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Welcome and Schedule
Keynote Address How to turn your faith (whatever faith that may be) into action with Becca Stevens.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Exhibitors and Wellness Retreat Room
Maker’s Space and La Mese delle donne
Saturday, Session I, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, Session II, 1:30–3 p.m.
Saturday, Session III, 4–5 p.m.
Sunday, Session IV, 9–10 a.m.
Sunday, Session V, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Session VI, 1–3:30 p.m.
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From the Editor 8 In the Know 39 Marketplace 53-54 Calendar Events 54 Advertisers Index
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I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman On-air personality Val Kleinhans.
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I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Tammy Darby lives with liver diesease. By Jorrie Johnson
Open Spaces Five women find their niche in creativity. By Joy Blewett
Ladies’ Night Out Rochester trolley tours. By Kim Zabel
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As I floated on a tube in the lazy river at America’s largest waterpark one Sunday afternoon in August, I pondered what spirituality means to me. At that moment, I was at peace—with my boys laughing and enjoying each other’s company, with the warm sun drying us off after splashing our way down the water slides, listening to and kicking our feet in the water. I was connected with people I love, the earth and universe. That was spiritual, but spirituality is deeper. It is what gives us hope when a friend or loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, or we make a mistake and we desire forgiveness from someone else or even ourselves, or we need to know we are loved no matter what. Spirituality comes from deep within ourselves and is expressed through various forms. Our homes are an extension of ourselves, giving us a place to rest and relax, to feel safe and secure and, ultimately, to live, to be and to become. We have a special section for the Rochester Area Builders Fall Showcase of Homes and Remodelers Tour (pages 13–21) in this issue. We hope you will tour some new and remodeled homes for ideas for your own home. In this issue of Rochester Women magazine, you will find the program for the 36th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference (pages 26–50). This year, the event is being held in Rochester for the first time at the newly expanded Mayo Civic Center. Terri Allred took over the event and is making it bigger and better than ever. On the cover of this issue, Allred is featured, along with Cassandra Buck and Teaki Garcia (pages 23–24). Buck founded La Mese delle Donne annual women’s art exhibit that will be opening this year on September 14 at the Rochester Art Center in conjunction with the Women & Spirituality Conference. Garcia is coordinating the Maker’s Space for conference attendees to be creative. Toward the end of the issue, check out the article on five women artists who have found their niche in creativity (page 49). Take a trolley tour to explore cool Rochester shops (page 51), including Dwell Local, where many local artists sell their goods. In addition to Ladies’ Night Out, Rochester Women magazine has teamed up with Rochester Trolley & Tour Company for some fun fall trips, including going to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (Sunday, September 24) and going to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for Grease (Sunday, October 22). Sincerely,
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Mon., Sept. 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Assisi Heights, 1001 14th Street NW Maggie Carlisle Cupit-Link found herself simultaneously a student research intern and a patient at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She had to fight a life-threatening form of pediatric cancer, suffering with aggressive chemotherapy and surgery. She found comfort in journaling and engaged her grandfather in conversation regarding her anger, and seemingly dashed hopes. Her grandfather, a university professor specializing in philosophy of religion, was an able listener. With his support, she was able to endure, and eventually found her spiritual core in the divine; although not in the way she expected. Maggie Cupit-Link is a Rochester resident and student at Mayo Medical School. Her faith journey is recorded in a book, which was co-authored by her grandfather. $10 preregistered, $15 at the door.
WALK WITH ME, A JOURNEY TO MINDFULNESS MOVIE Mon., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Marcus Wehrenberg Theater
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A WALK ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: A PHOTOJOURNALIST’S SPIRITUAL DIARY Wed., Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. For her project, A Walk on the Camino de Santiago, funded through a travel grant from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), kyong juhn treaded 500 miles, from Southern France to northern Spain. kyong juhn will share her personal transformation from a first generation immigrant-homemaker to a tenacious artist who expresses the complexities of rediscovered identities after leaving her hometown of Rochester, MN, to return to school in Chicago, IL. Donations appreciated. To register, go to www.rochesterfranciscan.org, select the date under “Events” or contact Angie at 507-280-2195.
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Val posted on Facebook, “I can’t thank you guys enough for supporting my wacky adventures (really my whole radio career since 2011!) and tuning in when you can. Some of you even helped me move up the ladder, and I can’t thank you enough for that either. Last week I mentioned how much I appreciate the creativity I can bring to these stations, and I hope to do more of the same. Thank you all! Seriously!!” You can help Val celebrate by becoming her friend on Facebook and liking Quick Country 96.5 and Z-Rock 107.7. Sara Drewry Clausen, regional director of the American Heart Association, comments to Val, “You are a talented and very creative woman! Congrats on the great year already in Rochester!!!!” Sarah Fisher Wolf says, “She has done some awesome things for Z-Rock and for the local music scene.” She tells her, “Keep doing what you do best, girl!” Regional Operations Manager at Townsquare Media James Berry Wilde comments, “You have blossomed this past year on both. You sound great on-air and have brought tremendous energy and enthusiasm.” We at Rochester Women magazine congratulate you, too, Val, on your first year with Townsquare Media. You are a beautiful Rochester Woman because you make a difference in the lives of Rochester-area women.
Val lives with her husband, Will, and their cat, Pantera. She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with friends and family. She says she enjoys “getting every slice of pizza I can get my hands on.”
LIFE BEFORE ROCHESTER Val was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Before moving to Rochester, she was on the air at Studstill Media in Peru, Illinois, two hours outside of Chicago. Prior to that she was a promotions assistant/board operator at CBS Radio in Pittsburgh. “My training really came from being ‘on the job’; a lot of what ‘sticks with you’ is hands-on learning,” she says.
ROCHESTER WOMEN’S FALL EXPO MAKEOVER The team at Townsquare Media and Rochester Women magazine arranged for Val to get her makeup done by Katie Kirckoff, owner of GLAM Beauty Lounge, at the Rochester Women’s Fall Expo last year. Val hadn’t had a makeover since her wedding in 2014 and was excited to learn new tricks and tips from Katie. Val says, “I felt pretty! I wasn’t 100 percent into the lipstick, just because I’m not typically a ‘lipstick kind of girl’; however, Katie totally understood my love for a good cat eye.” That evening Val went out for dinner and a movie with her husband. She looked as lovely as she did on her wedding day almost two years ago.
ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN “I think a lot of women have a hard time admitting that there is something they like about themselves, but I hope that changes. For me, I’m glad that I’m an open person and that I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve,” she admits. “Everyone knows exactly what they’re getting with me. I pride myself on that.” For other women, Val suggests, “Feeling good, and looking good, all starts with prioritizing yourself. Whether that means taking care of your mental, physical or emotional state.” She explains that she knows how terrible she feels when she hasn’t taken sufficient “Val time.” To her, “Val time” can mean anything from gym time to buying new clothes or makeup or getting a haircut. She says, “It’s a constant balance, but your productivity centers around what’s inside you.” RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 11
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AMMY DARBY READ I AM A BEAUTIFUL ROCHESTER WOMAN STORIES IN ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN, BUT NEVER EXPECTED TO BE FEATURED IN IT HERSELF. WHEN SHE WAS APPROACHED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A MAKEOVER AT THE ROCHESTER WOMEN’S FALL EXPO LAST YEAR, SHE JUMPED AT THE CHANCE.
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“I love to get dressed up, and I have had a makeover once before, but I do not wear makeup on a daily basis,” explains Tammy. “I felt like a different person, not only for the way I looked, but for stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting onstage to do the makeover at the 2016 Women’s Fall Expo. I never thought I would be strutting my stuff down a cat walk.” She enjoyed talking with Katie Kirckof, owner of GLAM Beauty Lounge (formerly BB Make-up) before the makeover and observing what colors Katie used on her. “I would definitely recommend getting a makeover to friends and family. You may get introduced to a color or product that you normally wouldn’t consider trying and you will feel amazing,” says Tammy. After the Women’s Fall Expo, Tammy celebrated her friend’s birthday with dinner and had a girls’ night out.
Tammy lives with non-alcoholic cirrhosis. About five years ago she was told she would need a liver transplant, and two years ago was officially put on the transplant list. She tries not to let it impact her daily life or dwell on it. She recognizes that it has made her who she is today, tries to stay positive and believes that everything will work out according to God’s plan. An important cause for Tammy is advocating for #donatelife. “Did you know one organ donor can save up to eight lives? The same donor can also improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes. More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for organ transplants,” she explains.
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“I am unique. There is no one else out there like me. I have had my share of challenges—everybody does, and they make you who you are. It’s up to you how to deal with them. You can let them get you down, or you can overcome them. Remember, every challenge you overcome makes you stronger,” advises Tammy. The best advice she can give to other women is, “Do what makes you happy; don’t let anyone get your down or stand in your way. You cannot control how people treat you, but you can control how you react to it. Be the good in the world!”
Tammy has three siblings. “I am the second youngest with my sister Tanya following a short 10 minutes after,” she shares. Her mom still lives in the house she grew up in here in Rochester. Tammy is the proud mother of a 7-year-old son. “I am the mom to the most handsome little man I know. He is an amazing boy and can always put a smile on my face,” she says. “I enjoy taking him to the park, going bowling, playing laser tag and hitting up the arcade. I also try to keep an eye out for other fun, kid-friendly activities around town.” “I am always up for a new adventure,” says Tammy. She enjoys traveling (sometimes spontaneously) with friends, spending time with family, cooking, entertaining, kayaking and hiking. Tammy tries to get a workout in every day, even if it is a quick one. “I have also been trying to incorporate a more clean diet into my lifestyle.” 12 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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HEN ALICIA AND MATT CORY MOVED INTO THEIR HOME FOUR YEARS AGO, THE KITCHEN WAS A SEPARATE ROOM WITH A DOORWAY. A HALF-WALL PROVIDED A LIMITED VIEW INTO THE KITCHEN. IT WAS A SQUEEZE FOR THEIR GROWING FAMILY. “THE PROBLEM FOR US WAS TRAFFIC FLOW,” SAYS MATT.
