Sophia's Portico

A Feminine Spirituality Center - For More Than 20 years!

2330 Beacon Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Sophia's Portico


A Feminine Spirituality Center


New Programs


Delving into Consciousness
Tuesdays ~ September 3 thru November 5, 2019

6:30 to 8:30 PM at St. Mary Magdala Spiritual Center ~ 2800 Rolston Street

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Wednesdays ~ September 4 thru November 6, 2019

1:30 to 3:30 PM at St. Mary Magdala Spirtiual Center 2800 Rolston Street

Imagine consciousness as a cloud of potential awareness, part of the unseen world that permeates all the space and material of existence.  We are born as, into and with that potentiality.  Join me as we explore facets of consciousness within each area of life.  We will journey through my newly released book, What is Consciousness? which will be given to participants at the first session.

COST: $10 per session

PRESENTER:  Regina Leffers, PhD is an author, artist, teacher and has meditated daily for 40+ years.


Victoria and Abdul

A film and discussion

Sunday ~ September 22, 2019

1:00 to 4:00 PM at St. Mary Magdala Spiritual Center ~2800 Rolston Street

"Victoria and Abdul" is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama based on Shrabani Basu's book.  It is the true story of Queen Victoria (Judy Dench) and Abdul Karim, a young Muslim Indian clerk who became her teacher and close confidant, despite the disapproval of her royal advisors.  Abdul's genuineness and refreshing candor in the presence of Britain's most powerful female monarch encouraged a unique, endearing and enduring friendship.  It would change both of their lives.

COST: $12

Facilitator:  Laurie Rainey Schmidt is a shamanic practitioner and counselor in private practice who enjoys movies as contemporary storytelling.


Crystal Medicine Pouch

Wednesday ~  September 25, 2019

7:00 to 9:00 PM at Sophia's Portico

Crystals are powerful healing tools in harnessing the natural energies of the planet.  Crystal healing occurs on all levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.

In this session we will discuss the use of crystals to align the  chakras, meditate on each chakra and create a medicine pouch.

COST: $20  All materials provided.

FACILITATOR: Dianne Dunfee, has followed her own healing and spiritual quest for the past 20 years through crystals.  She studied with Herb Stevenson and is a Certified Crystal Healer through Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy.


Treasured Traditions
Thursday ~ October 10, 2019

6:30 to 8:30 PM at Sophia's Portico

Bring friends and gather to learn about the centuries-old treasured traditions of Dia de los Angelitos, (Day of the Little Angels) and Dia de los Muertos ( Day of the Dead.) Come be inspired to create an Ofrenda, a sacred memorial to honor departed ones.  Treat yourself to an evening of music and stories, and taste Mexican style pastries and hot chocolate.

COST: $15

PRESENTER:  Emily J. Guerrero, Latinx Arts, shares her indigenous Mexica ancestral spiritual traditions through arts, music and food.


The Female Divine in Ancient Sumer

Thursday ~ October 24, 2019

7:00 to 9:00 PM at Sophia's Portico

Come meet with the goddesses of Sumer and explore how they interacted with their male counterparts.  Let's travel from Tiamat and Apsu at the creation of the world to Inanna and Dumuzi as Sumer gave way to the Semites.  We will enjoy the praises of the priestess Enheduanna for Inanna and inscribe our own devotional cuneiform tablets.

COST:  $20  All materials provided.

PRESENTER:  Lisa JH Gardner is an artist and avid reader.  She began researching the Sacred Feminine while pursuing her Master's degree at IPFW.


Healing Drum Circle

Friday ~ November 8, 2019

6:30 to 8:30 at St Mary Magdala Spiritual Center ~ 2800 Rolston Street

Throughout history, the drum has been a source of communication, blessing and healing.  Join us for an evening of learning more about drumming and how it can be used for personal wellness and healing.  Bring your drum (any type) and experience the power of heart-focused community drumming.  (For those who do not have a drum, a limited number will be available to borrow.)

Free will offering

Facilitator:  Laurie Rainey Schmidt is a shamanic practitioner, counselor and workshop leader trained in core shamanism and Celtic spiritual traditions.


Healing Art Journeys

Saturday ~ November 16, 2019

10 AM to 4 PM at Sophia's Portico

Session 10 - Let's explore the artwork of 3 significant painters.

   *The American southwest spirit of Georgia O'Keeffe

   *The northwest forest lover, Emily Carr

   *Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter of her challenging life

The focus will be on the work as we discover the individuality as well as the shared similarities of each.  Braiding strands from images of the three will result in a single awesome collage.

COST: $25  Supplies and snack included.

PRESENTER:  Carole Holmes Gordon is a Fiber, Mixed Media and Studio Artist.  She can be reached at