All Things Possible Workshops

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. offers a number of workshops which are universally accessible, yet geared toward helping people with disabilities find a life-long passion through learning about the arts and learning skills that have real world application as a hobby or potential career path. With the All Things Possible Workshops, The Vanishing Wheelchair hopes to give a sampling of possibilities that an individual can try. Once several people develop an interest in a particular art form, The Vanishing Wheelchair can offer specialized clubs in that field for more in-depth study. The Magic, Mirth & Meaning shows, which happen twice a month, act as a showcase for people to further practice and hone their talents in front of a live audience.

All Things Possible workshops are offered on location at The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre at 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina, or can be brought to your location. Please see our current offers below, as well as future workshops in the making. Most workshops are just $5 per person for each class, or $15 for the month. If price is a burden, contact The Vanishing Wheelchair. For further information for group costs in our facility or yours contact T.J. Shimeld at tjshimeld@gmail.com.

CURRENT OFFERINGS:

Magic Workshop: Magicians Ricky D. Boone, T.J. Shimeld, and Gil Carlson offer their decades’ expertise in the magical arts. Demonstrating beginner magic tricks, participants get hands-on instruction and performance tips covering the seven principles of magic: apparition, dis-apparition, transformations, restoration, penetration, extra-sensory perception, and levitation. Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

Seated Exercise: Nurse Dottie Ray offers upbeat, rhythmic movements to get the body stretching and moving in a fun interactive class with modern music to keep the energy up. Dottie has used these exercises throughout Buncombe County in numerous hospitals and nursing homes.
Wednesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

Meaningful Movements: T.J. Shimeld offers his expertise learned from an internship at Harvard University’s Health Services and the Mind-Body Medical Institute while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Certificate in Community Health from Tufts University. In a class designed to stretch and relax the body in a meaningful way, participants learn how to induce what Dr. Herbert Benson calls the “relaxation response.”
Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

Writing Workshop: Having published six books and working as an Ring Reports and Ring Events editor for The Linking Ring, the journal of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, for ten years, T.J. Shimeld aids people in bringing their unique, inspirational life stories to the page to preserve for future generations.
Select Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. (contact tjshimeld@gmail.com for details)

Wheelchair Dancing: Using his eight years experience in stage movement with a magic theatre troupe in Beverly, Massachusetts, T.J. Shimeld heads a rotation of movement instructors that help people who use a wheelchair discover their own bodies’ capacity for beautiful movement.
Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m. ***CLASSES WILL RESUME IN THE SPRING***

FUTURE OFFERINGS:
Seated Tai Chi: Vixi Jil Glenn offers the unique strength, breathing, and flow of energy throughout the body that traditional Tai Chi offers, but from a seated position. Integrating her penchant for story telling and repetition of movements, participants will quickly learn and retain the knowledge Vixi imparts.

Photography: Lead by Ricky D. Boone with the aid of other photographers, Ricky imparts his knowledge and eye for capturing life’s magical moments on film. Participants will begin with disposable cameras and advance to black and white photography and dark room film development.

Wood Working: Participants will learn basic wood-working techniques while measuring, cutting, sanding, and staining their own 3D optical-illusion puzzle.

Story Telling: At age sixteen, Vixi Jil Glenn writing rhyming faerie tales, and by age seventeen was telling them professionally. Vixi offers numerous workshops from Traditional Appalachian Jack Tales, to Cherokee Myths, to Biblical Tales. See www.vixijil.com for details.

Appalachian Faerie Folk School: Storyteller Vixi Jil weaves together original and ancient faerie tales, enchanted walkabouts and personal accounts to help guide folks into explorations of discovery in the etheric realms and the magical world of faeries, elves, devas, brownies, gnomes, mermaids and all sorts of wonderful enchantments.

Misfit Toys Construction: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had deep meaning to magician Ricky D. Boone, story teller Vixi Jil Glenn, and singer Kelti Buchholz growing up with and around disabilities. They discovered that everyone has a place in the world. Participants will learn skills in sewing, crafting, sculpting, and painting as they breath new life into old toys by reassembling them in new ways.