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    • Thu, January 11, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thu, April 12, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    • 5
    Register

    *Note: due to winter weather conditions, the Jan 11 session has been rescheduled for Jan 18

    Thursdays, Jan 11, Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12

    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.

    For registration information, please call Womanspace 815-877-0118 

    • Mon, January 15, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Mon, April 16, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 1
    Register

    Mondays, Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16
    6:30-9:00pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    This group is for members who share the events of their lives with one another on a deep level. Since the content of this group is "LIFE," women reflect on the learnings, patterns, relationships and spiritual growth opportunities that life presents every day. Regular attendance and confidentiality are requirements. Current group is full. See note below regarding a new Seekers group.**

    **Note: Interested in joining a new group? Contact Elaine. With enough inquiries, Seekers2 will form.

    • Tue, January 23, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Tue, April 24, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesdays, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24

    6:30-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Bethany Stiltner

    Get back into your natural groove with rhythmic breathing, guided meditation, meditative drumming. Experience the healing impact of sound through the vibration of drums, singing bowls, shakers, chimes, wood instruments, vocal toning, and maybe even some movement. "Group drumming ... is transcendent. It empowers people to more effectively express themselves, while enabling them to move beyond their perceived limitations and put back into their lives what is missing." Barry Bitman, MD, CEO Mind-Body Wellness Center

    For maximum health benefits attend all four monthly groups. Come find your balance!

    No prior musical experience necessary, instruments provided and you can bring your own if you have them.

    Register by 2 days prior to start of class


    • Mon, January 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Mon, April 30, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Media Room
    Register

    Mondays, Jan 29, Feb 5*, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 30

    1:00-3:00pm  

    *Note: New date and time. The first class will meet on Feb 5 from 2:00-4:00pm. Remaining classes will still meet 1:00-3:00pm.

    Facilitated by: Marsha Hosfeld

    In this workshop series, we will discuss the typical genealogy resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources are not available. Each class will include time to ask questions and get assistance with your own research into your family history. Bring a laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.

    January 29  February 5 (2:00-4:00 pm) - Let's Grow a Tree we will go over forms, software, online options for trees, and then start doing research

    February 26 - Let's Find Records we will talk about Census reports, Birth-Marriage-Death certificates, and Military records as well as doing our own research

    March 26 - Let's Look at Newspaper we will talk about free and subscription newspaper sites, as well City Directories and County Histories, and then ... research

    April 30 - Let's Talk DNA  we will discuss different sites and their tests and strategies for using the results as well as doing our own research

    Please register by two days before start of class

    • Tue, February 06, 2018
    • 4:45 PM
    • Tue, February 27, 2018
    • 5:45 PM
    • Media Room
    • 15

    Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
    CLASS CANCELLED

    4:45 - 5:45pm

    Facilitator: Taunia May

    The perfect class for those wanting to move at their own pace. A great way to get back to basics, back to our bodies and fine tune our movement mechanics. Open to those who are looking for a gentle approach to Pilates basics. In addition, the instructor provides class participants with movement options and modifications to ensure that each person is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge. With regular attendance, students will experience increased strength, flexibility, and stamina.


    Register by 2/4




    • Tue, February 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, February 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesdays, February 13, 27

    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.

    Register by 2/10

    • Sun, February 25, 2018
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Registration is closed

    Sunday, February 25
    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. 

    Prerequisites: Students must have taken Drumming Notation Class - Part 1 (WK18-  ) and also be registered for the February  Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, February 20 in order to hold this class.

    • Mon, February 26, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 16
    Register

    Monday, February 26
    6:00-9:00pm

    Remember
    (2015)(R)

    With help from a fellow Holocaust survivor (Martin Landau), a widower (Christopher Plummer) who struggles with memory loss embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former Nazi responsible for the deaths of their family members.

    Register by 2/25


    • Tue, February 27, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Tuesday, February 27

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    This Henna tattoo workshop will include the history of henna, information about henna powder and the preparation of henna paste and pen. Participants will get the opportunity to try their drawing skills first on paper with pencil and then on body parts with henna a pen. We will also learn about the different uses of henna, henna for hair and meanings of different henna designs. Some fun facts and myths about traditional henna application will also be presented. Everyone will go home with a Henna kit to practice with.

