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NEW! Summer
Your Guide

 

"Words & Pictures"
Art Exhibit

March 13–May 9

Retreat: A Day of Silence & Mindfulness
April 19, 11:00a–5:00p

Foam Rolling Relief
April 20, 10:30–11:30a

Meditation
April 21, 9:00–10:00a

Art Journal: Watercolor
April 21, 6:00–8:00p

Watercolor
Begins April 22, 10:00a

Film & Discussion:
The Intouchables

Begins April 22, 10:00a

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
April 23, 9:30–10:45a

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
April 23, 5:30–6:45p

Therapeutic Yoga
April 24, 10:00–11:00a

Supper & Film:
Magic in the Moonlight

April 27, 6:00–9:00p

Photography
for Pleasure

April 28, 6:30–8:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Womanspace Rockford

 

Programs

 

Community Writing Class | Meditation | The Intouchables |
Honoring the Perfect Mother: Yours | Your Hands Hold Your Health |

 

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
This class is in session.

Registration Policy

 

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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 or $15/session
Members' Fee: $35 or $15/session
Register by Monday before. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
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

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

 

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Honoring the Perfect Mother: Yours
Tom Zuba believes that one of the reasons you were each born is to fall in love with yourself — your very self — the way we are each loved by our Divine Mother/Father. He believes that the way your own mother “loved” you is the perfectly imperfect door, one of them, you may walk through to teach yourself how to love in this divine way. And when you’re lucky enough to be cracked wide open by the death of a beloved — your child, spouse, partner, parent, or dear friend — your invitation to heal all that seems broken is a fast-track pass. Join Tom for this provocative, expansive conversation rooted in a new way to do Mother’s Day. After the discussion, Tom will be signing his new book, “Permission to Mourn.”

Tom Zuba is a life coach, author and speaker teaching people all over the world a new way to do grief. Tom offers those living with the death of someone they love dearly the tools, knowledge, and wisdom to create a full, joy-filled life.

In 1990, Tom’s 18-month-old daughter Erin died suddenly. His 43-year-old wife Trici died equally as suddenly on New Year’s Day 1999 and his 13-year-old son Rory died from brain cancer in 2005. Tom and his son Sean are exploring life one day at a time in Rockford, Illinois.

Tom’s first book “Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief” is available in paperback at Womanspace and many Barnes and Noble stores. It may be special-ordered by any bookstore in the world, and both Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com carry it in paperback and as an eBook. To learn more visit www.TomZuba.com.

Course #: WK14-19
Date: May 6
Time: Wednesday, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitator: Tom Zuba
Location: William Reif Gallery
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by May 4. Registration Policy

 

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Your Hands Hold Your Health
Are you looking for easy ways to balance your bodily functions, decrease stress and relax? Reflexology is an ancient art and science using reflex points in the hands, feet or ears to balance the messages to the nervous system throughout the body. This class will focus on how you can work points in your hands to affect health and balance in all parts of your body. We will focus on headaches, gastrointestinal concerns and back pain. Join us and find some of your own “sweet spots.”

Melody Pearson is accredited by the American Reflexology Certification Board and has been a reflexologist in the Rockford area since 2010. She has advanced training in fibromyalgia and pain management.

Course #: WK14-20
Date: May 20
Time: Wednesday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Melody Pearson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by May 18. Registration Policy

 

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