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    • Thu, August 03, 2017
    • Thu, August 31, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 2

    Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by:  Aug 2

    • Fri, August 04, 2017
    • Fri, August 25, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 8

    Fridays, August 4, 11, 18, 25

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.


    • Sun, August 20, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    Registration is closed

    This is an opportunity for drummers around the region to gather and celebrate the rhythms of earth and life. Anyone with a djembe, dunan frame drum, or any other percussive instrument is welcome. For those interested in exploring, show don't have a drum, we will have a few spares. This group will explore a variety of rhythms, learn to speak through drumming, and develop a camaraderie that invokes the healthy vibrations of the earth. Men, women and teens are heartily welcome to enjoy this circle. Don't be concerned if you are not a strong drummer. Many of us are novices, who come to have fun, learn new things and meet new people.

    Register by 8/18.

    Facilitator: Susan Lee

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    • Wed, August 23, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9

    Wednesday, August 23

    Facilitator: Brandi Bartlett

    Get ready for Fall and discover your inner artist! Tonight Brandi will be teaching you how to paint a charming fall pumpkin. Bring a friend or two and learn how to paint with acrylics on canvas! No experience necessary! Brandi will be teaching you basic techniques on painting with acrylic paints. All supplies are included, just come and have fun!

    Reg by: 8/21

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    • Thu, August 24, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Have you volunteered at Womanspace in the past year? You're invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party! Let us say THANK YOU for all your hard work, and enjoy food, friends, and games! Please register in advance and spread the word to your fellow volunteer friends! 


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    • Fri, September 01, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, September 29, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 11

    Fridays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.


    • Tue, September 05, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9

    Tuesdays,  September 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory - but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

    Register by 9/3


    • Tue, September 05, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 11

    Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26

    Facilitator:  Alicean "Li" Slough

    In this class you will learn about some of the differences between the "western" brush and the "Chinese" brush and their respective paints, controlling water and mixing colors, composition and some of the basic strokes using the Chinese brush. There will be a power point presentation, as well as, demonstration before you begin painting. The subject matter will be the Four Gentlemen: Wild Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. Supply List: Rice paper (roll or pad), Traditional or Authentic Chinese watercolors, Brushes: 1 small, med, large, brush holder, Ink stick or traditional Chinese Ink (liquid), Ink Stone, porcelain palette or 8 jar lids. You can purchase most things at area craft stores.

    Reg by: 9/03



    • Tue, September 05, 2017
    • 4:45 PM
    • Tue, September 26, 2017
    • 5:45 PM
    • Media Room
    • 14

    Tuesdays, September 5, 19, 26

    *Note: no class on 9/12

    4:45 - 5:45pm

    Facilitator: Taunia May

    The perfect class for those wanting to move at their own pace. A great way to get back to basics, back to our bodies and fine tune our movement mechanics. Open to those who are looking for a gentle approach to Pilates basics. In addition, the instructor provides class participants with movement options and modifications to ensure that each person is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge. With regular attendance, students will experience increased strength, flexibility, and stamina.

    Register by 9/1


    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9

    Wednesdays,  September 6, 13, 20, 27

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    Come join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Supplies will be discussed the on first day. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together!  Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class.

    Register by 9/4.

    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3

    Wednesdays,  September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4

    Facilitator: Delores Burkholder

    What whimsical or practical creation will you choose to make? Will it be a dog, cat bird, fish, garden art, a decorative or useful piece for home? This 'free-form" clay class will bring out your "kid" who wants to plan in the clay and create a piece of pure joy! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Intermediate level and beyond

    Register by 9/4.



    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Wednesday, September 6
    Noon - 1:00pm

    Facilitated by Karla Johnson

    Walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate fitness and movement into our daily lives. Using walking poles helps engage muscles that are not used during regular walking. Our overall fitness level is improved while strengthening all major muscle groups, improving posture and balance and burning up to 50% more calories! Walking with poles is perfect for every age group and fitness level. Come and learn how to use Nordic Poles and enjoy benefits similar to cross country skiing but safer and less strenuous on your body.


