Color: The Mind-Body-Art Connection

Workshop Series with Sharron Ott


Tuesday, August 27, 2013
7 - 8:30 PM
$30


Dates in this series: May 28, June 25, July 23,
August 27October 22, November 19


Each class may be taken separately

Preregistration required
Info & registration:

info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224


image (c) Sharron Ott

Please join Artist Sharron Ott for a six-class series exploring the many ways that color influences us. Physically, emotionally, and psychologically, changes occur when the eye is bathed in different frequencies of photons and variations of light. Through understanding and utilizing color and its interactions, we can learn to heal and cleanse ourselves. Color theories covered include the Hindu chakra system, color wheel and color pyramid, modern psychological studies on color, and Light Submersion therapy (having colored light in the room). Every class includes a lecture, a meditation and an art project to further our understanding of how colors relate to mind, body and psyche. No previous art experience is needed for this class.
 August 27 -Colors are influenced by their environments, much the same as people. Study the optical research in this area. Learning to maintain focus even in a changing atmosphere. Exercise: Collage displaying color interaction using colored paper.

Sharron Ott (www.papillondesign.bizis able to see many supposedly invisible energies, which she translates to her viewers through her Art.  Sharron has held numerous exhibits across the US and Canada. She has done scenic design, props, and costumes for Cirque Du Soliel, Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, and Red Moon Theatre Chicago. Her murals and design work grace restaurants, churches and many private homes. 

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The Goddess & The Frog

Shamanic Healing Ritual Performance with Joan Forest Mage, Sojourner Wright, Cathy McManamon, Kevin Seymour & Erin Sirona


Wednesday, August 28, 2013
8 pm

Suggested donation: $25

info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224


Please join Joan Forest Mage for an extraordinary healing ritual through shamanic performance. The sound and movement is based in contemporary dance, World Music and performance art but with its roots in ancient healing practices of many cultures. Sojourner Wright, Cathy McManamon, Kevin Seymour and Erin Sirona join Joan to call forth the cathartic and alchemical energies of The Frog Directive, a message Joan received from Frog Spirit about solving the environmental crisis through connection to Nature.

Joan Forest Mage, the founder and Executive Director of Life Force Arts Foundation, has been performing and teaching dance, movement and vocals for over 45 years. Through repeated experiences of powerful spiritual energy in her early performing career, she awakened to her mission as a shamanic practitioner and has been giving healing sessions since 1995, including more than 700 Soul Retrievals. Joan created Mage Shamanic Training, a comprehensive program of shamanic study from beginning practice to training for shamanic healers and teachers. She earned a Master of Arts Degree from School for New Learning, De Paul University, Chicago, with the focus area "Creating Healing Ritual Through the Arts."

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Go to HEL: A Dark Moon, Dark Goddess

Ritual for Women


Co-Facilitated by Szmeralda Shanel & Anna Applegate


Wednesday, September 4, 2013
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Suggested donation: $10
Szmeralda Shanel at 510-393-3223 or e-mail Anna at hekua.yansa@gmail.com


"Hermod Before Hela," (c) John Charles Dollman, Public Domain

For those of us who are lucky to live to old age, as well as those of us who succumb to fatal illness, going to Hel is a sure thing, for she is the ancient Norse goddess who claims the bodies and souls of those who perish from either cause. According to old lore such as the 13th century Icelandic Prose Edda, Hel is described as a beautiful living woman on one half of her body, and as a blackened, desiccated corpse on the other half. Also known as Hela or Halja, this daughter of Loki (and sister to the fearsome Fenris Wolf and the World Serpent) rules as a mighty queen over the misty Underworld known as Niflheim. As the summer season wanes and the sobriety of autumn draws near, shadows rustle, souls sail by in the chilly night air, and the old Norse goddess Hel stirs in Her throne. Do you have the courage to honor the forces of decay and mortality as their season gains momentum? Will you dare to look upon the Bone Mother and learn Her wisdom from beyond the mists?

