Sage-ing can help us to develop a balanced plan for our elder years that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.

    During this interactive workshop, we will introduce Sage-ing concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding our mortality. We will explore feelings about aging and the role of spiritual development in our later years. Finally, we will begin the development of a personalized plan for our elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.

    Register by 2/14

    • Wed, February 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, February 21
    Noon-1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 2/20
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Thu, February 22, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
    Register

    Thursday, February 22
    6:30-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Dr. Rosemary Schiavi, DC

    Mercier Therapy is an external, deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation technique in which the reproductive organs are mobilized and blood flow is restored. The goal of Mercier Therapy is to decrease adhesions in and around organs, ligaments, muscles, joints and support structures of the pelvis, abdomen, hips and low back. Mercier Therapy shows an 83% pregnancy success rate within 1 year of finishing therapy, based on a 4 year case study published in 2012 in the Spring issue of Midwifery Today.

    Register by 2/20

    • Sun, February 25, 2018
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
    Register

    Sunday, February 25
    4:45-5:45pm

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    This class is for students who would like to learn how to write out rhythms. No drums will be used for this class. You will need to bring graph paper and pencil or erasable pen. 

    Prerequisites: Students must have taken Drumming Notation Class - Part 1 (WK18-  ) and also be registered for the February  Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, February 20 in order to hold this class.

    • Tue, February 27, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesday, February 27

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    This Henna tattoo workshop will include the history of henna, information about henna powder and the preparation of henna paste and pen. Participants will get the opportunity to try their drawing skills first on paper with pencil and then on body parts with henna a pen. We will also learn about the different uses of henna, henna for hair and meanings of different henna designs. Some fun facts and myths about traditional henna application will also be presented. Everyone will go home with a Henna kit to practice with.

    Register by 2/22

    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Thursday, March 8

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    Hijab is a modesty, an identity and a way of life. All the women around the world who wear a hijab have made a conscious decision to be more obedient to their Lord. They know their true value and choose to present themselves as smart, modest, and strong members of the community. "I Love My Hijab" is a good opportunity to soak your feet in the pond of a Muslimah. Join us to learn to wear a hijab and learn the wisdom and virtue behind it. Each participant will receive her own hijab to keep.

    Register by 3/6

    • Fri, March 09, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sun, March 11, 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15
    Register

    Friday, March 9, 6:00-8:30p

    Saturday, March 10, 9:00a-4:00p

    Sunday, March 11, 9:00a-12:30p

    Facilitator: Faye Schwelitz, Ph.D.

    The name, JOURNEY TO INNER FREEDOM, reflects the goal of writing from the quiet center: to uncover within ourselves an inner freedom, one we did not know we possess. As we discover the hidden resources deep within us, we also find ways to free ourselves of the chains of past destructive behaviors and to learn from the "mistakes" of life. We begin to see that all the material of our life is a rich, exciting learning ground and fertile soil for new, creative works. As this occurs, we find ourselves more and more inwardly free and truly ourselves. By writing from the quiet center, we are able to follow our inner guidance and do the deep inner work our lives require. This workshop will use the journal method of Ira Progroff described in his book, At a Journal Workshop. Bring a sack lunch on Saturday!

    • Tue, March 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, March 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15
    Register

    Tuesdays, March 13, 27

    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.

    Register by 3/10

    • Tue, March 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesday, March 13

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 3/12
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 14
    9:30-11:00am

    The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII 
    by Denise Kiernan

    At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, Tennessee was the home to a secret city that did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of the young women, were recruited to this secret city by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. Very few knew what they were doing there, and they wouldn't find out until the end of the war, when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed and changed the world forever.


    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, March 14

    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

    Managing our energy and keeping it flowing is essential to health and well being. The intelligence in our physical bodies lets us know that we are energetically out of balance through physical symptoms and negative emotions. 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 3/12

    • Sat, March 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Saturday, March 17
    10:00am-1:00pm

    Facilitated by: Kathy Moehling, RN

    Enjoy a video with herbalist Amanda McQuade Crawford and other respected herbalists in their explanations of various herbs and their uses from a medicine garden--that can provide remedies for emotional and physical health. Have fun making a classic herbal liniment and herbal pills. I will also demo how to do a Castor Oil pack and an herbal compress and poultice, and will bring samples of various herbal bath preparations. In addition, I will demo an herbal foot bath and an aromatherapy hand and foot massage. Please join us!

