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mission of advancing the field of spiritual art expands beyond our
offerings at Life Force Arts Center, our location in Chicago. Our new blogPantheon
is a place that spiritual artists and audiences worldwide can visit,
increasing the awareness of (and conversation about) the
art-spirituality connection. Visual, literary and performing spiritual
artists from throughout the world can learn about each other, interact,
and develop new approaches to this fascinating type of art.
This performance features overlapping layers of sound healing
modalities, including Himalayan singing bowls, ganta bells, ting shaws
(cymbals), gong, and mantra. The instruments are made by Tibetan monks both as a method of healing and as meditation instruments, as
part of a highly symbolic spiritual process using an alloy of at least
seven metals, including pure steel from asteroids that hit the world's
rooftop in the Himalayas. They are formulated by the monks to work on
many planes of our multidimensional being and can facilitate emotional
catharsis, the release of blocked energies, and healing from
the physical to spiritual. They sound beautiful with primary notes and
layers of overtones. Mantras are words
of power that use the primal creative force of sound as primal
emanations for affecting any facet of our universal experience.
Together the instruments and mantra can function on many levels for
profound effect.Edward Farnham has
studied numerous spiritual and healing techniques, including Himalayan
bowls and sound healing with Richard Rudis, and mantra with Thomas
Ashley-Farrand and his wife, Margalo or Satyabhama, two of the world's
foremost experts on Hindu mantra. Edward is a singer with the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (www.cgmc.org) and a painter who attempts to use the creative force as a vehicle to the divine.
Artist Dorothy Graden will discuss and
show slides of Rock Art (petroglyphs, pictographs) from Texas, New
Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Much of
the Rock Art of these regions holds spiritual powers, and many sites are
believed to be sacred spaces for shamanic practice and vision quests. Some sites are 30,000 years old. These
are awesome, remote, rarely seen sites. You will see the great variety
of different art styles defined by time, geography and culture.
Guardians (c) Dorothy Graden
Dorothy Graden (dorothygraden.com)
is an award winning contemporary artist whose art is inspired by
Ancient Visions. For many years she traveled through the American West,
Hawaii, Ireland and the Caribbean - climbing mesas, hiking nearly
vertical cliffs, boulder “hopping”, wading through canyon rivers,
exploring caves and rock ledges
- to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art images. Dorothy has
presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science
in Moscow and at University College Cork, Ireland. Dorothy draws with
great admiration, respect and humility for the ancients who inspire her
This 6-week beginning astrology course is
designed for anyone who wishes to learn and master astrology. It covers
the fundamentals of astrology and provides a solid foundation for more
advanced astrological study. There are no prerequisites for this
course. BEGINNING ASTROLOGY will teach you what
astrology really is and how it works. It will give you the skills to
understand not only the planets, signs and houses, but also how
everything relates and interacts through the "aspects" between them.
There are handouts/information given at each class meeting, and there
will be a small amount of homework so that you have an opportunity to
hone your skills. When registering for the course, please give your
birth date (month, day and year), the location (city, state and country
if not the US) of your birth, and the exact time of your birth as it
appears on your birth certificate. This will enable the instructor to
have your chart available for you at the 1st class so you can begin
using your chart immediately.
Astrologer Lin Ewing is the proprietor of Astrological Details, where she practices astrology and also gives Akashic Record readings. www.astrologicaldetails.com
I invite you to
experience a evening of channeling with Siria Family. Siria Family often
enters our world with loud vibrational healing tones.
They love to tone which raises the vibration and is a Blessing. When
they begin to speak, the message comes from them reading the group
energy, the collective group energy, to be followed by questions from
the group. Then based on the evenings questions and sharings, Siria
family weaves a unique meditation that is always original and found to
be quite healing and shifting of energies. I have have been channeling
Siria Family for the past 2 decades throughout the United States. Siria
Family works with us to encourage personal responsibility and soul
growth as we dive deeper into the matrix of creating our own reality.
Hope to see you for a evening of growth, love and laughter as community
gathers celebrating with those of like heart and like mind. Thank you
for sharing this glorious path with me!Sharyl Noday is
certified as an active Full Trance Channel and Channeling Teacher, and
has over 25 years of study in metaphysics, multidimensional
consciousness and paranormal investigation. Please visit www.sharylnoday.com for more information.
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. Some
instruments will be available to borrow. Cathy McManamon is a
musician who plays a variety of instruments. 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.
Exploring Women's Woundedness, Reclaiming Personal Power & Planetary Healing Through Myth, Ritual, and Embodied Art
with Anna Applegate, M.A.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
7 - 10 pm
Suggested donation: $20 Half
of all proceeds will be donated to The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to empowering people to defend the world’s oceans
and their wildlife for future generations. No one will be turned away
for lack of funds.
In the cold and frozen depths of the
Arctic Ocean, Sedna, the primal Inuit goddess of creation and
destruction, calls out to her daughters to face their Shadows. Her myth
does read like the worst of all narratives of victimization, betrayal,
and cruelty. It is a condensation of the narrative written by patriarchy
for ALL women. However, in the darkness and solitude of the deep,
transformation occurs. Strength is reclaimed. Healing begins.