The Rochester couple remodeled the home’s original kitchen and adjacent laundry room last summer and fall. They worked with local Design Studio B to rework the kitchen for efficiency. At the same time, they wanted to complement the home’s existing style, which is dominated by a two-story limestone fireplace. A stone pathway also extends through much of the main living space. Topped with a slab of granite that is almost 8 feet long and just over 5 feet wide, the kitchen island is the “epicenter” of the family’s daily life, describes Matt. The irregular shaped island is large enough for their schoolBefore 16 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
age boys to spread out homework on one side while a parent prepares dinner on the other. Furnished with five chairs and stools, the massive countertop also gives the kitchen a social gathering point when guests arrive. One of the first remodeling jobs was demolishing the half-wall and, effectively, opening the kitchen out to home’s main living area. The transformation resulted in new space and a new view. Their modern, 5,000-square-foot house just north of Rochester features light wood paneling in the ceiling, an expansive great room and large windows opening to a deck and a second-story view of backyard trees.
BENEFITS OF BEING IN THE INDUSTRY The Corys, who work in the restaurant industry, drew on ideas from their professional lives about what kitchen features would work in an efficient and convenient kitchen. So, they built in improvements including: • a hidden stand for the mixer, which folds out and up for use. • a drawer microwave built into the wall. • roll-out racks and shelving, including some carriers. • two-level silverware drawers.
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new major appliances, including a second oven and oversized refrigerator. All are stainless steel, except, “We chose to panel the fridge,” Alicia says. • a small appliance garage equipped with electricity. “Functional is good,” Matt says, “but so is style.” The couple decided that their remodel had to blend with the look of their house, too, Alicia says.
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OPENING UP THE LAUNDRY ROOM The remodel also extended into the laundry room, which, as in many modern houses, functions as the family’s everyday entrance. It connects to both the garage and an outdoor deck. Each family member has an open locker and bench for changing into and out of outdoor wear. The design used a pocket door at the kitchen entrance to save some room. Blissenbach says she and the Corys began planning in earnest in January 2016. The demolition and remodeling work began in July and was generally finished in October. The last touches were completed right before Thanksgiving. Design Studio B acted as both the interior design firm and general contractor. The Corys expect to open up their house to visitors for this year’s Rochester Area Builders Remodelers Tour. Bob Freund is a Rochester-based writer who is a regular contributor to Rochester Women magazine.
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Perhaps the most unique feature is a light band that runs like a rim high on the kitchen wall. It replaces a wooden fluorescent light canopy that originally hung out over the kitchen counters. Alicia credits Karen Blissenbach, who leads Design Studio B, with inspiring the unusual wall feature. The light band, or valance, is composed of translucent panels that are lit from behind. The panels contain real twigs from birch trees. They are made by encasing the twigs in a type of resin (called 3form) that hardens into a panel, the designer says. The light band not only acts as a decorative accent, but it illuminates the kitchen countertop below, she explains.
Blissenbach and the owners also embedded the pattern elsewhere. They had it etched large into the tall doors for new pantry cabinets. Alicia herself searched out the light fixture (Troy Lighting, Drift Collection) with a branch design to suspend over the central island. The tree-inspired designs also complement other naturalistic elements throughout the house. For example, earth tones and deliberately rough edges of the granite island reflect other stonework in the house. They installed walnut wood floors throughout the remodeled area, but added another twist. They had the walnut planks distressed, or scraped, by hand to hide damage from everyday use. “It helps it (the walnut) age more gracefully,” Matt says.
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F YOU’RE A FAN OF THE HGTV RUNAWAY HIT “FIXER UPPER,” YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE BRAND-NEW HOME THAT CUSTOM HOME BUILDER R. FLEMING CONSTRUCTION WILL HAVE ON THE 2017 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES IN SEPTEMBER.
The home, located in wildly popular northwest Rochester at 6408 Summit Point Road NW, complete with shiplap and subway tile, is sure to capture your attention. This beautiful house is much more than a nod to a fashion trend; it’s a graceful, rustic—yet elegant—home that at once feels like, well, home. Acknowledging the latest trends, Lee Fleming of R. Fleming Construction says, “We’re seeing more people go for that farmhouse feel.”
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE—MAIN FLOOR LIVING This new-construction home incorporates excellent use of space, making it feel much larger than its actual finished square footage, which is just under 3,000. The home includes “zero-entry”—meaning there are no steps—from both the front entrance and the garage, which makes it easier for people with mobility issues. This feature also makes aging in place an option, allowing people to stay in their homes as they age. Upon entering the home, you will notice two bedrooms and a full bath near the front entry. The front bedroom could make a fantastic office, allowing you to meet with clients without walking through the home. There is an oversized laundry room/mud room near the front entrance which also has entry from the large three-car attached garage. The laundry room is equipped with a bank of cubbies and a large closet in addition to the under-counter laundry and large laundry sink. The open-concept kitchen-dining-great room—the heart of the home—is warm and welcoming. The kitchen has a large, functional granite island which is ideal for gatherings with friends and family. It’s also a fantastic day-to-day work surface. The island, reminiscent of
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French-country design, has sturdy table legs, which makes it feel like a piece of furniture—easing the transition from the kitchen to the great room. The accent lighting over the island is rustic and complements the heather-gray walls and white trim that flows seamlessly throughout the home. Just off the kitchen is a north-facing screen porch with a beautiful nature view. The vegetation separation in the back of the home provides a natural barrier and obscures the view of neighboring homes to the rear of the home. The lot has a tranquil feel, and it’s easy to imagine a pleasant evening relaxing outdoors enjoying friends, family and cocktails—free of mosquitos—in the comfort of the screen porch.
MORE GREAT FEATURES The box vault ceiling with recessed lighting in the great room adds drama and elegance, while the whitewashed shiplap-accented fireplace is the focal point of this warm and inviting room. Adding to the practical charm of this home, the flooring in the main living areas is an easy-care luxury vinyl plank. This rustic, yet elegant, flooring offers the beauty of wood in a waterproof floor product designed to withstand high traffic which makes the house feel kid- and pet-ready. There is nothing pretentious about this home—it is ready for a family to move in and make it their own. As Fleming shares, “We build our houses as if we were living in them.” Adjacent to the great room is the generous-sized master bedroom retreat with en suite bath. The master has a box vault in the ceiling with a large transom window above the logical position for the bed. The large master bath has an enormous shower with a large bench and is wrapped in modern gray subway tile matching the grays from other parts of the house. RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 19
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LOWER LEVEL LIVING The fully finished lower level, with 9-foot ceilings, has a generous-sized family room with an oversized walk-out to the backyard. The hallway in the lower level and stairs are wider, to accommodate larger pieces of furniture and offer a more open and airy feeling. The lower level boasts two additional bedrooms and a full bath. There is also a large unfinished utility room that could easily be converted into a workshop or a generous storage area.
R. FLEMING CONSTRUCTION TEAM R. Fleming Construction has had a winner on the Showcase the past three years. In fact, they built last year’s Fall Showcase of Homes Division 4 (Homes under $375,000) winner at 2875 Sand Trap Road SE in Rochester. This year, R. Fleming will have several homes on the Fall Showcase of Homes, which is a great opportunity to tour a variety of their models and see their superior craftsmanship for yourself. A well-established builder, R. Fleming has been building custom homes for nearly 30 years. Bob Fleming established the business in 1988, and over time it has evolved into the family business. The entire family is involved in some aspect of the enterprise: Bob’s wife, Sharon, their sons, Lee and Drew, and their daughter, Niki, all have roles
R. Fleming also has a highly accomplished in-house architectural designer, Jason Halverson, who implements the customer’s vision. According to Lee, “One of the things that sets us apart is our in-house drafting. Jason only draws for us—he designs all of our homes. There are only a few architectural designers in town, and one of them is ours. We can truly customize because of this factor. We’re small enough that we can hold our clients’ hands and provide the level of service they expect.” Understanding the importance of keeping clients in the loop on the progress of their home, R. Fleming has a mobile app that updates in real time. This enables clients to communicate with the builder and stay abreast of the status of their project. Over the years, R. Fleming has built new homes in several subdivisions in Rochester. They have had a large impact on Hundred Acre Woods on Tee Time Road. In fact, Lee says they own the second phase of Hundred Acre Woods and they recently purchased over 200 acres in Century Valley, which is just east of Century Hills. There will be 30 lots in the first of six phases. Lee estimates the build-out of all six phases will take approximately 10 years. Cindy Mennenga is a freelance writer, health coach and along with her husband John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information.
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HE WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE IS A MULTI-FAITH, EDUCATIONAL, HEALING EVENT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER DIVERSE SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF SHARED SPIRITUAL GROWTH.
With 90 exhibitors and 84 speakers in the 2017 program, participants can explore religious traditions in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment. After 35 years at the University of Minnesota-Mankato, this year, the conference will be held in Rochester. Highlighted are the local women who will combine spirituality, art and community into the two-day conference, running September 16-17 at the newly renovated Mayo Civic Center.
me about this amazing conference looking for a new producer. Just two days later, I was in Mankato talking about details. The rest is history.” With Allred in the lead, attendees can expect some new experiences. The conference is partnering with La Mese delle Donne (A Month of Women) to host a Saturday evening performance. Additionally, this year’s conference is offering a Maker’s Space. “Historically,” Allred explains, “this conference attracts 500-1,000 attendees of all ages, races, backgrounds and beliefs, but I want to expand the demographics even more.” In 2017, the conference program includes speakers ranging in age from 18 to 75 years old. It also boasts speakers and exhibitors from every major world religion, plus a wide variety of spiritual practices. Allred says, “Whether you are interested in social justice as an expression of your faith, contemplative spiritual practice, or just exploring different traditions, this conference is for you.” In an effort to include participants from all walks of life, Allred has also kept registration fees inexpensive. The Maker’s Space, exhibit hall and La Mese delle Donne exhibit are free and appropriate for all ages. “Some women have been attending this conference since its inception 35 years ago!” Allred shares. “They come year after year as a touchpoint in their lives to restore their spirit and reconnect to a supportive community. Personally, I was raised in the Christian faith, even attending Divinity School at Vanderbilt. I thought about going into the ministry.” Instead of entering the ministry, Allred worked for 30 years in social justice on behalf of oppressed women. Allred concludes, “I invite you to join us as we build bridges among faith traditions.”
TERRI ALLRED Terri Allred, Women and Spirituality Conference producer, begins, “I sent the intention into the universe to do more work in the spiritual realm of my life and utilize my master’s degree in feminist theology. At that time, I was already producing an international belly dance event in San Francisco, as well as helping produce local events like ROCKchester and the World Festival. Literally the next day, a friend contacted
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offerings in the southeast corner of the Mayo Civic Center lobby. The interactive, safe space aims to welcome and celebrate diversity, cultural heritage and self-expression. While grant money was secured from The Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust and Rochester Downtown Alliance for art materials, the labor, supervision, teaching and art-making is volunteer-run. Garcia shares, “Women are caregivers and providers. Often, we make life choices and decisions based on everyone else’s needs and feelings. The Women and Spirituality Conference allows time for reflection, healing, education, new experiences and to connect with other women. We should all make space for ourselves!”
