This interactive workshop invites those with a mental illness, family and friends, and providers of mental health services to experience a revolutionary, positive view of the spiritual path that is available to all who have encountered the challenges and stigma of mental illness. Through a mix of presentation, small-group sharing and reflection, this workshop aims to help participants reframe mental illness as a journey of challenge and hardship worthy of esteem, as well as to define mental illness as a sacred journey with deep meaning and growth opportunities. Topics will include dealing with losses and grief, the Hero’s Journey, recovery strategies and gifts of the journey.


Alice Holstein, Ed.D, is active in the mental health community in a volunteer capacity and is a recent graduate of the FSC’s Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. She is a well-known community public speaker and the author of A Tough Grace: Mental Illness as a Spiritual Path. The book is available on Amazon as an e-book or paperback and is entirely voluntary to read before the workshop.


  • Occurs Saturday, March 17th, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Franciscan Spirituality Center

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