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In this new kind of multi-sensory mystical weekend retreat, you will experience a wide spectrum of fully embodied Original Prayers:

  • create sacred space by activating all senses
  • prayer tea
  • create a sacred circle altar
  • receive a personal goddess oracle
  • moonlight labyrinth walks
  • pre-patriarchal pose of the divine feminine, the Position of Invocation
  • chanting and singing live with Sofia
  • personal Medicine Melody from the intuitive musicians in Sofia
  • community Medicine Melody that captures our group as a whole
  • full body anointing with “Speed of Love” sacred oils
  • Original Prayer Yoga—5 stages of embodying a mystical prayer with gentle movements
  • deep soul writing with theta music support
  • grace and bathroom prayer practices
  • make your personal Original Prayer Weekend mandala

Space is limited to 10 participants! Please register right away to reserve your place in our sacred circle.

The Original Prayer Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 14, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Friday Morning Option

Labyrinth Walk

Optional Labyrinth Walk

Join Janet on an indoor canvas labyrinth walk Friday morning 8-11am at Carondelet Center.

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Friday Afternoon Agenda

Prayer Tea, Altar, Medicine Melodies with Janet Conner, Sue Kosharek, and Sofia

Afternoon Agenda

  • Create Sacred Space with sound, light, and scent
  • Opening chant with Sofia
  • Welcome from Janet: prayer artist, 4 new definitions of prayer, explain and introduce the concept of Original Prayer that is both ancient and new, importance of experiencing mystical prayer in community
  • Ancient Original Prayer: Position of Invocation
  • Prayer Tea/Sacred Circle/Altar:
    • each member talk about their relationship with prayer and what they’re curious about
    • receive a goddess oracle card from Sue Kosharek
    • place the card and a stone that represents them on our community’s Speed of Love altar
    • as each person shares, Sofia will create a spontaneous personal Medicine Melody
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Friday Evening Agenda

Dinner, Singing with Sofia, Labyrinth Walk

  • *Dinner—learn a cycle of prayer from the table to the bathroom
  • After dinner—singing with Sofia
  • Labyrinth walk—chanting our community Medicine Melody
  • Before bed—deep soul writing and mandala sketching on your own

*Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals available upon request. Email Janet after registration for details.

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Saturday Morning Agenda

Original Prayer Yoga with prayer artist, Janet Conner

  • *Breakfast—share experiences from yesterday
  • Create Sacred Space
  • Position of Invocation
  • Explore the first post-patriarchal definition of prayer: Love Songs
  • Original Prayer Yoga experiencing the Love Song, “There You Are,” moving from story to experience to fully embodied divine grace
  • Sofia will create a call and response Medicine Melody that captures the heart of our Original Prayer Yoga experience

*Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals available upon request. Email Janet after registration for details.

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Saturday Afternoon Agenda

Sacred Sound with musician and visual artist, Carin Vagle

  • *Lunch—share experiences, stories, sensations, questions
  • Feel love songs prayers and music in your whole being with Sofia
  • Sound practices
    • experience ocean of sound
    • find your own voice in an experimental/organic way with a harmonium drone
    • experience chant
  • Invite a personal Original Prayer to come forward
    • take that quiet receptive part of you into silent soul writing and mandala sketching
    • as you follow a few sacred lines, a short personal prayer might surface
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*Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals available upon request. Email Janet after registration for details.

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Saturday Evening Agenda

The community writes a Mystery Love Song and moonlight labyrinth walk

  • *Dinner—share your experiences
  • Community Mystery Love Song
    • Carin writes one line of a love song prayer
    • the next person reads her line, writes one more, and folds the paper so the next person can only see the new line
    • the folded paper is passed to everyone in the community, creating a very original community mystery prayer!
  • Sofia translates our written prayer into a musical Love Song!
  • Moonlight labyrinth walk—chanting our Community Love Song

*Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals available upon request. Email Janet after registration for details.

Sunday, June 16, Janet's 71st Birthday! 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Sunday Morning Agenda

Name our Gifts and Close our Altar

  • *Breakfast
  • Close our Altar
    • Each person shares their mandala, and talks about what the weekend has meant to them and what they are taking with them
    • When complete, each person removes their crystal and goddess oracle card from the altar
    • Final group chant of gratitude with Sofia
  • *Lunch and departure

*Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals available upon request. Email Janet after registration for details.

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Retreat Flyer

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Participants will need to bring:

  • journals/sketchbooks—ideally 8 ½ x 11
  • colored pencils or markers
  • paint pens to create an Original Prayer
    cover on your sketchbook (Janet will bring extras)
  • yoga mat
  • a stone or crystal to represent yourself

The Speed of Love Elixir

A Sacred Anointing Oil created by Emma Kupu Mitchell for this retreat.

