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LFAE rehearsal

Today, 5:30 PM » 7:30 PM
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Open Gallery Hours

Tomorrow, 1:30 PM » 6:30 PM

Life Force Arts Center is open to the public during these hours:

Thursdays & Fridays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM and by appointment

Please stop in to enjoy our current art exhibit, The Waning Year, shop for art and jewelry, and learn more about our classes, events and other ways we share transformation through the arts.


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Open Gallery Hours

Friday, October 18, 1:30 PM » 6:30 PM

Life Force Arts Center is open to the public during these hours:

Thursdays & Fridays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM and by appointment

Please stop in to enjoy our current art exhibit, The Waning Year, shop for art and jewelry, and learn more about our classes, events and other ways we share transformation through the arts.


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Open Drum Circle with Cathy McManamon

Friday, October 18, 8:00 PM » 10:00 PM

Suggested admission:$10

Drumming is often called the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Drumming has been shown to alter human brainwaves to an elevated state, reduce stress, speed healing, and just be plain fun. Whether you have never played a drum before, have been drumming for years, or are somewhere in between, come join us for this open drum circle. Drums of any kind, as well as shakers, tambourines, bells, sticks, vocals, body percussion, etc. are very welcome, as are other instruments such as guitar, flute, hamonica, didgeridoo, crystal bowls, bells, gongs, and more. Some instruments will be available to borrow. If you want to drum in the security of a group and perhaps try out some solo skills, this is a perfect place to do so!

Open Drum Circle with Cathy McManamon is held several times a year at Life Force Arts Center.

Suggested admission: $10



Cathy McManamon is a musician who plays a variety of instruments and has been drumming in the Chicago and wider Reclaiming communities for many years. A ritual drummer who enjoys supporting group energy and dynamics, Cathy has facilitated open drum circles and rhythm workshops at MuseCon, scout youth and leader events, and most recently at Life Force Arts Center. She believes that we all possess the innate ability to create rhythms, and that our unique rhythms can blend and grow into a powerful experience that can be healing and transforming when we share them and let them flow together.



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Tarot with Crystal Healing: Individual Sessions with Steven Blaine Adams

Saturday, October 19, 4:00 PM » 9:00 PM

45 minute reading: $50
call 773-794-8715 between 12 - 6 PM to schedule an appointment

Enjoy a delightfully mystical and healing experience as Tarot and Crystal Master Steven Blaine Adams combines Tarot reading with crystal healing. Gain clarity about work, relationships, or other aspects of your life. Feel your energy shift as you hold many different types of crystals while Steve provides insight into your situation by reading your cards.

Steven Blaine Adams combines the Aquarian Tarot with the healing properties of gemstones. By picking up energy from you in the moment, he can intuitively sense what kind of healing you need most. He says, “I don’t believe Tarot is about telling your future—it’s about reading your energy in the present and getting you onto the path that’s right for you. Once you’re on your path, all good things begin to come to you.” The son of an astrologer and reader, Steve has been doing readings professionally for over 30 years. He is also an artist and designer who works with natural materials like stones and crystals to create artwork and jewelry with symbolic and spiritual resonance. He is LFA’s Associate Artistic Director and LFAC's store designer. Steve attributes meditation, art, ritual and spiritual connection as instrumental catalysts in his path towards healing.

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LFA Voice & Movement Training

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 AM » 12:00 PM
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Painting The Wheel of the Year: Samhain with Colleen Koziara

Sunday, October 20, 2:00 PM » 5:00 PM

The Wheel of the Year. Time, not linear but circular. Round and round we go, and have always gone. Since the beginning of time, humans, of every faith and culture, have found time best tracked in circles. Humans have created stone circles aligned with the seasons for at least 200,000 years. Everything in life falls comfortably somewhere upon the spokes of the wheel of time. The times of day, the seasons, the astrological calendar, the trees and symbols of the Ogham, Alchemy, Festivals, ages of human life, the colors, musical notes, emotions, tides. All of time, all of creation.

This is what we will explore in this year-long series of painting classes held once a month. Eight of our sessions will focus on the seasonal festival: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnassadh, Mabon, Samhain and Yule. For these sessions, we will create acrylic on canvas paintings.

Four of our sessions will focus on the Wheel of the Year Template as a whole. In these sessions, each participant will use ink pens, markers, paint, and collage on acetate sheets to create a multi-layered depiction of a personalized Wheel meaningful to their own life path.

