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    • Wed, August 01, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, August 01, 2025
    • New Dimensions Studio upper & lower levels
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       Open Studio

    You may only use open studio if you have previously taken a class at Womanspace.  Please check the studio availability by clicking the link below to view the calendar.   You may pay here for use of the Lower Clay Studio or Upper New Dimensions Studio.  Please indicate on the sign-in sheet in the studio that you paid on the website, how much and what the payment was for.   Thank you

    • Open Studio cost is $5.00 per hour or $20 for 4 hours or more, for use of either the upper studio or clay studio.
    • Clay costs are $15.00 for a 12.5 pound bag of clay or $1.50 per pound, this cost includes the use of glazes and firing.
    • Firing and Glaze fee for Non-Womanspace clay pieces is as follows per piece:  $1.00 for 1-2 lb piece; $2.00 for 3-4 lb piece; $3.00 for 5 lb and up.  (Approximate weight and size of each piece)                                                                                                                   
    •  Check studio availability  https://womanspace.wildapricot.org/Calendar 
    • Thu, December 06, 2018
    • Thu, December 27, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 1
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    Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30-10:45am

    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: 12/4

    • Fri, December 07, 2018
    • Fri, December 28, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 2
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    Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, 28
    10:00-11:00am

    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.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Sun, December 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Sunday, December 16
    5:00-7:00pm


    Heart beats, footsteps, turn signals, dripping faucets, babies sleeping, all have a rhythm of their own.  Drums and drumming have been apart of the human expression from the beginning of time.  Womanspace gathers a group monthly to express our joy of rhythm with whatever instrument we  have, or  would like to borrow.  If you have a djembe, dunan, frame drum, or any other percussive instrument please bring them.. We encourage all ages,to come to enjoy the camaraderie of making music together. We will explore traditional drumming rhythms, the rhythms of sayings, Nursery rhymes,  and connect with each other and to the earth. We will also express some emotions through drumming.  Anger ,love , fellowship and contentment can also be expressed as we settle into the rhythm of drumming out our human nature. No talent,  drum or previous experience required.

    Advance registration appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    Facilitator: Julie Thompson

    • Wed, December 19, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 19
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    Wednesday, December 19
    Noon-2:00pm

    Scrooged

    In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past. (1988) PG-13

    Register by 12/18


    • Thu, January 03, 2019
    • Thu, January 31, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Womanspace
    • 13
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    Thursdays, January 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:  1/2

    • Fri, January 04, 2019
    • Fri, January 25, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
    Register

    Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
    10:00-11:00am

    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.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Mon, January 07, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 20
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    Monday, January 7

    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.


    *Note: there must be a minimum of 4 people registered by Friday preceding class in order for class to run.

    • Mon, January 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 5
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    January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11

    Facilitator:  Linda Ewalt & Jean Schnack

    Carrying on with Dee's enthusiasm! Jean and Linda will be there to help you explore new techniques and skills in pottery.  Come and join the fun!     Fee includes up to 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firing. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).  Reg by 1/03



    • Mon, January 07, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
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      Mondays,  January 7, 14, 21, 28

      Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

    This class is for all clay workers. Bring yourself to your next level with mentoring & instruction in a fun environment while working at your own pace or following along with peers. Teacher will devote time to work with individuals to help troubleshoot and challenge you at your level to encourage growth. “quality vs quantity” is an important skill to learn while working with clay, so why not take on the challenge! Prerequisite is beginner wheel or handbuilding or pre approval.   Class includes 25lbs of clay, glazes and firings.  Additional clay available for purchase.  Please bring an apron and hand towel to class.  Each students is required to bring their own pottery tool kit, (available at local craft stores or online).  Intermediate to advanced.

     Register by 1/03

    • Tue, January 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio
    • 4
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    Tuesdays,   Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12

    Instructor: Sabrina Tassoni

    You’ve been throwing on the wheel for a while now and you’re feeling confident in your abilities to create basic forms. This class will allow you to take your skills further and learn to throw with larger amounts of clay and create more intricate forms such as bottles, plates, and lidded vessels. Students are welcome to suggest forms they’re interested in creating and demonstrations will be given based on interest. Students are also free to work on their own personal projects and receive assistance from the instructor as needed. Students must have some experience throwing on a wheel and feel comfortable creating the most basic forms. Fee includes up to 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firing. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by 1/07

    • Tue, January 08, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 5
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    Tuesdays,  January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5

    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 1/06


    • Tue, January 08, 2019
    • Tue, January 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
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    Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
    11:00am-Noon

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    NEW DAY ADDED!! Now do Adaptive Yoga once or twice a week!  Whatever fits your schedule! 

