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    • May 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 17, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Womanspace William Reif Gallery
    Registration is closed

    Mondays, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17
    10:00 am–12:30 pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    This group is for members who share the events of their lives with one another on a deep level. Since the content of this group is "LIFE," women reflect on the learnings, patterns, relationships and spiritual growth opportunities that life presents every day. Regular attendance and confidentiality are requirements.

    Current group is full. Interested in joining a new group? Contact Elaine. With enough inquiries, Seekers 2 will form.

    • July 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 4
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    Wednesdays, 
    July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Freya

    Class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. Learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled shoes.

    Register by: 6/30

    • July 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 5
    Register


    Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19

    6:00–7:00 pm

    Facilitator: Freya

    Class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. Learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Some choreography will incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals which will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of items and hip scarves may be available for purchase  or references for online purchases will be shared.

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror), smooth-soled shoes.

    Register by: 6/30

    • July 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 05, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Saturdays, July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator:  Freya

    Prerequisite: Either one Intro to Belly Dance course or previous training in another belly dance class. 

    Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. You will have fun while building confidence, strength & grace. In this intermediate class, we will build upon the foundational moves learned in the Intro class. Short combinations & choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Choreography will become more complex as we begin to layer multiple moves into the dance or incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals. Props will be available to borrow in class.  For those who want their own, a limited number of props & hip scarves are available for purchase from the instructor. 

    Come in yoga pants, leggings or other attire that allows full range of motion. No baggy shirts, baggy pants or long skirts as it’s important for you and the instructor to see your body positions. Also, a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips is helpful to see your hip movements in the mirror.

    Register by: 7/17

    • July 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 10
    Register

    Thursdays, July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27

    6:00–7:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Beth Campisi

    Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 8 and face masks are required.

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome! Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums (exercise ball) for a fun, high energy workout. Reduce stress, improve your mood and get fit while having fun with Cardio Drumming! Required equipment: exercise ball (limited supply available for purchase $15), a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on (limited supply available for purchase $5), and drum sticks. 

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • August 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 24, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Anjali Pavilion
    Register

    Monday, August 3, 10, 17, 24

    1:30- 2:30pm

    Facilitator:  Nancy Mayhew

    Qigong is a gentle exercise system with relaxed exercise and regulation of mind and breath. It has gentle flowing stretches and soft, rhythmic movements performed with focus. It improves all of the functions of the body including the digestive, nervous and immune system. It also improves core strength and posture, plus it increases flexibility. It can be practiced either standing or sitting. All ages and abilities are welcome.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • August 04, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 26, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford IL 61114
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    Volunteers Are Needed! 

    Commemorate the 100th Anniversary

    of Women Receiving the Vote —

    Make YOUR mark in history that will become part of a community sculpture


    Tuesday, August 4, 1:00-4:00p

    Thursday, August 6, 1:00-4:00p | 6:00–9:00p

    Tuesday, August 11, 10:00a–12:00p  |  1:00–3:00p  |  4:00–6:00p

    Wednesday, August 12, 10:00a–12:00p  |  1:00–3:00p  |  4:00–6:00p

    Thursday, August 20, 6:00–9:00p

    Tuesday, August 25, 10:00a–12:00p  |  1:00–3:00p  |  4:00–6:00p

    Wednesday, August 26, 10:00a–12:00p  |  1:00–3:00p  |  4:00–6:00p


    Face masks and social distancing required!

    For ages 8–Adult (kids 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Come to one or several community-build FREE ART WORKSHOPS.  Make your special piece that will become part of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial sculpture. No experience is necessary to participate in these workshops. You will learn and practice new skills.

    Cost: FREE and all materials supplied

    Space is limited to 10 people so REGISTER to reserve your spot!

    This project is partially funded by an Arts & Humanities Focus Area Grant from

    the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

    • August 04, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 25, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 7
    Register

    Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25

    9:00–10:00 am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, 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! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.


    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • August 04, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 25, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 3
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    Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25

    11:00–12:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is online only (Zoom). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • August 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27

    9:30–10:45 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is online only (Zoom). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/ stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening.  Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Register by: 8/4

    • August 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 2
    Register

    Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is online only (Zoom). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.

    Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.   

    • August 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • September 11, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Fridays,  Aug 7, 14. 21, 28, Sept 4, 11

    10:00–12:00 pm 

    Facilitator: Sabrina Tassoni

    Due to the Covid19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and masks will be required in the studio.

    Beginning–Intermediate Level. This class will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of creating pottery on a pottery wheel or someone with little experience who wants to further develop their skills. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgraffito, and more. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Each student must bring an apron, hand towel and their own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).

    Register by: 8/05


    • August 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 16, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • New Dimensions Upper Studio & Grounds
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Sunday,  August 9, 16

    1:00–4:00 pm

    Facilitator: Emily Watson Rice

    Learn the art of silk dyeing! This simple technique is easy to grasp for novices but flexible enough to allow for loads of creativity. Once students have learned the basics of ombre dyeing, they will learn the unique technique of layering lace transfer dyes over top of their ombre. Students will experiment on practice fabric before moving to their main project — dyeing their own silk scarf. Dress for mess — wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting permanently dyed. 

    Fee includes rubber gloves, dye & two silk scarves. Additional scarves will be available for purchase during class, if students would like to work on additional projects. ($10-$25 each depending on the size)

      Register by: 8/7


      • August 11, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
      • Online/ZOOM
      • 15
      Registration is closed

      Tuesday, August 11

      12:00 – 1:30 pm

      Facilitator: Gloria Perez

      This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

      In this group, find a safe place to share your stories and deepen your spiritual journey. Our stories are created from the events of our lives, the experiences we go through, the things that we do. We use them to explore the meaning of life and our relationship to spirit within us and around us. 

      Register by: 8/9

      • August 12, 2020
      • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
      • Online/ZOOM
      Register

      Wednesday, August 12

      9:30–11:00 am

      This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

      As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration. 

      Tattoos on the Heart is a breathtaking series of parables distilled from his 20 years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these down-to-earth, utterly heartening essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. 

      With Gregory Boyle’s guidance, we can recognize our own wounds in the broken lives and daunting struggles of the men and women in these parables and learn to find joy in all of the people around us.

      All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

      Register by: 8/10

      • August 12, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 10
      Registration is closed

      Wednesday,  August 12

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Rafaela Wickstrum

      Beginner level. Here comes the sun!...Learn to sculpt your own Sun and use a variety of materials in this class. Paper mache is an exciting medium where you can create 3-dimensional objects. Your imagination makes this class a stepping stone to limitless creativity! No kiln or oven, all air dry materials. There will be a 15 min. break with refreshments halfway through class. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. Come and create something magical! Fee includes ALL materials.

      Register by: 8/10

      • August 13, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 5
      Register

      Thursday, August 13

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/11


      • August 13, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
      • William Reif Gallery and Zoom
      • 11
      Register

      Thursday,  August 13

      12:00–1:30 pm

      Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

      This class is IN-PERSON and online (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. In-person class size is limited.  6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

      James Audubon (1785–1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He is famous for beautifully illustrating, discovering and documenting many types of birds in their U.S. natural settings. The Birds of America, (1827–1839) is a major work of his, and is considered one of the finest ornithological studies ever completed.


      Register by: 8/11

      • August 13, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 6
      Register

      Thursday August 13

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 students and face masks are required.

      So often we think art requires special supplies and $15 tubes of paint. But that isn't always true. In this one night  course, you will be instructed in the creation of one original abstract works of art. You will be shown how use of various implements and tools for the application of paint, as well as, instructed in the use of various types of paints and mediums. Paint, brushes, and tools supplied. Please bring one canvas any size that "speaks" to you.

      Register by: 8/11

      • August 14, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Online/ZOOM
      Register

      Friday, August 14

      10:00 am –12:00 pm

      Cohosted by Womanspace and The Rockford Public Library 

      This program is online only using ZOOM. You will receive the Zoom link to the online skills practice upon registration for this event.

      Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. How we talk among ourselves about "them" fuels fires that threaten our democracy.

