Members Only – Mindfulness & Yoga Workshop

Members Only – Mindfulness & Yoga Workshop

MINDFULNESS & YOGA LIFESTYLE WORKSHOP  
For members only
Thursday 30th January from 14:00 – 15:30 
Location: Yoga und Pilates in der Galerie Studio; Friedenstraße 12, 70190 Stuttgart-Ost (look for the stairs)  
Nearest Station: Neckartor

Yoga is more than a workout. Practicing a yoga-lifestyle can empower your life and improve your well-being.

Trained in meditation, yoga, and coaching, Stef and Tina are offering a free workshop to their fellow club members in January. The workshop will be held in English and is open to all levels of yoga and meditation ability.

The workshop will last 1.5 hours and the first part will be a mindfulness practice and discussion with Stef (40 min). At the beginning and end we will be journalling our thoughts. All writing is for your benefit and kept personal. Then you are led into visualization and silent meditation. The theme of “Being authentic” will be presented and opened for discussion with the group.

The second part of the workshop will be an “Introduction to The Yoga Lifestyle” with Tina (40 min). We will learn about the benefits of yoga and we will practice a yoga sequence that will leave us energized and calm.

Please bring or wear yoga clothes and a notebook and pen to write with. Please arrive 5-10 minutes beforehand. There is no charge for this workshop but we do need a minimum of three participants to go forward (10 guests maximum).

We are looking forward to sharing this class with you!


More about Stef:
Stef is a Meditation guide who gives classes in Stuttgart. She is also a Relationship Coach. She believes that Life-Coaching is a way to heal, to see clearer and to move towards our goals and that it improves communication and healing.
As a Relationship Coach, Stef is passionate about supporting women in serious relationships to feel heard, valued and most importantly loved. She wants her clients to love themselves and love their relationships.
Website – Stefanielantin.com
Insta: Stef Lantin
Facebook group: Relationship Realness for Women with Stef

More about Tina:
Tina is a school counselor who recently relocated to Stuttgart. She has had an on again, off again interest in yoga for years but in the past five years her interest has become somewhat of an obsession. She attended yoga teacher training in Miami this summer where she lived on an ashram enjoying the Ayurvedic food, chanting, meditation, asana classes and even the “karma” yoga. She loves spreading the word of the incredible power of yoga. She is currently working as a school counselor but hopes to be teaching yoga in the new year.

Don’t forget your 2020 renewal dues!

Don’t forget your 2020 renewal dues!

 

Invoices for renewal dues were mailed last month, have you sent in your payment?

Renewal membership dues for 2020 are €50. Don’t forget that this year we are giving a €5 discount if you send get your payment in before the end of 2019.

If you would like to pay but lost your invoice, please contact Billie using the form below. The same goes for those of you who have decided not to renew your membership for 2020.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and looking forward to another amazing IWCS year!

MEMBERS ONLY: SCOTTISH CULTURAL DINNER (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: SCOTTISH CULTURAL DINNER (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY CULTURAL DINNER: BURNS NIGHT (SCOTTISH)
For members +1 guest
Saturday, January 25th at 18:00
Location: Alex’s home in Stuttgart-Sonnenberg
Nearest stations: Peregrinastrasse

Let’s together learn a little bit about Robert Burns, the bard of Scotland and how he contributed to Scottish culture beyond penning the now famous New Year’s anthem, Auld Lang Syne.

We’ll sample the traditional fare of haggis, tatties and neeps, but a vegetarian option will also be provided. Alex can accommodate up to 16 people for this event.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend.
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €20 per person, paid in advance. This includes the dinner, drinks, and a raffle ticket for a Scottish food prize. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €20 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than January 10th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

 

2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

One of the hardest things about making friends in the international community is that people are always leaving – it is especially tough to lose those who have become an integral part of our club leadership.

But the silver lining is that there are always cool new people to meet and get to know!!

With that in mind, we are sad to announce that our club is losing five very important leaders in 2020. Our bubbly Activities Coordinator, Michelle Moore, will be moving back to Australia before the end of the year. Our beloved Treasurer, Katja Zajac, and Charity Coordinator Extraordinaire, Claire DeVaney, will both be remaining with the club but stepping down from their Board positions for personal reasons when their terms end in February of 2020. Additionally, both of our Mothers Corner coordinators, Laura and Vienna, will be stepping down in 2020.