    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.

    Register by day before start of class.


    • Tue, January 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

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    Tuesday, January 8th 

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitated by:  Petrea Meier

    With the busy schedules of our world today, managing stress and getting quality rest is becoming more of a challenge everyday.  Essential oils are powerful tools from nature that can support relaxation, reduce stressful feelings, and promote quality sleep.

    Join us for a night of learning about specific essential oils, tips, and techniques to support rest and managing stress.  This workshop will cover essential oil basics, so no experience is necessary.  We will learn how to make rollerball recipes and each guest will get to take two relaxation rollerballs home.  Supply cost is included in your registration fee.

    Register by 1/6


    • Tue, January 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
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    Tuesdays,  January 8, 15, 22, 29

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    This class will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of creating pottery on a pottery wheel or someone with little experience who wants to further develop their skills. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgrafitto, and more. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by 1/07


    • Wed, January 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
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    Wednesdays,  January 9, 16, 23, 30

    Facilitator: Ron Wick

    This class is for beginners and intermediate painters who love to paint with acrylics. 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. 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. Please bring your paints, brushes and canvas and be ready to paint at the first class!

    Register by 01/07

    • Wed, January 09, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, January 9th
    9:30-11:00am

    The Woman in the Castle:  A Novel
    by Jessica Shattuck

    The story of three German woman and their children coming together to survive after the fall of the Third Reich.  The women, widows of men executed after the failed assassination of Hitler in 1944, were imprisoned and their children sent to special orphanages dedicated to the reeducation of traitors’ children. Once released from prison, they continue to face difficulties, haunted by ghosts and secrets of their past. 

    Advance Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Wed, January 09, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, January 9th

    Noon - 1:15pm  

    Facilitator: Laura Laughlin

    Topic: Recycling:  What's In What's Out

    We're all learning that "recyclable" is a moving target. What is "recyclable" may even vary depending upon your waste service provider and zip code. Knowing what is recyclable has recently become even more important, as North America struggles to reduce and eliminate contamination (trash) in recycling streams. Laura will talk about what Rockford and the surrounding communities can put into their recycling bins and what will end up being landfilled at the expense of the recycling company. These expenses are generally passed back to consumers in higher prices or contamination fees.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.


    • Thu, January 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 9
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    Thursdays,  January 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7

    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 01/08


    • Thu, January 10, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15
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    Thursday,  January 10

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Jean-Louis Andre' Theodore Gericault 1791-1824

    Gericault was a French, Romantic painter and lithographer who was one of the pioneers of Romantic painting, Titian, Velazquez and Rembrandt influenced him. He died young, but produced such great works as "The Raft of Medusa" and a series of portraits of mentally ill people, which were new themes in art in his era.

    Register by 1/08

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    • Thu, January 10, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
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      Thursdays,  January 10, 17, 24, 31

      Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

    Learn techniques of hand-building and sculpting in clay.  Join this fun class with fellow clay artists to bring yourself to your next level of creativity.  Instructor led, mentoring, or independent study.  Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy this new evening class of slab, coil, press mold, textures, image transfer and more.  Bring your ideas to brainstorm since the sky's the limit!  Wheels available for those who are proficient in throwing and wish to incorporate the two.  Class includes 25lbs of clay, glazes and firings.  Additional clay available for purchase.  Please bring an apron and hand towel to class.  Each students is required to bring their own pottery tool kit, (available at local craft stores or online).  All levels beginner to advanced.

     Register by 1/09

    • Thu, January 10, 2019
    • Thu, April 11, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery (Holistic Health Room in Nov)
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    Thursdays, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar 14, &  Apr 11

    6:30-8:00pm

    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 women 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 now open to everyone

    Register by 1/8

    • Fri, January 11, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
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    Friday, January 11th

    7:30pm

    Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental,women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing.

    Her intense and personal approach to music as a transforming experience has brought her strong rapport with audiences from small clubs to large festivals throughout North America and Europe.