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    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Wednesdays,  September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Pen and ink with mixed media is the focus of 10 hours of class time. Explore using pastel, colored pencil, water color and collage to give your pen & ink drawings a new dimension! This is a class of exploration and fun! Students should think about and bring in their own collage subjects. Students should bring to class: a selection of waterproof drawing pens, ball point, brush point pen! (Hobby Lobby or Michaels are local sources). 14" x 17" or larger good quality drawing pad and a good art eraser. Pastels, watercolor, colored pencils, and collage glue and some collage papers.

    Register by 9/ 4

    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Age 16–Adult. No experience necessary. You will learn how to design and create a totally unique mirror, surrounded by clay segments you have made yourself. Your mirror will be the shape and size and color perfect for your home, because you have created it yourself. All components except the mirror will be supplied—clay, grout, glaze, firing, and all mounting structures. Come with ideas! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.

    Reg by 9/4



    • Wed, September 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 9

    Wednesdays, Sept 6, 20, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 15, Dec 13

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator:  Debby Gaines

     Everyone has a story to tell. This class is based on turning autobiographical material into original writing through personal essay, memoir, short stories or poetry. Whether you are a published writer, have work in progress or have only thought about writing, you are welcome to join in. Come learn how to show a window into your world with your own unique voice. Learn new ways to spark your creativity, find inspiration and connect to the spiritual aspect of your writing. Enjoy the focus and support of creating in community.

    Register by 9/4

    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, September 28, 2017
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 11

    Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by:  Sep 6

    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8

    Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by 9/05


    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Thursdays,  September 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    This class will introduce students to texturing, blending and shading. Students will learn how to use preliminary sketches to their advantage and get to know the many types of pens used for drawing. Ray will also introduce some watercolor/colored pencil techniques to your artwork.  Students should bring a 14" x 17" or larger drawing pad and an assortment of felt tip waterproof ink drawing pens.  Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Register by 9 / 05

    • Thu, September 07, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6

    Thursdays  September 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    This exciting medium is gaining huge popularity in the artistic centers across the country, and opens doors to explore new techniques and effects with oils and cold wax. Cold wax medium will be used with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and texturing techniques to create totally unique paintings. Learn about materials and how to use them. All painters are invited—whether you have worked with oils, watercolors, or acrylics. This is new—you will love it! Please bring oil paints and canvas or artboards. Cold wax will be provided.   Reg by: 9/5


    • Mon, September 11, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 20

    Monday, September 11

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.

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    • Mon, September 11, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5

    Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Join a wonderful group of women who are exploring techniques and skills in pottery. Both hand-builders and wheel-throwers welcome. These intermediate classes will focus on decorating, glazing, and firing techniques. You will also explore Carving, Slip trailing, Sgraffito, Mashima, and Texturizing your work. Dee will help you accomplish projects on your Bucket List!

    Reg by 9/09



    • Mon, September 11, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Monday,   September 11, 18, 25, Oct 2

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Intermediate potters, keep your skills fresh with a fun and relaxing evening class! Whether you love to work on the wheel, or prefer to hand build, this class will give you an opportunity to practice what you have learned in your beginner classes and to learn from others in a small group. Demonstrations and challenges will be presented around topics determined by the group and as always students are free to work independently on their own projects.

    Register By:  Sept 6

    • Tue, September 12, 2017
    • Tue, September 26, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 13

    Tuesdays, September 12, 26

    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.

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    • Tue, September 12, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery


    Do you want to make a difference in our community or in the world? Are you hungry for a place where you can serve effectively? Join us for a meaningful discussion where we will bring focus to our roles as individuals and as a group in making a collective impact. Help us add new life to our Outreach and Social Justice efforts at Womanspace by sharing your interests and vision. Whether you would like to participate in a one-day project or make an ongoing commitment, we want to hear your ideas. All are welcome!

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    • Wed, September 13, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, September 13
    9:30-11:00am

    Circling the Sun 
    by Paula McLain

    The story of Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denis Finch-Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Raised in Kenya, Beryl’s unconventional upbringing transforms her into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. She forges her own path as a horse trainer and eventually as an aviator. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, the book reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.