Co-led by ordained, Chicago-based priestesses in the Fellowship of IsisSzmeralda Shanel and Anna Applegate—each monthly Dark Moon, Dark Goddess ritual unites self-identified women in a Shadowy Sisterhood. When the Dark Mirror is held before you, will you claim the Vision in the glass?
--Note the Dark Moon date is a weeknight this time: Wednesday the 4th!
--Wear white, black, or both to honor the Lady of Niflheim
--Honor your beloved and blessed dead in a safe and empowering community
--Journey to Hel to the classic beat of the shaman's drum
--Work rune magic with Hagalaz, the rune of Hel, and bind-runes
--Make friends with your mortality and with the processes of dissolution and decay


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Myth, Icons & Finding Your

Personal Magic


with Shauna Aura Knight


Friday, September 6, 2013
7 - 10 pm

$45

SPECIAL PRICE FOR 2 CLASSES!!!: Take Shauna Aura Knight's "Myth, Icons & Finding Your Personal Magic" on Sept. 6, you pay only $25 for "The Devil, The Tower & The Star" on Sept. 7.

info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224

image: The Grail (c) Shauna Aura Knight

In many fairytales, myths, and stories, there is a magical item that helps the hero to win their quest. King Arthur’s sword; the Grail; a magic chest; the cloth the princess must weave by hand. These are the icons that show up time and again in stories and myths. Whether found or created, this magic becomes woven together with the hero. Have you ever wanted this kind of magic?

Together, we will explore the magic that is uniquely yours. What are your dreams, goals, gifts? And what is the symbol of your magic? This is part of the deep magic that is untapped within you, found only when you have gone down to the depths, faced impossible challenges. What is the magic at the heart of you? Through discussion, meditation, trancework, and more, we will connect to our personal power. You might honor skills you have developed, look forward to goals you want to achieve, or focus on other magic to empower yourself in times of challenge. Will you reach for the dream of your own deep magic?


Shauna Aura Knight - A mystic, artist, and ecstatic spiritual seeker, Shauna offers intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and spiritual growth. She is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, and artwork to incite transformation, inspire creativity, and to awaken mythic imagination. With leadership experience in Earth-centered and grass-roots organizations, Shauna has organized and created conferences, intensives, rituals, shrines, and art installations. Shauna writes a ritual column for Circle Magazine, and her articles have been published in many other Pagan publications. She has spoken on numerous podcasts about Pagan leadership, ritual arts,  and personal transformation. Visit http://shaunaaura.wordpress.com

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The Devil, The Tower & The Star

a Healing Ritual with Images from the Tarot with Shauna Aura Knight


Saturday, September 7, 2013
3 - 6 pm

$45
SPECIAL PRICE FOR 2 CLASSES!!!: Take Shauna Aura Knight's "Myth, Icons & Finding Your Personal Magic" on Sept. 6, you pay only $25 for "The Devil, The Tower & The Star" on Sept. 7.

info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224

image: Marseilles Tarot

The rich imagery of the Tarot can be used to help us identify energies influencing in our lives, and point the way to transformation. The Tarot cards we will focus on in this ritual reveal a pattern: Devil--contracts, stories we bind our life-force into. Tower—Old patterns become caging structures destroyed in fire. Star--unbound life-force, hope, and inspiration flows back. Join us to explore your own Tower moments through discussion and ritual, and to look deeper at your old patterns, shadows, the fears that bind us, and the gifts hidden within the wounds. Your Tower falls--will you be lost in the ruins and embers, or will you embrace transformation to see unveiled light of the Star?

Shauna Aura Knight - A mystic, artist, and ecstatic spiritual seeker, Shauna offers intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and spiritual growth. She is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, and artwork to incite transformation, inspire creativity, and to awaken mythic imagination. With leadership experience in Earth-centered and grass-roots organizations, Shauna has organized and created conferences, intensives, rituals, shrines, and art installations. Shauna writes a ritual column for Circle Magazine, and her articles have been published in many other Pagan publications. She has spoken on numerous podcasts about Pagan leadership, ritual arts,  and personal transformation. Visit http://shaunaaura.wordpress.com