Our theme for October 20: Samhain  - October 31 - November 1 (sunset to sunset) All Souls Night, Feast of the Dead, Festival of Remembrance, Feast of Apples, New Year...Samhain is one of the major festivals of the Wheel of the Year, for many Pagans the most important festival of all. It is the third and final harvest festival of nuts and berries and a fire festival. All the harvest is in, all is complete, it is the end of the cycle of birth and growth, it is the point of death. The seeds of the harvest have fallen deep into the dark earth, they are unseen, dormant, and thus apparently lifeless. The God, as Sun King is sacrificed back to the land with the seed until the Winter Solstice, and the Goddess, now as Crone, mourns Him until His rebirth at Yule. He travels the Underworld learning its wisdom. This is the time of the descent into darkness, of preconception, out of which new life, new ideas, will eventually emerge.

Traditionally the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest now. Boundaries dissolve and all is laid bare. It is time to honor and offer hospitality to, our ancestors.

At Samhain the dark half of the year commences. It is a truly magical time. Death is always followed by rebirth and while this is the end of the old year, it is the beginning of the new year. For the Celts the day did not begin at dawn, it began at sunset, it began with darkness. Light is always born out of darkness, they are inseparable, interdependent, and necessary. Darkness is fertile with 'all potential'. With the beginning of this dark phase comes the opportunity to rest and reflect on the past and to dream of new beginnings. The seed now hidden in the earth will germinate in its season. Look for the seeds in yourself! Honoring your ancestors is a very special thing to do at this time and can be done in many simple ways. Place photographs of them on your altar, offer them your hospitality, welcome their presence into your home. Consider laying an extra place for them to join you at the table - cook and eat their favorite dishes, talk about them - re-member them, bring them closer. 

For more fabulous information on these holidays, their symbolism and origins, old traditions and new, as well as simple and very real ways to bring acknowledgement of the turning of the wheel into your daily life, as well as, wonderful shopping opportunities!! I highly recommend the website/organization www.goddessandgreenmam.co.uk

All materials will be supplied and no previous experience is necessary. The class will begin with a smudging and guided meditation, and continue on with the painting session. Each session will include a central space arrangement of items that speak to the season and the spoke upon the wheel that is our focus for that session.

Additionally, each student will be provided with a computer file, and a link to a YouTube Playlist that features a wide variety of supportive documentation on The Wheel as it appears in its many varied forms and focuses: images of Circles, Mandalas and Wheels of the Year from a wide variety of cultures and locations as well as stories and legends from around the world to be used as reference material for their study.

Preregistration is required due to material and supply orders that must be placed.

Sunday, October 20, 2 - 5 PM: Samhain

$55/$45 early registration by October 13



Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day

Remaining dates:

October 20 – Samhain
  • November 17 – Wheel Template 4
  • December 15 – Yule

Each session is paid for separately. Each class is $55/$45 early registration by one week before class. Attend 5 sessions and your sixth class is free! Each session is a stand alone class and you need not attend them all. However, the full experience of all 12 Sessions is HIGHLY recommended.


Colleen Koziara grew up in northern Wisconsin on a farm, on an island. Seeing the magic of nature and the stories that it told filled her with a childlike sense of wonder, which she strives to capture in her artwork. Each of her works is a doorway through which the viewer may journey. Colleen attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and has illustrated more than 20 books. A Reiki Master and Ovate member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, she has been presenting, writing and providing art for Circle Sanctuary since 2002, and designed the Pagan Spirit Gathering logos for 2010-2018. Colleen is also in her 7th year studying as a Firekeeper. Colleen gives private art instruction from her home for all ages; creates Body Art and Custom Tattoo Designs; Visionary Art; and Commissioned pieces manifested from the visions and dreams of her clients. She works extensively with Elders teaching art and yoga, and has received for designing programs for seniors.

