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The Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St., invites those with a mental illness, family and friends, and providers of mental health services to “Tough Grace: Mental Illness as a Spiritual Path” with presenter Alice Holstein from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

Through a mix of presentation, small-group sharing and reflection, this interactive 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.

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Alice Holstein, Ed.D, is active in the local mental health community in a volunteer capacity and is a recent graduate of the FSC’s Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. She is 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.

Cost is $65, which includes lunch. Register by March 2 online at www.FSCenter.org or by phone at 608-791-5295.

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