Unexpected Communion (In Person Event)


An angel
A maiden
some Spirit
A child

A message
A question
A shadow
Exile

Held in the womb,
glittery light

Carried to term,
birthed in the night

This communion is ours,
sacred tale spun

Unwrap the magic
of three-in-one


UNWRAP the Gift of Awe through Relationship with Spirit, Mother, Child

AN ADVENT RETREAT

LAURINBURG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
LAURINGBURG, NC

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD • 6PM – 8:30 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH • 9:30AM – 2:30 PM

One hour break for lunch on Saturday · Bring your own or leave and return.


Each year in December, many around the world dwell on the birth narrative of Christ.
After a while, this story can become, rather — EXPECTED.

Is there anything UNEXPECTED in this story that is relevant for you and I?

I believe there is. My bones of experience have shown me over and over again
that sacred text contains invisible gems awaiting our discovery.

Together, we will write, paint and imagine our way as we
explore the moment angel Gabriel comes to Mary to give her “good news”
of the child she carries within.

As we hang out with the themes of curiosity, communion and awe, we just may:

Awaken SURPRISE

Enhance INNER RELATIONSHIP with Spirit, Mother and Child


Connect to the THREE-IN-ONE POWER we hold within

Discern our ability to unwrap AWE even in difficult circumstances

Create a VISUAL of COMMUNION that we can gaze and ponder over and over again


Together, we will paint! We will vision! We will write! We will share! Our image of Unexpected Communion will slowly come to form Mother Muse over our two days together.


THEMES FOR OUR RETREAT

Unexpected Messengers & Cosmic Rustlings

Setting the Scene: Communion of Three
Explorations of Relationship with our inner Spirit, Mother & Child


Mother of Curiosity & Winds of Change

Setting Forth: Responsive Curiosity
We’ll BE with Mary as the mother who welcomes with responsive questions and dwell with how reading in-between the lines can guide our sacred quest.


Spirit Awe & Sparks of Fire

“BE”ing at the Table: Saying “Yes” to Communion
Invisible Spirit is a creator of magic within us. Spirit weaves a creative seed within when we say “Yes!”

Child’s Play & Water of Delight

Growing Our Playful, Creative Seeds
This week, let us discover the gift of light that emerges from darkness and nurture delightful seeds.

Celebration of AWE & Earthen Roots

Sharing Our Awe
Final touches and a closing circle
to share about our painting


YOU’LL RECEIVE

A Red Thread Circle set up with a supportive, confidential framework

Teaching that touches upon:
Unexpected Messengers, Mother of Curiosity,
Spirit of Awe as Communion and Growing Playfulness

Intentional Creativity® painting process to create your Unexpected Communion painting of your Mother Muse. This is a layer by layer process that is accessible to anyone willing to try.

Writing prompts and Guided Visioning

All painting materials provided


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

There is no perfection here, only the woo of arrival. Allow yourself to be romanced to an invitation of showing up. Here, curiosity speaks.

Come along if you are an everyday ponderer, one who dreams to speak and birth the way of Love.

Join me if you are willing to splash some color on your canvas to explore the communion that lives within us.

Draw near if you desire to DELIGHT with the magic of the creative seeds that belong to YOU and celebrate AWE.

I’d love to BE in your presence.


Unexpected Communion is a soulful painting class to come to the feast table with Spirit, Mother & Child. In this course, unexpected messengers point the way to surprise, communion and awe.

There will be teachings on: Mother as one who welcomes; Spirit as one who infuses the seed of creation and Child who reveals play and awe.

Luke 1:28-35 will be the sacred text we use to ponder unexpected communion for our lives and our response to holy surprise.

Unexpected Communion is a retreat to ponder and paint during the season of Advent. This experience includes journaling, sketching, painting, writing and visioning.

This class is open to all people who resonate with the theme. No painting experience is necessary to be part of our time.

A “SOUL KIND” investment is an investment in your well-being. It’s a commitment to showing up for YOU. It means that you are ready to explore some soul work via the canvas and create! When you choose to be “SOUL KIND” to YOURSELF, you are also being “SOUL KIND” to me — you are giving me the opportunity to continue my creative entrepreneurship and deepen my offerings! I shout to the rooftops every time I receive a registration and am VERY GRATEFUL for those who choose to journey with me. If you are active in being “SOUL KIND” to yourself in another way, yet would like to support my ministry and GIFT this experience to someone else whose funds are tight, I can DO that! Just write “SOUL KIND GIFT” in the Notes when you purchase!


Stirred by the Mother

I’ve been on quite a journey the last few years. One of the ways I’ve been growing is through my study and relationship with the Sacred Mother who goes by many names — Eve, Wisdom, Ruah, Mary, Guadalupe (and on and on) — Her disappearance in mainstream Christianity ails me and this course is designed with the intent to consider our relationship with the inner communion that each of us hold with Spirit, Mother and Child.

One of the things I’ve learned from my teacher, Shiloh Sophia, is how much Mother & Child art was deleted, thrown away, gotten rid of by patriarchal “powers that be.” Formerly powerful art of Mary & Child was replaced with a Mary who is all in blue, looking pious and perfect. These images of Mary have always bothered me. I couldn’t relate. Even as recent as early 20th century, the Vatican forbade images of Mary depicted in any priestly vestments despite the fact that throughout Scripture, she is a leader. The power Mary holds was confirmed even more for me when I discovered the book, Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership by Ally Kateusz, that shares many ancient images of Mother Mary in a stature of leadership and teaching.

This advent season, I desire to delve into the story of the Communion of Three – Mother, Spirit and Child to uncover that the unexpected is often a teacher of AWE when we welcome it.

My style of teaching is playful and gentle; direct and deep. My Spirit soars when I have the opportunity to guide women to discover of the power and WISDOM they hold within. Come along! I’d love to have you part of this experience! My name is Ally Markotich and I am your guide for this journey!



This is a painting class that invites inner reflection and personal soul work. If you need a scholarship, please reach out. If you have any questions, email me at ally@soulkindling.com.