    Register by 2/22

    • Wed, February 28, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 4
    Register

    Wednesdays,  Feb 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

    FacilitatorDelores 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 2/26



    • Thu, March 01, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Thu, March 29, 2018
    • 10:45 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 11
    Register

    Thursdays, March 1, 8, 22, 29
    (no class on March 15)

    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: 2/28

    • Thu, March 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
    Register

    Thursdays,  March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Facilitator: Ray Schulz

    This class will introduce students to texturing, blending and shading. Students will learn how to use preliminary sketches to their advantage and get to know the many types of pens used for drawing. Ray will also introduce some watercolor/colored pencil techniques to your artwork.  Students should bring a 14" x 17" or larger drawing pad and an assortment of felt tip waterproof ink drawing pens.  Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Register by 02/ 27

    • Fri, March 02, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Fri, March 30, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Womanspace
    • 11
    Register

    Fridays, March 2, 9, 23, 30
    (No class on March 16)

    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.


    • Mon, March 05, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Mon, March 26, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 11
    Register

    Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26

    Facilitator:  Alicean "Li" Slough

    In this class you will learn about some of the differences between the "western" brush and the "Chinese" brush and their respective paints, controlling water and mixing colors, composition and some of the basic strokes using the Chinese brush. There will be a power point presentation, as well as demonstration before you begin painting. The subject matter will be the Four Gentlemen: Wild Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. Supply List: Rice paper (roll or pad), Traditional or Authentic Chinese watercolors, Brushes: 1 small, med, large, brush holder, Ink stick or traditional Chinese Ink (liquid), Ink Stone, porcelain palette or 8 jar lids. You can purchase most things at area craft stores.

    Reg by: 3/1



    • Mon, March 05, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 17
    Register

    Monday, March 5

    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.

    Register by 3/2*

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

    • Mon, March 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
    Register

    Mondays, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Join a wonderful group of women who are exploring techniques and skills in pottery. Both hand-builders and wheel-throwers welcome. These intermediate classes will focus on decorating, glazing, and firing techniques. You will also explore Carving, Slip trailing, Sgraffito, Mashima, and Texturizing your work. Dee will help you accomplish projects on your Bucket List!

    Reg by 3/1



    • Tue, March 06, 2018
    • 4:45 PM
    • Tue, March 27, 2018
    • 5:45 PM
    • Media Room
    • 15

    Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
    CLASS CANCELLED

    4:45 - 5:45pm

    Facilitator: Taunia May

    The perfect class for those wanting to move at their own pace. A great way to get back to basics, back to our bodies and fine tune our movement mechanics. Open to those who are looking for a gentle approach to Pilates basics. In addition, the instructor provides class participants with movement options and modifications to ensure that each person is working safely and at her/his appropriate level of challenge. With regular attendance, students will experience increased strength, flexibility, and stamina.



    Register by 3/4


    • Tue, March 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10

    Class cancelled, but may be rescheduled.  Please contact cherie@womanspace-rockford.org if you are interested.

    Tuesday  March 6 

    Facilitator: Sheila Anderson

    We all LOVE our pets, immortalize them with a colorful portrait. Join Sheila as she shows you how to create a crazy fun (and easy) portrait of your beloved pet! Using oil pastels you will create this portrait using a 8x10 or larger color  photo copy on heavy paper (NOTE:  this has been changed from the YourGuide) of your pet (bring 3 or 4 copies to experiment with!). Be sure to take the photo of your pet with a solid background for the best results. Oil pastels will be available for use, or bring your own if you have them.

    Register by 3/05

    • Wed, March 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Wednesdays,  March 7, 14, 21, 28

    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 3/5

    • Wed, March 07, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 7

    Noon - 1:00pm

    Facilitated by: Karen Radtke

    Food is medicine, and what we eat affects us mentally and physically. This presentation will discuss some of the drawbacks of the Standard American Diet, and how it may contribute to chronic disease. We will also discuss food cravings, inflammatory vs. anti-inflammatory foods, and recommendations for a whole food diet for optimal health.

