Pray Thru Play

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”  Luke 18:17

Pray Thru Play is collection of retreats and workshops all designed to help participants engage with God, themselves and others through creative, playful exercises and games.

Based on the principles of theatrical improvisation and spiritual direction, Pray Thru Play events are structured to invite participants into learning that is interactive, safe and fun.

Attendees learn such perspective-changing concepts as:

  • Inviting and Welcoming both stranger and friend (Hebrews 13:2)
  • Paying Attention to God and others (Exodus 15:26)
  • The simple truth about Creativity (Genesis 1:27)
  • Knowing how to Say “Yes!”  (2 Corinthians 1:17-20)
  • The many subtle ways we say “No” and what we miss (Matthew 8:19-22)
  • How to Work Together Harmoniously as a group (1 John 3:11)
  • The power of Telling a Good Story (Psalm 66:16)

Participants simply need to bring a willing spirit, an open heart, and a sense of adventure!

One participant writes of her experience:

“In this “Pray Through Play” retreat, Monica’s empowering spirit of play brought me and my fellow “players” out of a so long-imposed shell of seriousness into a freeing environment where we each could re-capture that sense of joy and playfulness together.  As we created free form stories, dances, songs and childhood games, I re-discovered my deep yearning for more creative expression in my life, and through this God has led me into a more “wild” and intimate relationship with him as we create together!”

If you are interested in hosting a Pray Thru Play retreat or workshop for your church or group, contact me for more information.

Monica with  Patricia Ryan Madson

My background in improv:

I began studying improvisation while a student at Stanford University under my mentor and friend Patricia Ryan Madson, author of the book Improv Wisdom. I quickly came to embrace and practice the principles taught by Patricia, based on Keith Johnstone’s school of theatrical improvisation.

I am also one of the founding members of the Stanford Improvisors – or SImps – an official Theatresports™ team. In 2012, I returned to Stanford to celebrate the SImps 20th Anniversary, where I was invited to speak on an alumni panel about my experience connecting improvisation and my work in spiritual direction and teaching.

For several years, I have offered workshops in churches, seminaries and spiritual direction training programs, sharing the joy and freedom of improvisation, helping others to truly embody the Gospel of Christ. I am currently writing a book which expands upon my workshop and retreat teachings, highlighting how practicing the principles of improvisation can help us grow in our relationship with God, ourselves and others.

To learn more about Pray Thru Play, visit my new website.