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Student & Teacher
Art Show

May 15–July 5

Therapeutic Yoga
May 22, 10:00–11:00a

Yoga Nidra
May 23, 10:00–11:30a

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
May 28, 9:30–10:45a

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
May 28, 5:30–6:45p

Glitzy Garage Sale
May 29–31, 2015

Foam Rolling Relief
June 1, 10:30–11:30a

Mindfulness Group
June 1, Noon–1:30p

Clayworks:
Raku Urns & Treasures

Begins June 1, 1:00p

Clayworks:
Mythical Creatures

Begins June 1, 6:00p

Art Uncorked:
Painted Wine Glasses

June 2, 6:00–8:00p

Nia Dance Workout
Begins June 3, Noon

Youth Program:
Tye-Dye Science

June 6, 9:30–11:00a

Create with Me:
Tye-Dye Experiment

June 6, Noon–1:30p

Junior Girl Scouts: Agent of Change Journey
June 8–18, 3:00–5:00p

Intermediate Watercolor
Begins June 11, 10:00a

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

 

Programs

 

Your Hands Hold Your Health | The Artist's Way | India Experience |
Chakra Rhythms | Floral Arrangements | Art Lecture |
Community Writing Class | Three Keys to Unlocking Dreams |
Drumming with Helen Bond

 

Your Hands Hold Your Health
Are you looking for easy ways to balance your bodily functions, decrease stress and relax? Reflexology is an ancient art and science using reflex points in the hands, feet or ears to balance the messages to the nervous system throughout the body. This class will focus on how you can work points in your hands to affect health and balance in all parts of your body. We will focus on headaches, gastrointestinal concerns and back pain. Join us and find some of your own “sweet spots.”

Melody Pearson is accredited by the American Reflexology Certification Board and has been a reflexologist in the Rockford area since 2010. She has advanced training in fibromyalgia and pain management.

Course #: WK14-20
Date: May 20
Time: Wednesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Melody Pearson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by May 18. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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The Artist's Way Group
Based on Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, this globally popular program helps people discover and cultivate their artistic, creative and spiritual selves. Read the book as the course progresses and together we will explore and implement tools to recover our sense of safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection, strength, compassion, self-protection, autonomy and faith. We’ll talk about negative beliefs and our inner critics. We will write prayers, set limits, examine attitudes about money, age, time and perfectionism. We will learn how to generate ideas and get them down. Along the way we will also regain enthusiasm and balance, while practicing skills to overcome creative blocks and experience success. BRING A COPY OF THE BOOK TO CLASS.

Sue Gilbert Abare studied at Ohio State University and at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately, as well as at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest and South, has artwork in many private and public collections, and tries to devote most of her time to developing her own paintings.

Course #: WK14-21
Date: May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $90
Members' Fee: $75
Register by May 18. Registration Policy

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India Experience
Enjoy traditional Indian music and sample an authentic Indian snack before a presentation of “The Story of Mother India” with Professor Kanwal Prashar. Composed and created over 25 years ago by Professor Kanwal Prashar, “The Story of Mother India” is in Hindi and translated into English verse. This updated presentation includes a slide show and a powerful, chronological history of India, covering major events and personalities. Professor Prashar will sing portions as we are transported through time and space to his native India. You don’t want to miss this cultural and event!

Dr. Kanwal Prashar teaches World Religion at RVC and Rockford University, and is one of the founders and president of the Rockford Interfaith Council. Kanwal was instrumental in reactivating the India Association of Greater Rockford and is a founder of Hindu Satsang of Greater Rockford. He is a lifetime member of Brahmin Samaj of North America and life member and past president of the Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Course #: WK14-22
Date: June 11
Time: Thursday, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Professor Kanwal Prashar
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by June 9. Registration Policy

Fee
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Chakra Rhythms – A Journey of Discovery
Chakras are vital energy centers that sustain us on all levels of consciousness. They are pathways that connect us to the cycles and rhythms of the earth, to all aspects of ourselves and to the cosmic pulse of creation. How would you feel to flow with your soul, to discover and express your true essence and to experience your aliveness? Awaken the endless possibilities through the transformative power of freestyle movement, music and spontaneous expression of the physical body. Open the potential hidden within each of your chakra centers! Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a mat. Water and snacks will be provided.

Beth Campisi is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher and Certified Chakra Instructor through Bridges of Unity. Her focus is helping others connect on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels to achieve wholeness and wellbeing using holistic and complementary modalities including working with the chakras.

Course #: WK14-23
Date: June 14
Time: Sunday, 1:00–5:00p
Facilitator: Beth Campisi
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $40
Members' Fee: $30
Register by June 11. Registration Policy

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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Garden Flowers to Floral Arrangements
Learn how to turn regular garden flowers into a lovely floral arrangement that you get to keep or give away as a gift. Liz and Cherie will show you how to to choose flowers and a vase that go nicely together and then how to arrange the flowers to create an artistic bouquet that you will take home with you. Vases and flowers will be provided! Or, you may bring your own if you prefer.