    Register by 3/15

    • Wed, March 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesdays, March 21
    Noon-1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 3/20
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, March 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 21
    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitated by Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is about exploring personal and collective beliefs about prosperity, especially financial prosperity. Our thoughts are powerful. Limiting beliefs and old stories about money often keep us from experiencing greater ease and abundance in our finances. EFT (Energy Field Tapping) is a great tool to dissolve the old beliefs about money and prosperity so that we can choose more expanded, more abundant beliefs. We will explore and tap together. It's time to bring magic and fun into the money conversation!

    To be rich is to be free, to be in choice, and to reclaim your innate power -Jean Kathryn

    Register by 3/19

    • Thu, March 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Thursday, March 22
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitated by: Meg Larkin

    This is a time, a reminder that light is returning, as it always does to the earth, to our lives. Like the Fall Equinox, light of day is equal to the dark of night. This time represents our own need for balance, yin/yang. We will celebrate new life and new beginnings. We have an opportunity to do some spiritual "spring cleaning" as Mother Earth begins to transform her quiet darkness into sprouts of her natural beauty. Please come join us in a ritual to bring our balance into light.

    Please register by 3/20
    Walk-ins welcome

    • Wed, April 04, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25

    7:00 - 8:00p

    Facilitated by Mia Raether.

    This four part series includes presentations on some of the most challenging parts of parenting: talking to our kids about:

    • Chores/Responsibility/Readiness for Adulthood

    • Peer Pressure/Bullying/Social Media

    • Drugs/Alcohol

    • Sexuality/Pornography/Sexting

    We all know we need to be talking with our kids about these things, but how do we start the conversation? How do we keep our kids engaged? How do we stay connected enough that our kids will feel comfortable talking with us about these topics? After a short presentation by the facilitator, attendees will engage in a round table discussion in which they can ask questions, practice techniques, and support one another. These topics are too important to ignore. Join us in learning how to approach these subjects with a relaxed and educated approach.

    Register by 4/2.

    • Tue, April 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, April 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15
    Register

    Tuesdays, April 10, 24

    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.

    Register by 4/7

    • Tue, April 10, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesday, April 10

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 4/9
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, April 11, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, April 11
    9:30-11:00am

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 
    by J.D. Vance

    The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love" and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachian region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s family struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life.


    • Sun, April 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Sunday, April 15
    9:00am-5:00pm

    Facilitated by Cindy Rowe and Angie Schmidt

    Step away from the chaos of everyday life and seek solitude and growth. During this retreat you will experience several self-nurturing exercises to gain a fresh perspective and new energy to develop your unique gifts. Explore the beautiful wooded campus of Womanspace and experience the labyrinth as you open your mind to what is truly possible. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee, tea and water provided.

    Register by 4/13

    • Wed, April 18, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesdays, April 18
    Noon-1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 4/17
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Thu, April 19, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thu, May 10, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Register

    Tuesdays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10

    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitated by: Kerry Leigh

    Dream interpretation is an ancient spiritual practice for discovering the secrets hidden in our subconscious minds. We can use this awareness to consciously create in our everyday lives rather than feeling a victim to our emotions and habitual patterns of behavior. There are not only patterns, but themes and tones that run through our dreams and our daily lives. There are several levels of mind where dreamers dream, and this symbology moves beyond the personal into the realm of the universal. By understanding the messages of our dreams, we can understand the wholeness of who we are. This provides us with guideposts for understanding and healing. Understanding the universal nature of symbols is always showing you a deeper meaning. You are the explorer. Join us on this journey of insight and healing.

    Please bring a dream journal for writing down your dreams, and if you already do, wonderful! If you don’t remember your dreams, this beginner’s course will give you the tools to start your journey into your subconscious mind.

    Recommended book: Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed by Kathryn and Patrick Andries

    Register by 4/17

    • Sat, April 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Saturday, April 21

    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:  4/13


    • Sun, April 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Sunday, April 22

    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 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.  

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.

    Register By:  4/13


    • Thu, April 26, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Thursday,  April 26

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    This Henna tattoo workshop will include the history of henna, information about henna powder and the preparation of henna paste and pen. Participants will get the opportunity to try their drawing skills first on paper with pencil and then on body parts with henna a pen. We will also learn about the different uses of henna, henna for hair and meanings of different henna designs. Some fun facts and myths about traditional henna application will also be presented. Everyone will go home with a Henna kit to practice with.

