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Winter Your Guide

 

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Dec. 18, 9:30 & 5:30p

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

Therapeutic Yoga
Dec. 19, 10:00–11:00p

Foam Rolling Relief
Jan. 5, 10:30–11:30a

Mindfulness Group
Jan. 5, Noon–1:30p

Nia
Jan. 5, Noon–1:00p

"Dorothy Bock:
Coming Full Circle" Opening Reception

Jan. 9, 5:30–7:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

 

Programs

 

Fabulous Fashionistas | Community Writing Class | Meditation | Archetypes & Art | Food Patriots | Girl Rising |
Nerdy Optometrist Cooks Fish | What Was Said & What We Heard | The Intouchables

 

Film & Discussion: Fabulous Fashionistas
This Cutting Edge documentary explores the art of ageing with six extraordinary women who have an average age of 80, and who are determined to look fabulous, have fun and redefine old age.

A recent article stated the following, “… there are moral rules governing the clothes we wear, especially as we age. Short skirts, low necks and even sleeveless dresses are taboo, presumably on the grounds that the older female body is so repellent that it should be kept under wraps.”

Wouldn’t it be great not to give a darn about what fashion dictates and just dress to suit yourself all of the time? Get introduced to some very fun, healthy women who can certainly model that type of behavior and it may even change the way you think about your closet!

Connie Wenger retired from a 22-year career in corporate America and spent a few years exploring her options. She volunteers for several non-profits, is on the Womanspace Board, ran for local public office, served in the Peace Corps, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren!

Course #: WK14-9
Date: January 13
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Connie Wenger
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Jan. 12. Registration Policy

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Creating Stories & Sharing Lives –
A Community Based Writing Class

Everyone has a story to tell. This class is based on turning autobiographical material into original writing through personal essay, memoir, short stories, or poetry. Whether you are a published writer, have work in progress, or have only thought about writing, you are welcome to join in. Come learn how to open a window into your world with your own unique voice. Learn new ways to spark your creativity, find inspiration, and connect to the spiritual aspect of your writing. Enjoy the focus and support of creating in community.

Deborah Gaines is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer who fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She earned an MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, moved back to the cornfields she grew up with, and continued her career in funeral service. It is her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn that create the influence for her writing. She is currently working on a multi-genre memoir, using her own life as a microcosm to create a layered look at society’s fascination with and avoidance of death.

Course #: WK14-10
Date: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Time: Mondays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debbie Gaines, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $120 (by Jan. 10); $135 (after Jan. 10)
Members' Fee: $100 (by Jan. 10); $120 (after Jan. 10)
Register by Jan. 14. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Beginning/Re-Engaging Meditation
Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. This class is for the person wanting to learn this process or re-engage after slipping out of a regular practice. Whether you’re seeking greater focus to get your job done more efficiently, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down. You can also choose to do this in a sitting position on the floor or in a chair.

Dr. Shiraz Tata came to the US from India to obtain a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then moved to Rockford, where she has lived for the past 20 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions and dialogues on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.

Course #: WK14-11
Date: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00a
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40
Members' Fee: $35
Register by Jan. 17. Registration Policy

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Archetypes & Art
King, Queen, Lover, Warrior, Magician — all are symbolic archetypes used cross-culturally in myth and storytelling. Carl Jung gave us new understanding of the conscious and unconscious in the early 20th century, suggesting the existence of universal forms (archetypes) that channel experiences and emotions. This results in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior. Art complements this theory by making these energy patterns concrete and tangible. We will focus on the four archetypal patterns above and link them to an art form to gain a new connection to the internal self and create a road map for living life.

Kathy Cox is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Connections Therapy Center and has 30 years experience in the mental health field. Her approach is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and expressive therapy. Kathy provides tools to help clients connect to feelings, gain self- empowerment, and create solutions for transformation.

