Teresa Pasquale Mateus
The Centering Space (in Hamming Hall) is the place where we will gather together for collective spiritual practices, conversations, learnings and shared space. This is the space that we will come to for the opening and closing of each day and for our four collective conversation and teaching sessions. This will also be the primary space for the OFRENDA ALTAR WALK which means that throughout the space there will be 4+ altars where conference community members can take time to gather, have quiet reflection, and share an offering at any of the Ofrenda Altars as they feel drawn. This will be the space of our return, to be with each other, throughout the rhythm and flow of our days together.
The Creative Space is where participants will be able to engage with music, visual art, embodied storytelling, and more as their artistic expressions of social action, spiritual reclamation, and healing ritual. Conference artists-in-residence will offer guided instruction through a variety of projects while participants will have time to flesh out their own creative interpretations. The Mystic Soul Mural will also "live" in this space and participants are welcomed to add their own art, words, thoughts, and dreams to it during the entirety of the conference. "The Crane Project" will be available throughout the conference for those willing and wanting to share themselves through story and art -- and find healing and restoration in the process. See the Conference Projects page for more details on the Crane Project.
& The Haji Healing Salon
The Healing Space is being facilitated in partnership with the Haji Healing Salon and its founder Aya-Nikole Cook. HHS creates space for healing practices on the Southside of Chicago. The healing space will be a mini-healing salon and will offer yoga, acupuncture, and a variety of other holistic and healing practices throughout the entire conference. This is a space to get away, restore yourself, and give back to your body, mind, and spirit in a real way.
L!VE CAFE Conversation Spaces
The community conversation spaces offer an alternative to the tradition workshop which can often be very information heavy and participation light. These spaces will be curated by our facilitators in specific areas of focus (indigenous reclamation, rituals for healing, contemplative activism, queering mysticism, etc) and will include a mix of interactive practices, brief introductions to topics by facilitators, and community dialogue to share our stories & envision our futures together.
The contemplative space offers a quiet reprieve from the busyness of a conference. It is a place for being, not doing, where you can rest and restore in quiet. The space is curated for comfort with a variety of options for sitting or laying down, with soft lighting and relaxing background sounds -- just enough to drown out outside noise. This space will be open throughout the entire conference for when you need to unplug from the external world and plug in to the sacred -- through prayer, meditation, movement, or whatever you like. There will also be breakout session programming in here which will be POC-led contemplative practices - from the Christian contemplative tradition and beyond.
Spirit Care Team
The Spirit Care Space will include a variety of spiritual care providers--persons trained and equipped in tools and practices that help partner with people on their spiritual journeys, crossroads and stressful life moments. We will offer space and time for people to meet with spiritual care team members during the conference gathering. This space is person of color centered and led here people of color will be supported and spiritual held by other people of color. It also has a space for non-POC to be held and supported by non- POC people. This separation is intentional to allow people to process and be supported. It is a space where wounds and triumphs can be held. Spiritual guidance is a long historical practice -- both in western religious traditions and indigenous spiritualities -- we carry forward both lineages into this moment and this conference space. This will include individual and group care offerings throughout the conference duration.
Visioning & Story Space Coordinator(s):
Rotating Facilitators and
Interviews by Danyelle Thomas
The Visioning and Story Space will host two different kinds of offerings. The Visioning offerings will take place during the breakout sessions and will include conversations over four topic areas: 1) Indigenous Reclamation 2) Contemplative Activism 3) POC-Centered Mysticism 4) Spiritual & Emotional Healing Care. These are focus areas of Mystic Soul's work, conference offerings, and areas of interest people have illustrated in their applications they are looking to grow into further in their passion and work in the world. These Visioning conversation times are meant to offer people space to connect informally (there will be a facilitator but just to offer some prompts for conversation-igniting) with others who are passionate in the same way and, maybe, want to share visions for where this work might go and how you all want to activate that work - individually and together - in the world! Let's begin to dream what Mystic Soul looks like, not just in this conference space, but in the living, breathing world.
On Friday, when breakout sessions are not in progress, this will also be the space for the STORYTELLING PROJECT. POC community members will be able to sign up before and during the conference to record 10-15 minute videos telling the story of your own spiritual journey - the bumps, the beauty, the unique dimensions as a POC person trying to find the fullness of yourself, your spirituality and yourself. See the Conference Projects link for more details.
Learners & Bowl Space Coordinator(s):
Learners Team Leaders (see below)
Lanecia Rouse - Bowl Project Curator
The Learners & Bowl Space is also a dual-programming space. During the Young Leaders & Learners Cohort designated breakout session (see conference schedule for details) for those who have signed up to be a part of this Cohort. During the rest of this time the space will be host to THE BOWL PROJECT with Lanecia Rouse. See The Conference Projects link for more details.
The students and non-traditional learners cohort is for persons between the ages of 18-30 who wish to integrate aspects of the conference with their area of study and create community with fellow learners. Those in the cohort will gather together at various points throughout each day to engage in reflection, dialogue, and connection guided by facilitators. The cohort will have up to 30 slots available, going on a first come, first served basis. If joining the students & non traditional learners cohort is of interest to you, please email us at in addition to filling out the registration form above.