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    • March 01, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • March 29, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 6
    Register

    Mondays, March  1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    (Note: Changed from Tuesday to Monday)

    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. The link will be used for the month. 

    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. Suggested equipment: yoga mat/rug, blanket, pillow.

    Register by 2/28  or two days before each class.

    • March 02, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23

    11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. 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. Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

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

    • March 04, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25

    9:30–10:45 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online only (Zoom) recording. 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 have a yoga mat, blocks and straps ready, if you have them.

    Register at least two days before each session.

    • March 04, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    March 4–May 6

    Thursdays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

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

    Over the next several weeks, we will follow the Science of Well Being curriculum developed by Dr. Lori Santos of Yale University and explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more.

    We’ll then have a chance to put these scientific findings into practice by building the sorts of habits that will allow us to live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

    Most importantly, we will gather weekly on ZOOM to share our ideas and experiences and deeply connect with one another. Jean Kathryn Carlson, brings a rich background of conducting gatherings where each participant is encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in a safe container. Consider inviting a friend to join you on this journey. The more connection, the better!

    This course will take place every Thursday from March 4th through May 6th. Taking part for the whole thing is ideal, but registration will remain open throughout the series. 

    In these times of restricted social engagement and physical touch, it is more important than ever to gather virtually in community to practice the science of well-being and the art of joyful living.

    We wanted to make this program accessible to all who may need it during this challenging time, so registration is available for free if you cannot afford it. 

    Over the next several weeks, we will follow the Science of Well Being curriculum developed by Dr. Lori Santos of Yale University and explore what new results in psychological science teach us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to flourish more.

    We’ll then have a chance to put these scientific findings into practice by building the sorts of habits that will allow us to live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

    Most importantly, we will gather weekly on ZOOM to share our ideas and experiences and deeply connect with one another. Jean Kathryn Carlson, brings a rich background of conducting gatherings where each participant is encouraged to share their ideas and experiences in a safe container. Consider inviting a friend to join you on this journey. The more connection, the better!

    This course will take place every Thursday from March 4th through May 6th. Taking part for the whole thing is ideal, but registration will remain open throughout the series. 

    In these times of restricted social engagement and physical touch, it is more important than ever to gather virtually in community to practice the science of well-being and the art of joyful living.

    We wanted to make this program accessible to all who may need it during this challenging time, so registration is available for free if you cannot afford it. 

    • March 05, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 4
    Register

    Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, 26

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. 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. Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

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

    • March 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, March 10

    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.

    Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

    Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

    Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

     –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 3/9

    • March 10, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, March 10
    2:00-3:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held at Womanspace and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class size is limited to 6 – masks and social distancing required.

    Brain health, brain power, longevity, neuroprotection, inflammation reduction, mind expansion … What’s not worth knowing better when it comes to brain health? Join us for this crash course in Brain Health & Nootropics. From physiology to the gut brain, neurotransmitters and nootropics, learn the herbs, supplements, foods and tactics for boosting brain power. In this class, participants will learn about the health benefits and safety considerations of ashwagandha, reishi, rhodiola, schizandra, lion’s mane, bacopa, turmeric, garlic, sage, and cinnamon, to name just a few of nature’s broad apothecary.

    Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Describe adaptogens and nootropics

    • Note at least two nootropic plants or mushrooms

    • Have a good understanding where nootropics can be found

    Register by: 03/08

    • March 11, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 13
    Register

    Thursday, March 11

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

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

    John Sloan, (1871-1951) American Realism/Painter and Etcher, was a member of The Eight and one of the founders of The Ashcan School of American Art. He is most known for his urban genre scenes of life in New York City during the first decades of the 20th century. He embraced the principles of Socialism in his life and art.

    Register by: 3/09

    • March 17, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, March 17
    2:00-3:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held in-person and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class limited to 6 people – masks and social distancing required.

    Have you noticed there is a lot of information floating around now, about increasing gut health with fermented foods?  Do you have concerns about your gut health, or the gut health of a family member? Not knowing where to being can prevent you from ever starting. This workshop is all about going back to how our grandmothers did things. You will learn:

    • Probiotics vs. prebiotics
    • Why we need probiotics?
    • What are good sources for probiotics? 

    Some basic knowledge about your immune health and the roll probiotics play. You will be equipped with the information necessary to begin fermenting your very own high-potency probiotics immediately. (Ingredient list for Kimchi will be sent with your confirmation for those on Zoom.)

    Register by: 03/15

    • March 19, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    • 23
    Register

    Fridays, March 19 – ONLINE ZOOM CLASS!

    6:30-8:00 pm

    This class will only be online.  You will be sent a link to join the class after you register.  Please download the Zoom app by clicking the link so you can have it ready before the class begins. 

