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Location: Franciscan Renewal Center (the Casa), 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, Ariz. 85253 In 1951, the Casa de Paz y Bien began as a Catholic retreat center in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Now, as the Franciscan Renewal Center (still affectionately called the Casa) we offer opportunities for spiritual growth, healing and transformation, and service to others. The Casa was founded by and is today an active religious community of the Order of Friars Minor, part of the worldwide Franciscan family, and welcomes people of all faiths. The Casa is guided by the Franciscan Friars and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Activities at the Casa include daily and Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church, private retreats, conference space for non-profit groups, individual therapy/counseling, support groups, adult education, family faith formation, as well as volunteer ministries that assist the poor and vulnerable, empower individuals to improve their circumstances, care for the environment, and build community fellowship.
Dr. Bendix is a gifted, award-winning teaching artist. In addition to an accomplished career in dance, improvisation and choreography, she is also a Somatic Experience™ practitioner (a body based psychotherapeutic approach to trauma), and runs grief groups for teens. She has a doctorate in education and is a trained mindfulness instructor. Susan has developed a powerful movement based workshop for those dealing with grief and loss
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