Manifesting a Dream


Vision Board Project completed by Janis Kirstein at a Spirit of Sophia Workshop guided by artist April Martin in Spring of 2016.

Is it possible to manifest a dream with just the power of intention, desire, vision boards, visions, and creativity?

This is my vision: to be able to visit Paris. What is your vision? Dream and tell! Did yours come true? Tell us your story!  Shown here is my Dream, starting with a vision board I made in a Spirit of Sophia workshop under the artistic tutaledge of artist April Martin.


And yesterday, after an inspiring day with guest writer Paula D’ Arçy at another enlightening Spirit of Sophia event,  my Paris dream has been reignited! What a profoundly inspiring day we had with Paula as she led us through insightful and uplifting vision for our future. As for her Paris trip, check it out.

Paula D’Arcy, a writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker, travels widely in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She is also President of Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need as well as those invested in the opening of the heart and the healing of this world.
A former psychotherapist who ministered to those facing issues of grief and loss, Paula worked with the Peale Foundation, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, from 1980 until his death in 1993, and has written ten books. Today her work includes leading workshops and retreats related to spirituality, writing, women’s gatherings,( including Women’s Initiation and Rites of Passage), and creating venues where men and women experience an opening of the heart and a change in their way of being in the world. In recent years she has teamed with Richard Rohr to present seminars on the Male/Female Journey and Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (for tapes from the conference on Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life and to purchase Paula’s books, click here.)
Paula also serves as adjunct faculty at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX and Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, TX.
Award: RED FIRE selected as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2001, by Spirituality and Health.

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Just a few of Paula’s Books:






Vision of Spirit of Sophia

Women will be empowered spiritually, therefore bringing strength and wisdom to their families and communities, resulting in a more compassionate world.

Director: Dana Sue Walker



My Dream Of Paris…
By Janis Kirstein


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Announcing a Special Artist Event at Spirit of Sophia Fundraiser

I would like to invite everyone to come enjoy an afternoon of great Jazz, Art and desserts for a very worthy cause: The Spirit of Sophia. Partake in the festities, all located at a lovely country retreat of Valeterra in Oldham County, Kentucky. Three artists will be exhibiting their work. It will be a beautiful day. Won’t you join us in the Joy and celebration of Life?

Anne Borders




BY I-71
Take I-71N toward Cincinnati, approximately 19 miles from Watterson Expressway/264,
to Exit 18, KY 393 N. Take a left at end of exit ramp and follow 393 North for approximately 3.5 miles,
take a left at Cedar Point Road, after .2 of a mile,
take a right onto Shrader Lane. Stay on for 1.4 miles, at the end of the road you come to Valaterra.
Take HWY 42 toward Cincinnati, approximately 10.5 miles from Prospect,
turn right onto KY 393, stay on for 2.3 miles,
take a right at Cedar Point Road; after .2 of a mile,
take a right on Shrader Lane. Stay on for 1.4 miles, at the end of the road you come to Valaterra.

To get directions or more info, please email me, Jan Kirstein at


Spirit of Sophia Rocks!

“The Spirit of Sophia embodies what I have been looking for my entire life: a community of women, fellow seekers on the path of enlightenment, sharing insight and awareness.” Janis Kirstein




Spirit of Sophia


To provide spiritual experiences that will help women to look deep within their authentic selves. To provide a sacred space for women as they connect and share their wisdom with one another.


Women will be empowered spiritually, therefore bringing strength and wisdom to their families and communities, resulting in a more compassionate world.


To create a sacred space that will be a haven, where women can come together to explore and strengthen their spirituality. To create a sacred space that will be an oasis, for women to feed their souls, as they journey on their spiritual paths.

A circle of women can provide a container for emergence in a way that a woman alone or even a one-to-one relationship cannot. Intimate relationships and even friendships can break or at least be greatly strained by life changes. But from the combined wisdom and energy of a small group of women who are committed to ‘hearing each other into speech,’ continuity and trust can develop that can be relied on over the long term. And, witnessing each person’s direct knowing of her truth, we can be empowered to live our own.” Page 23, The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of The Sacred in Women by Sherry Ruth Anderson & Patricia Hopkins, cc 1991

« Quote from Judith Duerk
“To discover who she is, a woman must trust the places of darkness where she can meet her own deepest nature and give it voice…weaving the threads of her life into a fabric to be named and given…sharing it with the women around her as she comes to a true and certain sense of herself.” Judith Duerk, Circle of Stones Woman’s Journey to Herself c 2004

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” -Barbara Kingsolver

All of us go through the ups and downs of life, moving through life’s seasons and cycles. Often during these transitions – even the seemingly positive ones – we experience loss. Loss of direction, loss of self, loss of voice. The voice that we once had during one phase of life often gets lost during these transitions.




Join us in circle on April 16 for a day retreat at Valaterra that will offer the space and time for us, as women, to reflect on how we can find our voices during life’s transitions.

Our guides for the day, Laura Sullivan and Johanna Wint, will help us “find our voice” as they incorporate meditation, ritual, creative expression, and movement into an enriching experience of discovery.

Registration will be between 9:00 and 9:30 with coffee, tea, fruit, bagels and yogurt. Program will begin at 9:45 a.m. Lunch will be “brown bag”. There is a large refrigerator and a microwave if you need to warm something. We have listened to our surveys where many of you have requested “brown bag” lunches, so as to lower the fee. Retreat concludes at 4:00 p.m.

Early Bird cost: $55 Beginning April 11, Cost is $60


Johanna and Laura



image  Founder Dana Walker

After many conversations and visits with enlightened women of wisdom, my belief of the need for women to connect on their spiritual paths was confirmed. Spirit of Sophia’s first series of day retreats is titled “Finding Our Voice” and will consist of four day retreats – two this fall – and two in the spring. These retreats will be led by facilitators I have met through my own journey, who I believe have wisdom to share. The locations are selected due to the sacredness of the space. The content will be “experiential” in nature. Artistic expression will be incorporated in every retreat. The participants will be given the chance to give valuable feedback as to what – where – when – they would like future programs to take place.

You are invited to be a part of this exploration – this “evolving” of Spirit of Sophia.