Note: The Tai Chi class scheduled for Monday, April 23, has been canceled; a make-up session is planned May 14. 

We are looking for a part-time development director. Click here for details.

CONNECTION, COMMUNITY, COMPASSIONATE LISTENING: 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. All are welcome!

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    Art as Prayer

    Connect with your heart and play with new techniques during our monthly open watercolor studio with Mary Thompson. Choose either an an afternoon or evening session on Monday, May 21!

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    Movie Night: Kinship and Compassion

    MAY 18: Join us for an evening of challenge, inspiration and sharing dreams for a better world as we watch a video presentation by Father Gregory Boyle and then share small-group discussion to process what we have heard and learned.

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    Return of the Feminine: A Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration for Women

    JUNE 21-23: Soften into one's self with mindful, revitalizing practices from yoga and Ayurveda that connect us to our divine femininity during this summer yoga retreat with Heather Henry.

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    The Spiritual Journey to the True Self: Where East Meets West

    JUNE 8-10: Jeff Dols leads this fascinating weekend retreat to explore the pathways, stories and wisdom from both East and West that point to a common destination: self-realization and divine union.

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    A Retreat With the Mystics

    JUNE 29-JULY 1: Marcia Bentley leads tis weekend retreat to explore the lives and wisdom of mystics from West and East, both women and men, and learn the spiritual practices that helped prepare them for their mystical experiences and sustain their faith.

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    Backyard Pilgrimage: Using a Labyrinth for Meditation and Prayer

    MAY 30: Explore the history and symbolism of the labyrinth, the spirituality of pilgrimage and how to use a labyrinth for meditation and prayer.

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    Sip & Paint: The Gift of the Spirit

    CHOOSE MAY 15 or MAY 17: We are once again partnering with local art studio Creative Canvas and Board for an evening of reflection, painting and sipping. Our theme is Pentecost.

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    The Daring Way

    APRIL 20-21: Karna Marks leads this new retreat based on the work of Brené Brown. Together, we will explore creative ways to empathize, cultivate self-compassion, love and lead while celebrating the invitation to live brave.

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    At the Center newsletter - March/April 2018

    IN THIS ISSUE: The Daring Way, Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross, Japanese Bowls, Serenity Retreat, Compassionate Communication and more!

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    Holy Wells and Thin Places: Celtic Spirituality for Our Time

    AUGUST 17-19: Storyteller, soul friend and retreat leader Carl McColman will lead a weekend retreat to celebrate the wisdom of the Celts and explore these thin places within where we might feel closer to God.

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    Iconography Retreat: Anthony of Padua or Our Lady of the Sign

    MAY 20-26: Learn how to paint an icon in the Byzantine style under the guidance of master iconographer Phil Zimmerman. No experience necessary.

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    SoulCollage

    MAY 11-12: Tap into your inner wisdom through the use of images and simple card making during this new retreat led by Deb Richards.

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    Death Cafe

    APRIL 23: Join us for a free and open discussion about death and dying. No agenda, no objectives, just a group discussion over refreshments with facilitator Dr. Jackie Yaeger.

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    Paint & Picnic: Family Canvas Painting Event

    JUNE 21: Celebrate the beginning of summer by creating a family canvas painting while enjoying a picnic dinner, s’mores, and great opportunity for fellowship and fun.

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    Francis and Clare of Assisi: A Spirituality of Poverty and Joy

    This program is full. If you would like to be put in a waiting list, please call 608-791-5295.

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    Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat

    MAY 4-9: A silent directed retreat is a gift of silence and solitude, rest and reflection. Enjoy a safe, peaceful, hospitable environment with opportunities for prayer, contemplation, solitude, and, if you wish, daily Mass.

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    Finger Labyrinth Workshop

    MAY 3: Labyrinth designer Lisa Gidlow Moriarty will lead you through the creation of your own table-top finger labyrinth. Makes a great gift! No artistic experience necessary.

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    At the Center newsletter - May/June 2018

    IN THIS ISSUE: Finger Labyrinth Workshop, Iconography Retreat, SoulCollage, Summer Solstice Yoga, Paint & Picnic, Retreat With the Mystics and more!

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We are thrilled to bring storyteller and soul friend Carl McColman to the FSC for a retreat on Celtic spirituality August 17-19. Please click here to read our interview with him.

Have you ever considered our Spiritual Direction Preparation Program?

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