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Fall Your Guide

 

"2 x 2" Exhibit
August 7–September 11

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
Sept. 3, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
Sept. 4, 10:00–11:00a

Beginning Watercolor
Begins Sept. 8, 10:00a

Bookwoman:
A Ruth Reichl Day

Sept. 9, 9:30–11:00a

EarthMatters
Sept. 9, Noon–1:15p

Creating Stories & Sharing Lives
Begins Sept. 9, 6:00p

Advanced Watercolor
Begins Sept. 10, 10:00a

Womansong Potluck
Sept. 10, 5:30–6:45p

Yoga Nidra
Sept. 12, 10:00–11:30a

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

 

Calendar of Events

 

Rockford Womanspace

 

Groups

EarthMatters Group | Bookwoman | Supper & Film |
Restorative Yoga | Therapeutic Yoga | Yoga Nidra |
Foam Rolling Relief | Mindfulness Group | Womansong Chorale

 

EarthMatters
Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable and encouraging group that began in 2007. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment. Fiona presents an informative talk, hosts a speaker or plans an activity that will be listed each month in Intertwinings. All are welcome–please join us!

Course #: EM15-1, EM15-2, EM15-3, EM15-4
Dates: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9
Time: Wednesdays, Noon–1:15p
Facilitator: Fiona Fordyce
Location: William Reif Gallery & New Dimensions Studios
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by the day before; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

 

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Bookwoman
All women are invited to this book club to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

 

A Ruth Reichl Day
Choose any book written by Ruth Reichl and be ready to take part in a discussion about her life and work from many angles. Learn more about this fascinating woman who is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS’s Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS’s Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine. She is known for her ability to “make or break” a restaurant with her fierce attention to detail and her adventurous spirit. She has written numerous books including: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (memoir) (1998), Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table (memoir) (2001), Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (memoir) (2005), The Gourmet Cookbook: More Than 1000 Recipes (2006), Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way (2009), Delicious! (novel) (2014)

Course #: BW15-1
Dates: September 9
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by September 8; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

The Girl You Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes
A spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most. France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of WWI, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Course #: BW15-2
Dates: October 14
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by October 13; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

Plainsong
by Kent Haruf
A spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most. France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of WWI, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

Course #: BW15-3
Dates: November 11
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by November 10; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

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Supper & Film Discussion Group
Open to all, these gatherings start with supper, followed by the film and then a discussion of its themes, characters and artistry.

 

Boyhood (R)
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. NOTE: This film runs approximately 165 minutes. (2014)

Course #: SF14-12
Dates: August 24
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON August 24. Registration Policy

 

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Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga
Open to all levels, men and women. Recommended for beginners, young and old, injured and athletic alike. Great to manage and reduce tension and stress. Join us Thursday mornings at 9:30 for Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative yoga practice. Hatha yoga is a slow-paced, gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishes a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the Ha - sun/stimulating energy with the Tha – moon/calming energy.

Restorative yoga is a practice that 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 and eye pillow (if you have one).

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

Summer Session 4
Course #: YG14-12
Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by August 5 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Therapeutic Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions
Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness, or disease. This specialty yoga class blends restorative yoga (supported postures), chair yoga, 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 therapeutic yoga: Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Healthy aging, Injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, and limited mobility.

This group is limited in class size so that students can experience the intimacy, safety, and individualized attention that comes with a yoga class of this nature. Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

Summer Session 4
Course #: YG14-52
Dates: August 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $80 OR $25/class
Members' Fee: $60 OR $20/class
Register by August 6 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This Yoga Nidra class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing—restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and eye pillow (optional). It is recommended to wear comfortable layers so as not to get chilled.

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

 

Fall Session 1
Course #: YG14-66
Dates: September 12
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by September 9. Registration Policy

 

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Foam Rolling & Core Strengthening
Myofascial release, also known as foam rolling, targets the connective tissue that keeps muscles attached to our bones. Using the foam roller and our body weight, this exercise helps soften and stretch the connective tissue giving our body more flexibility. The class will focus on core stability and balance using the individual’s own weight and the foam rolls provided. The unique class helps build brain and body connection along with physical strength and flexibility. Attendees need a mat, comfortable clothing, and water. 6 inch by 36-inch foam rollers will be provided and for sale.

Cathie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and has been practicing for 7 years. Over 25 years, she has been a practicing nurse and has received a BSN from the College of St. Teresa in Winoa, MN. A native of Rockford, she currently works as a personal trainer, Zumba instructor, and group fitness instructor in three different area gyms.

 

Summer Session 4
Course #: FR14-12
Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by July 30 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Mindfulness Group
The focus of this group is on training our minds to be more in the “now.” If you are tired of the endless mind noise/chatter, and hungry for an enhanced awareness of what’s going on in the present moment, you may find this group to be helpful.

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness, allowing us to become keen observers of ourselves and gradually transform the way our minds operate. It’s time to be present for your life and this group will discuss activities and new ways of thinking and acting to make that happen.

 

Summer Session 4
Course #: MG14-12
Dates: August 3
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by July 30; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date attending

 

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Womansong Chorale
Calling singers of all abilities: Womansong meets for rehearsal and camaraderie under the direction of Libby Parker. Although the primary focus is enjoyment and harmony, the chorale also gives occasional performances through Womanspace and other local community organizations. If you have always wanted to be in a chorale, you will want to become part of this group!

Choir Meet & Greet: There will be an introductory potluck (location TBA) on Thursday, September 10, 5:30 – 6:45p to welcome our director, previous members and potential new members of the chorale. Bring a dish to pass, share experiences, and find out what the group is all about.

Libby Parker is new to the Chorale but not new to singing or the world of music. She was a professional operatic and concert soloist for 30 years. While living in Seattle, WA, she established and directed a children’s choir for 5 years. Libby has over 30 years of experience as voice coach and instructor, helping seasoned singers over hurdles and developing young voices. She has been a member of many choruses including the select chorus Camerata Emanon, and the excellent Unitarian-Universalist Unicantors.

Course #: WS15-1
Dates: Sept. 10 (meet & greet), 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10

Time: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Director: Elizabeth "Libby" Parker
Location: Cor Mariae Chapel (next door to Womanspace)
Regular Fee: $120
Members' Fee: $90
Register by Sept. 15. Registration Policy

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

 

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