    Register by 3/5

    • Wed, March 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 6
    Register

    Wednesdays,  March 7, 14, 21

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    This exciting medium is gaining huge popularity in the artistic centers across the country, and opens doors to explore new techniques and effects with oils and cold wax. Cold wax medium will be used with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and texturing techniques to create totally unique paintings. Learn about materials and how to use them. All painters are invited—whether you have worked with oils, watercolors, or acrylics. This is new—you will love it! Please bring oil paints and canvas or artboards. Cold wax will be provided.   Reg by: 03/05


    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 1
    Register

    Thursdays,  March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

    Facilitator: Dee Santorini

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wheel thrown pottery? Then this class is for you! Starting from the beginning, you will learn how to wedge, center, pull and shape the clay on a potters wheel. You will get the opportunity to practice both bowl shapes as well as vase shapes and learn how to add handles or other decorative aspects to your work. You will complete the process of thrown pottery by trimming your pieces to get them ready to fire. Once out of the kiln you will glaze and finish off your artwork. Fee includes up to 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Come ready to learn this enticing new skill!

    Reg by 3/06



    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    • 12
    Register

    Thursdays, March 8

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    Georgia O’ Keeffe, 1887-1986 Abstraction Painter

    Georgia O’ Keeffe was a U.S. artist, who spent 70 years painting abstractions from nature, New York buildings and New Mexico landscapes. Her abstraction pioneering in art contributed greatly to modernism.

    Register by 3/06

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    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Thursday, March 8

    Facilitator: Cherie Heck

    Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, etc or would like to?  Are you surrounded by “loose threads” (AKA unfinished projects) that you have been meaning to finish?  Well, here is your time to come to Womanspace to sit, relax and converse with other “loose thread” artisans.  If you don’t set aside some time your threads will be forever Loose!    Free Will Offering

    Reg by: 3/7

    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Thursday, March 8

    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    Hijab is a modesty, an identity and a way of life. All the women around the world who wear a hijab have made a conscious decision to be more obedient to their Lord. They know their true value and choose to present themselves as smart, modest, and strong members of the community. "I Love My Hijab" is a good opportunity to soak your feet in the pond of a Muslimah. Join us to learn to wear a hijab and learn the wisdom and virtue behind it. Each participant will receive her own hijab to keep.

    Register by 3/6

    • Thu, March 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 1
    Register

    Thursdays,  March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

     FacilitatorKaren Gines

     Multi-Media Madness....fabric, acrylic paint, findings     of every sort....sky is the limit. Bring two canvases to     every class 12"x12" to 18"x20" size is flexible ... also pieces of fabric, ribbon and stuff, acrylic paint and brushes. We also use acrylic medium for adhering fabric to canvas, matt is fine or buy both matt and glossy to mix for a satin finish. Your creativity gets it's battery charged by all the options this material opens. Call Karen if you need help with materials.... 815-229-5696

    Reg by:  03/06

    • Fri, March 09, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 3
    Register

    Make Garden Markers, Mushrooms, Small Succulent Pots,  or anything in this series of classes

     Friday, March 9

      Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

    Get ready and spring into an early start for enhancing your garden with unique handmade items of functional garden ware. Come make your own planters, bird house, feeder and other garden themed items. Sign up for the entire series or try one class. Each class will have a different instructional theme or come with your own ideas.

    Handbuilding with the introduction of templates, textures, slips, carving and different finishing techniques is the primary focus. All levels welcome, no prior clay experience is needed but appropriate for all levels and those wanting to try a different clay body. All classes will have a demo, but participants are open to work on their own design.  *Due to the nature of this class we will only be using low fire, terra cotta clay, No exceptions.  Price of class includes 1 - 12.5 lb bag of clay and one firing. Additional firing and use of studio at open studio rates will apply. Bring a sack lunch for afternoon break.

    Register by 3/05


    • 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!