Your Original Prayer Companions

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Janet Conner

Janet Conner is a prayer artist, deep soul explorer, field guide in The Mystic, and author of bestselling books including Writing Down Your Soul. On December 21, 2017, she woke hearing “Sophia’s Voice.” Two months later, the voice returned with “Prayer Artist.” Honoring her call to embody the Divine Feminine and explore the heart of prayer, she upended her writing and teaching life to create a whole new genre of post-patriarchal prayer and bring prayer to the world in brand new ways including videos, concerts, embodied prayer workshops, retreats, and short, focused prayer intensives. She closed her successful radio show “The Soul-Directed Life” to create a new kind of podcast: “Praying at the Speed of Love.”

 

The Members of Sofia

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Timothy Frantzich

Brother Timothy is most interested in how music opens one’s heart and brings people together. Timothy has been leading community singing for the last 10 years. He has also led community singing in China. He has sung at Kripalu yoga center, Omega Institute, and on A Prairie Home Companion. Sofia is a dream realized for Timothy. To create music with these two beauties (Carin and Dean) and with the express intention of healing is his favorite thing ever. Five years ago, Timothy’s marriage partner of 26 years was diagnosed with breast cancer. During that challenging first year of her chemotherapy and surgery his ideas of music and healing shifted. Timothy’s marriage partner is cancer free now. Timothy is glad to be here this weekend.

Carin Vagle

Carin Vagle

This human life is the horizon between heaven and earth. We are vessels of this beauty, and Carin Vagle sings and creates in this transcendent embodied space. She is a singer and visual artist living and thriving in Minneapolis Minnesota with her family. She has been performing for her whole life in ritual, sacred space, and ceremony. In her teaching and performing she carries a deep, embodied understanding of authentic expression and how it frees the soul and connects us to the divine. Her studies are vast, from the South of India to California, in depth training in classical Indian singing, Yoga of voice and somatic sounding. Carin has an understanding of the power of healing, ritual, release and freedom in the human voice and sound making—music as medicine. Her unique approach and quality to music and visual arts is profoundly transcendent and illuminating. Through singing and sound practices, she guides people into the present moment, expanding horizons, deepening self-awareness, and opening pathways into the magic of their being with deep love and compassion.

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Dean Magraw

Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, Dean Magraw, has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in North America, Europe, and Japan. Dean Magraw unveils soulful melodic grooves intricately designed to heal the broken dancer, confuse the boldest mathematician, and eradicate ennui in our lifetime.

“Dean Magraw… so liquid, lyrical and effortless it’s like listening to a dancer.” Steve Tibbetts

 

“Dean Magraw's guitar playing transcends, transports and lifts the soul to a higher level as he weaves, cajoles and entices every note from his instrument.… Just as important are the silences with which he knits his music… these can only come with being at one with one's art.” Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)

Additional Prayer Companions and Guides

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Emma Kupu Mitchell

Emma Kupu Mitchell is a Full Sensory Soul Guide and Co-host of the Awakened Woman Self Care podcast. Emma has been a practitioner of holistic therapies for over 28 years, licensed as LMT, RYT (200), clinical Aromatherapy, Ayurveda Numerology and Sound Healing.Emma uses her extensive knowledge of ancient healing practices to create unique sacred anointing oils and tinctures.

Sue Kosharek

Susan Kosharek

Ho'oponopono Goddess Image: In 2012, Susan Kosharek began truly seeking the Divine Feminine through prayer, paint, prose and poetry. Thus began a wild, healing, expanding journey/quest taking her in countless directions. One of those directions was to Janet Conner’s world. It was there that the blessing of Ho’oponopono was received and the original Ho’oponopono Goddess image was birthed. The Blue Goddess is our image for this second installment of the Ho'oponopono Prayer Intensives. 

Registration and Details

The Original Prayer Weekend will be held at The Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

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The retreat investment is $655 and includes:

  • three intimate days with Janet Conner and Sofia
  • prayer tea and dinner on Friday
  • 3 meals on Saturday
  • breakfast and lunch on Sunday
  • goddess oracle card from Sue Kosharek
  • Speed of Love anointing oil from Emma Kupu Mitchell
  • A Beatitude recording from Sofia
  • Deep soul writing teaching video from Janet Conner
  • PDF of several Original Prayers from Janet Conner

Carondelet Center has 2 guest rooms with 3 single beds. $35/night triple occupancy. $40/night single occupancy. Click here to view the rooms at the Carondelet Center.

If you would like one of the rooms, email Janet with how many nights you'd like and she'll notify Carondelet. You can pay Carondelet when you check in.

The closest airport is Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport. You are responsible for all of your airfare costs.

If you have questions, please email Janet at janet@janetconner.com.

Speed of Love CONCERT

If you are coming to the retreat, consider arriving a few days early and joining Sofia and Janet for their first live concert at Unity of Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 12.

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