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Aug. 12–Sept. 25

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Aug. 25, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
Aug. 26, 10:00–11:00a

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Aug. 29, 6:00–9:00p

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Sept. 1, 1:00–4:00p

Watercolor Classes
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Womanspace Rockford

Open Up a World of Possibilities | Meditation |
Intro to Backpacking & Canoeing | Drum Workshop w/ Helen Bond


Open Up a World of Possibilities:
On the Page and in Our Lives

Our writing can affect our world in endless ways. It can weave beauty in and around our lives. The stories we tell have the ability not only to show our perception and experience of the world, but to change our vision and understanding of it. By creating new possibilities on paper, we open our minds/hearts/souls to the many new treasures and opportunities that lie within us. No experience in writing is necessary but seasoned writers are welcome.

Debby Gaines, a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, 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. Her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn influences 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 #: WRT16-1
Date: Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 14
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debby Gaines, MFA
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $120
Members' Fee: $100
Register by Sept. 6. 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 regular practice. Whether you are 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 meditate lying down. You can also choose to meditate in a sitting position on the floor or in a chair.

Dr. Shiraz Tata came to the USA from India to get a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then just kept moving up the state of Illinois 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 on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.

Summer Session 3
Course #: MD15-4
Date: August 23
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00a
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by August 22. Registration Policy

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


Fall Session
Course #: MD16-1
Date: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00a
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $60/all or $15/class
Members' Fee: $40/all or $15/class
Register by 9/19 or the Mondays before class. Registration Policy


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Introduction to Backpacking & Canoeing
Have you slept under the stars? Do you wonder if trees have a language all their own? Can you smell rain before it arrives? How long has it been since you have felt the pulse of the earth?

Many women seek to immerse in nature, but lack the experience, equipment, and skill set to take this journey. If the hiker within you is stirring, or if the lakes are calling to you, come to learn how to plan and prepare for a day excursion or an overnight adventure. If you are at all curious about what essential to take, what to eat, how to purify water, what rain gear works best, and how to put together a pack, then you need to join us!

Dr. Kathryn Brown has been a clinical psychologist in the Rockford area for over 30 years. She hiked the Inca Trail in her 50s and decided to backpack both the Colorado Trail and the Appalachian Trail for her 60s. She and her husband David live on an organic farm where she is a beekeeper. They have had many foster dogs, travel together, and take cross country motorcycle trips.

Jane McMillan is an award-winning strategic marketing and design professional with a BFA in visual communication from NIU, and a MBA certificate in marketing from Rockford University. Jane uses her expertise in developing integrated marketing and brand strategies for businesses in financial services, investor relations, health care and manufacturing.

Course #: WK16-1
Date: September 8
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Kathryn Brown, Ed.D. & Jane McMillan, MBA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by September 6. Registration Policy

Name & Phone Number


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Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Helen Bond and Fode Camara (visiting Guest Artist from Guinea, West Africa) will be teaching how to play djembe and dunun (bass) drums while sharing the cultural context of the rhythms. They will be offering a workshop series of 4 classes teaching traditional West African Drumming. You will learn techniques and solo patterns as well as a full rhythm on dunun drums (bass drums). Bring your own djembe drum, if you have one, otherwise drums will be provided. All levels welcome!

Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher & 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, whose ancestors created the djembe and dunun drums centuries ago. In addition to touring annually, she teaches at retreats, local schools, colleges and universities. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Through her company, Medusa’s Musical Mysteries, Helen offers classes in Guinean percussion music, drum facilitation, and gives storytelling performances.

Course #: WK16-2
Date: September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Time: Sundays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Fee: $120
Register by September 8. Registration Policy

Name & Phone. Have Drum? Y/N


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