    • Wed, September 13, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13
    Noon - 1:15pm

    Facilitators: Fiona Fordyce and Julie Maffei

    Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable, encouraging and educational experience. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment Each month an environmental topic will be presented and discussed. Please join us for our 10th year of earth mothering! Bring a sack lunch.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    • Wed, September 13, 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Wed, November 08, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Media Room

    Wednesdays, Sept 13, 15, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8
    5:30-6:30pm

    Facilitated by Sandra Williams, LCSW

    Have you ever wondered WHAT meditation and mindfulness are and the history behind these practices? Have you ever wondered WHY you would want to practice them? Are you curious HOW your mind, emotions, body and spiritual practice may be affected and helped by meditation and mindfulness? Do you want to explore HOW you can meditate and practice mindfulness? We will explore all of these questions AND PRACTICE forms of meditation and mindfulness each week. If you would like to have a greater sense of calm, be more present in your daily life, be more alert, be more energized day-to-day or experience more joy in life, this is the class to get you started.

    Register by 9/11

    • Thu, September 14, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 14

    Thursdays,  September 14

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Paul Klee 1879-1940 Swiss-German Suigeneris: Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstraction, Surrealism

    Paul Klee was an accomplished violin player, writer, teacher, lecturer and visual artist. He loved the older music traditions that influenced him. His art also inspired some musical compositions of his era. The whimsical, childlike art of Klee and his idea of synaesthesia will be explored in this session.

    Register by 9-12

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    • Thu, September 14, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Thursday, September 14

    Facilitator: Cherie Heck

    Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, etc or would like to?  Are you surrounded by “loose threads” (AKA unfinished projects) that you have been meaning to finish?  Well, here is your time to come to Womanspace to sit, relax and converse with other “loose thread” artisans.  If you don’t set aside some time your threads will be forever Loose!    Free Will Offering

    Reg by: 9/13

    • Thu, September 14, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thu, December 14, 2017
    • 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Thursdays, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

    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: 9/12

    • Sat, September 16, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 14

    Saturday, September 16

    FacilitatorKeri Knutson


    All levels. Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing--restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep.

    Register by:  September 14

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    • Sun, September 17, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Sunday, September 17
    5:00-7:00pm

    This is an opportunity for drummers around the region to gather and celebrate the rhythms of earth and life. Anyone with a djembe, dunan frame drum, or any other percussive instrument is welcome. For those interested in exploring, show don't have a drum, we will have a few spares. This group will explore a variety of rhythms, learn to speak through drumming, and develop a camaraderie that invokes the healthy vibrations of the earth. Men, women and teens are heartily welcome to enjoy this circle. Don't be concerned if you are not a strong drummer. Many of us are novices, who come to have fun, learn new things and meet new people.

    Facilitator: Susan Lee

    • Mon, September 18, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Mon, December 18, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Mondays, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18
    6:30-9:00pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    This group is designed for women who are committed to examining life issues related to spiritual development, growth and change. Meetings are usually at Womanspace, but occasionally in participants' homes. Members of this long-established group come together to strengthen themselves and support one another on thier paths. Attendance and confidentiality are required. This group is currently full.

    *Note: Interested in joining a new group? Contact Elaine. With enough inquiries, Seekers2 will form.

    • Tue, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace
    • 15


    Wednesday, September 19

    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.

    Register by 9/17

    • Tue, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1

    Tuesdays, September 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Starting from scratch, the beginner will learn the essentials on the wheel. We will begin by centering the clay on the wheel and making a bowl. Building on that success, we will progress to mugs and vases where we will have the opportunity to attach handles. Proficient students will have time to make a plate, and/or explore different ways to decorate and alter your thrown forms and express your unique style. The focus of this class is to take the student from where they are, with little or no experience, and foster the skills and confidence to incorporate wheel throwing pottery into their artistic expression.  

    Register by 9/16.


    • Tue, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Tuesdays, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19
    6:00-8:00pm

    ViewFinders is a place where photographers of all levels come together to learn from each other and share their common interest in photography. The focus of this group is to have fun with others, to explore learning and shooting opportunities with any type of camera -- cell phones to DSLRs. Join us with your ideas and questions, along with your camera. Because this group occasionally takes field trips, advanced registration is recommended.

    Facilitator: Barb Phillips

    • Wed, September 20, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13
    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.

