Thank you for joining Sofia and me at the first Original Prayer Weekend Retreat.

A great mystical adventure awaits filled with laughter, community, and embodied prayer in many beautiful forms, both ancient and new.

Here are a few things to help you prepare for the retreat, plus some gifts and an invitation to our concert!


Carondelet Center will be catering all the meals.

In addition to their regular menu, they offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

If you have any dietary requirements please let me know before I leave for Minnesota on Saturday, June 8. My sister and sister-in-law live in St Paul so I’ll be going early to spend time with them.

My email is


Cell Phone

Once I leave Florida for the retreat, I may not have access to email. If you need me, text my cell at 727-515-6904



A detailed schedule for the retreat is on the Original Prayer Weekend Retreat page at my site



Things to bring:

  • sketchbook/journal, pens and colored pencils I highly recommend a new 8 ½ x 11 plain sketchbook like the one I’m holding in this photograph. You’ll be doing rich deep soul writing during the retreat, plus creating a mandala in your sketchbook to capture your “speed of love” experiences. The icing on the cake will be decorating the cover with symbols of the retreat. So bring some paint pens if you have them. If not, I’ll have extras.


  • tea bags—Carondelet will provide teas for our opening Prayer Tea, but if there’s something special you’d like to bring or share, please do. One of the great joys of a prayer tea is sharing delicious teas as we share our prayer stories


  • crystal, rock or other item you’d like to place on our Original Prayer Community Altar to symbolize your presence in this circle. You’ll place it on the altar during our Prayer Tea and ceremonially remove it on Sunday at our closing celebration


  • comfy clothes for prayer yoga, music, movement, and labyrinth walking


  • socks if you want to wear them when you take off your shoes in our gathering room


  • comfy shoes for labyrinth walking


  • mosquito repellent (you never know!)


  • yoga mat


  • blocks or bolsters Original Prayer Yoga is gentle and easy. And I’ll invite you to adjust any movements for comfort, but if you have a bolster or block to support you when you sit, bring them


  • high vibration reading material —for three days you get to give yourself the gift of zero access to the vibration of mass culture. This could be the perfect window in which to read mystical poetry and literature

The Carondelet Center


1890 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota

If you wish to stay at the center, they have 2 guest rooms with 3 beds each. The guest rooms have been reserved for this retreat.

The charge is $40/night single occupancy or $35 for double or triple. Because there are only 2 guest rooms, it may not be possible to have a room to yourself. We’ll have to wait and see how many people request rooms.

If you wish to stay in a guest room, email me and I'll let Carondelet Center know your name and the dates you'll be staying. You can pay for your guest room when you check in.

If you wish to stay at a hotel in the area, email me and I’ll put you in touch with Jenny at Carondelet.


Experience the Speed of Love Concert

Sofia and I are performing at Unity of Minneapolis on Wednesday June 12 at 7pm. If you are in town for the retreat, come and sing with us! 



If you wish to deepen your deep soul writing practice, watch this video to help you slip into theta when you write

The 7 Steps to Get into Theta

Theta Meditation

7 Steps to Get into Theta - audio only

Right/Ctrl-Click to download here.


Sofia clip of Beatitude 6

Standard translation:

Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God

Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz translation:

Aligned with the one are those whose lives radiate from a core of radiant love; they shall see God everywhere.


Tubwayhun layleyn dadkeyn b’lebhon d’hinnon nehzun l’alah

Here's a clip of from their album titled "Pure in Heart."

Additional Gifts you’ll receive at the retreat:

  • your personal goddess card from Sue Kosharek
  • a vial of “Speed of Love” sacred anointing oil
  • PDFs of several Original Prayers by Janet Conner

Thank you for bringing your sacred open heart to this precious retreat weekend. I cherish praying and chanting and singing and moving with you and the musicians in Sofia. Something magical is about to happen to all of us!