Join Anna Applegate for an evening of exploring lived myth through the
lenses of storytelling, shamanic journeying, group sharing, lecture,
simple body movement, journaling/drawing (paper and pens/sketching
materials will be provided), and the conscious crafting of sacred
community ritual to bring calm to the inner seas as well as the oceans
of our fragile planet. To the classic beat of the shaman’s drum, journey
to Adlivun, Sedna’s Arctic Underworld. Name your woundedness and take
the steps toward healing in the company of supportive sisters. Learn
from other goddesses of the deep. Celebrate the Mysteries of the Living
Waters while reclaiming the Power of the Divine Feminine and renewing
your commitment to Life and the preservation of the world’s jeopardized
oceans. To commemorate Women’s History Month in addition to the Spirit Guides exhibit at LFAC, this event is for women only.
The patterns that come down through our ancestral lines determine how
we see ourselves, how we choose to live, how we relate to others. We
often carry the pain of our families, even back many generations to
ancestors we are not consciously aware of. Their unresolved traumas and
unfinished business eventually turn into our symptoms and problems.
Illness, anxiety, addictions, emotional and physical pain, relationship
issues, money issues, and lack of success can all be forms of unspoken
In Family Constellations Soul-Work, we open a sacred space in which
participants help one another by representing each others family members
and ancestors, enacting scenes from the past. Through this process,
unresolved family issues can be seen and brought towards resolution. Within a day, your life can change as you let go of entanglements and burdens and reconnect to your own destiny. Danuta Jirik, Ph.D.
is a holistic/shamanic healer. She is certified by Bert Hellinger in
his 'Moving with the Spirit-Mind New Family Constellations', and
completed advanced training with Mark Wolynn of Hellinger Institute of
PA. She blends her shamanic training with the constellation work in a
unique and powerful way, holding a safe space in partnership with the
compassionate healing and healing spirits. Visit Danuta's website: www.HolisticResolutions.com More information
a powerful healing ritual as Shamanic Practitioner Kevin Seymour
cleanse the chakras (energy centers) of each participant through singing
and drumming. We will learn the ancient meditation technique of
shamanic journeying to the spirit realm, gaining wisdom and healing from
angels, ancestors, totem animals and other helpful spiritual beings.
Beginners welcome, no previous experience necessary. Please wear
comfortable clothing. Kevin Seymour is a Reiki and Shamanic Practitioner. He has studied Shamanism through Joan Forest Mage's Shamanic Training Program.
the ancient shamanic journey meditation: traveling to the spirit realm
to gain wisdom and healing from angels, ancestors, totem animals and
other helpful spiritual beings. To the classic shamanic drumbeat, you
will journey to the three territories of non-ordinary reality to begin
building relationships with your own group of spirit helpers. Learn
about shamanic cosmology, the history and ethical basis of shamanism,
and the ways shamanic practice applies to the modern world and to
healing the web of all life. No previous experience necessary. Please
bring a drum or rattle if you have one, and a pen and notebook. Required
reading:Singing The Soul Back Home by Caitlin Matthews. Cost: $145 (includes required book).This class may be taken for 7 NCBTMB credit hours*
Spirit Guides…they speak in the wind, the
water, the flame, the stones. They may come with feathers or scales or
many feet. They may have flowers, or branches, or more human form…or
no recognizable form at all. Come journey through all these
possibilities and the wisdom of the spirit guides with music performed
by Cathy McManamon and Margaret Brumann.
Cathy McManamonis a guitarist, songwriter, and drummer
in the Chicago area, and describes her music as “spiritual folk”
Margaret Brumannis a multi-instrumentalist who adds depth to Cathy’s guitar and voice with her electric upright bass
mostly Cathy’s original music, they weave a web of magical sound that
invites the spirit guides to join us for an amazing afternoon journey.
us for an introduction to the lore and magic of the runes, an ancient
Norse-Germanic divination system. We will cover the basics about the
runes of the Elder Futhark. No previous experience necessary. Please
bring a set of runes if you have them, or rune sets will be available
for purchase.This is one of three classes in the Lore & Magic of the Runes series with Kiel Milner. The other two are:Runic Divination - April 16;Bind Runes & Magic - May 14. Vitki Kiel Milner has been practicing runes for 20 years and is considered a rune master by the gods of this system.