    Register by 9/18



    • Thu, September 21, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace - William Reif Gallery
    • 30

    Thursday, September 21
    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator: Meg Larkin

    The Fall Equinox is about balance. It's one of two days in the year when there is as much light as there is darkness. It's a time of thankfulness and gratitude for the abundance we have at this time of harvest. Please bring an item or two of non-perishable goods to place on our harvest altar. These items will be distributed to a local service organization in need of food. In closing, we will do a short group meditation and share light refreshments.


    • Sat, September 23, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 11

    Saturday September 23

    Facilitator: Bethany Stiltner

    Make a drum, design a drum, and play a drum - All in one workshop! Spend a day on you and connect with your inner rhythm. First, we will construct a light weight durable drum using a bucket base. Next, you get to personalize your drum with art supplies. Last, but most definitely not least, you will play your drum. Together, we will create rhythm to connect, sound your voice, release a little stress, and very importantly - have FUN! Art and music making skills - not required! Buckets and art supplies provided. Bring your own art supplies if you choose.

    BYOL - Bring Your Own Lunch

    BYAR - Bring Your Authentic Rhythm.

    Register EARLY! by: 9/13



    • Mon, September 25, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Mondays, September 25, Oct 2

    Facilitator: Jill Martin-Golden

    Spend two days exploring alcohol inks on two different surfaces. Our first class we’ll work on Yupo paper and the second we’ll paint a small canvas. You’ll get to see firsthand how the paints react to the two very different surfaces. Come with an idea to paint or Jill will have a few drawings ready to go.  Any level is welcome. All supplies included, just come and play!

    Reg by:  9/22

    • Mon, September 25, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6

    Mondays  Sept 25 & Oct 2

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    What fun!! Pour Wine...then Pour Paint! No brushes, just magic solution in the paint and magic in your hands!! We will pour paint onto boards and canvases, use large squeegees to pull paint over paint....and help the magic happen.   Class two will take our new-found experience and augment and re-experience the joy!   Reg by: 9/21


    • Tue, September 26, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 16

    Tuesday, September 26

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Facilitator: Beth Campisi

    This overview will help you understand why opening and healing the seven chakras is essential to living a healthy, happy, productive, balanced, and fulfilling life. These energy centers are the connections between our mind, body, and spirit and the driving force behind every function of our lives. Learn what the chakras are, and how they impact your life, health and well-being. Join Beth Campisi, certified chakra instructor through Bridges of Unity, Reiki Master and Licensed Massage Therapist to see what benefits you could realize in your life by working with the chakras.  Based on the book, “Seven Portals To Your Soul: An Accessible Guide for Mending Your Life” by Marcia A. Phillips.


    • Wed, September 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12

    Wednesday, September 27
    Noon - 1:00pm

    Facilitator: James J Ryan, MSW

    When someone we love dies, we begin a grief journey that is often frightening, painful, lonely and at times overwhelming. In order to move towards healing, we need to be willing to learn about and understand the grief process. We need to give ourselves the permission, time and compassion to mourn our loss. This lunch and learn will introduce the natural process of grief, how to move towards healing, and how to best support and companion each other in this life-changing journey.

    Register by 8/15

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    • Wed, September 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5

    Wednesday, September 27

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Grab your spouse or best friend and come and try your hand at a pottery wheel and make matching coffee mugs or cereal bowls! Then paint your own unique design or message on it. So much fun to learn something new, and so nice to share a memory. Space is limited to 6 so sign up early!!

    Reg by: 9/25


    • Sat, September 30, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6

    Saturday, September 30

    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:  9/23

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    • Sat, September 30, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

        Saturday,  September 30th

        Facilitator: Susan Burton

        Inspired from a writing and       drawing technique called “Exquisite Corpse.” The technique was invented by Surrealists in 1925 and i

    s based on an old parlor game in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.  Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children's books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to "mix and match" by turning pages. An exquisite corpse mosaic is produced in three sections. Each section is completed with mosaic, then covered and the next section is done by a different person not knowing what the other has done.

    Reg by  9/28



    • Sun, October 01, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace
    • 24

    Sundays, October 1, 8, 15, 22

    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 September 27

    • Mon, October 02, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 20

    Monday, October 2

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.

