What is A New EverAfter?
A New EverAfter is a unique experience that blends three components: Spiritual Direction, education, and meaningful gift-giving. We center those three components on one thing – what inspires you.
We believe that inspiration matters. It allows us to “transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations and is a strong driver of the attainment of our goals, productivity, creativity, and well-being“. Inspiration transports us out of disillusionment and into possibility and re-enchantment.
Through the process of inspiration, A New EverAfter offers hope when we need it most. Our mission is to help foster a deeper sense of connection with and meaning within everyday life. We work to provide material opportunities for you to adjoin with your community, yourself, and ultimately, your own sense of the Divine. Through the universal language of story, the collected wisdom of diverse traditions, and a touch of fairy-tale mysticism, EverAfter provides the necessary nurturing for the vitality and vibrancy that brings Spirit home.
In short, what is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is the process and practices by which a person may move through one’s spiritual life. It is similar to sitting in a therapeutic environment. However, Spiritual Direction’s objective is with your own spiritual formation. The Spiritual Director aids the Directee in nurturing the spiritual aspect of their life. Spiritual Direction occurs within one-on-one private sessions or within a small group setting. With either context, we examine together such questions as:
How are you experiencing the Divine in your life?
What meaning are you making from that experience?
That conversation can encompass many things: grief and loss, transformation, healing from religious abuse, value clarification, self-discovery, and more.
Ultimately, we are asking the question “How does God become yours?”. The process of Spiritual Direction assists you in transmuting a detached, impersonal, and external god image into a vibrant relationship with the Divine. This relationship informs who you understand yourself to be and helps you to fulfill your purpose in the world.
Bethany, what is the pivotal event that brought you into this work?
I spent most of my early years feeling a general sense of disillusionment. I was raised as a fundamentalist evangelical Baptist and this created for me a chasm between the god of rigidity of which I was being taught and the god of expansion that I innately experienced.
It was not until I began to intentionally engage with the Unseen that I felt a deeper sense of connection, fulfillment, and contentment. I became very curious about the process by which one can move from hopelessness to wholeness and I committed myself to learning as much I could about the bridge that is built between the two. That bridge – or process – is referred to as Spiritual Formation.
I am deeply passionate about Spiritual Formation – this process by which we increase our capacity for love and compassion and experience a sense of connection – and it is the foundation of my life and work. However, I also understand my story of transformation to be a rather universal one. Each of us desires to feel fulfilled, held, and connected. Spiritual Direction gives us the opportunity – and increased awareness – to directly experience that transformation. Read more of my story…
What is your training?
My undergraduate work is in Religious Studies and Creative Writing from Hiram College. I would later go on to study Spiritual Formation and Liberal Religious Education. My professional background is in Lifespan Religious Education within Unitarian Universalism. I served two separate congregations over a twelve year span. I later served Foxfield Preserve as a Conservation Burial Steward and would ultimately go on to receive my Certificate for Spiritual Direction from the Villa Maria Spirituality & Education Center.
I am also formally-trained in multiple approaches that invite spiritual exploration. I am a scholar in the symbolic languages of Tarot and Astrology, as well as, certified in Mediumship, Grief Recovery, Death Midwifery, and Therapeutic Art. I am skilled as a Master Practical Reiki Practitioner, student of hypnosis, and am a member of Jung Cleveland. Additionally, I am well-versed in the archetypal language of fairy tales and the symbology of myth and story.
What is an Inspiration Boutique?
The Inspiration Boutique is a unique experience that blends the process of Spiritual Direction with curated items that uplift and inspire, while also offering a place to gather with others in workshops and classes.
Our programs center on personal development and growth, self-discovery, and approaches to spiritual exploration like tarot study, mindfulness, creativity, meditation and more.
A New EverAfter is a safe and comfortable place to nurture your inner landscapes. Within our workshops and programs, we value a sense of community and strive to expand our hearts, while also seeking practical ways to live out our values within our personal lives.
Everafter cultivates the acceptance and reverence for each person’s divinity. It is a space to retreat and contemplate the nature of your existence and to consider the meaning within it. Our vision is to provide a space for exploration, learning, and personal sanctuary.
What are ‘Wonderments’?
Wonderments are magical weekends that combine life-enriching events with a charming shopping experience. Just think of it as re-entering Wonderland every six weeks!
Each retail experience is thematic, magical, & unique. Wonderments feature handmade, distinctive, and inspiring merchandise — while also encouraging your sense of awe through creative engagement and theme-specific programs.
Be sure to sign up for information about upcoming dates and themes.
What does ‘A New EverAfter’ mean?
Each of us holds hope for our own lives’ unfolding. Yet we often encounter trials that instead leave us feeling disappointed and disillusioned. A New EverAfter believes that we might restore our sense of hope by engaging in discovery and wonder, all the while remain willing to follow the path toward wisdom.
A New EverAfter does not promise a future that is nothing but bright nor made entirely of “happily”. However, we do know that trust in the process offers a true and lasting peace that can only come with engaging our spiritual nature. Your spiritual nature may be understood through the intentional exploration of your own sacred story.
Our desire is to help you enrich, reframe, and celebrate that narrative. No matter how you choose to explore your story within the varied services of A New EverAfter, together we will examine a new type of EverAfter, one that exalts the process and not the destination. This EverAfter is not about a perception of a happy ending but about redefining your present and rediscovering who you truly are; mindfully, holistically, and practically.
What do you mean by A New EverAfter being a place where “wisdom meets wonder”?
A New EverAfter weaves together many healing modalities and approaches to personal and spiritual exploration in order to assist you in the development of your own path toward wisdom. However, we believe that one of the most important entry points into that process is awe and wonder.
When we invite curiosity into our lives, we open ourselves up to broader possibilities and an increase our capacity for transformation. A New EverAfter blends the joy and discovery of wonder with the practical, grounded application of walking the path of wisdom.
Where is A New EverAfter located?
We are located in Bath Township on the west side of Akron, Ohio. Our historic storefront is located right next door to Bath’s beloved treasure, The Bake Shop in Ghent. We are proud to be a part of Bath Township’s pastoral landscape.
Our address is 794 Wye Road, Akron, OH 44333.
What are your store hours?
A New EverAfter is an experience more than it is a storefront. We are a service-based business that also happens to offer the opportunity to shop for meaningful gifts on occasion. Our main purpose is to serve our clients (called Directees) in Spiritual Direction. During the week, our space is used exclusively for private one-on-one Spiritual Direction appointments. The space is also used for programs and events. Therefore, we do not host regular store hours.
If you are interested in purchasing an inspirational gift for someone you love, there are three ways that you can do that:
- Peruse the Boutique before and after all appointments and programs
- Shop Online (Opening October 2020)
- Attend Wonderments: a retail experience that delights and enchants, held just eight times a year
The Inspiration Boutique is open for your perusal before and after all appointments and programs. Check our Program Calendar for details.
Receive many of our enchanting products direct to your door through our online boutique. Shop EverAfter exclusives and more from the comforts of home.
Wonderments are held just eight times a year and offer a unique weekend event that blend life-enriching programs with a charming shopping experience.
Find out more…
If you’d like to know more about A New EverAfter, schedule a free Discovery Call with Bethany to find out more. You can schedule your complimentary call by clicking the blue-green button at the bottom of this site and selecting ‘Discovery Call’. I look forward to the conversation.