Dance Therapy Introduction

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1-3 pm at ZLMC

Dance Therapy is the psycho-therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of an individual. Join board-certified Dance/Movement therapist Gina Demos and Nancy Krick for a session that will provide you with an opportunity to more deeply connect to self and others. We feel that this is especially significant for our troubled world today. 

Cost: $60, $40 for ZLMC Members. Limited to 12 participants.


Gina Demos was initially trained as a dance/movement therapist. Her focus is on the body felt experience. Gina opened her own practice in Dance Therapy in 1986 in the Fine Arts Building where she also taught Ballet and Modern Dance. After 40 years doing Dance Therapy including 27 years of her own practice she closed her studio. She likes to refer to her work as a profound profession. 

Nancy Krirk is a licensed physical and board certified dance-movement therapist. She worked as a physical therapist for 37 years in a variety of healthcare settings adapting therapeutic movement techniques to specific needs. She is also a Shamanic practitioner. 

Both Gina and Nancy are board certified Dance/Movement therapists with more than three decades of experience with children, adolescents and adults. They have worked with clients ranging from psychiatric patients, Cook County Jail inmates, those with chronic pain and post traumatic stress and frail elderly to blind, deaf, and deaf-blind. Both have extensive private practice experience with Gina recently retired. In addition to their core commitment to Dance/ Movement Therapy they are trained in and regularly use other models including Internal Family Systems and Neural Linguistics Programming.


GRACE Workshop: Cultivating Compassion as We Encounter Others

June 24, 2017, 9:30 am—4:00 pm

A program for anyone who is interested in working with others. 

GRACE is an active compassion model developed by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD., Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM. GRACE is an acronym for a set of five components that represent a repertoire of mental capacities and processes that when practiced can lead to deep awareness of the needs and states of another and a deep empathic response recognition within ourselves. GRACE training can lead to ways of dealing with our own stress and fears as we enter into difficult situations with others. This is an excellent program for social workers, care-givers, aides, nurses, physicians, chaplains, and anyone who works with others whether in their work, as a volunteer or as a family member. 

In this active six-hour workshop participants will learn the terms behind GRACE model, explore the meaning of each of these terms and practice them in small dialogue groups. There will also be large group discussions. There will be periods of meditation practice around each of the terms. 


By the conclusion of the training, each participant should be able to:

  • Define the five terms within the GRACE acronym
  • Explain the conditions within which GRACE can be used
  • Work with the GRACE terms as they review issues in their work and private lives
  • Utilize GRACE in their volunteer and work situations
  • Use GRACE in their interpersonal connections

Cost: $125 for nonmembers, $95 for ZLMC members


Mark Shishin Gelula, PhD and Patricia Bloom, MD





"The Center is a thoroughly warm and welcoming milieu, where the spirit of Buddhism is ever-present and palpable. Bob and June are two wonderful paragons of authenticity, being-present and being-available for all seekers; everybody is lovingly invited to participate in the groups, classes, events to the extent one is comfortable. Very Zen, very real." 

David Beleckis