CASSANDRA BUCK Local artist, educator and arts advocate Cassandra Buck founded La Mese delle Donne Annual Exhibit in 2012. Her dream of becoming an art educator stems from her high school art teacher, Janet Suter, influencing her direction in life. “After seeing a need for advocacy and connectivity for women creatives in Rochester,” Buck states, “I connected with the Rochester Art Center to create one.” In 2012, just six women exhibited work. Three years later, the exhibit showcased over 30 women creatives, including visual arts, dance, spoken word and music. Buck explains, “As we expand, we see this conference as a perfect fit! Art, music and dance are bi-products of the human spirit. Why not combine them all?” The mission of the exhibit is to showcase, promote, connect and collaborate with Minnesota creatives who identify as women. Throughout the conference, tours will be given to conference attendees who wish to view the exhibit at the Rochester Art Center. The curated La Mese delle Donne performance will be held on September 16 from 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Mayo Civic Center and is open to both conference attendees and the general public. Suzanne Szucs with Antares Tribal is curating and organizing the performance aspect of the exhibit. “I could not live without art,” Buck states. “I feel like sometimes women are pushed aside in the art world, and I want all women to have a voice. That is why I started the exhibit—to advocate and create. This conference will be the perfect location for us all to do just that.” 24 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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Women and Spirituality Conference The Women and Spirituality Conference is a multi-faith gathering to celebrate diversity, spiritual experience and healing. Founded in 1981 by the Women and Gender Studies Department at University of Minnesota-Mankato, the purpose is to provide a supportive and nurturing setting for a dialogue of caring and mutual respect among people from many spiritual and religious traditions. The conference does not advocate or exclude any view and continues to foster an understanding and celebration of similarities and differences. We invite you to attend the 36th Annual Conference and its first year in Rochester, Minnesota. The weekend events include the conference with a keynote address and six workshop selections from 84 offerings. Registration is available in advance and at the door. The weekend also includes the following free and open to the public events: • Exhibit area and Wellness Retreat Room with 90 merchants, nonprofits and healers • La Mese delle Donne art exhibit and evening performance • Maker’s Space with opportunities to create art with Teaki Garcia
SCHEDULE Exhibit Hall, Maker’s Space and Evening Program are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; keynote, workshops and dinner are ticketed events and require registration.
8 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open 8 a.m. Registration Open 9-10 a.m. Opening Celebration 10-10:45 a.m. Keynote 11 a.m. Session 1 Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Shopping, Maker’s Space, La Mese delle Donne Tours 1:30-3 p.m. Session 2 3-4 p.m. Shopping, Maker’s Space, La Mese delle Donne Tours 4-5 p.m. Session 3 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner, Shopping and Music by Cook with Honey 6:30-7 p.m. Doors Open for Evening Program 7-9 p.m. La Mese della Donne Program hosted by Julie Jones of 102.5 The Fox
8 a.m. Conference and Exhibit Hall Open 9-10 a.m. Session 4 10-11 a.m. Shopping, Maker’s Space, La Mese delle Donne Tours 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session 5 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Shopping, Maker’s Space, La Mese delle Donne Tours 1:30-3 p.m. Session 6 3:15-3:45 p.m. Closing Celebration 4 p.m. Exhibit Hall and Conference Close
REGISTRATION Weekend Registration: Adults- $75 in advance; $85 at the door; Seniors and Students- $40 in advance; $50 at the door One Day Registration: $45 in advance; $55 at the door For more information and to register, visit womenandspirituality.org
CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS The Conference has accommodations available at The Doubletree Inn by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Assisi Heights. For more information, visit womenandspirituality.org/venue-and-accommodations/ 26 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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2017 KEYNOTE ADDRESS Saturday, 10-10:45 a.m.
HOW TO TURN YOUR FAITH (whatever faith that may be) INTO ACTION WITH BECCA STEVENS BECCA STEVENS is many things...an Episcopal priest, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the United States run by survivors of domestic violence. She has been featured in The New York Times and on ABC World News, NPR, PBS and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. She was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and is a Top 10 2016 CNN Hero. She has been conferred honorary doctorates from The University of the South, Sewanee and General Theological Seminary, New York. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she serves as an Episcopal priest and lives with her Grammy-winning songwriter husband and three sons.
OPENING CEREMONY WITH THE CHILEAN MAPUCHE MACHITUN HEALERS Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
The Machitun is the healing ceremony of the Mapuche, the indigenous people of Southern Chile. We will be led in this beautiful ceremony by women and men of the north who have trained in this tradition, and been given permission by the Machi (shaman) to bring this ceremony to anyone in need of healing. Using drums called kultruns, and other ceremonial instruments, they will create sacred sounds that evoke an ancient remembering; they connect us with the roots of our vital life force and are powerful tools for restoring harmony within us.
CLOSING CEREMONY WITH NICOLLE JENSEN Sunday, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
Sound is a healing force—waking up our brain, regulating heart and breathing rates, calming the central nervous system, and releasing oxytocin—the feel-good chemicals in our brain. Join singer, drummer and teacher Nicolle NEILL Jensen in marking the end of our time together with songs from around the world. Music is a powerful way to mark transition, to honor all that you have learned and shared over the weekend.
words of songs we will sing //She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes// //We are changing, we are changing, and everything we touch can change// Variation on a chant written by Starhawk, USA Om tare tu tare ture svaha Chant to the goddess Tara, embodiment of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism Round and round the earth is turning, Turning round and round till morning, And from morning round till night. Traditional English lullaby Sevda/Szerelem Words for love in Turkish and Hungarian Lokah samastah suhkhino bhavantu “May all beings, in all places, be free of suffering, be filled with joy” Ancient Vedic chant from India
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womenandspirituality.org VOLUNTEER PLANNING COMMITTEE Thank you to all of our volunteers, especially the planning committee who brought this vision to fruition: TERRI ALLRED, Producer, Women and Spirituality Conference JORRIE JOHNSON, Publisher, Rochester Women Magazine VIRGINIA COOPER, Thresholdworks Media MOLLY DENNIS, Community Member DIANE ANDERSON, Hermitage Farm Center for Healing MARY LAVEN, Wind Over Fire Healing Center TEAKI GARCIA, Local Artist and Maker’s Space Creator
SATURDAY DINNER ENTERTAINMENT
MELISSA EGGLER, Local Artist and Exhibitor Coordinator
We are happy to announce that Cook with Honey will be our Saturday evening dinner entertainment. They are an acoustic vocal duo that plays an electic mix of music including originals and cover tunes.
LUANN BUECHLER, Owner of PMC Events & Consulting CODY COOPER, A New Beginning CASSANDRA BUCK, Local Artist and La Mese delle Donne SUZANNE SZUCS, Local Artist and La Mese delle Donne RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 27
2 EXHIBITORS AND WELLNESS RETREAT ROOM The Exhibitors and Wellness Retreat Room are open to the public. Hours are Saturday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rahbi Crawford Transformational Music Earth Wisdom® Nature’s Creations Curious Elements Wind Water Harmony Frank DiCristina Namaste Therapy First Choice Massage, Susan Raye Venus Rising Jewelry Castle Art & Import, LLC Blue Lip Sisters Neill MN Satsang Society Turned by Dave Purple Apple Arts Melissa Divine, Psychic Medium Mission 21 Artant1 Artria Scarfsbydesign Natural Balance for Life Sonia Rose Simple Soaps for Simple Folks Garden of the Heart Don’t Judge a Book- Recycled Creations by Melissa Eggler A New Beginning, LLC 4 Angel Creations Mystical Creations Destiny Integrated Wellness Minnesota Nalu Float The Wellspring/Access Bars The Conscious Nurse Academy
Between the Worlds Seek Within You Siobhana Holt-Thomas Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference Diane Anderson Mystical Nancy CroneStones Muse Zings with Sue Kosharek Mel’s Little Creatures Teaki Garcia, Artist LuAnn Buechler Third Eye Tribal The Diversity Council Thistle Farms Aura Photos by Annette Young Living Essential Oils with Rebecca Schwen ECKANKAR Jason Pottorff and Laura Gantenbrien Mad Girlz Lab Creations Kundalini Awakening Systems Overeaters Anonymous Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Sophia Riona Gold Wind Over Fire Healing Center Dennis King Hermitage Farms Mette Christianson Let’s Get Stones Misha Johnson Craig Hartel Shahawin Lightfoot Pathways to Wellness: A Connection to Holistic Healing Mas Sajadi Kundalini Association
NOW IMAA Rochester Women Magazine Diversity Council Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rochester SSE/Education in Human Values Women’s Shelter, Inc. Kyle Snyder, Astrologer ABWA ASHA (Service group of the Rochester Hindu Temple) Sathya Sai International Organization
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A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES
no proselytizing We are delighted to bring together so many different religious traditions and spiritual perspectives at the conference. Please feel free to share information about your experience with those who are interested, but we have a strict no proselytizing (trying to convert someone to your belief or perspective) rule.
chemical free The Women and Spirituality Conference is a chemical free event with no smoking allowed at the Mayo Civic Center. Please utilize the smoking areas outside the facility.
loss or damage We are not responsible for lost or damaged property. There will be a lost and found site at the registration/hospitality table.
supplies Conference participants should plan to bring pens, paper, art pads, drums, tarot cards and other materials that might be used in workshops.
use of scents Because of restrictions and codes enforced by the facility and out of concern for those who are scent-sensitive, we cannot allow lighting of candles or sage or use of incense on conference grounds. We try to make the conference accessible to all who wish to participate; therefore, we ask that you refrain from the use of perfumes, colognes and other scents at the conference. 28 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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2 MAKER’S SPACE WITH TEAKI GARCIA The Maker’s Space is a celebration of many diverse cultures and art techniques. Free and open to the public. No registration required, all materials provided, dropins welcome. Local youth and volunteers will lead this interactive and safe creative space. This event is designed and curated by artist Teaki Garcia to promote self expression, community engagement and creative collaboration.