    Advanced registration is preferred:  Tickets bought online by January 10th are $25

    Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 


    • Sat, January 12, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 7
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    Saturday, January 12

    9:30am-4pm

    Facilitator:  Jennifer Berezan

    A daylong silent retreat: weaving chant, meditation, sound meditation, and wisdom teachings.  In these challenging times it is crucial to take time out to connect to our own inner peace and wisdom. 

    Join us as we rest in the timeless practices of chant, song and silent meditation.

    Come to recharge, renew, relax, and awaken in the midst of it all.

    No singing or meditation experience necessary

    Register by 1/6


    • Sat, January 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 26
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    Saturday, January 12

    7pm

    Come join us for the screening of:  The beautiful recording of the 2017 live performances of:  A Song for All Beings, A Celebration of Loving Kindness.  This musical meditation features an extraordinary gathering of musicians, dancers, activists, visual artists, and spiritual teachers from around the world to create a communal ritual based in the Buddhist practices of metta (lovingkindness) and compassion.  Based on the acclaimed recording In These Arms, A Song for All Beings, this unique event builds on Jennifer' past visionary and ritual musical offerings, especially the beloved performances of Praises for the World.  Song for All Beings is a participatory musical journey to evoke peace, healing and unity for the earth and all beings.  The 2017 performances feature Jennifer Berezan, Bruce Cockburn, Ferron, Jack Kornfield, Joanna Macy, Patti Cathcart, Gina Breedlove, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, Raz Kennedy, Melanie DeMore, Barbara Higbie, Julie Wolf, Jami Sieber, Barbara Borden, Vicki Noble, Luisah Teish, Nina Wise, Naomi Newman, Sarah Dugas, Dance Brigade, Rita Sahai, and many more.

    Here is the link to the youtube video:  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gruYoDY0ZT0


    Register by 1/10


    • Tue, January 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
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    Tuesdays,  January 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19

    Facilitator: Rebecca Bowman

    You don't have to have any previous artistic ability to "Tangle". Even though a tangling creation can look intricate and complicated, once you learn how its done you'll realize how simple it is. By using repetitive patterns and deliberate strokes tangling is an easy way to create beautiful pieces of art. Studies show that tangling increases mental retention, stimulates creativity, improves ones mood, and can be calming during stressful situations. Its like taking a nap and waking up refreshed! Plus, this meditation art form is fun! Please bring a pack of sketch artistic tiles, an 11x14 mixed media pad, B, B3, B4 pencils and 005, 01 and o8 black markers. All are available at area art & craft stores.

    Reg by: 1/13

    • Tue, January 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 15
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    Tuesday, January 15

    6:00 - 7:30pm

    Facilitator: Julie Maffei

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

    Register by 01/13


    • Tue, January 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, January 15
    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator:  Barb Phillips

    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.

    Register by 1/14

    • Tue, January 15, 2019
    • Tue, February 19, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Media Room
    • 13
    Register

    Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Delinda Grindle, LCSW



    Transforming Grief - A Journey from Grief to Hope

    Facing the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. Your grief is a natural process for healing from this painful loss. Transforming Grief offers insights to help you tap your natural resiliency, courage, and compassion, along with practical tools that will help you honor your grief, find meaning, achieve breakthroughs, and learn how to build the life you want on the other side of loss. Together we will learn how to recognize, express and embrace our thoughts and feelings about grief and loss in a safe and confidential atmosphere. The heart ache you are experiencing is your best fuel for transforming your grief to hope. 

    Register by 1/14


    • Wed, January 16, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
    Register

    Wednesdays,  January 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

    Facilitator: Delores Burkholder

    Age 18+. Int.-Adv. Join this fun, free form handbuilding clay class and create something you are interested in . We use forms, natural elements, and your imagination to build practical, unusual or whimsical forms with guidance from the instructor. Lots of tools to play with, lots of colors to choose from. So many choices for you to enjoy. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes & firing.

    Register by 01/14



    • Wed, January 16, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 10
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    Wednesdays, Jan 1630, Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, & 27

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitator:  Debby Gaines


    This year we will begin writing the story of our individual lives with the use of archetypes: The Mystic, The Matriarch, The Amazon/Warrior, The Seductress, The Wise Woman, and The Artist. Using archetypes to write mythical yet authentic versions of our lives can help us to see and show others the way we move in the world, what parts of our stories we own and what we would like to transform. Bringing in these different aspects of ourselves in relation to the other characters in our lives can help us to create a more rounded story. No experience in writing or archetypes is necessary.

    Register by 1/14

    • Thu, January 17, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1
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