For more information & to register, please click here
 
Learn How To Meditate

with Light Watkins

Friday, September 13, 2013
  
Free Intro Session 7 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2013 8 - 9:30 AM & 6 - 7 PM
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 
8 - 9:30 AM & 6 - 8 PM

info at www.ChicagoMeditationCenter.com
 
Pre-registration required. Please call (646) 450-3426 to register
The course is offered for a sliding-scale contribution
- Learn how to meditate in a way that feels deeply restful
- Beginners with busy minds and hectic lives are welcome
- Ancient but non-religious technique with straightforward instructions
- Short practice times with NO uncomfortable seated positions
- Gradual, step-by-step approach to learning and practicing
- Get results: you will be self-sufficient after only four 90-minute sessions


For more information & to register, please click here
 

 




From Energy to Iconography

art exhibit ~ performances ~ events



Closing Reception

September 17, 2013
7 - 9 PM

 
Exhibit runs
June 14 - September 17, 2013
Free admission to exhibit & Opening & Closing Receptions

Gallery hours:
Mondays & Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 pm & by appointment 


Info: info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224


image: The Hierophant (c) Jerry Tiscareno


Experience the many ways Spirit manifests at From Energy to Iconography: The Art-Spirituality Connection, an art exhibit and multiarts show running June 14 - September 17, 2013 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6:30 - 10 PM. Closing Reception is Tuesday, September 17, 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 energy and iconography will also be held as part of the show.

From Energy to Iconography explores the continuum of artistic expression from spirit as energy, to spirit embodied in the iconography of various religions. "Spirit" may be defined simply as energy: the realm of the non-physical and vibrational.  For an artist who views life this way, the purpose of his or her art may be to create or depict positive energy, or to help the viewer shift negative energy into positive energy. For other artists, "Spirit" means expressing a specific religion or deity, including the teachings, history, legends and symbols that embody and represent that belief system. In addition to showing examples of both these perspectives, From Energy to Iconography will also explore the transformational energy within the symbols or the story of strongly iconographic art. Viewers of the exhibit will be fascinated by seeing how they are affected by the energy of a particular artwork, even when they have a greater or lesser understanding of its iconography.
 
Ganesh (c) Wendy Allen
 

Beginning Astrology

with Lin Ewing

6 Mondays, September 18 - October 23, 2013
  

7:30 - 9:30 PM
$180/$150 early registration by September 11

 or 773-327-7224

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  


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Energetic Protection
with Joan Forest Mage

a Mage Shamanic Seminar 

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
$145 (includes assigned books & reading materials)

Pre-registration required by
September 19

There are readings and assignments to be completed 2 weeks BEFORE each seminar, with online interaction with instructor and fellow students

773-327-7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org



This is one of 3 seminars in Level 1 of Mage Shamanic Training. Learn about your energetic, spirit body. You will learn to identify your etheric, emotional and astral bodies, and how to ground energy, release energy blockages, invigorate your chakras and protect your energy field. We will practice basic energy techniques such as simple yoga and tai chi exercises, sound healing, hands-of-light, power objects, crystals, and finding your power song and dance. We will align ourselves with the elements (air, earth, water, fire and ether) and experience how they help us shift energy. We will also examine the importance of intention and core beliefs in energy work. No prerequisite. Required reading: Mother Wit by Diane Mariechild. Cost for seminar: $145 (includes assigned books and reading materials)This class may be taken for 7 NCBTMB credit hours**
with Cathy McManamon

Friday, September 20, 2013

6:30 - 9 pm

Suggested donation: $10
773-327-7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org

Since the beginning of human history, drums have been used to call people together, to communicate across great distances, to rise in celebration, and to march together in common cause. Please join a drum circle at Life Force Arts Center, led by Cathy McManamon, as Chicago's part of 10 Billion Beats, an annual international event that circles the earth with a resounding rhythm of unity for all peoples, all faiths, all nations, all hopes and dreams, sending a wave of focused intent for planetary healing through every time zone around the globe.

