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JANUARY - DECEMBER 2020

Circles temporarily "on hold":  We're sorry, these circles are being postponed for now. Check back for future dates and topics...

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.   

Our impulse to craft may begin with a desire to make a gift for a friend or an item for ourselves. Yet as lovely, useful, or inspiring as the end products may be, some of us are just as delighted with the creative process itself, during which we get to walk a mental landscape that is empty of to-do lists and full of easy pleasures.  

Our inherent creativity is a powerful way to connect to our higher selves and therefore, can become a natural extension of our spiritual journeys. When we engage in a task that requires mild focus and repetitive movement - as crafting does - we often slip into a spontaneous meditative state. 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 is always at our fingertips!  

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, worked out the kinks, and will even bring the tools and materials! Joanne Franchina, having put off her "inner crafter" while she grew Inner Compass, has vowed to begin again to "make these lovely, practical, and whimsical things that bring her joy." 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 creations), will be leading 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:  

  • Smudge fans
  • Prayer shawls
  • Blessing baskets
  • Dream catchers
  • Medicine bags
  • Ornaments
  • Prayer beads
  • Treasure boxes
  • Picture frames
  • Sun catchers
  • Prayer bowls
  • Luminaries
All of these projects will be designed for simplicity in execution - requiring no special crafting experience or artistic skills unless specifically noted in the project description. In some cases, our crafting will consist of embellishing or decorating an object to make it uniquely ours. And 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. 
 
Enjoy the company of a 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, plus materials fee if applicable - see each month's circle description for details. All materials provided unless noted otherwise.  
REGISTRATION: Some circles are open (pay-as-you-go), and some require pre-registration and payment (to ensure we have the appropriate materials) - see each month's circle description for details. To receive email notices about upcoming circles, 
request in advance to join this group, or contact Joanne (513-587-9855) with any questions.
NOTE: These circles feature simple crafts; no extensive crafting experience or artistic talent required unless noted otherwise.

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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.  

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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.

 

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FEBRUARY 2020 
Journals Speaking Volumes

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

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7-9 pm
PRICE: $15 cash-at-the-door (includes the materials fee).  
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
 

 

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MARCH 2020 
Altar Trays

Decorate a tray on which to keep your favorite meditation, prayer, or healing items as you learn about altars, ceremony, and ritual. Start with a 10-by-14-inch wooden tray (choose white or black background), then decoupage sacred symbols and images that have special meaning for you. Many images and symbols will be available, or bring your favorites to use.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7-9 pm.
PRICE: $25 (includes $15 circle fee plus $10 materials fee), payable in advance.
FACILITATOR: Joanne Franchina. 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required by February 25 for this class.

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APRIL 2020 
A Cleaner Clean

Ahh spring. Time for a reset, a refresh. Get out all your bottles and sprays, clean the windows, launder the comforter, bake a ham, chomp on some chocolate bunny ears. Sound familiar? We invite you to make this spring a more natural fling. Instead of your usual embrace with chemicals, let's learn a cleaner way to clean both our structural home and our physical being. We'll craft some natural cleaning products including room freshener, window cleaner, hand sanitizer, plant fertilizer, and wool dryer balls, and share lots of tips for incorporating clean eating into your lifestyle. Not only will you be able to take the products home with you in pretty blue glass spray bottles but you will also get handouts of all the recipes we make, all the clean eating tips we discuss, and resources for learning more!
 
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7-9 pm. 
PRICE: $25 (includes $15 circle fee plus $10 materials fee), payable in advance.
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required for this class; limited seating.

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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

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