Liz Kulevich Hiemstra is the marketing coordinator at Womanspace. In her spare time she maintains a five-acre farmette complete with dogs, cats, chickens, and a fish pond. She enjoys growing different types of flowers, as well as produce.

Cherie Heck loves to play with art and teaches a number of art classes at Womanspace where she is also Volunteer Coordinator and chair of the Gallery Committee. Her artistic talents are many and her beautiful creations have appeared in many of our art exhibits and fundraisers.

Course #: WK14-24
Date: June 15
Time: Monday, 5:30–7:00p
Facilitator: Liz Kulevich Hiemstra & Cherie Heck
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by June 11. Registration Policy

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Art Lecture: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Toulouse-Lautrec spent only 20 years of his short life as a painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator of the colorful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century. A post-impressionist, Lautrec was influenced by Manet and Degas, immersed in the modern and sometimes decadent life of his time. His collection of people, elegant and provocative canvases, amounted to over a thousand and his drawings over 5,000. Dorothy Bock will describe the personal issues that affected his short life and use visuals to portray his style and techniques as an artist.

Dorothy Bock, Co-founder of Womanspace, earned her BA at Alverno College, her MA in English Literature at Marquette University, and completed her MFA in Art at the University of Notre Dame. She has been a teacher of art, literature and the humanities since 1950.

Course #: WK14-25
Date: June 16
Time: Tuesday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by June 15; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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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. Come explore ways to access not only your mind’s memories, but also your body’s sensations and spirit’s connections to your story. In addition to writing, we will walk the labyrinth, move our bodies, sketch our stories, and strengthen our community.

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 #: WK14-26
Date: June 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17, 31
Time: Mondays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debbie Gaines, MFA
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $90
Members' Fee: $75
Register by June 20. Registration Policy

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Three Keys to Unlocking the Treasure of Your Dreams
Come and experience the fun of entering dreams and knowing how to excavate their hidden golden treasure. We all dream. It is a biological fact. Dreams speak in metaphor, in their own unique language and they come to us with relevant messages for our journeys. Enjoy an evening of dreams and learn three keys to getting insights out of any night time dream as well as how to apply the same keys to waking life. You will be delighted to see how paying attention to nocturnal dreams and every day synchronicities can lead to great insights for your life.

Jean Kathryn Carlson is a Dream Alchemy Coach, speaker and co-author of Catch Your Star and On the Wings of Faith. Her unique alchemical blend of dreamwork and tapping sets the stage for a powerful and transformational experience. Jean Kathryn is a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, certified DreamGroup Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work, and an EFT Practitioner.

Course #: WK14-27
Date: July 14
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $30
Members' Fee: $20
Register by July 9. Registration Policy

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DRUMMING WITH HELEN BOND


Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher and storyteller who has found music to be an inspiration and source of strength and resiliency since her childhood. For the last 15 years, Helen has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Helen was honored with the 2015 Jack Benny Arts and Humanities Award as a percussionist, teacher, storyteller, and humanitarian who works to bring clean water to people in Guinea, West Africa.

 

The Benkadi Project
Helen Bond first went to Guinea, West Africa in 2001 to study the traditional music and culture. While there she connected with the people who were so kind, generous and hospitable despite their struggles. Helen co-founded Motherland Rhythm Community’s Benkadi Project with Amy Lusk who also traveled to Guinea. Over the years with donor support, they have built and repaired schools in villages, dug and repaired wells, built a youth center, supported an elderly women’s garden, paid for urban school fees for youth, provided emergency medical and food assistance. For the past 3 years they have been focused on making and delivering biosand water filters made out of cement. These water filters provide clean water for a family of 10 for more than 10 years.

Join us for this inspiring story about how friends from different cultures connected through music and friendship and came together to improve the health and well-being of a community.

Course #: WK14-28
Date: August 15
Time: Saturday, 4:00–5:00p
Facilitator: Helen Bond
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by August 13. Registration Policy

 

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Medusa Drums
This is an evening you will not want to miss whether you are a complete novice or an experienced drummer! Helen Bond’s workshops provide a unique and energizing opportunity to experience the joy and power of community drumming. Her teaching style allows each person to progress steadily in skill and experience and grasp the melodies and rhythms of West African music. Learn the culture behind the African Drums as well as learning a full rhythm and song during this workshop. Each participant will have an opportunity to use two different types of drums (provided for this event) and learn the joy and healing power of traditional West African hand drumming and songs.

Course #: WK14-29
Date: August 15
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–9:00p
Facilitator: Helen Bond
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $60
Members' Fee: $50
Register by August 13. Registration Policy

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