The next session of The Sound of Bowls will be Tuesday, October 4. This is a change from what was printed in our last newsletter.  

The Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred place of peace and hospitality for those seeking spiritual renewal, personal and professional growth, healing, transformation and deeper self-awareness. We are dedicated to supporting anyone in their search for God, meaning and wholeness. We invite you to explore our many offerings: individual and group compassionate listening, daylong programs, guided and preached retreats, mind-body-spirit classes, opportunities for creative expression, meeting room space for organizations, hermitage stays and an innovative training program for spiritual directors. No visit is complete without a stop in our fabulous Sophia Bookstore or well-stocked lending library. Staff is also available for off-site workshops, presentations and programs. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome. Peace and all good!

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    Contemplative Living

    This new series explores how we can practice contemplation through our everyday experiences, using the writings of Thomas Merton and others. Meets September 14 and 28, and October 12 and 26.

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    Icon Writing: The Holy Face

    SPRING RETREAT: Registration is now open for our May 2017 iconography retreat led by Phil Zimmerman. All levels of painters are invited to participate!

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    When Life Throws You a Curveball

    How do we keep from striking out when life throws us the curveballs of unexpected and often devastating changes. Tom Roberts leads this November 11-13 retreat to practice mindful and compassionate acceptance.

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    Midlife: What Do I Do? Where Do I Go?

    Tom Roberts leads this weekend retreat October 14-16 to explore your midlife qualms, uncertainties and indecision as an integral part of your spiritual journey.

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    Tea & Poetry

    You are cordially invited to an enchanting afternoon of tea, poetry and friendship during our second annual fundraiser for FSC scholarships, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with guest presenter Marci Madary.

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    Icon Writing: Jonah and the Whale

    PLAN AHEAD FOR NEXT SUMMER: Learn the sacred art of Byzantine iconography under the expert guidance of Phil Zimmerman. Registration is open for our July 2017 retreat. We'll be painting Jonah and the Whale.

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    Art as Prayer

    This popular series returns after a summer break! No previous experience painting with watercolors is necessary to join this monthly art-as-a-spiritual-practice group led by the talented Mary Thompson. The next session is Monday, October 17.

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    Finding Your Spiritual Path

    During this October 7-8 weekend retreat, we will reflect on how our images of God or the Divine and our life experiences have shaped the path we follow; and we will use personality type to understand why we are drawn to certain spiritual practices. All are welcome!

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    Courage to Live: Healing from Grief

    Anyone in need of a safe space to learn healing skills and share their experience of grief and loss is invited to this new retreat October 28-29.

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    Dreams: Touching the Sacred

    Janet Mallak, SSND, returns to the FSC to lead this September 23-25 retreat on the various ways to live into our dreams, opening us up to share our gifts with the world.

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    Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction

    Greg Lovell's monthly series is back! Join us the third Tuesday of the month to practice mindfulness and reflect on your experience with others. No previous experience necessary. Come to all sessions or attend as you can. Next session: 5:30-6:30 p.m. October 18. Only $10!

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    At the Center newsletter - September/October 2016

    IN THIS ISSUE: We're pleased to offer so many new programs this fall, including two new grief support groups and a grief retreat, new tai chi and yoga classes, a contemplative living series and so much more.

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Upcoming Programs & Retreats

Tai Chi 1 - Mondays
September 26, 2016 12:00 pm
Tai Chi is an internal style of Chinese martial arts. It places emphasis on the steadiness of the... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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Soup & Cinema: A Campaign to Change Direction Event
September 26, 2016 5:00 pm
This event is full. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list, please call 608-791-5295.... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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