      This free, 2-hour workshop (plus a 40-minute online self-study course) will help participants become more aware of their own "inner polarizer." It teaches how to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large parts of the population. And it offers strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded friends when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.

      This online Braver Angels Workshop has two parts. Register now to reserve a space, and then:

      • Complete the 40-minute self-study course on the Braver Angels website (mandatory before participating in the skills practice): SELF-STUDY COURSE
      • Practice the skills learned in the self-study course by attending the online skills practice on Zoom 

      Questions? Contact Chuck Stone: cstone2@sbcglobal.net

      Register by: 8/13

      • August 20, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 10
      Register

      Thursday, August 20

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/18


      • August 22, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 4
      Registration is closed

      Saturday,  August 22

      10:00–1:00 pm

      Facilitator: Norm Knott

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and face masks are required.

      Namaste! For centuries Prayer Flags have been hung to send beneficial prayers and good fortune into the atmosphere every time the wind blows. Using centuries old ground rules we will interpret and design a single Prayer Banner. Each participant will be given a 20x20 cotton banner to decorate with prayers, positivity, good vibes, and the artists' energy. To decorate the banner, we'll use vintage wood blocks from Norm's collection along with pens and paints. When the banner is completed, it can be used to decorate home or garden! All supplies provided. 

      Register by: 8/18   


      • August 22, 2020
      • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
      • 2
      Register

      Saturdays,  Aug 22, 29, Sept 12, 19 (No class 9/5)

      3:00–6:00 pm 

      Facilitator: Annalea Walker

      Due to the Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 4 students and face masks are required.

      Find your signature style! This class will teach you how to merge wheel thrown pottery with hand-building techniques to create beautiful intricate surfaces on functional forms. The instructor will work with each student to produce several wheel thrown forms to be used as blank canvases. Students will then enhance the forms by adding texture, under glaze, low-relief carvings, and more to achieve a one of a kind piece. Sketchbooks, stamps, unconventional tools are welcome! 

      Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Each student must bring an apron, hand towel and their own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).

      Register by: 8/20

      • August 24, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
      • 0
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      Mondays, August 24, 31, Sept 14, 21

      1:00–4:00 pm

      Facilitators:  Linda Ewalt & Jean Schnack

      Due to the Covid19 social distancing recommendations class size is limited to 4 students and masks will be required in the studio.

      Ages 16+. Intermediate–Advanced. Explore new techniques and skills in pottery! In this Decorative Painting Series, you will use underglazes and Stroke and Coat to create uniques pieces of framable art in the styles of artists such as Monet, Lichtenstien, van Gogh and others.

      Class demos and collaboration will promote a fun learning environment while pushing skills and creativity to a higher level. Think outside the box and develop a more creative and artistic expression in clay.  Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and firing. 

      Register by: 8/22




      • August 26, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 7
      Register

      Wednesdays Aug 26, Sept 2, 9, 16

      10:00–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Angie Nofsinger

      Int.–Adv. Learn to draw animals! This class will emphasize creating natural looking fur and striking facial features bringing to life the charm of the animal you choose to draw. Paper will be provided. Supplies needed: your favorite sketching pencils, handheld sharpener, artists eraser, pan pastels set, and colored pencil set. 

      The set of Pan Pastels and the set of colored pencils used for this class will be available for purchase from the instructor. Cost will be $55. If you wish to purchase your own before class a list of supplies will be provided after you register for the class. 

      Register by: 8/24

      • August 26, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
      • William Reif Gallery
      Registration is closed

      Wednesday, August 26

      6:00–7:30 pm

      Facilitator:  Hannah Warren

      In 2008, at the age of 24, after learning about the plight of female weavers while taking their portraits in Maheshwar, Madya Pradesh, India, Hannah Warren was inspired to found Jhoole (pronounced Joo lay), a non-profit, eco fashion, social enterprise designed to combat poverty and empower women. Jhoole will impact over 2,000 people by the end of this year. Hear the women's stories, brought to life by images and videos, and learn about the exciting plans for future collaborations between Jhoole and Womanspace. The presentation will be followed by a discussion on Women's rights globally and how to be an advocate for women's empowerment worldwide.