    Register by 9/28

    • Tue, October 03, 2017
    • 4:45 PM
    • Tue, October 31, 2017
    • 5:45 PM
    • Media Room
    • 15

    Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

    4:45 - 5:45pm

    Facilitator: Taunia May

    The perfect class for those wanting to move at their own pace. A great way to get back to basics, back to our bodies and fine tune our movement mechanics. Open to those who are looking for a gentle approach to Pilates basics. In addition, the instructor provides class participants with movement options and modifications to ensure that each person is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge. With regular attendance, students will experience increased strength, flexibility, and stamina.



    Register by 9/29 

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    • Tue, October 03, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 8

    Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Facilitator: Beth Campisi

    The lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus) help us to live a physical life that truly works for us. Specific information about each chakra is covered: its location, health issues, purpose and how to open and balance it to live a happier, healthier more meaningful life. This class is for anyone interested in doing personal inner work with your lower chakras to facilitate physical, mental and emotional awareness and healing.  The book and workbook required for this class are "Seven Portals To Your Soul: An Accessible Guide for Mending Your life" by Marcia Phillips and can be purchased by the instructor on the first night of class. Cost for the book and workbook is $35 and are also used for the Opening the Upper Chakras class.

    Register by 10/1

    • Wed, October 04, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Wednesdays,  October 4, 11, 18, 25

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    Come join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Supplies will be discussed the on first day. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together!  Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class.

    Register by 10/2.

    • Thu, October 05, 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, October 26, 2017
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 13

    Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by:  Oct 4

    • Fri, October 06, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, October 27, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 13

    Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.


    • Fri, October 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sun, October 08, 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15

    Friday, October 6, 6:00-8:30p

    Saturday, October 7, 9:00a-4:00p

    Sunday, October 8, 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!

    • Sat, October 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

     Saturday,  October 7

    Facilitator: Susan Burton

    Mosaic jewelry is all the rage in fashion magazines and boutiques. In this one-day workshop you can make something unique that will express your personal, one-of-a-kind sense of fashion. Students will make two mosaic jewelry projects, choosing from earrings or pendants and embellish them with a plethora of materials such as glass, stone, mirror, beads, tiny tiles and millifiore. This is a fun opportunity to make something lasting and special. Rudimentary mosaic techniques, methods and applications will be covered. All materials and use of tools are provided. Additional bases available for purchase. No prior mosaic experience needed.

    Please bring a lunch for the noon break.

    Reg by  10/5



    • Sun, October 08, 2017
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio

    Sunday, October 8
    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: Students must also be registered for the October Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, October 3 in order to hold this class.

    • Mon, October 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Mondays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    Have you ever wanted to take an art class but did not know where to begin? Have fun as you learn to how to draw using a variety of pencils. In this class you will learn the basics of design, composition and perspective to create the foundation of your work. Add to that the techniques of shading, blending, and texture, and you will soon be delighted with the sketches you are able to create.  Students should bring a 14" x 17" or larger drawing pad, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B drawing pencils, and a good art eraser.   Skill level: Beginner

    Register by  10/05

    • Tue, October 10, 2017
    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 15

    Tuesdays, October 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.

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    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

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

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    by Arul Gawande

    Medicine has triumphed in many areas, but in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, consign patients to railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that the quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. He offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.


    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Wednesdays,  October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8

    Facilitator: Delores Burkholder

    What whimsical or practical creation will you choose to make? Will it be a dog, cat bird, fish, garden art, a decorative or useful piece for home? This 'free-form" clay class will bring out your "kid" who wants to plan in the clay and create a piece of pure joy! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Intermediate level and beyond

    Register by 10/9



    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13
    Noon - 1:15pm

    Facilitators: Fiona Fordyce and Julie Maffei

    Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable, encouraging and educational experience. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment Each month an environmental topic will be presented and discussed. Please join us for our 10th year of earth mothering! Bring a sack lunch.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    • Thu, October 12, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15

    Thursdays,  October 12

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1940 Russian Expressionism, Non-Objective Abstraction

    Wassily Kandinsky was a painter and graphic artist of vision and sound. The idea of music is pervasive in his art. He even gave musical titles to many of his works such as “Composition,” Improvisation,” and “Impression.” His incorporation of synaesthesia and his works will be presented in this lecture.

