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    • Thu, September 14, 2017
    • Thu, December 14, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Media Room
    Registration is closed
    Thursdays, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

    REGISTRATION EXTENDED*

    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.

    *Registration for this group has been extended. You may now register for each group individually. Cost of each class is $15

    Register by 09/14

    • Tue, October 03, 2017
    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    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
    • Wed, October 25, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • William Reif Gallery
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25
    7-8pm

    Facilitated by Mia Raether

    This four part series includes presentations on some of the most challenging parts of parenting: talking to our kids about:

    • Chores/Responsibility/Readiness for Adulthood
    • Peer Pressure/Bullying/Social Media
    • Drugs/Alcohol
    • Sexuality/Pornography/Sexting

    We all know we need to be talking with our kids about these things, but how do we start the conversation? How do we keep our kids engaged? How do we stay connected enough that our kids will feel comfortable talking with us about these topics? After a short presentation by the facilitator, attendees will engage in a round table discussion in which they can ask questions, practice techniques, and support one another. These topics are too important to ignore. Join us in learning how to approach these subjects with a relaxed and educated approach. Bring a spouse, friend, relative, or significant other. Cost of class is for two people.

    Register by 10/2

    • Tue, October 10, 2017
    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

    • Sat, October 21, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Saturday, October 21
    9:00am-5:00pm

    Facilitated by Cindy Rowe and Angie Schmidt

    Step away from the chaos of everyday life and seek solitude and growth. During this retreat you will experience several self-nurturing exercises to gain a fresh perspective and new energy to develop your unique gifts. Explore the beautiful wooded campus of Womanspace and experience the labyrinth as you open your mind to what is truly possible. Bring a sack lunch. Coffee, tea and water provided.

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

    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 have taken Drumming Notation Class - Part 1(WK17-10) and also be registered for the October Drumming Workshop (WK17-8)

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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

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

    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

    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    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
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 7
    Register

    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
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio
    Register

    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
    Register

    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.


    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Register
    Thursday, November 9

    REGISTRATION EXTENDED*

    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.

    *Registration for this group has been extended. You may now register for each group individually. Cost of each class is $15

    Register by 11/07

    • Tue, November 14, 2017
    • Tue, November 28, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 13
    Register

    Tuesdays, November 14, 28

    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.

    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

    • Wed, November 15, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    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.

    Please register by 11/14
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Thu, November 16, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 13
    Register

    Thursday, November 16
    6:30-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Trish Kalhagen

    The workshop Drumming For Health and Happiness will allow participants to discover how drumming can be a helpful and creative tool to assist and support our health. Research will be shared as to the health benefits that have been experienced by people who participate in drumming activities. This workshop will be a fun, informative, and at times energetic experience. Participants will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience to play both drum and shaker instruments during this session. You are invited to bring a drum if you have one.

    Register by 11/14

    • Tue, December 12, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 13
    Register

    Tuesday, December 12

    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.

    Get event updates and tell your friends you're going on Facebook!

    • Wed, December 13, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesdays, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 13
    Noon-1:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Note: In this session of the Oral History of Womanspace series, Elaine will address the history of our commitment to environmental stewardship. It will be presented during our December meeting of EarthMatters Group.

    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.

    Please register by 12/12
    Walk-ins welcome



    • Thu, December 14, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Register
    Thursday, December 14

    REGISTRATION EXTENDED*

    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.

    *Registration for this group has been extended. You may now register for each group individually. Cost of each class is $15

    Register by 12/12

    • Fri, March 09, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sun, March 11, 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 15
    Register

    Friday, March 9, 6:00-8:30p

    Saturday, March 10, 9:00a-4:00p

    Sunday, March 11, 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!