    • Sun, March 11, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 35
    Register

    Sunday, March 11
    2:00-4:00pm

    For registered Daisies, Brownies & Juniors

    Sing Happy Birthday with your sister Scouts while decorating 2 cupcakes.* Eat one now and take one home. Learn all about the Girl Scout traditions and make your own S.W.A.P. (Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere). 

    Cost per girl: $12 (registered as "guests")
    Leaders: Free

    Note: Leaders do not have to pay but must register and accompany their troop with proper adult:girl. Due to limited space in the art studio, we can only accommodate the number of adults to meet the ratio.

    *Food may contain nuts. Anyone with allergies should please bring her own snack.

    Facilitator: Marge Blake


    • Tue, March 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, March 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 13
    Register

    Tuesdays, March 13, 27

    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.

    Register by 3/10

    • Tue, March 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Tuesday, March 13

    6:00-7:30pm

    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 3/12
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Tue, March 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 8
    Register

    Tuesday,  March 13

    Facilitator: Sheila Anderson

    An artwork trend in wall decor that is very popular today are the paintings of beautiful white trunk birch trees. Paint this fun & easy contemporary acrylic painting in just 2 hours. Symbolism can be applied such as; 5 siblings or children? -paint 5 trees; 7 pets in your life? paint 7 trees, etc. The individuality appears and is evident in your finished piece at the end of class. You will need a large canvas 16x20 or larger; 1 large brush used to blend two acrylic colors for the background, some acrylic paints will be available, but if you want certain colors, please bring your own. This class is for all levels from beginner to intermediate, just come for the fun of it!

    Register by 3/8

    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 14
    9:30-11:00am

    The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII 
    by Denise Kiernan

    At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, Tennessee was the home to a secret city that did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of the young women, were recruited to this secret city by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. Very few knew what they were doing there, and they wouldn't find out until the end of the war, when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed and changed the world forever.


    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 14
    Noon - 1:15pm

    Facilitators: Fiona Fordyce and Julie Maffei

    Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable, encouraging and educational experience. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment Each month an environmental topic will be presented and discussed. Please join us for our 10th year of earth mothering! Bring a sack lunch.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome.

    • Wed, March 14, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Wednesday, March 14

    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

    Managing our energy and keeping it flowing is essential to health and well being. The intelligence in our physical bodies lets us know that we are energetically out of balance through physical symptoms and negative emotions. With EFT (Energy Field Tapping) we can tap directly on energy meridians and get the energy flowing again. When energy flows we feel more at ease and get to enjoy a greater sense of relaxation. It’s easy! All it takes is curiosity, fingers and a body! This introduction into the amazingly simple and effective world of tapping will empower you to continue tapping ANYWHERE!

    Register by 3/12

    • Sat, March 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    Register

    Saturday, March 17
    10:00am-1:00pm

    Facilitated by: Kathy Moehling, RN

    Enjoy a video with herbalist Amanda McQuade Crawford and other respected herbalists in their explanations of various herbs and their uses from a medicine garden--that can provide remedies for emotional and physical health. Have fun making a classic herbal liniment and herbal pills. I will also demo how to do a Castor Oil pack and an herbal compress and poultice, and will bring samples of various herbal bath preparations. In addition, I will demo an herbal foot bath and an aromatherapy hand and foot massage. Please join us!

    Register by 3/15

    • Sun, March 18, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    Register
    Sunday, March 18
    5:00-7:00pm


    This is an opportunity for drummers around the region to gather and celebrate the rhythms of earth and life. Anyone with a djembe, dunan frame drum, or any other percussive instrument is welcome. For those interested in exploring, show don't have a drum, we will have a few spares. This group will explore a variety of rhythms, learn to speak through drumming, and develop a camaraderie that invokes the healthy vibrations of the earth. Men, women and teens are heartily welcome to enjoy this circle. Don't be concerned if you are not a strong drummer. Many of us are novices, who come to have fun, learn new things and meet new people.

    Register by 3/15.