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    Join us in the Zoom Drum Class where Helen will share with everyone the great joy of hand drumming. 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 you can play on your hand drum. All levels are welcome. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels — beginners to professional. If you don’t have a drum use a box, bucket or table top.  


    Register by: 3/17

    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.
    • March 24, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
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    Wednesday,  March 24
    2:00-3:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held in-person and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class size limited to 6 — masks and social distancing required.

    Do you avoid dairy? Have you found the choices of non-dairy cheese to leave you feeling disappointed? In this class you will learn how to make your very own fermented nut cheese that has that zig that you have been missing in your store-bought vegan cheese. We will do a variety of flavors. Find out how delicious vegan cheese can be. You will leave with the knowledge of why fermenting is an excellent way to build a strong immune system and should be part of any healthy diet. 

    Register by: 03/22

    • March 25, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • April 29, 2021
    • 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 2
    Register

    March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Thursdays,  6:30-8:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Sharon Nesbit-Davis

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

    This six-week course expands on the previous two-hour workshop.  Empowering yourself in a world that profits from your insecurities is a rebellious act. Living authentically is a beautiful form of rebellion. Writing can help us find our authenticity and release our wild and wonderful selves. Sharon Nesbit-Davis, author of INTENDED — A Marriage in Black & White will lead explorations in writing to reflect who we’ve been, who we are, and who we want to be. Sessions will be held on Zoom. All levels of writing experience are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: We will not critique or evaluate work. Sharing your work will be welcome, but is always optional.

    Supplies needed: writing utensil, paper (preferred). Devices may be used if that is more comfortable for the participant. 

    Sessions will include:

    • Meditative Writing
    • Welcoming our Wild Woman
    • Going Naked-Memoir Writing
    • Reflections on this Moment in our Collective Lives

    Register by 3/23

    This six-week course expands on the previous two-hour workshop.  Empowering yourself in a world that profits from your insecurities is a rebellious act. Living authentically is a beautiful form of rebellion. Writing can help us find our authenticity and release our wild and wonderful selves. Sharon Nesbit-Davis, author of INTENDED — A Marriage in Black & White will lead explorations in writing to reflect who we’ve been, who we are, and who we want to be. Sessions will be held on Zoom. All levels of writing experience are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: We will not critique or evaluate work. Sharing your work will be welcome, but is always optional.

    Supplies needed: writing utensil, paper (preferred). Devices may be used if that is more comfortable for the participant. 

    Sessions will include:

    • Meditative Writing
    • Welcoming our Wild Woman
    • Going Naked-Memoir Writing
    • Reflections on this Moment in our Collective Lives
    • March 31, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday,  March 31
    2:00-3:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held in-person and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class size limited to 6 — masks and social distancing required.

    More flavors more choices in vegan cheese making.   In this class you will learn how to make your very own fermented nut cheese that has that zig that you have been missing in your store-bought vegan cheese. We will do a variety of flavors. Find out how delicious vegan cheese can be. You will leave with the knowledge of why fermenting is an excellent way to build a strong immune system and should be part of any healthy diet. 

    Register by: 03/29

    • April 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 15
    Register

    Mondays, April 5, 12, 19, 26

    (Note: Day changed from Tuesdays to Mondays)

    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. The link will be used for the month. 

    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. Suggested equipment: yoga mat/rug, blanket, pillow.

    Register by 4/04  or two days before each class.

    • April 08, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery OR Online/ZOOM
    • 14
    Register

    Thursday,  April 8

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    This class is on Zoom or in person. 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.

    Henri Rousseau (1884-1910), Post-Impressionism/Naïve Art/Primitivism artist, started painting in his early 40s as a “hobby.” By the time he was 49, he retired from his toll and tax-collecting job to be a full-time painter with no formal art education. In time, he became recognized as a self-taught genius who influenced many artists who came after him.

    Register by: 4/6

    • April 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, April 14

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Lynn Andreini

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

    In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. Over the next fifteen months, as the two men became close friends and intimate collaborators, Grant raced against the spread of cancer to compose a triumphant account of his life and times — while Twain struggled to complete and publish his greatest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    In this deeply moving and meticulously researched book, veteran writer Mark Perry reconstructs the heady months when Grant and Twain inspired and cajoled each other to create two quintessentially American masterpieces.

     –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 4/13

    • May 12, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, May 12

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: TBA

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

    At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

    The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

    Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested. –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 5/10

    • May 13, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery OR Online/ZOOM
    • 14
    Register

    Thursday,  May 13

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    This class is online Zoom or in person. 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.

    Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), French Realism Painter and Printmaker, was a pivotal figure, especially in his landscapes which anticipated the plein-air painting innovations of the Impressionists. He is also recognized for his portraits, print-making and etchings. Some of his landscapes have an amazing, shimmering silver quality to them.

    Register by: 5/11


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