      Recommended reading: Half the sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.




      • August 27, 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 10
      Register

      Thursday, August 27

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

      Facilitator:  Sue Abare

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited and face masks are required.

      Summer's here and while still respecting the safety requirements of the experts, we want to take a dip! We're "skinning" things down to accommodate Corona 19. This is a watercolor open studio in the Anjali Pavillon, with Sue Abare. To provide social distancing, each person will have a card table and chair (provided), wear masks, and bring our own supplies and a table covering. Open studio means you will also bring your own subject matter reference, or feel free to paint from the beautiful scenery around you.  You are welcome to move your chair to the garden to paint! Please note this is a one day session and you must register for each individual session.

      Note:  This class is only for previous students of Sue Abare's watercolor classes.  

      Register by: 8/25


      • August 27, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • New Dimensions Upper Studio
      • 6
      Register

      Thursday August 27

      6:00–9:00 pm

      Facilitator: Eamonn Talkington

      Due to Covid-19 social distancing recommendations, class size is limited to 6 students and face masks are required.

      So often we think art requires special supplies and $15 tubes of paint. But that isn't always true. In this one night  course, you will be instructed in the creation of one original abstract works of art. You will be shown how use of various implements and tools for the application of paint, as well as, instructed in the use of various types of paints and mediums. Paint, brushes, and tools supplied. Please bring one canvas any size that "speaks" to you.

      Register by: 8/25

      • August 29, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
      • TBA
      Register

      Saturday, August 29

      9:00–10:30 am

      Facilitator:  Hannah Warren

      Let's get our bodies moving, admire nature, soak in the fresh air and form wonderful friendships. This group will meet in scenic places throughout the area. Each individual can go their preferred distance and speed. Session will conclude with a 10-minute meditation to savor the "endorphin rush." Optional group coffee at varying places to follow. Based on recommendations from the group, we will try new locations for each session.

      Register by: 8/27

      • August 30, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
      • Anjali Pavilion
      • 17
      Register

      Sunday, August 30

      1:00-4:00 pm

      Facilitator: Helen Bond

      This workshop will be held in the Anjali Pavilion.  Social distancing & face masks are required!

      Helen will share with everyone the great joy of traditional hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. Come be a part of this joyful group where we come together as a small village and enjoy the uplifting beauty of the traditional hand drumming ensemble. You will learn basic rhythms on dunun drums and the djembe accompaniment parts. You’ll also learn the origins of each rhythm, receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional djembe orchestra and deepen your understanding of place of music, dance, and song in West African life. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels — beginners to professional. Drums are available for use during the class for those students who do not have a drum.

      Register by: 8/28

      • September 09, 2020
      • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
      • Online/ZOOM
      Register

      Wednesday, September 9

      9:30–11:00 am

      This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

      Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its unspeakable atrocities and left her without a sense of cultural belonging. Yet Nora knew little about her own family’s involvement in the war: though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

      In her late thirties, after twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child and young adult. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy. Her quest, spanning continents and generations, pieces together her family’s troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her generation. –goodreads.com

      All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

      Register by: 9/7

      • September 21, 2020
      • (CDT)
      • December 21, 2020
      • (CST)
      • 4 sessions
      • William Reif Gallery
      Register

      Mondays, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21
      10:00 am–12:30 pm

      Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

      This group is for members who share the events of their lives with one another on a deep level. Since the content of this group is "LIFE," women reflect on the learnings, patterns, relationships and spiritual growth opportunities that life presents every day. Regular attendance and confidentiality are requirements.

      Current group is full. Interested in joining a new group? Contact Elaine. With enough inquiries, Seekers 2 will form.

      • October 14, 2020
      • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
      • Online/ZOOM
      Register

      Wednesday, October 14

      9:30–11:00 am

      This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

      In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

      1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

      1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the "queen of spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

      Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. –goodreads.com

      All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

      Register by: 10/12

      • November 11, 2020
      • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
      • Online/ZOOM
      Register

      Wednesday, November 11

      9:30–11:00 am

      This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

      The true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white—until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person.

      Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.

      Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie’s sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it’s like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman—the person everyone believes her to be—and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It’s only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita’s brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister’s, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita’s college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. –goodreads.com

      All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

      Register by: 11/9

    Past events

    August 08, 2020 Cancelled: Vision & Values: An Action Board Workshop (WK19-49)
    August 05, 2020 Cancelled: Art Critique Group (ART19-41)
    August 02, 2020 Cancelled: Full Moon Sound Healing – Aug. (MD19H-43)
    July 30, 2020 Skinny Dip! V (WC19-50)
    July 29, 2020 The Art of Abstraction III (AC19T-43)
    July 29, 2020 Whimsical Handbuilt Creations II (HB19B-42)
    July 28, 2020 Cancelled: Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery II – Tues PM (WT19T-42)
    July 28, 2020 Beginning Wheel Thrown & Handbuilt Pottery II – Tues. AM (HB19T-42)
    July 27, 2020 The Benefits of Fasting (WK19-50)
    July 27, 2020 Manic Monday: Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery II (INT19N-42)
    July 25, 2020 Saturday Beginner-Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery I (WT19S-42)
    July 25, 2020 Get Your Body Moving! (GW19-43)
    July 23, 2020 Cancelled: Musical Windchime (MX19-53)
    July 23, 2020 Skinny Dip! IV (WC19-49)
    July 22, 2020 Mosaic Jewelry (MX19-52)
    July 22, 2020 Cancelled: Drawing Basics: Portraits (DW19-44)
    July 22, 2020 Cancelled: Draw People in Dry Medium (DW19-42)
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    July 20, 2020 Hippy Dippy Stick (MX19-51)
    July 20, 2020 Fired-Up About Clay-Beyond the Bowl (CW19-42)
    July 19, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – July (DR19B-43)
    July 16, 2020 Skinny Dip! III (WC19-48)
    July 15, 2020 Cancelled: The Art of Abstraction II (AC19T-42)
    July 14, 2020 Cancelled - Mosaic Mirrors (MX19-50)
    July 14, 2020 Cancelled: Stories with Spirit Group (SS19P-43)
    July 12, 2020 Cancelled: Reiki II (HLT19-43)
    July 11, 2020 Cancelled: Build Your Own Magical Fairy House! (MX19-49)
    July 11, 2020 Yoga Nidra – July (YN19-42)
    July 11, 2020 Cancelled: Chakra Club – July (CHC19-43)
    July 11, 2020 Build a Fairy House in the Forest! (MX19-48)
    July 11, 2020 Cancelled: Reiki I (HLT19-42)
    July 09, 2020 Jeweled Suncatcher (MX19-47)
    July 09, 2020 Art Lecture: Ansel Adams (AL19-43)
    July 09, 2020 Skinny Dip! II (WC19-47)
    July 08, 2020 Women's Empowerment Group (GP19-41)
    July 08, 2020 Watercolor Basics: Color Mixing (WC19-45)
    July 08, 2020 Cancelled: Sculpt It: Sun I (MX19-46)
    July 08, 2020 Bookwoman: Beartown (BW19-43)
    July 07, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Tues.) – July (YT19T-43)
    July 07, 2020 Meditation: A Wellness Practice – July (MD19T-43)
    July 06, 2020 Qigong – July (QG19-42)
    July 05, 2020 Full Moon Sound Healing – July (MD19H-42)
    July 03, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Fri.) – July (YT19F-43)
    July 02, 2020 Skinny Dip! I (WC19-46)
    July 02, 2020 Hatha Vinyasa Restorative Yoga – July (YG19-43)
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    June 30, 2020 Watering Can Suncatcher I (MX19-44)