The amazing Alison Tyler, who has already been working very closely with the activities planning team for a while now, has offered to take over Michelle’s duties and work together with Alex to start planning events for 2020. We are so excited to have her expertise on our team, welcome Alison!

We will be looking for two new volunteers to take over the treasurer and charity positions. Here is a short explanation of the duties and qualifications needed for each position – please contact Emily using the form below or privately if you would like to know more or to volunteer!

CLUB TREASURER

  • You would be a member of the Board responsible for running all aspects of the club along with Emily and Sandra – this is wonderful for the resume and lots of fun!
  • Your duties and responsibilities would include bookkeeping, banking, and tax forms once every three years. The time needed to dedicate to this job is approximately 1-2 hours each week on average, lighter in the summer and heavier at the end and beginning of each year.
  • We are looking for a person with financial experience of any kind (banking, auditing, accounting, etc.) who has a basic grasp of German (or more!), a private laptop you could use to load our software and do bookkeeping work, and a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

CHARITY COORDINATOR

  • For this position we are looking for an event organizer who is creative, fearless, and has a basic command of the German language, to be in charge of our fundraising efforts for Frauen helfen Frauen.
  • You would have the option of planning one big charity event in late 2020 or many smaller events scattered throughout the year like we did in 2019. The time commitment depends on what you decide to do with the position.
  • You would need to be able to organize and manage a team of members to help you and have a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

If either of those positions sound like something you could see yourself doing, please contact Emily using the form below or on Facebook.

Our club cannot exist without volunteers and it definitely cannot exist without these two crucial positions, so please step up if you can! (We seriously would have to shut the club down without a treasurer – that is actually in our Satzung.)

Members interested in helping to lead the Mother’s Corner group next year should contact Laura or Vienna for all the details.

Thanks,
Emily

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS 2019 HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE
For members only
Tuesday, December 10th from 18:30
Location: Restaurant Nesenbach, Dorotheenstraße 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz, Schlossplatz
Prepayment of your meal required by December 3rd 


Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange! This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.

This year’s dinner is being planned at Restaurant Nesenbach in the Dorotheen Quartier of Stuttgart-Mitte (behind Breuninger). We have a brand new private room reserved just for us and and fantastic buffet dinner planned.

We will start our evening with a glass of Sekt at 18:30 and move on to the buffet at 19:00. You can find a description of all the buffet deliciousness further down in this post.

After dinner, all members are invited to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something that you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

And as always, Sandra is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring your wrapped gift along to give to her for delivery at this dinner. Check out this blog post for details!

We have heard the food at Nesenbach is delicious and are looking forward to our first ever buffet! Our holiday buffet will include the following dishes:

Appetizers – 

  • Colorful leaf salad with house dressing
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Carrot Salad
  • Veggie Antipasti

Main dishes and sides –

  • Smoked salmon in mustard-dill sauce
  • Veal with Horseradish cream
  • Venison goulash
  • Chicken Breast in lemon sauce
  • Fried Perch Filet on a bed of vegetables
  • Pasta with red pesto, rocket, olives and marinated feta cheese
  • Buttered Spätzle
  • Thyme Potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Fragrant Rice

Desserts:|

  • Panna Cotta with mango sauce
  • Assorted Ice Cream

This is a members only event and the IWCS club-sponsored price per person is €40, which includes the buffet, the welcome glass of Sekt, and table water.

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome Sekt must be paid for by you on the night of the event.

This event is limited to 45 members, so reserve your space now! To get started, RSVP using our private Facebook event or the form below if you are not on Facebook. You must then transfer the €40 prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than December 3rd to complete your reservation.

Looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful year together!

 

 

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

 

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting  Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women and the age/gender/interests of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy.

If you would like to take part, please message Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will give you the go ahead to start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills. You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for.

You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 8th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Seventh Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 12 guests.

Looking forward to a delicious and jolly party!