E-News Sign-up
For Email Newsletters you can trust


volunteerspot volunteerspot


Scholarship Scholarship


Social Media Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube



Fall Your Guide


Dimensions Exhibit
Sept. 18–Nov. 8

Dream Circle
Oct. 6, 6:30–8:30p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
Oct. 8, 9:30–10:45a

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day
Oct. 8, 7:00p

Stretching & Strengthening
Oct. 12, 10:30–11:30a

LUNAFEST Film Festival
Oct. 15, Doors open 6:00p

Therapeutic Yoga
Oct. 16, 10:00–11:00a

Yoga Nidra
Oct. 17, 10:00–11:30a


Calendar of Events


aerial view


Dorothy Bock and Elaine Hirschenberger, members of the School Sisters of St. Francis, co-founded Womanspace in Rockford, Illinois, in 1975, and in 1977 Womanspace became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. For 21 years, Womanspace leased its land and primary office building from the School Sisters of St. Francis. In 1992, Womanspace erected its second building, New Dimensions Studio adjacent to the original center. Womanspace purchased and acquired title to the property and both buildings in 1996, and now owns and stewards a beautiful 7-acre campus in northeast Rockford, Illinois. A volunteer Board of Directors in cooperation with the Executive Director governs the interfaith center. A Community Advisory Council and Consultants assist Womanspace with their specialized expertise.


Mission, Goals, Values

Connecting, empowering, creating and transforming our world — one woman at a time. Our goal is to offer programming that stimulates awareness, develops competency, encourages creativity, and generates healthy decision-making. We do this by providing environments of support that offer honesty, compassion, challenge, and spiritual growth. Womanspace works cooperatively with others, striving for collaborative partnerships in our endeavors.



Womanspace believes every woman is a spiritual being, having within her the potential for health, self-reliance, creativity, wisdom and responsible caring. By enhancing her potential, she enriches her own life, the life of her family, and the lives of other people with whom she relates. Through the strong, healthy, self-development of each individual, the world we live in is made a stronger, healthier, and more peaceful planet