    Register by 10/10

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    • Thu, October 12, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Thursday, October 12

    Facilitator: Cherie Heck

    Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, etc or would like to?  Are you surrounded by “loose threads” (AKA unfinished projects) that you have been meaning to finish?  Well, here is your time to come to Womanspace to sit, relax and converse with other “loose thread” artisans.  If you don’t set aside some time your threads will be forever Loose!    Freewill Offering

    Reg by: 10/11

    • Sat, October 14, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 8

    Saturday, October 14

    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: 10/11

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    • Mon, October 16, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Monday, October 16

    Facilitator: Jill Martin-Golden

    Bring your favorite witchy friends for this fun night out! Paint a Halloween treat for the eyes on canvas in alcohol inks and pen. Learn some techniques with this fun colorful medium, as you paint this 8 x 8 canvas. All supplies included!

    Reg by:  10/12

    • Tue, October 17, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Tuesdays,  October 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory - but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

    Register by 10/15


    • Tue, October 17, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Tuesdays, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19
    6:00-8:00pm

    ViewFinders is a place where photographers of all levels come together to learn from each other and share their common interest in photography. The focus of this group is to have fun with others, to explore learning and shooting opportunities with any type of camera -- cell phones to DSLRs. Join us with your ideas and questions, along with your camera. Because this group occasionally takes field trips, advanced registration is recommended.

    Facilitator: Barb Phillips

    • Wed, October 18, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13
    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.

    Register by 10/16


    • Thu, October 19, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9

    Thursdays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16

    Facilitator: Sue Abare

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by 10/17


    • Thu, October 19, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Thursdays,  October 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    This class will introduce students to texturing, blending and shading. Students will learn how to use preliminary sketches to their advantage and get to know the many types of pens used for drawing. Ray will also introduce some watercolor/colored pencil techniques to your artwork.  Students should bring a 14" x 17" or larger drawing pad and an assortment of felt tip waterproof ink drawing pens.  Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Register by 10/ 17

    • Thu, October 19, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 3

    Thursday, October 19

    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:  6/27


    • Sun, October 22, 2017
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio

    Sunday, October 22
    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: Students must also be registered for the October Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, October 17 in order to hold this class.

    • Mon, October 23, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 12

    Mondays,  October 23, 30, Nov 6, 13

    Facilitator: Marcia Goodheart

    The marvelous thing about intuitive painting is anything goes! This approach to painting is not about learning artistic techniques. It's about losing ourselves, allowing the flow of the creative process to take you into the unknown. You are invited to explore this approach to painting with a sense of playful, openhearted adventure, may you feel more connected and alive as a result. Fee includes some materials, please bring brushes and paints (if you have them)

    Reg by: 10/21



    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Tuesday, October 24
    6:30-8:00pm


    Book Discussion:
    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


    Facilitated by Enid Michalowski & Faye Marcus

    This book looks at how our society views racism in both obvious and subtle ways. Come with an open mind and be prepared for an honest discussion of your own personal experiences with racism and how those experiences have influenced your views.

    Register by: 10/23

    • Wed, October 25, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12

    Wednesday, October 25
    Noon - 1:00pm

    Facilitator: James Ryan, MSW

    When someone we love dies, we begin a grief journey that is often frightening, painful, lonely and at times overwhelming. In order to move towards healing, we need to be willing to learn about and understand the grief process. We need to give ourselves the permission, time and compassion to mourn our loss. This lunch and learn will introduce the natural process of grief, how to move towards healing, and how to best support and companion each other in this life-changing journey.



    Register by 10/24

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    • Fri, October 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6

    Friday,  October 27

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Encaustic Painting originated in Egypt around 100-300AD. In the 20th century a student of Kandinsky’s rediscovered encaustic painting, and it has become very popular. Encaustic art is painting with hot wax, and has a softness and depth that you can get with no other painting method. Fee includes encaustic wax, pigments, brushes and tools as well as panels for you to work on -- just show up and create!

    Register by 10/25

    • Mon, October 30, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Mondays, October 30,  Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Join a wonderful group of women who are exploring techniques and skills in pottery. Both hand-builders and wheel-throwers welcome. These intermediate classes will focus on decorating, glazing, and firing techniques. You will also explore Carving, Slip trailing, Sgraffito, Mashima, and Texturizing your work. Dee will help you accomplish projects on your Bucket List!

