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NEW! Summer
Your Guide

 

"The Color of Sound"
Art Exhibit

March 14–May 11

Mindfulness Group
April 21, Noon–1:00p

Living with Joy
April 22, 1:30–4:00p

"Miss Representation"
Film & Discussion

April 23, 6:00–8:30p

Restorative & Vinyasa Flow Yoga
April 24, 9:30a & 5:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
April 25, 10:00–11:00a

Matting & Framing Workshop
April 26, 10:00a–12:30p

Supper & Film:
Third Star

April 28, 6:00–9:00p

Lunch & Learn:
Chiropractic–
Not Just for Adults

May 7, Noon–1:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Rockford Womanspace

 

Womanspace Groups

Mindfulness Group | Meditation | EarthMatters Group | UFO Night |
Bookwoman | Supper & Film | Restorative Yoga |
Vinyasa Flow Yoga | Therapeutic Yoga | African Drumming

 

Explorers Group
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 of attendance and confidentiality are required.
Potential members need to interview with the facilitator.

Course #: GE13-2
Dates: Jan. 20, March 3, 17, April 21
Time: 6:30–9:00p 3rd Monday of the month
Facilitator: Dorothy Bock
Location: Media Room
Members' Fee: $60/trimester
Register by January 18 Registration Policy

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

 

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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.

Course #: MG13-5
Dates: April 21
Time: Mondays, Noon–1:00p
Facilitator: Pat Bonavia
Location: Media Room
Fee: $5
Register by the preceding Thursday; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

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Meditation
Learn from a life-long practitioner and take time for you to relax in either a lying or seated position. Discover techniques to focus and meditate as Dr. Shanti shares ways to bring this practice into your daily life. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, or rug, a blanket, and if you have them, an eye pillow and earplugs are optional. Classes meet in the media room.

Course #: MD13-2
Dates: May 28, June 18, July 16, August 20
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30p
Facilitator: Dr. Shanti Hulsebus
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $60 or $15/class
Member Fee: $40 or $15/class
Register by the preceding Monday. Registration Policy

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

 

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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 Seventh Year of earth mothering! The speakers and activities will be listed each month in Intertwinings.

In April we will be discussing ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-digesters as sources of energy. In the news we hear that these fuels are clean energy and green, but what is the environmental cost to producing these fuels? This should be an informative meeting about these different sources of energy for the USA and around the world.

Course #: EM13-8, EM13-9
Dates: April 9, May 14
Time: Wednesdays, Noon–1:15p
Facilitator: Fiona Fordyce
Location: William Reif Gallery
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by the preceding Monday; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

 

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UFO Night
Bring your unfinished art or fabric project and join others who are eager to finish up some of those partially completed sweaters, needlepoint, water color paintings, etc. There will be a host in the William Reif Gallery and also New Dimensions Studio to provide you a comfortable spot to spend time with others and move ahead on your project! Bring a snack and we will provide wine and tea! Who knows, you may even finish that sweater you have been working on for years…(and have fun in the process).

Course #: FN13-6, FN13-7, FN13-8
Dates: June 26, July 24, August 28
Time: Thursdays, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitator: Anne Totenhagen Johnson & Connie Wenger
Location: William Reif Gallery & New Dimensions Studios
Fee: Free
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.

 

Catherine the Great
by Robert Massie
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great.

Course #: BW13-5
Dates: May 14
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by May 13; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayer
When Sotomayor joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009, she made history as the first Hispanic on the high court. She’d also achieved the highest dream of a Puerto Rican girl growing up in a Bronx housing project longing to someday become a judge. In this amazingly candid memoir, Sotomayor recalls a tumultuous childhood: alcoholic father, emotionally distant mother, aggravating little brother, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins, all overseen by her loving, domineering paternal grandmother. When she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at eight years of age, she knew she had to learn to give herself the insulin shots. That determination saw her through Catholic high school, Princeton, and Yale Law School, at each step struggling to reconcile the poverty of her childhood with the privileges she was beginning to enjoy. Sotomayor offers an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward.

Course #: BW13-6
Dates: July 9
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by July 8; 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.

 

Third Star (NR)
James’ lifelong but hapless pals decide that one last adventure will be a hoot and morale booster for their mate who is dying from an incurable disease. So they drag his three-wheeler chair loaded up with tents, drug supplies and a potted tree they will plant at journey’s end — across fields, forest and coastal terrain. Their destination is Barafundle Bay – a stunning, secluded inlet in Wales that James adores. And you can see it in James’ face too. He thinks that if he can just get there “intact” – everything will be all right somehow. But of course nothing goes to plan and despite the odd belly-laugh along the way, the journey tests their friendship and loyalties to the absolute limit.

Course #: SF13-8
Dates: April 28
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by April 24 Registration Policy

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

 

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August: Osage County (R)
August: Osage County tells the dark, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. “August” centers on three sisters (played by Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) returning to their Oklahoma home in the wake of a tragedy that reveals secrets, severs ties but leaves many with an outlook on family, relationships and life. The cast also includes Sam Shepherd, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Course #: SF13-9
Dates: May 21
Time: Wednesday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by May 19 Registration Policy

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

 

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Her (R)
Have you ever been having a conversation with someone when suddenly they become so engrossed in their smartphone that it’s clear they’d rather be interacting with a device than you? This is the setting of the love story, Her. Joaquin Phoenix starts as Theodore, a recently divorced loner who falls in love with his phone’s latest operating system. The operating system known as Samantha is the voice of Scarlett Johansson and leaves no question why a man might fall for a piece of software. This brave new world is not without pitfalls, however, and will leave you with lots to think about as we move toward a more technology-focused lifestyle.

Course #: SF13-10
Dates: June 23
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by June 19 Registration Policy

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

 

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The Book Thief (PG13)
Based on the international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

Course #: SF13-11
Dates: July 28
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by July 24 Registration Policy

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

 

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Philomena (PG13)
Philomena is based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent, Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. Philomena Lee (Dench), is mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — who was given away for adoption in the United States. Philomena was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

Course #: SF13-12
Dates: August 25
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by August 21 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.

Course #: YG13-15
Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by April 2 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).

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 #: YG13-16
Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Times:Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by April 2 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.

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 #: YG13-20
Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $70 OR $20/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $20/class
Register by April 3 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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African Drumming
Anyone with a drum is welcome to join us on these four evenings at Womanspace (Womanspace has several drums they can loan out…call for availability). We will experience the joy and power of community drumming as well as have an opportunity to listen to some amazing African drumming music as we learn to follow along and play different rhythms. If you have a drum, and you want to be part of a joyful community, you will NOT miss these drumming nights!

Course #: AA13-1
Dates: May 14, June 18, July 23, August 20
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30p (starts at 6:30 on June 18)
Facilitators: Guest Drummers
Location: Anjali Pavilion or William Reif Gallery
Fee: Freewill offering
Registrations preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Registration Policy

 

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