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    • December 01, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 22, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 14
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    Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22

    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.  Monthly or single sessions available.

    • December 01, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 29, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    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. 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.  

    • December 01, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
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    Tuesday, December 1
    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

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

    We are living in strange, highly unusual times. Have you noticed? Our dreams go to work every night to support us by offering their take on what's going on and how it's impacting you. They also come with powerful guidance. Many people are experiencing really weird dreams right now and wondering what they could possibly mean. In a dream circle, we unpack those strange dreams with curiosity and humor to discover the many layers of meaning they have come to share. Let's enter the land of dreams together and be surprised and delighted by what they have to say.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Register by: 11/29
    • December 03, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 17, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17

    9:30–10:45 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 host will share a previously recorded class. 

    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: 12/1 or two days before each session

    • December 04, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 18, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 15
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    Fridays, December 4, 11, 18

    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. 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.   

    • December 15, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    • 4
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    Tuesday, December 15
    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

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

    When was the last time you felt truly seen and heard? It has been said that we listen each other into being. Virtual Speaking Circles™ offers the experience of entering the realm of luminous listening where you are free to express whatever is longing to be expressed. There are no assigned topics and there's absolutely nothing to do to prepare for the circle. Simply arrive to the ZOOM circle with an open heart and a sense of curiosity. Virtual Speaking Circles™ is part meditation and part connecting deeply with yourself and the others in the circle share what's on your heart. This circle is limited to a maximum of 6.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Register by: 12/13
    • January 13, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Wednesday, January 13

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Faye Marcus

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

    Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

    Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

    The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

    What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

    Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.  –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 1/12

    • February 05, 2021
    • (CST)
    • March 05, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online/Virtual
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    From February 5th through March 5th  2021, Womanspace and Jhoole will be hosting our second annual “Experience India” fundraising event, inviting people to support our unique collaboration for women’s empowerment. Jhoole is a nonprofit, ethical fashion social enterprise based in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India that employs women to help them gain economic independence, invest in education and break the cycle of poverty in their community. Jhoole focuses on empowering women both financially, through employment and vocational training, and as individuals, through community programming in literacy, mindfulness, health and the creative arts. 

    This year, Experience India will be primarily virtual. It will feature pre-recorded programs related to Indian culture, ethical fashion and women’s empowerment efforts—locally and across the globe. Experience India will have an online auction component with various items including experiences, art and handicrafts. We will also introduce a new hand-dyed, block-printed athleisurewear collection designed by a collaborative group of artists from Womanspace and Jhoole and made-to-order by Jhoole.

    When people purchase Jhoole’s handcrafted products from Womanspace, they are helping to support Jhoole’s mission in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India. The sale of these products will also generate income to support Womanspace’s work of empowering local women. This is a mutually beneficial relationship that allows us to support women’s empowerment both here and abroad through the power of social enterprise.

    There will be many free programs as well as some premium options that must be purchased. Register on this site for free to receive updates and information about the event! 

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

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Julie Thompson

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

    When Maya Angelou and Tavis Smiley met in 1986, he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, they shared an unlikely, special bond. Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often, of art, politics, history, race, religion, music, love, purpose, and — more than anything — courage. Courage to be open, to follow dreams, to believe in oneself.

    In My Journey with Maya, Smiley recalls a joyful friendship filled to the brim with sparkling conversation — in Angelou's gardens surrounded by her caged birds, before lectures, sharing meals, and on breaks from it all, they sought each other out for comfort, advice, and above all else, friendship.

    It began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, was invited to join the revered writer on a sojourn to Africa. He would be handling her bags, but Maya didn't let that stop a friendship waiting to happen. Angelou was generous, challenging, and inspirational. Like a mother to him, she was selfless.

    Here Tavis Smiley shares his personal memories of Maya Angelou, of a decades-long friendship with one of history's most fascinating women, one who left as indelible an imprint on American culture as she did on him. –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 2/9

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

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

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