    Reg by 10/26



    • Mon, October 30, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Monday, October 30
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitated by Kathy Kresol

    Kathi Kresol, local author, historian, and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events, has spent countless hours tracking down the legends and ghost stories of this region. She will share her favorite stories of lost loves, spine tingling encounters with ghostly apparitions and unexplained bumps in the night. Kathi weaves historical research with actual personal accounts of the hauntings into her stories of the weird and unusual happenings in the Forest City. Kathi will also have her books for sale including “Haunted Rockford” book which is scheduled for release in early October.

    Register by 10/27

    • Wed, November 01, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Wednesdays,  November 1, 8, 15, 29

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    Come join Ron's class and enjoy painting with acrylic on canvas and other surfaces. "To paint well is to have control of the medium". Together we will explore your potential. Supplies will be discussed the on first day. Ron will give demonstrations on different subjects each week. Come! Lets enjoy the experience together!  Students can bring a painting they have done if they would like to have it critiqued in the first class.

    Register by 10/30.

    • Wed, November 01, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12

    Wednesday, November 1
    Noon - 1:00pm

    Facilitator: Ruth Ora Jackson

    Join us as we discover how to tell the difference between normal forgetfulness and possible deterioration. What "brain exercises actually help and which are a waste of time. What nutrients feed and even sharpen your thinking and what can cause brain fog. How stress plays a part in brain functioning and what are some healthy ways to manage stress.


    Register by 10/31

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    • Wed, November 01, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Wednesdays  November 1, 8, 15

     FacilitatorBarb Santucci

    Collage is a fun way to work with many diverse materials. In this class you can explore design and composition with a subject matter of your choice. Barb will call you before the first class and discuss some possible materials you could bring to class. There will be a short brainstorming time during each class to show your work and ask questions and receive helpful comments. We will also explore a few ways to “alter” papers to use in your collage. A supply list will be sent before the class.

    Reg by: 10/30

    • Thu, November 02, 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, November 30, 2017
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 13

    Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by:  Nov 1

    • Thu, November 02, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6

    Thursdays  November 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    This exciting medium is gaining huge popularity in the artistic centers across the country, and opens doors to explore new techniques and effects with oils and cold wax. Cold wax medium will be used with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and texturing techniques to create totally unique paintings. Learn about materials and how to use them. All painters are invited—whether you have worked with oils, watercolors, or acrylics. This is new—you will love it! Please bring oil paints and canvas or artboards. Cold wax will be provided.   Reg by: 10/31


    • Fri, November 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6

    Friday, November 3

    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:  10/27

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    • Fri, November 03, 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, November 24, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Womanspace
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    Fridays, November 3, 10, 17

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.


    • Sat, November 04, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6

    Saturday, November 4

    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:  10/27

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    • Sat, November 04, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 14

    Saturday, November 4

    FacilitatorKeri Knutson


    All levels. Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing--restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep.

    Register by 11/2

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    • Sun, November 05, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Sundays,  November 5, 12, 19, Dec 3

    Facilitator: Susan Lee

    For beginners, as well as those who may have a little experience. If you have been looking for a creative new activity to do with your teenager, son or daughter, wife or husband or a group of friends, you will love this beginning wheel thrown pottery class! It will offer ample opportunity to practice wedging, centering, and pulling up tea bowls, soup or cereal bowls, and lidded vessels (maybe some handles too!). Each student will have a wheel to work on. We will skip a week to get everything fired and then come back for some fun with glazes and surface decorations. Fee includes up to 25lbs of clay, glazes & firing.   

    Reg by: 11/2



    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
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    Monday, November 6

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.

    Register by 11/3

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12

    November 6
    Monday, 6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Jaymee Fedor

    Do you have a soft spot for feminism? Or just curious to learn more about this inclusive socio-politico movement? Join us for a brief lecture followed by a lively conversation. In the lecture, we will learn about the historical waves of feminism, different types of feminists, and key figures from throughout the movement. then we will open up for an intergenerational discussion where we can share stories, ask questions, and imagine what the future of feminism might look like.

