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The Prayer Animal

  • Missionhurst Chapel 4651 North 25th Street Arlington, VA USA (map)

Join us on Saturday, April 21st, from 10am -5 pm for day long men's retreat by Timothy P. McLaughlin in celebration of Earth Day.  THE PRAYER ANIMAL will enable participants to engage their souls through the sacred arts of poetry and story, drumming and song, and ritual.  Sitting in a circle of other men, you will be able to call up your original wildness, especially through the rich landscape of mytho-poetic language, leaning into the ancient understanding of words as food for the Earth. No special qualifications or prior experience necessary, just the heart’s natural longing and the soul’s deep hunger.

Timothy P. McLaughlin is an oral poet, storyteller, and ceremonialist. He served many years in Native education and founded an indigenous youth spoken word program featured in the New York Times and on the PBS NewsHour. Raised with Catholicism, he has followed a traditional Lakota spiritual path since early manhood. Much of his creative work is done in the wild; he is the author of the poetry collection, Rooted & Risen, and his second book of poems is due for release in 2019. Timothy is best known for his powerful style of embodied recitation. He and his wife, singer Madi Sato, are co-founders of PRAISING EARTH, an organization devoted to re-rooting oral traditions as an essential aspect of the human response to the ecological crisis. Timothy did his Men's Rites of Passage with Richard at Ghost Ranch in 2003.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Suydam at or at 703-587-3681. 

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Earlier Event: April 20
Bending an Ear to Earth