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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 offer retreats and programs, spiritual direction for groups and individuals, mindfulness workshops, yoga and tai chi classes, opportunities for artistic expression and an innovative three-year training program to help people become compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners. People of all faith backgrounds and traditions are welcome!

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    Jesus at Work 2.0: Digging Into the Parables

    OCTOBER 25: John McHugh and Kristy Walz return with an all-new presentation to explore how Jesus' stories can change the way we approach work. This half-day conference is ideal for anyone who works in a mission-driven organization!

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    Drum-Making Workshop

    OCTOBER 19: Wayne Manthey returns to teach this hands-on workshop. Create a personal drum using natural elements.

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    Meditation for Emotional Health

    SEPTEMBER 12: Sarah Hennessey, FSPA, leads this FREE monthly meditation group for anyone experiencing depression or anxiety and in need of coping skills.

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    A Taste of Forest Bathing

    OCTOBER 12: Come experience the benefits of immersing yourself in nature. Inspired by the Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is an intentional practice of connecting with nature by going to the woods, sitting with trees and surrounding oneself with the energy of the forest.

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    Mindful Care for the Caregiver

    OCTOBER 11-12: This new weekend retreat presenmted by Paul Stern and Trish Johnson of Manitou Center will focus on holistic self-care and ways to build resiliency in the midst of caregiving.

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    Franciscan Day of Solitude

    OCTOBER 16: Looking for a day to unplug and just BE? Spend a day of solitude at the FSC.

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    Intro to Zentangle

    OCTOBER 8: This easy-to-learn and relaxing drawing process increases focus and creativity. Give it a try: No experience necessary!

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    Daring Greatly: A Group Experience

    STARTING THIS FALL: Registration is open for this five-month group process exploring and practicing the "Daring Greatly" work of Brené Brown.

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    At the Center newsletter - September/October 2019

    IN THIS ISSUE: New FSC Book Discussion Group, new yoga classes, Aging Cafe, Mindful Self-Care for the Caregiver, Drum-Making Workshop, A Taste of Forest Bathing, Daring Greatly: A Group Experience and much more!

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    Art as Prayer

    SEPTEMBER 16: This open studio is a chance to listen to your heart and play with watercolors. No experience necessary. Instructor Mary Thompson will introduce you to new techniques and help you express your creative side.

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    Serenity Retreat: One-Step Journey Toward the Truth

    NOVEMBER 8-10: Tom DeZell leads this retreat for those who are in a 12-step fellowship and active in their recovery from alcohol or drugs.

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    FSC Book Group

    SEPTEMBER 12: We're launching a new monthly, staff-led book discussion group, and all are invited to join us for lively conversation and refreshments. Our first selection is "Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" by Barbara Brown Taylor.

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    Iconography Workshop

    SEPTEMBER 22-28: Learn how to paint a Byzantine-style icon under the direction of Phil Zimmerman. Choose either St. Joseph or St. Nektarios.

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    Journeying Toward Peace: A Courage & Renewal Retreat

    OCTOBER 25-26: Reflect, renew and connect with what matters most in your life during this retreat based on Parker J. Palmer's Circle of Trust program and led by Mary Peters.

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    Daring Companions

    SEPTEMBER 16: This is a group for personal growth and spiritual transformation using the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Participants will gather monthly and learn through readings and videos. Register today! Limited space available.

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    The Sound of Bowls

    OCTOBER 8: Tom Roberts leads this deeply relaxing sound meditation with Tibetan singing bowls. Free to attend, but donations are appreciated. New this year: Registration is requested.

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    Enduring Ministry: Listening and Serving for the Long Haul

    OCTOBER 4-6: Samuel Rahberg leads this opportunity to re-invigorate and sustain your sense of calling.

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    Finding God in All Things

    THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF SAINT IGNATIUS IN DAILY LIFE: Registration is open for this nine-month retreat experience starting this fall.

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    A Singing Bowls Experience: A Celebration of St. Francis Week

    OCTOBER 5: Everyone is invited to this FREE event at San Damiano Chapel! Enjoy an evening of Taize-style prayer, paired with the beautiful sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, choirs and hymns. Presented by Tom Roberts, Viterbo Campus Ministry and the Franciscan Spirituality Center.

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Save the date! Our fourth annual Art Dash will be Thursday, March 26, 2020. Click here for more information.

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