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NEW! Summer
Your Guide


"Words & Pictures"
Art Exhibit

March 13–May 9

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
April 16, 5:30–6:45p

Therapeutic Yoga
April 17, 10:00–11:00a

Aroma Flow Yoga
April 18, 10:00–11:15a

Retreat: A Day of Silence & Mindfulness
April 19, 11:00a–5:00p

Foam Rolling Relief
April 20, 10:30–11:30a

April 21, 9:00–10:00a

Art Journal: Watercolor
April 21, 6:00–8:00p

Begins April 22, 10:00a

Film & Discussion:
The Intouchables

Begins April 22, 10:00a

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
April 23, 9:30–10:45a

Supper & Film:
Magic in the Moonlight

April 27, 6:00–9:00p

for Pleasure

April 28, 6:30–8:00p


Calendar of Events


Womanspace Rockford




Community Writing Class | Meditation |
What Was Said & What We Heard | The Intouchables


Creating Stories & Sharing Lives –
A Community Based Writing Class

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 open 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.

Deborah Gaines is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer who fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She earned an MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, moved back to the cornfields she grew up with, and continued her career in funeral service. It is her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn that create the influence for her writing. She is currently working on a multi-genre memoir, using her own life as a microcosm to create a layered look at society’s fascination with and avoidance of death.

Course #: WK14-10
Date: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Time: Mondays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debbie Gaines, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
This class is in session.

Registration Policy


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Beginning/Re-Engaging Meditation
Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. This class is for the person wanting to learn this process or re-engage after slipping out of a regular practice. Whether you’re seeking greater focus to get your job done more efficiently, 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! Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down. You can also choose to do this in a sitting position on the floor or in a chair.

Dr. Shiraz Tata came to the US from India to obtain a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then moved to Rockford, where she has lived for the past 20 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions and dialogues on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.

Course #: WK14-11
Date: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00a
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40 or $15/session
Members' Fee: $35 or $15/session
Register by Monday before. Registration Policy

Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone


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Film & Discussion: The Intouchables
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. French with subtitles.

Carol Valaitis is a retired teacher, past President of Womanspace and avid traveler, reader and film aficionado. With a Masters Degree in Education for the Gifted & Talented, she taught gifted students grades 2–6 for 20 years in Rockford, Batavia and Woodstock.

Pat Lai, BFA, has over 25 years of graphic design experience. She is currently Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator at Womanspace. Pat has enjoyed watching foreign films since the 80s!

Course #: WK14-17
Date: April 22
Time: Wednesday, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Carol Valaitis & Pat Lai
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by April 20. Registration Policy

Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone


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