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JANUARY - DECEMBER 2020

Soul Creations: Crafting as Spiritual Practice 
with Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears

"The practice of craft is a path to self-awareness and spiritual growth." ~ Maggie Oman Shannon.   

Creativity is innate in humanity; it is our essence. We naturally embrace this part of ourselves when we are young, but many of us leave it behind like a childhood friend with whom we lose touch when we go off to college, get married, or move away from home. Then, sometime in adulthood, we sense that something is missing from our lives and we begin to actively seek out meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. 

Crafting can be part of our spiritual journey as well as a powerful way to connect to the divine spark within. For one thing, when we engage in a task that requires mild focus and repetitive movement - as crafting does - we may slip into a spontaneous meditative state. It's so natural and easy to do, we think it can't be meditation! That transcendent, elevated state of consciousness we hope and strive for when we sit on a cushion with the intention to empty our minds of all thought - well, it has been at our fingertips all along, just like Dorothy's ruby slippers were at the tips of her toes the entire time she was away from Kansas. 

Our impulse to craft may begin with a desire to make a gift for a friend, or an object for ourselves that is useful, beautiful, or inspiring (perhaps all three!). And, not only do we gain that sense of accomplishment when we've finished - during the creative process we get to walk a mental landscape that is empty of to-do lists and full of easy pleasures.  Ahhhhhhh.....  

With this newest circle hosted by Inner Compass Academy, you get all of this and soulful community too. Plus, your trusted facilitators have tested the recipes and worked out most of the kinks, and even bring the tools and materials! Joanne Franchina, after having put off her inner crafter while she grew her professional practice, Inner Compass, has vowed to begin again to "make these lovely, practical, and whimsical things that bring her joy" and for which she has continued to gather craft materials.  Diane Sears, who, in addition to having led a book circle and taught craft workshops at Inner Compass Academy, and who has been running around two young granddaughters while running two creative enterprises of her own (including a business that sells her crafty creations), has agreed to lead several of our crafty endeavors.  

So far, we have selected crafts for January and February and we're sure you'll find them intriguing, engaging, and "easy to ease into." We are in the midst of planning and assigning projects for the remainder of 2020, so check back soon for additional details (we are also open to participants' suggestions for future circles). In the meantime, these are some of the craft ideas we are considering:  

  • Altar trays
  • Smudge fans
  • Prayer shawls
  • Blessing baskets
  • Dream catchers
  • Sacred bath salts
  • Medicine bags
  • Prayer beads
  • Ornaments
  • Sacred rattles
  • Protective pouches
  • Sun catchers
  • Prayer bowls
  • Keepsake boxes
  • Picture frames
  • Luminaries
  • All of these projects will be designed for simplicity in execution - no special crafting experience or artistic skills are required unless specifically noted in the project description.  In many cases our crafting will consist of embellishing or decorating an object to make it special and uniquely ours.  Whenever possible, we hope to repurpose and upcycle everyday items that may be lying around our homes or taking up storage space in our craft bins.   
 
Join this "hearts and crafts" movement as a Soul Creations circle participant, and enjoy the company of a soulful and supportive community as you nurture your inner creative genius - and benefit in untold ways from the merging of art and soul within you! 
Request to join this group and receive reminder notices about the Soul Creations Circle and other Inner Compass events. 

DATE & TIME: First Tuesday of each month in 2020, 7 - 9 pm. 
LOCATION: Inner Compass Academy, 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy Ste 121, Cincinnati OH 45242.  
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
PRICE: 
$15 per circle, pay-as-you-go, plus materials fee if applicable. All materials provided unless noted otherwise in a specific circle's description.  
NOTE: These circles feature simple crafts; no extensive crafting experience or artistic talent required unless noted otherwise in a specific circle's description.
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EGISTRATION: Open to everyone but pre-registration is required; request in advance to join this group, or contact Joanne (513-587-9855) for late registrations.  

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JOANNE FRANCHINA 

Joanne Franchina is an intuitive life coach and the founder of Inner Compass LLC and Inner Compass Academy. After enjoying a successful corporate career as a writer and training course developer, Joanne pursued a higher calling and became a certified medium and ordained Spiritualist minister. Today, Joanne coaches individuals and leads workshops on mediumship development, creative manifestation, and other metaphysical disciplines. She has written for regional and national publications, been a featured guest for radio, and lectured at expos and other events throughout the country. Joanne teaches people how to create fabulous lives for themselves by using their inner wisdom in everyday situationswww.YourInnerCompass.com.  

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DIANE SEARS

Diane Sears, certified medium through Inner Compass Academy and Light Journey Enterprises, enjoyed a fulfilling career in merchandising and sales until in 2015 when it was not fulfilling anymore compared to nurturing grandchildren. Now Diane nannies Carolina and Penelope as well as operates two creative enterprises. Divinely Connected facilitates development circles and intuition workshops, and gives personal readings, sometimes using her specialty of psychometry with fabric swatches. DiVinyl sells and repurposes favorite vinyl LPs and album covers from the 70s and 80s into bowls and gift boxes as well as other music related merchandise and skirts craftily sewn from collected tee shirts. Diane also enjoys facilitating two spiritual book circles, sewing, crafting, playing the piano, and Sudoku. dianejsears@yahoo.com.  

JANUARY 2020 
Inner Visionaries  

Embrace your inner vision for the year ahead! This evening, you'll embark on a meditative quest to receive insights from your higher self about the coming year. Then you'll create a treasure map - a simple collage, or mini-vision-board - to inspire you as you traverse your spiritual path throughout the year. Includes all materials and requires neither artistic talent nor crafting experience.  

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15 cash-at-the-door (includes the Materials Fee - lucky you and Happy New Year from us!).  
FACILITATOR: Joanne Franchina.

FEBRUARY 2020 
Journals speaking volumes

Our craft project this month will help you connect to Spirit and your higher self through journaling. You'll make a journal uniquely yours by creating a cover that speaks to you and inspires you to write!  No experience or artistic talent required.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7-9 pm
PRICE: $20 cash-at-the-door includes $15 Entrance Fee plus $5 Materials Fee.  
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
 

MARCH 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

APRIL 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

MAY 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

JUNE 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears. 

JULY 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
 

AUGUST 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
 

SEPTEMBER 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

OCTOBER 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

NOVEMBER 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 

DECEMBER 2020 
To Be Determined

Details coming soon.
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $15, plus materials fee if applicable.
FACILITATORS: Joanne Franchina & Diane Sears.
 
Request to join this group and receive reminder notices about the Book Circle for Soul Searchers and other Inner Compass events. 

DATE & TIME: Second Tuesday of each month in 2019, 7 - 9 pm.  
LOCATION: Inner Compass Academy, 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy Ste 121, Cincinnati OH 45242.  
GUEST FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
PRICE: 
$10 per circle, pay-as-you-go.  
REGISTRATION: Open to everyone but pre-registration is required; request in advance to join this group, or contact Joanne (513-587-9855) for late registrations.  

Inner Compass LLC  *  10901 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 121  *  Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

info@yourinnercompass.com

513-587-9855

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