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2024 Spring Program

ZUMBA®  with WENDY ROY 

Bring your body and mind together in the rhythm of life!  Zumba®  is a dance-based fitness program that uses Latin and World music.  Slow and fast rhythms help to tone the body and at the same time provide interval training that can boost aerobic fitness.  Experience the joy of movement with Wendy, a licensed Zumba®  instructor with a long background in dance-based activities.

Session 1:  8 Mondays - Apr 8 - Jun 3 (no class on May 20)  *Start Date Postponed to April 22nd

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $64 per session 

Session 2:  9 Wednesdays - Apr 10 - Jun 5  *Start Date Postponed to April 24th

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $72 per session 

or $119 when registering for both session 1 & 2

Drop-in fee:  $10 per class

Zumba®  will be held  in the upper level Theatre of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants per session;   

Monday ClassClosed

Wednesday ClassClosed

A vibrant and accessible arts community is one of the many gifts that our city offers us.  We are grateful  to have several local artists sharing their time and talents with us this spring.  We hope you are able to participate and create 'art with artists' in our space!

THE SOUND OF OM with NAOMI

Join us for a sound journey experience with The Sound of Om.  Naomi is an enlightened sound practitioner who helps bridge the infinite to the finite by tuning our inner song.  She has been playing with sound since as long as she can remember and touched her hand to a single crystal singing bowl about two years ago.  Naomi has expanded to a 10 bowl set with which she creates compositions and moves emotions through chords and grace notes.

 

A vast majority of society has their central nervous system sitting in fight, flight or freeze mode, which is hugely triggered by stress.  The sound of the crystal singing bowls help create a deep state of relaxation so the central nervous system can surrender to rest, digest & amp; rejuvenation.  In his book, The Healing Power of Sound, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor states “what happens to us on an emotional and spiritual level affects us physiologically.  One of the most powerful ways to manifest health and well-being is to conjure an image of your own essence and then animate that image with sound and breath.”

 

Join Naomi for an hour and a half to embrace the beauty of the sounds that she creates with the crystal singing bowls.  Pivot to breathe with intention and release anything that isn’t serving your holistic being.  Re-connect with your inner song.

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2024

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $25 

The Sound of Om will be held  in the upper-level theatre

Maximum 15 participants;  - Closed

WATERCOLOR II with SUSAN HUNTLEY

This course will focus on developing fundamental watercolor skills. Each week participants will be taken through the stages of design and composition, drawing, and painting. We will tackle a variety of subjects from landscapes and skies to still life and florals.

This course is designed to be fun and inspirational and will focus on how to relax and enjoy the creative process of watercolor painting. 

4 Wednesdays - Apr 3 - Apr 24

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $80 - materials are not included.  Participants will receive a material list at time of registration. 

Watercolor II will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 13 participants;  - Closed

PAINTING WITH WOOL with BARBARA SCHMIDT

Let Fibre Artist Barbara Schmidt, introduce you to the art of wet felting.  Felting is an ancient process which uses loose wool fibres, water and soap to produce a cloth or fabric.  In this workshop you will combine wool, yarns, silk and other natural fibres and witness the magical transformation of raw fleece into your own creative painting.

Tuesday, Apr 23

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $65, including materials

Painting with Wool will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants;   - Closed

WHISPERS OF YOU - A Junk Mail Envelope Journal with SOPHIE VANDALE

Join Sophie to learn how to turn ordinary junk mail envelopes into an expression of yourself, showcasing your creativity while learning new techniques.  Participants will receive a Junk Mail Envelope Journal kit which will include everything needed to create a unique and personalized journal.

Saturday, Apr 27

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fee:  $55 - including materials 

Whispers of You will be held  in the lower level church hall 

Maximum 13 participants;  - Closed

MINDFULNESS AND THE ART OF ALCOLHOL INK with JULIE FLEMING JUAREZ

In today’s busy world, taking some time for ourselves is important.  Practicing mindfulness or being fully aware of where you are and what you are doing at any given moment can help reduce anxiety and improve concentration.  Alcohol ink, because of its fluidity, requires patience.  One must sit back, watch the ink, and let it flow where it wants.  It is a great way to focus and be mindful.

 

This workshop would provide an introductory look at the world of mindfulness and alcohol ink art and techniques.  Using guided meditation to set the stage, participants will prepare to discover their inner artist.  Then, using alcohol ink, will create beautiful pieces of art.


