Located in the Kendall Yards neighborhood of Spokane, Souls Center was founded three years ago by Julia Hayes whose vision was to promote spiritual empowerment through movement, self-reflection, creative expression, women’s circles, storytelling, spiritual teachings, recovery groups, workshops and retreats.

“Souls Center was conceived from my participation in an extraordinary community of women called The Full Moon Goddesses,” explains Hayes. “What began as a small group of women learning to circle, enact intentions and practice the power of vulnerability, in no time became a large group of women from all different backgrounds seeking a depth of spiritual practice not offered by conventional means.”

Hayes goes on to explain that the women she was meeting desired more opportunities to explore the calling of their hearts and minds. “I couldn’t offer enough variety in the way of workshops and teachings in my home to meet the demand,” says Hayes. “So, I did what anyone would do, I put out a prayer to the Universe, and six months later, Souls Center was born.”

Souls Center offers a Women’s Soul Circle every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., as well as weekly meditation groups, yoga classes and a variety of workshops. In addition, the Center offers a Refuge Recovery meeting five days a week, which is a Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Location: 707 N. Cedar, Ste. 2, Spokane. Cost: 85 percent of Souls Center offerings are by donation.For more information, or to see a full schedule of classes and events, visit SoulsCenter.com.