These events may interest those who support the mission of The Sophia Center for Spirituality

NEW through SUNY  Broome-> If you missed these presentations at the Sophia Center last year, you can catch them at SUNY Broome this spring

Mindfulness in Everyday Life
with Cheryl Lyon, CPC (a reprise of the March 2017 presentation at the Sophia Center)
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at SUNY Broome

Meditation is great - but what happens after your meditation is over and you go back to the realities of your everyday life? In this session, you will learn some simple mindfulness practices you can easily incorporate into your daily life.  Discover how the practice of mindfulness may help you manage emotions, reduce stress, improve relationships and connect to your best self. 

To register:   SUNY Broome

The Spiritual Power of Emotions with Cheryl Lyon, CPC (a reprise of the October 2017 presentation at the Sophia Center)
Three-part series: Mondays, Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. at SUNY Broome

Do you sometimes struggle with your emotions? What if those "negative" emotions that sometimes seem to hijack you could actually be a pathway into higher consciousness? What if emotions, rather than separating you from God and Wisdom, could actually connect you? How might emotions, including the most difficult, muddled ones, be a gateway to personal growth and transformation?

In this three-part series, you will learn tools and concepts to help you:

  • Stop beating yourself up for having "negative" emotions
  • Understand the physical, mental and spiritual components of emotion
  • Feel your emotions without getting swept away by them
  • More mindfully and skillfully manage your emotions (and those "sticky" thoughts)
  • Use your emotions as a pathway to wisdom and transformation

To register:  SUNY Broome

The information presented in this series is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy or medical care. If you are in counseling or therapy, please consult your therapist or medical professional before using any of the self-help or spiritual methods presented in this series.


Fourth Friday of the Month, January - April, 2018: After Work Arty Hour with Yvonne Lucia

Unwind at the end of your busy and stressful month by making something with your own hands!  Scientific research shows that creative arts can induce a relaxation response similar to activities such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and visual imagery. Each month a user-friendly project will be presented.  Yvonne Lucia, who has 30 years of experience leading art-making circles and workshops, will instruct, encourage, and inspire you. Everyone can create with Yvonne's supportive guidance.  All materials provided. No previous art experience is necessary.  This is a substance-free event.

WHEN:  6:30 to 8:30 PM on the Fourth Friday of the month in January, February, March & April 2018
DATES:  January 26,  February 23,  March 23,  April 27
WHERE: 9  Mitchell Avenue, Binghamton (Parking behind building)
COST:     $20.00 per person
PLEASE RSVP BY THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Call or text to 607-727-5332 or respond by email,

August 3-5                Contemplative Creativity with SoulCollage and Wisdom Ways with Yvonne Lucia and Sister Lois Barton, CSJ

A weekend retreat held at The Spiritual Center, 712 New York Rt 79 Windsor NY

You are invited to spend a weekend nurturing yourself with the contemplative practice of SoulCollage and the Wisdom Ways of Centering Prayer, labyrinth walking, chanting, lectio divina, and gentle movement. Our time will be structured around SoulCollage tutorials, with flexible opportunities to engage with other wisdom modalities.

 SoulCollage® is an intuitive process of self-discovery which uses the accessible art form of collage to uncover and honor all the facets of your unique Self. The SoulCollage® process is a flexible, creative and  inclusive tool which gently facilitates self-exploration and self-growth through the creation of a personal deck of collaged cards. Each one of us is a collage of personalities, roles, uniqueness, inconsistencies, challenges and dreams. Through the SoulCollage® process, you will discover, acknowledge and honor the jewels of your own life and the wealth of riches you have to offer yourself, others and the world…and best of all, you’ll have fun doing it! For more information on SoulCollage®, go to and

Yvonne M. Lucia is a self-taught, multi-media artist who has been making things since she was a young child. Combining her passion for creativity with professional degrees in nursing and theology, and training in Expressive Arts, Spiritual Direction, and Grief Support, Yvonne is a skilled facilitator who will support and inspire your inherent creativity. Yvonne believes that art making has the potential to connect us with our Sacred Source, that creativity is the language of the soul and is our birthright as human beings. For more information on Yvonne: and

Sister Lois Barton is a Sister of St. Joseph who has been a student of Wisdom spirituality and practices for a dozen years under the tutelage of author and teacher Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault. Sister Lois lives at the Spiritual Center in Windsor, site of this workshop, which is uniquely suited to such a endeavor.

Donation of $350. For more information and to register, visit