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Local woman shares story of mental illness as a spiritual path

Local woman shares story of mental illness as a spiritual path

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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.

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 or by phone at 608-791-5295.


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