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Fall Your Guide


Supper & Film: Calendar Girls

Foam Rolling Relief
Dec. 1, 10:30–11:30a

Lunch & Learn:
Mother India in Verse

Dec. 3, Noon–1:00p

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Dec. 4, 9:30 & 5:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
Dec. 5, 10:00–11:00p

Art Uncorked:
Chinese Painting

Dec. 9, 6:00–8:00p

5 Things to Give Up
to Be Happy

Dec. 11, 1:00–2:30p

Mindfulness Group
Dec. 15, Noon–1:30p

Art Lecture:
Louise Nevelson

Dec. 11, 1:00–2:30p

Holiday Buffet & Film: The Holiday
Dec. 17, Noon–1:30p

Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec. 18, 6:30–8:00p


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Rockford Womanspace


Lunch and Learn

A mid-day opportunity for you to take a little “time-out” for food and conversation. Bring a sack lunch; Womanspace will supply beverages and the speaker. Lunch & Learn programs are sponsored by:

Slaga Law Slaga Law


The Story of Mother India | Foods That Heal |
Avoiding Travel Horrors
| Facebook…Q&A |
Hermitage Retreating 101


The Story of Mother India
Composed and created over 25 years ago by Professor Kanwal Prashar, The Story of Mother India is in Hindi and translated into English verse. This updated presentation includes a slide show and a powerful, chronological history of India, covering major events and personalities. Professor Prashar will sing portions as we are transported through time and space to his native India. Don’t miss this cultural and historical event!

Kanwal teaches World Religion at RVC and Rockford University, and is one of the founders and president of the Rockford Interfaith Council. Kanwal was instrumental in reactivating the India Association of Greater Rockford and is a founder of Hindu Satsang of Greater Rockford. He is a lifetime member of Brahmin Samaj of North America and life member and past president of the Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Course #: LL14-6
Date: December 3
Time: Wednesday, Noon-1:00p
Presenter: Professor Kanwal Prashar
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by December 1 Registration Policy

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Foods That Heal & Foods That Debilitate the Body
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, " Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food." This L&L will help you do just that. Learn what foods regulate blood pressure, balance insulin, relieve pain and protect immune system from colds and flu. Prescription medications all have side effects, some of which weaken the body.

Ruth Ora Jackson, MS, ND, CNHP, has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and offers psychological and health counseling at her private practice. A member of Womanspace for over 25 years, Ruth has been president of the board and received the Womanspirit Founders Award.

Course #: LL14-7
Date: January 21
Time: Wednesday, Noon-1:00p
Presenter: Ruth Ora Jackson, MS, ND, CNHP
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by January 19. Registration Policy


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Avoiding Travel Horrors
Are you planning a trip and not sure of how to go about it? Are you making your first or fourth International Trip and want to make sure you don’t end up in a non-English speaking country without a clue of how to get to your hotel? Are you wondering whether you should get trip insurance, use a travel agent, what’s the best seat to try to get on the plane, the best time of year to travel to a specific destination, what airlines to avoid, or whether using a tour is the best alternative?

If you have had any of these questions or more, you will want to attend this very informative lunch and learn and get your questions answered by Jan, who has experienced it all! She will talk about what is usually included in a trip, what is your responsibility, what documentation is needed, pros and cons of using a tour, what to expect on a cruise, travel insurance, baggage guidelines, single supplements, solo traveling. You will be able to plan your next trip with a greater level of confidence and knowledge!

As part of a 5th grade Geography assignment, Jan Heuer was ask to list places she would like to see. Her answer: "I want to sail the Seven Seas, visit the seven continents, stand on the Equator and the Prime Meridian, and see Kathmandu and Timbuktu." She has done all this and more in over thirty years of travel. Her travel adventures and experiences have provided a wealth of information, which she will share with the group. She is a former teacher who now spends time as a docent at Anderson Gardens, and Laurent House.

Course #: LL14-8
Date: February 18
Time: Wednesday, Noon-1:00p
Presenter: Jan Heuer
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by February 16. Registration Policy


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Facebook…Q&A with Liz
We want to keep up with friends and family, but lack the confidence or knowledge of how to make use of the world’s fastest growing communication tool, Facebook! If you have resisted using or just get confused about some of the options and tools with this very comprehensive (and some say fun) way of staying in touch, you will want to come to this very informative Q & A on Facebook. Bring your questions and lunch and gain a greater level of confidence in the very popular social medium.

Liz Kulevich Hiemstra is the marketing coordinator at Womanspace. In her spare time she and her husband maintain a five-acre farmette complete with dogs, cats, chickens, and a fishpond. She is also an aspiring flower and produce farmer.

Course #: LL14-9
Date: March 18
Time: Wednesday, Noon-1:00p
Presenter: Liz Kulevich Hiemstra
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by March 16 Registration Policy


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Hermitage Retreating 101
Did you know that within several hours of Rockford, there are three Retreat Centers that you can “escape to” to experience a type of solitude and silence so rarely experienced in our daily lives. Today, more people are going on retreat than every before. People who go on retreat today are not necessarily religious; they come from any background and any age range. What they have in common is a desire for silence, solitude and reflection. These desires are innate to the human condition and are not bound by a particular time, religion or set of beliefs. Join us to meet and learn from Sister Julia Bathon, Executive Director of Christ in the Wilderness in Stockton, Illinois. She will talk about the retreat experience, the benefits of solitude and how to prepare for a three-day stay.

Sr. Julia Marie Bathon, OSF grew up in Pinckneyville, IL the oldest of three girls and six boys. She is a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from St. Louis, MO. Sr. Julia taught elementary school for 14 years; teaching every elementary grade level at some point in time. She was a formation director for her community for 6 years following that. The last 18 years have been spent working in retreat ministry: initially at the Center for Spiritual Development in Bird Island, MN and now Executive Director at Christ in the Wilderness Hermitage Retreat Center in Stockton, IL. She received her Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She is certified in retreat ministry and spiritual direction ministry and has been providing spiritual direction for the last 22 years.

Course #: LL14-10
Date: April 15
Time: Wednesday, Noon-1:00p
Presenter: Sister Julia Bathon, OSF
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by April 13. Registration Policy


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