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Winter Your Guide

 

"Words & Pictures"
Art Exhibit

March 13–May 9

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
March 26, 5:30–6:45p

Therapeutic Yoga
March 27, 10:00–11:00a

Foam Rolling Relief
March 30, 10:30–11:30a

Nia Dancing
April 1, Noon–1:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
April 2, 9:30–10:45a

Mindfulness Group
April 6, Noon–1:00p

What Was Said
What We Heard

April 7, 6:30–8:00p

Art Uncorked:
Paper Beads

April 7, Noon–1:00p

Bookwoman: The Language of Flowers
April 8, 9:30a–11:00a

EarthMatters
April 8, Noon–1:15p

Photography
for Pleasure

April 28, 6:30–8:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Rockford Womanspace

 

Groups

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

 

EarthMatters
Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable and encouraging group. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment. Please join us for our ninth year of earth mothering! The speakers and activities will be listed each month in Intertwinings.

Course #: EM14-8
Dates: April 8
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.

 

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Course #: BW14-6
Dates: April 8
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Becky Olson
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by April 7. Registration Policy

 

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The Art Forger
by B.A. Shapiro
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – still the largest unsolved art theft in history – one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece – the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years – may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing – and not seeing – the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

Course #: BW14-7
Dates: May 13
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Carol Valaitis
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by May 12. Registration Policy

 

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Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War – 1937-1948
by Madeleine Albright
From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. An intensely personal journey into the past that offers vital lessons for the future, Prague Winter combines the intimacy of an autobiography with the drama of an exciting and well-told story – all underpinned by the gravity and intelligence of a serious work of history. The result is a highly readable and incisive work filled with tragedy and triumph, a resonant narrative informed by Albright’s remarkable life experience and her characteristic candor in speaking hard truths.

Course #: BW14-8
Dates: June 10
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Mary Tuite
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by June 9. Registration Policy

 

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Still Alice
by Lisa Genova
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor in the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind. Author Lisa Genova holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. Through Alice, she provides a compelling and realistic view of Alzheimer’s disease.

Course #: BW14-9
Dates: July 8
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Enid Michalowski
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by July 7. Registration Policy

 

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The Soldier’s Wife
by Margaret Leroy
With passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family?” “What should you do for a stranger?” and “What would you do for love?” As World War II draws closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but also for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scarce, and the restrictions placed upon residents of the island grow. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair, she believes that she can keep their relationship – and her family – safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Course #: BW14-10
Dates: August 12
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Lynn Andreini
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by August 11. 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.

 

Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13)
In the 1920s, magician Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) enjoys widespread acclaim as Chinese conjurer Wei Ling Soo, his stage persona. As arrogant as he is talented, Stanley despises claims by phony spiritualists that they can perform real magic. At the behest of his friend, Stanley travels to the Cote d’azur mansion of the Catledge family to expose a young medium named Sophie (Emma Stone). However, Stanley is left surprised and shaken by evidence that Sophie’s gifts may be real. (2014)

Course #: SF14-8
Dates: April 27
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON April 27 Registration Policy

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

 

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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).

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YG14-8
Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by April 1 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Open to all levels, men and women. Recommended for young and old, injured and athletic alike. Join us Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for Vinyasa Flow yoga. Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga which incorporates the breath with synchronized movement, allowing the breath to move the body. This series of breath-synchronized movements builds internal heat leading to purification of the body and aids in the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes the body. Metaphysically, mentally, and emotionally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockages of energy flow throughout the body. Vinyasa Flow can improve flexibility and strength. A stronger body, balanced mind, inner focus, mental clarity, and energetic balance are all happy side effects of a regular yoga practice. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and eye pillow (if you have one). This class requires monthly registration in advance. Sorry no walk-ins.

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: YG14-27
Dates: March 5, 19, 26
Times: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $30 OR $15/class
Register by March 4. Sorry, no walk-ins. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YG14-28
Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Times: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by April 1. Sorry, no walk-ins. 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.

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

Winter Session 3
Course #: YG14-47
Dates: March 6, 20, 27
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $60 OR $25/class
Members' Fee: $45 OR $20/class
Register by March 5 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YG14-48
Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24
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 April 2 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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Aroma Flow – Using Essential Oil in Yoga
For Beginner & Intermediates. Enhance your Yoga practice with Essential oils! Aromatic oils have been used for thousands of years – not only for their fragrance, but for culinary, therapeutic, ritual, and spiritual purposes. Smell, our most primitive sense, is the only sense that extends directly into the brain and is an essential component of our physical and emotional health.

During this workshop, we will learn how to incorporate essential oils into our daily lives and yoga practice. We will have a brief discussion on the history of essential oils, their benefits, and other fun facts followed by a physical (gentle) asana practice during which we will incorporate topical and aromatic application of a few popular oils.

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

Course #: YG14-62
Dates: April 18
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:15a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by April 15. Registration Policy

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

 

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Foam Rolling Relief
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.

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: FR14-7
Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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 Feb. 26 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: FR14-8
Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by April 2 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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Nia – Dancing & Martial Arts Movements Workout
Nia stands for Neuro-Muscular Integrative Action. Simply put, Nia is an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice. As the first cardio workout to combine martial arts, dance and healing arts, Nia, has fundamentally changed lives with its evolutionary approach to fitness and self-healing in a body. Nia an internationally acclaimed practice for over 30 years in more than 35 countries, is based on the science of the body, The Body’s Way. Nia offers a fun, creative pathway to health and wellbeing, regardless of age or physical ability.

Dee Dee Coogan is a licensed massage therapist who has practiced in the Rockford area for the past 25 years. She became a licensed Nia White Belt in July of 2013 and has enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the body with this new practice.

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: NIA14-42
Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: Wednesdays, Noon–1:00p
Location: Dee Dee Coogan
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by March 31 or preceding Tuesdays. 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.

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: MG14-8
Dates: April 6
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by April 2; 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 new 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!

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 #: WS14-2
Dates: Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Director: Elizabeth "Libby" Parker
Location: Cor Mariae Chapel
This class is in session.
Registration Policy

 

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