Please join us for an evening of fun and creativity relating to the art in the Spirit Guides exhibit! This
workshop is for ANYONE who would like to explore simple forms of poetry
and creative movement exercises to express their impressions of visual
begin with an energizing warmup called the BrainDance. Then in small
groups, we will create simple "shape dances" based on the poetry form of
a cinquain (which I will set up and we will complete together). The
poem and dance will be inspired by selected artwork in LFA's space. Our
dances will incorporate shapes and lines from the artwork, translated
into our own body shapes and movements. NO dance experience required, only basic everyday movement. Special needs can be accommodated.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in,
and stocking feet or bare feet. Bring your sense of humor and a spirit
of PLAY as you let your body be the artist! Rev. Susan Sinclair studied with Anne Green Gilbert at Creative Dance Center in Seattle (www.creativedance.org ),
where she learned the BrainDance warmup and brain-compatible dance
teaching methods. Susan has taught adult and children's creative dance
classes and choreographed solo and group liturgical dances. She agrees
with Merce Cunningham that "dance is a spiritual activity in physical
This event is part of Life Force Arts Center's Spirit Guides show Dolls
have been used for spiritual, ritual and magical purposes all over the
world for thousands of years. As power objects, dolls have served as
amulets and talismans for fertility, protection, prosperity and healing.
They have been used as tools to harm or control and have stood in as
physical representations of various spirits including spirit guides, the
ancestors, and deities. In this ritual workshop participants will learn
the history and lore of spirit dolls and work with simple doll making
techniques to intuitively create their own unique spirit doll.
a visual, performance and ritual artist. She holds an MA in expressive
arts therapy and has been working as a teaching artist for fifteen
years. A priestess with the international Fellowship of Isis and Temple
of Isis, Szmeralda is the founder of the Iseum of Black Isis, a temple dedicated to Goddess Spirituality and Sacred Arts.
Access Your Intuitive Self by Studying Tarot The
Elements of Tarot is a 3-part class which will provide a step-by-step
introduction to the Tarot arcana. For centuries, the Tarot has been used
as a tool in magic, meditation, and divination. Essentially, the Tarot
is a system of symbols that can connect us to a realm of universal
archetypes. This course will be an in-depth study of the Tarot's three
principal parts: the 22 Major Arcana, 40 Minor Arcana, and the 16 Court
cards. The required deck for this class is the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
and students will be encouraged to begin an Tarot journal in class. The
class is taught once a month for three months. Students are encouraged
to take all three classes for a complete understanding of the material,
but you may also take single classes in any order.
Come celebrate the coming of the green with
Wild Onion Grove at our Spring Equinox celebration. Ár nDraíoht Féin
("our own druidry" in modern Irish) started in 1983 as an offshoot of
the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA). ADF Druidry may not be
familiar to many, but it shares quite a few beliefs and philosophies
with other NeoPagan faiths. We revere the Earth, worship Gods and
Goddesses and believe in magic.. ADF follows a Core Order of Ritual (http://www.adf.org/rituals/explanations/core-order.html
in all our rites, which serves as a common thread regardless of the
rite's cultural focus. We always give a pre-rite briefing for newcomers
so that they know what to expect.
We ask that attendants please bring a
donation of non-perishable food (no glass, please) to benefit the
Greater Chicago Food Depository. You may also bring Praise Offerings to
the Deity of the occasion. Donations to the Grove are welcome but never
necessary. For more information, visit wildoniongrove.org
art exhibit ~ performances ~ events January 25 - April 4, 2013
Life Force Arts Center
1609 W Belmont, Chicago
image: Dream Eagle
(c) Sierra Golden Eagle Undine
Open the path between the worlds and meet your helping spirits from the Otherside at Spirit Guides,
an art exhibit featuring workshops, performances and other events
running January 25 - April 4, 2013 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W
Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Friday, January 25, 2013
from 6 - 10 PM. Closing Reception is Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 7 - 9
PM. Gallery hours are Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 PM, and by
appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening and Closing
Receptions. Workshops, performances and other events related to the
theme of spirit guides will also be held as part of the show.
Woman of Atlantis (c) Vivian Gutierrez
Guides are helpful beings of the non-physical plane who aid, advise and
heal us. They give us wisdom and protection, especially
when we journey inward. Spirit Guides can appear in the form of
animals, humans, crystals, plants, angels, ancestors, gods, goddesses,
faeries and other spiritual beings. They come to teach people important
lessons in life. We communicate with our Spirit Guides through
meditation, visions, dreams, signs, omens, art and other ways we
perceive the invisible realm. LFAC's Spirit Guides show
especially focuses on art that helps viewers understand the concept of
spirit guides, reach beyond mundane reality, and meet the viewer's own
allies on the Otherside. The guides are there to help us if we just open the path between the worlds. Artists featured in Spirit Guides:
The mission of Life Force Arts Foundation (LFA) is to advance the field of spiritual art through artistically excellent exhibits, events and publications that
explore the connection of art and spirituality. We define spiritual art
as visual, literary or performing art that flows from spiritual
to connect the audience with Spirit, and creates spiritual awakening,
healing, or evolution. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression,
where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor
each other, and share their personal and collective experiences
of the spiritual aspect of life. LFA's goals are to develop spiritual
artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community.
operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago's spiritual art gallery
and performance space, which presents visual art exhibits, dance, theater and music performances, author book signings and workshops with artists who are experts in spiritual artmaking.
Female Buddhist Monk (c) Bev De Meyer
LFAC's Gallery Hours:
Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM and by appointment
Life Force Arts Foundation, Inc.
(Approved Provider Number 451592-11) is approved by the National
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a
continuing education Approved Provider.