    Facilitator: Susan Lee

    • Tue, March 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesday  March 20 

    Facilitator: Sheila Anderson

    We all LOVE our pets, immortalize them with a colorful portrait. Join Sheila as she shows you how to create a crazy fun (and easy) portrait of your beloved pet! Using oil pastels you will create this portrait using a 8x10 or larger color  photo copy on heavy paper (NOTE:  this has been changed from the YourGuide) of your pet (bring 3 or 4 copies to experiment with!). Be sure to take the photo of your pet with a solid background for the best results. Oil pastels will be available for use, or bring your own if you have them.

    Register by 3/05

    • Tue, March 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Giovanni's, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL
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    Womanspace is combining our very popular LUNAFEST Film Festival with elements of our equally popular Spring Luncheon (which will not be held this year) to create a whole new dinner and film event! Bring your co-workers, friends and loved ones and make it a fun girls night out! We'll savor a delicious DINNER BUFFET, laugh at lightning-fast GAMES, enjoy a WINE AND CRAFT BEER PULL, bid on intriguing AUCTION PRIZES and try our chances at three fabulous RAFFLE prizes!

    LUNAFEST is a screening of award-winning short films by, for and about women. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics relating to women’s health, motherhood, body image, relationships, cultural diversity, breaking barriers and more.


    • Tue, March 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, March 20
    6:00-8:00pm

    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.

    Facilitator: Barb Phillips

    • Wed, March 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesdays, March 21
    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 3/20
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, March 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, March 21
    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitated by Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is about exploring personal and collective beliefs about prosperity, especially financial prosperity. Our thoughts are powerful. Limiting beliefs and old stories about money often keep us from experiencing greater ease and abundance in our finances. EFT (Energy Field Tapping) is a great tool to dissolve the old beliefs about money and prosperity so that we can choose more expanded, more abundant beliefs. We will explore and tap together. It's time to bring magic and fun into the money conversation!

    To be rich is to be free, to be in choice, and to reclaim your innate power -Jean Kathryn

    Register by 3/19

    • Thu, March 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Thursday, March 22
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitated by: Meg Larkin

    This is a time, a reminder that light is returning, as it always does to the earth, to our lives. Like the Fall Equinox, light of day is equal to the dark of night. This time represents our own need for balance, yin/yang. We will celebrate new life and new beginnings. We have an opportunity to do some spiritual "spring cleaning" as Mother Earth begins to transform her quiet darkness into sprouts of her natural beauty. Please come join us in a ritual to bring our balance into light.

    Please register by 3/20
    Walk-ins welcome

    • Fri, March 23, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 6
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     Friday, March 23

     Facilitator: Janet Buchanan

    Get ready and spring into an early start for enhancing your garden with unique handmade items of functional garden ware. Come make your own planters, bird house, feeder and other garden themed items. Sign up for the entire series or try one class. Each class will have a different instructional theme or come with your own ideas.

    Handbuilding with the introduction of templates, textures, slips, carving and different finishing techniques is the primary focus. All levels welcome, no prior clay experience is needed but appropriate for all levels and those wanting to try a different clay body. All classes will have a demo, but participants are open to work on their own design.  *Due to the nature of this class we will only be using low fire, terra cotta clay, No exceptions.  Price of class includes 1 - 12.5 lb bag of clay and one firing. Additional firing and use of studio at open studio rates will apply. Bring a sack lunch for afternoon break.

    Register by 3/19


    • Sat, March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • william Reif Gallery
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    Saturday, March 24
    9am - Noon

    Facilitator: Sandra Williams, LCSW, LMT

    In this retreat-like class you will learn about 5 core principles and practices to: improve your inner wisdom to have a clearer sense of direction, gain more clarity about where to use your energy and when to set boundaries, achieve better balance in your emotional, physical and spiritual life, and be more present in every aspect of your life. You will have time to reflect on how these principles currently show up in your life and what more you desire. Meditation explorations will be utilized to begin experiencing these principles and living fully in your body in the present moment. Feel free to bring a journal or paper to write or draw your reflections (not required). If you are feeling low on energy, stressed about life events or transitioning into something new, this information may be the start of revitalizing energy for you!

    Register by 3/20


    • Sat, March 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio
    • 5
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