Center for Spiritual Care

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Mental Health Matters Symposium


Mental Health Matters Symposium

April 19 and 20, 2024

Emerson Center

1990 27th Ave, Vero Beach

Thursday, April 18, 2024 

Book signing and discussion at the Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th St, Vero Beach from 4:00pm to 7:00pm 

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Friday, April 19, 2024

9:30AM – Meg Kissinger, Author of “While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence” followed by a discussion with Shotsi Lajoie, LMHC and a question and answer period.

11:30AM – Lunch provided

12:30PM – The Opioid Epidemic – Why should you care? SACIRC

1:30PM – Navigating Our World Through a Trauma Informed Lens – Brooke Hall, EdD

2:30PM - Frequency: Tune In (Energy and meditation) – Natasha Seeram, MSW

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

9:00AM – 3:00PM – Mental Health First Aid Class

Lunch on your own

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Sponsored by:
The Mental Health Collaborative
& Sunrise Rotary of Vero Beach





To sign up, visitWalk the Talk 



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.”  



To Register, email or call 772-567-1233


IR County Nonprofit Coalition to Feature

Noted Scholars in Social Justice Series

                        Florida Humanities scholars will discuss historical perspectives on social justice in a new virtual education series organized by the non-profit coalition Indian River CARES.  The talks will be held over Zoom on the second Tuesday of January, February and March from 11 am.- 12 pm. 

           The virtual series, called “Florida Talks: Walk the Talk,” is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary.  To sign up, visit: Walk the Talk 

           The series will open Jan.11 with Dr. J. Michael Butler, Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler College.  He will speak on Civil Rights: State, Local and National Campaigns in Florida. 

           On February 8, Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs will present Strange Fruit in Florida. Dr. Hobbs is an Associate Provost and Associate Professor of History for Florida Memorial University and founding president of the South Florida Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.  She serves as facilitator and curriculum designer for the non-profit South Florida People of Color. 

           The University of Florida’s Dr. Vincent Adejumo will speak on Black Masculinity in Florida March 8. Dr. Adejumo is a Senior Lecturer in UF’s African Studies program. 

           The primary mission of the Indian River CARES coalition is to connect, advocate, renew, educate and strategize in ways to strengthen the community.  Its Social Justice Initiative has met as a workgroup monthly since July 2020 in conversation with local leaders on the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Visit to learn more about past programming. 

           “Florida Talks: Walk the Talk” is a partnership program between Florida Humanities and the host organization Center for Spiritual Care.  Funding was provided by Florida Humanities and the program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.










Click to reserve your space for It's Never Too Late to Begin Again!

What would you tell someone who was thinking about taking this workshop?

This workshop is transformational.  The workshop provides the tools to begin the rest of your life, reclaiming a sense of adventure, travel and more.  If you are homebound your world is opened to new ways of achieving what you would love to do.

This workshop is perfect for transitions in life: a death that still needs to be processed, a move to a new area, a change in jobs, retirement, a boost to one’s inner needs – psychological, spiritual, family-of-origin processing, or just to confirm your present life situation and jump start creatively growing from now, the present! 

It’s very worthwhile, especially when wanting to get unstuck or needing encouragement to try new things, to feel a sense of community around these issues, and to be creative and to believe in yourself! 

Take it!  Especially at a mid-to late-life time.  It really stirred some great questions and surprising answers that I didn’t know were there.  Taking this class with others inspired ideas that did not come directly to mind.  During COVID, this was especially helpful because there are so many things changing so might as well change in a healthy, deeply engaged direction.

It was excellent, fertile, inspiring.  It reinforces that my life is mine to live.  And that I want to act to realize, to reignite what’s important to me, and shed what is not necessary, excessive, ego driven. 

This workshop assists a person in understanding themselves and their creativity in a supportive and affirming environment.  Even if you are not sure you have an artistic way, you will discover one.

Take it, take it, take it!!!  You will be forever changed!!!!  Because you have come listened and heard💖



Never Too Late to Begin Again Workshops:

Jan 27, 28, 29

Feb 5,6,7

Discovering Creativity and Meaning

at Midlife and Beyond

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Saturday, February 29 from 9 am to 3 pm

Into the New Year with a Clear 20/20 Vision


February 24 - 28 from 9 am to 3 pm

Annual Icon Workshop with Mary Jane Miller

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February 9, 2020

February 9, 2020 4 - 6:30 PM
at the Heritage Center



Carol Ludwig Wins  2019 Laurel Award

Read about it here.


The Cultural Connection with

Willi Miller aired on January 20, 2020

Shotsi on NTL: