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NEW! Fall Your Guide

 

Star Student &
Teacher Exhibit

Aug. 12–Sept. 25

Alchemical
Dream Circle

Sept. 27, 6:30–8:30p

Lunch & Learn:
Putting Your
Landscape to Bed

Sept. 28, Noon–1:00p

Ric Rac Attack: Retro Aprons & Dinner
Sept. 28, 6:00–9:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
Sept. 29, 9:30–10:45a

Tap into the Wisdom
of Your Body

Sept. 29, 6:30–8:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
Sept. 30, 10:00–11:00a

The Natural World Exhibit Opening
Sept. 30, 5:30–7:00p

Art as Meditation
Oct. 1, 9:00a–2:00p

Mindfulness Group
Oct. 3, Noon–1:30p

Genealogy Resources
Begins Oct. 4, 1:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

PROGRAMS

Womanspace Rockford

Drum Workshop w/ Helen Bond | Alchemical Dream Circle |
Tap into the Wisdom | Ric Rac Attack | Art as Meditation |
Genealogy Resources | Film: Consider the Conversation |
Rockford's Dark History | Essential Self-Care Practices |
Book Discussion: Just Mercy | Film: Wedding Days

 

Open Up a World of Possibilities:
On the Page and in Our Lives

Our writing can affect our world in endless ways. It can weave beauty in and around our lives. The stories we tell have the ability not only to show our perception and experience of the world, but to change our vision and understanding of it. By creating new possibilities on paper, we open our minds/hearts/souls to the many new treasures and opportunities that lie within us. No experience in writing is necessary but seasoned writers are welcome.

Debby Gaines, a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, 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. Her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn influences 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 #: WRT16-1
Date: Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 14
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debby Gaines, MFA
Location: Media Room
This class is in session.
Register by 9/6. Registration Policy

 

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Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Helen Bond and Fode Camara (visiting Guest Artist from Guinea, West Africa) will be teaching how to play djembe and dunun (bass) drums while sharing the cultural context of the rhythms. They will be offering a workshop series of 4 classes teaching traditional West African Drumming. You will learn techniques and solo patterns as well as a full rhythm on dunun drums (bass drums). Bring your own djembe drum, if you have one, otherwise drums will be provided. All levels welcome!

Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher & 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, whose ancestors created the djembe and dunun drums centuries ago. In addition to touring annually, she teaches at retreats, local schools, colleges and universities. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Through her company, Medusa’s Musical Mysteries, Helen offers classes in Guinean percussion music, drum facilitation, and gives storytelling performances. medusadrums.com

Course #: WK16-2
Dates: September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Time: Sundays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructors: Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Location: Anjali Pavilion
This class is in session.
Register by 9/8. Registration Policy

 

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Alchemical Dream Circle
Enter the land of nocturnal dreams where the magic mirror never lies. Here you will experience a unique blend of DreamPlay and EFT (Energy Field Tapping) with an occasional drop of essential oils thrown in for good measure. You are invited to develop or deepen a relationship with your dreams, starting tonight! Access the wisdom of the invisible realm and light your way to greater peace and pleasure in all areas of your life. Everyone welcome. Bring your curiosity and enjoy!

Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Dream Alchemy Coach, speaker and author, loves to use her “super powers” like seeing in the dark, navigating the land of dreams and tapping to support fellow adventurers in creating playful transformation. As an alchemist she intuitively uses EFT(Energy Field Tapping), essential oils and more to allow even greater magic to happen. Jean Kathryn is a certified Dream Group Facilitator, certified ProEFT Coach, and Law of Attraction Life Coach. She lives in Fairfax, CA.

Course #: WK16-7
Date: September 27
Time: Tuesday, 6:30–8:30p
Instructor: Jean Kathryn Carlson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by 9/26. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Tap into the Wisdom of Your Body
“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.” — Henry Miller.

Physical symptoms and negative emotions are distressing disruptions in our energy system. With EFT (Energy Field Tapping) you can tap on directly on energy meridians and get the energy flowing again. When energy flows you feel more at ease and get to enjoy a greater sense of relaxation. It’s easy! All it takes is curiosity, fingers and a body! This introduction into the amazingly simple and effective world of tapping will empower you to continue tapping ANYWHERE!

Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Dream Alchemy Coach, speaker and author, loves to use her “super powers” like seeing in the dark, navigating the land of dreams and tapping to support fellow adventurers in creating playful transformation. As an alchemist she intuitively uses EFT(Energy Field Tapping), essential oils and more to allow even greater magic to happen. Jean Kathryn is a certified Dream Group Facilitator, certified ProEFT Coach, and Law of Attraction Life Coach. She lives in Fairfax, CA.

Course #: WK16-8
Date: September 29
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:30p
Instructor: Jean Kathryn Carlson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by 9/28. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Ric Rac Attack: Retro Aprons & Dinner
A colorful and fun presentation on the history of the apron, along with a full retro dinner!

Aprons conjure many a memory for most of us: mothers in the kitchen, grandmothers in the garden or learning to cook our first meal. Spend an autumn evening learning some fun history of this cloth workhorse and enjoy a mid-century meal complete with a JELL-O mold, of course!

Nancy Stacy, is author of Susan M’Gusan, the Girl of my Choosin’ – A Collection of Childhood Memories. Former nurse and retired from Midway Village Museum, Nancy now enjoys writing and speaking throughout Northern Illinois.

Course #: WK16-9
Date: September 28
Time: Wednesday, 6:00–9:00p
Presenter: Nancy Hanewell Stacy
Chefs: Rosemary Larson, Sue Stauffer & Carol Valaitis
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by 9/21. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Art as Meditation
Open yourself up to a day of calm during this one-day workshop. Use art as meditation by learning about mindfulness, experiencing different meditation techniques, and being creative during the process! Participants will be meditating, painting and crafting. Allow Maggie Story from Mindful Spirit Meditation draw you in to your creative, tranquil self. No prior art or meditation experience is required! All materials included. Students will take home 2 – 3 pieces of self-created art. Bring a sack lunch.

Maggie Story, a public school educator, became interested in meditation and holistic healing alternatives when a series of difficult and painful life experiences transpired challenging her core beliefs and values. After attending a meditation-healing retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, Maggie started meditating daily. She is now certified in meditation and a Master Reiki practitioner. Maggie hosts half-day and full-day workshops for adults, teens, and children.

Course #: WK16-10
Date: October 1
Time: Saturday, 9:00a–2:00p
Instructor: Maggie Story
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $110
Members' Fee: $95
Register by 9/29. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Genealogy Resources for Growing Your Tree
Being a family tree “detective” has both technical and creative aspects. We’ll discuss the typical resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources aren’t available. Learn how census forms can reveal surprising information. Understand how to research immigration and naturalization records. Each class will include time to discuss and work on your tree. It is helpful to bring a laptop or iPad if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided. Register by the deadline in order to receive a list of materials by e-mail.

Marsha Cowen Hosfeld is the past president of the Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogical Society. She has been working on her family tree for over ten years. Her other hobby, photography, has come in handy when working on, sharing, and preserving her family history. She hopes to “infect” you with the genealogy bug!

Course #: WK16-11
Dates: October 4, 11, 18
Time: Tuesdays, 1:00–2:30p
Instructor: Marsha Hosfeld
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40
Members' Fee: $30
Register by 9/29. Registration Policy

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Film & Discussion: Consider the Conversation
Why is it that we make goals and plans throughout our life but avoid the difficult health care decisions that often come at the end of life? This film, the first of three to be completed, helps us look at what we want and how to share those wants with those who need to know. It is a heart-warming, courage-building, and beautiful look at what some people see as a scary time. Bring a friend or a loved one. They will thank you.

Joe Valaitis, a long-time Womanspace supporter, was a cardiologist for 40 years and a member of the Rockford Memorial Hospital Biomedical Ethics committee for 20 years. Recently, he moved to providing palliative and hospice care.

Angela Miller Mascharka has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Rockford Health System/Mercyhealth for the past 25 years & is currently working at the Cancer Center located at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She also provides clinical counseling through her private practice at Glenwood Center. Angela has been actively involved with Advance Directives initiatives in the Rockford area for many years and has extensive experience providing these services to patients and families.

Course #: WK16-12
Date: October 5
Time: Wednesday, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitators: Joe Valaitis, MD & Angela Miller Mascharka, LCSW
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 9/29. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Rockford's Dark History —
Ghostly Encounters & Ghastly Crimes

Kathi Kresol, local historian and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours will share stories of Winnebago County dark history and ghostly encounters. Kathi has been researching Rockford’s history for over 10 years for Haunted Rockford Tours and her local newspaper column, “Voices from the Grave.” Her first book, Murder and Mayhem in Rockford was published in November 2015. Kathi will share some of the most unusual stories she has collected that portray the dark side of human nature.

Kathi Kresol has worked at the Rockford Public Library for years and loves sharing, in any way possible, her enthusiasm for reading. She started teaching history using ghost stories when she homeschooled her children. Kathi loved the research and the ghost stories so much, she wanted to share them with the Rockford community. She found the perfect solution in forming Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours. Kathi is passionate about history and is honored that she can share stories of the men, women, and children who settled Rockford and gave so much to create our rich history.

Angela Miller Mascharka has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Rockford Health System/Mercyhealth for the past 25 years & is currently working at the Cancer Center located at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She also provides clinical counseling through her private practice at Glenwood Center. Angela has been actively involved with Advance Directives initiatives in the Rockford area for many years and has extensive experience providing these services to patients and families.

Course #: WK16-13
Date: October 27
Time: Thursday, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitators: Kathi Kresol
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 10/26. Registration Policy

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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Essential Self-Care Practices for the Prime Years
This experiential program is designed to help women “re-tool” for the next chapter of life. Many of us are natural caregivers of others but we haven’t yet learned to give care to ourselves. Come and learn essential self-care practices to help guide you through this exciting time. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Karen Radtke is an Advanced Practice Nurse (Nurse Practitioner), and a board certified Holistic Nurse. She has a passion to help people improve their health.

Course #: WK16-14
Date: November 3
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:00p
Presenter: Karen Radtke, MSN, APN
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/2. Registration Policy

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Book Discussion: Just Mercy
Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins will lead our discussion of the Best-seller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. The one commonality of people on death row: if their victim was white, the perpetrator is 11 times more likely to be condemned to die than if their victim was black. As a 23-year-old Harvard law student and intern, Stevenson’s first assignment was to deliver a message to a man living on death row. This assignment led to his calling: representing the innocent, the inadequately defended, the children, the domestic abuse survivors, the mentally ill. This book shows how the poor and disadvantaged are punished — and the need for equal justice.

The Honorable Rosemary Collins is the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Division, Presiding Judge of the Family Law Division, and carries a full time felony trial calendar as a Circuit Court Judge. She is chairperson is the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Family Violence Coordinating Council, President of the Board of Directors for Children’s Safe Harbor, and spearheaded the opening of the Domestic Violence Assistance Center in the courthouse. Judge Collins is a member of the Womanspace Advisory Council.

Course #: WK16-15
Date: November 7
Time: Monday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Judge Rosemary Collins
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/3. Registration Policy

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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Film & Discussion: Wedding Days
Twenty couples all on one weddings page of a 1980s British newspaper, captured for a moment in time. What would happen to those happy, smiling couples once they embarked on married life together? Wedding Days proved to be a fascinating journey — a charming, moving film that provided a social history of Britain, a unique perspective of both marriage and of the last quarter of a century. See how society and married life had changed over this period and what did and did not make for a happy marriage.

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

Course #: WK16-16
Date: November 10
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitator: Connie Wenger
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/9. Registration Policy

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