EXPRESS YOURSELF 11:00 a.m. to noon
MOVE MOUNTAINS 9-10 a.m. Talking circle with talking stick and rattles The art of narrative and storytelling
Script your own beaded alphabet bracelet
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
VOICES OF CHANGE
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
Location: Banquet Hall, Mayo Civic Center 2nd floor
Location: Back Patio, Rochester Art Center
UNIVERSAL ENERGY 1:30-3 p.m.
MODERN LEGACY 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Loom weaving with recycled textiles
Noon-1:30 p.m. Munira Alimire and “Girl Up” (empowering 16- to 22-year-old females) with special guests Poetry and performance art
Self portrait station
Location: West side Mayo Civic Center lobby 2nd floor
THIRD EYE TRIBAL 1:30-3 p.m.
LIFE IN COLOR 10-11 a.m. Mono-print making with acrylic paint; linoleum block prints on paper with acrylic paint
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
INNER PEACE 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Temporary tattoo station
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
Location: Grand Lobby, Rochester Art Center
MAKE YOUR MARK 3-4 p.m.
VISION QUEST 1:30-3 p.m. Vision boards and collage—manifest your own destiny through a personal collage
Linoleum block carving
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
DREAMS COME TRUE 4-5 p.m.
1000 paper cranes origami installation
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
Location: Maker’s Space on 2nd floor in SE corner of Mayo Civic Center lobby
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5TH ANNUAL A MONTH OF WOMEN, JURIED EXHIBITION, ROCHESTER ART CENTER “LA MESE DELLE DONNE V” “La Mese delle Donne,” founded by Cassandra Buck, is an annual event to celebrate women in the arts. When the exhibition was first initiated in 2013, the main goal was to advocate for and empower women creatives in southeast Minnesota. Now in its fifth year, what started as a local event held on one night has evolved into a month-long exhibition of visual, performance and spoken word artists from throughout the state.
LA MESE DELLE DONNE PUBLIC ARTIST RECEPTION
LA MESE DELLE DONNE EXHIBITION
September 14, 6-9 p.m.; Artist Talk at 7 p.m., Open Mic 8-10 p.m.
September 14 through October 12
Free and open to the public.
$5, $10 for family, free for Rochester Art Center members or with Women and Spirituality conference badge.
Location: Rochester Art Center
LA MESE DELLE DONNE PERFORMANCE September 16, 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Location: Mayo Civic Center
Location: Rochester Art Center
Rochester Art Center is located at: 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Free and open to the public. We are pleased to include the following artists in the exhibit: Katya Roberts, Kerri Mulcare, Beth Sievers, Patricia Dunn-Walker, Becca Cerra, Donna Rice, Lou Lou, Cathy Durso, Lavonne Lovstad, Holly Mujica, Jodi Bee, Lindsy Halleckson, Abby Engle, Marcia Haffmans, Oleksandra Norwick, Jennifer Chilstrom, Nicole Hoiland, Farida Hughes, Anna Reasner, Jane Wunrow and Hillary Greenstein. We are pleased to include the following performers in the show: Antares Tribal, Asha, Rochester Vidhyalaya, Rhoda Lichy, Med City Ensemble, Kalila Indivar, Rochester Art Ensemble, Jane Foote, Gwendy Joysen, Virginia Cooper & Friends, Kim Zabel, Jennifer Jesseph, Janelle Klander, Nasro Araye & Ekhlas Abdullahi and Sophie Marie Knetter. 30 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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BE PERCEPTIVE TO THE COLORS IN YOUR ENERGY FIELD Grand Ballroom experiential This workshop will help you to understand the relationship between your aura field and chakra system through color. Annette Bruchu teaches intuitive development and energy healing courses at her Helping YOU Heal Center in Stillwater, Minnesota.
GROWING UP SIKH IN WESTERN CULTURE Riverview A lecture/discussion This workshop will include a brief overview of Sikhism, my personal experiences as a woman of Sikh faith and how I balance my religion and my engagement in western culture. Prabhjot Singh grew up in a Sikh family in Rochester, Minnesota and is currently a third-year student at Gustavus Adolphus College studying studio art and biology.
DISCOVER ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS BARS® Riverview B experiential Learn about the Bars® through discussion, demonstration and gifting and receiving some of the points with one another. Victoria Oestmann, MA, LMT, certified Bars® facilitator has been practicing massage, bodywork and energy work for 18 years.
GROUNDING MEDITATION, HEALINGS AND AUDIENCE READINGS Riverview C1 discussion based
Cody will work with Spirit as a spiritual conduit to help you cleanse, clear, purify and strengthen your energetic body through a guided meditation. Cody Cooper is a gifted Reiki master, intuitive healer, psychic, divine channel and spiritual teacher.
THE WORLD IS YOUR ORACLE: DIVINATORY PRACTICES FOR TAPPING YOUR INNER WISDOM Riverview C2 Experiential You will learn divinatory methods that Nancy has gathered in her new book “The World Is Your Oracle” to explore a number of ways that ancient, indigenous and contemporary cultures have tapped into the wisdom that resides within each of us. Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D., was named one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013 and published “The World is Your Oracle” (Fair Winds Press: April, 2017).
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR? Riverview D1 Discussion Based This workshop aims to enable one to find joy in everyday life through exploration of self-limiting beliefs and conditions that we all experience, often unconsciously. The workshop will offer time and experiences to reflect on these beliefs and conditions with the intent to change frustration to joy. Patty Blakesley is an author, Passion Test facilitator for individuals and businesses and a joy catalyst.
HOW TO USE MEDITATIVE MOVEMENTS™ TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE Riverview E Movement/Dance We will explore your mind/body connection and learn how to interpret your mind/body messages to release negative stress, increase energy and embrace your true nature. Ellie Peterson, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, has taught thousands how to live in harmony with life. Deb Davis, a Meditative Movement™ instructor with a passion for healing and is an advocate for the homeless and those suffering from mental illness.
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MEDITATION IN TODAY’S WORLD Rm 109 Experiential
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Swami Kena will be presenting a talk on the value of meditation and importance of awakening the feminine spirituality. Swami will also demonstrate how anyone can become attuned to their own essential divine nature through a simple technique as taught by his teacher, Sri Shivabalayogi. Swami Kena is a native Minnesotan who trained with Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj and was initiated into a discipline called “Tapas.” After much training, Swami Kena was directed by his guru to travel around the United States and offer the gift of meditation to everyone willing to accept it.
CAN THIS MAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS? Rm 114 Experiential This class will carry you to a place of clarity about what it means to heal, claiming your gifts and purpose as a woman by eradicating any limiting beliefs, negative energies and patterns from this lifetime and previous lifetimes. (Part 1 of 3) Following two near-death experiences, Mas Sajady was gifted with the ability to identify the real reasons why your life is the way it is. And if you so desire, he can help you access your own power to heal and transform all areas of your life—physical, financial, spiritual, relationships and more—with rapid, tangible and documented results. This event includes a presentation, demonstration and guided Medihealing®— meditation and healing in one.
EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH MUSIC: FROM INTENTIONAL MUSIC LISTENING TO CLINICAL MUSIC THERAPY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN Rm 110 experiential This experiential workshop will engage women in making music, experiencing music-based relaxation and mindfulness exercises and the intentional use of music in their own (personal and professional) lives. Christina Wood is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, board-certified music therapist and the founder & clinical director of Healing Rhythms Music Therapy.
YOUR GUIDE TO JUICING Rm 111 Experiential Nicci will talk about why juicing is not just a trend, but a lifestyle choice that can enhance your life and help you look and feel your very best. Nicci Sylvester is the creator of Tonic, voted Minnesota’s best juice bar in 2015 by WCCO viewers.
AFTER LIFE CARE Rm 112 Lecture Caring for our loved one during and after death is a life affirming, loving and compassionate way to honor our dead. Come and hear about the timeless tradition of a home funeral/vigil. Anne Murphy is a home funeral guide and funeral celebrant.
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ISLAM Rm 113 Experiential In this workshop, I will be discussing my experiences growing up Muslim and how it has taught me to speak up for oppressed and marginalized people in the world. Ashalul Aden is a sophomore at Luther College studying political science and international studies.
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2 SESSION II // 1:30 - 3 P.M. SACRED TRANSFORMATIONAL SOUND Grand Ballroom Experiential Have a “Divine Feminine” experience as crystal bowls activate the crystalline circuitry within our systems; creating a deeper connection with our own divine nature and allowing us to maintain higher frequencies of light energy. Rahbi Crawford holds two master’s degrees in music plus six years of advanced study with professional conducting organizations and two levels of sound healing study with Fabien Maman in the South of France.
THISTLE FARMS MODEL FOR COMBATING SEXUAL TRAFFICKING Riverview A Becca and participants from Thistle Farms will be discussing their program model for combating sexual trafficking and providing services to those who have been victimized by it. This workshop is recommended for folks who work in this field or are committed to assisting in the cause. Please see Becca Stevens’ bio in the Keynote section of the program on page 27.
ALLY BOOTCAMP FOR COURAGEOUS PEOPLE Riverview B Experiential Allies & Advocates is a community response program that: 1) nurtures and supports individuals experiencing heightened anxiety, uncertainty or incidents of hate/bias in this challenging social and cultural climate; 2) provides skills and tactics for safe and effective engagement in uncivil social interactions; and 3) offers resources and organizing tools for social justice activism. Dee Vazquez Sabol is executive director of the Diversity Council, an organization that has spent 28 years ensuring that the people of Rochester embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.
HEALING ADDICTION THROUGH SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Riverview C1 Formal Paper This workshop is designed for women in addiction and recovery to rediscover their spiritual connection of self, to bring awareness of one’s guiding presence of healing and to learn how we can still experience a life of joy. Sue Betts’ story begins with a girl who came into this world with no feeling or memory of her spiritual-energetic connection. Through several years of learning and teaching, Sue realized her own path of recovery was to find the relationship between spirit and our healing abilities. Sober for 15 years, she has found what sustains her and wants to help others do the same.
THE YOGA SUTRA: AN INNER JOURNEY TO A LIFE OF COMPASSION Riverview C2 Experiential Through chant, discussion and reflection, we will explore how the Yoga Sutra guides us to a living, daily yoga that enables us to live in harmony with our self and in peaceful compassion with all others and our world. Patricia Barrier (RYT500) is a registered yoga teacher who has completed her 500-hour study and is currently pursuing yoga therapist training. She has been engaged in a deep study of the Yoga Sutra for the last few years.
