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"The Soul's Essence" - exhibit preparation

Tomorrow, 3:00 PM » 8:00 PM
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"The Soul's Essence" - exhibit preparation

Wednesday, January 29, 3:00 PM » 8:00 PM
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Open Drum Circle with Cathy McManamon

Friday, January 31, 8:00 PM » 10:00 PM

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.  Next Open Drum Circle: April 10, 2020

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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Opening Reception "The Soul's Essence" art exhibit

Saturday, February 1, 7:30 PM » 10:00 PM
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Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) Training Level 1 with Joan Forest Mage

Sunday, February 2, 9:30 AM » 12:00 PM

This is a 3 week class on Sundays that began January 19. Please click here to register for the class

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Basking in Brighid's Blessings: Imbolg Celebration with Wild Onion Grove

Sunday, February 2, 1:00 PM » 3:00 PM
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Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) Training Level 1 with Joan Forest Mage

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM » 9:30 PM

This is a 3 week class that began January 15. Please click here to register for the class

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Sound Healing with Life Force Arts Ensemble

Saturday, February 8, 7:30 PM » 9:30 PM

Please join us for an evening of sound healing with Life Force Arts Ensemble (LFAE) members Natalja Aicardi, Apollo Chapa, Joan Forest Mage and Kristen Wray.  Voice, harp, Tibetan bowls and other instruments will cleanse your chakras in both group and individual sound healing, in the beautiful and spiritual atmosphere of LFAE’s art exhibit The Soul’s Essence. Life Force Arts Ensemble 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.

$30 door/$20 advance

FREE PARKING in Central Savings parking lot - click here for directions

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Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) Level 1 with Joan Forest Mage (Sundays)

Sunday, February 9, 9:30 AM » 12:00 PM

Find your full voice and presence! Life Force Arts Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) 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, Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) 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 Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) 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

Voice-Movement-Energy (VME) Training Level 1

In this 3 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.

3 Sundays, February 9, 16 & March 1, 2020
9:30 AM - 12 PM
$120/$90 early registration by February 2

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Oracle Deck Journey: a year of artmaking sessions to create your own oracle deck with Colleen Koziara - Session 2

Sunday, February 9, 2:00 PM » 5:00 PM

We Know. Within us we see the signs.

Watch the patterns and through these actions,

We know.

Divination is simply the act of actively, and with intention, using our own inner “knowing”.  Divination tools- tarot, tunes, tea leaves, stones, the flight of birds are simply keys we can use to unlock the doors to our own inner knowing.

Doors open better and faster when you use the right key. Join us to create your own personalized keys to the door to your own inner knowing. If you have been wanting to create your own oracle deck, this class is for you!

This 12-month long course, meeting one Sunday each month, will take us on a journey to create our own 13 card Oracle deck. No previous artmaking experience is necessary. All materials will be provided to create via wet and dry medium and collage. Upon registration for the course, each participant will receive a Venn diagram to begin doing the layout for the focus each of their cards.

During the course of each class we will use visualization, meditation, journeying, and intuitive artistic creation as well as divinatory tools like the pendulum and a wide variety of decks as references to allow us to fully access our own inner knowing, and guide us in delineating and condensing our wisdom into 13 keys.

Each session is paid for separately, and you need not attend them all. However, the full experience of all 12 Sessions is HIGHLY recommended. 

Photography equipment will be available for high resolution film reproductions and info will be made available on the cost of each of us having one of our decks printed at the end! You will not want to miss this opportunity to create your own one-of-a-kind Oracle Deck,and spend time each month with a great group of visionary artists as we all create together!

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!


$55 per class/$45 per class 1 week in advance

Session 2 of 12: Sunday, February 9, 2 - 5 PM

Oracle Deck Journey series: 12 Sundays in 2020, 2 - 5 PM each day

Remaining dates: Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 19,  May 17, Jun 7, Jul 12, Aug 9, Sep 13,  Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, 2020

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