Testimonials

Recent comments from women signed programs in 2018:

“Dear Dana Sue,

Thank you so very much for sharing your circle with me. It was an extraordinary experience. I have presented Isha Kriya multiple times and yet not felt the group intensity as I did with the Spirit of Sophia Circle.  I appreciate the opportunity and blessing.”    Joyce

“Dana, Thank you for introducing me to the author Joyce Rupp and creating Sacred Space for a circle of women to share their inspired wisdom…”    Hester

“Hi Dana!  I don’t know if you remember me.  I attended your art journaling retreat out in Oldham Co.  I want to say how grateful I am for you and Spirit of Sophia.   That retreat really propelled healing in me that started a new beginning in my life.  Thank you and Blessings!”  Mary Margaret Sutherland

Comments received after the Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. event March 23-24, 2018:

“Dana, congratulations on an incredibly successful event.  It was obvious that women walked out of TJ yesterday – actually they floated out on a natural high of hope.”  Kim Greene

“Dana, Thank you again for sponsoring female veterans.  I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Bolen and am very grateful for the opportunity.”  Thanks Renee

“Dear Dana Sue, Wow!  What an incredibly moving experience.  Thank you for all that you did to facilitate Jean coming to Louisville, I feel so privileged to have been able to share the beauty of sisterhood along with Jean’s wisdom.  A fabulous combination!”  Warmest regards, Julie

The following is a testimony by a woman veteran who has attended several Spirit of Sophia programs on scholarship due to the generosity of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund:

“My name is Christina Baker and I am a mother, wife, and female combat veteran who suffers from severe anxiety, PTSD and survivor of a military sexual assault. I have great health and mental care within the VA system along with awesome programs but I have also participated in organizations outside of the VA. One of those programs is Spirit Of Sophia. The following is Spirit Of Sophia’s vision & mission statement are as follows: “Women will be empowered spiritually, therefore bringing strength and wisdom to their families and communities, resulting in a more compassionate world.” “To provide spiritual experiences that will help women to look deep within their authentic selves. To provide sacred space for women as they connect and share their wisdom with one another.  To help empower women as they rediscover their true voice.” In the last year I have been fortunate to have been given a scholarship to two events. The first was a retreat with Paula D’Arcy and the second a summer long book study circle. I have benefited greatly by both of these in my journey of healing from the inside out. Both of my mental health providers had knowledge and supported my participation as well as including it as part of my healing program. Programs within the VA are great but its also great to be able to connect with other programs and women in my community because it is another support system and gives me more tools for the healthy path ahead of me. Another great reason about attending is that people in the community can get to know female veterans, what we have experienced, places we have gone, our point of view as well as hear our individual stories. It can give them a better understanding of our veteran community. By receiving scholarships from Spirit Of Sophia, it encourages me to continue on my path without having to stress out about money for childcare while Im attending, fuel for transportation, etc. I hope that I will continue to benefit from scholarships so that I can continue on my journey with this great organization.”  Christina – November 12, 2017

This was from a participant at our Art Journaling/Vision Boarding for Young Women in Transition workshop:

“Dana,  I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had on Saturday.  It was so meaningful and the spirit of gathering was such a strong force throughout the day.  It really was a beautiful experience and I thank you for making the day possible for us.”   Mary Margaret Sutherland,   May 22, 2017

 This is a response to our follow-up questions for the participants of the Art Journaling/Vision Boarding for Women in Retirement:

“The workshop and making the vision board have had an immediate positive affect on my life.  I created my board based on my visualization during the guided meditation. I have been bogged down with what ifs and regrets about what I’ve done with my life.   The board changes that every time I see it!”

“And, lastly, a major part of the success of the workshop was that we women were all at the same stage in life.  It was a unique group.  Most of my friends are younger by 10-15 years — they were my teaching colleagues.  Being with women who share my struggles with growing older made a profound difference in the experience.  I loved it.  Extremely relevant to me!  Thank you!” Jenifer D., November, 2016

In reference to the  “Finding Our Voice…In Transition” retreat, this is what Janis Kirstein wrote when “sharing” the Facebook Event:   “I wouldn’t miss this event with Johanna and Laura for the world. They are the greatest and their workshop will lift your spirits to unbelievable heights! This is my 6th tip for feeling better!”  Thanks, Jan!  April, 2016

“Hi Dana,  This is April Martin ( the art journaling lady) I wanted to stop by and say thank you for yesterday. I had an amazing time. I think that what your are doing is great. I want you to keep it up and don’t be scared or afraid to make the choices that you feel are right with the direction you need to go with it. Remember, always stay true to your vision.”   April    12-6-15

These are comments from women after the first retreats held by Spirit of Sophia in 2015:

“Hello Dana,  You created a wonderful niche for women. I love your authenticity.”   Sheila Yule      12-6-15

“Dana, Thanks so much for the wonderful day at Valetera. The music, food and company were perfect. And thanks so much for the door prize. I can’t wait to get my sacral cranial “fix”from Pam. I can’t help but feel you are opening the door for so many positive possibilities with the Sophia. I can’t wait for the spring workshops coming up. Thanks again! Blessings,”  Jan Kirstein  11-8-15

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed coming to your first retreat.  You can count me in on the next one.  Thank you for opening my eyes to something new!  I am so glad I did not miss it.”  Cindy Neely 9-20-15

“Dana – it was a wonderful day on retreat.  Thank you for your vision and making it happen!”  Karen Hensel  9-20-15