TAROT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA Riverview D1 Experiential Join us in the wild exploration using tarot to find ways to own your devils rather than be owned by them. Beginners warmly welcomed. Please bring a tarot deck if possible. Nancy Antenucci of Between The Worlds LLC is a seasoned tarot reader as well as a creative advocate for creative thinking.
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR INNER SPIRIT Riverview D2 Experiential Your inner spirits/inner guides/higher power are always communicating with you. However, our hectic lifestyles often get in the way. We will explore the power of meditation to deepen your communication with your inner spirit. Shawngela Pierce is an author, speaker, meditation and law of attraction coach. 34 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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2 PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE Riverview E Storytelling Plants speak to us in many ways. Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this exploration of plant spirit medicine. Connecting deeply with the plants, they act as mentors and as portals into the spirit realm. Linda Conroy, MSS, MLSP is a community organizer and an herbalist. She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder/organizer of the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.
SMART (STRESS MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCY TRAINING) Rm 109 People feel stress when the demands placed on them exceed their resources to cope with those demands. You may not be able to control the stressors, but you can retrain your brain to better respond to these stressors. Those who practice the SMART program have reported improvement in stress, anxiety, resilience, mindfulness, self-regulation, happiness and positive health behaviors. Donna Magtibay, MSN, RN has completed coursework and mentorship from Dr. Amit Sood. She has also conducted research on the SMART program and teaches the program in a variety of settings.
ACTIVATING THE POWERFUL WOMAN WITHIN Rm 114 Experiential Align all essential elements—inner strength, self worth, confidence and passion to activate the power within, materializing abundance in all areas of your life—health, wealth, relationships and beyond! (Part 2 of 3) See bio for Mas Sajady on page 33.
CONNECTING WITH THE ENERGIES OF THE UNIVERSE Rm 110 Experiential Laurie will take the group through some simple ways to raise personal vibration and connect with energies beyond. She will cover explanations of where and how to use our natural gifts of intuition. Laurie Wondra is a gifted shaman and psychic medium, known of her abilities to channel archangels, ascended masters, helpers of the universe and people that have died.
BECOMING CONSCIOUS: ACCESSING AND HEALING THE UNCONSCIOUS THROUGH TOUCH Room 111 Experiential This workshop will demonstrate how gentle touch with human connection, like Rosen Method, can stimulate this powerful healing system in the body, using receptive touch and verbal dialogue to assist people in opening to long forgotten experience and emotions, and to release unconscious limitations. Dorothea Hrossowyc, MA, member RMPA and ABMP is a Rosen Method Bodywork teacher and practitioner in Northfield, Lakeville and Rochester. Stacey L Schultz, MS, MPH is a board certified massage therapist in Rochester specializing in medically complex clients including those in cancer treatment and with fibromyalgia.
THE FOURTH HOUSE IN ASTROLOGY: THE WOMB OF YOUR SOUL Rm 112 Lecture The fourth house describes not only our connection to our families, but to our connection with all of humanity and mother earth. Bring your chart and discover what clan you belong to, your basic need and what you are here to learn. Sally Blumenfeld is an astrological counselor, teacher, writer and creator of the Drumming Astrologer Power Deck ©2014.
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SESSION III // 4 - 5 P.M. SACRED PLANTS AND ENERGY HEALING Grand Ballroom Experiential A shaman in his own right, Craig will present insight on energy work as a means to heal past life or this life trauma. Craig Hartel completed the Hands On Healing and ordination program in the fall of 2000, under the training of Reverend Ron Moore at the Center for Wholeness in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He traveled to Peru for over 18 years studying the traditional healing and ceremonial practices of the indigenous people under the guidance of Master Shaman Don Theo Parades.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY HEALING AND ENGAGEMENT Riverview A Experiential This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of, application strategy for and sustainability tips to encourage a lasting restorative approach to community trauma using restorative justice. Kristen Hansen is currently obtaining a B.A. in women’s and gender studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
DRUMMING WITH THE CHAKRAS—EXPLORING THE CELTIC TRADITION Riverview B Ritual Join us for this experiential frame drum workshop and discover how your body responds to sound. Invite your creativity; cleanse and balance your chakras; and discover how each of your energy centers responds to various sounds, colors and tones. All drums provided. Linda Melcher and Rachel Nelson are both trained HealthRHYTHMS drum circle facilitators.
VALUING YOUR AWESOME SELF AND OTHERS Riverview C1 Experiential The workshop will provide practical tips, a meditation and exercises on loving and valuing ourselves and others more. Judy Coughlin is the owner of Restore Core Wellness.
COMPASSION THROUGH SILENCE, MOVEMENT AND SOUND Riverview C2 Experiential Come and access your inner well of compassion for self and others in an experiential way through reflection, movement and drumming. Terri Bergstrom is a nationally certified massage therapist and a Reiki master and has been practicing both modalities for 18 years. Shari Mason is a U.C.C. pastor, hospice chaplain, spiritual director, yoga instructor and Reiki master.
HOPE, HEALING AND SPIRIT Riverview D1 Discussion Based For people diagnosed with mood disorders, their first circle of support is their family and friends. Dr. Kay Bernard explains how to provide proven help for bipolar/mood disorder families through hope—the healing oxygen for a troubled soul. Since receiving her own bipolar/anxiety diagnosis, Dr. Kay Bernard, a multi-degreed professional in the field of psychology and ministry, has committed herself to bringing hope to mood disorder sufferers and their families.
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DRUM AND DANCE with TREEWOMMON AND SHOOTING STAR Riverview E Ritual / Worship There will be joyous dancing and drumming. Bring a song to share—if it isn’t already set to movement, we’ll see what the group can add. All levels of singing and/or movement abilities are welcome. Katie and Emily Cashel are Treewommon and Shooting Star. Treewommon is the mother of Shooting Star, and is a Wiccan priestess in her community. Shooting Star is a maiden who has attended this conference her entire life.
MEDITATION IN TODAY’S WORLD Rm 109 Experiential
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ACTIVATING THE POWERFUL WOMAN WITHIN Rm 114 Experiential
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NAVARASAS AND SPIRITUALITY IN SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE FORMS OF BHARATHANTYAM AND MOHINIYATTAM Rm 110 Experiental/Movement The nine expressions (moods/emotions) in Indian classical dance are Shringar (Delight), Hasya (Humorous), Karuna (Sorrow), Raudra (Anger), Veera (Heroic), Bhayanaka (Fearful), Bibhatsa (Disgust), Adbhuta (Wonder) and Shanta (Peace). These expressions will be experienced by the audience through situations and storytelling. Ganga Gopalkrishnan is an IT manager at Mayo Clinic. Dancing is her hobby. She has learned the art of Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam from Kalamanadalam Kalyanikutti amma in Kerala for 17 years.
SELF-DISCOVERY WITH TAROT Rm 111 Discussion Based The purpose of this workshop is for women to learn about themselves through exercises with tarot that connect them to their intuition and the archetypal images presented in the cards. Jessica Ripley is the founder of Owl in the Oak Tarot where she reads tarot professionally and provides intuitive coaching online to clients both locally and nationally.
CIRCLE MEDICINE: THE STONE OF BALANCE Rm 112 Lecture We will discuss energy and how it plays its part within the circle. You will come out of this workshop with a better understanding of yourself and the tools to help you in your path to healing and understanding yourself and those around you. Marguerita ShaHaWin Gaspard is the CEO of the New Self Love Foundation.INC and is a certified holistic life coach (CHLC). She grew up learning traditional medicine through her parents and her Native American culture.
FLOWER ESSENCES & VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE Rm 113 Discussion This workshop will give an overview of Vibrational Medicine and clarify the differences between flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy and herbalism. We will have on hand all 38 Bach Flower remedies and after time for personal inventory, each participant will come away with a personalized remedy for their own healing. Virginia Cooper is a registered nurse, a certified massage therapist and has an independent practice providing Bach Flower consultation. 40 September/October 2017 RWmagazine.com
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SPIRITUALITY AND GOVERNMENT Grand Ballroom Discussion Based In the United States we have no state religion and most people believe that religion and government should be separated. What about spirituality and government? Can we bring our spirituality into the political affairs of our nation? What happens if we do…or don’t? State Representative Tina Liebling will discuss these questions and lead a discussion on the role of spirituality in political life. Tina Liebling was the first Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate elected from Rochester and has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2005. She campaigns and governs as a bold progressive and is now a candidate for governor of Minnesota.
A GIFT OF GRACE AND BLESSING Riverview B Discussion Engaging in conversations about our wishes at the end of life while creating a blessing to those we love can be a great gift to give to others. Audrey Lukasak’s titles in life have included mom, weaver, gardener, chaplain, pastor, hospice bereavement coordinator, teacher and facilitator for healing of memory workshops.
NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL HEALING Riverview C1 Experiential In today’s fast-paced society, illnesses are more extreme, yet the same spirit prevails as when Rocky’s ancestors practiced spiritual healing hundreds of years ago. Many people are embracing a holistic consciousness and in their awakening, are calling upon native healers such as Dennis King to light the way as many of us seek a deeper connection—with ourselves, with each other and with Creator of All Things. Creator’s helper/spiritual healer Lalutakéhtas (He Scratches the Trees), Bear Clan, or Dennis J. King is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Dennis “Rocky” King is a Native American spiritual healer whose ancestors passed down this sacred healing through the generations.
DAILY PRACTICES FOR HEALERS AND ADVOCATES Riverview C2 Discussion Becca will be sharing daily practices for self care highlighting Thistle Farms products that help restore and renew you. Please see Becca Stevens’ bio on page 27.
SACRED PLANTS AND ENERGY HEALING Riverview D1 Experiential
Please see description and Craig Hartel’s bio on page 38.
EXPLORING THE FIVE WISDOM ENERGIES Riverview D2 Experiential Also known as the “Buddha families,” the five wisdom energies are the basis of the five colors of the Tibetan prayer flags seen so frequently in today’s world, and a fundamental teaching of Tibetan Buddhist psychology. We will use music, movement, objects, activities, affirmations and brief maitri (loving kindness) meditations to explore these energies in a playful and relaxed environment. Nicolle Jensen began studying Buddhism and meditation as a part of her yoga teacher training in 2007.
ESSENTIAL MOTION—AWAKENING YOUR VIBRANT BODY Riverview E Movement Essential Motion creates a container of trust and curiosity that allows you to experience yourself through movement. Rediscover expressiveness and playful ease by drawing on your body’s own unique movements, facilitated by guided individual and group exploration. Please see Stacey Schultz’s bio on page 36.
