Center for Spiritual Care

Integrating Body, Mind, Spirit & Creativity


Our Mission
To provide individual and small group spiritual and holistic growth experiences leading to personal clarity, emotional empowerment, freedom and authenticity.

We Do This in an interfaith setting, through spiritual direction, psychological counseling and programs and services that strengthen the relationship between body, mind, spirit and creativity. For details of our day-to-day offerings, click here.


Our Primary Focus Areas include Spiritual Nurturing and Psychological Development. In addition, we feature the following:

Body Work Various therapeutic techniques help restore health and balance to the entire person. Massage therapists, yoga teachers, reflexologists, reiki masters and medical hypnotherapists provide services to help people embody their spiritual and psychological aspirations.

The Arts and Creativity Respected artists in many fields provide both quiet and lively creative environments that allow people to experience deep insights, empowerment and freedom. We offer Icon Writing workshops, spiritually-themed art exhibits, the Artists Way and a variety of hands-on workshops.

Our Lecture Program provides qualified speakers on a regular basis to discuss body, mind and spirit integration as well as the spirituality of different faith traditions, for example: the Tao, Celtic spirituality, Zen, and Ignatian spirituality.

Our Lending Library is a place to refresh your mind with the classics and contemporary thinking about spirituality. We have more than 1,675 volumes and audio and video resources.

Our Meditation Garden is a place to refresh your spirit in nature. It’s centrally located in old downtown Vero Beach. You are welcome to come and sit amidst the birds and the butterflies at your convenience.

Our Program Rooms are available for Rental for your meetings, gatherings, workshop and classes (Download the rental agreement/application)



As you know, the Center survives through the commitment and generosity of our members.  We’re counting on you more than ever to help ensure that our programs and services continue to flourish during the COVID-19 pandemic on Zoom and -- to the extent possible -- in house.  Your annual membership dues are one convenient way to do that. Take a moment to renew your membership now at whatever level feels appropriate for you.  We deeply appreciate the assistance you offer the Center, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs when we are able again to meet regularly on site at the Center. 



Joshua McMiller’s Dynamic Florals
Illuminate Center During November

Joshua McMiller debuts on the Vero Beach art scene with his show of new paintings Nov. 5-30 at the Center for Spiritual Care.  The exhibition, entitled “Revelations of Nature,” captures the intensity of color and energy radiated by  the plant life around us.   It will open with an artist’s reception Friday, Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

            CDC COVID rules as to masking and distancing will be followed.  Viewings during the run of the exhibition will be by appointment, which can be arranged by calling 772-567-1233.

            Josh’s most recent address was in New York, where he painted while supporting himself as an in-demand model for the high-powered Ford Agency.  He appeared regularly in magazines like GQ, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and for four years was Abercrombie & Fitch’s go-to men’s medium model. 

            He gave that up to paint full time and has been headquartered in Vero for the past year.  Center director Carol Ludwig says his paintings crackle with dash and high spirits.  “He handles paint beautifully and makes his plants spring off the surface of his canvases,” she says.

            McMiller studied at the University of Alabama before working in New York and Columbus, Ohio.  His paintings have been featured in group shows at the Birmingham and Columbus Museums of Art.


                           Click to view Exhibit page


Poets Laureate Will read As If Lives Depended on It            

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers and current Indian River County Laureate Sean Sexton will read from their new work Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.  The program for friends of the Center will be held at the Garden Club of Indian River County to accommodate an audience epected to exceed Center seating capacity.  It will be titled “A Matter of Minutes.” 

            The title is a nod to a poetic form favored by both Bowers and Sexton that also “suggests larger themes confronting American culture today,” according to Carol Ludwig, the Center’s executive director.   

            Bowers is one of the country’s major poets, “a voice full of wit, discernment and compassion,” says Ludwig.  Sexton’s reputation grows steadily on the national stage as one of the finalists for the pending office of Florida’s State Poet Laureate.  

            The program will be co-sponsored by the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation and the Community Church of Vero Beach, each of which are featuring important poetry events in November.

            “Although the Garden Club offers a more spacious site, seating will still be limited due to COVID restrictions,” Ludwig said.  “Reservations will be necessary and Center friends should not wait to call us at 772-567-1233 to register. Admission will be free but a $10 per person donation will be gratefully accepted.”