    June 27, 2020 Peace Pole (MX19-43)
    June 27, 2020 Cancelled: Vibrant Health & Success Through Emotional Intelligence (RT19-42)
    June 27, 2020 Get Your Body Moving! (GW19-42)
    June 26, 2020 Cancelled: Reiki Master Class 3A (HLT19-41)
    June 25, 2020 Cancelled: Self-Care for Busy Women (WK19-47)
    June 25, 2020 Light Up Your Garden! (MX19-42)
    June 23, 2020 Cancelled: The Art of Abstraction I (AC19T-41)
    June 22, 2020 Qigong...What is it? (QG19-41)
    June 21, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – June (DR19B-42)
    June 21, 2020 Rockford Yoga Day 2020 (YD19-41)
    June 19, 2020 Friday Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery I – (WT19F-41)
    June 18, 2020 Cardio Drumming II (DR19C-42)
    June 18, 2020 Advanced Beginner–Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery I (INT19J-41)
    June 17, 2020 CANCELLED: No More Bugs! (LL19-42)
    June 17, 2020 Cancelled - Eye, yei, yei! Learn to Draw Amazing Eyes! (DW19-41)
    June 17, 2020 Whimsical Handbuilt Creations I (HB19B-41)
    June 16, 2020 Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery I – Tues PM (WT19T-41)
    June 16, 2020 Beginning Wheel Thrown & Handbuilt Pottery I - Tues. AM (HB19T-41)
    June 15, 2020 Manic Monday: Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery I (INT19N-41)
    June 13, 2020 Chakra Club – June (CHC19-42)
    June 11, 2020 Art Lecture: Charles Wysoki (AL19-42)
    June 10, 2020 Youth Art Workshop: Draw a Unicorn! (JM19-41)
    June 10, 2020 Bookwoman: The Underground Railroad (BW19-42)
    June 09, 2020 Stories with Spirit Group (SS19P-42)
    June 08, 2020 Fired-Up About Clay: Functional Pottery (CW19-41)
    June 07, 2020 Full Moon Sound Healing – June (MD19H-41)
    June 05, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Fri.) – June (YT19F-42)
    June 04, 2020 Hatha Vinyasa Restorative Yoga – June (YG19-42)
    June 03, 2020 Intro to Belly Dance – Evenings (DN19P-42)
    June 03, 2020 Intro to Belly Dance – Mornings (DN19A-42)
    June 02, 2020 *Cancelled- Full Body Meditation – June (MD19W-42)
    June 02, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Tues.) – June (YT19T-42)
    June 02, 2020 Meditation: A Wellness Practice – June (MD19T-42)
    May 27, 2020 Lunch & Learn: Building Resilience to Weather the Covid Storm (LL19-42)
    May 24, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (DR19B-41)
    May 23, 2020 Get Your Body Moving! (GW19-41)
    May 21, 2020 Conversation Group 2
    May 19, 2020 Conversation Group 1
    May 16, 2020 Yoga Nidra – May (YN19-41)
    May 15, 2020 UdanceUtopia (DN19C-41)
    May 14, 2020 Art Lecture: Alexander Calder (AL19-41)
    May 13, 2020 Bookwoman: Where the Crawdads Sing (BW19-41)
    May 09, 2020 Chakra Club – May (CH19C-41)
    May 09, 2020 Belly Dance Class (DN19i-41)
    May 07, 2020 Cardio Drumming I (DR19C-41)
    May 07, 2020 Full Moon Sound Healing (MD19H-41)
    May 07, 2020 Hatha Vinyasa Restorative Yoga – May (YG19-41)
    May 06, 2020 Intro to Belly Dance – Evenings (DN19P-41)
    May 06, 2020 Cancelled: Lunch & Learn: Stories with Spirit Group (LL19-41)
    May 06, 2020 Intro to Belly Dance – Mornings (DN19A-41)
    May 05, 2020 Opening the Upper Chakras Wrap-Up (CH19-23)
    May 05, 2020 Full Body Meditation (MD19W-41)
    May 05, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Tues.) – May (YT19T-41)
    May 05, 2020 Meditation: A Wellness Practice – May (MD19T-41)
    May 04, 2020 Cancelled: Tapping from Fear to Love (WK19-41)
    May 04, 2020 Cancelled: Self-Care Made Simple with Essential Oils (EW19-41)