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2 LIVING YOUR PURPOSE Large Rm 109 Experiential This workshop is based on the bestselling book, “The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Your Life’s Purpose,” written by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood. This simple yet powerful system is known as the number one process being used all over the world to help people discover and live their passions. (part 1 of 2)
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THE SPIRITUAL TRAUMA NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT: SURVIVING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE Rm 114 Experiential PATAGONIA, KUHL, COLUMBIA, THE NORTH FACE, SMARTWOOL MERRELL, KEEN AND MORE!
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MEDITATION AND MALA Rm 110 Experiential Engage in the powerful process of setting strong intentions, creating meaningful mantras and the use of prayer beads and mala in meditation. Misha will lead you through a guided meditation that is designed to release old energies, transform patterns, all to help manifest that which you are seeking and will support your highest good. Misha Johnson is a Reiki master/teacher, intuitive, life and meditation coach based in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Please see description and Jessica Ripley’s bio on page 40.
GET THE HELL OUT: BEYOND THE GOD OF SHAME Rm 112 Lecture The religious landscape is littered with images of God that promote a culture of shame. Adherents embrace these images and then struggle with depression, disconnection and self-loathing—a crippling separation from self and spirit. This workshop outlines the problem and provides a specific practice for moving beyond these images, collectively personified as the “God of Shame.” T McKinley is an interfaith minister, teacher and author of both a critically-praised memoir, “Boy in the Ivy” (2013) and “Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame” (2016).
HENNA BODY ART WORKSHOP: PRESENTED BY CASTLE ART Rm 113 Experiential This workshop focuses on beautiful art of mehndi (henna).
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SESSION V // 11 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. MEDIUMSHIP FOR EVERYONE Grand Ballroom Experiential Do you sometimes wish you had your own crystal ball to see into your future? Do you wish there was an instruction manual for life? Do you wish there was a 24/7 helpline for life’s messiest moments? Learn to consciously and confidently access intuition. Learn to connect via innate superhighways of divine consciousness. Learn to recognize and decipher information and communication using your unique skills and abilities. Melissa Divine is a professionally trained psychic medium known for her accuracy, compassion and congenial manner.
FEELING, SEEING AND PHYSICALLY READING AURAS Riverview A Discussion Auras are colorful electromagnetic energy fields that surround us as individuals and as groups. Paying attention to your aura can get you started on identifying your psychic skills and taking advantage of everything the psychic realm has to offer. Paula M. Kramer is a lifelong psychic and has written a book about developing psychic skills. This workshop is the fun highlight of her year.
ROCHESTER: A COMPASSIONATE CITY Riverview B Discussion What occurs when a guiding principle of a city is declared as compassion? More importantly, how do we, as individuals, transform and turn toward the connection to all, to relate to our own and others’ suffering and to do our best work to relieve that suffering? Catherine Ashton, a Buddhist practitioner, founded the Charter for a Compassionate City in Rochester.
FIVE KEYS TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH Riverview C1 Discussion Learn about these amazing keys to enhance your life, and discover…you ARE Soul. 1) Find the secret to living a joyful life. 2) Discover a way to enliven your daily life. 3) Experience a five-minute daily practice to jumpstart your spiritual life. 4) Practice five words that can keep you on track spiritually. 5) Learn a universal yardstick for gauging your spiritual growth. Crary Brouhard and Hannah Mende have been students of Eckankar since childhood which provided them with many tools to create personal spiritual experiences with the light and sound of God.
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR GUARDIAN ANGELS Riverview C2 Experiential By learning to connect with your guardian angels, you can experience a greater sense of oneness with God and all things. This workshop will introduce simple techniques that will help you open your centers of awareness to make contact with your angels and receive inspirational messages, answers to your questions and solutions to life’s problems. Diane Anderson is a Reiki master, energy medicine practitioner, shamanic healer, holistic health coach and spiritual mentor. She teaches at Hermitage Farm Center for Healing in Rochester, Minnesota where she facilitates a Reiki share group, a shamanic journey circle and drumming circle.
DREAM WORK AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: A DREAM GROUP EXPERIENCE Riverview D1 Experiential The aim of this workshop is to give attendees a dream group experience to help them understand how dream work can be a spiritual practice. Pam Muller is a spiritual director and dream coach. In April 2016, Pam received her spiritual director certification from the Haden Institute.
BHAKTI YOGA: YOGA OF THE HEART Riverview D2 Movement / Dance, Experiential In this workshop, we will explore bhakti in movement and breath through gentle practices requiring no previous yoga experience. We will explore bhakti in sound through mantra and Kirtan chant. Then we will conclude with ways to infuse bhakti yoga into your daily life and spread love and devotion into your world. Please find Patricia Barrier’s bio on page 34. RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 45
2 LIVING YOUR PURPOSE Large Rm 109 Experiential
Please see description and LuAnn Buechler’s bio on page 44.
THE CALL OF SOUL VIA PAST LIVES, DREAMS AND SOUL TRAVEL Rm 114 Experiential/child and teen friendly with parent We will help you discover how dreams can become your gateway into viewing yourself and your experiences from soul’s perspective. Dreams can lead you to your past lives or into the higher worlds of God/the divine via soul travel. These ideas will be discussed based upon the teachings of Eckankar. Heidi Skarie is an Eckankar clergy member, wife and mother and has written books on her own past life experiences, kept a dream journal for 40 years and is fascinated by her soul travel adventures into other worlds. Sharon Burton is grateful for the gift of seeing life through the eyes of soul.
ACCESSING A HIGHER STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS Rm 110 Experiential We will learn about and discuss all seven higher states of consciousness. They are waking, dreaming, sleeping, soul, cosmic, divine and unity consciousness. Angela Blaha is an intuitive, transformational teacher, mentor, speaker and author with over two decades of helping people make positive life changes.
JESUS FEMINIST: AN INVITATION TO REVISIT THE BIBLE’S VIEW OF WOMEN Rm 111 Discussion Based Based on the book by Sarah Bessey, “Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women,” Bethany von Steinbergs will facilitate a teaching and discussion around gender roles, realizing giftedness and potential in the kingdom of God. Note: It is not necessary to pre-read Bessey’s book to attend. Bethany von Steinbergs is a strengths consultant at Leadership Vision in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bethany lives in Zumbrota, Minnesota with her husband and three sons.
THE SPIRITUAL BONDS BETWEEN WOMEN, NATURE AND ANIMALS: AN ECOCRITICAL APPROACH Rm 112 Formal Paper The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate the bonds between women, spirituality, ecojustice and reverence for the natural realm and non-human animals. Hadas Marcus graduated with a master’s degree in comparative literature from UCLA in 1981 and then moved to Israel. She has been teaching English for many years at Tel Aviv University and Oranim College of Education, mostly to women of diverse Western faiths ( Jewish, Christian and Muslim).
UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE THROUGH MAYAN SPIRITUALITY Rm 113 Storytelling The Mayan philosophy is thousands of years old and is as complete and profound as any other ancient culture of the world. It has been in a way obscure and difficult to understand given that it is based on one of the more complex calendars in history. I come to clarify this philosophy and allow anyone access to this enlightening spirituality. Gina Miranda Kingsley was trained at an early age by an old Mayan shaman on the mysteries of the calendar. She is the author of “A Matter of Chill,” “The Lost Knowledge of the Mayan Calendar” and “The Journey of the First Americans.”
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Please see description and Dennis J. King’s bio on page 42.
NAMING OUR GOD: FROM PATRIARCHY TO RADICAL PURPOSE Riverview A1 Discussion Through discussion, teaching, examples and art, participants will explore the ways the ancient and modern Christian naming of God can be expanded to enhance one’s own spiritual journey. We believe the language we use for naming God can radically change our perception of the world, ourselves and each other. Rev. Debra Jane Collum and Faye Christensen are co-chairs of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Debra is the pastor of Chatfield United Methodist Church in southeastern Minnesota. Faye is a lay leader from Brainerd, Minnesota.
YOUR GUIDE TO FLOAT THERAPY Riverview B Discussion How does float therapy help individuals heal? How does a floatation practice benefit people who are seeking? Jon will share research, case studies and anecdotes. Jon Maki has worn many hats—elementary school teacher, contractor, stay-at-home dad and handyman, seeker of knowledge and spiritual healing. Jon started Nalu Float, a float center in Rochester, in 2015.
GROUNDING MEDITATION, HEALINGS AND AUDIENCE READINGS Riverview C1 Discussion
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NAVIGATING YOUR SOUL’S DESTINY, ASTROLOGY Riverview C2 Experiential When astrology originated during medieval times, people really believed that there were gods or sky deities presiding over the elements of sky, light and heavens and causing things to happen here on earth. Ultimately, astrology can be used to reevaluate, shift, end, grow and mature from a deeper soul level. Stacy Quast is an intuitive life strategist, soul contract astrologer, master higher brain living facilitator and empowerment coach. She holds a B.S. in communications. Stacy studied archetypal astrology, soul contracts and intuitive development with Robert Ohotto at Ananke-Apollo Institute.
BUDDHAS AND BODHISATTVAS IN OUR WORLD: HOW TO USE CHINESE ESOTERIC BUDDHIST PRACTICES TO UPLIFT, INSPIRE & SHINE Riverview D1 Experiential, Ritual / Worship The goal of this workshop is to experience for yourself how you can use the Hanmi Buddhist principles and the three mysteries of mantra, mudra and visualization to heal, uplift, inspire and shine forth in this brilliant world. Charlotte M. Steen, Vajracharya ZhiChan, is an ordained Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist teacher and Sifu, founder of the Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, dedicated to serving all those who have open hearts-minds through Chinese Esoteric Buddhist spiritual healing services, meditation classes and prayer services.
NIA: THE DANCE OF AWARENESS Riverview D2 Movement / Dance Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. By blending the stillness and concentration of Thai Chi, the mindfulness and dynamic poses of yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do and the grace and creative spontaneity of modern and ethnic dance, Nia creates a whole new sense of well-being! Amber McCornack has been dancing through life and teaching Nia since 2001. She is the owner of HeartWaves in Albert Lea.
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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN ISLAM Rm 109 Lecture / Discussion The role of women in Islam is one of the most controversial topics about this faith. The presentation will use storytelling, PowerPoint as well as discussion. Regina Mustafa is originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s in American studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Winona State-Rochester. Regina formed the interfaith dialogue nonprofit organization, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) in 2014.
