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Summer Your Guide


Passport to the Arts Preview Show
July 10–August 1

Supper & Film: Wild
July 27, 6:00–9:00p

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

Therapeutic Yoga
July 31, 10:00–11:00a

Foam Rolling &
Core Strengthening

Aug. 3, 10:30–11:30a

Fashion Design Camp
Begins Aug. 3, 9:00a

Rust Dyeing
Aug. 4, 1:00–3:00p

Lunch & Learn:
Hug a Dog

Aug. 5, Noon–1:00p

Date Night in Mud
Begins Aug. 7, 6:00p

Celebrate the Light
Aug. 7–9


Calendar of Events


Womanspace Rockford




Drumming with Helen Bond | Community Writing Class



Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher and storyteller who has found music to be an inspiration and source of strength and resiliency since her childhood. For the last 15 years, Helen has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Helen was honored with the 2015 Jack Benny Arts and Humanities Award as a percussionist, teacher, storyteller, and humanitarian who works to bring clean water to people in Guinea, West Africa.


The Benkadi Project
Helen Bond first went to Guinea, West Africa in 2001 to study the traditional music and culture. While there she connected with the people who were so kind, generous and hospitable despite their struggles. Helen co-founded Motherland Rhythm Community’s Benkadi Project with Amy Lusk who also traveled to Guinea. Over the years with donor support, they have built and repaired schools in villages, dug and repaired wells, built a youth center, supported an elderly women’s garden, paid for urban school fees for youth, provided emergency medical and food assistance. For the past 3 years they have been focused on making and delivering biosand water filters made out of cement. These water filters provide clean water for a family of 10 for more than 10 years.

Join us for this inspiring story about how friends from different cultures connected through music and friendship and came together to improve the health and well-being of a community.

Course #: WK14-28
Date: August 15
Time: Saturday, 4:00–5:00p
Facilitator: Helen Bond
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by August 13. Registration Policy


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Medusa Drums
This is an evening you will not want to miss whether you are a complete novice or an experienced drummer! Helen Bond’s workshops provide a unique and energizing opportunity to experience the joy and power of community drumming. Her teaching style allows each person to progress steadily in skill and experience and grasp the melodies and rhythms of West African music. Learn the culture behind the African Drums as well as learning a full rhythm and song during this workshop. Each participant will have an opportunity to use two different types of drums (provided for this event) and learn the joy and healing power of traditional West African hand drumming and songs.

Course #: WK14-29
Date: August 15
Time: Tuesday, 6:00–9:00p
Facilitator: Helen Bond
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $60
Members' Fee: $50
Register by August 13. Registration Policy

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Participant's Name & Phone


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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. Come explore ways to access not only your mind’s memories, but also your body’s sensations and spirit’s connections to your story. In addition to writing, we will walk the labyrinth, move our bodies, sketch our stories, and strengthen our 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 #: WK14-26
Date: June 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17, 31
Time: Mondays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debbie Gaines, MFA
Location: Media Room
This class is in session.
Register by June 20. Registration Policy


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