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"Rozhanitsa Brings The Sun" LFAE Performance

Today, 7:30 PM » 9:30 PM

Please join Life Force Arts Ensemble for another in our series of performances created for each of the eight Wheel of the Year Festivals. Surrounded by the beautiful artwork in the current LFA art exhibit The Waning Year we use music, movement, story and visual art to catalyze a highly transformative event.

In tonight's healing ritual we discover the transformative power of attuning to nature's seasons at Midwinter, December 22, the darkest night of year and the time of the sun's rebirth. We will invoke Rozhanitsa, the ancient Deer Mother, who brings the sun back at the Winter Solstice, and is the prototype of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. We will delve deep into ancestral memory and how the Tribe, Sovereign & Teacher sustain the rhythmic cycles that renew life.

The old Hungarian folk song "The Legend of the Hind" sings of Rozhanitsa

Wondrous headed doe, with horns of a thousand branches and knobs
Thousand branches and knobs and of a thousand bright candles
Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun
On its forehead there is a star, on its chest the moon
And it starts along the banks of the shining heavenly Danube
That it may be the messenger of heaven and bringer of news
About our creator and caring god

Creative Team for Rozhanitsa Brings The Sun: Natalja Aicardi, Barry Bennett, Aura Chapa, Joan Forest Mage and Kristen Wray; based on artwork by Mary Burton.

Life Force Arts Ensemble (LFAE) is a company of visual, literary and performing artists who commune with soul and spirit to create transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method, a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value true self and creative community. LFAE creates original performances in the sacred space of our visual art exhibits combining dance, vocal and instrumental music, acting, storytelling and poetry. Through the arts, the Ensemble channels powerful spiritual energy to activate profound transformation for their audiences.


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Intro to LFA Voice & Movement Training

Tomorrow, 7:30 PM » 9:30 PM

This is a 4 week class that began November 14. Please click here to register for the class

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Open Exhibit Hours

Friday, December 13, 1:30 PM » 6:30 PM

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

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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Final Day: Silent Auction - Gabriel Gebka's painting "Staring at the Sky"

Saturday, December 14, 12:00 AM » 5:30 PM

Gabriel Gebka, one of Life Force Arts Ensemble's Featured Artists, has very generously donated two of his beautiful paintings, Staring at the Sky & The Naked Tree. (The Naked Tree has been purchased.)

We are doing a Silent Auction for Staring at the Sky.

This painting is 36 x 29 inches; India ink and acrylic on canvas.

Bidding is open from November 29 till December 14 at 5:30 PM.  Bidding starts at $100 (retail price of the painting is $1800).

Bids will be taken in person at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago, or by email to joan@lifeforcearts.org. Executive Director Joan Forest Mage will send an acknowledgement of the bid by email.

The winning bid will be announced at 6 PM on December 14, 2019, at the close of LFAE's Holiday Party & Gift Faire. The painting may be picked up after the announcement on December 14, or by arrangement with Executive Director Joan Forest Mage.


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LFAE's Holiday Party & Gift Faire

Saturday, December 14, 2:00 PM » 6:00 PM

Please join the Life Force Arts Ensemble family for a jolly time at our annual Holiday Party & Gift Faire.

Local artists will be present with lovely one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, ornaments and more, for you to find those special holiday gifts in a loving, peaceful, fun atmosphere.

Enjoy yummy refreshments, including hot apple cider, Christmas cookies and Joan's homemade Butternut Squash Soup, and join in the sing-a-long of your favorite Christmas carols.

Tarot and Oracle Card Readings and Personal Soul Vision Portraits will be available for guidance into the New Year

~Soul Vision Portraits by Lisa Nomikos
~Cattitude Oracle Readings with Sharon Bechtold
~Tarot Readings with Shaan Souliere


Admission is free. Everyone who attends receives a FREE door prize (from good St. Nick!) as a Holiday gift to you; prizes include artwork, jewelry, ornaments, books, crystals, CD's and cards!


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Painting The Wheel of the Year: Yule with Colleen Koziara

Sunday, December 15, 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 December 15: Yule  - December 21 (Winter Solstice)

At Samhain we honored, celebrated and welcomed the descent into, and return of, the dark - the beginning of the New Year, acknowledging that all beginnings emerge from darkness. At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.

In his book The Pagan Family, Ceisiwr Serith says, "Now we start to wonder: will this continue? Will the Earth grow darker and colder as the Sun disappears into the south until only darkness is left? But at Yule a wonderful thing happens. The Sun stops its decline and for a few days it rises in about the same place. This is the crucial time, the cusp between events. The Sun stands still, and everyone waits for the turning.

"In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? Do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don't know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return (or even if it will). The world has moments too; it understands us, and lives as we do.

"The Sun does start north again and the light comes back. In the world, in our lives, the light comes back. This is indeed something worth celebrating, and it has been celebrated throughout the Northern Hemisphere in remarkably similar ways." 

The Festival of Rebirth and The Return of the Sun (Son) With the end of the longest night the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, the return of light, hope and promise. The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. The Sun begins to wax and the days grow longer. All that is hidden will begin to emerge. This is the Sun's birthday! And it really is time to celebrate! The Holly King rules over the dark part of the year from Midsummer to Yule, he is God of the Waning Year. At Yule he surrenders his life to the young light Oak King, God of the Waxing Year and his twin, who rules over the light part of the year from Yule to Midsummer. Both rule for half of the year, both fight for the favor and love of the Goddess and both surrender their life force for the well-being of the land. In truth, they are one.

Yule, or Winter Solstice traditions are many and generous, and are shared not only with Christianity with the birthday of the Christ Child, but with many pre-Christian Pagan traditions and indeed more recent ones. It is difficult sometimes to identify their sources, but they are all very familiar in our Western culture even if we don't always recognize the symbology behind them.

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, December 15, 2 - 5 PM: Yule

$55/$45 early registration by December 8



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

Remaining dates:

  • 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.

LFAC has FREE PARKING in Central Savings bank parking lot


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Wild Onion Grove, ADF, Yule Celebration

Sunday, December 22, 1:00 PM » 3:00 PM
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LFA Voice & Movement Training Level 2

Monday, December 30, 10:30 AM » 1:30 PM

You must complete the Voice & Movement Intro class series as a prerequisite for taking the Level 2 class. Please contact Joan at joan@lifeforcearts.org to register for the Level 2 class. Click here for more information on Voice & Movement Intro class.

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LFA Voice & Movement Training Level 2

Monday, January 6, 10:30 AM » 1:30 PM

You must complete the Voice & Movement Intro class series as a prerequisite for taking the Level 2 class. Please contact Joan at joan@lifeforcearts.org to register for the Level 2 class. Click here for more information on Voice & Movement Intro class.

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Life Force Arts Wheel with Joan Forest Mage - True Self

Saturday, January 11, 2:00 PM » 5:00 PM

The Life Force Arts Wheel course is a year-long exploration of the core principles of the Life Force Arts Method taught by Joan Forest Mage