HOW ENERGY THERAPIES CAN BE USED TO RESTORE HARMONY AND BALANCE IN THE HUMAN ENERGY FIELD Rm 114 Experiential Energy therapies like Healing Touch work with the energy system to support the natural ability to self-heal. Healing Touch can be used for increased well-being and mental activity, to reduce stress and anxiety, to decrease and manage pain and to enhance the immune system. During the workshop the participants will be shown simple exercises for home use. Mette Biering Christiansen is a certified Healing Touch practitioner, Reiki master and teacher, Spring Forest Quigong practitioner, surgical coach practitioner and certified herbalist and is trained by Marion Rosen in the Rosen Method Bodywork.
SHARING GODDESS STORIES Rm 110 PowerPoint / Computer Based, Discussion Based For 32,000 years of recorded history, the Creatress of All was seen and imaged as a woman. Only in the last 1,500 years has Western culture depicted God as solely male. This information has a profound impact on both women and men today. This interactive and informal workshop will focus on sharing and telling goddess stories. Participants are invited to bring images, poems and stories of their favorite goddesses to share. Presenters will also bring a selection of images from which to choose. The workshop will open with a short multimedia introduction to goddess images from around the world. Educator and scholar Terri Berthiaume Hawthorne holds an M.S. in women’s studies from Minnesota State-Mankato, B.A. in women’s studies and media communication from Metropolitan State University and has taught women’s studies as adjunct graduate faculty for the Minnesota State University system since 1988. Terri is the founder of the Mankato Women’s Spirituality Conference. She is a long-time community activist, and co-author of “Stars in Your Bones” and “The Many Faces of the Great Mother.” Jolie Berthiaume Cummins works in a middle school classroom with developmentally disabled children. She is the director of CLEAR, a continuing education program for developmentally disabled adults of the St. Paul school district. She is the mother of five children and a proud grandmother. Diane Berthiaume Brown is a retired educator and writing consultant for K-12 assessments. She also works with developmentally disabled adults in the St. Paul school district. She is the co-author and illustrator of “The Many Faces of the Great Mother.” Diane is a mother and favorite aunt of many.
JESUS FEMINIST: AN INVITATION TO REVISIT THE BIBLE’S VIEW OF WOMEN Rm 111 Discussion
Please see description and Bethany von Steinberg’s bio on page 46.
CREATING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE
Small Rm 113 Experiential
Dorothea Hrossowyc, MA, Member RMPA and ABMP
This interactive workshop will feature five major strategies to identify and lead your best life successfully. Participants will explore ways to be 100 percent accountable for their lives, learn to ask others for support and assistance, explore strategies to be clear on your life purpose and clean up your life messes and incompletes.
8620 Wall Street Rd, Northfield, MN 55057 612 817 5777 firstname.lastname@example.org integratedwellnessmn.com
Diann Martin is a nurse educator, Passion Test facilitator and Jack Canfield Success coach and trainer.
Mind/bodywork and transformational empowerment counseling, to live with higher consciousness, releasing what holds you back in life, old emotions, old conditioned beliefs you took on.
SAVE THE DATE!
Next year’s Women and Spirituality Conference will be September 22-23, 2018.
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FIVE WOMEN ARTISTS FIND THEIR NICHE IN CREATIVITY WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOY BLEWETT
S AN ELEMENTARY ART TEACHER, I LOVE THAT I CAN TEACH SUCH A WIDE VARIETY OF ART PRACTICES. FROM DRAWING TO ORIGAMI TO COLLAGE, I LOVE AND ENJOY CREATING USING ALL ART MEDIUMS. THE FIVE FEMALE ARTISTS I INTERVIEWED HAVE DABBLED IN DIFFERENT CRAFTS AND ART MEDIUMS THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES, UNTIL FINDING ONE THAT REALLY SPOKE TO THEM. EACH ONE OF THESE ARTISTS IS BUILDING UP THE HIDDEN ART COMMUNITY HERE IN ROCHESTER.
STAINED GLASS As the art community is rising up here in Rochester, no one is more excited than Cecilia Boggio. Showcasing her work for the second year at Pridefest, she was more than willing to share her inspiration and love for making art. A few years ago, after taking a stained glass workshop, Boggio found a way to freely express herself through the design of stained glass windows. There is a grace and delicacy needed to work with and handle cut glass. Boggio has it, and her choice of colors and pattern reflect that. From picking color schemes to working with different textures and materials (like agate slices), Boggio loves the process from initial design to finished product. Her favorite part of the process is the assembly, soldering the lead joints in between the cut pieces. She awaits that magical moment of stained glass art, when it is placed and light has the opportunity to illuminate the design, creating new brilliance.
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JEWELRY Lynn J. Block is a self-taught artist who found her passion in making jewelry about five years ago. Having dabbled in many creative things, she found herself drawn to learning how to make jewelry to help a friend’s business. Inspired by antiques, spare parts, her grandmother’s jewelry, stones and even bullet casings, Block’s work creates elegance in repurposing. Her work is personal and delicate, with a fun flair of etched words like “507 girl” and “Flawed but Fabulous.” It also reflects her personality: warm and classy. Her favorite stone to work with is labradorite, due to its iridescence when light reflects on it. Block’s work can be seen at Dwell Local, as well as craft markets. She has offered jewelry-making classes at Dwell Local and will be offering more in the fall.
PAINTING There was a moment in Jeanne DeBruin’s life when she challenged herself to paint every day for three months. She allowed herself to experiment, make mistakes and explore materials with a child-like freedom. As a result, she found her style and technique, which she so graciously shares in workshops at Dwell Local. DeBruin’s paintings caught my eye one day while I was in the shop, and I participated in her workshop. She is a great teacher—honest and open about sharing her techniques, process and inspirations. Her paintings are simple and complex at the same time. Outside in the wild, birds never sit still, and trying to capture that movement in a stationary painting is no small feat. DeBruin works with a palate knife to capture the quick, animated movements of birds so beautifully. From the canvas, the birds come alive. RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 49
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Inspired by the world around her, Nicole Henry has always been creative, making and selling her art. Book folding is something that she started as a side hobby, as well as to offer interesting art class opportunities at the Rochester Public Library. As a graphic designer, book folding engages her interest in geometric shapes and patterns and provides a sense of accomplishment with the finished product. At first glance, book folding doesn’t even look like folded paper. The pages reveal messages or images in such an intricate design, that the pages look cut. Nicole says that it isn’t as hard to do as one might think. Her book folding commissions have taken off by word of mouth and several of them are available for sale at the shop, Dwell Local.
LADIES NIGHT OUT on the Trolley! Invite your girlfriends for a relaxing and fun-filled night on the town! Join us as we visit three distinct & charming shopping districts in RochesterCooke Park Design District, Downtown & Uptown! Depart from Five West, 6:30-9:30 pm THURS SEPT 21 – OPEN FOR BOOKING! THURS OCT 19 – OPEN FOR BOOKING! THURS NOV 16 – OPEN FOR BOOKING! Only $25 per seat! Includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert.
POTTERY Carey Shanahan is a lifetime artist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ceramics and a master’s degree in landscape architecture. Both of these studies play a large role in her art making today. I had the opportunity to visit Shanahan’s Earthbound Designs Pottery Studio recently and was immediately drawn into Carey Shanahan at her Earthbound Design Pottery her sgraffito work on pottery. Shanahan shared Studio. that sgraffito has become her niche in pottery making. Sgraffito is an art technique where a Dwell Local was one of the first shops I exlayer of an art medium is cut away to reveal plored when I moved here. Dwell Local is an a contrasting color underneath. Shanahan’s eclectic shop in the Design District at Cooke sgraffito pottery work displays a textured array of Park that supports local artisans. Starting lines and patterns, clearly influenced by her love back up in September, Dwell Local will offer of landscape design. workshops and classes taught by local artists. Try something new this fall. Who knows? You DWELL LOCAL might even find your niche in creativity. I was thrilled to get a glimpse into the growing art scene in Rochester by writing this article. I For more information on the artists and classes: moved here last August after growing up within boggioglass.com the art communities of Minneapolis. It was dwelllocal.com/makers-1 kind of bittersweet to move away from the large rochesterpubliclibrary.org/services/makerart museums and art crawls, but over this past space year, I have discovered Rochester has a lot to offer and, in many ways, it is more accessible to Joy Blewett is a local freelance see and participate in. writer, designer, and art teacher.
JOIN US FOR LADIES NIGHT OUT IN ZUMBROTA! Invite your girlfriends for a relaxing and fun-filled night on the town!
SEPTEMBER 28 AND OCTOBER 26 Depart Rochester from Five West|5:30 - 9:30 pm STOPS AT Seasons by Jodi in Oronoco, All in Stitches, Crossings, Luya, My Happy Place and more fun shops in Zumbrota! Only $25 includes transportation, wine and treats! Advance Reservations Required Reserve tickets online, or by phone! 507-421-0573 www. RochesterMNtours.com I
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ROCHESTER TROLLEY TOURS
BY KIM ZABEL PHOTOS BY KIM ZABEL
HAT COULD BE BETTER THAN A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN FILLED WITH CHARMING RETAIL SHOPS, GREAT FOOD, COCKTAILS, DESSERT AND WORRYFREE TRANSPORTATION? ACCORDING TO THE WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT LADIES’ NIGHT OUT HOSTED BY ROCHESTER TROLLEY & TOUR COMPANY, NOT MUCH CAN BEAT A RELAXING EVENING LIKE THIS ONE.
dies’ Night O s while out on La Ginger Kerr sip y. r friend’s birthda to celebrate he
ture and home accessories. Right next door, they can stroll to Soul Purpose Boutique, where locally crafted, upcycled, vintage and repurposed items can be found. The Design District at Cooke Park includes Dwell Local, carrying one-of-a-kind products by local artists and makers. A Beautiful Soul New Age Boutique and Healing Center offers massage, reflexology and Reiki—as well as informative and instructional classes on the healing arts.
SEE THE SHOPS Owners of the shops on the trolley tour have a unique perspective on the LNO event. Kristie Moore, owner of Soul Purpose Boutique says, “It’s fun to hear women talking, laughing and making new discoveries in shopping. Many women have told me that although they live right here in Rochester, they often don’t take time to shop and visit some of the smaller, locally owned retail stores.” Shana Horner, owner of Posh Boutique, agrees that the LNO event is inspiring for both guests and shop owners alike. “The Ladies’ Night Out tour is such a great idea for a night out on the town with friends doing what most women love,” Shana says. “Even my staff has fun!”