    Register by 4/24

Past events

Thu, December 14, 2017 Explorers Group - December (GE17-1d)
Wed, December 13, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - December (WK17-4d)
Tue, December 12, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice IV (MD17-4)
Thu, November 16, 2017 Drumming for Health & Happiness (WK17-17)
Wed, November 15, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - November (WK17-4c)
Tue, November 14, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice III (MD17-3)
Thu, November 09, 2017 Explorers Group - November (GE17-1c)
Wed, November 08, 2017 Bookwoman: The Sympathizer (BW17-3)
Tue, November 07, 2017 Operation Inspiration (WK17-6)
Tue, November 07, 2017 Opening the Upper Chakras (HLT17-10)
Mon, November 06, 2017 Feminism Past, Present and Future (WK17-15)
Sat, November 04, 2017 Reiki Two (HLT17-9)
Fri, November 03, 2017 Reiki One (HLT17-8)
Mon, October 30, 2017 Encounters with the Dead (WK17-14)
Tue, October 24, 2017 Book Discussion: Small Great Things (WK17-13)
Sun, October 22, 2017 Drumming Notation Class - Part 2 (WK17-12)
Sat, October 21, 2017 Women's Retreat: Exploring Your Authentic Self (RT17-2)
Thu, October 19, 2017 Honey, Will You Rub My Feet? (HLT17-7)
Wed, October 18, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - October (WK17-4b)
Sat, October 14, 2017 Chakra Rhythms -- A Discovery of Chakras Through Movement (HLT17-5) - CANCELLED
Sat, October 14, 2017 New Member Brunch
Thu, October 12, 2017 Explorers Group - October (GE17-1b)
Thu, October 12, 2017 Tap Your Stress Away (WK17-4)
Wed, October 11, 2017 Bookwoman: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (BW17-2)
Tue, October 10, 2017 Mercier Therapy, Infertility and Pelvic Pain (17-11) - CANCELLED
Tue, October 10, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice II (MD17-2)
Sun, October 08, 2017 Drumming Notation Class (WK17-10)
Fri, October 06, 2017 Journey to Inner Freedom: A Journaling Experience in Writing from the Quiet Center (RT17-1)
Wed, October 04, 2017 Parenting the Tough Topics (WK17-9)-Cancelled
Tue, October 03, 2017 Opening the Lower Chakras (HLT17-3)
Sun, October 01, 2017 Fall Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (WK17-8)
Sat, September 30, 2017 Herbs for Health (WK17-7)
Sat, September 30, 2017 Reiki One (HLT17-2)
Tue, September 26, 2017 Intro to the Chakras (HLT17-1)
Tue, September 26, 2017 Spirituality and Science (WK17-5)
Mon, September 25, 2017 Financial Wellness for Women (WK17-3)
Thu, September 21, 2017 Fall Equinox Celebration (RT17-1)
Wed, September 20, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - September (WK17-4a)
Thu, September 14, 2017 Explorers Group (GE17-1)
Thu, September 14, 2017 Explorers Group - September (GE17-1a)
Wed, September 13, 2017 Bookwoman: Circling the Sun (BW17-1)
Tue, September 12, 2017 Are You Hungry For Social Justice? (WK17-2)
Tue, September 12, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice I (MD17-1)
Wed, September 06, 2017 Creating Stories and Sharing Lives: A Community Based Writing Class (WRT17-1)
Thu, August 24, 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Sat, August 19, 2017 Self-Defense 101 (WK16-36)
Wed, August 09, 2017 Bookwoman: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (BW16-11)
Sat, July 22, 2017 Chakra Rhythms -- A Discovery of Chakras Through Movement (HLT16-22)
Sat, July 15, 2017 Reiki Two (HLT16-21)
Fri, July 14, 2017 Reiki One (HLT16-20)
Thu, July 13, 2017 Dream Alchemy Salon (HLT16-19)
Wed, July 12, 2017 Bookwoman: The Nightingale (BW16-10)
Tue, July 11, 2017 Tapping Circle (HLT16-18)
Thu, June 29, 2017 Honey, Will You Rub My Feet? (HLT16-16)
Wed, June 21, 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration (RT16-22)
Wed, June 21, 2017 Creating Stories and Sharing Lives: A Community Based Writing Class For Women (WRT16-3)
Wed, June 21, 2017 International Yoga Day Celebration: Yoga For Harmony & Peace (YG16-30)
Sun, June 18, 2017 Summer Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (WK16-34)
Thu, June 15, 2017 Behind the Curtain - Little Known Facts About the Wizard of Oz (WK16-35)
Thu, June 15, 2017