    May 01, 2020 Community-Build Mosaic Art Workshop III
    May 01, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Fri.) – May (YT19F-41)
    April 29, 2020 Lunch & Learn: CranioSacral Therapy (LL19-24)
    April 27, 2020 Cancelled: Supper & Film: Real Boy (SF19-24)
    April 27, 2020 Cancelled - Guided Adventures in Studio Art II (ART19-22)
    April 26, 2020 Minimizing Social Disparities Between Guinea & Western Society (DV19-31)
    April 26, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – April (DR19B-24)
    April 25, 2020 Cancelled - Getting Started in Art Journaling (MX19S-22)
    April 24, 2020 UdanceUtopia – April (DN19C-24)
    April 22, 2020 Cancelled: Sculpt It: Vintage Doll with Herb Basket II (MX19W-26)
    April 22, 2020 Cancelled-Whimsical Handbuilt Creations IV (HB19B-24)
    April 20, 2020 Tapping from Fear to Love (WK19-26)
    April 19, 2020 Drumming Circle – April (DR19T-24)
    April 19, 2020 Cancelled-Reiki II (HLT19-29)
    April 18, 2020 Yoga Nidra - April (YN19-22)
    April 18, 2020 Oh My "Sole" Expressive Collage Arts Retreat (RT19-24)
    April 18, 2020 Cancelled-Reiki I (HLT19-28)
    April 17, 2020 Film & Discussion: The Wife (WSC19-26)
    April 17, 2020 Cancelled -Cold Process Soap Making IV (MX19M-24)
    April 16, 2020 Cancelled - Sculpt It: Vintage Doll with Herb Basket I (MX19W-25)
    April 14, 2020 Dream Circle Series: It's Time to Wake Up to Your Dreams (WK19-27)
    April 14, 2020 Stories with Spirit Group – April (SS19P-23)
    April 13, 2020 Cancelled - Fired-Up About Clay III (CW19-23)
    April 13, 2020 Cancelled - Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery III – Monday (WT19J-23)
    April 11, 2020 *CANCELLED* Spiritual Encounters Group – April (BO19-24)
    April 11, 2020 Chakra Club – April (CHC19-24)
    April 11, 2020 Cancelled - Postcards as Collage Art (MX19S-21)
    April 10, 2020 Masha Young, Life Coaching
    April 09, 2020 Cancelled-The Art of Abstraction IV (AC19T-24)
    April 09, 2020 Art Lecture: Kathe Kollwitz (AL19-24)
    April 08, 2020 Intuitive Wellness: Gut Health 101 (HLT19-27)
    April 08, 2020 ZOOM Training 101 for Womanspace Community (ZM19-22)
    April 08, 2020 Bookwoman: Educated: A Memoir (BW19-24)
    April 07, 2020 Tapping from Fear to Love (WK19-26)
    April 07, 2020 Opening the Upper Chakras (CH19-23)
    April 07, 2020 Full Body Meditation – April (MD19W-24)
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    April 07, 2020 Cancelled - Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery III – Tues. (WT19T-26)
    April 07, 2020 Adaptive Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions (Tues.) - April (YT19T-24)
    April 07, 2020 Masha Young, Life Coaching
    April 07, 2020 Cancelled - Beginning Wheel Thrown & Handbuilt Pottery III (HB19T-23)
    April 07, 2020 Meditation: A Wellness Practice – April (MD19T-24)
    April 06, 2020 Cancelled: Book Discussion Series – Why They Marched Part II (WSC19-25)
    April 06, 2020 Cancelled - Manic Monday: Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery III (INT19N-23)
    April 06, 2020 ZOOM Training for Instructors (ZM19-21)
    April 06, 2020 Masha Young, Life Coaching
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    April 02, 2020 CANCELLED: Wild Women Retreat 2020 (RT19-23)
    April 02, 2020 Cancelled - Splashdown! III (WC19-26)
    April 02, 2020 Hatha Vinyasa Restorative Yoga – April (YG19-24)
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    March 31, 2020 Cancelled - Toes In The Water III (WC19-25)
    March 30, 2020 Supper & Film: Peanut Butter Falcon (SF19-23)