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TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Rochester Trolley & Tour Company hosts Ladies’ Night Out (LNO) tours that offer a variety of ways to celebrate an evening with friends. Participants arrive early at 5 p.m. for a get-together at Five West Kitchen & Bar, and then the three and a half-hour tour begins, allowing for 50 minutes at each destination shopping district. Each shop provides beverages and appetizers for its guests throughout the tour, and Five West offers dessert to top off the night. The uptown shopping district tour begins with Shades of Green Gifts & Home Accents, where guests can shop for Pandora jewelry, accessories, gourmet foods and other specialty items. From there, the trolley takes the participants to Posh Boutique, a clothing, jewelry and accessory shop that focuses on an authentic and trendy fashion line for everyday wear. The downtown district includes Primp, a shop that sells chic clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. Guests can then meander over to Refashion, a consignment shop selling women’s apparel and a large selection of furni-
Dan Butterfass, CEO of Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, received glowing five-star reviews for the tour. In fact, the tour was so successful that what began as a one-trolley tour became a two-trolley tour, as the first trolley sold out. In all, 64 women participated in the event, and both trolleys were completely full. So what’s the best part of all? Many of the guests commented that the combination of visiting funky and eclectic shops coupled with appetizers and drinks made for a perfect time with friends. One participant says, “The shops were adorable, and I had actually not been to any of them and plan on going back.” Another guest comments, “The best part is just being able to enjoy an open-air ride with friends on a beautiful summer evening.” One of the trolley drivers, Lincoln, received high praise as well. One guest even commented that he was “the icing on the cake.”
Join us for LNO to Zumbrota on Thurs., Sept. 28 and Thurs., Oct. 26. Mark your calendar fo Sat., Dec. 2 for r Olde Fashioned Christmas in Mantorville on the trolley with your girlfriends!
Register online for upcoming Ladies’ Night Out in Rochester on Thursdays, September 21, October 19 and November 16, 2017 online at rochestermntours.com or call 507-421-0573.
A BEAUTIFUL SOUL new age boutique & healing center 619 6th Avenue NW (507) 550-2575 beautifulsoulgifts.com
DWELL LOCAL 602 7th Street NW 507-202-3815 dwelllocal.com
POSH BOUTIQUE 123 16th Avenue SW (507)206-6144 shop-posh.com
PRIMP 100 1st Avenue SW (507) 258-7588 primpyourself.com
REFASHION 321 South Broadway (507) 281-0808 refashion.org
SHADES OF GREEN gifts & home accents 2003 2nd Street SW (507) 536-9128 shadesofgreenps.com
SOUL PURPOSE BOUTIQUE 321 South Broadway (507) 285-4459 soulpurposeboutique.com Kim Zabel is a writer and published author. RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 51
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Urinetown - The Musical, Rochester Civic Theatre, Tonyaward winning, satirical musical comedy featuring government corruption and revolution, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
The Good Doctor, Rochester Repertory Theatre, comedic, short plays by Neil Simon inspired by Anton Chekhov’s writings, Times TBD, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
of Homes, Rochester Area Builders Inc., visit brand new homes and see the newest trends in home building, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com
SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 21
We Won’t Stay Silent Recovery 5K Walk/10K Run, RCTC Fieldhouse, raise funds for those in recovery from drug addiction, 8 am-2 pm, 218-4773, recoveryishappening.org
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SeptOberfest, WabashaKellogg, pumpkin races, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, pumpkin topiaries and free concerts (651) 565-4158, wabashamn.org/septoberfest
SEPTEMBER 9 Walk to Defeat ALS, East Silver Lake Park, raise money for a cure, research, and to sustain care services, 8:30 am, 612-455-8330, web.alsa.org
SEPTEMBER 9 NPC Med City Muscle Classic, Mayo Civic Center’s Presentation Hall, competitions include men’s and women’s bodybuilding, classic physique, fitness, and more, 9 am-9 pm, 952-945-9090, christinebongiovanni.com
SEPTEMBER 13 What is a Conjurer, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, a panel of cojourners and Sisters will explain the meaning of cojourning, 6:30-8 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
SEPTEMBER 14 BGCR 9th Annual Chili Challenge, Peace Plaza, live music, family activities, and sample varieties of chilies and homebrewed beer to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, 4-8 pm, 287-2300, bgcchilichallenge.org
SEPTEMBER 14-16 Just Between Friends, Rochester-Huge Consignment Sale, Graham Arena, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, consignment sale featuring deals on all name brands for the whole family, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com
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12th Annual Zumbro River Art Splash, Zumbrota and the Zumbro Valley River area, visit individual locations and speak with artists who create original pieces, 10 am-4 pm, 732-4191, zaac.org/art-2/art_splash
SEPTEMBER 16 Hiawatha Homes Festive Mixology-A Signature Cocktail Experience, Rochester Peace Plaza, enjoy craft cocktail samples, live music and appetizers, 289-7222, hiawathahomes.org
SEPTEMBER 16 “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, Silver Lake East Pavilion, raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention programs, educational opportunities, and more, 11 am-1 pm, 884-9284, afsp.donordrive.com
SEPTEMBER 16-17 2017 Remodelers Tour, Rochester Area Builders Inc., visit remodeled homes with varying levels/types of update, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com
SEPTEMBER 16-17 Women and Spirituality Conference, Mayo Civic Center, explore various spiritual and religious traditions, 8 am-9 pm, 884-1375, womenandspirituality.org
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SEPTEMBER 17 13th Annual Join the Journey Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Mayo High School, celebrate life, remember loved ones and share in the journey, 7:30 am, 206-3212, jointhejourney.us
SEPTEMBER 21 Ladies Night Out on the Trolley, depart from Five West, visit three shopping districts in Rochester with your favorite group of ladies, 6:30-9:30 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com
SEPTEMBER 22-23 Weathered & Rusty Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, a fall market featuring rusty, repurposed and handmade items for sale, 8 am-6 pm, 951-0873, co.olmsted.mn.us
SEPTEMBER 28 STYLE Fashion Show, Kahler Heritage Hall, presenting the latest trends with live entertainment, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
SEPTEMBER 30 Rochester PHA Gala, Rochester International Event Center, “Reach for the Stars” themed fundraiser supports those battling Pulmonary Hypertension, 6 pm-12 am, 269-3267, rochesterphagala.org
SEPTEMBER 30 Shopping Extravaganza, Eyota American Legion, A relaxing environment to buy items for you, your home and gift-giving, 9 am-2 pm, 421-7911
SEPTEMBER 30 DOGS & more: The Great Adoption Event, History Center of Olmsted County, rescue groups and humane societies come together to find dogs forever homes, 11 am-2 pm, 612-816-7366, bacbunleashed.com RWmagazine.com September/October 2017 53
11th Annual Brains Together For a Cure Walk, RCTC Fieldhouse, walk or run to raise funds for brain tumor research, 8 am, brainstogetherforacure.org
OCTOBER 7 Finding Our True Refuge, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, retreat focused on finding inner peace through relaxation, meditation, and prayer, 9 am-3 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
OCTOBER 12 13th Annual Empty Bowls, Rochester Art Center, join Channel One Regional Food Bank to help end hunger, 11 am-8 pm, 424-1705, downtownrochestermn.com
OCTOBER 13 Med-City Crab Crack, Somerby Golf Club, fundraising will support the renovation/upgrade of the Madonna Towers Rochester Room, 6-10 pm, 2883911, madonnalivingcommunity.org
OCTOBER 14 Fall Fest, Peace Plaza Downtown, fall decorations, activities, treats, and more for the whole family to enjoy, 10 am-2 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
OCTOBER 14 Scholarship Banquet & Fundraiser, Eagle Bluff ELC, 20th annual celebration of students will include games, food, and more, 5 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org
OCTOBER 14-15 51st Annual Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts, Downtown Red Wing, showcasing original, stunning artwork from over 100 local artists, 651-388-7569, redwingartsassociation.org
OCTOBER 14-15 Rochester Symphony Presents: Beethoven and Friends, Lourdes High School, selections by Beethoven and his composer companions with pianist Horacio Nuguid, Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org/beethoven
OCTOBER 16 Your Vigil Story, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, share your vigil experiences and share in the stories of others, 6:30-8:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
OCTOBER 17 The Fete: Celebrating Excellence in the Arts, Mayo Civic Center, celebrate the arts with a plated dinner, entertainment, and a keynote speaker, 5 pm, 424-0811, rochartstrust.org
OCTOBER 18-22 10th Annual Flyway Film Festival, Lake Pepin, Showcasing over 50 films, visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, and more, (651) 3047960, flywayfilmfestival.org
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Mauritius, Rochester Civic Theatre, engrossing drama of two sisters and their adventure of stamp collecting, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
OCTOBER 22 Unveiled-Wedding Show by The Wedding Guys, Mayo Civic Center Ballroom, experience a day of bridal eye-candy where inspiration is everywhere, 12 pm, (888) 715-7620, theweddingguys.com
OCTOBER 21 Choral Arts Ensemble: Speaking Truth to Power, Zumbro Lutheran Church, pay homage to the integrity of Luther through music, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org
OCTOBER 27 Haunted High Ropes, Eagle Bluff ELC, meet ghosts, skeletons, and witches as you trick-or-treat on the treetops course, 5:30-9:30 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org
OCTOBER 28 Rochester Women’s Fall Expo, Mayo Civic Center, fun, shopping, entertainment, drinks and more, 9 am – 4 pm, rochesterwomensfallexpo.com
March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Mayo Civic Center Ballroom, an evening of culinary excellence to support babies in our community, 990-8624, signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org
NOVEMBER 3 Pick-up Rochester Women November/ December 2017 issue or read online at Rwmagazine.com
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NOVEMBER 16-17 Harmonies Fall Concert, Zumbro Lutheran Church, RAACHE Choirs Arioso, Cantabile, Con Brio, and Staccato will perform, 7-8:30 pm, 356-8248, raachechoirs.org
NOVEMBER 17-19 ReNew Women’s Retreat, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, rediscovering, educating, networking and empowering women, renewwomensretreat.com
Ladies Day Out on the Trolley to Mantorville, depart from Five West, experience Olde Fashioned Christmas in Mantorville with your favorite group of ladies, 9 am-12 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com
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