Julie Fleming Juarez has been experimenting with alcohol ink for seven years. Self-taught, she has learned to appreciate the therapeutic value of the ink and its beauty. She is inspired largely by the changing seasons and likes to immerse herself in the colours of the natural environment. Her functional artwork can be found at local gift shops (SaskMade Market Place, Little Manitou Art Gallery) and on her online website, www.wanderingsart.ca. Julie also dabbles in wet felting, altered photographs, crocheting, hand-dyed paper & journals, and writing a biweekly blog. When she's not playing with one art project or another, Julie works part-time and plays pickleball.

Tuesday, Apr 30

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $50 - including materials.  

Mindfulness and the Art of Alcohol Ink will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants;  - Closed

AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING POETRY with JOSIAH NELSON

Poetry can feel like a daunting form—both as a reader and as a writer. Over the course of four sessions, we’ll explore poetic techniques and conventions in accessible language to help make poetry feel less daunting. In particular, we’ll consider how poetry uses detail and description, the line and the sentence, rhythm and rhyme, and structure. In each session, we’ll read a variety of published poems to see poetic technique in action, help inspire us with our own writing, and show how diverse the poetic form is. These sessions will also feature a number of guided writing exercises, wherein participants will draft poems of their own. 


Josiah Nelson holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, where he teaches creative writing. His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Contemporary Verse 2, Hunger Mountain, The Nashwaak Review, Palette Poetry, Queen’s Quarterly, The Rumpus, and U.S. Catholic, among others. He's the poetry editor of Windscript and has served as the fiction editor for The Fieldstone Review. He lives in Saskatoon.

4 Mondays - May 6, 13, 27 and Jun 3

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $80

An Introduction to Writing Poetry will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants- Closed

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE...I AM Going To Let It Shine with SHARON COMPTON

It’s time for a little soul dusting my friends!

If you are feeling a bit weary and forgetting the majesty of your own light, this is the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours remembering who you are and the beauty you bring to the world.


You will be engaged in both personal reflection and community sharing, all designed to help remind you of the gift of YOU - Your birthright - Your impact - Your wisdom - Your light.   And, of course, there will be lots of time for some artsy fun creating your own Twinkle Lantern, perfect for spreading joy and casting a warm glow on those beautiful summer nights that will soon be here, a gentle reminder of your courage and fortitude.

So, come join us…Let’s get our Sparkle on!

All materials will be supplied to create one Twinkle Lantern.  Should participants wish to create more, they are welcome to bring their own glass jars and/or bottles and use the materials provided to sparkle them up.

Tuesday, May 14

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $45

This Little Light of Mine... will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants- Closed

PRAIRIE STAMPS with CASSANDRA VAN BUEKENHOUT

In Prairie Stamps you will learn the basics of Printmaking, such as: terminology, how to safely and properly use carving tools on lino blocks, how to roll and press ink, and how to create crisp works of art. Printmaking is a wonderfully unique and expressive art form.


My name is Cassandra Van Buekenhout. I’m a twenty-two year old, who has recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honour Degree.  For the past five years, I’ve followed my creative passion for Printmaking, having started my own small business and developed my own personal, distinct aesthetic.  Now that I’ve finished school and have gained confidence in my printmaking techniques, I can work towards my goal of becoming an Art Therapist. Teaching community classes will be the first of many steps I hope to take to reach that goal.

Tuesday, May 28

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $50

Prairie Stamps will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 10 participants- Closed

ENNEAGRAM INTRODUCTION with CAROL KAVANAGH

Enneagram (pronounced ANY - a - gram) is a system for understanding personality

differences and a tool for individual growth and enriched relationships.  It developed from

various traditions of spiritual wisdom and modern psychological insight.  Broadly

speaking, nine different personality types can be understood as developing

unconsciously, and once we become aware of our unconscious core motivation,

(Enneagram type), we can live more fully and freely.

 

In this two-evening workshop you will: have fun, find your Enneagram number, explore

the abundance with which each type is gifted, and learn how Enneagram is far from labelling

or typing.  It’s about greater tolerance and compassion for yourself and others.  You will

learn how to use Enneagram for your growth to be able to live more fully and freely.  You

may even be able to better understand a significant relationship with a partner, parent, child, friend, or colleague. 


Carol Kavanagh received an Honors B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, Regina campus (as it was called then), a B.Ed. with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and taught high school English.  After acquiring an M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan she counselled at the Sexual Assault and Information Centre and later worked as a family counsellor.  Carol and her husband had a small home business and among other things taught Enneagram, which they found exceedingly helpful in navigating the challenges of life.  For fourteen years she cared for her mother (four of them in her own home) until her death in 2016.  Carol is retired from professional work and lives in Saskatoon with her husband.