Past events

Thu, October 19, 2017 Honey, Will You Rub My Feet? (HLT17-7)
Wed, October 18, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - October (WK17-4b)
Tue, October 17, 2017 Tap Into Prosperity (WK17-6)
Sat, October 14, 2017 Chakra Rhythms -- A Discovery of Chakras Through Movement (HLT17-5) - CANCELLED
Sat, October 14, 2017 New Member Brunch
Thu, October 12, 2017 Explorers Group - October (GE17-1b)
Thu, October 12, 2017 Tap Your Stress Away (WK17-4)
Wed, October 11, 2017 Bookwoman: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (BW17-2)
Tue, October 10, 2017 Mercier Therapy, Infertility and Pelvic Pain (17-11) - CANCELLED
Sun, October 08, 2017 Drumming Notation Class (WK17-10)
Fri, October 06, 2017 Journey to Inner Freedom: A Journaling Experience in Writing from the Quiet Center (RT17-1)
Sun, October 01, 2017 Fall Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (WK17-8)
Sat, September 30, 2017 Herbs for Health (WK17-7)
Sat, September 30, 2017 Reiki One (HLT17-2)
Tue, September 26, 2017 Intro to the Chakras (HLT17-1)
Tue, September 26, 2017 Spirituality and Science (WK17-5)
Mon, September 25, 2017 Financial Wellness for Women (WK17-3)
Thu, September 21, 2017 Fall Equinox Celebration (RT17-1)
Wed, September 20, 2017 An Oral History of Womanspace - September (WK17-4a)
Thu, September 14, 2017 Explorers Group - September (GE17-1a)
Wed, September 13, 2017 Bookwoman: Circling the Sun (BW17-1)
Tue, September 12, 2017 Are You Hungry For Social Justice? (WK17-2)
Tue, September 12, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice I (MD17-1)
Wed, September 06, 2017 Creating Stories and Sharing Lives: A Community Based Writing Class (WRT17-1)
Thu, August 24, 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Sat, August 19, 2017 Self-Defense 101 (WK16-36)
Wed, August 09, 2017 Bookwoman: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (BW16-11)
Sat, July 22, 2017 Chakra Rhythms -- A Discovery of Chakras Through Movement (HLT16-22)
Sat, July 15, 2017 Reiki Two (HLT16-21)
Fri, July 14, 2017 Reiki One (HLT16-20)
Thu, July 13, 2017 Dream Alchemy Salon (HLT16-19)
Wed, July 12, 2017 Bookwoman: The Nightingale (BW16-10)
Tue, July 11, 2017 Tapping Circle (HLT16-18)
Thu, June 29, 2017 Honey, Will You Rub My Feet? (HLT16-16)
Wed, June 21, 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration (RT16-22)
Wed, June 21, 2017 Creating Stories and Sharing Lives: A Community Based Writing Class For Women (WRT16-3)
Wed, June 21, 2017 International Yoga Day Celebration: Yoga For Harmony & Peace (YG16-30)
Sun, June 18, 2017 Summer Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (WK16-34)
Thu, June 15, 2017 Behind the Curtain - Little Known Facts About the Wizard of Oz (WK16-35)
Thu, June 15, 2017 Genealogy Resources for Growing Your Tree (WK16-33)
Wed, June 14, 2017 Bookwoman: My Name is Lucy Barton (BW16-9)
Tue, June 13, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice II (MD16-7)
Sun, June 11, 2017 Learn to Talk to Your Angels and Guides (WK16-32)
Thu, June 01, 2017 Principles of Japanese Garden Design (WK16-31)
Thu, May 18, 2017 Film & Discussion: I Know a Woman Like That (WK16-30)
Wed, May 10, 2017 Bookwoman: The Japanese Lover (BW16-8)
Tue, May 09, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice I (MD16-6)
Sat, May 06, 2017 World Labyrinth Day
Thu, April 27, 2017 Film & Discussion: Gasland (WK16-25) CANCELLED
Fri, April 21, 2017 Reiki One (HLT16-14)
Thu, April 20, 2017 Dream Alchemy Salon (HLT16-13)
Tue, April 18, 2017 Tapping Circle (HLT16-12)
Wed, April 12, 2017 Bookwoman: Just Mercy – A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2015)(BW16-7)
Tue, April 11, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice (MD16-5)
Sat, April 01, 2017 Chakra Rhythms -- A Discovery of Chakras Through Movement (HLT16-10)
Thu, March 30, 2017 Women in the Wild -- How to Plan for a Night in the Woods (WK16-24)
Sat, March 25, 2017 Spring Equinox Celebration (RT16-5)
Tue, March 21, 2017 Opening the Lower Chakras (HLT16-9)
Fri, March 17, 2017 Journey to Inner Freedom: A Journaling Experience in Writing from the Quiet Center (RT16-4)
Tue, March 14, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice (MD16-4)
Thu, March 09, 2017 Sex Trafficking 101 (WK16-23)
Tue, March 07, 2017 Intro to the Chakras (HLT16-8)
Wed, March 01, 2017 Science of Stress (HLT16-7)
Tue, February 28, 2017 India -- A Personal Perspective (WK16-22)
Sun, February 19, 2017 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (WK16-17)
Thu, February 16, 2017 Honey, Will You Rub My Feet? (HLT16-6)
Wed, February 15, 2017 Continuing the [Legal] Conversation (WK16-21)
Tue, February 14, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice (MD16-3)
Thu, February 09, 2017 Vagina Monologues (SE16-2)
Thu, February 09, 2017 Genealogy Resources for Growing Your Tree (WK16-20)
Wed, February 08, 2017 Bookwoman: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2006)(BW16-5)
Thu, January 26, 2017 Magical Mysteries of Mundane Work (WK16-19)
Wed, January 25, 2017 Creating Stories and Sharing Lives: A Community Based Writing Class (WRT16-2)
Wed, January 18, 2017 Financial Wellness for Women (WK16-18)
Wed, January 11, 2017 Bookwoman:LaRose by Louise Erdich (2016) (BW16-4)
Tue, January 10, 2017 Meditation as Wellness Practice (MD16-2)
Tue, December 13, 2016 Lunch & Film: Lovely Still (SF16-4)
Tue, December 13, 2016 Meditation as Wellness Practice (MD16-1)


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