Course #: WK14-12
Date: January 29
Time: Thursdays, 6:00–9:00p
Facilitator: Kathy Cox
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $45
Members' Fee: $35
Register by Jan. 26. Registration Policy

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Film & Discussion: Food Patriots
Touched by their son’s battle with a food borne super bug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. This film looks at changes in purchasing, growing and eating better food from the view of a Chicago suburban family. Their journey takes you across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin and introduces you to many ways that communities have been uniting efforts to educate, grow better food and look at food differently. One of the great messages of the film is that it is not an all-or-nothing choice. Even small changes can have a positive impact on your life and health.

Amanda Kirchner is the business development manager for a local software company in Rockford. She serves as a member of the Womanspace Program Committee and is very active with several major fundraising events including LUNAFEST. When not working, she is an avid reader, loves to decorate and is taking numerous classes to develop her creativity. She loves to learn and stay up-to-date on current events both on a local and national level.

Course #: WK14-13
Date: February 12
Time: Thursday, 7:00–9:00p
Facilitator: Amanda Kirchner
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Feb. 10. Registration Policy

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Film & Discussion: Girl Rising
Open to girls 12 and older. This amazing movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Each girl’s story was written by a renowned writer from her native country. Narrators include some of our favorite actors: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, and Kerry Washington.

Ruth Ora Jackson, MS, ND, CNHP, has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and offers psychological and health counseling in 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 #: WK14-14
Date: March 3
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Ruth Ora Jackson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by Feb. 26. Registration Policy

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Nerdy Optometrist Cooks Fish!
Doug is making a second appearance (by request of those who attended last time) and is going to prepare one of his favorite dishes….FISH! Many people may find the idea of cooking fish at home a little intimidating; however, with a little practice, you can learn to make delicious fish every time. Doug will walk you through the steps to fix a flavorful, healthy fish entrée and then you will get to enjoy sampling the end product! You will find yourself cooking and enjoying fish much more often! Doug’s knowledge and presentation style will have you walking away with a new-found confidence and a smile on your face.

Doug Shumaker, a self-proclaimed nerdy optometrist by day, started cooking at age ten, naively accepting the challenge from his exasperated mother, “If you don’t like what I cook, you can cook for yourself!” Cooking for himself became a necessity and part creative joy. After changing the classic recipe for oatmeal cookies to suit his personal tastes, the myth of “cooking is hard” was shattered, and he was hooked. He has published the book Chicks Dig Guys Who Cook.

Course #: WK14-15
Date: March 4
Time: Wednesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Dr. Douglas Shumaker
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $30
Members' Fee: $25
Register by Feb. 26. Registration Policy

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What Was Said & What We Heard
Many of us follow an inner script that was primarily written by others and tends to contain many negative messages. Most of these messages were learned when we were young and impressionable children. Those messages often get in the way of meaningful and sometimes important conversations and relationships – often with people we care the most about.

Well, we’re not kids anymore and we have the ability to rewrite the script and enjoy a healthier communication style and self-concept. Join Shiraz as she shares some of the most common messages we tell ourselves and tips for rewriting those scripts.

Dr. Shiraz Tata came to the US from India to obtain a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then moved to Rockford, where she has lived for the past 20 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions and dialogues on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.

Course #: WK14-16
Date: April 7
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $30
Members' Fee: $25
Register by April 2. Registration Policy

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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Film & Discussion: The Intouchables
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. French with subtitles.

Carol Valaitis is a retired teacher, past President of Womanspace and avid traveler, reader and film aficionado. With a Masters Degree in Education for the Gifted & Talented, she taught gifted students grades 2–6 for 20 years in Rockford, Batavia and Woodstock.

Pat Lai, BFA, has over 25 years of graphic design experience. She is currently Graphic Designer/Office Coordinator at Womanspace. Pat has enjoyed watching foreign films since the 80s!

Course #: WK14-17
Date: April 22
Time: Wednesday, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Carol Valaitis & Pat Lai
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by April 20. Registration Policy

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