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LFA Voice & Movement Training (Intro) with Joan Forest Mage

Monday, October 21, 11:45 AM » 1:45 PM

Find your full voice and presence! Life Force Arts Voice & Movement Training is based in the Life Force Arts Method, a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value true self and creative community. The training focuses on the connection of voice, body movement and the human energy field for a more empowered and expressive you, whether for personal growth and healing; for singers, dancers or actors taking their technique to a new level; or healers adding sound healing to their practice. Created by shamanic practitioner Joan Forest Mage, LFA Voice & Movement Training can be used for:

  • Personal growth and healing: find new ways of personal empowerment and expression for relating to your most inner world to the outer world
  • Singers, dancers & actors: find your full expressive range in voice and movement; break through performance blocks; connect to spiritual energy to empower your performance and shapeshift into characters
  • Healers (energy workers, therapists): add sound healing to the tools you offer in your sessions; use sound healing and movement for self-care

Principles of LFA Voice & Movement Training

  • Energy Field & Chakras - directing the energy in and around the body; initiating voice & movement from the 7 energy centers of the body
  • Dimensions -  finding full range (height, width, depth) in voice & movement
  • Dynamics –  qualities of voice & movement like the elements: Water, Earth, Fire, Air & Space
  • 4 Skills (Life Force Arts Method) - 4 Skills of working with energy from your most inner world to the most outer world; how you relate with voice & movement to self, society, nature and the spirit realm

LFA Voice & Movement  (Intro)

In this 4 week class, we will learn simple yet powerful exercises to gain greater understanding of the connection of our voices, movement and energy field. In a friendly and accepting atmosphere, you are invited to: learn to sing and speak from each of your chakras, practice grounding and presence of voice and body, and how to use your voice for energy healing. Each participant goes at their own pace in the exercises: this is about discovering the possibilities in YOUR voice and movement.


4 Mondays, October 21, 28, November 4 & 11
10 AM - 12 PM
$150/$120 early registration by October 14






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Beginning Astrology Level 2 with Lin Ewing

Monday, October 21, 7:30 PM » 9:30 PM

6 Mondays
October 21 - November 25, 2019

BEGINNING ASTROLOGY LEVEL 2 continues and builds on the work of Level 1 by providing a deeper understanding of the elements and basics of astrology. The class considers:

Transits
Progressions
Synastry
Composite Charts
Solar Arcs
Solar Returns

TRANSITS are how planets move through our charts throughout our life. We will particularly study the outer planets, investigating the lessons, events and energies they bring us as they travel through the houses of our horoscopes and aspect our natal planets

PROGRESSIONS are the changes in configuration of the chart throughout our lives. We will learn:

How they affect us via the internal changes experienced as we grow and age
Forecasting events through progressions
Looking at the changes in our individual charts using the charts of class members

SYNASTRY is about how people interact with one another based on their astrological configurations. It compares the horoscopes of 2 (or more) people in order to understand how they relate to each other and how they interact for whatever purpose they are coming together. This could be for a:

Marriage
Business venture
Friendship
Partnership of any sort

COMPOSITE CHARTS look at the separate "entity" that forms when 2 people blend into one in a relationship

SOLAR ARCS help us

Forecast events
Rectify the chart for the accuracy of the birth time

SOLAR RETURNS give us a snapshot of ourselves for a year, from birthday to birthday, showing the issues, events, changes and benefits that we will face in that one year period

The student completing Beginning Astrology Level 2 will have the foundation and understanding to be able to pursue further astrological knowledge via reading, advanced class workshops and discussion groups.

$180/$150 early registration by October 14, 2019


Astrologer Lin Ewing is the proprietor of Astrological Details, where she practices astrology and also gives Akashic Record readings. www.astrologicaldetails.com


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Mask Making & Shapeshifting Ceremony with Steven Blaine Adams & Joan Forest Mage

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 PM » 10:00 PM

The changing colors and falling of leaves of Autumn remind us of shedding old identities. Halloween festivities invite us to select costumes and masks that free us to act out parts of ourselves normally hidden. But perhaps the most intriguing question is what lies beneath those masks? As the trees are stripped bare when leaves fall, the process of wearing and removing masks raises its own questions: Who are you beneath the “masks” you wear? The mask of your name? The mask of your occupation? The mask of your role? What is left when those masks are removed?

 

In this workshop we will explore these “masks of the self” and understand the power inherent in masks by crafting a mask of our choosing through intention and shamanic journeying. Various styles and shapes of undecorated masks will be available to add paints, feathers, images and other items provided to decorate these blank masks and enhance their symbolism. In an atmosphere of exploration and play this ritual mask making encourages participants to connect with their inner wisdom, spirit guides, and Source to fashion a mask that teaches, heals and empowers. Upon completing the mask making, we will engage in a shapeshifting ceremony in order to embody this new identity. The experience of putting on a mask of our own choosing will give participants a taste (through practice in a safe space) of how to ultimately embody the identity they desire to live in their lives.

$55/$45 early registration by October 17





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