10 Billion Beats follows the sunset from east to west around the Earth starting at 7:00 PM in the US Central Time Zone. Everyone will drum at 7:00 PM - their local time. Each group follows the time zone that precedes them as the drumming moves around the globe in a 24 hour period.
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2013

8 PM
Suggestd donation: $15

773-327-7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org


Bhavacakra, Public Domain
 
Samsara is an improvisational jazz band centered on the Buddhist concept of cyclic existence, Samsara.  Our music's purpose it to re-create the wheel of cyclic existence, and to transcend the suffering connected with the cyclic existence. We sonically re-create the image of Samsara through communicating with each other musically in the language of jazz, demonstrating spirit as intangible, non-physical vibratory energy. As we improvise the music as a group, we demonstrate how all humans may gather and spontaneously create with harmonious spiritual fire.
Performers:
 
Justin Howe - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, and effects
Justin LaForte - Guitar
Stevenson Valentor - Drumset and percussion
 

Astrological Progressions
Personal Evolution and Forecasting/Predicting
with Lin Ewing

Sunday, September 22, 2013

1 - 4 PM
$55/$45 early registration by Sept. 16

Info/registration info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224


Progressions show us how the person has evolved and grown from birth by showing us how the birth chart itself has moved forward and grown. As the planets move forward in time, changing signs and houses within the natal chart, we can watch how the person changes attitudes, preferences and focus.While we see the internal evolution of how the person has grown, we also see how the "progressed" planets interact with the natal planets letting us see the types of situations and changes that are coming up. Learn how to progress the planets and how to understand what the progressed planets show.

What to bring:  Your natal chart or any chart you would like to investigate. If you do not have a copy of the natal chart you would like to discuss, please email Lin Ewing at linewing@astrologicaldetails.com with the birth information so that she can bring the chart to class for you.  Birth information Lin will need:
  • Month, Day, Year of the birth
  • The Exact Time Of Birth as it appears on the birth certificate
  • The City and State of the birth.  (If not born in the USA please include the Country of Birth)
Astrologer Lin Ewing is the proprietor of Astrological Details, where she practices astrology and also gives Akashic Record readings.  www.astrologicaldetails.com  

For more information & to register, please click here

 
Sharyl NodaySiria Family Channeling
with Sharyl Noday
Thursday, September 26, 2013

 7:30 - 9 PM
 $30/$25 early registration by September 25

 Info/registration: 
info@LifeForceArts.org or  773-327-7224

 This event is held on the 4th Thursday of each month


Read "The Channel and The Painter", an interview with Sharyl Noday by Liz Baudler on LFA's online journal Pantheon
 
I invite you to experience a evening of channeling with Beings of Light called Siria Family. This is a "gallery session" where members of the audience can ask and receive answers to questions about their lives. In this channeling session, Spirit speaks through me while I am in a deep trance state of consciousness. This allows these loving beings who refer to themselves as Siria Family to come through. They are a vortex of Light Energy Beings, a matrix from the realms of the archetypes. Siria Family works with us to encourage personal responsibility and soul growth as we dive deeper into the matrix of creating our own reality. The first communication from Siria Family in the session is a message that comes from their reading of the collective group energy, followed by questions from individual attendees. The session finishes with Siria Family weaving a unique meditation that is always original and quite healing and shifting of energies.  Sharyl Noday, is a Metaphysical Teacher/Coach, Painter, Photographer, and Sculptor. She is certified as a Energy Healer and Full Trance Channel and Channeling Teacher. Sharyl has a international private practice and has been involved with the Metaphysical Healing Arts as well as Traditional Arts for 25 years. Please visit www.sharylnoday.com.
 
 

Himalayan Singing Bowls

with Edward Farnham

Saturday, September 28, 2013

8 PM
Suggested donation: $10 advance/$15 door

Info/registration: info@LifeForceArts.org or 773-327-7224

Read Edward's article about Himalayan singing bowls in LFA's blog Pantheon

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.

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Open Drum Circle
with Cathy McManamon

Friday, October 11, 2013

8 - 10 pm

Suggested donation: $10
773-327-7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org

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. 

For more information and to register, please click here
 

 
Visit

Pantheon

Life Force Arts Foundation's Journal about the spiritual power of art
 
 
 

LFAC's Open 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.





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