2 Tuesdays - Jun 4 and 11

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $50

Enneagram Introduction will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants- Closed

COLLAGE 102 - How & Why with AIMEE-BETH MARTENS

Join us for a survey of collage artists and collectives around the world, with a focus on the How and Why.  Fun, introspective activities will give participants the tools to design their own projects and bring a greater sense of satisfaction into their personal practice.  Participants will have time to complete one or more collage(s) in a relaxed studio session, and will receive additional resources and materials to practice and build on going forward, with a focus on fulfillment and joy.  

Collage is for everyone!  No experience necessary.  All supplies provided.


Aimee-Beth Martens is a book dealer and artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan, where she started making collages even though she was supposed to be making other things. She recently participated in a residency with the Kolaj Institute, and has work forthcoming in the PoetryxCollage journal.

Monday, Jun 10

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $45

Collage 102 will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 10 participants- This session is full

NUMA BREATHWORK with ALLISON BACHMEIER

This 3 hour inner exploration (60 minutes of active breath) weaves open mouth conscious connected breath, somatic explorations, affirmations, vocalizations, music and supportive bodywork. These inputs to the system in a group setting, and with our presence of being, gently holds and supports as you enter non-ordinary states of consciousness. This non-ordinary state assists in releasing held physical, emotional, mental, and energetic tension.

 

From a place of curiosity, non-judgement, acceptance, and with your breath as the guide, you will traverse your inner landscape allowing you to access deeper ways of knowing and being. This breathwork can activate a river of experiencing bringing forth, discharging and integrating that which has always been.

 

Conscious connected breathwork is an opportunity to explore, examine, and experience life with greater clarity and ease. This transformational practice is interwoven with somatic explorations, sound healing, touch, affirmations, and our presence of being to support your re-emergence. This circular breath utilizes vibrant inhales with connected surrendered exhales, eliminating the pauses between breaths. By doing so, unresolved and unconscious material and incomplete cycles of emotional expression arise allowing physiological discharge and integration. You may enter non-ordinary states of consciousness, where meaningful connections and observation of patterns appear. By doing so your physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies will shift and where you have the opportunity to consciously greet and respond to life instead of reacting to it. This modality sets the stage a spacious healing place as you feel and explore your mind, emotions, and body in synchronicity and balance.


I help humans learn about their bodies and minds, looking at what seems to be a restriction, limitation or tension, and curiously exploring the information it holds while holding space for embodied awarenesses and transformation.  A melding of psychology and spirituality offers spaciousness on how we can meet ourselves in new ways, and connect to the aliveness of life’s moments organically and mindfully through loving presence.  

Learn more about Allison at https://vibranttransformation.com/about.

Monday, Jun 17

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Class Fee:  $45

Numa Breathwork will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 10 participants- Closed

TREE OF LIFE with ALLISON BACHMEIER

In this 3 hour exploration, you'll be guided to get in touch with the personal story of your life and listen to what it's been telling you.  As we become familiar with where we've been, it sets the stage for new possibilities to be imagined, created and embodied.  In these 3 hours, you'll be guided to discover the stories you hold about your life experiences, how they've shaped your values and beliefs and what fruit has blossomed - here we can deeply drink in its nourishment.  We will create a visual metaphor in which the tree represents your life and the various elements that have made it up.  From here you'll be invited to create and mindfully cultivate with imagination what it is you're calling in to your life.  Opportunities to plant new seeds as well as explore will abound.  What seeds have you planted that have come alive already?  What seems to be lying dormant?  What fruit is juicy and ready to be savoured?  What fruit has withered and is ready to be let go in order to nourish the soil and tree roots below?  Come discover how it is you cycle through life and regenerate on the other side of challenges. 

A variety of creative practices will be drawn from including imagination, drawing, breathwork and contemplation amongst other tools that will be incorporated as the group’s needs direct. 

I help humans learn about their bodies and minds, looking at what seems to be a restriction, limitation or tension, and curiously exploring the information it holds while holding space for embodied awarenesses and transformation.  A melding of psychology and spirituality offers spaciousness on how we can meet ourselves in new ways, and connect to the aliveness of life’s moments organically and mindfully through loving presence.  

Learn more about Allison at https://vibranttransformation.com/about.

Tuesday, Jun 18

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Class Fee:  $45

Tree of Life will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

Maximum 12 participants- Closed

2024 Fall Program - Registration Opens August 1st.  Classes will start on September 4th.