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Alverno Forum

Alverno Community Conference: A Matter of Mindfulness

Guilty Pleasures: An Evening of Small Indulgences for Women



The Alverno Forum invites the Greater Milwaukee community to engage in respectful dialogue and common effort for the public good. A variety of topics — all relevant to local needs and committed to Alverno’s philosophy of seeking broad perspective — are addressed during the school year, and each Forum is led by one of Alverno’s four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing. Join us for lively evening discussions, free and open to the public. Visit the Forum page for dates, topics and registration.

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A Matter of Mindfulness
Friday, October 3, 2014

Mindfulness—or the active, open and non-judgmental attention to the present—is all over the news today with good reason. Schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals have found the practice of mindfulness to be vital in developing greater focus and overall well-being. Join the entire Alverno community as we explore aspects of mindfulness through presentations, discussions, meditative silences and arts experiences.

All details and registration is available on the Alverno Community Conference webpage!


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GUILTY PLEASURES: An Evening of Small Indulgences for Women

Wednesday, November 12

Join us for a chance to relax, indulge, learn, and meet with old friends while you make new ones. Your evening begins with a delicious dinner and a strolling fashion show of fabulous outfits for every occasion. Then move on to your choice of two out of four entertaining workshops. This special evening only comes around once a year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself!


Registration & Cash Bar (wine/beer)        5:30 – 6:00 pm

Dinner & Fashion Show                               6:00 – 6:50 pm

Workshop 1                                                    7:00 – 8:00 pm

Workshop 2                                                    8:10 – 9:10 pm


Dinner Entertainment: Fashion Show by Margo’s Village Boutique, Greendale
Sit back and enjoy some of the latest fashions and timeless designs for all ages and sizes! Margo Kuehn, owner of Margo’s Village Boutique in Greendale, will dress her strolling models in a variety of styles and colors to take you from day to evening to holiday parties with pizazz.


Workshop 1: (please choose one)

11           Clear the Clutter: Make Room for a Difference in Your Life

Discover ways to simplify your life, making room for harmony, balance, and serenity. It’s possible—even at this busy time of the year. This session will help you look at your clutter concerns and visualize where you want to be. Then, learn practical (and fun!) ways to deal with clutter issues.

Instructor: Mary Jeanne Michels, OSF, MA in Religious Studies, certified in applied theology, with coursework in art/design and many years’ experience teaching about clearing the clutter


12           Homemade Bath Salts, Bombs, and Scrubs

Learn how to use common household products and fragrant essential oils to create homemade bath products, just in time for the holidays! Each participant will create a small jar of both bath salts and salt or sugar scrub, along with a few bath "bombs" that fizz when you drop them into the tub. A variety of essential oils will be available so you can customize the scent of each product you make, or go scent-less altogether. 

Instructor: Kasia Drake-Hames, Owner, Artist & Instructor, KDH Art Studio


13           Instant Insight: Quick Tips to Understanding Your Personality using Handwriting Analysis and Birthday Astrology

Gain insights to your personality as well as your innate potential! Learn about what your signature is broadcasting about you (whether you know it or not) and how the date of your birth can point to information about you and provide guidance for your future.

Instructor: Lisa Schuetz, certified professional handwriting analyst with a Master’s degree in Analytical Psychology


14           Chocolate Tasting Meditation

Experience chocolate tasting meditation, a form of meditation-in-action designed to help heighten your awareness of the present moment, and the pleasures of slowing down and savoring your food. We’ll use the senses of taste and smell as sensory touchstones, allowing mental distractions to dissolve away and enhancing enjoyment. This mindfulness-based workshop includes a guided relaxation exercise where you imagine yourself as a melting piece of chocolate (yummy!), melting and nibbling tasting meditations, and more. A delicious experience!

Instructor: Elizabeth Lewis, Certified Stress Management & Life Coach; Approved Teacher, The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training; Franciscan Studies Certification


Workshop 2:  (please choose one)

See descriptions under Workshop 1

21           Clear the Clutter: Make Room for a Difference in Your Life

22           Homemade Bath Salts, Bombs, and Scrubs

23           Instant Insight: Handwriting Analysis and Birthday Astrology

24           Chocolate Tasting Meditation


Course Code TPD-570-01
6:00 – 9:10 p.m.
(Includes dinner, entertainment and choice of two workshops.)


No cancellations accepted after Tuesday, October 28. A full program credit will be issued for any participant cancellation on or before this date. Program credits may be applied to any Telesis program held within 1 year of cancellation. Due to contractual commitments there are no exceptions to this policy.


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