    Register by 11/3

    • Tue, November 07, 2017
    • 4:45 PM
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 5:45 PM
    • Media Room
    • 15

    Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28

    4:45 - 5:45pm

    Facilitator: Taunia May

    The perfect class for those wanting to move at their own pace. A great way to get back to basics, back to our bodies and fine tune our movement mechanics. Open to those who are looking for a gentle approach to Pilates basics. In addition, the instructor provides class participants with movement options and modifications to ensure that each person is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge. With regular attendance, students will experience increased strength, flexibility, and stamina.

    Register by 9/1


    • Tue, November 07, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6

    Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec 5, 12

    Facilitator: Stacey McDonald

    Starting from scratch, the beginner will learn the essentials on the wheel. We will begin by centering the clay on the wheel and making a bowl. Building on that success, we will progress to mugs and vases where we will have the opportunity to attach handles. Proficient students will have time to make a plate, and/or explore different ways to decorate and alter your thrown forms and express your unique style. The focus of this class is to take the student from where they are, with little or no experience, and foster the skills and confidence to incorporate wheel throwing pottery into their artistic expression.  

    Register by 11/04.


    • Tue, November 07, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 8

    Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 18

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Facilitator: Beth Campisi

    The lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus) help us to live a physical life that truly works for us. Specific information about each chakra is covered: its location, health issues, purpose and how to open and balance it to live a happier, healthier more meaningful life. This class is for anyone interested in doing personal inner work with your lower chakras to facilitate physical, mental and emotional awareness and healing.  The book and workbook required for this class are "Seven Portals To Your Soul: An Accessible Guide for Mending Your life" by Marcia Phillips and can be purchased by the instructor on the first night of class. Cost for the book and workbook is $35 and are also used for the Opening the Upper Chakras class.


    • Tue, November 07, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio

    Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28
    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Lisa Loudin

    Welcome to the transformational laboratory! So happy you are ready to join us. Here we will be experimenting with "happiness" and feeling good. Using proven life principles, we will discuss and experiment with exercises that will enhance how you feel and will carry over to all areas of your life. It's a matter of putting yourself a little higher on your priority list, to lighten-up and have fun.

    Register by 11/5

    • Wed, November 08, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, November 8
    9:30-11:00am

    The Sympathizer
    by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity, politics, and America, wrought in electric prose. The narrator, a Vietnamese army captain, is a man of divided loyalties, a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent in America after the end of the Vietnam War. A powerful story of love and friendship, and a gripping espionage novel, it examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.


    • Wed, November 08, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery

    Wednesdays, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13
    Noon - 1:15pm

    Facilitators: Fiona Fordyce and Julie Maffei

    Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable, encouraging and educational experience. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment Each month an environmental topic will be presented and discussed. Please join us for our 10th year of earth mothering! Bring a sack lunch.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15

    Thursdays,  November 9

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Marc Chagall 1887-1985 Russian-French Suigeneris: Fantasy, Neo-Primitive, Realism, Cubism, Symbolism, Proto-Surrealism

    Marc Chagall portrayed archetypes, his memories and works from his imagination. Bach, Mozart and the music from his Hasidic, Jewish community influenced him and his art. He moved around a lot in his life and his “floating fiddler” image of the wandering Jew is symbolically portrayed in much of his art. Also, we are fortunate to have a number of Chagall’s creations in Chicago. All of this will be presented in this class.

    Register by 11/07

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    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Thursday, November 9

    Facilitator: Cherie Heck

    Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, etc or would like to?  Are you surrounded by “loose threads” (AKA unfinished projects) that you have been meaning to finish?  Well, here is your time to come to Womanspace to sit, relax and converse with other “loose thread” artisans.  If you don’t set aside some time your threads will be forever Loose!    Free Will Offering

    Reg by: 11/08

    • Sat, November 11, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Saturday,  November 11

    Facilitator: Jaymee Fedor

    One of the best ways to improve your art skills is to work from real life. Explore techniques on your own and under the guidance of the instructor using a live art model. Poses will vary from quick five-minute gestures to a final hour and a half pose.  All levels and media are welcome, so grab your paint, charcoal, pens, or clay and get ready to improve your proportions and work in one of the oldest fine art traditions! Womanspace has some paper and art materials available for use, but a pad of newsprint or large sketch pad is recommended for shorter poses.

    Register EARLY! by 11/02

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