beloved art and practice

imagining immanuel: a virtual advent retreat

Facilitated by Sister Michelle Walka

Starting the week of November 29, 2020

Advent is a season of transition. It is a time between no longer what was and not yet to come. The liturgical rhythm of Advent allows us space to practice simply being in the present moment; encountering Immanuel: God with us

ABOUT: Imagining Immanuel “God with us” is an invitation to gently dwell as whole beings (in mind, body, and spirit) with the divine presence through contemplative prayer and creative expression. This virtual retreat invites you to ponder the embodied and creative nature of our faith life and practice. You do not need any special art skills for this time. A simple supply list will be provided.


▪ access to retreat materials through online course site

(weekly reflections and daily creative expression prompts to reflect with at your own pace)

▪ 2 virtual community practice sessions via Zoom each week to choose from

(Tuesdays at 11:45am or Thursdays at 7pm)

▪ connection with the virtual retreat community

COST: $100 (Pay what you can options available. Please email for more information.)

TO REGISTER: Contact Sister Michelle Walka at


Greetings! My name is Sister Michelle Walka. I am an artist and the Director of Beloved Art and Practice; leading retreats and workshops based on creativity and contemplative prayer practices throughout Eastern North Dakota Synod. I am part of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA and am a rostered minister of Word and Service. I currently live in Moorhead, MN with my husband, Keith, where I enjoy finding the sunny spots of local coffee shops and exploring the beauty of the natural world.


BELOVED ART AND PRACTICE is a ministry initiative that intentionally fosters space for people to wonder and discover how God is active and calling them to act in and for the sake of the world through contemplative practices that encourage spiritual reflection, creativity, and self-awareness. This ministry is a grant funded endeavor through partnership with the Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC and the Eastern North Dakota Synod.



Workshops/Retreats (Topics like: Prayer, Contemplative Practice, Creative Expressions, Discernment, Self-Care)

Confirmation Group Sessions

Community Art Projects (Like: Murals, Banners, Labyrinths, etc.)

Creative Worship Opportunities (Like: Healing Service, Prayer Stations, Pulpit supply)


Beloved Art and Practice is located at Crossroads Lutheran Campus Ministry at NDSU

(1201 13th Ave N, Fargo, North Dakota, ND 58102).  

Feel free to email me at to arrange an event!